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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Drakon’s Plunder (Blood of the Drakon #3) by N.J. Walters

 

 

Drakon’s Plunder

 

Blood of the Drakon #3

 

3rd July

 

N.J. Walters

 

Life is not going well for archaeologist Sam Bellamy. She’s stuck in the middle of the ocean on a salvage boat with people who want her dead. It wasn’t her gift for being able to sense objects of power that got her here, rather her need to make a secret society called the Knights of the Dragon pay for killing her mentor. Sam doesn’t believe in dragons, but the Knights do, and if she can get one of the sacred artifacts they’re searching for away from them, she’ll consider it payback.

Ezra Easton is content to run his marine salvage company and live alone on his private island. He may be a four-thousand-year-old water drakon, but he’s civilized enough to know just because he pulls an injured woman from the ocean, doesn’t mean he gets to keep her…

When she wakes up, she has a few tall tales to share, and it seems the Knights are after her. But this drakon won’t give up his treasure.

 

Sam Bellamy is on a quest for justice. Her mentor was murdered by the secret society The Knights of the Dragons. She has been tasked to find artifacts on the reliant a ship that sunk. Sam nearly dies for doing the right thing.

 

Ezra Easton a water drakon lives on a secluded island. His brother tells him to check the vessel out as it seems the Knights are up to something.

 

He is intrigued by Sam and decides to take her home with him. He is overprotective an ultimate alpha and I loved every moment of his caveman act.

 

Although the setup here is the same as the first two books it doesn’t distract us from its awesomeness.

 

NJ Walters also brings us unique paranormal romance. Be it Hades’s Carnival or here with Blood of the Drakon. Admittedly I’ve only read a limited amount of her books but I still really love them and if they are all like this well then nuff said really.

 

My one true love will always be the paranormal genre. It has been since I started reading. On top of that we have shifters and oh dragons/drakons. I’m a happy bunny.

 

The book is action packed and I couldn’t get enough but what did ruin it for me is the sex the plot would progress and suddenly they’d be at it like rabbits taking me away from the plot.

 

I can’t wait for Nic’s book if he doesn’t find his mate soon he’ll go into a sleep he may never wake up from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Sugar & Gold (Dreamcatcher #2) by Emma Scott

Goodreads Review

Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…

At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…

Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.

But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.

Nikolai walks through life with the attitude that we are all pawns and that life is a hoax and maybe it is or maybe it isn’t it really depends where one looks and for sure Nik has been looking in the wrong places. It’s not to be found in a cellar or a shed.  But at Club 91 where he finds pink kindness and compassion. He feels peace an unknown feeling. A want to keep it is so strong.

Fiona Starling is pure light, she has an innocence about her that no one can take away from her and she has fought so damn hard for it. No rules. Live out Loud. Find the sunshine.  She finds a whole lot more but there are choices that need to be made, which road to take and if a detour is worth it in the end.

The characters emotions come off the pages, be it the hopelessness of wanting something but thinking that one is undeserving of adapting of making the choice for yourself.

Wistful at times you feel the loneliness of the our characters and that fate intervened and gave one another each other in the most heart breaking yet equally soul lifting way. If there is one thing that can be the most rewarding and yet the most destroying in the world it is love. There is one love that tops all and that is unconditional love.

This started with a prologue which already set a tone for the book where you knew that this was going to be unique yet you were going to walk away with scars no matter how much you don’t. With each part of the book we all somehow have the devil inside us, the Doe should be saved by the Black Prince cause if not then where is the magic?

When you start a book by Ms. Scott it’s like a box of chocolates cause you never know what you are going to get. Sugar and Gold is the same. It took a lot out of me but it also gave me a lot but that is something I will be telling the author. It doesn’t belong here.

We have a story so complex and intricate that there is not one thing that I can see that specifically stood out to me but here it is the overall package, the book. In no way will my review ever do the book justice. Gosh there is so much I would love to say but somehow the words just don’t seem to come. They are there in my heart but they won’t compute to my brain let alone trying to get them from my brain down to my hands to type it.

So many shades, so many emotions, so many colours but only two count the most here pink and gold. Throughout the book I was beaten black and blue metaphorically speaking of course. My soul took a beating and I was slayed by the beauty of the story. The unfairness of life, yet the true depth that is shown when it comes to love and to hope.

Without a shadow of a doubt but this is a book that one must read with a slight touch of the mystic it is worth the 5 stars but different strokes and all that but take a chance. As I said box of chocolates peeps.

 

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

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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.

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