Friday, 30 November 2012

December's new releases I want to "add to basket"

There's one particular book that I'm really looking forward to finally reading in December.

The Boys of Summer
C.J. Duggan

It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember. 

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! C.J. is actually the first blogging friend I ever made, we have similar taste in books but whereas I'm just a reader C.J. is actually a reader and an author. And a pretty amazing author at that. I'm beyond excited to finally get to read The Boys of Summer. CANNOT WAIT!!!

Oh, and some other authors have books out that look pretty good...

What books are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Thursday, 29 November 2012

After Fifty review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

15717721If I Were You
Inside Out Trilogy #1
Lisa Renee Jones
Publication date: 24th August 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Wow. Late entry into my 5 out of 5 books for 2012! Described as part 50 shades part Basic Instinct If I Were You is a delicious blend of scorching hot romance and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

Sara McMillan is left a series of journals in a storage unit full of items previously owned by a mysterious young woman called Rebecca who appears to have now disappeared off the face of the earth. The journals are hot stuff telling the tale of Rebecca's dark and erotic relationship with an unknown man. School teacher Sara is intrigued but wants to return the private journals to Rebecca but first has to find her. After a bit of initial research (thank god for google) Sara finds that Rebecca worked at a local art gallery and as a fellow art lover Rebecca buys an expensive ticket to a showing which leads to her offering to help out the gorgeous but slightly scary and aloof gallery owner by temporarily taking over Rebecca's job. Immersed in Rebecca's environment Sara hopes she can finally discover her whereabouts and finds herself drawn to the famous (and hot) artist Chris Merit and her employer and gallery owner the domineering Mark.

If I Were You is well worth the 5 out of 5 rating, it's so much more than a 50 shades type of escapist romance. The mystery of Rebecca had me asking 5 billion questions- who is the man she was involved with? Is it Mark her employer? Is Chris the second man who Rebecca wrote about? Is Rebecca still alive or lying dead in some BDSM ditch? Is Sara heading down a similar path? Arrgghhh so many questions at one point I feared I would explode with all the questions especially with the giant cliffhanger ending. IF I Were You really kept me guessing and reading, I need the next book. Need.

Lisa Renee Jones's If I Were You is an absolutely dazzling and devastatingly brilliant romantic suspense, one of my favourites of the year. Highly recommended.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review If I Were You.

after fifty
After Fifty rating: 5 out of 5

Sexual tension   Thumbs up
Domineering alpha male boss Thumbs up
Intense millionaire artist  Thumbs up

Giant mystery that will keep you guessing  Thumbs up


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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My book boyfriend and giveaway: Max from The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

Welcome to another week of My Book Boyfriend co-hosted by little old me whilst the amazing Missie from The Unread Reader is studying hard at school.
This week's book boyfriend is Max Grey from Jennifer Probst's The Marriage Mistake he's a business man, a little bit stubborn and a whole lot of gorgeous.

Max is Carina's older brother Michael's best friend and business partner, Carina has had a crush on Max since she was a teenager but now that she's all grown up she is finally allowed to comes to America and work for the family business. Max hasn't failed to notice that Carina is all grown up but she's very much off limits. Michael requests that Max trains up Carina to take over the running of the family business and when they are forced to go to Vegas for a meeting they agree to have a no strings attached one night stand which goes horribly wrong when Carina's mother finds them together. You can check out my review of The Marriage Mistake here.
Here's some yummy yummy Max quotes:
"His body was lean and trim, and his impressive height always added an intimidating demeanour that was an edge with most of his deals. His face reflected the image of a demon and angel caught in a love affair. Sharp cheekbones, an elegant nose, and a graceful curved brow held hints of aristocracy. The sexy goatee hugged his jaw, accented the plump curve to his lips, and bespoke pure sex. Thick, coal black hair fell in untamed waves across his forehead and set off the rocketing blue of his eyes."
"You really are a bastard, aren't you? Christian Grey has nothing on you." He laughed with her. "My name might be similar, but I'd never say "Laters Baby""
Her mouth fell open. "You read it!" He looked offended. "Saw it on Twitter. Now don't piss me off or I'll torture you with Cool Whip."
Carina wondered if something was wrong with her. The idea sounded a bit too interesting."
"His heart broke. This beautiful, spirited, giving woman believed she wasn't worthy. The urge to strangle her or kiss her warred inside him. Instead, he swallowed past the tightness in his throat and told the truth.
"You succeeded at everything precious in this world, Carina. People. Animals. Love. Nothing else matters, you know. But you just don't see it."
I've loved this series it's provided me with three book boyfriends: Nick from The Marriage Bargain and Michael from The Marriage Trap and now Max! I think that's a record and it just goes to show how fantastic the Marriage to a Billionaire series is. So, I thought I would have a little international giveaway. All you need to do is fill in the rafflecopter thingy at the bottom of the post and you can win your choice of book from the series. Good luck!

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.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

the marriage mistakeThe Marriage Mistake
Marriage to the Billionaire #3
Jennifer Probst
Publication date: 6th November 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Jennifer Probst's Marriage to the Billionaire series has seen me add her to my contemporary romance author auto-buy list I've enjoyed them all so much.

Carina Conte is the baby of the family, she's had a crush on her brother Michael's best friend and business partner Max for what seems like forever so when she finally comes to work for the family business Max can't help notice that she's all grown up. Carina is keen to play it cool but wants to finally have a little fun and romance in her life and Max is determined to keep his hands off Carina knowing full well that head of the family Michael will likely kill him off for daring to touch his baby sister.

When they are forced to go on a business trip to Vegas, Carina and Max finally give in and agree to have a one night stand on the understanding that what happens in Vegas will stay in Vegas. However, when Mama Conte turns up and realises they've slept together she craftily shames Max into marrying Carina. Her complete manipulation of Max and Carina made me laugh, she knows they will be good together but are too frightened to make a move so she makes it for them in a mama knows best kind of way.

Max is a fantastic romantic hero, he's a bit of an alpha male but has his own insecurities as a result of his upbringing and his position in the Conte family business which he believes is not secure because he's not quite family. I love Carina's character, she's all heart and isn't quite cut out for the cut throat world of business, it's only with Max's encouragement she finally admits what she really wants to do in life and it isn't crunching numbers or sacking people. As Carina's confidence grows she realises she only wants to be in a relationship with a man who truly loves her, but can Max finally admit what he really feels for Carina or will he be too late?

I've loved the whole series it's romance at it's best!

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

rogue riderRogue Rider
Lords of Deliverance #4
Larissa Ione
Publication date: 20th November 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Larissa Ione's Lords of Deliverance will be up there at the end of the year as one of my favourite new series. Right from the first book Eternal Rider I've been desperate to read Reseph's book. As head evil bad guy Pestilence the series has pretty much centred around him as his horsemen (and horsewoman) siblings have battled to stop him from spreading disease and plagues across the world whilst trying to ensure their own seals don't break.

Like most fans of the series, I've been curious to find out how on earth Larissa Ione was going to turn Respeh/Pestilence into a romantic hero, but she does it with absolute ease. Basically, when Pestilence was stabbed with Deliverance by Thantos he ended up in shoal but Reaver then wipes his memories and sends him back to earth to be found naked in a snow storm by our heroine Jillian. When Reseph wakes up in Jillian's remote cabin he can only remember his name, to Jillian he's a hot, playful and protective guy with no real memory of where he's come from or how he ended up naked in a snow storm. He does however have an underlying feeling that there is something dark and predatory lurking in his past, for me, the build up to that inevitable moment of revelation was agonisingly good.

Jillian herself has both mental as well a physical scars from the evil demons that plagued earth whilst Pestilence was in full evil flow. You just know deep down that the unmasking of Reseph as Pestilence is going to have a devastating effect on both Jillian and Reseph and their blossoming relationship.

Wiping Reseph's memory and making him normal-ish was an absolutely genius, as a reader it let me, like Jillian, fall in love with Reseph and when the inevitable unmasking did happen seeing Reseph so tortured by what he's done was so intense and utterly heart breaking. I loved it.

There's two things I've really enjoyed about this series firstly, the inventive sex scenes which have been unusual to say the least! and secondly, thankfully there hasn't been an enormous gap between each book's release dates so everything was really fresh in my mind when I devoured the next book.  Although the horsemen have all found their HEA Larrisa teases us throughout about the potential between Reaver and Harvester which pretty much guarantees that I'll be counting down to Reaver's book.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

What I've been reading this week

I didn't receive or buy any new books this week and I actually *shock horror* read some books from my enormous TBR pile. For the first time in what seems like forever I chose to read a book I'd bought ages ago Angel's Flight by Nalini Singh which I'm ashamed to say has been sitting on my bookshelf since February. This got me thinking. Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors ever, she's on my author auto buy list and I've loved every book she's ever written and yet I have 2 of her books sitting unread on my shelf. WTF??? In fact, I have a whole shelf of books by my favourite authors that I've bought this year and not read yet. Why? I'm always reading review books. Don't get me wrong I've read a tonne of AMAZING review books this year but I've also read my fair share of meh books too and it's preventing me from reading the books that I really love, that I've paid my own hard cash for.

Just some of the books on one of my TBR shelves

I think coupled with the fact I have 10 reviews to write for review books (eeeek overwhelming!!), has led me to ponder my review policy and overall future of My keeper shelf. I love blogging but it's hard work and I have recently thought about chucking it all in. So, as a compromise/treat to myself once I've caught up with my reviews I'm going to kick back and read my own books for a while so expect more paranormal romance, urban fantasy and YA book reviews. Oh, and I've decided to take an extended break over Christmas and New Year. (I know it's only November but I like writing lists and planning ahead!).

Rant over. Here's what I've read this week and yes I've been reading Christmas books, but in my defence they're steamy Christmas books so that makes them ok.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

My book boyfriend- Cristiano Ferrara from Once a Ferrara Wife by Sarah Morgan

Welcome to another week of My book boyfriend cohosted by little old me whilst the amazing Missie from The Unread Reader is busy studying for her final semester in school.

Up until recently I considered Mills & Boon books to be "mum" books. When I was growing up my mum read tonnes of them, and they all seemed to have really naff covers and titiles such as "Innocent Beautiful Lady Taken by her Swarthy, Chiselled Greek millionaire Boss" (I may have made that title up but you get my point).

Anyhoo, despite having roughly five billion review books to read I picked up Once a Ferrara Wife by Sarah Morgan yesterday, read it from cover to cover and completely lurvvvved it. It was romantic, steamy hot, had a stubborn and possesive millionaire Sicilian alpha male hero called Cristiano Domenico Ferrara and his tough but vulnerable soon to be ex-wife Laurel that I wanted offer a hug or two.

So here's some very grrrrrr Cristiano quotes:
I loved the first discription of Cristiano *fans self*
"Even casually dressed in black jeans and an open-necked polo shirt he looked spectacular and her body responded instantly to the raw male power that was so much part of who he was. He would no more have apologised for his masculinity than would his caveman ancestors. His masculinity was his pride."
 To Laurel he's stubborn, arrogant and controlling and is incapable of admiting what he did (or didn't do) two years ago was wrong:
"You think I left because I was afraid of how much I loved you? Outrage lit the fires of her own response. "You are so unbelivably arrogant you need a whole island just to house your ego. Are you sure Sicily is big enough? Maybe you should buy Sardina, too!"
"I'm working on it." His laconic reply was delivered without a hint of irony."
 Cristiano is determined to make Laurel admit that she still loves him and that what they have is worth fighting for but Laurel still isn't convinced:
"Here, in the most intimate situation of all, she couldn't hide from him.
   And he couldn't hide from the truth.
   He didn't want a divorce.
   He wanted his wife. Here. Now.
When he realises the real reason why Laurel left his reaction just about broke my heart but he has a lot of work to do before Laurel is willing to forgive him:
"Tia amo. I love you, Laurie." His hands cupped her cheeks. His eyes held hers, refusing to let her look away. "I can see why you might not belive that right now, but I do love you."
So my first Mills & Boon Modern was a complete success I'm now having a look to see what else Sarah Morgan has written I can see me getting completely addicted!
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, 19 November 2012

Review: The Angel by Tiffany Reisz

The angelThe Angel
The Original Sinners #2
Tiffany Reisz
Publication date: 25th September 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

In Tiffany Reisz’s first instalment The Siren Soren’s character shocked me and if I’m honest scared me just a little bit. The Angel has completely changed my opinion of him. As Soren’s story unfolded I finally understood why Nora went back to him. Yes he’s still the master manipulator and his intelligence and ability to read people is still a little bit frightening but I could see that the sadist priest and the former dominatrix, seductress and erotica author love each other. It might not manifest itself in the way the average person expects it to, but for me it absolutely shone through.

The Angel isn’t as deliberately shocking as The Siren was but the story will blow your mind and scare the shit out of you when you realise that you now have an unhealthy book crush on a sadistic Priest. Like Nora herself, The Angel is beautifully complex, evocative, powerful and seductive. This series is a must, must read and goes straight into my list of favourite books of 2012.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

New books and other stuff

Hi everyone
I've been MIA this week, I volunteered to bake a billion cakes for the bake sale at work in aid of Children In Need. I honestly think I've spent more time in the kitchen this week than in the eight years I've lived here (my husband loves cooking so I let him get on with it, hehe).
Anyhoo, I made 50 chocolate brownies, 72 iced cupcakes and a giant carrot cake which for someone who only realised how the oven worked a month ago is pretty good going.
We raised £566 for Children In Need so I was beyond happy but I don't think I want to bake another cupcake ever!
Here's the books I got over the last two weeks:
I bought

The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison
The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst
For review
 Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep (squeeeeee! I love this series)
The Farm by Emily McKay
I've been busy reading:

I had a little trip to London for a meeting last week. Sadly I didn't have time to hit the shops but I couldn't resist taking a couple of pictures of gorgeous buildings.

Have a good week everybody.