Thursday, 31 January 2013

My book of the month- Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley

 
Each month I plan to highlight my book of the month, the book that I devoured, squeeeed over, swooned over and probably drooled over!
 
So with out further adieu my January 2013 book of the month is...
Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley.
It was quirky and hilarious and I'm already desperate to read more of Cathy Yardley's Necessary Evil series. All Urban Fantasy fans should buy it, check out my review here.
 

Temping is Hell
Cathy Yardley
Publication date: January 2013


WORST. JOB. EVER.

Kate O'Hara can't wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it's so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn't enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills, she's out. Or so she thinks...

WHAT THE HELL?

Next thing she knows, she's accidentally signed over her soul. Literally. And she's discovered Thomas's real mission: to kill thirteen bad guys in one year, in order to get his—now his and Kate’s—souls back.

IT'S NOT JUST A JOB. IT'S A MISADVENTURE.

From learning to boost the morale of some paper-pushing demons to navigating her way through blood-red tape, Kate has to work closely with her super-hot supervisor and get her flaky act together, before somebody clocks her out—p permanently!



Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Review: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

How to Misbehave
Camelot #1
Ruthie Knox
Publication date: 28th January 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

I don't think it's possible to get a better introduction to a new series than Ruthie Knox's How to Misbehave. I would have loved it as a stand alone but as a new series with the promise of more I really, really loved it. God bless Ruthie Knox and her ability to create the most drool worthy heroes ever.

Camelot Community Centre's director Amber Clark has a bit of a crush on "Mr Yummy" the foreman with the oh-my-lord arms and finds herself escorting him to the dark basement during a late night tornado warning. Keeping him safe isn't exactly what she has in mind but as an inexperienced and ever blushing Bible College graduate Amber isn't quite brave enough to tell Mr Yummy/Tony what she would really like him to do with her. Amber wants to be flirty and reckless for the first time and luckily Tony, after their initial saucy conversation in the dark basement, is now willing and able to teach Amber how to misbehave.

You know, I ended up loving How to Misbehave so much that I went back to re-read it again just to get that Tony and Amber buzz, that's how good it was. I'm now beyond excited to get my hands on the rest of series.


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Monday, 28 January 2013

Some of the other books I've been reading this month

 
I don't always review every book I've read so I figured I would do a little mini round up of what else I've read and enjoyed this month.
 
 
 
Feral Sins
The Phoenix Pack #1
Suzanne Wright

If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female who’s Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.

Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance.

I saw that Smexy books had recommended this and I managed to borrow it free on Amazon Prime which was the first time I'd done that. I thought I would just read a chapter or two but I ended up reading it right to the end putting my elaborate "I must read my review books and nothing else" plan right out the window. If you like Rachel Vincent's Shifter series or Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series then I think you would really enjoy this, it's a pretty good paranormal romance and well worth a read.
 
 
 

The Proposition
The Proposition #1
Katie Ashley

With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She’s running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there’s always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

Resident company womanizer, Aidan Fitzgerald, is used to always getting what he wants, especially in the bedroom. When Emma spurns his advances at the company Christmas party, he's determined to have her no matter what it takes. After Aidan learns of Emma's predicament, he is quick to offer a proposition that will benefit them both. He will father Emma's child, but she must conceive it with him naturally. Not one for hook-ups or casual sex, Emma is reluctant to take him up on his offer, but his charm, coupled with her intense desire for motherhood, wins out.

Soon their baby-making sessions become more than just physical. Aidan can't seem to walk away from her while Emma begins to wonder if Aidan could be the one. But can Aidan leave his past behind to become the man Emma needs him to be?


The Proposal
The Proposition #1
Katie Ashley


In the weeks following Aidan’s betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn’t sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn’t going down without a fight—especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic.

But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal. To prove his love and commitment for her and their unborn son, he will take a leave of absence from work to care for her around the clock. Vowing to guard her heart, Emma reluctantly agrees.

While she is touched by Aidan’s attentiveness and tender loving care, Emma is thrown for a loop by the amorous attentions of ER doctor, Alpesh “Pesh” Nadeen. Pesh is everything Emma could ever want—successful, stable, and ready to settle down and be a husband and father. Pesh wants nothing more than to win Emma’s heart, but she is not sure she’s able to give it.

Her heart may still belong to the very man who broke it—the one who is so desperately trying to win her back.

The Proposal and The Proposition by Katie Ashley was a little predictable but the romance kept me reading. The heroine Emma is sweet and desperate for a baby, the hero Aidan is a womaniser who's never wanted to commit to anyone but finds himself falling for Emma after agreeing to be her sperm donor. This obviously scares the shit out of him and he betrays her big time. Their up and down romance sucked me right in, I finished The Proposition and two minutes later I bought The Proposal I just had to know if Aiden could ever redeem himself in Emma's eyes.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Operation Cinderella by Hope Tarr

operation cinderellaOperation Cinderella
Suddenly Cinderella #1
Hope Tarr
Publication date: 15th October 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Operation Cinderella is a sweet opposites attract, modern fairytale type of romance.

When Macie Graham's magazine article on parents putting their daughters on birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies is torn apart by conservative radio host Ross Mannon, Macie's magazine finds themselves at the centre of a lot of unwanted attention. Macie decides to go undercover to dig up some dirt of the seemingly perfect Ross Mannon and expose him as a fraud.

Macie reinvents herself as Martha Jane Grey with old fashioned values (and wardrobe) and applies to be the housekeeper/nanny that Ross needs to help look after his troubled teenage daughter. Martha Jane is Ross's perfect woman, they have great chemistry and Martha Jane builds a solid relationship with Ross's daughter but you just now that the truth about Martha Jane/Macie will come out sooner rather than later.

A bit predictable, Operation Cinderella is an ok-ish kind of read, it didn't set my world on fire but it was really quite sweet and it's impossible not to fall a little bit for Ross who has a heart of gold.

Thanks to Net Galley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Operation Cinderella.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #2

 
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.
 
 
Katie Ashley
Publication date: 15th March 2013

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn't in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.

As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

A tattooed and pierced bad boy rock star??? This book was clearly written especially just for me. Everyone knows I love books about tattooed and pierced bad boy rock stars. Can I want this book any more?
 


Monday, 21 January 2013

Review: Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney

Falling to Ash
Moth #1
Karen Mahoney
Publication date: 27th September 2012
Reviewed by Rebecca

I love vampire stories (except for the Twilight series, please don't hate me) so I had a feeling that this would be a great read. Focussing on the life of a young newly-made vampire 'Moth', a girl struggling between her two very different lives: daughter in an Irish Catholic human family and new in the vampire world), this story doesn't make her out to be weak, in fact she kicks ass a lot of the time! After attempting to get over her mothers death by sleeping with a friend, Theo, she hardly expected to be bitten by him and have to endure the pain that is turning into a vampire. She finds out that Theo is in fact over 100 years old and a fairly influential vampire - enough to shock anyone!

Vampires aren't a known element in the human world in this novel; however there are a few humans that do, who call themselves vampire hunters. Whilst Moth is finding her feet as a new vampire, Jason Murdoch is following in his fathers footsteps and trying to find his feet as a vampire hunter. Him and Moth have met on one previous occasion and both bear the scars from this previous battle. When they find themselves together, in the midst of a zombie attack by local teenagers recently murdered, they are forced to work together to save everyone - and to find out just who is causing all of this mess.

Jason and Moth make a great team and the hatred between vampires and vampire hunters is definitely highlighted in this novel in various scenes. Over the course of the novel , however, you do see them bond and become closer as we come closer to the conclusion. When it is revealed who is orchestrating the attacks, it is definitely a shock and there are some great battle scenes as good tries to triumph over evil. I'd totally recommend this to anyone looking for a female character who kicks ass rather than anything remotely girly.

Another of my favourite releases for 2012 - definitely worthy of a five star rating.

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

New books

 
Hi everyone I hope you've been having a good week. 
Here's the new books I got over the last two weeks.
 
For review
 Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
 
 
I bought
I was at Samantha Young's On Dublin Street signing at Waterstones in Edinburgh with Emma from Belle Books she was absolutely lovely and signed my copy of On Dublin Street for me. I also got another copy signed so I'm going to have a little giveaway this week.

 
Earlier in the week I bought Just One Day by Gayle Forman 
I expect tears, her books make me cry like a baby. 
 
 
Kindle bargains I couldn't resist
The minute I see a new Entangled Publishing romance I have to buy it.
 
 
From Netgalley

 I snapped up Lush by Lauren Dane and Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker when I saw them available on Netgalley, I just LOVE both their books.
 
 
Have a good week:)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe
Breathe #1
Sarah Crossan
Publication date: 2nd October 2012
Reviewed by Rebecca

This novel, at first, sounded like plenty of other dystopian novels: apocalyptic style circumstances, a boy and a girl hero. Very typical of the genre. However, Breathe completely goes off the scale and does this perhaps a million times better than others in the genre. Set in a dome, this book tells the story of different castes: premiums and auxiliaries. The world outside is dead; devoid of oxygen; and the remaining living beings of each country live inside a dome. Oxygen is a commodity and is sold - premiums are able to use it whenever they like with their own oxygen packs but auxiliaries have to buy it if they plan on doing anything strenuating. Quinn is a premium who happens to be friends with Bea, an auxiliary girl. Both applying for a similar position within the Breathe administration, it soon becomes clear that Quinn's contacts will always place him higher than Bea's superior intelligence. He plans a trip, a holiday shall we say, to go outside the dome. This isn't unusual for those living inside the dome; with plenty of provisions and a few air tanks, they can go exploring the ravaged outside for a good couple of days.

It is quite clear Bea is head over heels in love with Quinn but feels he will never feel the same way, him being a Premium. Her doubt is further increased when, as they are about to leave the dome, he helps a girl, Alina, through the gates by using his superior status within the community. Quinn fancies Alina and this is very clear from the moment he meets her in the school canteen - so he is willing to do anything to get her attention, even if it means helping her across the border without identification. He soon finds out that Alina is a RAT, part of the Resistance, the very organisation that is trying to take down Breathe. Parting ways with Alina early on in the novel, he soon persuades Bea that they should go after her - and this is where the real action begins.

Although it seems as if a love triangle is forming, it never does as Alina makes it very clear she is not attracted to Quinn in the slightest. When Quinn gets separated from the group, I felt that the story would become a little jumpy and awkward - surely Bea and Alina couldn't get along? It was interesting to see the alliances they made and how far they would go in their friendships to save each other. The fact that they managed to cause civil war within the dome greatly intrigued me and set the way for the sequel which is due out in 2013.

Breathe is definitely an apt name for this book; it is so fast paced and exciting that you often forget to do just that! I am eagerly anticipating the release of the sequel and have to tell you that this is definitely the stand out book for me of 2012. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review Breathe.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

 
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.


The Collector
Dante Walker #1
Victoria Scott
Publication date: 2nd April 2013

He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big, red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

Ok, I'll admit that it was the cover of The Collector by Victoria Scott that first tempted me but it was the fab blurb that got me adding it to my all ready enormous TBR list. April seems so far away...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Guest post from Cathy Yardley- Temping is Hell blog tour



 
Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley is definitely in the running to be my book of the month, it was AMAZING.  If you like your Urban Fantasy to have a hilarious, brave and slightly kick-ass heroine that also happens to have mad filing skills then check out Temping Is Hell. I absolutely loved it and then loved it some more.

Personally, I really hope Cathy can write really fast because I'm already impatient for the next instalment, you can check out my review here, there's a lot of squeeeing and exclamation marks so be warned!

My keeper shelf is the latest stop on the Temping is Hell blog tour, Cathy has very kindly agreed to share a little excerpt from Temping is Hell and tell us why her latest heroine is a secretary.



 
Why my heroine is a secretary.

Before I was able to write full time, I used to be a secretary. I wrote my first seven books while holding down a forty-hour-a-week day job, and for most of that time, I was an “admin” – executive assistant, office goddess, you name it. I did a lot of filing. Answered phones. Cleaned conference rooms, kept schedules. And generally made sure the wheels stayed on the bus.

Consequently, I know this fact: do not mess with secretaries.

They know things. Similar to Moms, they seem to know where everything is (and everyone goes to them asking “have you seen…?”) They know where the available conference rooms are. They know the numbers to everybody you need to get a hold of and how to work just about everything in a fifteen foot radius.

They know people, too. They know which IT guy will actually help and which mail guy to avoid. With a phone call, the laptop you haven’t been able to get ordered for the past six months will appear on your desk in twenty-four hours.

When I started writing Temping Is Hell, I knew I wanted to write about a secretary. But not just any secretary: a temp. Temps have a reputation for being flaky and incompetent, but I temped for years – and the true power of temping is the ability to say “you people are crazy, I am out of here.”

Kate has some commitment issues when it comes to work. She starts working for Thomas Kestrel and Fiendish Enterprises because she needs to get some cash before her cell phone gets shut off. She thinks she’ll just put up with a temporary hell until she pays some bills. What she doesn’t know is: this assignment is going to be the longest, and most exciting, year of her life.

Here’s a clip from when Kate first meets Thomas, late one night, at the Fiendish Enterprises office (after he catches her singing Baby Got Back at one in the morning, working on a project):


“So what you’re saying,” he reiterated, as they headed toward the elevators, “is that my job—and everybody else’s job here—is basically pushing expensive, self-indulgent, ultimately hollow crap.”

She was silent for a second. Then she sighed, and to his surprise, she put a hand on his arm. “I’m sorry. That’s unfair. I’ve had a crappy day, and not a lot of great experiences with big corporate, but I’m firmly against snap judgment. I apologize for that.”

Her apology, and self-awareness, threw him off.

“Besides, you obviously love it here,” she said in a low, serious voice, releasing his arm and walking. “I felt that way about the place I used to work, before it went under. I guess…I just miss the way things used to be.”

I know that feeling, he thought.

“Besides, one of these days I really should learn when to shut up.”

He laughed at her abashed tone. “You’re sort of a neat person, Kate O’Hara. And a very inventive singer.”

“And you’re probably the coolest billionaire I’ve ever met, Thomas Kestrel,” she said, with a little chuckle. “Of course, you may be the only billionaire I’ve ever met, so that kind of narrows the field.”

“You knew who I was?” The elevator arrived, and he followed her in, torn between feeling amused at her audacity and a little disappointed.

“Your picture’s in the lobby,” she pointed out. “We’re not talking Sherlock Holmes, here.”

“So, knowing all that, you still panned my corporation?” he pressed. “To my face?”

“Apparently.” She was blushing again, like rose petals on milk. Suddenly, he got the strong feeling that she wasn’t acting. She was not only being herself—she was probably clinically incapable of being anything else. “Besides, I don’t mean to make it sound like this is, you know, that bad. It could’ve been worse.”

He studied her, paused for a beat. “Could’ve been Microsoft, huh?”

“Don’t even joke.”

This is the first book in my Necessary Evil series. The sequel, Overtime is Hell, will be out next year.

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Down to You by M. Leighton blog tour and giveaway

 
My keeper shelf is one of the first stops on the Down To You blog tour organised by
AToMR tours.
 
Down to You by M. Leighton was the first book I read in 2013 and OMG it was a good one! You can check out my review here. I loved the heat and chemistry and fell a little bit in love with bad boy Cash. So I'm so excited to be able to post a little except for you today and there's a fab tour giveaway at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
 
Taking a deep breath, I stand and turn toward the Hot Stripper Guy, purposely jacking my chin up another notch. He’s still watching me with those smoky coal eyes.

When I take a step toward him, he very slowly raises one eyebrow.

Heat washes through me.

Must be those dangerous drinks, I think. It has to be.

I feel flushed and a little breathless, but I take another step anyway.

Hot Stripper Guy takes a step away from Ginger and turns to face me fully. He crosses his arms over his chest and waits, that one brow still raised in curiosity. He’s not going to make it easy. He’s leaving it all up to me, just like Ginger asked them to do.

As if on cue, the music that’s been pumping into the room all night gets louder. It’s a sexy song, heavy on the bass. It’s mood music for sure. It seems to punctuate every intense beat of my heart as I get closer and closer to those velvety eyes.

When I stop in front of him, I have to look up. My five and a half feet of height is nearly a foot shorter than his towering frame.

Up close, I see that his eyes are brown. Dark, dark brown. Nearly black.

Sinful.

I’m lost in wondering why that particular word would come to mind when the girls start chanting for me to take his shirt off. Uncertainly, I glance at their excited faces then back to him. Slowly, he spreads his arms, holding them out to his sides, away from his body.

One corner of his mouth twitches. His expression, his body language is rife with challenge.

I realize he doesn’t think I’ll do it. No one probably does.

And that’s exactly why I will.

Letting the beat of the music relax my tense muscles, I plaster on a smile as I reach forward to tug Hot Stripper Guy’s shirt from the waistband of his pants.


Down To You
M. Leighton
The Bad Boys #1
Publication date: 21st September 2012

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.

Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?
 
 






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Up for grabs is one signed paperback copy of  DOWN TO YOU and sequel UP TO ME,
plus a DOWN TO YOU Swag Pack!
Open to United States and Canada only.
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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Review: Temping Is Hell by Cathy Yardley

Temping Is Hell
Cathy Yardley
Publication date: January 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

I'm already thinking that Temping Is Hell is going to be my January book of the month and it's only 2 weeks into the month. Quirky and hilariously funny this new series is my kind of urban fantasy.

Thomas Kestral isn't just your average gorgeous billionaire, he's a man on a mission. To save his terminally ill fiancee he sold his soul to an evil bad guy, but things didn't quite go as planned and he lost his fiancee anyway. Determined to get his soul back Thomas enlists the help of the very enigmatic Yagi as his teacher/mentor to help him. Thomas finds out that before he can kill the evil bad guy he must firstly find and kill the 13 other people who also sold their soul over to the evil bad guy. Thomas is in a race against time and will do anything to get what he wants.

Kate O'Hara is a temp extraordinaire, she has mad filing skills and can organise anything. (a girl after my own heart). Her relationship with her parents is troubled they think she's a complete screw up but Kate just says what she thinks, has a heart of gold and will always do the right thing even if it does land her in a tonne of trouble.

When Kate is forced to take a temp job at Fiendish Ink she thinks it's just another boringly corporate company but she needs to pay the bills so stays even though her new boss Maggie is a bitchy, psychotic, work shy, pageant queen who spends more time playing Angry Birds than working.

When her bitchy boss sends her to the basement Kate is horrified by the conditions of the "workers" kept there. Little does Kate know that these workers are demons being used by Thomas to find 13 symbols in a mountain of paperwork to help him track down the signatories he needs to kill. I seriously laughed at Kate's outrage and consequent work to ensure the demons got proper breaks and snacks as incentives to find the symbol almost setting up a demon union as a result. By befriending Slim (the nice demon) Kate begins to realise this is no ordinary basement but before she knows it Kate is involved up to her neck with Thomas and his mission at Fiendish Inc.

Kate's the kind of urban fantasy heroine I love. Organiser, friend of the demons, kick ass chick with mad filing skills. You are going to love her! Kate and Thomas's alliance is not all plain sailing despite a little romantic interlude. I cheered for them but I never really knew if in Thomas's determination to get his soul back he would use Kate as collatoral despite his feelings for her. It kept me absolutely glued to the story.

Temping is Hell really was absolutely outstanding. Quirky, unique, hilarious and addictive I'm desperate to read the rest of the Cathy Yardley's Necessary Evil series. Buy it you'll love it.

Cathy Yardley will be here at My keeper shelf on Tuesday the 15th of January.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Down to You by M. Leighton

Down To You
M. Leighton
The Bad Boys #1
Publication date: 21st September 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Down to You first came onto my radar through a review on The Autumn Review, in reading the blurb I wasn't too keen on the idea that the heroine falls for two guys who just happen to be twins the idea of that kind of love triangle didn't really appeal to me too much but I thought I would give it a go.

Boy am I glad I did. My first book of 2013 turned out to be full of twists and turns and very interesting surprises, and I never for one moment guessed how it was all going to play out.

I can't possibly say much more for the fear of spoiling it if you haven't read it yet and I honestly wouldn't want to do that. I think it's much better to to go into it blind and just prepare yourself to be blown away by the twisty plot. What I originally thought was going to be a predictable girl like good guy and bad guy but can't choose between them (all the while I was shouting pick bad guy Cash!) absolutely wasn't like that. The super good twist that I didn't see coming also sets us up nicely or the next book. Yep, I've been sucked right into the The Bad Boys story.

Great characters, heat, tension and a fantastic who to choose dilemma with a twist made for a great bookish start to 2013.
 
 
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Monday, 7 January 2013

Review:Blink Once by Cylin Busby

blink onceBlink Once
Cylin Busby
Publication date:11th October (UK)
Reviewed by Rebecca

They say first impressions count and if that's true, then I should have known that I would fall in love with this novel from the start. Blink Once tells the story of West, a young man paralysed in a biking accident. He cannot move and has no means of communication with his parents, nurses or friends and begins to feel that life will never get better. Enter Olivia, a stunning girl from the room next door who teaches him to communicate: blink once (hence the title) for yes and blink twice for no. She sneaks in at any time of day or night to see him and West finally begins to feel as if life is on the up. The book takes a little time in getting to this part of the story but boy, is it worth the wait!

It soon becomes clear that doctors want to try an experimental new treatment on him, to see if they can cure him of his paralysis. Olivia is set against it and tries to persuade West otherwise and this is where the story truly picks up. Unable to communicate with his doctors, how can he get his feelings across - to anyone?

Set predominantly in a hospital, this story is full of twists and turns. There is elements of mystery (just what is Olivia hiding?), romance (between West and Olivia - its great following their story) and the medical research that the author has obviously put into this novel is astounding. The story really picks up a quarter of the way in and I found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker, determined to find out just what is happening!

The ending was completely unexpected BUT not unwanted - in fact, I think this made the book even better! I hadn't become that involved and interested with characters in a book for quite a while and I found myself willing West and Olivia to be together, both better and out of hospital. What is the ending? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.

This book is definitely one of my favourite releases for 2012 and deserves a full five stars from me.

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

A new look, some new books and what’s on my TBR list


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Look what I've done with the place! I've had a fab blog makeover courtesy of Louise Franks Designs she was absolutely amazing and it all went very smoothly as a result. I would definitely recommend her.

I wanted a clean and simple design and the only real bit of helpful information I could provide was that I liked the colours on the cover of Angels Flight by Nalini Singh. And, with only that tiny bit of information Louise has been able to come up with all this gorgeousness. Amazing.

 
Anyway, on to the books. I had an Amazon voucher or two burning a hole in my pocket so I bought two new books this week and pre-ordered quite a few soon to be released books. 6th Jan I've read and LOVED The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle (you can check out my review here) but I wanted a copy for my bookshelf and the cover, well it just speaks to me. I saw Shadows by Paula Weston on Kara from Nocturnal Book Reviews fabulous post "January book releases I’m looking forward to" it sounded intriguing and has had some great reviews, in particular I loved Nomes review, so I had to buy it.



I’ve decided this year not to sign up to any “official” challenges because I failed single every challenge last year, the type of books I was reading at the start of the year completely changed by the end of the year. So, I got busy writing a few lists and created a few shelves on Goodreads to motivate and organise me. I want to clear a whole load of books on my kindle, YA books on my book shelf, other books on my shelf and catch up with my favourite series. I’ve created a little page here on the blog to let you see my (lack of) progress throughout the year.

This week I want to finish off Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley which is an absolutely fantastic paranormal romance I have for review and hopefully start Severed by Sarah Alderson and Going Under by Lauren Dane which I have for review and cannot wait to get started. I just wish I didn’t need to go back to work *sobs.*

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Review: Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep


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Mythos Academy #4
Jennifer Estep
Publication date: 24th December 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Crimson Frost starts with a real bang when Gwen's long awaited date with Spartan Logan Quinn ends in her arrest by the Mythos Protectorate headed up by none other than Logan's father Linus Quinn. Accused of intentionally freeing Loki from the prison realm that the other gods had trapped him in centuries ago, Gwen's very public arrest means that until her trial every Mythos student who has lost a friend or family member to the Reapers is now determined to make Gwen's even more difficult.

There's a real build up of tension in this instalment. Gwen finds herself with a double threat hanging over her from the students who are out to get her and the possibility that she may actually be executed for conspiring with the Reapers. Not only that, Gwen knows that with all attention focused on her and the trial that the real villain Loki's champion Vivian is still out there with a free rein to create even more mayhem. Although it seems like an impossible task it's up to Gwen and her loyal group of friends to prove her innocence.

With action galore (I especially loved Grandma Frost's acting skills), double crossing, drama and a bit of a who dunnit mystery with a potential Reaper spy in the Protectorate, Crimson Frost has a bit of everything in it. With Gwen's magic constantly evolving and the impending chaos war literally just around the corner I'm eager now to see the final showdown. Although I still don't see Gwen as a typical all conquering heroine (which is exactly what I like about her as a character) she has developed dramatically from her initial days at Mythos Academy. Like Gwen herself,  I want to know what the Goddess Nike sees in Gwen to make her such a worthy champion. So bring on the final battle please Ms Estep!

I've been cheering for Gwen and Logan to get together from the first book but it seems that for Gwen the course of true love never will run smooth. And that ending???? Arrrgghhh you NEED to read it, it's a real killer and makes me even more impatient for the next instalment Midnight Frost.

Thanks to Jennifer Estep for the opportunity to read and review Crimson Frost.



Wednesday, 2 January 2013

My book boyfriend- a final announcement


 
I thought I would do a quick post to let everyone know that Missie from The Unread Reader and I have decided to retire the Wednesday My Book Boyfriend posts. I've loved co-hosting over the last few months whilst Missie has been busy with school, it's been really great fun drooling over all the yummy boys in books but the feature hasn't had as many people joining in since the whole scary and rather serious warnings about possible legal implications of posting the yummy man candy pictures that we don't own.
 
So, on behalf of Missie and myself I just wanted to say a gigantic thank you to absolutely everyone who has joined in with the meme over the last few years and has found themselves *le sighing* over the yummy quotes and drooled or licked their screen when we posted all the pictures of the half naked men. It really has been a blast! 
 
 


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

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



Happy New Year!
 
I'm determined this year that I'm going to catch up on all the books siting on my bookshelves but I can't seem to be able to stop adding new books to my basket on Amazon. It's a curse!
 
Anyway there's a few I'm looking forward to getting my grubby little paws on in January:
 
 
I love, love, love the Persephone Alcmedi and Hollows series so I have Shattered Circle and Ever After pre-ordered.
 
 
I really enjoyed Brodi Ashton's Everneath and these two new covers look gorgeous so I'll be hoping both books pop up on NetGalley!

 
Gayle Forman's If I Stay series made my cry like a freaking baby and as Just One Day has been billed as the first of a " sweepingly romantic duet of novels" *sniffs* I'd better get the hankies at the ready.
 

 I'm going to take a chance on Between as the blurb sounds fantastic and I love a bit of Urban Fantasy. I actually have Prince of Power sitting on my kindle waiting to be read. I must get to it soon!
 
What books are you looking forward to help you through the dreaded January blues?