Monday, 26 September 2016

Stadium of Lights by Tia Lewis REVIEW

Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance
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He can’t help claiming her. But can he love her?

Max Anderson enjoys all the perks of being a star NFL quarterback―including the women. He has no intention of changing his carefree, hard-loving lifestyle … until a twist of fate reunites him with the girl he knew growing up.

Abby Morrison has worked hard to become a physical therapist. She knows she needs to keep things professional with Max―but the truth is, she’s always loved him. Back then, she hid it. Now, it’s not so easy.

As they rekindle their friendship, the heat between them is impossible to ignore. Soon it flares out of control, and the fallout threatens to ruin everything. Can they salvage a future together ... or will the consequences wreck their lives?





Stadium of Lights is a second chance romance that I found pretty adorable. We get to meet Max and Abby who used to know each other when they were children until their teenage years. Max is the athlete so he's always had girls throw themselves at him whilst Abby was his constant, staying in the friend zone. 

Flash forward about seven years and Abby is no longer the awkward girl that was Max's best friend but Max is still the quarterback. Having gained a degree in physical therapy, Abby is ready to move back to the US and as fate would have it - the team that hires her is where Max plays!

I have to say, I wasn't really feeling Max as a character, he came across as very asshole-ish and never really did anything to redeem himself from that part of his personality, however Abby has been mildly in love with him for so long with him being like that, maybe she wouldn't even know how to deal with him if he changed ;) However, Max was not without his good points and they played very well of Abby's character who I really loved and respected. Abby was a fully fleshed character without ever feeling like a trope.

I think this book was a really cute quick read but I absolutely wouldn't be opposed to it being a series. However, the writing did interest me enough that even if this world isn't expanded, I'm definitely going to look in to Tia Lewis' other books! 
Rating: 3 stars!

Friday, 23 September 2016

April Showers and Wedding Flowers Cover Reveal!


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By
Lindsey Paley

Blurb
The wedding cake is baked, the champagne is on ice and the bridesmaid dress is a perfect fit. Everything is ready for Hannah and Archie's wedding at the picture-perfect church in the sleepy village of Aisford in the Lake District.

But if Camille Carter, 'Queen of Culinary Chaos', thought everything would go according to plan for a change, then she was wrong. When tragedy strikes at the Stag Party weekend there's a risk the wedding will have to be called off.

Will Millie team up once again with irritating-but-hunky Fergus McKenzie to untangle the mystery and ensure the wedding of the year goes ahead without a hitch? Or should she leave well alone and return to her little Parisian patisserie to concentrate on her fledgling Afternoon Tea business?

April Showers and Wedding Flowers is sure to delight fans of the Camille Carter series.
Displaying Photo of me-jan16.jpgAuthor bio:
Lindsey Paley is the author of contemporary romance novels and a cosy 
murder/mystery series set in the English Lake District. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes and indulging in a spot of Afternoon Tea with her friends where a glass of pink fizz is often the highlight. She loves walking in the countryside and is also a keen archer!

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Stadium of Lights - Release Blitz!

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Stadium of Lights

by Tia Lewis A Sports Romance Publication Date: September 19, 2016 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports, Romance
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He can’t help claiming her. But can he love her? Max Anderson enjoys all the perks of being a star NFL quarterback?including the women. He has no intention of changing his carefree, hard-loving lifestyle … until a twist of fate reunites him with the girl he knew growing up. Abby Morrison has worked hard to become a physical therapist. She knows she needs to keep things professional with Max — but the truth is, she’s always loved him. Back then, she hid it. Now, it’s not so easy. As they rekindle their friendship, the heat between them is impossible to ignore. Soon it flares out of control, and the fallout threatens to ruin everything. Can they salvage a future together … or will the consequences wreck their lives?
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About Tia Lewis

Tia Lewis is a romance author from the Midwest who writes about smart, sexy, sassy women and hot, possessive alpha males. Her favorite bad boys to write about include sports players, mafia, bikers, billionaires and the bad-ass next door. You can find her cooking, reading, or traveling when she’s not busy working on her next release. Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text LEWIS to 31996 or go to:www.NextBookRelease.com
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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Thin Lives by Bethany Kris Review

Thin Lives (Donati Bloodlines, #3)
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Emma Donati

Some days, it felt like Emma had just imagined it all. 
Like maybe everything she had been with Calisto was just a dream. 
Emma knew it was crazy—it was impossible to forget what she had shared with Calisto Donati. All their love, the stolen moments, their foulness together, and the beauty underneath it all were real. 
They were real. 
But he didn't know. 
He didn’t know any of it. 
And little by little, with every day that passed her by, Emma found she was losing those pieces that reminded her they had existed once. 
Just like the rosary. 
All too soon, Emma knew … there would be nothing left.

Calisto Donati

Emma hadn’t given him a choice. 
Her, not him. 
Yeah, that’s what Calisto was going to keep telling himself. He refused to feed into the strange curiosity he had about Emma Donati. It had been building from the moment he’d first seen her face after he’d awakened. He wouldn’t admit that for longer than he cared to admit, he thought there was more behind her false smile, polite words, and the distance she put between her and him—that there might be more to them. 
He couldn’t. 
Except … he was feeding into it. 
Calisto just wasn’t sure what it was. 
But tonight he was going to find out. 
Whether she wanted to tell him or not.

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The final Bloodlines novel.


I just can't believe it's all over. Emma and Calisto stole my heart in May 2016 and it's honestly felt like I've been waiting for years for them to finally get their happily ever after (It's September 2016, I haven't).  
Thankfully with indie publishing (in general) the wait between books is no longer a torturous nine months to a year but, a pleasant few months that still feel like they last forever.

I knew we were going to be getting a happily ever after but I honestly had no idea how it would come about. Emma and Calisto were in such a sticky and delicate situation it almost seemed like they would never get out, and certainly not alive. I once read an TV writers' interview where they said they like to leave themselves in a huge dilemma for season finales and they get to enjoy their summer wondering how on earth their characters are going to get out of it. Clearly, Bethany Kris is one of these writers. I was so happy that Calisto and Emma managed to weather through the storm but I'm a bit sad at one thing that I will mention again later.

The high stakes involved in this book were amazing. We pick up after Calisto's accident where he no longer remembers the past two years which would be fine if a) two years ago he didn't love Affonso b) He knew that Emma existed two years ago. Calisto loving Alberto was painful to read but I thought it was a great literary device to take us back to a time that had been alluded to since the very first book without actually going back in time. Emma is obviously suffering because not only does she have a high risk pregnancy and is still married to Affonso, the one true friend she has doesn't remember her and doesn't even speak to her beyond polite conversation. Life is hard I guess.

Thankfully, a hard won victory occurs and Emma and Calisto get their happily ever after with their family, plus a bonus connection to the families of The Chicago War however there was one aspect that upset me: 
**MAJOR SPOILERS** 
Cross can never and will never know who his father is, he will never know that Calisto loves him just as much as his sister and if he does find out, it could destroy him. That hurts my soul, but Bethany Kris is playing well within mafia rules, so fair play to her.

I've loved this series, I felt like it had a different, edgier tone to her other books and it was an interesting direction to go in.

Rating: 4.5 stars