Saturday, 30 March 2013

New books and what's on my TBR list this week

Hey everyone, I've been having a little blogging break this week I haven't stopped reading I've just been too lazy to write any reviews so I really need to get organised. I'm off work for two whole weeks so I plan to get loads of reading done but will probably end up harrassed to the max by my two daughters and read very little.

I'm off to London on Thursday for a work thing (it's an awards ceremony and if my team doesn't win I'm likely to explode/heckle the winners/demand a recount). I should have a few hours to kill before my flight home so I'm planning to do the tourist thing and get on one of those cool bus tours.
I can't wait.
Here's the new books I got over the last two weeks:

For review
Lisa Renee Jones posted on Facebook she was looking for bloggers to review Being Me and as I loved the first instalment in the trilogy If I Were You I naturally volunteered my services.
I also got Inked Ever After by Elle Aycart for review, I loved the first instalment More Than Meets the Ink so I did another little happy dance when Elle Aycart sent it to me.

 I bought
 I read Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost during the week and thought it was okish so I bought the next book in the series Twice Tempted. I also bought Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep despite being way behind in the series, I really need to catch up. Finally I bought The Collector by Victoria Scott which arrived about 5 minutes after I got accepted for it on Net Galley. Oh well never mind.
From Netgalley

 I requested The Practice Proposal by Tracy March and Trying to Score by Toni Aleo because I have a deep rooted love of sports romances, they really are my guilty guilty pleasure. Finally I got Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell because I lurved her first book Seducing Cinderella

I've read quite a few books over the last two weeks some I would put in the "a bit meh" category and some I would put in the "downright strange but bizarely good" category.

 I plan to read Rules of Entanglement and Inked Ever After this weekend whilst eating my entire body weight in chocolate

Hope the Easter bunny is good to you!


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Review: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

16042863Lover at Last
Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
J.R. Ward
Publication date: 26th March 2013

I managed to get my pre-order of Lover at Last a few weeks early so I ditched my current read and delved straight in, I will of course try to keep this review spoiler free for BDB fans who like me, have been waiting for Blay and Qhuinn's story for what seems like forever.

Lover at Last is a pretty enormous book at 591 pages and has a tonne of additional story lines woven throughout. Overall I would say I probably enjoyed it rather than loved it, the problem with following a long running series is that I always end up comparing the newest book to my old favourites in the series that I've re-read numerous times. That's not to say that J.R. Ward hasn't kept the latest instalment fresh and interesting she definitely has, but I think my heart will always stay with old favourites Zsadist and Rhevenge.

There's a lot going on in Lover at Last, and I mean a lot. There's Qhuinn and Blay obviously, the whole Qhuinn and Layla story, then there's Wrath vs the Band of Bastards, which is complicated slightly by Layla and her attraction to Xcor the son of the Bloodletter and Band of Bastard's leader. I found that when I got frustrated with Blay I became much more eager to read about Layla and Xcor.   I know that Xcor is the enemy but I couldn't help but like him especially after a heart meltingly amazing scene with Layla which had me bawling my eyes out.

The additional storyline with Assail and the human cat burglar Sola confused me slightly at first, I realised later it was at Assail house Wrath was shot but couldn't for the life of me remember the connection so it didn't make much sense at first. I really loved Shadow Trez's new little storyline with his Chosen I really can't wait for more about him and his s'Hisbe duty.

J.R. Ward doesn't hold back with the Blay and Qhuinn storyline. It was very hot and very full on. I did however, at times get really frustrated with Blay. Lover at Last is very much Qhuinn's book and I think it's impossible not to fall in love with him that little bit more and maybe shed a few tears for him along the way. Thankfully there's not a lot of "verily" going on in this instalment so when I got to the final page I felt pretty satisfied with the ending and very much looking forward to the next book.

My favourite scene:
"Closing her lids, Layla leaned into the touch, knowing that this was all she would ever get from him. They were on opposite sides of the war, and though she knew not the particulars, she had heard enough in the household to know that he was right.
He could not undo what he had done.
And that meant they were going to kill him.
"I cannae believe you let me touch you." His voice grew hoarse. "I shall remember this for all my nights."
Tears speared into her eyes. Dearest Virgin Scribe, for all her life, she had waited for a moment like this...
"Do not cry." His thumb went to her cheeks. "Beautiful female of worth, do not cry."
If any one had told her someone as harsh as he was capable of such compassion, she would not have believed them. But he was. With her, he was."


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

As the queen on pre-orders I thought I would join in with the Waiting on Wednesday meme highlighting some of the upcoming books that I'm keen to get my hands on.
rising darknessRising Darkness
Game of Shadows #1
Thea Harrison
Publication date: 2nd April 2013

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense.

Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.
Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.
Ohhhhhh! doesn't that blurb sound intreguing? I liked Thea Harrison's Elder Race's series so I've already pre-ordered Rising Darkness the first book in her Game of Shadow's series.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Review: Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

biting coldBiting Cold
Chicagoland Vampires #6
Chloe Neill
Publication date: 7th August 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

I really struggled with the sixth instalment in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. I found the full first half of the book to be well, a little bit boring to be honest. So much so that I nearly gave up reading twice. It was only because I've really enjoyed the previous books that I persevered and forced myself to keep reading, I am invested in Merit and I really do want to know what's next for her and Ethan. Not many characters come back from the dead (thankfully - ewwww) so I did want to know where Chloe Neill was going to take them. I do think that if Biting Cold was the first book in a new series I would have DNF'd it.

The story did pick up towards the end and both Mallory and Tate's story came to a pretty satisfying conclusion which is good. However, and it's a big however, the lack of Ethan and Merit reunion really annoyed me. I get that he's trying to protect Merit but the romantic in me wanted the explosive full blown earth shattering make up sex and reunion and a bit like Merit herself I got frustrated that it didn't happen. Ethan has in the past been one of my favourite book boyfriends but I'm over him now and I wish Merit was too. I'm going to give this series one last chance for old time's sake, I really hope it's worth it.


Sunday, 17 March 2013

New books and what's on my TBR list this week

Hey everyone, I'm a little late at posting my new books today due to a shed load of teenage daughter drama. Said teenage daughter will now not be allowed to socialise again until she's at least 35 possibly 40 I haven't made my mind up yet.

Anyhoo, on to the books I had a quiet bookish week this week. I requested Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson from Netgalley and bought On Every Street by Karina Halle and All the Way by Jennifer Probst.

I read 3 books this week.

I was beyond excited last week when I got my pre-order of Lover At Last by J.R. Ward so I started it right away but kind of got distracted and ended up picking up Raid by Kristen Ashley which was unputdownable, then I read a bit more of Lover At Last then I got distracted again and picked up Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker then I got distracted and went back to Lover At Last and finished it and then finished Thrill Ride. Keeping up? Yep I got distracted a lot this week and then had to stop to bake a billion cakes for Comic Relief. God knows if I'll be able to write a coherent review!

This week I really really want to read 3 books

Of course I'll probably get distracted and read something else entirely.
Have a good week everyone!


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Mini After Fifty reviews: Red Zone and The Stranger

16135176Red Zone
Daniels Brothers #2
Sherri Hayes
Publication date: 7th February 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

I quite enjoyed the little twist that Red Zone by Sherri Hayes provided. I'm a big fan of the alpha males found in sports romances so was pleasantly surprised that in Red Zone the FBI agent heroine is the protector and the big powerful and famous quarterback needed her protection.

Rebecca's an all buttoned up type of character on leave from the FBI she finds herself roped into posing as quarterback Gage's girlfriend whilst protecting him from the crazy stalker who has been sending threatening letters and pictures to him.

Gage is charming, sexy and not actually the player that Rebecca instantly thinks he is. Gage is however, used to getting his own way and enjoys unbuttoning stuffy Rebecca against her better judgement.

Overall I like the characters and slow building romance, the mysterious stalker wasn't too difficult to figure out and the story was pretty enjoyable as a result.

after fifty
After Fifty rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sports romance Thumbs up
Alpha male-tastic Thumbs up

the strangerThe Stranger
Just One Night Part 1
Kyra Davis
Publication date: 21st January 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

It's rare that I find a book in which I didn't like any of the characters, I think that's why The Stranger didn't work for me at all I honestly just couldn't warm to any of them.

Kasie Fitzgerald who despite having a long term boyfriend decides to have a one night stand with a complete stranger in Vegas. Her stranger turns out to be the billionaire CEO of Maned Wolf Securities and guess what? when she returns home she has to work with him.

I'm not overtly keen on cheating in books I much prefer good old fashioned romance so I had little sympathy for Kasie. Yes her long term boyfriend is a bit of a dud (he wants to haggle with the jeweller when finally buying her an engagement ring) and Kasie clearly felt some form of obligation to him but I felt Kasie should have been smart enough enough to realise she needed to dump the boyfriend before moving on to the hottie billionaire CEO. I feel also it's a bad sign that I can't for the life of me remember the billionaire CEO's name, I mean when do I ever forget billionaire CEO's? their my favourite!

Anyway, The Stranger just wasn't for me and I won't be checking out Part 2 of the sequel.

after fifty
After Fifty rating: 1.5 out of 5
A bit meh Thumbs down

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

As the queen on pre-orders I thought I would join in with the Waiting on Wednesday meme highlighting some of the upcoming books that I'm keen to get my hands on.

hot bloodedHot Blooded
Jessica McClain #2
Amanda Carlson
Publication date: 23rd April 2013

It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she's the only female werewolf in comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...
Full Blooded the first instalment in the Jessica McClain series really took my breath away. I loved it to the max and held a little giveaway just because I wanted to give someone else the opportunity to love it. When the author Amanda Carlson contacted me to offer some signed goodies to the winner of my giveaway I nearly keeled over. As it turns out she's really lovely and I joined her Jessica McClain street team which has been loads of fun fun. Amanda even sent a mug and some signed goodies all the way over to Scotland just for me. How amazing is that?

I was lucky enough to get a review copy from Amanda and it was AMAZING so much so that I still want to get a lovely shiny copy for my bookshelf too!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Gorgeous cover reveal- Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #3)

I absolutely love Amanda Carlson's Jessica McClain series so I'm beyond excited to be part of the cover reveal for the third book in this fab series Cold Blooded which is due out in October. I'm loving the moon and spooky mansion in the background.

Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked. 

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.