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Product Review – Lenor Outdoorables Fabric Softener.


Living in Pembrokeshire, it gets really rainy here. The weather is pretty unpredictable so I’m often drying my clothes indoors rather than on the line. Lenor Outdoorables have been great at capturing the “dried outside” freshness which I can still smell on my clothes a couple of weeks later. I love getting a whiff of it every time I go to grab a clean top to put on in the morning. It also made my family’s clothes feel so soft and I love that it helps to keep the bobbling at bay. All in all I’m really impressed with this product and would definitely recommend to others.

Thank you Lenor and Super Savvy for giving me the opportunity to review and share my honest thoughts.

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Book Review – Against The Odds by S. Lucas.

โ€‹Book Review – Against The Odds by S. Lucas.


What a fantastic coming-of-age debut by S. Lucas. Trey and Marcus’ story really pulled me in and grabbed me by the heartstrings. It was written beautifully and I felt Lucas handled the gay/bi storyline wonderfully! There were times when it had me wanting to cry, times when I was incredibly frustrated and upset with Marcus, and there were times when I wanted to slap both Rachel and Jackson into next week with how they treated Marcus and Trey! I felt absolutely disgusted by Rachel! I think an author who can invoke these kind of feelings in a reader is doing their job RIGHT! So keep on doing what you’re doing, S. Lucas! If you like steam with your romance then this has plenty of steam coming off its pages! I can’t wait to read more from S. Lucas.

Against The Odds is available here:

https://books2read.com/u/mKRpWZ

Disability Discrimination and Me.

โ€‹Disability Discrimination and Me.
I’ve seen posts circulating social media recently about how discrimination has affected people and their lives, and also about how people should be free to be themselves without the worry of being mocked, judged or bullied.

Being disabled, I’ve been discriminated against a few times in my life. But it’s not just in the workplace or at a job interview, it was in my personal life, too. It was from high school crushes and so-called friends. It was random people in the street. I’ve had guys say they wouldn’t date me because I’m a “cripple”; me having a stump was repulsive to them and a total turn off. I’ve had friends say they don’t want me to go swimming with them in case my stump scares their younger sibling. I’ve had another friend say I can’t go for a bike ride with them because I’d be too slow. Those are just a couple of examples. Kids can be cruel, too. Growing up, I had my fair share of comments from kids making nasty remarks about the way I walk and even about the way I talk (I’ve scarring from having tubes down my throat as I was a prem baby, born 13 weeks early so my voice is now husky and quiet). And I’m not going to lie, it really affected me! I often worry what people will think when I tell them I’m disabled. Every time I got into a relationship with a new guy I’d brace myself when telling them about my disabilities (I’m also blind in one eye) in case of rejection. It can be scary. You don’t know what their reaction is going to be. Will they accept you for who you are or run for the hills? 

Other than a few bad apples, I’ve been fairly lucky in my life to have surrounded myself with very caring and supportive friends and family who love me for me. We’ve certainly had some laughs down the road in regards to my prosthetic leg and funny mishaps. I will never live down the toe socks episode, that’s for sure! Or there was the time my sister and I went down the slide as kids. She was in front of me and for some reason held on to my prosthetic leg. As we were sliding down she accidentally pulled it off and it flew a few feet on to the wood chip ground. Suffice to say there were a few shocked faces! And that’s just a couple out of many stories for you haha. I’ve never taken myself seriously. Why have a chip on your shoulder and be angry at the world when you can find the funny? Laugh, love and live life to the best of your ability. There’s no point being angry and bitter all the time; it’s faaar too exhausting! 

I went on to have a career in business administration where I was with the same company for 12 years before I left to start a family. I have since worked in retail over the Christmas period for the past few years. Marks and Spencer were incredibly understanding of my disability and were so lovely to work for. Sadly, I couldn’t work for them last Christmas because I’d had my second baby so wasn’t ready to return to work yet.

Now that I have a little family of my own, I hope to bring them up with the same outlook on life. I will always teach them to be whoever the heck they want to be, do whatever job they want to do, and love whoever they want to love. They’ll get no judgement from me, just my love and support.

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Book Review – Heavy Souls by Andie M. Long.

Book Review – Heavy Souls by Andie M. Long.

Heavy Souls is the second book in the Paranormals series. This time it centres around Zak, the rockstar with no soul and Erica, the woman behind The Paranormals fan club who just so happens to have a huge crush on Zak, their lead singer, and sets out in hope of bagging herself a rockstar boyfriend when Erica and her bestie, Freya, get invited to stay at their hotel for a week to get the inside scoop for the fan club!
I’m pretty sure I say this every time but I love Andie’s writing! Her stories are always written so well. Once again I’m drawn in and fall in love with her characters. Heavy Souls was hilariously funny with some real laugh out loud moments! The panties scene had me laughing so hard that I unattractedly snorted! Poooor Erica hahaha but oh so freaking funny! We were also left with a surprise ending that had me shocked and wanting more! It was such an awesome read and I can’t wait for book 3, We Wolf Rock You! Bring it on!

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Book Release Blitz – Heavy Souls by Andie M. Long.

 

 

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Heavy Souls by Andie M Long

Book 2 in The Paranormals Series


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The Paranormals are riding high and Zak should be ecstatic. Instead, he’s exhausted. Having to supply the demon Abaddon with a quota of souls, as well as rehearse, record, and tour means his workload is just too heavy.

 

Shop Assistant Erica is feeling down. Running The Paranormals Fan Club in her spare time, their fans believe she’s in constant touch with her idols, while the truth is she’s not seen them since the final of Britain’s Best New Band and she weirdly can’t remember much of that.

 

When Erica demands a face-to-face interview with Zak, he surprisingly invites her to spend a week accompanying the band as they play London. The band are annoyed at not being consulted, apart from guitarist Noah, who knows that Zak’s deal with the demon can be undone if Zak finds his true love, and what if Erica just happens to be the one?

 

All hell (well, the seventh dimension), is about to break loose.


 

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We Wolf Rock You – Out 28th September

Satyrday Night Fever – Out 26th October

 

 

About Andie M Long:

Andie M. Long is author of the popular Supernatural Dating Agency series amongst many others.

She lives in Sheffield with her son and long-suffering partner.

When not being partner, mother, writer, or book editor, she can usually be found on Facebook or walking her whippet, Bella.

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Book Review- Blossom In Winter By Melanie Martins.

Book Review – Blossom In Winter by Melanie Martins.

I thought this was a fantastic dark, romance readโ€ฆ in the beginning. However, I felt it inconsistent and slow. The characters needed more development and so did the story, in my opinion. Itโ€™s classed as a romantic thriller so I was waiting for something to happen with maybe her best friend Emma, seeing as she liked to torture a boy or 2, but no. Or maybe thereโ€™d be some stand-off between her and Alex (the love interest) for Petraโ€™s affections as itโ€™s later revealed Emma seems to have feelings for her, but no. Instead, apart from at the beginning, Emmaโ€™s scenes are fleeting. I donโ€™t even understand why Petra was best friends with her as she was a horrible person!

I couldnโ€™t quite believe the relationship between Petra and Alex Van Dieren or that her dad came around to the idea of Petra dating and ultimately getting engaged to his best friend. The relationship just progressed too quickly!

It surprised me to find out quite late on in the book that Alex was a dom. Although it was hinted at that he had a dark sexual side and had a fetish/kink quite early on in the book, the author didnโ€™t go into any detail until he mentioned about the girls that he had dom/sub relationships with. And this was only mentioned in passing in his narrative, it wasnโ€™t a big revelation.

โ€œIf I recall properly, only my former subs used to beg me to f*ck their asses. Wow. I tremble at the thought that Petra might actually want to become one.โ€ Page 388

That is well over half way through the story. There IS a contract drawn up but this is in relation to their relationship and the media (heโ€™s a wall street businessman in his 40s, sheโ€™s just turned 18). Hmm I do wonder what a person living the sub/dom lifestyle would think to this bookโ€ฆ
He never actually discusses this dom/sub lifestyle with her so he just comes across as controlling. Especially with him giving her rules such as not leaving the table without his permission and having to change into a nightgown when she does so. But also when he forces her to have sex with no warning at all just so he can selfishly get his rocks off! She had absolutely no idea whatโ€™s going on and is so confused and upset by it. Later, out of nowhere, Petraโ€™s personality then changes and she goes on to be the dominatrix when she next sees him. I mean, I get her thought process, she wants to beat him at his own game and prove sheโ€™s not gonna be walked over BUT this isnโ€™t explained. Itโ€™s just as though sheโ€™s turned into someone else. Sheโ€™s also portrayed as naive yet mature but they donโ€™t really go hand in hand and it was shocking to see her go from virgin to wanting to explore everything sexual within weeks of losing her virginity! Now, I donโ€™t know about you, but I wouldnโ€™t wanna try anal so soon after having sex for the first time!

In the end I just really struggled with this book. The dialogue was cringey at timeโ€™s, especially during the sex scenes when Petra would say, โ€œAhhh…โ€ instead of the author simply stating that she groaned/moaned. I was expecting more thriller alongside the romance but it left a lot to be desired and a lot of unanswered scenes and questions! Scenes which could have lead the book into a thriller but didnโ€™t really take off. The sub genre is more taboo (age-gap plus heโ€™s her godfather who brought her up like she was his own) than anything else.

this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review – Waiting For Milo by Angel Devlin.

Book Review – Waiting For Milo by Angel Devlin.

Blurb:

โ€œHe called her Rapunzel.

Now sheโ€™s back in a tower of her own making.

Can he rescue his princess and live happily ever after?

After purchasing her nanโ€™s old home, Violet Blake wonders if the mysterious Waite family still live in the house across the garden. But there are bigger things to worry aboutโ€”like how sheโ€™s going to get the hole in the ceiling repaired and the neglected house modernised. Lucky for her, the Waite family do turn out to be her neighbours and run a property renovation business.

Enter Milo Waite.

Caveman. Protector. Stubborn as hell.

He wonโ€™t take no for an answer and sets about making sure his princess has her castle. But repairing the house isnโ€™t his only project. He wants Violet.

Real life isnโ€™t a fairy tale though, and buried family secrets threaten not only their budding relationship but to tear their families apart.โ€

Review:

I canโ€™t tell you how much I enjoyed this book! Itโ€™s one of those romance books that is perfect for taking on holiday to read in the sun whilst lazing by the pool or on the beach! It was so easy to get into that I finished it in just over a day, reading whenever I got a spare moment.

It was wonderfully written. The characters were all lovable making you want to get to know each and every one of them. But Milo Waite… Milo is my new book boyfriend! Oh heโ€™s so dreamy! Everything youโ€™d want in a boyfriend. He absolutely worships Violet and wants the best for her. Oh sure heโ€™s a Neanderthal, as Violet would say, but sheโ€™s not afraid to put him in his place and point out when heโ€™s being an idiot and overreacting. I loved seeing their romance blossom. Although a couple of obstacles were thrown their way and I wasnโ€™t sure if theyโ€™d overcome them!

The book ends on such a cliffhanger! Oh my god! I was so shocked! I absolutely need to know what happens next!! Hurry up and release the sequel, Waiting For Cal, Angel Devlin!

You can purchase Waiting For Milo here:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081Y545JN

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B081Y545JN

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Book Review – If We Were Young by Anna Bloom.

๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค Book Review – If We Were Young by @annabloombooks. ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค

If We Were Young is wonderfully written with fantastic characters and great character development. I found Ronnie to be so relatable and wondered how Iโ€™d be once my own daughter becomes a teenager. I love the way her daughter was portrayed, as well as the moody teen mannerisms. What really resonated with me personally was the fact that Ronnie has social anxiety. She has it so bad that she canโ€™t speak and/or throws up. I love that although this is primarily a romance, Anna touched upon the affects of anxiety and how it can affect us so that those who donโ€™t have it can understand it better and those who do can relate right along with Ronnie and know exactly what sheโ€™s going through.

Ronnie and Matthewโ€™s friendship had come to an end one sad night back in uni, then 15 years later they were reunited through a business opportunity. I loved seeing it all unfold before my eyes and found myself frustrated and on edge wondering if Ronnie and Matthew would be able to see past their anger and become friends again, wishing and hoping theyโ€™d become much more than that. You learn throughout the story that so many obstacles had been thrown in the way over the years, unbeknownst to them at the time, that had stopped them coming together and it made me feel so sad because their lives could have been sooo different!

This book captured my heart and didnโ€™t want to let go! I have so many feels! Iโ€™m incredibly excited that thereโ€™s going to be a sequel! I need to know whatโ€™s next for Ronnie and Matthew! Iโ€™m also still mad at Angela and her selfishness!! Grrr!

This is a second change romance, friends to lovers story (will they/wonโ€™t they?) that is so easy to get into you wonโ€™t want to put it down!

You can purchase Anna Bloomโ€™s If Were Young here: viewbook.at/AnnabloomIWWY

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Book Review – Summer Princess by Sloane Murphy.

Book Review – Summer Princess by Sloane Murphy.

Summer Princess, previously known as A Princessโ€™ Duty, is revised and revamped with an additional 12K words (if memory serves). It was just as engaging as the first time around. That twist at the end! Omg Iโ€™d forgot about that twist, though! Oooh the double betrayal is real! I feel more hurt by the second betrayal than I do about the first. The second cut deeeeep! Yeah, you bet I felt it just as much as poor Emilia did!

Emilia, her twin brother, Edimere, and older brother Erion, have been friends with Rowan and Cade for years. Each month, the Summer or Winter fae court hosts a party. Itโ€™s not like your normal human party. These parties are brutal and bloody, a time for the fae to embrace their darker side. 19 year old Emiliaโ€™s world is turned upside down when her twin brother, Edimere, meets his death after he kills a Summer court villager who, unbeknownst to him, is Rowanโ€™s love and was set up by Rowan and Cadeโ€™s father in an effort to show Rowan that the villagers are beneath them.

5 years later Emiliaโ€™s life is not what it was. Her parents blame her for the death of her brother and have been and done awful things to her ever since. She seeks love in the form of Oberon, a half fae Hunter, but keeps it secret because no one would approve of her being with a hunter. One day her father finds out and Oberon is captured and sent to the cages. Emilia is told the only way she can save him is to go to the Winter court and win Cadeโ€™s hand in marriage, forming a truce between the two courts. Emilia has never forgiven Cade so itโ€™s the last thing she wants to do but she does it in an effort to save Oberon. But can she?

Youโ€™re really pulled into this story, feeling all the emotions the characters do, feeling as though youโ€™re right there with them. The twists and turns were fantastic! I loved the character development of Emilia and Cade. Her friendship with Rowan was so precious. The writing is beautiful and really grips you, keeping you reading and not wanting it to end. I canโ€™t wait for book two to be released. I need to know what happens! If you love a dark fantasy read then this one is for you!

The only negative Iโ€™d have to comment about is the grammar/spelling mistakes I came across. However, I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review so Iโ€™m hoping they will have been smoothed out in the mean time ready for the final copy to be released to the public.

Blog Tour and Book Review – Dark Secret by Danielle Rose.

Dark Secret Blog Tour and Book Review!

Book Review – Dark Secret by Danielle Rose.

I fell in love with this book straight away! Witches AND vampires?! Whatโ€™s not to love if youโ€™re a fan of YA paranormal reads? I love how in-depth Danielle went with the witches and their magic lore and I love the spin that she took with the main character, Ava, after a fight with a vampire didnโ€™t quite go to plan. Ava is tasked with protecting her coven and the village of Darkhaven from the vampires but her coven doesnโ€™t trust her ability to sense the darkness that is coming which she tries to prove otherwise. Throughout the book she goes from strength to strength, but not without her flaws and weaknesses, whilst she struggles to adapt to a life she never wanted. There is a hint of romance running through this book which I really enjoyed and am excited to see where itโ€™ll lead in the second book. Danielleโ€™s writing is incredibly detailed and such a delight to read. I really enjoyed that it was written in first person too. This would be the perfect book if youโ€™re just starting out on your YA paranormal journey.

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Dark Secret (Darkhaven Saga #1)

by USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Rose

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Synopsis

There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

Seventeen-year-old spirit witch Ava Lรณpez is the self-appointed guardian of the witches and humans of Darkhaven, an idyllic village nestled between the forest and the sea. Her watch: vicious and bloodthirsty vampires.

Ava is a novice in the eyes of her coven. If she expects to protect them and the secrecy of their powers, she must gain better control of her own. When a full moon ritual goes awry, control may be lost forever, and Ava is exiled from her coven. Forced to seek refuge among the beings she had always sworn herself to hunt, she vows revenge on those who have upended her life.

But the more time Ava spends away from her coven, the more she discovers a startling truth: the witches havenโ€™t been honest with her. Avaโ€™s quest to strip the truth from everything sheโ€™s ever known begins with the toughest realization of allโ€”coming to terms with who she has become.

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