Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Dead Girls Can't Lie - Carys Jones

Dead Girls Can't Lie

Review: Dead Girls Can't Lie - Carys Jones - August 2017

North's best friend has been found hanging in the woods. Suicide is the supposed ruling of death. The thing though is that North doesn't believe that for one minute as her best friend Kelly would never do that, just end her life.  It seems like someone else believes her too as she has been receiving text messages telling her that Kelly didn't kill herself. Who is sending her the messages and why won't the police believe her? I kept thinking during the book that the characters were in their late teens to twenties as they came across quite young but had to remind myself that they were both in their 30's.  North came across a lot younger than Kelly but seemed like they were around the same age in parts of the book.  During the book, North decides to do some sleuthing and investigating on her own as if the police aren't going to find out what happened to Kelly; then it is up to her. Along the way, we learn that North suffers insomnia and displays some signs of craziness. Also, North works at the conservatory and has a start of a love interest which she takes to Monaco to help solve the murder. I have to admit when the truth about what happened to Kelly was discovered, I figured half of it but the real identity of the killer surprised me and the ending twist.  If you are looking for a New Adult edgy murder mystery, then Dead Girls Can't Lie by Carys Jones is the read for you.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

VBT# Royally Endowed - Emma Chase

Royally Endowed (Royally, #3)

Review: Royally Endowed - Book #3 Royally Series - Emma Chase - August 2017
In Book #3 we are reunited with Nicholas's bodyguard and trusted friend Logan St. James and Olivia's sister Ellie. For those who will recall, when Nicholas first spotted Olivia in the bakery he had Logan with him and then when the pair decided to head back to Nicholas's hometown, Logan was given the job to stay behind and watch over Ellie until she graduated. Five years were spent with Logan watching over Ellie and the pair despite their growing feelings for one another did pretty well avoiding their love for one another as they didn't cross that boundary line. Ellie has accompanied Logan back to Wessco as Olivia is preparing to give birth. The Queen has ideas for Ellie on who a suitable match will be, and there is definitely no bodyguards on the list. So begins eventually a secret romance between Logan and Ellie but what will happen when they are discovered and pushed both to their limits as ultimata rise ? More so now when a stalker appears and if he can't have Olivia, then he will have to grab the very next best thing - Ellie. There is a scene near the end of the book, where my heart stopped a bit, and I was like NOOOOOOOO this can't happen but thankfully Emma Chase had another angle in mind. I did enjoy Royally Endowed, but would still have to admit that this may have been probably my least favorite out of the three. One of my favorite parts of Royally Endowed was seeing all my favorite characters in one book - especially Lady Sarah and Henry, or should I say soon to be King Henry. I noticed at the end of this one that there would be another Book out featuring the other bodyguard Tommy, so I am looking forward to reading that book and discovering more adventures in the world of Wessco.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DRUNK DIAL by Penelope Ward - Sneak Peek

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions. I didn’t think he’d call me back. I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become. Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.


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    Copyright © 2017 By Penelope Ward After that evening, I hadn’t heard back from him for a few days. Then, one night, a text came in from the same phone number I recognized as Landon’s. It was the first time he’d texted me. I looked down to find he’d sent a photo. I gasped. It was a heavily tatted man set against the backdrop of the ocean at sunset. Oh, my. It was him—a selfie. Fuck. Me. He was beautiful. I wouldn’t have even known it was Landon were it not for the blue eyes I recognized instantly. The shaggy, caramel hair I remembered from the past was now a darker shade of brown and shorter, cropped closer to his head. His arms and his chest were inked, his body so perfect that if I squinted, it almost resembled carved stone. I couldn’t stop looking at him. My eyes wanted nothing more than to explore the ridges and valleys of his stunning body. Was this a cruel joke? This was not Landon! But, it was. With my thumb and middle finger, I kept zooming in and out, examining the details of the ink across his chest and on his arms. There was really nothing sexier than a guy with perfect arms and a full sleeve tattoo. Even though his lips seemed fuller than I recalled, they still curved into a familiar grin that oozed confidence. The eyes and that smile were the only traces of the boy I remembered. I wished I could’ve leapt through the screen to smell him, touch him. “Hi, Landon,” I whispered, for a brief moment talking to the boy inside, not the man in front of me. This Landon was the polar opposite of the Ivy League yuppie image previously in my head. The only thing the man pictured might have majored in was badassery. He looked like a rockstar, a rule breaker, displaying a sense of arousing danger—someone who must have had women from all walks of life drooling over him for the sheer fact that either they couldn’t have him or shouldn’t have him. It suddenly became clear why, as he’d alluded to, a woman might have been begging him for sex. That made me wonder if he had any secret tattoos in spots I wasn’t allowed to see. God. A fire was burning inside of me, and I knew it was my crush exploding into a full-blown obsession. A self-conscious feeling came over me. If I was scared to show him a picture of myself before, now I was really hesitant. The message that went along with the photo simply read: Now show me you. 


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.   Connect with Penelope Ward Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram   

Rebellious Heart Cover Reveal with LL Hunter

Title: Rebellious Heart
Author: L.L. Hunter 
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Publication Date: Sept. 30th, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb: Four years after Skye became the youngest president in history, and returned precious resources to her people,
She had hoped this would mean the end of the war.
But there is still a threat.
An enemy once thought dead has returned from the grave to exact revenge, and he won’t rest until he gets what he wants.
In the quest to give herself some credibility despite her young age, and to defeat their enemy, Skye, Lukas and their friends devise a plan to distract their enemy using a decoy, while they go in for the kill.
But, when their plan goes south,
Lukas and Skye must do whatever it takes to save their people and the world from ruin.
Even if it means betraying those they love the most.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Molten Heart Saga,
When matters of the heart are concerned,
Risks will be taken.
L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens - everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog - http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
Pre-Order Links: Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2x19U9E

VBT# The Funeral Flower - Michelle Jester

The Funeral Flower

Review: The Funeral Flower - Michelle Jester - June 2017
This was a bit of a confusing read in the sense where the story just seemed to move through the ages, and nothing substantial seemed to happen with the plot and story. The book starts with the main character Kelly's grandparent dying and then she starts to get very depressed and to the point where she shuts down. She gets into quite a dark spot for someone so young. While out in her backyard one day, she meets Ty and the pair of them start chatting through the fence. He is visiting his grandmother and comes for the public holidays. Over the next few years, the pair will continue to chat away, leave each other notes and presents. They will become fence buddies. That is until Kelly and her family move away. In their new town, Kelly will start to discover her feelings for boys and one in particular James. The book then has her going through her relationship with James and then a pregnancy scare. Kelly always figured if she didn't love, she would never get hurt but her heart doesn't want a piece of it and so she falls head over heels for James. Her next boyfriend Matt - I loved the twist with this one, and it made me happy. But can Kelly truly love Matt when her heart still aches for James? Much of the novel focuses on how significant events impacted Kelly's life and how, as an adult, she finally recognizes the growth from the experiences.
The Funeral Flower is a coming of age story and written from Kelly's perspective as she grows through the years. This book would be what I would put under the category of a literary read rather than a YA or NA romance.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: 1985 - Careless Whisper - Love In the 80's - Misty Provencher


I am slowly getting through the 1980's series , you know how you feel in the mood to read something and then you keep flicking through as nothing is grabbing your attention ? Then something sparks in your memory, of a series you brought the whole collection of but never got around to finishing . I was searching for something to read and then thought of the Love in the 80's series and wham bam - I arrived in the year 1985.  Well technically, the book is set seven years later in 1992. This was different to the previous books which are set during the  year they were written. In 1992 , Grace's grandma Gada has passed away and now Grace has returned home to pack up her belongings and also as the will stipulates she must spend a week in her childhood home. Grace arrives , she hasn't been back to her hometown since 1985 when she left for New York. She left behind her life to start anew. She will get a surprise though as Gada stipulated that for a week a number of people will stay in the house and aren't allowed to leave. The people include James Stryker - Grace's ex boyfriend, Lisa  and Evie - Grace's old friends and Paul - James's brother.  Neither of the group have been in the same place or spoken to one another in the past seven years as they are all holding onto old grudges which they will be revealed to them , more complicated than they could ever imagine and the handiwork of one Gada. I have to admit though I enjoyed this story a little in parts, it felt unfinished and that after the week none of the characters fully got their issues resolved of what happened seven years ago and OMG why didn't we get to see what each one was left in the will ? 

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