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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 read… in the beginning. However, I felt it inconsistent and slow. The characters needed more development and so did the story, in my opinion. It’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 there’d be some stand-off between her and Alex (the love interest) for Petra’s affections as it’s later revealed Emma seems to have feelings for her, but no. Instead, apart from at the beginning, Emma’s scenes are fleeting. I don’t even understand why Petra was best friends with her as she was a horrible person!

I couldn’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 didn’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 wasn’t a big revelation.

“If 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.” 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 (he’s a wall street businessman in his 40s, she’s just turned 18). Hmm I do wonder what a person living the sub/dom lifestyle would think to this book…
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 what’s going on and is so confused and upset by it. Later, out of nowhere, Petra’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 she’s not gonna be walked over BUT this isn’t explained. It’s just as though she’s turned into someone else. She’s also portrayed as naive yet mature but they don’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 don’t know about you, but I wouldn’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 time’s, especially during the sex scenes when Petra would say, “Ahhh…” 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 didn’t really take off. The sub genre is more taboo (age-gap plus he’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:

“He called her Rapunzel.

Now she’s back in a tower of her own making.

Can he rescue his princess and live happily ever after?

After purchasing her nan’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 about—like how she’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 won’t take no for an answer and sets about making sure his princess has her castle. But repairing the house isn’t his only project. He wants Violet.

Real life isn’t a fairy tale though, and buried family secrets threaten not only their budding relationship but to tear their families apart.”

Review:

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book! It’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 he’s so dreamy! Everything you’d want in a boyfriend. He absolutely worships Violet and wants the best for her. Oh sure he’s a Neanderthal, as Violet would say, but she’s not afraid to put him in his place and point out when he’s being an idiot and overreacting. I loved seeing their romance blossom. Although a couple of obstacles were thrown their way and I wasn’t sure if they’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.

🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤 Book Review – If We Were Young by @annabloombooks. 🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤

If We Were Young is wonderfully written with fantastic characters and great character development. I found Ronnie to be so relatable and wondered how I’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 can’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 don’t have it can understand it better and those who do can relate right along with Ronnie and know exactly what she’s going through.

Ronnie and Matthew’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 they’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 didn’t want to let go! I have so many feels! I’m incredibly excited that there’s going to be a sequel! I need to know what’s next for Ronnie and Matthew! I’m also still mad at Angela and her selfishness!! Grrr!

This is a second change romance, friends to lovers story (will they/won’t they?) that is so easy to get into you won’t want to put it down!

You can purchase Anna Bloom’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 Princess’ 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 I’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. It’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 Emilia’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 Rowan’s love and was set up by Rowan and Cade’s father in an effort to show Rowan that the villagers are beneath them.

5 years later Emilia’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 Cade’s hand in marriage, forming a truce between the two courts. Emilia has never forgiven Cade so it’s the last thing she wants to do but she does it in an effort to save Oberon. But can she?

You’re really pulled into this story, feeling all the emotions the characters do, feeling as though you’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 can’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 I’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 I’m hoping they will have been smoothed out in the mean time ready for the final copy to be released to the public.

Book Review – The Cake Fairies by Isabella May,

Book review – The Cake Fairies by Isabella May.

Blurb:

1960’s Somerset is no fun for cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams. Mourning their non-existent love lives, and the mundanity of village life, their only pleasure is baking – until a chance encounter has them magically transported to the bright lights of London… in 2019!

Promised a chance of love, first they must teach the people of the future about the simpler pleasures of life by becoming Cake Fairies. Over the course of a year they set off on a delectable tour of the UK, dropping off cakes in the most unexpected of places and replacing the lure of technology with much sweeter temptations.

But will their philanthropical endeavours lead them to everlasting love? Or will they discover you can’t have your cake and eat it?

My review:

What a book this is! It is so much more than a book about two cake making cousins running their own cake shop in the sixties, who may or may not find love! Sooo much more! For one, there’s time travel!! Which I thought was an awesome part of the book. What really spoke to me, though, was that it tackles the issues of how modern tech, like our phones, affects us today and how most of us just seem glued to our phones instead of engaging with the people and taking in the environment around us. In come Polly and Annabelle with their cake making skills who are sent forward in time to hopefully make people see how important it is to take a step back from their phones and really pay attention to those around them. It really hit home for me because I often think we should spend less time on phones, tablets, PCs etc. and more time with the ones we love! It’s a fabulous read and one I’ll cherish for a long time!

Purchase links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cake-Fairies-Because-century-having-ebook/dp/B07Z2S41TZ

US – https://www.amazon.com/Cake-Fairies-Because-century-having-ebook/dp/B07Z2S41TZ

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Book Review – The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton.

Book Review!

The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton

Before I get on with the review, can I just say how much I ADORE this book cover! It’s so gorgeous and eye catching! I can just imagine it being front and centre in Waterstones and everyone just snatching it off the shelves!

Moving on to the review…

The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton is absolutely amazing, brilliant and hilarious! Such a funny read and one of the funniest books I’ve read in 2019! It had me laughing out loud at so many parts. There were also times when I’d be reading in bed and I’d have to stifle my laugh so I didn’t wake my fiancé! To balance it out, there were also more serious parts and angsty moments. Willow, the protagonist, is such a fun and quirky character. I loved her! I also loved the relationship she has with her family. Everyone was so down to earth and open about everything. They all really cracked me up! I loved seeing her new found relationship unravel with Charlie and see what disastrous sexscapades they’d get up to next. Amongst my laughing, my heart really went out to them though! That zipper moment! Oh my god! That had me howling even though I probably shouldn’t have been hahaha. They eventually got their happy ending though (pun definitely intended!) and I was so thrilled for them!

If you love a romance with laugh out loud comedy in it then this one is for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Book Review – The Cult of Eden by Bill Halpin.

Blurb:

“Newlywed Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. There, a small act of kindness draws the attention of Victor Degas, a man with an unsettling presence and deformed eyes. Unbeknownst to Will, Degas belongs to an ancient, sophisticated cult known as the Edens and believes Will to be the key to gaining otherworldly power. As the sun sets on Good Friday, Degas orchestrates a home invasion in which Will and his baby boy, Gideon, are kidnapped, leaving Shannon to join forces with an unreliable agent from the Roman Catholic Church. While Will struggles to save other innocents from the Eden parish below the city, Shannon discovers that the cult plans to use her family for an unimaginable demonic ritual, and that the Vatican may let it happen. With no one to trust but themselves, Shannon and Will must fight not only to survive, but to keep their humanity intact. THE CULT OF EDEN is the first volume in The Unrisen saga.”

Review:

If you’re looking for a creepy-assed horror read then look no further! Welcome to The Cult of Eden! A spine tingling, chilling tale of good versus evil! This had me on the edge of my seat and definitely grossed out at times. One thing I notice about male authors, when it comes to horrors and thrillers, is that they are way more brutal and bloodily descriptive than female authors. Which, for me, is what I want in a horror story so this was perfect, although I was a little unsettled by a couple of scenes – no spoilers here.

I loved the way the chapters in this book were set out like the bible; such a unique touch. It is also told from several persons perspectives and is set in two different places. Halpin knows how to weave his magic throughout the story, always keeping you engaged, really making you feel for the characters and hating certain other characters. Degas is certainly a piece of evil work! Though he was evil, I actually loved his character! The Edens are an interesting cult which I’m so intrigued to know more about and the history surrounding them. Especially how a person could do the evil things they did. The ending had me NEEDING to read the next book to find out what happens! I need to know! A brilliant debut by Bill Halpin that you all must read!

Book Review – Dream You by Saniya S. Kohari.

Dream You is told from the POV of Khwaab, the protagonist, and Ryan, her love interest. It was very clear how much in love they were with one another but were too afraid to say so. For the most part this is quite an easy read but the grammatical/spelling errors grated on me. I also had a bit of confusion when I came to the dream sequences because I didn’t always realise that Khwaab or Ryan were dreaming. For me, there was no spark to this story; nothing to keep me gripped in its claws despite it being easy enough to follow. There was no connection with the characters or their surroundings. The story was just… so, so which is a shame because the premise was promising; a forbidden love between cousins – although Ryan was actually adopted, not a blood relative. I found Khwaab to be quite immature and rude at times. This extract for example:

‘She gave me my room number but said I can’t go in there yet. Rather I should go after a few hours when the previous student leaves it for good. Can you believe it? She actually accused me of coming early!

So I also replied tartly, “Sorry I couldn’t tell the pilot to fly slowly or take halts. Nor could I have had somehow reached right in time when that student left, because I don’t know why but I didn’t get the dream about the freaking timings and plans of your so called ex-student’s going away. And you see England isn’t just a few blocks from here, for me to come walking according to your whims and fancies!”’

I just don’t get her attitude here. She would also have outbursts that didn’t make sense and there were scenes where Ryan would be talking to an imaginary Khwaab that just came across as weird and creepy.

For me, there was no substance and the story was lacking in detail. It was poorly edited and the structure needed improving. I felt like I was reading a first draft of a story. It’s such a shame because I really think this could have been amazing had it been edited and tweaks made.

The ending left us on a cliff hanger which came out of nowhere! Like, literally, nowhere! It just didn’t make sense within the story. Now, had Khwaab been shocked by the news, it would have made more sense, but she wasn’t. Or even if she had dropped the bombshell on Ryan herself as opposed to the reader finding out from her father, that would have made more sense. But no. I’m just left feeling really confused by this. Unfortunately, the book only gets 2 stars from me.

*this ebook was given in exchange for an honest review.*

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!

You can purchase Down Fall from the links below:

Amazon Universal ~ https://geni.us/ziAoF

Amazon US ~ https://amzn.to/2LGkQDY

Amazon UK ~ https://amzn.to/2GgP7Gf

Amazon CA ~ https://amzn.to/2LHt277

Amazon AU ~ https://amzn.to/2JzrXvl

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!

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