#FridayBookShare – Almost A Bride by Jo Watson

#FridayBookShare is a book meme created by Shelley wilson

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

 

So here is my #FridayBookshare:

  • First Line:

 I knew something was wrong the second I walked up to my front door.

  • Recruit fans by adding the blurb:

That awkward moment you catch your boyfriend in bed with another woman and then mistakenly get arrested #chargesdropped

Annie knows life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get mistaken for a crazed intruder when you come home early and find your boyfriend wearing nipple clamps with a coworker on the night you thought he was going to propose to you.

The important thing is to move on, and for Annie that means treating herself to a tropical vacation. But when she runs into her ex and his new woman staying at the same resort, reason is washed out to sea. Caught off guard, Annie pretends she’s with Chris, a cute screenwriter she meets on the beach. With his own writing blocked, Chris is happy to help Annie craft a story to save face. Soon Annie isn’t just getting over her ex, she’s getting under Chris. As her fictional feelings grow increasingly real, Annie has to decide if she’s ready to risk her heart on a new relationship.

  • Introduce the main character:

Funny, has stalker-tendencies, Witty

  • Delightful design:

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  • Audience:

Readers who love something light and funny to read whilst lounging about the beach sipping their cocktails.

  • Your favorite line:

“And then he turned. And because my eyes were focused on his bum, something else suddenly came into full view.

It was staring me straight in the face.”

Review: The Billionaire’s Stubborn Lover by Leslie North

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Title: The Billionaire’s Stubborn Lover

Author: Leslie North

Published: 4 October 2016

Publisher: –

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 2/5 anythings

Goodreads summary

Nathan and Carolina are prepared to make sacrifices for their families, but they’ll have to learn to let go of the past to embrace the future.

Green architect Nathan Maxfield has always gone his own way. At 26, he’s been happy to let his older brothers take charge of their father’s construction company while he focused on environmentally friendly pursuits. With the business rebounding after a series of setbacks, now it’s up to Nathan to prove his worth. He’ll have to tame his risk-taking style to please a conservative new client, but he soon realizes his work will put a beautiful young mother in jeopardy.

At 24 years old, Carolina Valdez has more on her plate than most women. Between her failed marriages, caring for her kids, and helping with her mother’s restaurant, she hardly has time for a personal life. When she learns the restaurant will be torn down to make way for new construction, she’ll have to work even harder to keep the business going. The architect is her soon-to-be brother-in-law, and Carolina expects a fight. Instead, she finds herself getting lost in Nathan’s hazel eyes.

When Carolina and Nathan come together despite their differences, others start working to tear them apart. To find happiness, they’ll have to move on from the mistakes of their past.

Review

As much as I want to like this book it was really hard for me due to a couple of reasons of which I shall list below.

  • I felt that the chemistry between Nathan and Carolina felt forced and rushed. Their chemistry for me was underwhelming as external factors overwhelmed it what with Maria’s drama (Maria is Carolina’s mother), her three kids, and her work life combined that with Nathan’s work life. So, there wasn’t enough time for the romance to truly be the center of attention and focus for the readers.
  • I cannot relate nor understand why Carolina’s family is so dramatic and everything has to be somewhat exaggerated. For example, Maria completely opposed her dating Nathan and took it out on Carolina by just being mean and not appreciating the hard work that Carolina does. Then, there is Angie’s pregnancy. I have been around pregnant women all my life but I have never seen any of them just going all crazily hormonal and just bawls and cries over the simplest things like how Angie is in this book. It just gives women a bad rep.
  • Again back to Maria, when Carolina finally confronts her mother as to why she has been so nasty to both her and Nathan, Maria says/screams that Nathan isn’t good enough for her on the basis that he is an adrenaline junkie and will surely risk his life leaving Carolina alone which in turn relates to Maria’s husband’s death and accident which left her paralyzed and alone to take care of six children. Like, it is not that I don’t empathize it’s more of why now? Why now does Maria want to bring that up? Had the emphasis related back to their family restaurant being demolished then I would have felt the connection more.
  • The ending too felt rushed for me, I barely got to see how the dynamic between Nathan and Carolina worked and then BAM! They’re getting hitched.

But hope is not lost there are still a few things that I did like about the book one of which is that Carolina, whilst still being a bombshell is a mother of three, all of them from different fathers and Nathan barely bats an eyelash at that. I like how he just accepts her and does his best to help her and her family in his own way.

Overall, I felt the book should put more emphasis on the dynamic between the lead characters and how will they work their differences and similarities together combined that with how will Nathan navigate through life with Carolina as she has small children and balance that with his work life. The plot I felt was too busy (does that make sense) for me to really feel a connection to the main characters but then again this is what I feel and think I am sure if somebody else reads it they might like the book way better than I did. Maybe I am just mainly a historical romance girl and not really into romances that are occurring in present times or maybe I am just not used to reading Leslie North’s style of writing. I might read her earlier books so I can compare.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday Feels

Today’s post is going to be another diary entry. I have got to be honest guys, I am very self-conscious of my blog. It is the basic of basics. I don’t have fancy headers, even my ratings it is just words or numbers. I don’t have those snazzy pics I always see on other blogs. It’s not that I don’t want to have snazzy ratings or funny gifs. I don’t know how to get nor apply the snazzy pictures and neither do I have the time. I don’t have internet at home so usually my reviews/posts, I will write it during my lunch hour at work or when work is sparse and there is nothing much to do. So it’s always a rush to write them hahahah.

Then there’s bookstagram. God, I tried man. I really did try and take really pretty pictures of books but they take so much time of my already very limited time. That isn’t even including the time needed to actually edit them. I have no idea how people do this actually. Juggle life, work, family, chores, reading, reviewing books AND take beautiful pictures for bookstagram. I know and do realize that comparison is the thief of joy but I can’t help it. The grass is always greener on the other side. So I kind of forgo my bookstagram and reverted back to my personal one. Maybe I am just not built for bookstagram as even my own personal instagram barely has new pictures.

I guess this post is just me acknowledging that I do realize that my blog has its shortcomings and I am trying to improve both in aesthetics and also my writing. I just need time and *hopefully* money to finally get internet at home.

I am really glad I do have loyal followers who do read my posts and was with me especially when I went through a reading slump and drama in my life causing me to be MIA for two months.

Update on the Wednesday feels post. I SUH-WEEEARR to God this phase of reading romance novels is slowly becoming a full blown addiction! My Netgalley shelf list is all romance novels now… I can’t help it man! They are so fast and sooooo easy to read, I just whiz through them like eating MnM’s and we all know how murder mysteries the quality fluctuated especially if you are like me where you read anything but with romance novels they tend to have a template and most of them are quite enjoyable. I never thought I’d see the day that I am addicted to romance novels.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017”. I changed it to 2017 and not the first half is because I rarely look forward to any books, I just kind of just read whatever I have or bought or requested BUT ever since I have read the works of Elizabeth Hoyt and Christi Caldwell and Jenny Han I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR NEW BOOKS NEXT YEAR! I am stalking Netgalley like crazy JUST IN CASE they put their books there first. I will be damned if I don’t request it. DAMNED I TELL YOU! Aside from that neurotic breakdown please enjoy my post for today. 😀

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Like DUH! Although for the life of me I cannot remember the hero’s name but I do know he is the guy with the extremely scarred face and the heroine is none other than Iris!!!!! I have been dying to read more about them ever since their first encounter during that ball where he called her a lamb. It is out on 29 August 2017 but please Elizabeth, I BEG YOU PLEASE PUT IT ON NETGALLEY. MY SOUL CAN’T HANDLE MONTHS OF WAITING!

This is me btw just waiting for the book… 

If I have to buy the book I might lose control and buy the whole series! and I don’t have no money!

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In here, we get to read more about Helena’s brother, Ryker Black. While he is a Duke’s son, he was raised in the underbelly of England what being a thief in his early life and then the leader/owner of this bar so he is a very different hero than what I usually read in historical romance.He is interesting. Usually, I’d be more interested in how the author will write the female characters but here I am more interested in Ryker than the heroine, Penelope. I still have a problem with the book cover though, it looks too campy and fake which makes some reader thinking that the book is cheesy and uninteresting which is the TOTAL OPPOSITE! (The models look too stiff, no?) This book will be out on 14 February 2017. *Fervently praying it will be out on Netgalley*

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I have no idea what’s the plot with this book but hey if it is from Elizabeth, I am on board!

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Y U DO DIZ TO ME JENNY HAN?! WHY?! I barely got to read the 2nd book and I thought okay, it’s okay. It will be the LAST book and I find out IT ISN’T?! What are you trying to do Jenny? KILL ME??! TEAR MY SOUL APART?! This gif explains accurately how I feel knowing this information.

Review: My Rogue, My Ruin by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

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Title: My Rogue, My Ruin

Author: Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

Published: 21 November 2016

Publisher: Entagled: Select Historical

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5 anythings

Goodreads Summary

He stole their riches, she stole his heart.

The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.

Review

Damn! I am turning into a sucker for historical romance novels. I just devour them like tasty, warm, freshly baked chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream on the top, complete with rainbow sprinkles.

I really, REALLY, REEEAAALLLYYY like this book. My Rogue, My Ruin whilst it does not have as much sex scenes as I would have initially thought but it makes up for it in the form of the sexual encounters. Like the characters don’t actually consummate their relationship until way in the last chapter but when they do meet there is so much sexual tension that you can slice it with a butter knife and the lack of the actual sex didn’t make the plot any less fun to read and that is because it allows the author to focus on other aspects, such as the interaction between Brynn and Archer and other side characters.

It was really fun to read how Brynn and Archer interacted because sometimes their interaction is funny, sometimes it’s serious and other times it’s just of what will and could happen if they are left alone for a prolonged time.

The protagonists in this book are unique in their own way where Archer is a highwayman even when he is born to nobility and Brynn has a lung problem (asthma?) but it doesn’t stop her from sneaking out of the house in the mornings and sometimes middle of the night riding her horse Apollo. Not to mention Brynn is an excellent shooter whereby she is able to defend herself had she had access to either a gun or a sword.

I also liked how their sexual encounters played out whereby the encounters themselves are classy yet the characters acknowledged what they wanted to do to each other was very very indecent. I’d be having indecent thoughts too were I cooped up in a room with a handsome species of man.

The plot was awesome!!! I say this because at the end when the true antagonist was revealed I was completely gobsmacked! I had no idea it was said character who was the mastermind of it all. Said character made me feel like if they could lie about this what else have they lied about? So it makes one wonder has everything been a lie, was not even one second of it the truth? I had my suspicions on who could be the fake Masked Marauder on another character but I was way off.

Now for the actual sex that happened at the end of the book, I really liked how Brynn was really an innocent and a virgin and had no clue what the hell to do and she needed Archer to teach her and show her what he wanted which I find quite refreshing and sweet. Plus, I liked how she finally revealed that it was her who shot him. That part was funny to read.

Overall, this book is great to read if you are looking for something light and fun to read. Maybe read it at the beach sipping cocktails and enjoying the sun.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

#FridayBookShare – In the flesh by K. D. Grace

#FridayBookShare is a book meme created by Shelley Wilson

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

 

So here is my #FridayBookShare:

Just finished this book yesterday so review will be up in a few weeks (I’ll link it here once its out) said book is ‘In The Flesh‘ by K. D. Grace

  • First line:

“Susan, this is going to sound completely barking, but I think he might be God”

  • Recruit fans by adding the blurb:

“When Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help”.

  • Introduce the main character: 

Head strong, brave, lustful

  • Delightful design:

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  • Audience:

I kid you not this book is perfect for Supernatural fans. Supernatural as in TV show supernatural or pretty much for fans who just like anything supernatural mixed with erotica.

  • Your favorite line:

Ironically my favorite line is also the first line in the book. 😀

“Susan, this is going to sound completely barking, but I think he might be God”

Review: The Cupcake Caper by Kelle Z Riley

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Title: The Cupcake Caper

Author: Kelle Z Riley

Published: 29th September 2016

Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads synopsis

Science is about solving puzzles. Why should solving a murder be any different? Dr. Bree Watson (aka Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson) is comfortable solving chemistry problems. She isn’t comfortable finding her boss dead and being a suspect in his poisoning. Now she’s juggling: A sexy marketing manager-who may, or may not-be a contract killer. A handsome lead detective whose interest goes beyond the case. The dead man’s cranky cat. A goose-chasing dog in hot water with an animal rights group. The search for the perfect cupcake recipe. And, of course, someone who wants her out of the picture. And she thought getting a Ph.D. was hard.

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WWW Wednesdays

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

 

Currently Reading:

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Killing Jane by Stacy Green and so far it is okay. I am however getting annoyed by the lead protagonists insecurities. Like hot damn woman! You got this job with hard work and bad-assery so just chill and don’t doubt yourself. If she was my age (23 if anybody is asking) then the insecurities are kind of legit but she isn’t and its showing in her work where she just loses control and I am like ‘WUUUTTTTT?’

Recently finished:

Yeah I kinda lost myself in a reading binge last Friday until Sunday and finished 5 books. As you can see from the pic above. Hahahahha. Anyhoots, I finished reading Duke of Pleasure, The Rogue’s Wager, The Billionaire’s Lover, The Cupcake Caper and My Rogue, My Ruin. Out of these five I REALLY liked and IMMENSELY enjoyed reading Duke of Pleasure (defo very pleasurable to read), The Rogue’s Wager (I’d wager ya’ll like this book too) and My rogue, My Ruin (that rogue definitely ruined me for other books, LOL!). The other two was a meh for me. I have written a review for Duke of Pleasure here so check it out, the others are still pending unfortunately.

Reading next:

Okay, I do realize that the titles in my Netgalley list has just gone crazy and I should not have requested for more books but I did so, yeah. Now, I am in a dilemma of either reading titles that have been in my TBR netgalley list since THE BEGINNING OF TIME orrrrrr read the ones that I just got. Dilemma… dilemma. I CAN’T DECIDE DAMN IT!!!! But no worries you guys will definitely know by next week which one I have read in next weeks WWW Wednesdays.

Review: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: Duke of Pleasure

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Published: 29th November 2016

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

 

 

Goodreads synopsis

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE

Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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