Book Review: Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

Synopsis

Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of herHot Pursuit life abrubtly runs out on her.
An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine – far from her dream job.
Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch – her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.
But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?

Review

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

This was a light an easy read following Sarah as she struggles with being left by her boyfriend James and is struggling with the aftermath. For an added bonus it’s a romance with a mystery involved which helped keep me interested throughout the story. Unfortunately for me the book just didn’t quite hit the mark. It was enjoyable but I had a really hard time connecting with Sarah and at times just found myself frustrated with her. While it is also quite a humorous novel I think it could have done with being a bit more serious at times. Overall a good escapist read but probably not one I would pick up again.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

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Book Review: When you were mine by Lisa Swift @rararesources

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Synopsis

Life is a love song when you find the right notes

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at When You Were Mineuniversity, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.

Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.

Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?

A feel good, heart-warming novel about about first loves and second chances. Fans of Holly Martin, Dani Atkins and Heidi Swain will be captivated.

Lisa Swift is the pseudonym for bestselling women’s fiction novelist, Mary Jayne Baker.

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Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resouces for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really sweet novel with a strong theme of family relationships throughout. I think I have to go with my favorite character being Amelia mostly because not only is she the sweetest and only a little bit moody teenager but it was also sort of fun seeing the way the author portrayed her thoughts as well as the way she speaks.

As I mentioned family is at the forefront of this book, it’s what drives the relationships and most of everyone’s actions throughout the book as well. It did start off fairly slow-paced with a few surprises in at the start, but once it picked up I found myself wanting more time at each different part to really explore what was going on. It’s definitely a really enjoyable read with a few twists and turns that just really upped it to that extra half a star!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by When - Lisa Swift author picture.jpgLaura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Book Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Synopsis

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Before I Let GoAlaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Review

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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that has been on my Netgalley shelf for the longest time so I was determined that I was going to pick up and begin reading this book. This was a bit of a mix book for me, it had so many things which I thought would suck me in immediately but it sort of just fell a bit short, while a good read it didn’t have that extra factor to keep me interested and determined to find out what happened. After a while with nothing really getting resolved it all sort of felt a bit meh. I’m not sure if I just couldn’t quite connect with the characters or if I just wasn’t really believing the mystery that was going on.

Now this wasn’t a book that I ever thought, do I really want to finish this book, it just wasn’t one that I was excited to get back to reading. I did really enjoy the writing itself as some of the descriptions were fantastic and the feeling of eeriness was definitely conveyed through the pages. Unfortunately, it just fell a little short for me.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Book Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Synopsis

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What 26247008could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm

Review

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DNF

This is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for ages just waiting for me to read it, I bought it last year with birthday book vouchers and then just never got around to actually reading it. Well that all changed last week, when I sat down, grabbed the book and snuggled in to read it. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t grab my attention I tried I really did but I found my mind wandering throughout and the only thing that was keeping me sort of interested was I wanted to find out what exactly happened at that damn BBQ. The writing itself wasn’t bad, neither were the characters, they just didn’t have any hook themselves, I literally found myself only continuing the story to find out what had happened, after the first 100 pages I thought I had an inkling and that’s when I put the book down and figured I would pick it up later.

Except I didn’t. The next day it occurred to me I could simply Google what had happened and go about my day. So that’s what I did and to be honest, even after Googling it I wasn’t that excited to really find out, it was sort of what I thought but it didn’t pack the punch of what I was expecting from the book and it made me glad I hadn’t continued. Perhaps if I had continued reading and getting into the minds and reactions of the characters it may have but I just didn’t have it in me. This isn’t going to stop me from being a Liane Moriarity fan, I love her other books this was just a bit of a let down for me.

Rating: 2.55

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend:No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Book Review: The Channeler by Jenna Ryan @tckpublishing @jennaryanink

Synopsis

“I was stuck. Stuck in an endless dream, watching a terrible future I was powerless to change.

Or was I? What if I could change the future? Could I ignore that kind of power?

And if I did–what would I become?”

Caleb Swift knows he’s a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that The Channeler (Continuum Series, #1)haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren’t bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane.

Who needs that kind of trouble?

Not Caleb. He’s doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who’s in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.

Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die…

Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl’s future turn his present completely upside-down.

Purchase Here

http://geni.us/thechannelerm

Review

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Thank you to the author and TCK Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now I think it’s been a while since I have read a book from the POV of an angsty male protagonist but Caleb really drew me in an was just such an interesting character to get to know. This is such a unique story with more than one surprise and I felt like it really kept me intrigued all the way through. It did have a bit of a slow pace to set up the story, however, as this is the first in the series I think this was needed to really help set up for things to come. The relationship between Caleb and Shay was really great to see developed and the different aspects of family history which were incorporated throughout the book really helped to keep me hooked as well. As mentioned this is a book with a few surprises throughout especially at the end, which has just really made me excited for the next in the series! An awesome 4 star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Jenna Ryan’s official site:

http://www.jennaryanink.com

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http://twitter.com/jennaryanink

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Book Review and Giveaway: Lure of Obsession by Lisa Kessler by Lida Kessler @rararesources

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Synopsis

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Lure of Obsession (Muse Chronicles, #1)Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

2016, 2017 & 2018 voted Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance Series – Paranormal Romance Guild

A sexy new paranormal series from best selling author Lisa Kessler featuring Greek gods, Lycan shifters, Navy SEALs, police detectives and more…

“Another beautiful series from an unbelievable author. She gets me every time.” #1 NYT Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon

Finalist –  2017 Kathryn Hayes When Sparks Fly Contest – Best Paranormal Romance 

Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 – The Paranormal Romance Guild

Top 10 – Best Romance of 2016 in the Preditors & Editors readers poll

Amazon  US – https://www.amazon.com/Lure-Obsession-Muse-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07L9S37H4

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lure-Obsession-Muse-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07L9S37H4

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lure-of-obsession-1

iBooks – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/lure-of-obsession/id1449166670?mt=11&at=1001lce2

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1123884991?ean=2940161368428

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely a story with a unique twist on Greek Mythology! Mel is the muse of tragic poetry, which I thought was a really interesting story going into the book. She is one of nine different muses whose ‘powers’ manifested at the age of eighteen. This is the first in the series and really sets up the mythology for next books.

After finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stars, detectives are called to try to find out what has happened. It’s here we meet Nate. I really liked the interactions between the two characters, they, of course, have an immediate otherworldly connection that they try to manage while dealing with the death of Nia. There was some good character development happening for both of them throughout. The story moves with good pacing as all of the mythology is introduced. A really great start to the series and a definite four out of five stars read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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About the Author

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Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com

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Book Review: Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan @rararesources

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Synopsis

Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more BURIED TREASURE: is not always what it seemsdifferent. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely a different sort of romance story, it contains quite a few different elements which all seem to run seamlessly through each other to make for one very entertaining and intriguing read.

The prologue was enough to get me hooked on the story for this one, what I did have a bit of trouble with was completely liking both of the main characters, Jane and Theo, straight away. I warmed up to Theo first and by the end of the book was completely team Jane as well. The way the author was able to go into details about archeology, as well as some of the event planning, was a great addition to the book, she had obviously done her research and I think that really showed as the story progressed. The background of both Jane and Theo was an integral part of the story and it really helped set up everything else that was going on. An awesome four and a half star read!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

Currently published by Accent Press, each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. His most recent work, published by William Collins, is ‘Viking Britain’.

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