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Book Review – Down Fall by Abigail Davies.

Blurb:

“Life was chaotic and unpredictable; made up of a series of events—a collection of firsts.
First crush.
First kiss.
First love.

Between the murky waters, I’d found salvation. And it was all because of him—the broody alpha who appeared at the time I needed him most.
He promised me things, and showed me the life I could have.
But all it took was one moment to destroy everything.

Nothing else mattered.
No one else mattered.
It was him and me against the world.
Until it wasn’t.

I hadn’t known just how forbidden our love was.
I hadn’t known I’d been tutoring his son.
I hadn’t known about the family he had hidden away. 
I hadn’t known he was cheating—with me.

I wish I could say I wanted to take it all back, but it’d be a lie.
A blatant lie. 

He was my biggest downfall, but I’d never regret it.
Choosing him was never an option, the question was whether he’d risk it all.”

This is the second part in the Fallen Duet series and boy is it as equally amazing as the first!

Once again you’re sucked into the lives of Lola and Brody and taken on an incredible emotional rollercoaster of a ride! Abigail Davies really knows how to make you feel exactly the way her characters do and has a way of bringing her characters to life. Another beautifully written book that had me on the edge of my seat most of the time; be that either because I was fanning myself over the steaminess between Lola and Brody (psst! There’s a lot more in the first book, by the way! You should go check that out!), the heartfelt scenes where I didn’t know how Brody was gonna react to Lola’s life changing news, or feeling crap scared for their lives! Like I said: emotional rollercoaster! Jesus, my heart was definitely in my mouth at least twice that’s for sure! So if you like angsty, edge of your seat, finger nail biting contemporary romance mixed in with some crime fighting DEA agents, then this is for you!

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Down Fall Release Blitz & Giveaway!

Release Date: July 10, 2019

Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs

Models: Daniel Rengering & Emily L’Nae

Photographer: Jean Maureen Woodfin at JW Photography and Covers

Synopsis

Life was chaotic and unpredictable; made up of a series of events—a collection of firsts.
First crush.
First kiss.
First love.

Between the murky waters, I’d found salvation. And it was all because of him—the broody alpha who appeared at the time I needed him most.
He promised me things, and showed me the life I could have.
But all it took was one moment to destroy everything.

Nothing else mattered.
No one else mattered.
It was him and me against the world.
Until it wasn’t.

I hadn’t known just how forbidden our love was.
I hadn’t known I’d been tutoring his son.
I hadn’t known about the family he had hidden away. 
I hadn’t known he was cheating—with me.

I wish I could say I wanted to take it all back, but it’d be a lie.
A blatant lie. 

He was my biggest downfall, but I’d never regret it.
Choosing him was never an option, the question was whether he’d risk it all.

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Free Fall (Fallen Duet – Book 1)

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About the Author

Abigail Davies grew up with a passion for words, storytelling, maths, and anything pink. Dreaming up characters–quite literally–and talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for her. She finds it fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone reads and interprets a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has found the passion that she always knew was there. When she’s not writing: she’s a mother to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as she believes that it’s a magical thing, or getting lost in a good book. If she’s doing neither of those things, you can be sure she’s surfing the web buying new makeup, clothes, or binge watching another show as she becomes one with her sofa.

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Beginning the Game Release Blitz & Review.

Title: Beginning the Game 
Series: Playing the Game #0.5 
Author: Olivia Rose & Raven Moore 
Genre: Contemporary / Sports
Cover Design: Vixen Designs 
Release Date July 2 
Beginning the Game is LIVE!!!!
Blurb:

A broken British girl. 

A godlike alphahole football king. 

One night to forget. 

Whats the worst that could happen?

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Review.

This is a short story which is a prequel to End Game whose release date has been postponed until next year.

*fans self* Ooft now this little story will definitely get you hot under the collar and wanting more! Though short, it was brilliantly written. It gave us a nice little intro into why Indie had to leave London for the US and what her life is like when she begins her first semester at Harbor View. It made a nice change to read a short but oh gosh it’s definitely left me wanting more! Which is a good thing! I neeeed to find out what happens between Indie and Clay! Boy were there sparks flying! I thought both Indie and Clay were great characters; their personalities were oozing off the page. I also loved the introduction of Indie’s step brother, Ryan and her room mate, Ally – both seem like great characters and I’m hoping for more from them in End Game. Bring on End Game!

#OliviaRose #RavenMoore #BeginningtheGame #NewRelease 

Book Buy – The Girl In Red.

I was having a nose in my local book store the other day when I came across this little retelling of Little Red Riding Hood; The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. I love a good retelling, don’t you? Do you know what I particularly love about this one, though? What makes this special and meaningful to me? Is that little old Red is an amputee just like me! She, too, has a prosthetic leg! It’s not often – if ever! – that I’ll come along a book where the protagonist is disabled in some way so I think this is pretty amazing that the author is breaking down those stigma walls and giving us a bad ass female protagonist that’s an amputee! Way to go Christina and Titan Books! Thank you SO much! Now I must go get swept away in this book!

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Book Review – Free Fall By Abigail Davies.

Blurb:

“We were never meant to meet; our paths shouldn’t have crossed.

And yet they did.

As an undercover DEA agent, I always thought things through. I didn’t take chances, because I knew one misstep could have disastrous consequences.

Until I met her.

The little sister of my next target.

Lola was a feisty young woman trying to claw her way out of a bad neighborhood.

She was forbidden in every sense of the word, and not just because of the sixteen year age gap.

We were taught to expect the unexpected, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to happen.

I fell hard.

I fell fast.

I freefalled heart first.

But there was a secret I was keeping, and if revealed, it’d destroy the lives of those I’d vowed to protect.

One wrong move and everything could erupt in our faces.

All that remained was one question…

Was she worth it?”

*Free Fall is book one in the Fallen Duet. A two-part, angst-fuelled, gripping tale of forbidden love, complete with a jaw-dropping twist you’ll never see coming.*

One of the things that I love about this book is that the readers were kept in the dark! OMG wow I did not see that ending coming! I was 97% done when I figured it out! I can’t believe it took me so long! But wow! I. Am. Shocked! I knew Brody had a past and a life away from his undercover job but wow I wasn’t expecting that! Ahhh jeeeez! What’s gonna happen now?!

As you can tell from my rambling above, I really, really enjoyed this book! It was written so well and, for a change, I didn’t find myself getting antzy everytime I came across a spelling mistake/grammatical error (it’s the proofreader in me; she never sleeps) and why? Because it was pretty much spot on and very well edited!

The story flowed so easily, the characters were likeable and unlikeable depending on who we’re talking about. I’m a fan of first person perspective, which this is written in, and I love that we get to see the story unfold through both Lola and Brody’s eyes. Ahhh I’m so routing for them! I want them to drive off into the sunset and have their happy ever after! I definitely suggest you go buy this like, right now!

Free Fall and Down Fall Dual Cover Reveal and Excerpt!

Release Date: June 24, 2019

Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs

Models: Daniel Rengering & Emily L’Nae

Photographer: Jean Maureen Woodfin at JW Photography and Covers

Synopsis

We were never meant to meet; our paths shouldn’t have crossed. 
And yet they did.

As an undercover DEA agent, I always thought things through. I didn’t take chances, because I knew one misstep could have disastrous consequences. 

Until I met her. 
The little sister of my next target.

Lola was a feisty young woman trying to claw her way out of a bad neighborhood.
She was forbidden in every sense of the word, and not just because of the sixteen year age gap.

We were taught to expect the unexpected, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to happen.

I fell hard.
I fell fast.
I freefalled heart first.

But there was a secret I was keeping, and if revealed, it’d destroy the lives of those I’d vowed to protect. 

One wrong move and everything could erupt in our faces. 
All that remained was one question…
Was she worth it?

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Excerpt

We had a tradition every spring that we never forgot about, no matter how bad things got. On the first day of April, we cleared out the small backyard, scrubbed the grill, and had a cookout. Friends from the neighborhood were invited, and we ate and drank, and had a good time.

This wasn’t the normal party that Hut threw—this was different. It was about friendship and having a good time without getting absolutely shit-faced. Of course, drugs were in the house and consumed, but people put a limit on themselves—the only time they ever did.

I wondered whether it would happen this year, but when I woke up, and Hut was scrubbing the grill outside, I nearly broke my face with my grin. There were many memories I remembered, both good and bad, but this one was always good. I could even remember my dad being sober one year, and that was a miracle in itself.  

Hut gave me money and Ford drove me to the store where I got all our usual food along with some extras to try something new. We were back at the house prepping meat before I knew it.

“Grill’s all set,” Hut announced, walking into the kitchen with his arms caked in dirt. “I cleaned off the chairs and table out there too.”

“Awesome.” I looked back at the meat I was mixing for the burger patties and glanced back up at him. “You should get a shower before people start getting here.”His lips quirked, reminding me so much of the fun-loving teenager that he used to be. “That right?” He stepped forward. “Maybe I wanna stay dirty.”

My smile dropped, my hands stilling in the meat. To anyone else, it would have been a few innocent words, but that wasn’t how he meant them, and I knew it. I used to play pretend and act like I didn’t know what he meant, but I couldn’t do that anymore. Not after last year.The breath whooshed out of me in a rush as I stared at his hazel eyes. What I thought would be a day to forget everything and just be the way we used to, was vanishing before my very eyes.

“I’m joking, Lola.”I chuckled, but it was forced, and he knew it. “I know.” I lifted my fingers out of the meat and moved to the sink.

“You know—”

“Hey, Hut?” Ford called from the living room. “We need some more beer.”

Hut huffed and stomped into the other room, leaving me on my own to prep the food. I didn’t mind doing it, and if it meant being away from him for a while, then I’d stay in this kitchen for as long as possible. Anything to keep me from remembering that night and what he’d tried to do.

The time flew by as soon as people started arriving, and Hut set about starting the grill up. The house was a hub of activity as I cut chicken breast and pushed them onto skewers with some vegetables.

“Looks like you’re having fun there, kid.”I rolled my eyes at the name and twirled around to face Brody. His jaw was covered in light stubble, showcasing his infectious grin. “So much fun that I can’t even contain myself.” I held up the skewers in front of me. “I’d ask you to help, but I know you’d rather go drink beer with the guys.”

He tilted his head, his dark eyes watching me the same way they did when we were at the pancake house over a week ago. I hadn’t seen him since then, at least not enough to talk to. He’d been in the house when I left yesterday morning, but I was running late and didn’t have time to say hi. Plus, I didn’t want Hut to think that we were talking behind his back. He was paranoid, and it would only set off his alarms. That was the last thing I needed. “I can help,” Brody announced, pulling his leather jacket off and placing it over the back of one of the kitchen chairs.

“Oh, no.” I chuckled, nerves flowing through me at being so close to him again. “I was just joking.”

Brody shrugged, causing his muscles to dance from the move, and dammit, I was mesmerized by it. How the hell did he walk around looking like that and not know it? Or maybe he did know it and used it to his advantage. Maybe I was becoming one of those girls.

“Where do you want me?” he asked, moving to stand next to me. It was a loaded question, one that I wasn’t sure I could answer. “You cut, and I’ll skewer?”

All I could do was nod and pick the knife back up. I was back in seventh grade when my crush said hi to me for the first time in the hallway. My voice had disappeared, and my movements were jerky, something that really wasn’t good when handling a sharp object.

Brody washed his hands, and then he placed two vegetables on the skewer followed by a piece of marinated chicken. “So how’s classes?”

I halted in my movements, the knife halfway through a chicken breast. “Classes? How do you know I go to class?”

“Because you told me.”

I tilted my head to make eye contact and blew out a breath. “Right. Sorry.” I was too on edge and needed to calm the hell down. “Classes are good.” I smiled wide and placed some cut-up pieces of chicken on the edge of the board. “I spoke to an advisor on Friday about what classes I needed to take to become a teacher.”

“Yeah?” His hand reached over to my board, and I couldn’t look away from his long fingers. His nails were cut short, his knuckles scarred.

“Yeah.” I shuffled on the spot and cut the last pieces of chicken. “I started tutoring recently and…” I bit down on my bottom lip and flicked my gaze up to him. His attention was fully focused on me. My skin buzzed, liking the way he stared. “I realized that’s what I want to do. I want to help kids learn and be there when they struggle. I want to help them work it out on their own, and have a positive impact in their lives.”

He blinked several times. “Well, shit, Lola, that’s as good a reason as any.”

My shoulders slumped, and my face broke out into a smile. A smile that only seemed to break free when it was meant for Brody.

“I thought so too.” I picked up my board and knife and moved over to the sink. “I just want to be more than”—I waved my hand in the air, signaling the house—“this.” I turned the tap on, waiting for the warm water to replace the cold. “I want to be more than Hut’s stepsister. I want to be Lola Martin. Only Lola Martin.”

“I get it,” Brody said, his voice rougher than usual. “You want to create your own path. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that, darlin’.”

Butterflies swarmed in my stomach at his words, and I glanced up at him, finding his gaze glued to me. There was something behind his dark-brown eyes that I couldn’t place, but I was witnessing it more and more. Maybe I was imagining it, but my gut told me I wasn’t. Something was fizzling between us, a spark wanting to come alight.

“Brody…” I turned the tap off and turned to face him fully, those butterflies becoming even stronger now. “I—”

“Lola?” Hut shouted, his footsteps stomping into the kitchen. “We ready to start grilling yet, or what?”

The butterflies disappeared, seeking refuge from the one person they hated the most. “Yeah.” I cleared my throat. “Burgers are on the table.”

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Down Fall (Fallen Duet #2)

Release Date: July 10, 2019

Blurb Reveal: June 24, 2019

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About the Author

Abigail Davies grew up with a passion for words, storytelling, maths, and anything pink. Dreaming up characters–quite literally–and talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for her. She finds it fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone reads and interprets a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has found the passion that she always knew was there. When she’s not writing: she’s a mother to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as she believes that it’s a magical thing, or getting lost in a good book. If she’s doing neither of those things, you can be sure she’s surfing the web buying new makeup, clothes, or binge watching another show as she becomes one with her sofa.

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Cover Reveal – End Game by Olivia Rose.


COVER REVEAL

Book: End Game

Author: Olivia Rose

Release: 2nd July 2019

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Blurb
After the devastation of her senior year, Indie Everstone wants nothing more than to move on and forget what her life was like before. She’s going to study for her degree, and her number one rule now is… no distractions.
Clayton Stirling has just one goal. The NFL, baby. With his hometown rooting for him and the pressure mounting, his only focus is football, and his prize possession, his throwing arm. Until he runs into a girl so intent on hiding from him, he can’t forget her.
With Indie trying to keep Clayton at arm’s length, and him wanting nothing but to know her better, will she be able to overcome her distraught past and finally move forward? Or will she push away the one person who could help her let it all go?
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Meet the Author

Olivia Rose is an author of contemporary romance ranging from YA to adult.

She lives in Peterborough, England, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for cheesy YA Films, cupcakes and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much hot chocolate, and watches an ungodly amount of Netflix. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the world with her husband and chocolate Labrador.

ARC Book Review – When We Fall by Olivia Rose.

Blurb:

Erin Michaels wants nothing more than to just survive high school. With a life long crush on the boy next door, and his mean girl girlfriend who seems to want to make her life miserable, it’s no wonder those short years feel like a lifetime.
That is, until Mason Knight. 
When Mason Knight rocks up at Rocky Falls High, Erin’s world turns upside down, and her eyes are opened to a world worth living for. 
Exploring love and life for the first time, Erin’s world is set ablaze in ways she never imagined possible.

‘When We Fall’ is a YA novel that centres around high school bullying, finding love, giving you strength and bravery to rise above the bullying and have the courage to stand up to it and speak out. I love that this was written in first person with a friendly conversational tone to it. It makes for a really smooth read that really pulls you in.

The characters were easy to like – or dislike depending on who (I didn’t like Evan. He was a tool from the start). The main character, Erin, is sooo the book version of me; with her style, her clumsiness and her love of books. Not to mention her personality and how she overcomes being bullied. Mason… wow Mason. Ohhh he was everything you’d want in a love interest, in my opinion. He was always in Erin’s corner. Supporting her, encouraging her to fight back and not take the crap that the bullies were throwing at her. He had that bad boy vibe about him too which I loved… the reformed bad boy with a heart of gold. Monica (Erin’s guardian) and Grams (Mason’s grandma) were really likeable characters too. They were both so lovely and reminded me of my own nannas.

I was totally engrossed by this book. There is a major plot twist that I just wasn’t expecting and it had me hanging on the edge of my seat with my heart in my mouth! For a time I was worried that suicide, or attempted suicide, may happen in the story, but something entirely different happened and it’s not something I’ve come across a great deal in the books I’ve read. I really like that Olivia Rose wrote about it though as it really does resonate with what seems to be happening more and more in the US today.

This was a fantastic read that I definitely recommend you go out and buy! It is released 26th March and is available to pre-order now!

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* This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

** This book was previously written under the pen name Sloane Murphy.

Time For Tea.

I love my tea and for Christmas my parents had bought me an infuser teapot so I’d been looking around for some loose leaf tea to put in it. A friend of mine recommended an Etsy shop called Rosie Lea Tea. There are so many different varieties to choose from. There’s even Harry Potter and Game of Thrones themed teas! Plus some literary ones too. I was spoilt for choice!

In the end I chose mini versions of Vanilla Chai, Sweet Cranberry, Decaf Strong Breakfast tea and Chocolate Rose. I also chose a standard sized pack of Sleepy tea.

So far I have tried the Vanilla Chai and it is amazing! Even better than my fave Chai Latte at Costa Coffee! I’m currently drinking Sleepy tea before bed which has camomile and lavender in it. It feels like a warm hug with a comforting herbal aroma and it’s so relaxing. Here’s hoping for a good night’s sleep!

The Story Gift Book Sleeve and Bookmark.

I have this knack of accidentally sitting back, forgetting my book is there, and creasing the cover or it being accidentally knocked off the arm of the chair. 😭 So I thought it high time I got me a book sleeve! How blooming cute is this by The Story Gift? Ahhh books and cats (and black cats no less!)… Two of my favourite things!

I also just had to have the metal bookmark too. It was a tough choice between tea and coffee though because I actually love to drink both – though not at the same time obviously haha. I would love to also make a suggestion for a cat and books inspired bookmark. Then my life will be complete! 😀

My daughter is currently walking around “keeping my book and sleeve safe” as she cuddles them, bless her. She says she wants one of her own so I may have to see if there’s one she’d like.

I’d definitely recommend a book sleeve. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t bought one before now!

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