Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My book boyfriend: Dillon from No Flowers Required

This week's book boyfriend is from another one of my kindle bargains, honestly I can't help myself I see them and then I have to buy them! Anyway, this week's yummy contender is Dillion the handyman/reluctant heir to Value Hardwear Corporation from Cari Quinn's No Flowers Required.
Why Dillion is so completely irresistable:

Although he is the co-owner of Value Hardwear Corporation with his brother, he prefers to concentrate on the manual work and which is why Alexa thinks he's the handyman.

He's built an eco-friendly garden rooftop garden on Alexa's building and

He helps Alexa with her failing flower business and donates his time and money to charity.

He's terrified that when Alexa finds out he's part of the Value Hardwear corporation that's putting her out of business that she'll never speak to him again.

Alexa's first glimpse of Dillion is one to savour: 
  "Abruptly, Alexa stopped in front of an open apartment door and widened her eyes. Who was that?
  A man wearing tight jeans and a black T-shirt stretched tight over a taut back meant for fingernail marks knelt in the middle of an apartment with a floor plan just like hers, methodically ripping up strips of the laminate. He faced away from her, which gave her the perfect opportunity to study the bunch and flex of muscles in his sinewy forearms. He wore some sort of copper cuff around one wrist, and a tattoo flashed from under the sleeve on his other arm. She couldn't make out what the tat was, but one thing she could discern with no trouble at all.
  Beefcake boy had a hell of an ass."
 Their first kiss is HAWT *fans self*
  "He fused his mouth to hers, and dammit, it was even better than he'd expected. She didn't yield to him but struggled a bit, as if she was shocked he'd taken over. That made it even hotter. He slanted his lips over hers when her squeak granted him access to the warm sweetness inside. Perfect. He took full advantage of her surprise to explore her with long, slow licks of his tongue."
 I loved the playful banter between them:
"Ms. Conroy, are you propositioning me?"
"If I was?"
"I'd say hell yes and get naked."
I recommend getting your hands on a copy of No Flowers Required at only £1.96 /$3.14 it's a complete bargain! You can check out my mini review here.
My book boyfriend is a weekly meme created by Missie at The Unread Reader. To find out more check out Missie's introductory post here. To show off your fictional boyfriend link your MBB post below. Direct links only please.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review and giveaway: Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Reaping me softly

Reaping Me Softly
Kate Evangelista
Publication date: 30th October 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Niko Clark is the Reaper of Georgia, his boss and master Death is tired, overworked and gets migraines so allows Reapers from each state to escort souls for processing and enforce death certificates on his behalf to maintain balance in the world. Reapers must take energy from the souls to survive but must follow protocol and blend into society so when Niko who has blended beautifully as a gorgeous high school kid starts to question his purpose as a Reaper his resulting Reaper depression sees him nearly fading away (quite literally) through lack of energy feed.

Arianne Wilson can see dead people, or their souls to be exact. She's had a crush on Niko for years and looks forward to catching a glimpse of him in Chemistry so when she sees Niko slumped and looking ill she saves him by taking him back to his house. His Reaper caretaker knows he needs energy from souls to survive so when Ari sees the souls he has reaped she realises that Niko is no ordinary kind of guy. To Niko Ari is his angel, she's his reason to live, and their growing feelings for each other is something neither Niko or Ari have faced before but when Niko reaps the soul of someone Ari loves it puts their love very much to the test.

Reaping Me Softly is a very addictive new YA paranormal romance. I loved the mixture of the paranormal Reaper world and Ari and Niko's sweet little YA-ish romance. Equally, I really enjoyed the supporting characters especially the very overworked Death and Niko's sort of Reaper father figure Tomas. I was pleasantly surprised by the additional bullying storyline and my heart honestly just went out to Ari and her sister Carrie on more than one occasion. I'll definitely be checking out the next instalment.




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Monday, 29 October 2012

Mini reviews: Down for the Count and No Flowers Required

down for the countDown for the Count
Dare Me #1
Christine Bell
Publication date: 1st October 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

I’m loving Entangled Publishing’s Brazen Line, I’ve enjoyed every single one of their sexy little contemporary romances and Down for the Count is the perfect kind of quick, easy contemporary romance with a little bit of steam that I like!

When poor Lacey finds her new husband in the cupboard with her bridesmaid on her wedding day it’s up to bad boy boxer Galen her best friends older brother to save her and whisk her away on the back of his bike.

Their escape results in mucho drinking games and they end up going on Lacey’s honeymoon. After a number of really deliciously good schmexy scenes and family drama (including the most over bearing mother ever!) with Galen's help Lacey is finally able to stand up for herself and decide her own fate.

Down for the Count is a delicious little friends to lovers romance. I liked it a lot.

no flowers required

No Flowers Required   
Love Required #2   
Cari Quinn   
Publication date: 23rd August 2012   
Reviewed by Lesley   
I had a little bit of a lump in my throat after reading No Flowers Required. In a good way of course! Flower shop owner Alexa is barely managing to keep the business she has inherited afloat and has to sell her home and downsize into the run down flat above her shop. When she meets gorgeous handyman Dillon she realises that a little bit of escapist romance is exactly what she needs when faced with evil Cory the co-owner of Value Hardwear who is hounding her to pay her bills and wants to put her out of business.
What Alexa doesn't know is that handyman Dillion is actually Cory's brother and reluctant heir to the evil Value Hardwear corporation. As Dillion and Alexa's romance heats up Dillion becomes more and more worried that once the proverbial cat is out of the bag and Alexa realises that he's not just a simple handyman that she will never forgive him.
I enjoyed the instant heat between Dillion and Alexa, she's a little bit stubborn at first and despite her business failing is reluctant to admit her high end products are actually pricing herself out of business. It takes Dillion's patience and gentle coaxing to get her to realise she's got to diversify to survive. Although she was a little but irritating and snobbish at times I loved Alexa's vulnerable side, she really tugged at my heartstrings and I was rooting for her throughout.
No Flowers Required is another perfect contemporary romance from Brazen, I'll definitely be looking out for the next book in this series.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Giveaway winners!

Here's the winners from the recent giveaways on My keeper shelf:

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young- Angelique
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson- Natasha
Blaze by Joan Swan- Andrea
Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke- Carl
As always thanks to everyone for entering!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

New books and other stuff

Hello there, how was your week?
Here's what I got this week:
For review
Eternally Yours by Kate Tiernan
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
I requested Stealing Parker from Net Galley weeks ago but didn't hear anything so I gave in and bought it, for my request to be accepted on the day my copy arrived from Amazon. Bummer.
Temping Is Hell by Cathy Yardley
This sounds really good I can't wait to start it.
From Net Galley
The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst
Kindle bargains (I can't help myself!)

One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye
The Boss's Fake Fiancee by Inara Scott
Tempting the Best Man and Tempting the Player by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Take Me by Olivia Cunning
In bookmark corner
Thea Harrison sent me some fab little bookmarks and cards from her Elder Races series.
I really need to have a few bookmark giveaways!
Other stuff
My copy of Iced by Karen Marie Moning has been dispatched by The Book Depository!!! Arrrggghh I cannot wait to read it. Reading all the little Fever quotes KMM has been posting on Facebook resulted in me picking Shadowfever off my bookshelf and flicking through to my favourite Mac and Barrons quotes. Although Iced is Dani's book I'm still hoping for a few Barrons glimpses and can't wait to see what Ryodan's up to.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Review: Redlisted by Sara Beaman

Sara Beaman
Publication date: 31st July 2012
Reviewed by Kristi

Hello Sara Beaman! My first order of business is to say "thank you"! I will admit, I love a paranormal novel especially when vampires are involved, I've read a wide variety from YA to adult vampire novels however, Redlisted takes it all the way for me!!!

This book is one to read slowly and savor every moment. Once I started reading Redlisted, I wanted to devour it quickly. However, I forced myself to slow down and take it all in. This vampire world is so unique and not like anything I've ever read before.

There are many dream sequences and memories that takes place between the main characters Adam and Kate. The vampires in Redlisted are known as Remnants. The Remnants have many different groups and possess their own unique traits. Some of these vampires scared me to death! That of course made me love the book even more.

Redlisted is a great mystery. It is told in third-person, so from time to time I would get myself confused about the specific memories/dreams. There were points whilst reading that I thought I had things all figured out however, it wasn't until the very end that all the pieces fell into place (and no I didn't have things figured out correctly if you must know!) The two main characters Kate and Adam are so intense, I seriously can't dive into their characters too much or I will ruin many surprises and the great mystery surrounding Redlisted.
So what does it mean to be Redlisted? I'm not going to tell you! Go read this book now!!! Seriously it's a perfect October read.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning

double timeDouble Time
Sinners on Tour #3
Olivia Cunning
Publication date: 1st November 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Olivia Cunning's Sinners on Tour series is one of my favourite guilty pleasures. Double Time is the third book in the series and is equally as HAWT as the other two, it's full of and I mean full of hot and completely full on schmexy scenes that are certainly not for the faint hearted. For me though this series is complete and utter escapism and satisfies those long lost teenage desires to fall madly in love with a gorgeous and sexy rock god.

Trey tugged at my heartstrings throughout Double Time. He's always kind of pined after fellow band member Brian but now that Brian and Myrna have a baby and remain completely and utterly loved up Trey finally has to let go and move on.

The heroine Reagan therefore enters Trey's life at exactly the right time- the winner of a competition to be Exodus End's new guitarist (Dare's band- giant swoon for Dare!)- Trey falls completely for the boyish, spunky and completely adorable Reagan. Trey wants to commit to Reagan and "give up" his bisexual lifestyle for her and his struggle to do this was honestly heart breakingly good. When he meets Reagan's roommate and ex boyfriend the very alpha male bisexual Ethan things therefore get a little bit interesting.

Two things though made me like rather than luuuurve Double Time. Firstly, this book is out of sequence it should be the fifth rather than the third book which kind of made it a bit confusing and spoilerish when Jace and Eric's HEA were there before I'd read their books. Not that it will stop me from reading their books of course but it was just a bit bizarre. Secondly I wasn't overtly keen on Ethan, he used to date Reagan until she caught him with another guy so I couldn't really say I enjoyed him coming into Reagan and Trey's relationship it seemed maybe a bit convenient and I'm not sure I would have forgiven him or trusted him in the future like Reagan did. That being said the scenes were classic Olivia Cunning super HAWT and enjoyable! Overall, I would say that Trey made the book for me, his struggle and finally acceptance of who he really is really did tug at my heart strings.

Sinners on Tour still remains my favourite smut with a heart series and I'm really, really looking forward to Dare's story now!

Thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review Double Time.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

My book boyfriend: Clay from Defying the Odds by Kele Moon

My book boyfriend is co-hosted by little old me whilst Missie @ The Unread Reader is busy, busy, busy studying for her final semester in school.
Defying the Odds by Kele Moon was on my Sports Romances TBR list which I always seem to gravitate towards despite having reviews books which should be read first! I'm a complete sucker for a confident alpha male sports hero but Defying the Odds hero Clay Powers is just that little bit different. Despite being a famous UFC heavy weight fighter Clay is a little bit intimidating and rough and the locals tend to stay out of his way.
When down on her luck waitress Melody gives the gruff stranger a piece of pumpkin pie he's touched by her gesture (and even eats it despite not liking pumpkin pie) their unlikely friendship turns into an even more unlikely romance. Melody is on the run from her abusive ex-husband and is pretty much living on the breadline, Clay makes a living with his fists and has his own issues but when they get together it's beyond hot (watch out for the shower scene- phew it's GOOOOOD!!). I've picked a couple of Melody and Clay quotes that had my heart skipping a beat.
I loved their first scenes together: 
"For you."
Clay looked at the small blue plate placed in front of him, his usual scowl growing deeper. "I didn't order this."
"It's a gift"
Clay's gaze snapped to the new waitress. He eyed the attractive blonde in surprise. "For what?"
She gave him a broad smile that made her green eyes glow bright and vibrant beneath her black-rimmed glasses. "For thanksgiving," she said, her voice soft and musical to his ears. "I saw you were eating alone, and I thought, that man needs a piece of pumpkin pie."...
"I wanted to say thank you," he said, trying very hard to put emotion in his usually gruff voice. "No one's ever done this for me."
"Bought you a piece of pie?"
"No." he felt his cheeks heat, and he looked to the pie in an effort to hide. "Nobody's just nice to me, for free, without, you know, expecting something for it." 
 Melody breaks it off with Clay because she wants to protect him from the mess with her violent ex-husband. Without Melody, Clay is a guy just going through the motions and with a huge title fight looming he needs Melody back...
"Don't leave me again, okay?" Clay whispered in a voice chocked with emotion as he pulled her tighter against him and tilted his head to rest his cheek on top of her head. "Cause that 'bout killed me."
 After some very steamy scenes Clay still manages to say just the most heartwarming lines ever... 
"Better? he asked.
"Yeah." She touched his lips once more and smiled. "Thank you."
"No thank you," he said with a laugh. "You heal me, Mel"
Her smile grew broader. "Ditto."
Defying the Odds is a fantastic little romance with more than it's fair share of heat and I definitely recommend it!
My book boyfriend is a weekly meme created by Missie at The Unread Reader. To find out more check out Missie's introductory post here. To show off your fictional boyfriend link your MBB post below. Direct links only please.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Review: Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

love unscriptedLove Unscripted
Love #1
Tina Reber
Publication date: 6th March 2010
Reviewed by Lesley

I've seen so many 5 star reviews on Goodreads for Love Unscripted that I can't help wonder if I was reading the same book. I honestly didn't actually hate it despite my 2 out of 5 rating but a couple of things just didn't work for me. Firstly it's waaaaay to long, Goodreads tells me it's 668 pages as I read it on my kindle it felt even longer than that. At times I looked at the percentage thingy on my kindle and thought maybe it had stopped working or something. Usually I race through books and can't wait to finish work or puts the kids to bed so that I can sneak in another chapter or two but with Love Unscripted I knew I was reading it but that 100% seemed miles and miles away. I don't think that's a good sign.

I did like the characters Ryan the reluctant movie star who's terrified of the screaming fans was sweet and adorable and Taryn the down to earth pub owner brought a bit of normality into his life was very likeable right from the start. I enjoyed their romance and their getting to know each other but the story seemed to stagnate a bit in the middle as the reality of seeing a famous movie star started to have an effect on their relationship. I kept waiting for something bigger to happen but it took a long time for it to come to a conclusion. Normally I would give up on a book like this but something (and I'm not entirely sure what) kept me reading I think I was maybe just determined to see it end. I have to admit I skipped through pages in the middle, again not a good sign.

Overall I thought it was a bit meh, and way too long.


Thanks to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Love Unscripted.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

New books and a visit to Dublin

Top o' the morning to ya!
Sorry, I was in Dublin, Ireland during the week for a little mini holiday and I can't seem to quite stop doing really bad Irish impersonations and shouting Grand! at everything. More about Dublin later.
Anyhoo, on to the books. This is two weeks worth of books as I've been a very bad blogger and haven't been posting much or even reading much. I've had tonnes of family stuff to contend with and le blog has suffered as a result.
For review
The Lying Game and Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard
 Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista
Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles

 Brightest Kind of Darkness, A Taste For Passion, Harm's Hunger by Patrice Michelle

I bought
The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst
Other stuff
As I said the hubs and I went to Dublin for a couple of days sans children (Daughter No1 is in Barcelona and Daughter No2 spent some "quality time" with her gran. Hehe.)
Anyway, I've wanted to go to Dublin for ages so acted like a complete tourist taking pictures of EVERYTHING! I'm a bit of a closet history buff (that's what my degree is in) and I also really love old building dating from ye olde period so most of my pictures are of buildings! Dublin is steeped in history and full of gorgeous Georgian architecture so we hoped on and off the tourist bus like crazy culture deprived maniacs. Here's some of my pictures:
 The Daniel O'Connell statue in O'Connell Street
Angel statues freak me out. I blame Doctor Who.
 Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral's slightly creepy crypt
The Tudors is filmed here (I touched Jonathan Rhys Meyers costume. True fact)
 The GPO building, you can still see the bullet holes from the 1916 Easter Rising
 The Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol where the 1916 rebels were executed.
In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day Lewis was filmed here.
 Outside Kilmainham Goal
The National Gallery of Ireland
My new all time favourite watercolour on display in the National Gallery.
Isn't it stunning?
It's only on display for one hour three times a week and I actually managed to see it.
It made me think of all the historical romances I've read recently so my hubs bought me a print.
 Trinity College
 Trinity College not only has The Book of Kells (from AD900)
it also houses The Long Room which is this stunning library.
It made me think of Barrons Books and Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series which is actually set in Dublin.
Just off Grafton Street
An obligatory pint of the Black Stuff and a green post box.
Other, other stuff
I've still got a giveaway ongoing for the amazing On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, seriously you'd think I'd actually planned all this Dublin stuff! Click here to enter.
Hope you liked my countless pictures of buildings!