Thursday, 28 February 2013

My book of the month- Going Under by Lauren Dane



Each month I highlight my book of the month, the book that I devoured, squeeeed over, swooned over and probably drooled over the most.
 
I don't know about you, but when I love a book I usually race through it because I'm so completely desperate to find out how it's going to end. I then inevitably end up with the dreaded post book slump which usually involves me dashing off to Goodreads to find out exactly when the sequel's due out. And then I head straight to Amazon to pre-order it. Which is pretty much what I did when I finished February's book of the month...
Going Under by Lauren Dane.
 
What can I say? Going Under took my breath away and had me gnawing at my fingernails. The third instalment in Lauren Dane's excellent paranormal romance series Bound by Magick should not be missed. You can check out my review here.
 

...Going Under
Bound by Magick #3
Lauren Dane
Publication date:5th Feb 2013

In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create a some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups federation—and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm, her friends and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If there’s anything left for her there, she’s going to fight for it. But Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.

Now, together, with magick on their side, they’re on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing...

 

After Fifty Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

wallbangerWallbanger
Alice Clayton
Publication date: 27th November 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

I loved Wallbanger from start to finish, it's the perfect hot and hilarious After Fiftyish (minus the angst) contemporary romance. It was one of those books that when I finished it I was dying to talk to fellow readers about my favourite bits. I really loved all of the text messages, the friends and their hook ups, the Zucchini bread and the bonkers cat Clive  (apologies if you haven't read it then this probably won't make much sense but you really so need to go and read it to find out what I'm on about!) 

I loved Caroline to bits, the "pink nightie girl" cracked me up repeatedly with her snarky one liners and her constant pursuit of her missing "O" had me laughing throughout. Although Simon "the wallbanger" was a bit of an arse at the start with his harem of 3 women (I must say I was however quite impressed with how easily he kept his bedroom door revolving in a kind of one woman out, next woman in kind of way) I just knew that like Caroline I was going to love him eventually. Caroline's initial frustrations at being unable to sleep through the constant wallbanging, giggling and miaowing from Simon's harem next door really made me snort with laughter and as the story progressed the "giving good meatball" tongue in cheek kind of humour between Simon and Caroline really was laugh out loud funny.

With probably the best build up ever when Caroline and Simon did eventually get together I'm not afraid to admit I did shed a little tear. By then I was so in love with the characters I just wanted them to stay together forever. Wallbanger's hilarious banter and steamy romance absolutely melted my heart the "woo was whoa."

My favourite bits list
  • When the boys vs girls groups realise they are the Guns and Roses singers.
  • The burst pipe scenes *le sigh.*
  • The hot tub scene (even though it broke my heart and resulted in me shouting out loud to a book.
  • The build up in Spain *double le sigh.*
  • The confession of confessing she faked it. (you know what I mean).
  • Throwing the baking stuff.




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After Fifty rating: 5 out of 5
High steam factor Thumbs up
Hero you can’t help but love Thumbs up
Best slow build up ever Thumbs up
Snarky one liners Thumbs up

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #5

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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.

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Thrown by a Curve
Play By Play #5
Jaci Burton
Publication date: 5th March 2013

Sports medicine specialist Alicia Riley has the job of her dreams, until she's assigned to star pitcher Garrett Scott. Undergoing shoulder rehab, it's make it or break it time for Garrett, and he needs to focus to get back on the mound in time for opening day. But close proximity and combustible chemistry is a dangerous combination, and both Alicia and Garrett have a lot to lose if this doesn't work.


I've drooled over every one of Jaci Burton's Play by Play series cover they are just out of this world fantastic. I think this series is my all time favourite sports romance series, the heroes are always very alpha male and yummy. It hasn't mattered one iota to me a Scottish chick that I don't know anything about American football or baseball or what ever the hell sport they play, it's the hot and steamy romance that draws me to this series time and time again.
 
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2) by E.J. Stevens cover reveal and giveaway

Shadow Sight (Ivy Ranger #1) by E.J. Stevens was one of my favourites of 2012 so I'm beyond excited to be able to share today the cover for Ghost Light, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

My first thought when I saw the cover was along the lines of "squeeeee, the font for Ivy Granger Psychic Detective is exactly the same as the "My" and "Shelf" in my header!! Clearly this book and I are destined to be best friends forever!" Then there was some more squeeeing. True story.


Shadow Sight
Ivy Granger #2
E.J. Stevens
Publication date: 9th July 2013


Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.



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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Winner of my Antihero Valentine blog hop


The winner of my recent Antihero Valentine blog hop is ...

Jess S

I've sent you an email Jess:)

Thanks to everyone for entering.

Lesley
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Review: Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

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Watersong #2
Amanda Hocking
Publication date: 27th November 2012
Reviewed by Rebecca

After such a rave review of Wake, I went into Lullaby with high expectations and although some of them were met, a lot fell short. Having skipped town with the strange girls from Wake, the story shifts between Gemma's viewpoint and Harper's, frantic with worry about her baby sister. I was disappointed to see so little of Alex in this novel but I also felt that the story focused on Gemma a little too much. Yes, the main bulk of the story is centred around her situation - however, some scenes with the girls seemed to happen over and over again over the course of the novel. I was much more interested in Harper's actions to get her sister back.

That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this book. I did. I loved that Harper and Daniel's story was given a bigger focus in this novel, as I felt Gemma and Alex held most of the attention throughout the first. Daniel was such a likeable character and I felt frustrated when Harper didn't always pick up on the signals he was giving off.

Whilst I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series, I did enjoy watching Harper attempt to get her sister back whilst simultaneously trying to look after her Dad, keep an eye on Alex, visit Daniel and work all at the same time. Harper as a character, although brisk and sometimes snappy, is ultimately very likeable - she has a sensible head on her shoulders and knows that practicality is the way forward even if certain things aren't what they seem.

The showdown at the end between everyone is fantastic - definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and paves the way easily for the third and final book of the series. If only the rest of the book could have kept me as interested.

I will be picking up a copy of the third book when it comes out as I am interested to see how this story ends, however I feel this story could have been developed a little more, especially after the explosive action of the first book.

3 out of 5
 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

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Wake
Watersong #1
Amanda Hocking
Publication date: 7th August 2012
Reviewed by Rebecca

If I tell you I read this book in a day, would it tell you just how much I loved it? I picked this book over The Farm (review to come) as I just couldn't resist - the cover is so beautiful! The book is set in a beach town and revolves around sisters Gemma and Harper. The story seems to focus on Gemma but that is the beauty of this novel. Although you do find out a lot about Gemma, it is only after finishing the book do you realise that Harper is actually the main character. Almost every incident in the book reverts back to Harper but it is so cleverly written that you don't notice right until the very end.

Living in a beachside town, residents are used to people coming and going for the summer. It is with the arrival of mysterious girls Penn, Thea and Lexi that everyone starts to take notice. Stunningly beautiful but ever so creepy, everyone is just a little bit wary of them. Training to be an Olympic swimmer, Gemma feels a little uneasy when the girls keep appearing at her swim sessions in the evenings and tries to avoid them where possible. It doesn't take long for them to lure her into their web, however, no matter how resistant she is. Certain things occur and you find yourself willing Gemma to find a way out of her situation.

Dead bodies are turning up everywhere and in a small town like this, people are starting to panic. Harper has her suspicions as to who are involved but these are left unfounded. Acting like Gemma's mum since their own was involved in an accident many years prior, Harper is only trying to look out for her sister, especially as she will be going to uni soon and there will be no one to look out for her. She doesn't trust the three strange girls and is left wondering just what they want in this town.

There are some romantic aspects in this book: Gemma soon finds herself involved with long term friend and neighbour, Alex - a relationship which I must admit, although nice, isn't too interesting. It is the will they, won't they of Harper and Daniel, a local boy who works down at the docks, that I was interested in. Harper has no interest in romance especially just before university, but it was interesting to see just how far Daniel would go to help out the girl he liked when she needed him.

I did see Gemma's situation coming from a long way, it is quite obvious - however, it definitely makes for interesting reading and kept me turning the pages as quickly as was humanly possible. The scenes towards the end left me breathless as Harper, Alex and Daniel come together to try and help Gemma out before it is too late but eventually leaving it perfect for a sequel.

I adored this book. This is the first book I have read by Hocking and it definitely won't be the last. I picked up Lullaby as soon as I'd finished Wake - I just couldn't wait to see what happened!

5 out of 5

Sunday, 17 February 2013

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


Hey everyone! I haven't posted my new books for a couple of weeks out of complete laziness and by now I've probably forgotten what new books I actually got. I've been mega busy with work (which is hellish) and baking cake pops (which are delicious) neither of which have helped my healthy eating plan much. Anyway, onto the books:

I bought

 Kindle bargains


I won
From Stella at Ex Libris
 
And some postcards
From Jaci Burton's Play by Play series
 
 
Here's what I've been reading:

I love Lauren Dane so I enjoyed Lush, it helps it had a schmexy tattoed drummer to drool over of course. Biting Cold was erm as they say "a game of two halves" the first half was soooo boring I almost gave up twice, but I persevered and refused to be beaten and ended up enjoying the second half. I DNF the audio book of Knight Awakened, I rarely DNF books but I just didn't care much for the story and kept thinking about all the other books I could have been reading.

I'm travelling to Edinburgh for work this week so I plan to get my read on during my lengthy train journeys. I'm going to read Shattered Circle and House Rules well, that's the plan anyway.


 

Friday, 15 February 2013

Review: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

hot ticketHot Ticket
Sinners on Tour #3
Olivia Cunning
Publication date: 5th February 2013

I have a lot of love for the Sinners series it’s full of rock gods with mucho sexy time and laughs. I have enjoyed some of the books more than others though, Double Time wasn’t as good and the whole weird reading order thing kind of threw me a bit. Hot Ticket sees Olivia Cunning back to her rock goddess best.

Jace the Sinners bassist has never really felt 100% part of the band, brought into replace Jon he’s grateful to be there and although he loves the music he doesn’t contribute as much to the band both in stage presence and in writing the music. It’s not because he can’t, musically he’s a closet genius but lacks confidence and prefers to stay at the back near the drums when they play live. Jace also very much keeps himself to himself and despite spending all his time on the road with the Sinners they know nothing about his difficult upbringing or his need for pain.

When Jace sees Aggie in the strip club where she works at Brian’s pre-wedding night out he falls for her Mistress V persona. Aggie is a dominatrix that keeps business and pleasure very separate but Jace isn’t anything like her normal clients and their one off night develops into a sort of a relationship. Aggie has to work hard to get Jace to open up at times I liked her and other times I thought she smothered Jace a bit too much and I felt like I was waiting for them to implode. Although their relationship is very different it works for both of them, he needs pain and she loves dishing it out.

It wouldn’t be a Sinners book without the schmexy times, there’s a plentiful amount and it is pretty much all HAWT! What I love most about this series is the band banter and the opportunity to catch up with the previous couples front man Sed and Jessica and guitarist Brian and Myrna and their on the road antics. I still thought the whole out of order thing (where the 3rd book released took place after this book) is weird and a little off putting. I loved how Eric the drummer became more part of the story, up until now I haven’t noticed him much so it was obvious the scene was being set for his book Wicked Beat.

One thing I really want to know is are we ever going to get fellow rock god Dare’s book?? I so want that book! All in all I really enjoyed Hot Ticket, the Sinner’s are definitely back on form.



Thursday, 14 February 2013

Anti hero Valentine giveaway

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The Anti hero Valentine blog hop is hosted by Nocturnal Book Reviews
 
Whilst I’m a big fan of drool worthy alpha male heroes I also go weak at the knees at the anti heroes, those tarnished knights and bad boys that live by their own moral code.

Four such anti heroes have caught my attention recently Caleb from Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts, Horse from Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde (although I defy you to not swoon a little bit when you meet Horse!), Knight from Kristen Ashley's Knight and Pax from If You Stay by Courtney Cole. These kindle bargains are worth every penny!


To be in with a chance of winning these 4 kindle bargains all you need to do is comment and tell me who your favourite anti hero bad boy is.
 
*To make it fair (just in case you don't have a kindle) I will send the winner an Amazon gift card to the current value of the 4 kindle books which is £12.05 or $18.96 so that if you've read one of them you can pick yourself another yummy kindle bargain.

** The giveaway will end at 11:59pm (UK time) on the 20th of February.

Remember to check out the other participants:
 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #4

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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.
 
night bladeNight Blade
Colbana Files #2
J.C. Daniels
Publication date: 4th March 2013


Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.

People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.

The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.


I adored the first book in this series Blade Song by J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker. If you're a fan of urban fantasy along the line of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews then you will love this too. You can check out my slightly gushy review here. Night Blade's publication date is definitely circled in my calender.

 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Review: The Farm by Emily McKay


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The Farm #1
Emily McKay
Publication date: 14th February 2013
Reviewed by Rebecca

This book intrigued me just for the concept. Yes, it is another vampire book - however, with a difference. Humans are being farmed (hence the title) for food for Ticks, mutant vampires with a constant thirst, and Lily and Mel are two twins stuck on such a farm. It is pretty obvious from the start that the aim of this story is for the two to escape, however they encounter many twists and turns along the way.

Lily remembers back before they came to The Farm. Mel was doing well with her autism - in fact, you'd barely notice she had it! The plan was; once the Ticks arrived, they would go with their Mum to their Uncles where they would be safe. It just didn't end up that way. They now had no idea where there Mum was, what had happened to their Uncle and they were locked up as blood banks for the vampires.

The first few chapters were great; shifting between Lily's and Mel's POVs. Readers may notice that Mel's chapters are a little disjointed at times; McKay has obviously tried to show Mel's regression (back to when her autism was at its worst) through the medium of words - which sometimes was great and other times left me feeling uncomfortable. I think McKay did quite a good job when it came to trying to put across the inner workings of an autistic mind, however, knowing some autism sufferers as I do, I can't help but think that some of the chapters may leave others feeling a little uncomfortable - or maybe that's just me.

I loved the inclusion of Carter, a bad boy blast from the past for Lily, and once the story had built up, he proved a worthwhile addition. At the beginning though, he was pretty useless as a character. He knew what the girls didn't and was lying to them - yet found the need to tell us this over and over again. The escape proved to be full of suspense - just when you think they're home and dry, they encounter a problem - then the unexpected happens and they're finally on the road.

If I'm honest, I found this story a little confusing at times. Ticks are mutant vampires and we know this from the start, yet a few chapters in there are real vampires and humans collaborating with them. Then there are vampires helping humans they believe to be the abductura bring down other vampires - sometimes the storyline just seemed a little disjointed and jumpy in parts and I would have preferred certain elements to have been explained properly before moving on to something else.

Certain parts left me sobbing, others left me rooting for the characters to overcome their hardships, others led to indifference - however, the ending redeemed the story for me and left me more than a little excited for the sequel, The Lair.

For the most part, this novel was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. I may have to re read it once more though, just to see if I can get my head around some of the events that occur.

4 out of 5