Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) march edition

Welcome my awesome people to another edition of *books I can't wait to get my hands on* when I share with you some of the stories I absolutely cannot wait to read from the upcoming month... I know that you're probably gonna be shocked by what I'm gonna say next, but... can you guys believe it's been another month?!? ;) and by shocked, I mean not at all, because lately I've been saying that exact thing every time I write one of these posts... but time really does fly right by me :) and every time I sit down in front of my computer to write one of these posts I think: *wait, haven't I wrote it just a couple of days ago???* :) today I have four books to share with you guys, and let's get to them, in no particular order :)


"Etched in bone" by Anne Bishop is the fifth and final book in her The others series :) or should I say it's the last book revolving around the same set of characters, because there will be more concentrated on other people and places set in the same world :) it's a mix of paranormal / urban fantasy and to be honest this is the book I am both very excited and anxious to read... because I had my ups and downs with this series... I absolutely loved the first installment, had some troubles in the middle, but things are looking up... ;) so I'm hoping that this book will be a great conclusion and that it won't disappoint me... fingers crossed ;) PS, it's definitely one of those series you need to read in order, and I highly recommend you guys to read that first book :)


Another book I want to mention to you guys is "Myths of Mish" by Katie Hamstead, book #2 in her The fairytale galaxy chronicles :) it's a series of very cool and original retellings of fairy tales you might know, but with some unexpected and sci-fi twists :) after absolutely loving the first book in this series, I cannot wait to dive into the sequel, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of it, from the lovely author herself and I'm currently reading it... ;) first one was about Sleeping beauty, and this one concentrates on Hansel and Gretel, and I am definitely intrigued... ;) we shall see what she will do with this story, but so far I'm definitely loving it :)


"Royal affair" by Marquita Valentine is the sequel in her new Royals in exile series :) I loved the first, hilarious contemporary romance in this series, so I am more than happy to go back and read about the second of four siblings, from the royal family that was exiled to the States after the assassination of their parents... dun dun duuuunnnn... ;) after meeting them all in that first book, I am now curious about each story, so hopefully this one will be just as good as the first :)


Last but not least, there's "All the frogs in Manhattan" the newest standalone written by Carrie Aarons :) even though I am not the biggest fan of her previous release, I AM a big fan of her writing style, so I'm hoping this one is better... actually, I got an ARC of this one, and if we're being totally honest... I already read it ;) and it was sooooo good :) a contemporary romance that was hilarious and brutally honest at times and I loved it all :) so long story short, it's definitely worth to be your next one-click ;)

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Review: "Roman's having sex again" by Nikki Ashton


Author: Nikki Ashton
Standalone
Main characters: Roman Hepburn and Summer James

Synopsis

Summer James has suffered a devastating change to her life, one that could shape her future. To make matters worse, she now has a new boss. Not such a major problem, you might think, but not when that boss is Roman Hepburn: rude, grouchy and impatient, with a damn fine ass!

Summer’s feelings for the dark, brooding Roman soon change and it becomes evident that some highly-charged sexual tension has been bubbling under the surface when Roman makes it clear that he intends to make Summer his.

Will Roman succeed in getting his girl, and, if he does, will he succeed in keeping her? Or will circumstances, and Roman's hilariously strange, but loveable, family, send Summer tottering for the hills on her six-inch heels?

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) it was my first book written by this author, but it will definitely not be the last, because I absolutely adored it :) originally, I gave it 4,5 stars, but to be honest... the more I think about it, the more I realize how fun it was... so I've decided to bump it up to full 5 stars :) it's a standalone, but there are appearances from people who got their own books before, but don't worry, you will enjoy it even if you are new to Nikki and her writing style :) I was, and it didn't bother me at all :) what it did, is definitely made me more curious to check out her other work :) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, how about I'll tell you a bit more about our main couple...

Roman and Summer... *sighs happily* oh how I adored those two :) Summer is a PA to the boss in a construction / renovation company, and when he sells his business to Roman, she becomes his PA... and they do not have a great start... there's a reason why her nickname for him is Grumpy ;) and it's a very well deserved nickname I have to add ;) he seems like this, well... grumpy and complaining-all-the-time guy, but it's not the only side of him... Summer on the other hand... her personality definitely matches her name ;) she's amuch more open and talkative person, and she's definitely not a pushover, so when Roman yells or is acting like a jerk, she gives as good as she gets... ;) they definitely have a very interestng "relationship" at the beginning of the book... because as we all know, when it comes to romance, usually this kind of tension between two characters is connected to a whole different kind of tension... am I right? *wink wink* ;) and it's definitely true in this case :) one kiss unlocks a whole lot of awesome between them :) because once both of them realize that their attraction towards one another is reciprocated... let's just say the story gets even more interesting :) I don't really want to say too much about them and how they get together, but I will share some stuff :) I absolutely adored them together... I mean, once they admitted how attracted they are to each other, it was sooo much fun :) don't get me wrong, there were plenty of much more serious topics, not to mention the mistakes both of them made, but through the most parts, they acted like actual adults... you know, talking with each other and explaining things... *sighs* it's not as common in books as I would like, so I always appreciate it :)

As much as I loved our main couple, I have to tell you guys... the secondary characters... there were definitely some scene stealers there, that's for sure... :) and by that I mainly think about Roman's family... they were... his parents... I mean... :) there is no amount of words and explanations that could help you prepare for them... ;) and trust me, it's better to not know too much before... ;) that way those scenes.... yeah, when I read about them for the very first time, I almost fell off my chair from laughter... fortunately I read that particular fragment at home instead of on my way to or from work ;) because I'm sure I would not be able to contain my laughter on the bus and people might get weird ideas... ;) I also adored Emma, Summer's best friend for her constant support and advice... ;) there were of course much more people present in this book, especially since it's not only a romance, but there is something else going on... but I can't really tell you anything else about it without giving away some major plot points from way further in the book, soooo... ;) moving on... ;)

This book was written from Summer's perspective, and even though I would absolutely love to get inside Roman's head at least for a little bit, I adored the writing style :) it was fun and entertaining, pulling you in from the very first chapter... :) *sighs happily* I will definitely check out some other books written by this lovely author :) this book was such a perfect escape from reality... it was hilarious and sweet, with some more serious and vulnerable scenes in it as well... and with the most beautiful epilogue ever... or two of them, if were being meticulous ;) I can highly recommend you this book if you are looking for a great written story filled with unique and interesting characters... if you want to laugh out loud and get lost within the pages, this particular book will definitely give you just that :) so go check it out ;)



About the author:

Nikki lives in Cheshire with her husband, two dogs and lovely mother-in-law who supplies her with endless cups of tea. She writes romance with a touch of humour and lots of love, and hopes that she puts a smile on her reader's faces.

Her ambitions of becoming a writer started at the age of 10 when she started writing poetry at school, and was given the honour of reading one of her poems to the rest of her year group (a truly embarrassing experience that she will never forget).

Nikki is grateful for the wide variety of strange and wonderful people in her life, otherwise she'd never know what to write about! She is currently talking to family and friends, finding out their innermost secrets in readiness for her next book.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Review: "Breakaway" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Title: "Breakaway"
Book 1,75 in series Prescott family
Main character: Asher Spence

Synopsis

Once upon a time, in a faraway place...

I learned that monsters exist
That the dark is meant for fear
That sometimes you can't even count on yourself

I just have to get past senior year finals, and I can break away-

I can leave the past,
the monsters,
the ghosts,
far, far behind.

I just can't break beforehand.

Author's Note: This novelette contains dark elements that some readers may be sensitive to. This is a story of a seventeen year old girl who wasn't handed the easiest of cards, and is an important piece in understanding her thoughts and actions in the Playmaker Duet, however readers should be able to read the duet without reading this piece prior. Due to content, this book is recommended for readers 18+

I got an ARC of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I think it's gonna be the shortest review I have ever written, mainly because it was one of the shortest story I've ever read... this novella, or to be honest it's something between a short story and a novella gives us a glimpse into Asher's past... she will be the heroine of the next full lenght novel in the Prescott family series... we already got a glimpse of Porter, the hero of that book... or should I say a two-book-duet :) in the previous novella in this series, and I loved him... and now we got to know a little bit more about Asher... and all I can say is...

I am blown away... Mignon did such a great job showing us the heartbreaking things that Asher had to go through... I inhaled her story in less than an hour and had tears in my eyes throughout half of it... there were moments when I was sick to my stomach reading it... that's how great of a story teller Mignon is... *sighs heavily* my heart was breaking for Asher... and even though I normally don't have to do it, this time I definitely feel the need to warn you guys, that there are triggers for sexual abuse and rape in this story... the whole novella is written from Asher's perspective, which makes it that much harder to read... not because the writing style is awful, trust me... it's phenomenal... but being in Asher's head... it made the whole experience of reading her story that much more emotional and intense... these few chapters show us a little bit more about what happened to her before she met Porter, and let me just say that I cannot wait to read those two books about them... I can't remember the last time I wanted a happy ending for a certain character as much as I want it for Asher... I highly recommend you guys to read this novella if you want to understand her, although I realize it might be too hard for some people... once I will read the actual full lenght books, I will be able to tell you if you absolutely have to read the novellas to enjoy and understand them... but those glimpses into characters... sometimes they make the biggest difference... and I truly believe that Asher's story is important enough to read... all I can say is that it really made an impact and left me shaken... and to evoke such reactions... only the best kind of stories do that to you... now I'm counting down the days to read the full lenght book...








XOXO

A

Monday, February 27, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #53

Awesome sequel
Brand new book haul
And
Book-ish turn-ons

Hello my lovely people :) I have a lot of stuff to talk to you about, so we're gonna skip the totally #RandomRamblings at the beginning and go straight to those headlines :) and this time we're gonna go with their order, soooo... ;)

I'm gonna start with a great movie recommendation ;) I went to see "John Wick chapter 2" in the movie theatre last week and absolutely loved it :) it definitely still had the vibe that I adored in that first film, but at the same time it gave us a bit more about the whole world and the rules in it :) I definitely recommend it to you guys if you are looking for an entertaining evening ;) and if you haven't seen it before, be sure to check out the trailer below ;)


Second thing I want to talk to you guys is another book haul :) yes, it's that time of the month again :) I definitely went with paranormal / fantasy theme this time, because all nine books I want to show you guys today have that sort of elements in it ;) I'm very happy I was actually able to buy so many of them and STILL stayed within my budget :) *pats myself on the back* good job A ;) so without further ado, let me jump straight into those books, in no particular order ;)

Ok, so the first four books I want to tell you about are actually a series :) Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi is by far one of my all time favourite stories, mainly because of the truly amazing writing style... it's this sort of dystopian trilogy + two novellas written in one of the most beautiful writing style ever :) I fell in love with it from the very first chapter I read and even though it definitely have some flaws, I don't really care... ;) plus, those covers... *sighs happily* let's just say I'm very happy to have them on my shelf ;)


Another two books I was super excited to get were "Born of legend" and "Born of ice" both by Sherrilyn Kenyon ;) they are parts of The league series, one of my all time faves as well ;) and although the second one is one of the first few installments, that first one... I still can't believe I haven't read it yet... it originally came out all the way in june last year... and I waited and waited and then waited some more... by the time I decided to get into it, I figured I would just get the paperback version, since I prefer to read the books that way :) all the books in this series are always very emotional, full of action but also romance and sarcastic humor, so the perfect mix for me :)


"Moonglow" by Kristen Callihan is part of her Darkest London series... a paranormal / steampunk story that to be honest is not my favourite in that series, but it was on a crazy sale at the time I was buying books, and since I DO love this series very much I figured it was the perfect opportunity to expand my collection... plus, it's another gorgeous cover... *sighs* I have a very pretty haul this time :)

The last two books I want to tell you about was actually written by the same author: Nalini Singh :) "Visions of heat" is part of her Psy-changeling series and "Archangel's blade" of her Guild hunter one... and again, I got them because I am a huge fan in general of Nalini's writing style and I systematically buy all her stories in paperbacks, and since BookDepository still had a really good sale on them, well... the choice was easy ;) I'm not gonna go into details about what both of those series are about, because it would take a long time, but trust me, they are awesome, so you should totally check both of them... but read them in order, cause they are pretty connected :)


And look how pretty my shelf looks with all new books :) *sighs happily*


And last but not least, it's the sort of part two-ish to something I did in my last #RandomRamblings post :) so check out the previous one if you want to read all about my book-ish turn-offs, as in things that really annoy me in books ;) today however, I wan to ramble to you guys about some of the things I truly adore in books... :) again, like last week, I do not have any particular order, so let's just roll with that... ;) so the first thing I want to mention to you guys, might seem obvious, but still... great writing style :) say what you want, but it's definitely one of the first qualities I judge when I start a new book... especially if it's written by a completely new to me author :) because of our own, personal preferences, we can have very different opinions about certain stories and characters in books... and that's ok :) but when I fall in love with the writing style... I will always be curious about other books written by that person... you know, sometimes it just clicks for you, and I definitely have a few authors who I love unconditionally :) the next thing I want to say is actually connected to the first one, and that is 2 POVs :) I mean the situation when we have in the story chapters written from the perspectives of both our main characters ;) it's not that I don't enjoy other styles, but this one is definitely my favourite... and to be honest I realized that fact right after I started my blog ;) some time ago I read one of the first reviews I did here, when I sort of complain on that writing style because it was new to me at that time and since now I absolutely love it, remembering my initial feelings totally made me gasp in surprise... ;) because now I adore it :) next stop is not really a book-ish turn-on, but more like a necessity for me ;) and that is... HEA, as in happily ever after... ;) yes, I know it's not realistic and not everything in life ends happily, but I don't care ;) I read books to relax and because I love it... I love getting lost within the pages of a new story, or going back to a favourite one and re-live everything once more... and I need a happy ending to truly enjoy it ;) I won't apologize for that ;) another thing I absolutely adore in books is witty banter... mainly between our main couple, but I'll take it whenever I can :) I just love this smart and funny back-and-forth between characters, especially when it's done right... then it flows effortlessly and I usually either fall off my chair from laughing soooo hard, or I totally melt into a puddle from swooning... ;) #TrueStory :) one more thing that definitely puts a book very high on my favourite list is sarcastic humor... :) it's without a doubt my favourite kind, and every time I encounter that type of humor it always gets me to rate a book better ;) I have the same sense of humor in real life, so I always enjoy it even more in stories :) the one before last I have to tell you about is "Beauty and the beast" retellings... since it's my favourite fairy tale of all time, I am a huge sucker for all sorts of retellings of it... they can be fantasy, paranormal or contemporary and everything else you can think of... it can be a very loose retelling and just a story inspired by it, or the one when I can't help but see some very familiar events... it's one of two things that practically guarantees that I will read a book ;) I will talk about the second one in a moment ;) on the one hand it definitely draws my attention, but on the other, since I love that story soooo much, I have some high expectations about it... let me know if you guys would want to read in one of my #RandomRamblings post some "Beauty and the beast" themed recommendations... :) last but not least are... hockey players :) *sighs dreamily* rugby players are in a very close second place :) ok, so I love to read about athletes in general, but there's something about those hockey players... and please, don't ask what, because I can't explain it :) I have yet to watch a game, live or on TV and I still don't understand all the rules, but that doesn't stop me from absolutely loving to read about them... :) if there is a hockey player in the synopsis, it's the second thing that will definitely catch my attention ;) I could probably think of a few more, so let me know if you guys would be interested in reading another post like that in the future ;)

Ok, that's a wrap people ;) I hope you enjoyed my babbling this time ;) as always, I love connecting with you guys so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account cause I check those every day ;)

XOXO

A

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: "Hard to fall" by Marquita Valentine


Book 4 in series Take the fall
Main characters: Hayden Walker and Saylor Dean

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and to be honest, I am quite disappointed... I think I'm more disappointed than I would have been, because I had such high hopes and expectations about this one... after all, the other two books written by this lovely author I had the pleasure of reading in the past were both easy 5 stars :) this one... well, I ultimately landed on 3 stars... it works as a standalone, so you don't have to read the previous books to follow the story, but if you're not reading this series in order I'd actually recommend you to start with book #3, which I absolutely loved :) but let's go back to the topic of this particular review :)

Before I start telling you what bothered me, let me tell you quickly what this story is about :) our main couple, Saylor and Hayden got to know each other better at the wedding of the couple from the previous book and their friends :) in fact, thay had such a good time, and a little bit too much alcohol ;) that they decided to get married in Tijuana, where the majority of wedding celebrations took place ;) unfortunately Hayden has definitely A LOT too much to drink, because when he wakes up, he remembers nothing... not the night he spent with Saylor nor their wedding... the rest is history... ;) in this case, it's too spoilerific for me to tell you more :) so now let me get into my thoughts and feelings about all of it :) my main problem with this book was Saylor, the heroine... *sighs* I really liked her as a secondary character in the previous stroy, but here...? I just couldn't really connect with her... and the more I read about her, the more she was bothering me... and the most annoying part of this story was how long it took Saylor to tell Hayden the truth about their marriage... *double sigh* I don't like books where couple keep secrets from one another... and I don't mean that when you meet a new person it's natural that you don't trust them to tell every little detail about yourself, but in this case? yeah... sooooo NOT ok to keep a secret like that... I definitely liked Hayden more than Saylor, but still... I don't really know why, but I didn't really connect with either of them if were being totally honest... I felt like their whole relationship was a case of things happening way too fast... I'm sure that many of you will enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me... I don't really want to say too much, because all additional details would include some bigger spoilers, but... their story just wasn't my thing....

Normally I would write a longer review, because it's a full lenght book, but when I don't really like the story, I tend to write shorter ones... I usually prefer to concentrate more on positive things than the flaws, sooo... ;) this particular book definitely did not discouraged me from reading some of her other work, because I quite enjoy her writing style :) it was written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Hayden's point of view as well as Saylor's :) and you know how much I always enjoy that in stories :) the writing style in general is definitely a plus of this book, it's just that in this case it was my personal preferences as a reader with how I feel about certain characters and stories, that prevented me from really enjoying this book :) hopefully you guys will feel differently and will take my opinion into account while at the same time making a totally independent decision to read, or not, this particular book :) after all, we can't love the same stories every time ;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: "Roman" by Sawyer Bennett


Title: "Roman"
Book 7 in series Cold Fury hockey
Main characters: Roman Sykora and Lexi Robertson

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and it was another 5 stars addition to the series... ;) although if we're being totally honest, I would probably give this story 4,5 stars, but... there was another couple forming in it and that's why I bumped it to full 5 stars ;) more about that in a moment :) again, even though it's book #7 in this series it can totally be read as a standalone :) yes, the people from previous stories appear throughout it, but you don't necessarily have to know their whole stories to follow this one :) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about this awesome book :)

I'm gonna start with our main couple... :) Lexi and Roman... and because Lexi was me favourite, I'll tell you more about Roman first ;) he's sort of the bad boy of the team... as he describes himself, he has two mode's: either he's standing still or going full speed ahead, nothing in between :) so while he's a great hockey player, giving his all on that ice all the time, he is also constantly late and generally don't give a... you know what I mean ;) about what people think about him... which is actually a quality I enjoy :) he keeps his distance from people and feels good in his own company ;) Lexi on the other hand... *sighs happily* Lexi is this totally happy-go-lucky and go-with-the-flow type of person :) she's open and talkative and just... full of life... :) she embraces everything that's happening to her and is one of the most wonderful characters I've read about recently :) she's like a lovely breath of fresh air :)

They meet during a very interesiting moment in Lexi's life... because what you need to know is that Lexi is actually Gray's half-sister... Gray is the heroine of book #4 in this series, but like I mentioned before, you don't need to read her story to follow this one :) and at the beginning of the book Lexi is at the Cold Fury headquarters to explain everything... :) so a huge part of this book is Lexi's attempts and struggles to connect with her new-found family... when it comes to the romance part... well, I have to say that I adored how drama free it was... :) well, at least the majority of it ;) and to be honest, the conflict is mainly because Roman and Gray are not really each others fans... but when it came to Roman and Lexi... :) I loved those two together ;) because she was so different from other women he met before, Roman was absolutely intrigued by her... which prompted him to change some of his behaviour... ;) and I think my favourite part was how reasonable Lexi was when it came to certain situations connected to the fact that Roman is a famous hockey player... oh how adored her surprisingly-drama-free reactions... have I mentioned she is one of my fave characters in this series in general? ;) they were just soooo cute together... :) I don't want to tell you too much about what exactly happened on the way to their happy ending, but it was a great journey ;)

When it comes to secondary characters, there was of course the main couple from that fourth book, Gray and her husband :) and of course, Brian, their father :) but the one I want to tell you about is the new one :) Georgia... she's the owner of the coffee shop where Lexi works and such a great and entertaining character :) I loved her in every scene she was in :) and about that second couple forming... it involves some secondary characters, but I'm not gonna say who... although I think you're gonna be able to figure it out pretty quickly... especially after the very first scene between *those* two ;) as always Sawyer Bennett was able to create a story that totally stands on its own, but have those little appearances that will mean so much to the people who follow her series from the start ;)

This book is in 3 POVs... which was a surprise for me :) we have the usual perspectives of our main couple, but there is an additional one in this installment... I'm not gonna say who, although I'm pretty sure that some of you can definitely figure it out... ;) what I can and will say, is that I absolutely adored being able to get inside *that* particular character's head :) I am still amazed that with book #7 Sawyer Bennett is still able to create stories and characters that totally capture my heart :) I was not expecting to fall in love with those people as much as I did :) because Lexi is a true gem that we all need in our lives... ;) don't get me wrong, Roman definitely had his moments... one near the very end that totally melted my heart... *sighs dreamily* but Lexi totally stole this book :) this was definitely mix of a romance and a story about a woman finding her family, and all the struggles and hardships that come with that happening when all parties are adults... it's not easy, but ultimately it's worth it... to work hard, or not so hard in case of some people ;) to forge those connections... :) I absolutely loved this book and can highly recommend it to you... as well as this whole series in general ;) it definitely has a very special place in my heart :)

XOXO

A

Monday, February 20, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #52

Book-ish turn-offs
Another win for Disney
And
One more reason why I love Bruno Mars

Hello my awesome people :) I have for you guys yet another #RandomRamblings post :) I am definitely full of energy, mainly cause I took a couple of extra days off from work, to recharge my batteries... it's been crazy, I'll tell you that much :) but now that I am well rested, I feel ready to tackle on everything... ;) I hope you guys had a lovely weekend as well, so how about we'll dive straight into all the things I want to babble to you about today ;) and we are gonna totally embrace the chaos ;)

I will start with the very end of those headlines... ;) I'm sure that by now everyone and their mother heard about Carpool Karaoke segment in James Corden's show, but as usually, I was late to that particular party... ;) and it wasn't until recently that my lovely sister J showed me this one ;) to all of you who might be late as me, Carpool Karaoke is when James Corden invites a celebrity and they ride around town, talking and singing to the *radio* ;) it's always hilarious and after watching the one with Bruno Mars it makes me that much more excited to see his concert in may... yes, I am totally counting down the days ;) #NoShame ;) if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to reserve 15 minutes of your time and then enjoy the link I have for you below ;)


Another thing I did recently, is that I finally watched "Moana" :) and the newest Disney animated movie was just as beautiful and emotional as I hoped it would be... *sighs happily* I loved it... and I think I was moved even more by it, because one of my #BookBesties is from New Zealand (hi M), and those stories are very close to her heart and her culture... so they meant that much more to me as well, when I saw it... I highly recommend you guys to watch it :) I have a trailer for it for you right here ;)


And last, but definitely not least, let's talk about book-ish turn-offs ;) by that I mean all the things I really don't like... or even hate in some cases... in books ;) and be sure to come back next week, when I'm gonna be talking all about the things I love in books ;) but today, I have a few things to share with you, that makes it very hard for me to enjoy a story... and usually those are the reasons that make me lower my rating and overall enjoyment of the story... and just remember, don't feel offended, because I'm sharing with you guys only my own opinions ;) there is no particular order of these, so how about I'll start with love triangles... *sighs* I am really not a fan of those... I mean, there are very rarely done in a way that doesn't annoy me... I have yet to read a book when I liked the love triangle, but some of them have soooo many other great qualities, or the love triangle is just one of many plots in the story, that I am able to read and mostly enjoy said book :) another problem with love triangles in general, is that the whole situation is usually dragged over a couple of books in the series and by the time someone makes *the choice* I am just tired of that whole situation... another thing that really pisses me off are whiny / silly / weak heroines... it actually can apply to both main characters, but I'm gonna focus on women, since it's more common with them... I hate... and I'm not afraid to use that word... I hate heroines who change their whole life after meeting a guy... I'm talking about women who suddenly think it's ok for a guy to make decisions about them, and to dictate what they will do, and they just agree to everything without having their own opinions... it's like becuase now there's a guy in her life, her own job, interests, friends are not important anymore... *sighs heavily* if were being brutally honest here, I think that I feel so strong about this, because of my personal experiences and mistakes I made when I was younger... now that I learned my lesson, it's that much more annoying... next thing I want to mention are dark / abusive themes... first of all, I'm a woman who needs a HEA in her books.... you know, I need a happy ending and I have no shame in admitting that :) but that's a whole different discussion for another time ;) and as much as I don't mind certain obstacles on the way to that HEA, there are things I don't like to read about... and I know that dark / abusive is a pretty vague description, but I put it on the list after reading one story, where the hero hit a woman he was dating... it wasn't the heroine, and said woman was, well... she had troubles of her own, and she did provoke him and their whole relationship was toxic as hell... but once I read that he hit her... I was like *nope, not gonna read more* cause I knew I just couldn't get behind that kind of a person... another thing that truly annoys me are adults acting like teenagers... man oh man how that irritates me... it's strongly connected to another thing I hate: unnecessary drama / angst... let me try to explain... when I read a story when both main characters are adults... and they both have been adults for some time, I expect them to act like said adults and not hormonal teenagers... *sighs* I don't expect them to be perfect, not at all... after all, we are all human and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but when you make the same mistake over and over and over again... it's not really a mistake anymore, but your own decision... those are the main reasons why I don't usually read YA... those stories are filled with unnecessary drama that could've been avoided if people just TALKED to each other... you know, communicated with words and everything... *sighs heavily* I think I'm getting to old for that sort of drama and I just can't really relate to those kind of situations anymore... ;) the last thing I want to tell you about today is the secret baby trope... I am talking about a situation where the main couple spent one night together... they may have known each other before or just met, but after that one night she discovers she's pregnant and keeps it a secret... for different amounts of time, depending on the book... sometimes it's just months, sometimes years... I hate it every time... as much as I can sort of understand that in certain situations it might have been the best decision she was able to make in that particular moment in her life, but I still don't like it... and the longer in book it takes for her to admit the truth, the more annoyed I get... when that sort of situation is mentioned in the synopsis, I tend not to pick up that book, because I know I will not enjoy it as much as I would want to... I think it annoys me, because I don't like secrets in general... dishonesty is not a quality I look for in my characters... and I don't mean the situation where two people just met, and they start to date, because it's natural that you don't tell your whole story to someone new... but once you're past the I-love-you-and-want-to-be-with-you, keeping stupid secrets is a big no-no... ;)

That is a wrap for today people... wow, I kind of got a litte bit carried away towards the end, but to be honest, I feel like I could probably think about some other things I don't like in books... ;) maybe in the future there will be part 2 or something ;) for now, I'm just gonna go, but be sure to reach out to me and comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account cause I'm there every day and I love hearing from you guys :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: "Hooked" by Brenda Rothert


Title: "Hooked"
Standalone
Main characters: Jake Birch and Miranda Carr

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I can't believe I've let this book wait on my kindle for sooooo long... ;) because it was absolutely amazing... AMAZING I tell ya!!! ;) why haven't I read it sooner?!? :) so you should definitely learn from my mistakes and pick it up ASAP :) yes... it's that good :) it's a standalone contemporary sports themed romance about a hockey player :) and you guys should know by now that those guys are my absolutely favourite athletes to read about... ;) especially if a book is as good as this one was... *sighs happily* ok, I will now try and get into some actual details why I loved it so much... ;) worry not, no spoilers :)

So let me start with our main couple... becuase I loved them both soooo much... ;) and that does not happen very often :) usually I like one of the main characters more than the other, but this time... *sighs* they both were so fun to read about :) please, don't mistake my love for them with me seeing them as perfect... because both of them had their flaws... :) but none that would irritate or annoy me, which is just another compliment for the author's writing style... the ability to create flawed characters that we still can't help but love :) ok, so let me tell you a bit more about them :) Miranda is working two jobs and getting her degree at the same time... she's smart, dedicated and I absolutely loved her :) one of her jobs in being a made at the hotel, where she meets Jake... Jake is, like I mentioned before, a hockey player, captain of his team... please don't ask me what position he plays, because as much as I love to read about them, I have no knowledge about any rules and such about hockey ;) #TrueStory :) he's staying there for almost two months when his apartment is being renovated... he's confident... arrogant, really, if were being honest ;) but I kind of like his no-nonsense attitude... :) there's definitely more to his story that this cocky facade we see at the beginning, so be sure to keep an open mind and wait till you know more about him... let's just say, I totally teared up...

Theirs is definitely a slow burn romance... ;) mainly because Miranda can't stand him at the beginning :) she thinks he's just another rich-I-don't-care-about-anyone-else-but-me kind of guys... he on the other hand is absolutely intrigued by her, especially after she totally doesn't realize who he is, and don't act star-struck around him :) her witty / sarcastic comments were definitely one of my favourite parts of the book :) he is definitely up for a challenge to show her that she judged him a little bit too quickly... ;) I don't really want to say too much about what exactly happens between them, but let me say this... I absolutely loved their interactions... all that sarcastic banter... and the fact that he respected her independence... :) also, I adored that she didn't just magically changed everything about her life just because she met him... it's one of the reasons why the book takes place over a few months... :) everything about them was... just... *sighs dreamily* I loved it :)

Seriously people, you need to read this book RIGHT NOW :) because it was absolute perfection :) written in 2 POVs, which is only like my favourite writing style :) when we get chapters from both of our main characters points of view :) after inhaling this story in record time, I am definitely gonna check out other books written by this lovely author, because this one was my first time reading one of her novels :) there were a few secondary characters, but the main focus was on Miranda and Jake ;) but one important person I want to mention is Paige, Miranda's sister :) I am hoping we will get at some point a spin-off book or something, because I would totally love to read her story :) this book had everything I love in it :) sarcastic banter, hilarious scenes as well as sexy ones in it ;) not to mention the totally emotional and vulnerable ones that made me cry... *sighs happily* I was truly shocked you guys, by how absolutely amazing this story was :) I'm always hesitant when I try out a totally new author to me, because I never know what I will find... but this time... oh this time I discovered a beautiful gem and now I'm gonna highly recommend it for you guys to try out as well :) because we all need this amazing book in our lives :) so pick it up, you won't regret it :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: "Loving Eva" by Camellia Hart



Author: Camellia Hart
Title: "Loving Eva"
Book 2 in series In light of shadows
Main characters: Clive Stanton and Evangeline "Eva" Avery

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and I have to say that I truly enjoyed this sequel :) because the first thing you need to know about this story, is that's it's the second installment in a trilogy, that revolves about the same couple and a few other things I will mention in a moment, but I highly recommend you reading them in order... otherwise you will definitely have troubles following all the stories in it... :) those books are very connected to one another and since I read the first one months ago... not to mention that I read a lot of books in between ;) it took me a moment to get into the groove of things and to remember certain events and people ;) so trust me, if you haven't read the first book, you will feel lost :) now that we have this explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the actual book ;)

So first of all, I have to say that writing a review of a sequel, especially in a series where books are very connected to each other, is really hard... :) on the one hand, you have to really be careful and watch out what exactly you're saying, to avoid spoiling certain events from that first book in case the person reading your review haven't gotten to it yet ;) on the other hand, you want to say just enough to actually encourage people to read it... if you liked it, of course :) and I am in exactly this position :) so my review will be a bit shorter than what I usually write, because of those reasons :) so how about I will tell you a little bit about this series in general and then share with you guys my thoughts and feelings about it? that way you'll know the general vibes of this book and this series without spoilers, and based on my reactions, you can see a bit more where it's headed :) so our main couple is Eva and Clive :) they actually met years before, when they were both teenagers, but lost contact... they meet again when they start to work in the same building... Clive is taking care of his family's business, and Eva... well, actually Eva is in the same position :) after the death of her father, she took over his interior design company... :) when they meet again after all this time, sparks start to fly... ;) but before you go all about how it's just another romance... even though there's nothing wrong with them ;) this series actually have a mysterious twist to it as well... ;) because there is an informant who wants to take Eva and her company down... because he works for a person, who holds some sort of grudge about Eva... dun dun duuuuunnnnn ;) so we have an on-going guessing game who is that person... and I still have no clue :) I'm not even sure if it's a man or a woman... :) I am going back and forth with all my maybe-it's-*spoiler*-but-then-again-I-think-that-maybe-it's-*spoiler* thinking :) that's pretty much all I can say to you without ruining some surprises along the way :)

So instead of thinking about all the things I can't tell you, how about I share some of the stuff I actually can talk to you about :) I definitely enjoyed this sequel :) I think what I loved the most is that both of our main characters acted like adults... I know what you're thinking: *why wouldn't they act like adults? they ARE adults* yeah... that's not as obvious as some of you might think... trust me, I've been burned by those kinds of assumptions before :) so I loved that there was basically no drama between Eva and Clive in this story :) don't get me wrong, they argued and stumbled upon some obstacles, but they actually talked about it and trusted each other, rather than act like hormonal / angsty teenagers... :) I also really like all the flashbacks that showed us certain events in Clive's past... it really helped me understood him better :) this was definitely a very good sequel, and now I am even more curious about that last installment becasue let me tell you... the plot definitely thickens in this one, and I have a feeling that the ending we're headed into will be really good :) it's just a hunch I have... ;) I'm really sorry that I can't really tell you guys more details, but I truly believe you will enjoy this story more, the less you know about it going in :) so let me just say that I can definitely recommend you guys this series to try out :)

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Giveaway: "The cad and the co-ed" by Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway


Synopsis

THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?




a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author -> Penny Reid


Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

About the author -> L. H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Monday, February 13, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #51

How I fell off my chair from laughter
What is this sorcery
And
New amazing BookTuber

Hello my awesome people :) can you guys believe it's been yet another week? oh how the time flies by lately... maybe cause I'm crazy busy at work... ;) oh well, what can you do? :) just embrace it and find pleasure in little things... ;) like the first thing I'm gonna talk to you guys about, starting right in the middle of those headlines... ;)

Sooooo... I need to explain my last few weeks to you guys, for you to totally understand my surprise ;) lately, since my work was super busy, I haven't had the time during the week to do a lot of stuff with my blog... so usually I spent the majority of my weekends catching up on writing and editing all the posts about the books I managed to read during the rest of the week... but this time? this time I was all done by noon on saturday... *gasps* what is this sorcery?!? ;) practically the whole weekend free? do I even remember what to do with that amount of free time? ;) yes, yes I did... and it was amazing ;)

Secondly, I want to share with you guys another BookTuber I discovered recently :) Samantha from ThoughtsOnTomes is definitely not new on YouTube, but I found her a few weeks ago and the more of her videos I watch, the more I am loving the way she talks about books :) I'm gonna leave for you one of her videos that really caught my attention and who knows, maybe you'll like her as well :)


Last but not least, I have to share with you guys a video... or two videos if were being honest, that made me cry from laughter... :) fair warning, it's a sarcastic humor, morbid even at times, but I loved it ;) #SorryNotSorry ;) it's not new, so maybe you saw it earlier, but I just discovered it last week :) it's an a capella performance of what happens after *ever after* in Disney stories... ;)



Ok, that's a wrap people :) maybe a little bit shorter than usual, but I am still charging my batteries after that hectic january, so I hope you'll forgive me ;) as always, I love connecting to you guys, so be sure to reach out to me here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I am there every day :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: "Kendra" by Kat Brewer


Author: Kat Brewer
Title: "Kendra"
Book 3 in series The chronicles of Erla
Main character: Kendra Allen

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) and I have no shame in admitting how much I thoroughly enojeyd this fantasy guilty pleasure read, because it is the best way to describe the stories in this series :) this one can be read as a standalone, although I would personally recommend you to read them in order :) because that way you'll avoid spoilers from previous books AND you will better understand certain interactions between characters :) as always reviewing a book that'a right in the middle of a series is not an easy thing to do, becuase it's that much harder to avoid spoilers, but I will do my best to tell you all about it :)

So let me start by saying a bit more about the world in general :) each book in this series is centered around a different woman who is transported from our world through a transdimensional rift into the world of Jiva :) Jiva is filled with various, well... let's call them countries :) they are different, some of them ruled by men, and some, like Erla, ruled by women :) the center of action in the books so far is a Queendom, where women are the dominant and stronger... men on the other hand, are slaves... I know, I know, but before you go all judgemental on me, just keep in mind the fact, that they are different from the men we know on a genetic level, so they are submissive and more gentle, and most of all, they are treated very well... on paper that idea might not sound so good, and I was very apprehensive about it at the beginning, but now it truly doesn't bother me :) I know it might be a problem for some of you, that's why I'm mentioning it :) each book tells a story of a diffeent woman, and how she adjusts to her new life in a totally foreign world :) BUT, and that's the main reason why I highly recommend you to read them in order, all sorts of characters we met before appear in all the books :) so you will definitely understand all the connections between them better if you follow the stories from the start :) not to mention that the more books I read, the more I see certain things and archs that overlaps in more than one book... :) I don't really want to tell you more about the events in this story, and in this series in general, because I truly think you would get more out of them, if you'd be surprised along the way just like I did ;) because there are quite a few surprises along the way :)

All in all, I really loved this book :) I definitely enjoyed it more than the previous one, mainly because I connected to Kendra a lot better than I did with Willow :) although I liked Willow more in this installment than in her own story :) I think she is just a better secondary character, at least for me ;) I think I liked Kendra more because of her much more sunny personality :) not to mention that there was a very lovely story with one of the men she chooses for her :) I won't say anything else, but it was very sweet :) as all other books in this series, this one was also full of adventures and a few surprises along the way, showing us a little bit more of the world :) and as always I had soooo much fun reading them :) the writing style makes the pages just fly by and I am done before I know what is happening :) I really hope you guys will give this book, and this series in general, a try, if you haven't done it already :)

XOXO

A

Review: "All access" by Liberty Kontranowski


Title: "All access"
Book 1 in series Fangirl
Main characters: Niles Russell and Kallie Reagan

I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review :) and I definitely have some very mixed feelings about it... *sighs* it started off really good, but unfortunately the more I got into it, the more things kept bothering me... ultimately, after struggling back and forth a little bit with my thoughts, I gave this book 3 stars... it's the first book in a series, and the sequel, about the same couple, is already available, but don't worry, this book does not end on a cliffhanger of any sorts :) my review will be a bit shorter and less detailed than what I normally write, because I don't really like to focus on bad things in stories I read, it's much more pleasureable to write positive reviews ;)

The best way to describe this book is to say that it's a fangirl's fantasy dream come true ;) we have Kallie, a thirtysomething divorced woman with two kids, who wrote a book about an everyday woman who falls in love with her rock star idol ;) and she based said rock star on Niles Russell, her real life rock star crush :) after reading her book and seeing all the similarities he reaches out to her, and then... well... things start to change pretty quickly :) in fact, the book takes place over a span of a few weeks ;) was this story a realistic one? not one bit ;) did it bothered me? to be honest... not really ;) I don't need all my books to feel like they could happen in real life ;) sometimes it's actually nice to escape for a moment from reality ;) it's a contemporary romance and the whole book tells the story of them getting together ;) I don't really want to get into any more details about what exactly happens between them, instead I want to tell you guys all about my thoughts and feelings about the good and the bad of this book :) worry not, no spoilers and only respectful language ahead ;)

When I said the book started of really good, I meant it :) it was light and funny, and even though Kallie's reactions to first meeting Niles were... let's just call them awkward, I can't really blame her for that... mainly because I remember the first time I went to see my favourite band live ;) I acted like a total teenager, screaming and all around acting crazy, sooooo... no judgement about that ;) what I did have problems with, is the childish behaviour of both our main characters, but mostly Kallie... *sighs* when I read a book about people who are over thirty and actually went through some things in their lives, I expect that they will act like adults... not teenagers... there's a reason why I very rarely read YA books in general... I really don't like unnecessary angst and stupid misscommunications and conflicts that could have been resolved if two people just talked honestly with each other... so naturally I expected that Kallie and Niles would be acting like adults... unfortunately, I was dissapointed... mainly about Kallie... and don't get me wrong, I don't want people I read about to be perfect... it wouldn't feel real... people are flawed and I don't mind that at all... but when my main character acts like a hormonal teenager it starts to annoy me pretty quickly... there was also the fact that Kallie is a mother, and we barely see her kids throughout the whole book... I mean, I know that they are away for the summer with her ex-husband, but still... for being such a huge part of her life, they are way too absent... not to mention that there was one tiny scene, that really made me mad... when she missed talking to her daughters for a few days, because she didn't answer a call from an unknown number... I'm sorry, but if you're a parent, and your kids are away, you take EVERY call... you don't know what might've happened and what message you'll miss if you keep ignoring unknown numbers... maybe it was a small thing, but it really upset me... the more I read about her relationship with Niles, the more I felt like it was too much too fast... that's why Sara, her friend, was my absolute favourite character in the book :) she was honest and every time she talked with Kallie I was like *YES!!! you're right!!! why they don't listen to you?!?* ;) because of that immature behaviour I mentioned, I had troubles truly connecting to either main character... and because of that, the closer I was to the end of the book, the more eye-rolling and sighing was happening... all in all, I think the writing style wasn't bad, especially for a debut novel, but there's definitely room for improvement... if you already read, and loved the book, I'm happy that you enjoyed it more than me ;) but if you're wondering about picking it up, definitely don't let me completely discourage you from it :) read a few more reviews, because there were others who thoroughly enjoyed this story :) and that's amazing :) it just wasn't for me, but I hope that my opinion will help you make up your own decision about it ;)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: "The truth about love" by Anna Bloom


Author: Anna Bloom
Book 1 in series The truth about love
Main characters: Cameron and Eve

I got an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review ;) so first of all I feel the need to warn you people that this is not a fully standalone story… ;) it’s more of a first chapter of the relationship between Eve and Cameron ;) a really great chapter, but definitely not a HEA if you’re expecting it ;) but make no mistakes, I still highly recommend you guys to read it, since I absolutely loved it and gave it 5 stars ;) so with that little explanation out of the way, how about I will tell you a bit more about what this story is about ;)

Like I mentioned before, it’s only the first part of the relationship between our main characters ;) both Eve and Cameron are finishing their college educations, when they meet in the library… or to be more precise when he hits on her and she shoots him down ;) that of course only sparks his interest more and besides, the fact that she was basically rude to him, does not change the fact that she was intrigued by him ;) so she’s not really mad when she bumps into him again ;) that’s pretty much all the details I can share with you guys without spoiling you each and every little detail of this novella ;) what I can say, is that I absolutely loved the main couple ;) both of them were such vivid, complex and entertaining characters ;) which is definitely impressive especially when you look at the lenght of the story ;) after finishing it I am more curious than ever to learn more about both of them, because there were definitely some things and events mentioned about them that I simply need to know more about ;)

The whole novella is told from Eve’s perspective and as much as I enjoyed it, I am curious if we will get to see at least some scenes from Cameron’s perspective in the future ;) just putting this idea out there ;) the writing style was absolutely phenomenal ;) and the fact that I was able to fall so much in love with a completely new to me author over just a novella is really saying something about how talented she is ;) the way she created not only our main couple, but secondary characters as well, all the interactions between them… *sighs happily* I inhaled this story in like an hour and now I want more ;) my review is definitely shorter than usual, but it’s the way it has to be with novellas, otherwise I would have to spoil you all the fun little things that happened throughout this entertaining story ;) if you are in the mood to read something fun, short and fantastically written I hope you will give this novella a try ;) and then we can wait for the next chapter of Eve and Cameron’s story together ;)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: "Servant of the crown" by Melissa Mcshane


Book 1 in series The crown of Tremontane
Main characters: Anthony North and Alison Quinn

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest reviw :) I have so many thoughts running inside my head right now... it took me a while to figure out how exactly I want to rate this story, and ultimately I decided to give it full five stars :) was this book perfect? not really, but it started off really good and then before I knew what happened I fell in love with it :) so I figured it deserves all five stars :) it's book one of a series, but it works as a standalone, with a beautiful epilogue and everything :) as far as I know, the second story will concentrate on a whole set of new characters in the same world, but for now, let us concentrate on this particular story :)

Alison is a countess in one of the areas in Tremontane who also happns to work in a publishing company with her father :) her love of books and written word in general is definitely something I can relate to :) she's young, but distant and closed off, mainly because the majority of men she came into contact with were only interested in her because of her looks, title and / or fortune... she's very smart, but can also be very stubborn and prideful... which only makes her more human so I'm not really seeing it as a flaw in my eyes ;) she is summoned to be a lady in waiting for the queen's mother for six months, and by summoned I mean invited, but since there really is no way to decline the offer, well... ;) and it is in the capital when she meets Anthony North, prince and brother of the reigning queen Zara... and by meet I mean... well... he DOES NOT make a good first impression, that's for sure... and by that I mean they make quite a scene during a ball... I don't want to say anything else, because of spoilers, but let's just say that when the queen comes up with a solution to this little scandal they caused, for them to spend more time together for the sake of appearances, none of them is happy... :) well, THEY aren't, but we, as readers, couldn't be happier :) Anthony is definitely a much less likeable character, at least at the beginning... his behaviour can be pretty... well, vain and shallow and without really thinking things through... I don't really want to say too much more, mainly because both these characters have a very beautiful development throughout this story and it will be so much better for you guys if you don't know all the details :) just trust me, those few cringeworthy moments are worth it :) and by cringeworthy do not think I mean the writing style :) because it's fantastic, I solely mean the actions our main characters take :)

Theirs is definitely a slow building romance... what with that big and unpleasant scene when they meet and all ;) but once they spend more time together, they discover, to their surprise, that there are things they have in common :) I would give you an example, but again, I want to tell you as little as I can about them so I won't spoil you those beautiful steps they make toward each other, but on the other hand I need to tell you just enough to convince you to actually read this book :) the whole story can be divided into two parts :) the first one is definitely more romantic, with them getting to know one another and such... there are some glimpses into what the second part will be about, but only teasers... then we have the second part of the story, after a bit of a time jump... that time jump is definitely needed because of the *thing* that happened between Alison and Anthony... *sighs* when I was reading this book I had a feeling something bad will happen soon... because things were going really well and I was worried because it was just the middle of the story... and unfortunately, something really bad DID happen... *sighs heavily* the only good thing I have to say about that is how much I loved Alison's reaction and the way she confronted Anthony... I know it's vague but there is absolutely no way of me saying anything else without some major spoilers, so it will have to do for now :) the second part takes place three months later, when Alison is yet again summned to the capital, for very different reasons this time :) and this part is definitely concentrated more on the politics and intrigue and all that :) don't worry, there is definitely romance as well in there, but in the background :)

When it comes to secondary characters in this story, my personal favourite is Zara, the queen... I don't really know why, because there is not a lot of her in the book, but every time she shows, she steals focus :) I don't know if there will be more of her in future stories or maybe she will get a book of her own, but I just wanted to share that with you :) there were of course many more people along the way, some of them good ones, some of the very bad... as in evil characters, not poorly written ;) all of them added different layers to this already rich story :) although now that I think about it, we don't really get to know too much about the world... :) don't get me wrong, we know enough to follow the plot and understand different interactions but there is definitely much more to discover :) I am absolutely looking forward to future stories for that :)

All in all I really loved this book :) it started of on a very good level for me... I immediately knew that this will be at least a 4 / 4,5 stars book :) but then, the more I read about those characters and the more I got to know them... I slowly fell more and more in love with them :) it was my third book written by the lovely Melissa and I am now pretty much convinced that her writing style just works for me :) she has a beautiful way of painting pictures with her words... :) the descriptions that fill this book are stunning :) and I adore the way she creates characters... they always grow and change throughout the span of the books... and some of them, like Anthony in this case, change tremendously... :) I found the world very interesting, a mix of steampunk-ish vibes with a touch of fantasy is something I love to read about and I am definitely looking forward to going back into it :) especially since I know that we will learn more about different places and customs in that second installment :) but for now, I can wholeheartedly recommend you guys this first story :) I hope I convinved you to give it a try :)

XOXO

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: "Desert rains" by Jana S. Brown


Author: Jana S. Brown
Book 1 in series Desert romance saga
Main characters: Richard Tyler and Charlene Petersmire

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and I absolutely loved it :) I categorized it as a contemporary / paranormal type of a story only because I have very few genres to choose from :) it's a conscious decision on my side, and since I have no sci-fi western shelf on Goodreads, those two were the closest on my list ;) but choosing the right genres aside, what is the most important thing you need to know about this book, is how lovely and fun it was ;) I will do my best to convince you to give it a try, without actually spoiling you stuff from it ;) so how about I start with the main couple and the world their story is set in ;)

When I said it's a sci-fi western I was not kidding people ;) the story takes place on another planet, on a ranch belonging to Charlene and her brother, Ted :) it has some serious western vibes, but with a modern twist, involving all sorts of cool equipment and such ;) it was a very original idea that I thoroughly enjoyed ;) I'm not gonna say anything more about it, just let you discover all the amazingness when you read the book ;) instead I will tell you a bit more about our main couple ;) oh how much I adored them... maybe it's because the book I read before this one really disappointed me, but I really appreciated that both Charlene and Richard acted like adults... it's not as common as I would like it to be in books ;) Charlene was absolutely amazing ;) struggling with her chronic illness every day, but despite that staying strong :) I loved that about her :) she has a lot of responsibilities, being the boss and working to keep money coming in... but having also a very fun side as well ;) and Richard... he accepted a job on her ranch to be closer to the woman he wants to court, and I am NOT talking about Charlene ;) yes, he has his eyes set on someone else ;) the fact that there's no insta-love or even lust between them was one of my favourite things about this book :) theirs is an absolutely slow building relationship... the more they get to know each other, the little things they happen to do together on the ranch... the closer they grow to one another ;) it starts with mutual respect and friendship that slowly blossoms into something more... *sighs happily* oh how I adored their journey ;) but my favourite secondary character award has to go to Ted ;) Charlene's brother was absolutely hilarious, stealing focus every time he showed up ;) I am very pleased to say, he will be the hero of the second book and I absolutely cannot wait to read his story ;) to get to know him even more and see what kind of a woman will win his heart ;)

I absolutely adored this book ;) like I mentioned before, it was based on a very original idea and I inhaled it very quickly ;) I needed to know how it ends ;) especially since besides the romance there were plenty of other things going on... the story takes place over a long amount of time actually :) it was full of adventure and definitely quite a few surprising turns of events I absolutely DID NOT see coming ;) I won't say anything else, but damn... ;) it was soooo good :) the writing style was very entertaining, pulling me in from the very first chapter and making me fall in love with the characters, not only our main couple, but also the secondary ones as well :) it had hilarious moments and a very vulnerable and emotional ones as well ;) I highly recommend you guys give this lovely gem a try ;)

XOXO

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