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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

Goodreads Review

Life was great.

I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Colorado Springs SWAT team.

That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and her panna cotta was heaven.

Cue my very traditional Greek family.

Then all hell broke loose.

The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the world she was the better cook.

If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.

Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?



Spoiler Free



4 Big Fat Greek crazy arsed family Stars.



For my next read I needed something uplifting, entertaining, and on the funny side. Only with Me covers all those points and more.



Nic is a happy bachelor has his dream job being a SWAT Team member. Enjoys his lifestyle until he goes to a cute Italian bakery and is thunderstruck. For all of Nic’s man whoring ways I liked him. I liked him a lot. He oozes charm but not in a smarmy way. He is possessive when it comes to Gabi.



Gabi has decided to settle down after being years on the run she has made Colorado Springs her home. She has a bakery with her roommate Charity. By the way some of the stuff she came out with was absolutely hilarious. All is going well until Nic walks into Gabi’s bakery. It reminded me of the Thunderbolt from The Godfather where it struck them and they couldn’t do anything to stop it. She wants to stick to the plan but the lies are becoming unbearable.



Nic is smitten and Nic has never been smitten.



The moment you meet her, Nic, you’ll know. Your breath will catch, your chest tightens like a vice clamped on it, but it’s a feeling you so good you want it to last forever.



You know what they say about Greek men. No? Let me tell you.




They are sex gods. Sex. Gods. Alpha’s in and out of bed. Slightly possessive of their women, which is hot as hell. And they can’t keep their hands off their women. Always feeling them up.



I love reading books about families and siblings. To date the boisterous Irish families are my favorites but the Greeks are coming in as a close second. Especially Greek men



I found Only with Me to be captivating and magnetizing. A delectable, funny read with awesome characters and a story that worked really well.  


My, my, my, KE sure can write some filthy, dirty mind blowing sex scenes. But equally brilliant is the romance and sweet moments they have together. Let’s not forget the Greek nosey as hell family. And the banter in the family. 


I read a book by this author a very long time ago. It was a mix between YA/NA but this book? Worked on all levels for me. KE captivated me with her writing style her attention to get that happily ever after in with all the bells and whistles. 


Unfortunately, there is one part in the book where I’d wished that it had been different. Gabi has a past, a past she has to lie about to protect herself and her family but in this instance, she should have just been honest and should have told him. Instead he thinks that she has a lover in Italy I would like to add. He wasn’t thinking straight on that one. Follows her to Italy sees something which is misinterpreted does a runner and then out of spite says he’s seeing a former fuck buddy might I add this is on the phone.



With honesty and communication, the MC would have been spared both the grief and agony they put one another through. Thanks to friends who have their heads screwed on right.



My verdict if you are looking for some angst, fantastic banter and an unexpected plot and crazy arse family. With all the Maria’s, the cook offs, Greek vs. Italian than this book is for you. It gets my vote.

 
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Feel Me (O’Brien Family #4) by Cecy Robson

Goodreads Review

Declan O’Brien was always driven to take his place among Philly’s elite, working hard for everything he’s earned, including the title of Assistant District Attorney. He’s won seemingly impossible cases, so he’s furious when he’s assigned to lead the one unit he doesn’t want.

Melissa Fenske was born hearing impaired to a neglectful mother, finding solace when she was adopted by a young attorney, now Declan’s boss. As the current Director of Victim Services, Melissa’s livid when Declan is placed in the main unit she oversees. She can’t forget their disastrous first encounter. Or shake how he makes her feel.

Declan considers the assignment another step toward his political aspirations, despite that he can’t get Melissa out of his mind. Melissa sees Declan as egotistical and self-serving, kicking herself for how fast she’s falling for him. Someone as hot, smooth, and perfect as Declan isn’t supposed to want her.

In another situation with any other woman, Declan wouldn’t hesitate to take Melissa to bed. But she is the boss’s daughter, and for once, Declan finds himself wanting more than just a one night stand.

Neither counted on each other. Both just met their match.  

4 Shepherd Dog Stars. 

Office romances don’t always work for me. Feel Me did. I am a happy bunny. 

Declan O’Brien appointed A.D.A is smooth, women love him and he loves women. But there is one woman who doesn’t fall for his charms. The less she falls the more he wants her.  

I didn’t always like our male lead in this book but he grew on me and in the end I was rooting for me. He did try to make up in the grovel department but not enough for me to be honest.  

Melissa Fenske doesn’t like Declan she thinks that he is unsuitable for the job and maybe in the beginning he is. 

Melissa is a fantastic female lead I love books where either one of the main characters has a disability.  Melissa is hearing impaired add a tough start to life and as a character I admire her.  

Declan wants it all. D.A for Homicide not SACU. Mayor and even Senator. There is a spanner in his works. He wants Melissa but he is a slight commitment-phobe. And eventually he screws it up.  

Feel Me left me raw, emotionally drained and a mess yet despite all that, the sap in me always loves to see that love really can conquer all.  

Our MC as a couple complement one another. Ms. Robson has a unique writing style that pulls you into the loud, boisterous in your business Catholic family. I personally love every single moment of their antics. In saying that though Wren is MY favorite O’Brien. Major girl crush going on here.  

Although we get an Epilogue the ending and our couple making up felt somewhat abrupt.  

On a side matter note the author did a fantastic job of being tasteful and respectful and what the survivors of such hideous crimes go through. 

When I read Wren’s book 3 I said I’d backtrack and read 1 & 2 but I never did. I have now bought book 1 to read.

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh

Goodreads Review

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal…

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

I loved every hour, minute, second, millisecond, every letter, word, sentence and paragraph in this book. This says it all really.

10++++ Be sneaky like a cat Stars.

Book 16 in the Psy/Changeling series and book 1 in the Trinity you’d think it couldn’t get any better? Well you are wrong.

I really do not know how Ms. Singh does but she is a genius. If I had to name a favourite series in the paranormal romance genre then this would be one of them the other one? The Guild Hunter Series. If you haven’t read the series then it is a must for 2017.

I had high hopes for this book and I my anticipation for it was high and I can say that I wasn’t disappointed. Psy/Changeling are my favourite types of couples. Basically I love shifters.

Valentin alpha of the StoneWater Bear Clan is persistent in courting his ice queen Silver Merchant. Ten months he has been courting her and it takes a poisoning to get Silver into clan territory.  This is one of the best clans there is because Bears.  Boisterous, love to party and well Bears. Especially the barnacle.

Several bears- in bear form- stand up on their back paws to dance. At least two were holding beer bottles in their paws. One had tinsel wrapped around his neck and was, for some unknown reason, wearing sunglasses.

Valentin is one of my favourite Heroes of this series.

Silver fucking Merchant protégé to the Merchant house. Director to the EmNet. She is one of the very few that needs silence as a pure telepath she also has a gift that is a curse. She is pure ice, ruthless and a true equal. And yet I still thought that she is a fantastic heroine. 

Silver and Valentin together. Epic. True mates and bloody awesome.

The Psy need the humans now more than ever. The plot is outstanding as per usual and although navigating new territory it doesn’t get boring. I was highly entertained the whole time throughout the book.  I was trying really hard not to let those tears out and the hubby caught me.

 

What I would love to see? BlackEdge (Wolves) & StoneWater (Bears) would be very cool Ms. Singh just saying. 

 

For the moment and the next one

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

Goodreads Review

 

THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.


THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.


THE PLAN

 

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

 

Did I think this would work? Hell no.

 

Did I read it anyway? Hell yes.

 

Was it worth the read? Abso-fu$king-lutely. Although not was all rainbows and unicorns here. Well for me anyway. Different strokes in all that jazz.

 

5 Karma is a Wanker Stars.

 

Our Hero/heroine had one passionate night at Ronan and Annie’s wedding. One problem? Ah Bryan is a bit fuzzy on the details. Okay fuzzy is an understatement but just go with it.

 

Meet the heroine of the book.

 

 
 
 

Eilish Cassidy is the black sheep of the family she sullied the family name. Outspoken was bad enough but also a fallen woman, a college dropout. A scandal. But in the end she did the right thing. Times were tough but Monkey Sean was always by her side.

 

Meet the Hero of the book

 

 
 
 

Bryan Leech rugby star, man-whore although with his past and that he was actually constantly drunk for three and half years no surprise there. Now some people will say it doesn’t matter his behaviour was inexcusable. Well sorry peeps but I don’t see it that way and I’ll get to why in a short while. We get to see him as a reformed man.

 

@THEBryanLeech: There’s nothing better in life than a cup of peppermint tea, a comfortable pair of PJs and a good book. @RonanFitz to @THEBryanLeech: You got hacked by your Granddad again. Just FYI.

 

I wanted some epic grovelling throughout the book as he forgot the heroine and I got what I wanted. From near start to finish he worked for Eilish. For what he wanted. A family. Love and happiness. I thought he couldn’t redeem himself here but with time he is a fantastic Hero.

 
 
 

She didn’t deserve to be forgotten. She deserved to be treasured.

 

Eilish though annoyed me to no content. I didn’t get her she behaved like a petulant child at the best of times. But then there were other times that I was surprised that with her family, Sean excluded she wasn’t more unhinged then she sometimes was in the book. But for someone so intelligent she sure did act stupid. William really? And at times really quite judgemental.

 

There were times that I was torn about the plot, the characters of the book. But Cosway/Reid pulled it off with all my frustration they got the balance right with emotion that underline it all to the end of the book.

 

Personally Cosway/Reid could make you like Hannibal Lector with the way they write together. I hope that we see a lot more books in the future. I would love to see a book with William. Just saying.

 

Read it, don’t read. Hate it or love it. I know I loved it.

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Goodreads Review

 

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

 

 

 

 
 

I feel truly honoured that I got to read this book as an ARC. Ah Ms. Scott where have you and your enchanting story telling been all my life? I fully hang my head in shame and say that this is my first book by this author but it most certainly will not be my last. I am fascinated by the ripples of the butterfly effect. We should all apply more kindness and compassion in life.

There are complex layers upon layers of emotions. A spectrum of emotions that bashes down any chance you have of keeping your emotions in check it doesn’t matter how hard you try it just won’t work. I squeezed out a tear here and there and that was justified.

Split into three parts and told in a dual POV you truly get to feel the emotions of the characters in the book. Ms. Scott wrote:

I wanted to believe words had power. The power to change the past. To fix what was broken. To heal. By writing them down on paper, they could work some kind of magic on the reader.

Ms. Scott this is exactly what you did for me. You created a special kind of magic for the reader, a magic of words which will be hard to forget.

I really do not know how Ms. Scott did it with the right balance of banter and then with the heart wrenching, soul ripping revelations that both our main characters come to.

Zelda Rossi has suffered rejection on a project that is her heart and soul. It’s just missing something. But with changes to make it could be something brilliant. If life beats you down then you get up and keep swinging. For some home comfort she goes to an Italian restaurant but her emotions get the best of her.

“Now what the fuck do I do?” I whispered. “I don’t know,” a low, gravelly voice said behind. “Maybe not freeze to death in the stinking alley?”

And so Zelda met Beckett.

Beckett Copeland has also suffered but in different ways. Forced to bear witness to what he had done. A felon one mistake that will lead him to life time of paying.

They come to arrangement. They share a flat. To try again. To gain something so beautiful in the darkness, to find that light, that glimpse that will shoot colour through a black and white world. He doesn’t want to sell blood and Zelda doesn’t want to go back to Vegas.

They are such complex characters that don’t want to ruin a good thing when they know it. A friendship that will change and bloom to something special. They can’t stop it even if they want to. But they are friends and they truly get to know one another.

“Beckett?” He was lying with his head on the pillow beside me. “Shh.” He traced the curve of my cheek and over my temple. “If you don’t go to sleep, you might remember I said that. We’re supposed to be friends.”

Day two, Rossi, and you’re already having impure thoughts about your roommate. But they are electric. They have a connection that neither one expected to have or to even deserve. We all deserve happiness. About forgiveness not from others but forgiving yourself more than anything else.
There were promises in our kiss. Unspoken vows to take care of what we had, of what we were creating in that moment, because after tonight, there was no going back.

And then when it came to Phantasus I was balling my fucking eyes out at 59 %. With the ballons with the emotions with everything. I still find it hard to put into words what I feel. I’m no Beckett.
There are so many powerful words her. So many words with so much meaning. Peace or at least reckoning, love, forgiveness. Forgiving yourself more than anything else. Beckett’s words to Mrs. J got me every single time.

 

 
 

The Butterfly Project is a beautiful, poignant with multiple layers. A book that you will have to read more than once to really let every facet of the book sink in. To feel the true beauty, the chance for me, the chance to deserve something you never think you should. I am blown away with this book and it IMO is a must read for 2017.

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Goodreads Review

 

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion

 

My lack of words for this book is astonishing. I still after over twelve hours feel emotional about this book on so many levels. This is an intense read, an emotional read. A read that will stay with me for a very long time.  

A thousand letters is that kind of book. A book that is heartfelt, that breaks you, that puts the little pieces back together in a manner you thought isn’t possible but you love it all the more for what it has made you see, made you feel, made you take on board. 

A sententious read with layers that go so deep and there are so many that it is a lot to take all in at one moment. That makes you want to go back and reread the book straight away to work through all of the emotions that hit you all at once. To pick them apart and to feel the impact that it has on you. 

This is a deeply emotional read for me. Every time I thought they find back to one another something came up. Ms. Hart’s writing is flawless. She delivers a story of love lost, that one love and over second chances. Her brilliance and cunning to use literature to underline all the emotions that are brought to the forefront is undeniable beautiful. It gives the book additional depth not that it needed it to begin with. But it just makes it to be more. It has an old soul feel to it. Lyrical and poetic at the same time. I love it. It is a pleasure to read.  

Exceptional words with exceptional beauty by the author.  

And I found myself in the dark, found her in the dark. I found the light and truth in darkness, hiding there were I couldn’t see, right in front of me the whole time.  

Today the sun shone. Today, I saw him, saw the tenderness I’d longed for, dreamt of. Today, tonight, was magic.

Elliott & Wade are meant to be together. They are were meant to be together seven years ago. They are meant to be now and they are each other’s forever. A split second of uncertainty a choice can take everything from you and impact you for the rest of your life.  

I was never able to let him go. Didn’t matter that I knew nothing. The boy who I walked away from lived on in the wreckage of my heart, and I never stopped wishing things had been different.  

A tragedy brings Wade home and brings them back together. Trying to align the new reality to what happened in the past is difficult for both Elliott and Wade. To truly understand what happened and to if they have a chance they have to be honest, lay it all out. Be naked take what the other person is to say.

There is so much pain, grief and hurt between them. They dance that goes back and forth between them. There is so much begging, pleading, anger, disappointment. But dishonesty to the real reason. They blame each other but time just wasn’t on their side. They were young, so very young that the cruelness, the despair and lack of understanding, the inequity to understand what is happening the wisdom to go back and change it. To say sorry and that you’d made a mistake, swallowing pride and then convincing yourself that it is better this way that way the hurt, the pain and the suffering couldn’t get much worse.  

Although they aren’t the same people they used to be that connection that depth of love they have for one another is still there.  

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
Inseparable.

There were times where I thought they wouldn’t make it. They gradually who they are meant to be. Together.  

The first book I read by this author I couldn’t get into. The second book I stopped reading as I didn’t like the theme of the book. But this book….. Third luck is a charm Ms. Hart. 

I requested this book because at the end of the blurb it said that it is based on Jane Austen’s book Persuasion. Persuasion is one of my favourite books. It is that one book……

Anyone can do Pride & Prejudice and so many have. But Persuasion? Utterly unique.  

Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend this book to everyone. The year is still young but this is one of my favourites so far.  

“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

Goodreads Review

 

 

Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.

 

Absolute Perfection – A spoiler free review

A touch of the forbidden. A doctor/patient romance. It is epic and yes I am fangirling.

This has everything that I love in a read. Romance, suspense, chemistry, banter and an exceptional plot with in-depth characters you are rooting for every step of the way. With a very unique setting taking place in Hawthorne a mental institution.

Expect the unexpected with this book.

The heroine fighter and survivor. After witnessing the murder of her twin sister, Allison is at a loss. She might not talk but she is mentally all there. Her Aunt thought it was wise to give her the treatment that she apparently needs or not.

The tortured Knight in tarnished armor. Dr. Daniel Delgado, Dr. Lumberjack is doing his best to redeem himself. As a former alcoholic and a loss he blames himself for as doctors are not meant to do harm. He failed and lives his life in a self-imposed isolation. He holds back from living until he meets Allison.

Forbidden romance a touch here, a look there, a camping trip that turns to a kiss. Notes exchanged with books that bring them closer together. I felt spooked when I read the scenes at night with Allison – nice touch there Ms. Rothert.

I feel deeply in love with both MC of the book as well as the secondary characters of this book as well. There are so many twists and turns to the plot in this book and I was surprised to the revelation of what is going on.

I definitely recommend this book and it is worth a reread for me in the future.

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review -Dear Life by Meghan Quinn

Goodreads Review

 

Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life’s greatest challenges.

The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons…and prove their existence.

With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey.

Dear Life,

Please be kind.


Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.

 

 

Dear Life,

You are a mystery that with the time we have we really won’t be able to comprehend.
Each and every saying be it if life gives you lemons then you make lemonade or life throws you a curveball then…just to name a few but these at the best of times just aren’t enough to get you through the day hell not even through an hour, a minute or even a second.

What dear life are you trying to teach us? Are we not looking at the big picture?
Why dear life do you pull the carpet from under our feet. I assume you don’t want us to be stagnant for the rest of your life.

In some ways you are cruel to us, in other ways you can give

such joy and beauty that when the bad times we really know how to savour it. But in those darkest days seeing the light is hard.

You teach us love, hate, despair, heartache, laughter, what unconditional love is. What a means to make a sacrifice and dealing with the consequences of the choices that we make. To be angry, mad and pissed at the world. That life is fucked up in so many ways.

Life you aren’t fair and I don’t think you ever will be yet you can be fulfilling. Having a new motto in life of proving your existence. Well life how do we go about dealing with that?

With regards

Kate

A programme designed to deal with yourself and emotions to write a letter to your life does it really help? Four people take that step. Four entirely different people set out on a journey to figure it out. This is utterly unique with a list of emotions with characters that are so different but each offer one another a support system with ups and downs. Learning to grieve, learning to overcome your fear, learning to move on. To overcome trials and tribulations. To feel contentment dare I even say happiness. Steven Tyler said that “Life’s a journey not a destination”

This book made me feel a lot of things I didn’t want to feel. I laughed but mainly I felt the heartache and the pain that each person endured. Each and every character is unique in their own way and you have a run of emotions to cheering them on and being their biggest advocate.
For feeling a loss no matter how big or how small.
Making a sacrifice that not all could make for being selfless and offering someone else their deepest wishes and desires.
For the naïve girl who is sheltered to grow up who wants to experience life or wants to see a different reflection in the mirror.
For the guy that has the biggest chip on his shoulder and that his past defines him that the path he takes will make him or in the end break him.
Giving up a wonder but still although struggling being a reactive listener observant and taking nothing for granted.

The last letter of all the letters of this book explains a lot and it is a defining moment that the author shared with us. A therapy that we can all write letters to life with all of what we have experienced be it the negative or the positive and that we are not alone.

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison

 

 

 

 

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

 

 

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom, okay Germany. There was a girl, okay young woman, alright, alright a woman who has been enchanted by Thea Harrison. This girl ah woman was born with a book in her hand. Sadly no but I wish. She liked to read, ah loved to read and if she had her way she would tell everyone to leave her alone because books. Need I say more?

One day when scouring the vast kingdom of Netgalley she came across a hidden gem of a book. With little hope she requested it and didn’t think about it till the afternoon where a pigeon dropped a note, okay so I got an email that I had been approved. I did a happy dance and started reading Moonshadow straight away.

“Standing in a shadow cast by the moon reveals a person’s true nature to those with the ability to see it.”

Sophie Ross is currently on leave from the LAPD after being shot. She needs time to recuperate but it is taking too much time. She can’t seem to move on. Until she is asked to meet with Dr. Kathryn Shaw, Sophie decides to do a reading.

What the royal fuck was that? She had never experienced anything like that, and she had been practicing magic for as long as she could remember.

The good doctor has been looking for the children that her father saved. This family tradition has been going on for years and so far the house has stayed closed. Known as the family albatross. Very amusing. When fate comes knocking on your door to gain a house that you’ve never seen the inside or outside of. To receive an annuity. To heal without worrying about money. The catch? The house is stubborn. It just won’t let anyone in. But what’s a girl to do? Travel to England of course.

The plot thickens what with Sophie finding a lost and abused dog. An interaction with the man from her vision and a spooky, stubborn house. Add in a couple dozen of Hounds and getting involved in a plot that has been going on for hundreds of years. Let’s not forget the hunky, old timey folk that has a chip on his shoulder. Well it has been a very long time.

Sophie Ross is a good female leading character I can’t really say if I liked her or not. There were times were she was pretty kick arse but there were other times where her attitude was a bit too much for to liking. She is a rare occurrence and I love that she has Djinn blood.

Nikolas and his brothers are the stranded Daoine Sidhe Knights of the Dark Court. When the crossover passageways were brought to a fall due to Isabeau and Morgan Le Fae they have been stuck on Earth, slowly their numbers diminished leaving only nine of them left. Hope is lost and taking a last stand is coming nearer and nearer. They are the rarest of the Elder Races as they have blood of three races in them. Some call them monsters or abominations.

That is until a clever witch crosses their path with the Puck and all hell breaks loose. With hope comes betrayal, heartache and pain. Nikolas and Sophie don’t really like one another but then lines begin to blur. Nik gains back some of his compassion although as a leader he is loyal and true to his people even if he does behave like an arse in Sophie’s eyes anyway. But the animosity is slowly replaced with lust and love.

When he had finished, he pressed a kiss to her fingers and whispered. “You still make me. So. Crazy.” She loved him so much it twisted her up inside. Stroking his lips with her thumb she smiled and whispered back, “And you’re still very much an asshole.”

Nikolas thinks she’s suicidal but I think that she is courageous. For the fact that Nik and Sophie bickered a lot of one another I found it highly amusing and normally stuff like that bothers me but this didn’t.

The love has to be bigger than everything else and In this case through ups and downs it is.
This is a fantastic start to a brand new series. Where for once the setting is in England and the countryside. The world building and the trickle of information that we get so that we don’t feel overwhelmed is spot on. I liked that the Dark Court is actually seen to be good and that the Light Court isn’t. Role reversal. I like it.

The enchantress Thea Harrison had captivated me with her writing style already two years ago but with all things books and they can be so pretty and shiny and captivating I was sidetracked to my despair only six days ago I order the first 8 books in the Elder Race Series.

It has a Lord of the Rings vibe to it. Now I don’t think that any J.R. Tolkien fans will actually read my review but let me emphasize the fact that it has a vibe to it. Nothing more, nothing less.
Fingers crossed the other books come soon and the second book is going to be released in 2017 and I can’t wait.

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Major Love (Balls in Play #2) by Kate Stewart

Goodreads Review

 

 

“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”

“It was a night I could never forget.”

“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”

“I reminded him it wasn’t.”

“She was everything I was afraid of.”

“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”

“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.

“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”

“And the sex . . .”

“Dear God, the sex . . .”

“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”

“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”

“And you kept it.”

“Hell yes I did.”

“Fuckin’ A.”

 

SPOILER FREE REVIEW with some quotes.

4 Moon Pie & Puddin’ Stars.

Andy Pracht is in a bad place at the moment. After falling in love that love being unrequited he has lost himself. One particular night he loses himself in a bottle of Johnny Walker. Without knowing his life changes that night. Slight issue? He can’t bloody remember. He is attracted to the maid of honor but doesn’t really know what to do with that attraction.

“You are a bit crooked, best man Andy,” she said as she straightened my tie. “I thought we agreed to just Andy,” I corrected, tempted to go in then and there and suck the gloss off. Clearly, I’d drank too much already.

Andy is a perfect Hero. I didn’t get how he could be so hung up on Kristina to be honest. He is adorable, kindhearted, funny, warm, and let’s face it ladies hot as hell. He is tired of the game although he loves baseball it cost him something dear. But he can’t quite let it go and takes a coaching job in Atlanta. Exactly where the dreadful Kristina has moved to. She isn’t that bad.  More than anything else Andy was in love with love. But being in love with love and finding the right person to be in love with are two different things. It is a natural process. His promise to himself? Not to force things.  

I loved Andy in Anything but Minor and I was rooting for him to get his own book. My wish was granted. Once again I can only say that you are the dog’s bollocks Ms. Stewart.

BTW good choice with the surname Pracht it means gorgeousness in German. Coincidence? I think not.

April Turner’s life has changed ever since one of her best friends died. She has put her life on hold. April has one of the hardest jobs ever you need a cool head and nerves of steel. Although there are tragic days there are also moments in the Coop which are hilarious.

“Charleston 911, what’s the address to your emergency?” “773 Palm Tree Way. There are people in my house!” With a level voice, I asked, “Are you in the house now?” “YES! YES! They came out of the refrigerator.” [……] I’m sorry, ma’am, can you repeat that?” “Midgets came out of the refrigerator! They’re wearing camouflage.”

After giving her ex 15 years of her life she is thinking of herself. Even after 15 years and being single it wasn’t easy as they also shared the same friends. One chance encounter with Best Man Andy gives her the strength to give her heart to someone special.

“Give that big heart to a man who deserves it, okay?! Make him earn it, make him earn you.” He pulled back with a serious face I couldn’t look away from. Andy kept his eyes on mine, waiting for a reply. “I promise.”

April knows what she wants from the beginning. Andy. Andy bless his soul is oblivious whereas April remembers everything it breaks her heart. But she has to woman up and by helping Alice with wedding preparations it brings them together.

The attraction is there they don’t want to act on it to begin with. They both can’t deny it in the end.

While they were separated I love their texting with one another. Especially Andy’s attempts at icebreakers more specifically when he tried to get back into April’s good graces.

Andy: I’m no weatherman…

April: No?

Andy: But I definitely see several inches in your future.

Andy: When was the last time you had SWAG?

April: SWAG?

Andy: SWAG. Sex with a ginger.

They have filthy, sweaty, and dirty sex. It’s unrehearsed, raw and they feed off each other. They are in sync. They are electric. They just are.

The man was a beast and had the sexual appetite of a caveman on crack. And I loved every second of it.

“Jesus Christ,” Andy swore as he tried to control his breathing. If we were talking to God, I was next in line. Please Jesus, can I keep this one?

The hotel room, the woman’s toilets, while Andy was on the telephone. Dear Lord, me knickers went poof!

They both get sick together. Rain is not their friend.

“You look like a science experiment,” he said, choking on his cold. “You loob like a circus clown who needs more lipstick.” “You hab enough grease in your hair to fry chicken.” “You loob like Colonel Sanders ten days post mortem.”

These two are perfect for one another. They want to save themselves the heartache but in the end it nearly leads to this.

“Daddy, Andy is the kind of man I’ve wanted my whole life. The kind Tyler could never be. The same way I feel about him… I couldn’t manage again with anyone else.  I know it. I know it’s Andy. I knew it the night I met him. I don’t want to lose him. “You got to have him to lose him.”

Although there was an easiness to their relationship they never really defined what they are. But thought wise they were already there.

April was my biggest and boldest seam scar. She’d clocked in the fastest and brazened her way throughout the whole of my heart.

April herself comes to a revelation. 

We both had hearts to put back together before we could give them to each other.

I love and adore Ms. Stewart and her writing style she knows how to set up a romantic comedy book without it being too cheesy, kitschy and falling flat. I laughed so much but it wasn’t unfortunately on par with the first book. Nothing beats Alice and Rafe. They are the best. They have a special place in my heart. Alas with all the humorous banter and sweet moments Andy and April didn’t quite get there.  

On a side not:

“If you were a tropical fruit, you’d been a fineapple.” – Where does Ms. Stewart come up with these things? 

 

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