5 STARS

Downcast by Cait Reynolds
5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Downcast by Cait Reynolds

Title : Downcast

Author : Cait Reynolds
Series : Olympus Falling, #1
Rating : 5 Stars
 
Blurb : What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories. It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza. What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice. Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate. Except Haley.
 
Review :
What a wonderful novel. This was the first time I read a “remake” of a Greek myth and it was great. I admit that I could feel some of the very popular YA novels sneaking some lines and settings into the plot, which might be my imagination and it did not disturb in any way. If at all it felt comfortable for me to read and the interesting storyline based in ancient Greece gave the book something unique. The characters were good developed and their “placement” in the modern world was funny at times. I might mention without any spoiler a certain dog that made me laugh. There was some great dialog between the leads and the writing of the story was flawless and fluent in total.
Somehow the end leaves me with the feeling of another book to come, which would be a nice touch and I am looking forward to it.
My favorite quotes:
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“Are you always this difficult?” Haley asked
“No,” I replied stubbornly.
“I’ve just started being difficult recently, but I’m getting better all the time.”
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“You don’t owe me anything,” I replied.
“Friendship doesn’t keep count. It just is.”
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
 
5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW Forgotten Desires: A short story in aid of The Eve Appeal by Jodi Ellen Malpas

REVIEW Forgotten Desires: A short story in aid of The Eve Appeal by Jodi Ellen Malpas

 
 

September 21, 2015

 

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Title : Forgotten Desires: A short story in aid of The Eve Appeal

Author : Jodi Ellen Malpas

Series : N/A

Release date: Sep 21, 2015  

Rating :  5 Stars

>> A short story of 5K words released for The Eve Appeal. All profits on the sales of this book will be donated to the women’s cancer charity. Forgotten Desires is a small story with a big message to women everywhere.<<

 

Blurb :  Kelly has fallen into the humdrum of everyday life. Her fulfilment is found in the washing, the cleaning, the ironing and running herself into the ground with her job. She’s not sure when it happened, but the fun, spontaneity and excitement in her life was lost somewhere along the way. So when she’s asked out on a date by a gorgeous man who demands her attention, Kelly’s not so sure she’s up for it. It’s been a while, to say the least. It would be easy to refuse, stay at home, finish that pile of ironing, and then answer some work emails. The thought of being so organised alone brings a smile to her face. But with the encouragement of her best friend, she bites the bullet and goes all out. Bye-bye ironing, hello gorgeous man. She doesn’t know where this Kelly has been, but she quite likes her, and she doesn’t plan on misplacing her again.

 

Review : What Jodi Ellen Malpas can do to a reader within 5k words is incredible!

Directly after the first lines I knew: this is a Jodi-ish book, without  a doubt. I love the story which is short but includes so many different emotions.
Normally you can´t really connect with the characters of a book in such a short time, but Jodi made it possible with introducing us to Kelly and the mysterious but without  a doubt sexy as hell man! 

The message this short-story conveys within the 25 pages is even better, because if you think hard enough about it, it makes this book even more interesting!

And the best part about all of it? It´s for a good cause!

So enjoy reading while helping others at the same time!

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

REVIEW : Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore

REVIEW : Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore

 
 

June 28, 2016

 

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Title :              Beautifully Decadent 

Author :            L.A. Fiore

Series :            Beautifully Damaged #3

Release date :   June 28th 2016

Rating :           5 Stars

 

Blurb : Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he’s involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they’re together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can’t have everything. Of course, what’s cake without icing?Rafe McKenzie’s world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he’s restoring and a tight circle of friends. He’s even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past. Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover’s new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she’s not at all what he’s expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn’t take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they’ll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who’s pulling the strings before his world shatters again.

 

Review : Is it possible to gain weight through reading a book ? I bet you are saying “NO” – impossible !! – but that is just your answer because you have not read Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore – already looking at the cover made me hungry … and the title is just so fitting to the content that it almost hurts.

 

It is no secret that I love the books by this author … So I got totally impatient waiting on the next book from her to be released … Yeah – it is on in the series of “beautiful damaged” – which I was sure would guarantee me total reading pleasure – I just had no idea at that time that this kind of pleasure also went right through my stomach too.

 

Oh – the books are basically standalone novels in that series but as the characters of the first two books make an appearance I would suggest to read them in the right order. It is not absolute necessary to enjoy this book but more to guarantee that you will not spoiler yourself into the endings of the other books.

 

Avery and Rafe were just wonderfully developed – there is nothing more that I could say. Ms. Fiore really worked her magic to create another set of interesting characters. I am already hoping for a forth book so I will be able to meet them all again.

 

But this author not only develops her characters to the dot – not also the setting in which they are placed. During reading I was envisioning Rafe’s house and also the carriage house that Avery was renting.

 

BUT what was even worse … I felt myself craving baked goods… without conscious thought I was digging into cupcakes during reading jus to get the real feeling and I found myself googling recipes for cakes and cookies while I read about them.

 

SO yes believe me it is possible to gain weight during reading this romance novel … but you can also believe me when I tell you – you will love every second of it and not regret any calorie.

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

All I Need (All In #4) by Callie Harper

 

 

All I Need (All In, #4)

  

 All I Need
 All In #4
Callie Harper
 July 24th 2017

 

“It’s just a job, how hard can it be?”

I was hired by his father to become his live-in caregiver. It sounded like an easy job. But the day I arrived at his broken-down Scottish castle I started to realize it might not be as easy as I thought.

I was not told that I’d be looking after a dark, brooding, rich man mired in a world of pain.
I was not told that this man would push all my buttons and test even my strongest limits.
I was not told that he was devastatingly gorgeous with a wickedly, sinful mouth.
I was definitely not told that what I’d end up feeling and what he would propose would drive me wild.

But I’m Annie and this is my new job. And damn it, I’m not going to let anything, even him, that gorgeous, sinful, delicious man, stand in my way.

You believe me? Don’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW : Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland

REVIEW : Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland

 
 

June 30, 2016

 

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Title :              Beneath the Scars

Author :           Melanie Moreland

Series :            n/a

Release date :   October 14th 2014

Rating :           5 Stars

 

Blurb : The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace. The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs. Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset. Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.Until she enters his life. She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared. A story he keeps buried below the surface. Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart. Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

 

Review : This story f…… hurt !! Hurt with a captial “H”. It was beautiful – raw and emotional and I was crying while sitting at the beach in the sun amongst other people that were simply enjoying their holiday. Do I need to say any more ?

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW : How to Save a Life by Emma Scott

REVIEW : How to Save a Life by Emma Scott

 
 

July 1, 2016

 

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Title :              How to Save a Life

Author :           Emma Scott

Series :            n/a

Release date :   February 9th 2016

Rating :           5 Stars

 

Blurb : Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness. Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

 

***How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter, and sexual situations.

 

TRIGGER WARNING: domestic violence (on the page) and mention of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.

 

Review : This book mad me think of a lot of things … To say it was surprising would be downplaying … and I think you could open a new genre for it called “Third chance” because without spoilers – I think “Second” is not fitting. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the writing style of Amy Harmon in particular it reminds me of “Infinity + One” – even though the plot is different. But there is just something in the subtext that speaks to me. So if you liked Amy Harmons books – I am quite positive that you will like this one as well.

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW : My Soul to Keep (Soul #1) by Kennedy Ryan

REVIEW : My Soul to Keep (Soul #1) by Kennedy Ryan

 
 

July 1, 2016

 

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Title :              My Soul to Keep

Author :           Kennedy Ryan

Series :            Soul #1

Release date :   November 13th 2015

Rating :           5 Stars

 

Blurb : It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…

 

KAI

 

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music. Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

 

RHYSON

 

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.

 

Review : Once again a unique story I would like to “invite” you to enjoy …

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

REVIEW : The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #2)

 

 

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence, #2)

  

The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
The Coincidence #2
 Jessica Sorensen
July 30th 2013

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden comes an emotional new story about two troubled souls sharing one all-encompassing love . . .

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.

Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Slow Dance in Purgatory by Amy Harmon

Slow Dance in Purgatory by Amy Harmon

 
 

November 7, 2014

 

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Title :  Slow Dance in Purgatory

Author : Amy Harmon

Series : Purgatory, #1

Rating :  5 Stars

 

Blurb : Orphaned from the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time at the local high school, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old unsolved mystery where nothing is as it seems. Who is the boy no one else can see? And what do you do when you fall in love with a ghost? This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another life destined to be taken from her. Secret love and hushed affections are constantly threatened by outside forces resulting in a terrifying race to stay alive.

‘Slow Dance in Purgatory’ captures the heart-ache of a love story where there can be no happy ending…

 

Review : wonderfull !!!    

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

REVIEW : The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorensen

 

 

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

  

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
The Coincidence #1
 Jessica Sorensen
 December 13th 2012

 

From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .

THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE& KAYDEN

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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