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A Steel Heart by Amie Knight

 

 

A Steel Heart

  

 A Steel Heart
 Amie Knight
November 9th 2017

 

Five seconds.
A deafening blast. Pain. Silence.
That was all it took for an IED to end my life as I knew it. The man I was shattered in a hard wave of sound and debris that rained down on me like death itself.
And six months later, after waking up to an inescapable hell, I found myself wishing that death had found me.Until her.
Miranda Jacobs swept into my life like a cool breeze on a smoldering day.
With her smart mouth and her ridiculous jokes, she brought me back to life one minute at a time.Turned out time wasn’t on our side.Five seconds.
Screams. Twisted metal. Silence.
And I’d lost it all again—only this time, I had no one to blame but myself.

 

 

 

It has been a while again since I felt so connected to a book and lived with ups and downs of the characters. After I finished reading A Steel Heart by Amie Knight, I send a tweet to the author telling her that this book for sure will make my #top5 of #BestBooks2017.

 

When you start reading a book it usually only takes a few minutes until you know this book has the potential to be something special. Sure still something can go wrong during the duration of the story that might make you dislike it later – but mainly you can feel it. But there are  those cases when there is this little something that hooks you and makes you wish you could read without sleeping or working (eating and drinking works perfectly while reading)

 

Everything about this book felt real even the parts that were far away from sounding real – they still FELT like it. The actions and thoughts of the characters connected me to them. I smiled at their banter, I even laughed a few times out loud and I felt tears gather in my eyes at their pain. And my heart went out to both of them as they battled their fights to get to each other.

 

The author wove a beautiful story around them where everything felt like it was just right. If it were up to me only books like this would exist in my reading world. #sigh

My first book by this author will most definitely not be my last

 


 

 

 

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Blink by Caroline Easton
5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Blink by Caroline Easton

Title :

Blink by

Author : Caroline Easton
Series : N/A
Rating :

4,5 Stars

Blurb : Flynn Sullivan hasn’t had the easiest of lives, with his father absent and following the death of his mother, he is desperate to give his younger brother the life he deserves. Flynn finds himself on the wrong side of the law and he knows he could lose everything in the blink of an eye, as he stands before the court awaiting his fate. Harper Lawrence was a major contender in the IndyCar circuit from the very first day she got behind the wheel of a car. Her life is turned on its axis after a tragic accident, leaving her locked inside her own body, all but switched off to the outside world. When Flynn and Harper’s world’s collide the sparks begin to fly, but each one holds a secret they don’t want to share. Flynn knows he needs to save the girl who’s stolen his heart, the problem is, Harper doesn’t believe she deserves to be saved. She doesn’t believe she’s been punished enough.
Review : I received a copy of “Blink” from Caroline Easton in exchange for an honest review.
Flynn and Harper could not be more separated from each other by their upbringing and their life so far. But Destiny had its own idea for both of them, when it threw this pair together by chance. I really liked how the author entwined the paths of these two great characters.
Although I have to admit that it was hard to sit and read/watch as a reader how Harper was suffering and I found myself asking … WHY? Why did she continue to let it happen for this long, but I think this is a problem that all people will have if the never experienced such violence. As far as I can relate and understand, it is the feeling of being responsible that lets people drown in a circle of repeated violence and abuse.
Flynn on the other side always felt insufficient and did many wrong things for all the right reasons – but does that make him now the bad guy? Or is it just the world we are living in … it really gets you to think (at least me – maybe it’s because I have some knowledge on how authorities work and this book kind of reminds me why I quite working there) …
I really liked the story and writing style of this author – and I will make sure to check other books from her if their storylines attract me. My emotions were all over the place during reading it. However, I felt for all the build-up between Flynn and Harper the story would have deserved a bigger “bang” for a final. It’s not that the story does not feel complete, all the needed parts are in there but I think the way it was told was a little too soft.
As I refuse to spoiler so I cannot elaborate this, but I do encourage everybody to read this book and discuss it with your friends.
What would you have done if you were in Harpers place ?
Or in Flynn’s ?
> > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. < < < > > > In exchange, I promised an honest review. < < <
Cliffhanger :(KLICK to find out) !!!
HEA? : (KLICK to find out) !!!
5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay ) by L.A. Cotton

 

 

Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay #1)

  

Wicked Beginnings
Wicked Bay
L.A. Cotton
October 2017

 

The first book in a brand new YA/NA crossover series from l. a. cotton

When seventeen-year-old Eloise Stone finds herself half way across the world, moving into her Uncle’s pool house, she expects things to be … awkward. She doesn’t expect to come face-to-face with the boy from last summer. The boy that made her feel things she’d never felt before. But a year is a long time, and Lo isn’t the same girl she was then. Besides, they’re family now.

It’s weird.

Maverick Prince acts as if he doesn’t remember her, treating Lo like nothing more than an annoying younger sister, and not in a ‘he cares’ way, just in a ‘he’s an arsehole’ way. One thing‘s for sure, he isn’t just dangerous for her sanity—he’s hazardous for her heart.

Lo thought moving to Wicked Bay was the worst of her problems, but as life begins to unravel around her, she’s going to find out it’s only the beginning…

 

 

 

This was an unexpected read and I can not wait to read the next book. I can recommend this book as a really well written example of YA literature. It has humor, love and it kept me engaged until the last page. AND wondering because there def. is a backgroundstory that is not yet revealed and I can not wait for that to happen in the next part – this book ends in a tiny but still ok kind of cliffhanger….

 

 

 

 

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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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