Friday, 30 December 2016

Top Ten Books of 2016 - June to December

So we've reached the end of the year and according to Goodreads I've read 231 books (131 more than my mid year look), including novellas, putting me just over my goal of 125 books being read in 2016.

Of these extra 131 books, I've decided to give myself the painstaking task of picking my top ten, no series or joint numbers, just the ten books that I've enjoyed the most this year. I'm going to focus on new to me more than new in general but that may not be the case, let's find out!

Next post will merge the two lists - be ready to find out my number one book of the year!!
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10) ROYALLY SCREWED BY EMMA CHASE - 4 stars
Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)     Emma Chase's books are always a delight. This series is quite different from the lawyers and investment bankers we have all got used to in terms of occupation at least. Prince Nicholas is an adorable character and Olivia is everything you would want in a heroine. 

What I loved most about this book is how much it made me laugh and how it made me fall so deeply for the characters. I'm so excited for the next two books already.



9) YOUR INESCAPABLE LOVE BY LAYLA HAGEN - 4 stars
Your Inescapable Love (The Bennett Family #4)I've already reviewed this book here!
To recap:

  • I'm so in love with the Bennett family
  • Max was adorable 
  • Emilia is amazing
  • Second chance romances are always worth the time, especially if they're lucky enough to have been written by Layla Hagen!  



8) IN RUINS BY DANIELLE PEARL - 5 stars
In Ruins (Something More, #1)Danielle Pearl makes beautiful books. I knew it when I'd finished Normal and realised that the characters had made their way deep into my heart and book mind.
In Ruins doesn't buck the trend, whilst I was upset that Carl and Tucker would need a second chance romance, it was just so beautiful. I literally could have never guessed this story and I'm so glad that Danielle took the time to write it



7) THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR BY AIMEE ALEXANDER - 5 stars
The Accidental Life Of Greg MillarThis amazing book has already reviewed by me so just a quick recap and a note. Aimee Alexander/Denise Deegan has been writing books that are so important to me for a while now. 
In keeping with not wanting to spoil the very important surprise, all I can say is that we need to learn to accept people for all of who they are.
Anyway, on to the recap:

  • Characters are delightful
  • The romance is adorable
  • The story is essential


6) SOMEONE LIKE YOU BY LAUREN LAYNE - 5 stars
Someone like You (Oxford, #3)The long awaited Lincoln book. Does not disappoint. 
Lincoln has been charming us all for so long I was genuinely worried that after all the anticipation he could disappoint. So, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Lauren Layne for ever, ever doubting her after all she's done for me.
Not only did she gift us with the perfect book and characters, she also announced that she's expanding the series so at least I have one thing to look forward to in the potential garbage year that could be 2017.

5) WAIT FOR IT BY MARIANA ZAPATA - 5 stars
Wait for ItFun fact: this is also my favourite Hamilton song but that isn't why I love it (the themes are actually quite similar, it's eerie).
Mariana Zapata is a new find for me this year and she has honestly not disappointed. Wait For It follows the generic Zapata formula of moody male and slow burn romance and yet with each book, she lets us know that she knows her characters; whilst the stories are the same, it's the characters that make each story come alive and have you rooting for them from the bottom of your heart.

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4) A BLOODY KINGDOM BY J.J. MCAVOY - 5 stars
A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People #4)J.J. McAvoy's Ruthless People is most comparable to a TV show like Scorpion. Are you fully aware that these people are doing near impossible and highly ridiculous things? Yes. Do you care? Absolutely not.

So this book is the real ending to Ruthless People as J.J. just couldn't let me be happy and stress free. It's really a rollercoaster ride that I'm not only happy to have got on, but would continue to get on over and over again. 

Melody and Liam are a dream as always. 

If you like your heroines crazy with fight, this series is for you.

3) CONSOLATION PRIZE BY LINDA KAGE - 5 stars
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men, #9)We first met little Colton when he was maybe 5? and next thing you know he's 18 and breaking hearts and taking names, as is the family tradition.
Consolation Prize follows Linda Kage delving into interracial relationships. Colton is obviously white but Julianna is black. The story is strong already, but following the real issues that can occur from these relationships only served to make the book better and more realistic.
The last book will be going back to Mason and Reese so I would like to thank Linda for giving me the wonderful Gamble family, from Noel right down to Colton.



2) LUCAS BY JAY MCLEAN - 5 stars
Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)Lucas is one of those weird books where everybody makes terrible decisions but you leave them to it because they've already endeared themselves to you so you're just like "look at my children making their trash decisions because they don't have me to guide them"
I fell in love with Lucas (the book) and also Lucas the character. Lanie however was the character that I felt really brought the book home.
As readers, most of us already knew Lucas from the More Than Series so Lanie was not only a new perspective on the crazy Preston family, but through her we also got to meet the Preston's mum.

1) EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS - 5 stars
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)If you saw my Empire of Storms post you probably thought I'd said all I could say about this series...WRONG!

This is a series that continuously BLOWS MY MIND, even with things I already know are coming. Never in my life did I think I would love Manon as much as I did when I read her first ever chapter. Manon and all the Blackbeaks are just amazing. Aelin has obviously been with us since book one, I love her more and more each book. Aedion was my own personal gift and I love him so much. Lysandra has the biggest heart. Dorian is Dorian. Sarah J. Maas is still my best bet to plan a murder that she could get away with cos all she does is plot and plan.
...and I still have no feelings for Rowan bye.


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Melt by Helen Hardt - RELEASE BLITZ

Melt (Steel Brothers Saga #4)
by Helen Hardt
Release Date 20th December 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance Goodreads #steelbrotherssaga #helenhardt
Synopsis
Jonah Steel is intelligent, rich, and hard-working. As the oldest of his siblings, he was charged by his father to protect them.
He failed in the worst way.
Dr. Melanie Carmichael has her own baggage. Although the renowned therapist was able to help Jonah’s brother, she is struggling with feelings of inadequacy. When the oldest Steel walks into her office seeking solace, she can’t turn her back.
As Melanie and Jonah attempt to work through their issues together, desperately trying to ignore the desire brewing between them, ghosts from both their pasts surface…and danger draws near.
Meet The Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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The Steel Brothers Saga continues........

Burn (Steel Brothers #5) - Releases 14th February 2017
Surrender (Steel Brothers #6) - Releases 16th May 2017

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Way Back by Lilly Mirren COVER REVEAL




Title: The Way Back
Series: Emerald Bay #1
Author: Lilly Mirren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Danielle Owergoor
Release Date: January 2, 2017



Blurb

Nothing’s turning out the way I’d planned.

I’d given up on winning back my cheating husband, swallowed my pride, and returned to the sleepy beachside town of my childhood, Emerald Bay.

A chance to forget the pain of divorce, and make a fresh start. A chance to find the person I used to be.

I didn’t expect to run into my high school boyfriend. The one that got away — the first big regret of my adult life. I didn’t expect him to look so good, or to be so lost. He was in pain, and I was in no shape to help him.

I wasn’t looking for love. I couldn’t take another heartbreak. I just wanted to find myself, or at the very least some kind of peace. But a love like ours is hard to shake, even after so many years apart.

I never thought I’d get a second chance at happiness. A second chance with Finn. I just wanted to find the way back to the person I once was.

But maybe… just maybe… he was the way back.







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Lilly Mirren lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three small children.

Lilly always dreamed of being a writer, and is now living that dream. She is a graduate of both the University of Queensland, where she studied International Relations, and Griffith University, where she completed a degree in Information Technology.

When she's not writing, she's chasing her children, doing housework or spending time with friends.



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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Saving Grace by Mignon Mykel - Playlist!

Saving Grace

by Mignon Mykel Loving Meadows, #1 Publication Date: December 19, 2016 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis: He calms me.
An unexpected long-distance friendship showed Gracelyn Dewey the ease of some relationships. Very few people could get past her walls and even then, fewer had the ability to see through her anxieties. With him, she finds more—but circumstances wouldn’t allow them to keep it. Instead, they find an easy friendship with one another. Until it wasn’t easy any more. She grounds me. In his line of work, Sawyer Meadows sees some gut wrenching things. He sees broken people, wounded people, fearful people. He loves his job, yet is losing a piece of himself in the mix. But there was always her. Drawn to her quiet smile, he has always known she was meant to be something special to him. A fact that became painfully evident when she found someone else to hold her. Somewhere along the way, we lost it. They are given one weekend together to fix their friendship. The days can’t go off without any hitches though. When her recent past and his career collide, they’ll have to decide—is the distance enough to keep them apart? Or are they through letting everything else dictate their happiness? She’s my saving grace, and I plan on saving her in the process.
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Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Hit The Spot by J. Daniels Excerpt

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  Is this love or just a game? Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup. Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won't admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it's time for Jamie to raise the stakes. Jamie promises that soon Tori won't just want him in her bed, she'll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he's found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what's happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win? This book can be read as a stand-alone. Book 1--Four Letter Word      

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  Hammerjacks was dimly lit and packed with bodies, some dancing together and others crowding the bar, waiting to get served. I started scanning the room as I came up beside Tori, who was doing the same even though she had no idea who she was looking for. I saw Quinn almost instantly. She wasn’t hard to spot. The bright pink spiked-out hair helped with that. “There,” I said, pointing in the direction of the bar where my sister was sitting on a stool, head turned away from the group of shitheads swarming her. She was alone. That pissed me off. She was here, in town visiting, and she was looking for ass. That pissed me off, too. Not much I could do about the second thing, I understood it, but she was gonna hear my feelings toward the other whether she wanted to hear them or not. “What’s her name again?” Tori asked as we made our way over. “Quinn,” I said. She nodded, face serious. Then she tucked stray pieces of hair behind her ears and smoothed out the rest of her pony, pulled the one sleeve of her shirt down so it exposed her shoulder and bra strap, straightened her spine, tipped her chin up, and put on a smile before rushing ahead. “Hey, sweetie. Sorry I’m late,” Tori chirped, squeezing in between my sister and the shitheads as if they weren’t standing there. She grabbed Quinn’s face, bent down, and kissed her cheek. “I missed you. Did you miss me?” she asked, bringing both hands to Quinn’s neck and holding there while standing between her bent knees. Tori was smiling and playing the part, leaning close and making it seem like they were really together, or at least really feeling each other. My sister was blinking up at Tori, looking baffled but also looking like she was wanting to buy everything Legs was selling. I wasn’t surprised. Quinn shared my taste in women. And I definitely had a taste for Legs. “Whoa, are you two…damn. Is this your girl?” one of the shitheads asked from behind Tori, pointing at the back of her. “Jesus,” another one chimed in, looking his fill. “What are the chances of me watchin’ you two go at it? This is fuckin’ hot.” I stepped up then, not liking the tone of this guy and the shit coming out of his mouth, and wanting to make my presence known. He saw me approach and shot me a hard look, asking, “You gotta problem?” “Jamie.” Teeth clenched and fists forming, I looked to Quinn, not taking the bait he was throwing out. She was watching me, eyes serious and mouth tight, subtly shaking her head in warning ’cause she knew I couldn’t be fighting or doing anything that could draw negative attention. Then she turned her attention onto Tori when she twisted and slid into Quinn’s lap. “Fishing in the wrong pond, boys,” Tori informed them, sweeping her gaze over the three while putting her arm around Quinn’s shoulders and pressing close. “Get lost. We’re not interested.” Then she turned all of her attention onto my sister and amped up her game, giggling as she kept her face close to hers and running her fingers through her hair, smiling, whispering, really flirting and looking into it, all while blocking the view of the shitheads so they couldn’t watch. And everything Legs was doing, my sister was eating up. Wrapping her arms around Tori and holding on to her, smiling back, laughing, looking like she was falling in love and thinking this was real and something sustainable. I was starting to regret incorporating Tori into this plan. She was a little too good at her game. Straight up. Maybe the best at it. I was also starting to get mildly jealous watching my sister getting attention from the one woman who was hell-bent on ignoring my ass. “Man, whatever,” the one guy said, grabbing his beer and looking to his friends. “Come on. I’m not wastin’ my time on lesbian pussy.” His friends murmured their agreement, mentioned something about hitting up Roy’s, a bar down the street, then grabbed their beers and stepped away. When they were out of earshot, I shifted my eyes to Legs, telling her, “Think you sold it. You can get off my sister now.” Tori smiled proudly, lifting her shoulders with a little dance. Then she looked to Quinn, keeping the smile, and said, “Hey, I’m Tori. Your brother dragged me here, so I figured I’d offer my assistance instead of letting him handle it, since he can’t fight and all.” “Can fight, just shouldn’t,” I corrected her. I jerked my chin. “Hop off.” Quinn moved her hands up Tori’s back and licked her lips. “Wicked plan,” my sister told her. “I was totally into that.” “I think it got the point across,” Tori replied. “I really like your hair, by the way.” She ran her fingers through it again. “The color looks great on you.” “Really?” “Absolutely. It really makes your eyes pop.” “I was thinking about going purple…” “Have you tried bleaching the roots and just painting the color on the ends? I think that would look amazing with purple.” Jesus. “Legs,” I barked. Both of their heads whipped around and faced my direction. “You feelin’ like gettin’ up so we can get the fuck outta here?” I asked, thinking only about the food back at her place I was wanting to eat and not about how comfortable my sister’s hands looked gripping on to Tori’s body. “She’s fine,” Quinn offered, keeping her hands locked around Legs. “Really. She doesn’t have to move.” I shot a glare at Quinn, communicating how I felt about that suggestion, then shifted that glare to Tori. “I was getting up. Relax. We were just talking,” she huffed, moving off Quinn’s lap and coming to stand beside me. “You’re welcome, by the way,” she murmured.    
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J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family. 

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Hit The Spot by J. Daniels

Hit the Spot (Dirty Deeds, #2)
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Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup. 

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won't admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it's time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won't just want him in her bed, she'll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he's found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what's happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?


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Do you ever read a book and plays out like you're watching a movie? You can see it all so clearly in your head and you're loving everything about it?

That's how Hit The Spot managed to hit the spot ;) [I'm sure she hasn't heard that one yet, sorry!] We'd already met Jamie and Tori in Four Letter Word but is there anything better than an enemies to lovers book (rarely!)? It's definitely in my top 2 tropes if not my favourite trope of all time and this book executed it perfectly.

In Four Letter Word we see Jamie hit on Tori daily and Tori insult him and retaliate by violating multiple health and safety rules but the moment I knew I was going to love this couple and story with all my heart involves a friendly bout of vandalism. I promise I do believe in the law but it was just so swoon worthy and Tori agreed with me.

This story lets us see more about both characters and that's what I love about series, no matter how much you may know about a character when they're a supporting one, it never beats what you get to learn about them from their point of view or the point of view of their other half. 


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Tori was already a kick ass character but the second I got to read from her POV I was like "yes, this is exactly the type of character I can root for!" and the same happened with Jamie and so it's no surprise these two were/are made for each other.

Plot wise I thought it followed a really good story throughout and I loved the slight switching of the "gender roles" we tend to see a lot of in contemporary romances.

I picked up my first J. Daniels book earlier this year and whilst I'm sad I'm all caught up, I'm very excited to be able to keep coming back!

Rating: 4 stars
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Bound To Me by Christy Pastore COVER REVEAL




Title: Bound to Me
Series: The Harbour #1
Author: Christy Pastore
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sara Eirew
Release Date: January 24, 2017



Blurb

We set the rules…

Well, I set the rules… he agreed.

I left before we could break them, or so I thought I had…

Ella Connolly is looking forward to starting a new adventure in her life. After putting her party girl, headline-grabbing tabloid exploits behind her, she has become a responsible and successful entrepreneur. Moving across the pond to Manhattan, she’s determined to make the dream for her boutique to become an international retail brand come true.

While in the States, her overprotective brother insists she have a full-time security detail. This complicates Ella’s plans in more ways than one.

Alex Robertsen’s life is in shambles. After losing the woman he loves to his brother, he’s been on a steady diet of booze and easy women in an effort to make himself numb. Things needed to change.

Change is good.

Good, that is, until Alex finds himself thrust into an all too familiar situation.

He’s obligated by a professional oath to protect Ella at all costs.

She’s vowed to not let distractions, even the ruggedly handsome ones, keep her from her goals.

But old habits die hard…

We’d broken the rules… more than once.

We were bound to… and we agreed it was worth the risk.

He left before it shattered us both… or so we thought.







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Christy Pastore lives in the Midwest with her husband, two lovable dogs and their crazy cool cat. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising and Marketing. Writing has always been a part of her life. Her first writing gig was for a celebrity entertainment website. Later she went on to create her own blogazine and media company combining her love of writing with fashion and marketing.

When's she not writing flirty and dirty books or updating her celebrity fashion blog, she loves shopping online, binge watching her favorite shows and daydreaming.

She believes books, especially love stories are an escape from the real world.

A few of Christy's favorite things:

Bold Heroine's – Swoony Hero's with a Naughty Side— Guilty Pleasure Reads and TV Shows – Designer Handbags – Men In Suits – Black and White Photos— Sexy Accents— Snow— Pinterest – Twitter – Instagram— Wine— Champagne— Soy Latte's – Gummi Bears— Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Pickles—Popcorn— Sparkling Water— Eye Cream— Pedicures— Traveling— 80's Music— Musicals— Movie Trailers – Celebrity Red Carpet Interviews – Award Shows – Making Lists.



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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Games by Brianne Day

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Title: Games (The Dangerous Games Series #1)
Author: Brianne Day
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th
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Synopsis
9 months away from Audrey’s ex didn't seem like long enough. Audrey thought she had been able to let go. She had tried so hard but the scarring wasn’t just skin deep, he had marred her soul. After a moment of weakness, Carson is back but at what cost? Her life or someone that she loves?
Brock has it all figured out, until his thoughtlessness lands him on Audrey doorstep. Clothed Audrey would have been hard enough to resist but half naked Audrey? No chance. He struggles with accepting the new whirlwind of emotions she invokes in him and getting involved with her psychotic ex. But when Audrey's life is on the line, just how far will he go to protect the woman he can't stop thinking about?
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I couldn't believe how weak I was becoming just from one little phone call. I tried to breathe; I tried to remind myself that he had no control over me. I tried to reassure myself that I would be okay and that he wasn't in my life anymore. But no matter what I told myself, I could feel my mind spiraling out of control. Questions overtook my mind. What if he tried to come after me? What if he was already here just waiting? What if? What if? Why had I even answered the phone? "You better have been or it won't be good." He huffed into the phone right before it cut out. I switched my phone to silent and placed it face down on the floor. I closed my eyes and tried to pull myself together. My arms were shaking and I knew tears were threatening my eyes.
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Brianne Day is from a small town in Southern Louisiana where the food is spicy, people are loud and lovely, church is a staple and romance is raw. Brianne is obsessed with makeup, her family, writing and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
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