Friday, 31 October 2014

Book review: Heat (The Stark Affair #1) - Skylar Cross


Book 1 of the 4-book series THE STARK AFFAIR by Skylar Cross 

Colton Stark is filthy rich. A billionaire playboy who drives fast and plays hard, he enjoys an endless stream of party girls... at his mansion, on his yacht, and in his private jet. 
He's also top of Miami-Dade Police Department's list of suspected narcotics traffickers. 

Tough girl cop Sofia grew up on the mean streets of Miami, unafraid to kick anyone's ass. When asked to investigate Colton, she doesn't even consider it a challenge. 
Until she comes face-to-face with Colton Stark's penetrating blue eyes. 
After a steamy meeting at his South Beach club, Sofia finds herself playing a dangerous but sexy game with her own principles. As evidence mounts of Colton Stark's dirty 
dealings, together they spark a bonfire of passionate heat. 



Mature content. 18+ only.


My opinion.
From the very beginning I was intrigued by the MC, Sofia. I was curious to see what her story was, and what she's like. Unfortunately though, this novella wasn't nearly enough to get a sense of who she is, which makes it difficult to warm up to her. Colton however shows the right amount of mystery to keep the 'mysterious billionaire' aspect, even though you get a chance to read from his point of view as well (which I like).
I think I could do with a bit less... profanity, but overall this novella hits the "hot, sexy, mysterious" mark. I'm not sure I understand why the story is cut up into different novella's instead of making it into a novel: the novella in itself isn't really a story, it very much feels to me like reading a few chapters out of a novel. I am, however, intrigued to find out what happens next.


 

Thank you to Mark My Words Publicity, for asking me to read and review Heat !!

Book Matchmaking


    
Sexy, rich and slightly arrogant male MC in Crazy, Undercover, Love and 'hot & sexy' in Jane Linfoot's booksMelting Ms Frost & Christmas Is Cancelled



Thursday, 30 October 2014

Book review: Beneath the Moon and the Stars - Amelia Thorne

  


Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.

That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.

But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…


My opinion.
Where do I even begin. I freaking LOVED this book. Amelia Thorne takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Love, friendship, betrayal, secrets, loyalty and some heat. Beneath the Moon and the Stars really has it all. A little over 200 pages was all it took to break my heart and make me fall in love several times over.
The characters are amazing. Joy is such a wonderful woman and the perfect MC. I loved how she kept her secret(s), how she stayed a bit of a mystery. The same goes for all those beautiful men (I really should consider an Escape To The (British) Country. WOW). Both Finn, Casey and Alex are characters with a history and real personality. They're not just there for their good looks (although that helps, of course ;-) ) - I absolutely loved their caring nature.
I highly recommend this book - I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as much as I have. Brilliant read.


  

Big thank you to Amelia ;-) I'm so honored to have been invited
to join this tour and be a part of this amazing book.
Thank you so much for all you've done for your readers and bloggers!
You truly are amazing,
just like Beneath The Moon And The Stars is.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Book review: Beat The Reaper - Josh Bazell


 

The Doctor will see you now....


Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan ER Doctor who has a past he'd prefer to stay hidden. When a figure from the old days emerges it looks increasingly unlikely that his secret will stay intact.

Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is given three months to live, and it's clear to Peter that the clock is ticking for both of them. He must do whatever it takes to keep him - and his patient - alive.


It's time to beat the reaper....


My opinion.
The promise of reading an "international bestseller" as well as the synopsis got me really excited about this book. I even liked the cover. When I first started reading though, I felt really confused. A few chapters into the story things became a bit more "cohesive", although the overall book feels schizophrenic. Josh Bazell alternates between the past and the present and makes his MC, Peter Brown, tell the story about his past almost up until it catches up to the present. Although I liked that concept and it actually worked for the story, those two parts felt too different to make it into one story about one person. From the start I felt really disgusted by those "present parts" of the book. The way things were going on at that hospital, the way he handled his colleagues and patients, his drug abuse,...  
I quite enjoyed the parts about his mafia past. It felt like a crime journal and it's really those chapters that encouraged me to continue reading. Although I struggled through those as well.
The footnotes more often than not interrupted the story and I caught myself skipping more and more of them as the story went on.
The medical malpractice and the overall organization of the hospital, the profanity and unnecessary vulgarity made what could have been a great mafia-crime-novel into a book I very much disliked. The last chapters, both in his "past" and "present", were just too much. The sharks, the descriptions of her body, the freezer,... Not for me, unfortunately.


 

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Book review: Damsels In Distress - Laura Kenyon (Desperately Ever After #2)

  

The Desperately Ever After series takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss. With laughter, wine, and a new take on old-fashioned chivalry, these friends see each other through life’s trials one secret at a time. Set in a fictional realm based on New York City, the books sprinkle fiction with elements of fantasy and encourage readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings. 

After watching her fairy tale go up in flames, Belle is finally starting over. With a baby on the way, a
business to run, and a new love interest she just can’t shake, things are finally looking up. That is, until she learns her independence might revive broken curses the world over. Could “happily ever after” really mean staying with her unfaithful husband? Or will Belle and her steadfast friends find another way?

Meanwhile, Dawn still longs for the life she had three centuries earlier—before her sleeping curse ended in two kids, an unfamiliar era, and a husband she barely knows. So when the childhood sweetheart she believed to be dead resurfaces, she must suddenly choose between the past she once wanted and the present she never knew she did.

As both women struggle between love and obligation—between what's right for the world and what's right for the heart—they fail to see a great danger brewing in the capital. One that could change everything forever.

With the wit of authors like Jennifer Weiner, the vision of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and the imagination of Gregory Maguire's Wicked, Damsels in Distress picks up where the original tales left off—and twists them every “witch” way.


My opinion.
I LOVE THIS SERIES! I was so in love with the first book in the series, Desperately Ever After, and couldn't shut up about it (followers of this blog & @MarylineVP on Twitter most likely noticed this). So saying that I was looking forward to reading "book II" is an understatement.
I loved returning to these characters and getting lost again in this "real" fairy tale world. Damsels In Distress is a little less fabulous Martini's and a little more 'Desperate Housewives' of Marestam, with our favourite ladies facing political, marital and dynastic problems, as well as a magical curse that might change their happily ever afters for good.
Although the articles in The Marestam Mirror were less frequent, they still made me laugh and they gave it that contemporary, NY socialite vibe. Absolutely brilliant.
Although these leading ladies are royal fairy tale princesses, Laura Kenyon managed to make them not only easy to relate to, but highly lovable as well. Damsels In Distress feels like catching up with old friends.
The Desperately Ever After series is a wonderfully sarcastic, romantic and heartwarming tale about love and friendship with witty conversations, juicy cliches and a healthy dose of humor.

Read my thoughts on the first book in the series here.


 


Laura Kenyon is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Boston College. Her stories
and articles have appeared in Kiwi Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Just Labs, Serendipity, The Improper Bostonian,InD’tale Magazine, and Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings, as well as in myriad newspapers and at PrickoftheSpindle.com. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their silver Labrador retriever. DESPERATELY EVER AFTER is her first novel.

She loves connecting with readers on her blog (laurakenyon.com), Twitter (twitter.com/laura_kenyon), Facebook (facebook.com/LauraKenyonWrites), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/laurakenyon).

Representation: Michelle Brower

Folio Literary Management

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Big thank you to Laura for asking me to review 
this brilliant second book in this amazing series. 
I enjoyed every page. Thank you!