Fantasy, Reviews, YA

“Keepers” Review

Hello Friends!

I did promise I would try to do more than one review a day, since I’m way behind on the posts and I have a goal in mind, which means I’m trying my best to accomplish it.

Keepers” written by Sacha de Black is a YA Fantasy book, the first book in The Eden East series, published on November 4th 2017, and the second book in the series is called Victor and was published July 1st 2018.

First of all I want to thank Sacha for the opportunity to read her wonderful book and start this a journey in this new world with the first book in her series. Plus, I wanted to apologize for taking so long to get the review done.


Blurb

33297377Saving the world is easy: all Eden has to do is die.

Seventeen-year-old Eden East’s life is perfect… until her soul is bound to her worst nightmare. Then her parents are brutally murdered, and everyone’s a suspect, including her best friend.

As her world spirals out of control, a charismatic Siren, from a past she can’t remember, returns offering help, hope, and a heap of distractions.

Eden must put aside her grief to solve the mystery of her parents’ murder. In a race against time, can she break the binding to her enemy before he destroys her and her world?

Three lives.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.

Purchase Links – Amazon

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads.


About Author

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

P1050391First of all let me tell you guys that I loved this book, I want that opinion to be out there before I go it to more details of the things I loved about this book. It’s the first book in the series and I hope I get to read Victor next year.

Sacha de Black created and amazingly complex and well crafted world, Trutinor, and I could try to explain it, but that would take out the fun for all of those that haven’t read it, so I recommend you guys to read the book and understand all the rules of Trutinor page after page. And the fact that it’s a complex and well built world show how much work the author putted in her book and that makes me appreciate it even more because it was absolutely amazing.

P1050222Now the characters… We follow Eden East, epic name by the way, and she the main character of this book a strong but also vulnerable character, that was just relatable and intriguing. Eden, like all the characters in this book, isn’t black and white. They all have flaws and you can see their development and every chance, which makes them feel real.

There are a lot of characters, from Keepers to Fallons… Every single one serves a role in this world and were dynamic characters, and it all played well with the plot, the world, the action and the pace. It may be a fantasy novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as real as any other book, that’s because of Sacha’s ability to create a reality in a fictional, new world, book.

P1050392That been said, the novel has a lot of elements that turned a great recipe into an even greater final product. From the world building and the characters to the exciting, fun and action-packed plot. Every twist and turn, every new information I uncover, every little element about the world and the storyline I understood better, and every action scene made the novel flow smoothly.

And in the end, it made me get focus and feel I was in that journey with the characters. That happened because of the author’s writing style and awesome descriptions. A good action scene could be exciting and epic, but it would really grab my attention hundred percent if it didn’t made my mind fill up with all the images, sounds, smells, sensations, adrenaline and emotion. And Sacha de Black did that in her book, she gave us visuals to her book in the form of well thought out word combinations.

Overall, I just want to say that I loved the book and that I can’t wait to be able to read the next one and to keep going into the depth of this world and series.


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Jess

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Historical Romance, Reviews

“Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake” Review

Hello Friends!

So I have so many books that I have and want to review that got lost in the depth of my big review list. And this is one of them. But here I am now!

Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake“, written by Janice Preston is a historical romance this August 21st 2018, and is part of The Beauchamp Heirs Series, which is a continuation of The Beauchamp Betrothals Series (Cinderella and the Duke, Scandal and Miss Markham, and Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. Gray).

I have loved every single book I have read of Janice, and I want to thank her for all the love, kindness and for the opportunity to read this book. And I want to apologize for taking so long with this review.


Blurb

39365936“He’s completely unsuitable…

he’s a rake.”

Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: after being plucked from peril by resolute bachelor Lord Hugo Alastair, Lady Olivia Beauchamp is secretly outraged that he doesn’t even try to steal a kiss! He’s a notorious rake among the ton, and as a result, utterly forbidden to an innocent debutante like her. But their attraction is magnetic. Will she risk her reputation for a passionate encounter?

Purchase Links  – Harlequin | Amazon | Book Depository | Bertrand (for Portuguese readers)

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads.


About Author

Janice Preston grew up in Wembley with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, she moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When her children left home for university, she discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since her teens.

Janice now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two cats. Over the years, apart from farming, she has worked as a conveyancer, a call handler for the police and an administrator for a teacher training programme at a local university. She currently works as an exam invigilator and has a part-time job with a weight management counsellor (vainly trying to control her own weight despite her love of chocolate!).

Social Media Links – Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Website


My Review

P1060118This may be the first book in a new series but it’s a book that is connected to the previous series, which means we already know a lot of the characters and the background history. And when I first read about Olivia in that first book I was immediately curious about her. She sounded like an interesting character that is unlike any other, but I also know there was a lot I was missing about her personality even after all the three previous books. That been said, you can imagine why I was excited that she would be the first one to have a love story in this new series.

Janice Preston has the ability to create amazing plots that always have some unique aspects to it, and I was intrigued to know which journey she was going to take Olivia in. And what a fun, exciting, romantic, dramatic and overall adventurous journey it was.

P1060064From that first few pages to the very end. I loved to discover more about Olivia, see her development and mature even more, see her follow her dreams and ideas and stay true to her heart in the end, see more of her personality and the act that she may appear strong and sassy on the outside, and being sweet and vulnerable in the inside. It made me feel a connection with her.

Then there is Hugo and right from that very first interaction between them you know this going to be good because you can tell there is chemistry between them. Well, Olivia needs Hugo’s help and as things keep going you can see that chemistry develop into something more and all the problems and drama that comes with a great love story, the rollercoaster of emotions and plot twists and turns make their relationship even more fun to read that you may expect.

P1050987I won’t go into details about the story because I want to go read this book, but let me tell you that there are a lot of elements besides the amazing well written characters and the exciting plot. I loved all the descriptions in the books because they created the setting for the book. Then there is the flow of this story that combined with the plot, it made the book fun and intriguing. And then there is the fact that this really follows a family and I love books that are linked by family ties.

Overall, I loved it and I can’t wait for the next one, because I so intrigued by this family. Janice Preston has done a wonderful job with this book and I’m no longer surprised that I love her book, although I am always surprised by the plots and the amazing characters.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Moonlight on the Thames” Review

Hello Friends!

Today was a crazy day and I haven’t a lot of time to sit down and work on my blog. That’s why I’m only posting right now. This is actually my last blog tour of the year, but I still have a lots and lots of reviews to do.

Moonlight on the Thames“, written by Lauren Westwood, is a standalone Contemporary Romance novel, published in 4th September 2018.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lauren for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Moonlight on the Thames


Blurb

MOONLIGHT 1Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson. 

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright. 

Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw… 

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist. 

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

Purchase  Links – Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play


About Author

Lauren Westwood 2044-(crop)Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Website | Instagram | Goodreads | The Booktrail | Playlist


My Review

P1070045This is the first book I’ve ever read of Lauren Westwood and it was a great Christmas story. And a perfect ending for my blog tours of 2018, because I felt it was emotional, funny, romantic, thought provoking, relaxing and exciting at the same time and in an amazingly written book. I really enjoyed reading this book and I was captivated since the first time I read the blurb and saw the cover, until I started to read it and right to the very end.

The author gave us the classic opposites attract kind of romance, that she made it fresh with the humor, strong background story in each characters past and the Christmas feel. Christmas to me is a bittersweet holiday, but I still love it and it’s still my favorite holiday.

P1070069So, as I was reading this book I could feel not only the characters feelings, but also the Christmas spirit and the good, the bad and everything in between that comes with life and that touches our way of dealing with problem or circumstances.

The characters were amazing. They were intriguing and had strong personalities. I could almost feel like I was in the room dealing with them and interacting, and at some points I wished I as in the story so I could say a couple of things or just laugh with them, beat some sense into their minds, or just hug them. And that means to me it had some realism and interactivity in the storytelling and it felt genuine.

P1070106I could tell you a lot about the main characters and the plot, but I would be as cryptic as the blurb, and I think you guys should just take a chance and go on this journey with Nicola and Dmitri, and learn about the past, the present and imagine their future. And you will also met amazing secondary characters that are pillars to the main characters, or that just bring an element of dynamic to the interaction of every character in this book.

Overall, I loved it and I can’t wait to read more of Lauren Westwood’s books so I can keep understanding more of her amazing writing style, because from this one I can tell that she has a special touch that makes the words have magic, because I felt like I was in the same emotional journey and living with the characters.


Giveaway

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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“All Wrapped Up in You” Review

Hello Friends!

It feels like it’s been a while since I posted in the blog, and I’m hoping to get more post up in the near future. So stay tune.

Today I bring a review of another book written bu Sun Chara, called “All Wrapped Up in You“, a Contemporary romance novella.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Sun Chara for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

All Wrapped Up In You


Blurb

All Wrapped Up In You Larger CoverTheir marriage hangs in the balance, but on this wind battered Christmas Eve, a miracle is born…

When Ellie hooked up with world renowned neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, aka ‘Prince Charming’, she thought her dreams had come true. But the demands of being the model wife to his career triggers a mutiny within her and she decides to ditch the ‘royal’ life until he sees her as more than his bedroom playmate.

Purchase Link – http://hyperurl.co/bq8jzc


Author Bio

Sun photo-1Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1070130This is the third book of Sun Chara I have read and she has a unique way of telling the story that no matter the number of pages it always charm, romance, a touch of humor and relationships drama. This one was a novella, so it was like a snack, since I read it pretty quickly, plus I believe we all need snack times (eating and reading).

Because it was a novella it has that quick pace to it, but to me it didn’t felt that rushed since the characters already had a relationship, in this case they are married, and that added to the flow of the book. The plot made sense with the pace because of the urgency that the characters had to change their lives and reconnect with each other. But that’s what I felt in an overall.

About the characters, I can’t say I related to them in a I know personality what they felt. First of all, I’m not married and I have never been married so I don’t know from experiences the struggles that marriage brings. But I like the characters, because they had this fairytale kind of feeling to them and that something I liked in this novel.

P1070112If you read the blurb you then know that Ellie wants a change, she wants something more for her life. And she’s very determined and she know what she does and doesn’t wand and that played so well in the plot. And she really took things into her own hands and stepped away to try and change her life.

Overall, I liked it. It was a quick fairytale like story about a couple that is struggling in their relationship and looking for the real essence in their marriage and the love they feel for one another and how that should translate into their daily lives. So I liked it, especially since it had that Christmas tone in the background of the setting, that just gave the book some extra magical energy.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift card and an e-copy of All Wrapped Up In You Click Here

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin” Review

Hello Friends!

I know I have been posting later than I used to, but since I started working I have to schedule all my appointments to the morning and then I go to work, so that leaves me with nights to work on the blog. Nevertheless, I hope I can get back on track soon.

Today I bring you another Christmas-y review. And I don’t think I have read as many Christmas related books as this year. And I love it!

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin” written by Helen J Rolfe is Book 4 in the New York Ever After series, but can easily be read as a standalone, and this women’s fiction, contemporary romance fiction novel was published today, 6th December 2018.

Happy release day, Helen!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Helen for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin


Blurb

Christmas miracles for amazon and websites etcDo you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

Purchase Link – Amazon UK | Amazon US


About Author

Author Photograph Helen Rolfe (4)Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Website |Book Bub


My Review

P1070042Although this is the fourth book in a series and I haven’t read the previous ones, actually this is the first book I have read of Helen J. Rolfe, and despite all that, I didn’t felt like I was completely lost in the book. Well, I would have loved to have read the previous books so I had another understanding of the characters and the community, but it’s okay, it made me curious about the other books.

This novel was a delight to read, and it took me forward in getting ready for the holidays. Its was captivating, emotional, warming, funny, exciting and visual. It had all the right components for a Christmas novel, from the friendship and romance to the community interactions, the drama and twist and turns caused by the misunderstandings.

P1070114The characters were well written and each one brought something to the storyline, from the emotions to the humor and everything in between, they felt real and I felt like I knew them and was a part of the community. Of course the main characters were the center of the action, and I love them. There were sweet interactions between them that I loved, there were moments that made me laugh and others that made me want to enter the story and talk to them and say what had to be said. And all of that made Holly and Mitch (and every other character in the book) relatable.

P1070128Then there were the descriptions. The author not only gave us an interesting plot and characters, but also amazingly visual descriptions that transported me into the book. I was able to imagine the scenes the places and the people, and that’s always something I love.

Overall, it was the kind of book that makes me want to stay home, surrounded in blankets and by the fire, with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and just enjoy the story. I haven’t been disappointed with the Christmas Stories I have read so far, and this one is a book I also recommend.


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Jess

Blog Tour

Promo Post: “Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?”

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post as part of blog tour. “Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?“, written by Tyler Colins, and it’s the second book in the A Triple Threat Mystery series, a mystery novel. And I will add and Extract too. Have fun and enjoy.


Blurb

33023209The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.

It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside.  As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Piecing together the puzzle detours the trio—to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  Serious game players, they play for keeps.  Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?  

You can add this book to your TBR on Goodreads.

Purchase Links – Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Blurb

TylerC BioPhotoTyler Colins is a fiction writer and blogger, and a sometimes editor and proofreader (books, manuals, and film/television scripts).  She’s also been known to create business plans, synopses and outlines, and film promotion documents.  

Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are both skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).

Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries.  Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and “affirmative” non-fiction.

She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email


Extract

Carmie was the main focus of the mission, so I dug around and discovered her name at birth had been Carpella.  She’d been born in Tenafly New Jersey to Joseph Leone Carpella, the owner of a popular local pizza shop on Washington Street, and Lina Spera, a former aesthetician.  Gino, Carmie’s fraternal twin brother, was currently a prominent businessman in New York.  At a young age, he’d recognized there was money to be made in food that drew townspeople for blocks.  A well-conceived business plan, leg power, and lots of charm resulted in his papa’s delicious pizzas becoming available beyond a twenty-block radius.  In record time, Papa Jo Leone’s product moved beyond the borders of the borough, across the state, and then the nation. 

At twenty-five Gino made his first million.  Papa and Mama Carpella remained in Tenafly, but instead of living over the pizza parlor, resided in a lovely six-bedroom house with enough garden space to grow fifty bushels of Roma tomatoes.

While sister was slim, brother was heavy, not from fat, but muscle.  In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Gino had talked about an obsession with staying fit (evidently, it ran in the twins’ veins), but his went beyond the physical.  In addition to daily one-hour workouts at 5:00 a.m., he hit the books frequently to engage the gray matter.  He’d even made it an objective to take two university courses every year. 

As I drove to Kalihi, I considered all the information gleaned so far.  It was edifying, but pretty rudimentary.  Would it prove worthwhile and time efficient to dig deeper?  We had to prove Carmie was having an affair at the very least, but discovering she was into something illicit or that she had something to hold over her husband would be best.  Did the past matter?  Probably not, other than maybe demonstrating she’d been a flirt or skank.  That would go to character and integrity and all that.  But if she’d been a flirt or skank, wouldn’t William have discovered that?  Surely he’d have learned all he could about Carmelita Sangita Carpella before he’d married her.

And why marry someone of such a common background?  Was it true love?  Or a need to prove virility and/or have a trophy wife?  William’s first wife, Lucy, had been born to an aristocratic English family.  Fox hunts, high teas and Harrods had been part of the Howell’s routine—until she’d passed at the age of thirty, after five years of marriage.  A misadventure with a bunch of boisterous beagles during a fox hunt in Kent had cut her privileged life very short.  Like Carmie, she was slim and approximately 5’4” tall, blonde and blue-eyed.  Her nose, set between two incredibly high cheekbones, was quite pronounced.  Some might have called it Patrician if they’d been feeling kind, while others who were more candid might have called it for what it was: a Gonzo (as in Muppet) proboscis.  Snout, uh, nose aside, Lucy’s face held a noble and haughty air.

William remained single for four years and then met Lowella, the daughter of a Greek olive tycoon.  A whirlwind romance ensued.  They were married not quite eight months when daughter Sophia Bella was born.  Lowella passed after five years of marriage when a tractor-trailer totaled her and a Jaguar in oatmeal-thick fog along California’s SR 1.  Poor William.  He wasn’t particularly lucky in the sustainable marriage-love department.

I pulled into the Kalihi district and found a small parking lot in a tiny strip mall.  Before stepping from the car, I peered into the rearview mirror.  The peacock-blue cotton sun hat looked okay, but dark circles under the eyes didn’t.  I should have slapped on make-up, or at the very least concealer and lipstick, but really, why should I care that I looked tired and edgy?  The folks I’d be asking about Xavier wouldn’t.

I eyed a long, white clinic across the road.  Two young people, one scarecrow skinny and one sea-lion blubbery, shuffled from the entrance, whispered excitedly and anxiously shambled onward.  It was as good a place to start as any.  Maybe Xavier had dropped in.

My career as P.I. had officially begun.  Hopefully, in the process, I wouldn’t blow it—or get “blown”, as into bitty pieces.  What did I know about druggies and dealers other than what I’d heard at the stations I’d worked at or viewed on the idiot box, as Great-Uncle Warren called television?  My father’s uncle was the only relative I had ever known on that side of the family.  I’d never even met my dad.  When I’d been a baby, he’d taken a fatal roll down Mount Kilimanjaro during a botanical exploration (so the story went). 

These folks had been babies once, too.  Innocent, trusting infants with lives to live and dreams to make happen.  . . . Or destroy.  Sometimes we made wrong choices; sometimes others made them for us.  And sometimes life simply wasn’t fair.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Naked Truths” Review

Hello Friends!

How was your day today? It’s the World Wildlife Conservation Day today and I talked to the kids in my classroom about it and they did sculptures of animals and trees, and just had fun being creative. And before we went outside so the could enjoy the good weather and run around. So it was a fun day.

Today I bring you a fun book too. Not related to wildlife conservation. It was a romance book.

Naked Truths“, written by Karen Botha, is a Romantic Suspense novel, Book 1 in Naked Series, and published on 12th November 2018.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Karen for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Naked Truth


Blurb

Naked Truth_eBook cover IIHe’s a grieving widower, the perfect boyfriend, and the prime suspect…

Lucy knows the importance of boundaries. As a massage therapist, she keeps her work and her personal life completely separate. But when a handsome widower shows up on her table and sparks an instant attraction, Lucy is shameless. Breaking her rule, she crosses the line, triggering a series of thrilling mysteries.

Paula isn’t so sure about her best friend’s perfect man… or the story of his wife’s death. To uncover the truth, the former detective infiltrates his social circle. When she examines a scandalous lodger, a jealous brother, and a protective mother-in-law, everyone seems to have a hidden motive for murder…

Lucy is torn between her old friend and her dark new love. Will she follow her head or her heart? And can Paula discover the true killer before her friend makes a fateful mistake?

Naked Truths is the first book in a series of pulse-pounding romantic suspense books. If you like the odd steamy sex scene, complex characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love the suspense of Karen Botha’s gripping romantic suspense.

The rest of the Naked Series of gripping mystery romances can be read as stand alones or as part of the series and are free on Kindle Unlimited.

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


About Author

wp39a768c1_05_06Karen Botha  was born in Lincolnshire England where her father was in the royal air force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing. Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. at the age of 36 She retrained for a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a  re-found  passion  for writing.

Her first novel was inspired by true life experiences and tales from clients. But don’t believe everything you read.

She enjoys traveling rugby and motor sport, this gives her inspiration and ideas for her books.

The first in the new lgbt series is a mm romance novel about a racecar driver and his mechanic.

She currently lives in London with her Husband and rescue dog called Shadow.

Social Media Links – Website | Goodreads |Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1060953This is the third book I have read of Karen Botha and I loved it too. This was a Romantic Suspense and it didn’t fail with the amount of both genres. The author has a way with creating a story and giving us just enough information and mystery that make us want to turn the page.

This story follows three characters since it has different POVs, but mainly it’s about Lucy. And all of the character complex, well written and with secrets, but the most fun about them was their interactions, the friendships, family relationships, the tension, the mystery, and the romance.

P1070017The storyline was very exciting, with twist and turns, a fast pace and a good flow that made me wonder about each page and each character. I never really knew were the book was going so that was a positive thing. And I’m not say much about it because it’s a suspense book and you guys should be surprised and enjoy each moment.

Overall, Karen Botha is amazing. She knows how to make us wonder, and relate to the characters as well as being drawn to the storytelling. It was a great start of a series.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you another Christmas novel. This one is my second Christmas book by this author, so when I read the title and the author’s name I had to join in the fun. Are you ready for another Holiday experience?

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row“, written by Emily Harvale, is a standalone novel, a Light-hearted romance with a Christmas Magic tone.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row


Blurb

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. 

Bels and Bows on Mistletoe Row CoverThe last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

Purchase Links – Amazon UK


Author Bio

EPSON scanner imageHaving lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

P1070044This isn’t my first book by Emily Harvale, and I feel like I already have an understanding about her writing style. And this is a the second Christmas novel I read of hers, and like the other one (part of a series), this one had a lot of elements that just made the book so fun to read and so Christmas-y.

Set in a town with an epic name, seriously Mistletoe Row is a epic name for a town in a Christmas novel. Then there is the title that just fits well with the characters, the setting and the mode of the story. And that’s Emily Harvale’s amazing ability. The characters names were also something I loved too.

Speaking of the town, the community and people’s interactions was awesome, fun and just want I was looking for. There was that small town feeling to it that I love so much, and that is always interesting to read because everyone knows everyone and everyone is close to each other (in a good and bad way). It all transported me to that town and I found that to be a very positive thing, because that meant the book was engaging and relatable, and in some ways I wish I could live there, although many of you know I’m from a small town and it’s not as magical as some books make it sound, that’s why I love books like this because it’s an escape.

P1070110The characters were funny and relatable and there was drama and romance, just like any Christmas novel that make us fall in love with the main characters and root for them to resolve all the problems and be happy. Plus, the family relationship and the friendships were dynamic and I specially loved Juliet and Harrison’s relationship because there were a lot of fun (and funny) moments between them.

Overall, it was an amazing Romance novel, full of snow and ice skating all the things I can’t do in my hometown because that’s not our weather. And of course it had that Christmas wonderland feeling with the beautiful descriptions of the romantic moments, the sounds of the life in that town, the colors in all the Christmas Trees and tinkly lights, the smell of the food and the coziness of the warmth of the people and the love story.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a great day and that the weekend was good. Happy December! Now I can’t start reviewing Christmas books without people think I’m weird. And today’s review is of a Christmas novel.

Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat“, written by Angela Britnell, is a Contemporary Romance that will be release tomorrow, 3rd December 2018.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Angela for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat


Blurb

CHRISTMAS AT BLACK CHERRY RETREA _FRONT_RGB150dpiWhat if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas? 
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.

But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


About Author

Angela RONA Award Pub PhotoAngela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

Social Media Links –Facebook | Twitter | Website | Instagram


My Review

P1070043This is my first novel by Angela Britnell, but now my first Christmas book this year, nevertheless, the author give us a sweet Christmas Romance novel, full of cute moments and some scenes that made me think, and of course great characters.

The book follows Fee and Tom. Fee is a photographer and Tom is the owner of Black Cherry Retreat. Well, I have ever been to a retreat before, so I get quite intrigued about books that are located in one, and I was very curious about Tom and Fee’s stories before them met.

P1070111The characters are all quite intriguing. We met new characters as we follow Fee and Tom’s lives and relationship, and although it felt like it was a quick story, and I would have loved to explore more about the characters personalities and lives, especially Fee and Tom’s past, in an overall, it was a cute and entertaining story.

What I liked a lot was the present, the development in the main characters’ relationship. Fee and Tom are both suffering, are both damaged and that’s okay, we are all dealing with things in our lives and it was something I could relate too in a way. The lost of someone important is hard, and seeing how they are dealing with it was a good touch. Plus, it was funny to see their interactions too.

P1070131Then there are the descriptions of the setting and moment in time that made the book sound real, despite the quick development in just a short amount of time, months really. I loved the retreat and I wish I could go there. It made the love story pop and made it like this wonderland. For me at least since I never been to a retreat and I have this dreamy version of that it may look like.

Overall, it was a Christmas romance that start before Christmas and it was the classic tale of opposites attract. A story that made me feel and dream, it was a good start in the holiday celebrations, now that we are in December, and I like it.


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Love,

Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“Ponto Sem Retorno” Review

Olá, meus caros!

Este é o primeiro post que crio neste blog que é em português. Por isso, meus queridos amigos e seguidores porugueses, eis a minha primeira review no blog the um livro de uma autora portuguesa.

Ponto Sem Retorno“, escrito por Gabriela Simões, é o primeiro livro da serie Giselle. E quero agradecer à Gabriela e à editora Edições Vieira da Silva, pela cópia deste livro. Esta review é a minha honesta opinião sobre o livro.


Blurb

P1050526Giselle Levy é meio-bruxa e vive isolada do mundo com o seu avô, escondida do olhar do rei. É cuidadosa e astuta, contudo, numa tentativa de sobreviver, foi apanhada e chantageada por um dos príncipes de Kendrad, Cristian, que promete não a entregar, se ela for trabalhar para o palácio. Num dilema, ela coloca em perigo a sua identidade e passa a trabalhar no palácio, onde terá de lidar com as constantes tentativas de sedução do príncipe Cristian, os misteriosos olhares de príncipe Eli, os encontros escondidos com o seu melhor e único amigo, Rylan, e um rei desumano com segredos obscuros. Giselle vive numa constante incerteza e angústia de ser descoberta, amargurada pelo facto de não poder ser livre, encontra uma misteriosa sala, com um poderoso encantamento que poderá mudar tudo. Assertiva, inteligente e defensiva, irá deparar-se com uma escolha que mudará para sempre a sua vida e a ideia que tem si própria.

Purchase Link – Wook | Bertrand | Amazon

Não te esqueças de adicionar o livro à tua TBR no Goodreads.

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Minha Review

P1070076Li este livro há uns bons meses, mas ainda não tinha sido capaz de escrever a review, pois diversos motivos que não tem a ver com o livro e a minha opinião sobre ele. De qualquer das formas, estou aqui e agora para dar a minha honesta review deste livro.

“Ponto Sem Retorno” é o primeiro livro da serie o que significa que já esperava um ritmo mais complexo, por não conhecer o mundo e as personagens, e algum mistério. E em certo ponto, foi isso que aconteceu. De uma forma geral, o conceito da história está interessante e a fantasia é um género que sempre teve um espaço no meu coração, e por tal motivo, já estava curiosa quanto ao aspeto mágico desta serie.

P1050524Esta história segue a Giselle, que (como podem ler no blurb) é meio-bruxa. Ao ler os primeiros capítulos, havia uma jovialidade e impaciência no tom da voz dela, o que me deu uns arrepios de nostalgia e deja vu. Fez-me lembrar algo que não sei bem o que é… Mas tal não é importante, porque quanto mais lia, mais curiosa ficava sobre o desenvolvimento da Giselle em termos de personalidade e da sua magia.

Durante esta aventura, Giselle conhece diversas pessoas, personagens que tem um papel importante (por mais pequeno ou grande que seja) na sua vida e no mundo. Sim, existe romance, e muitos podem gostar, ou não, da forma com a autora escreveu e descreveu esse elemento na história. Eu fiquei num limbo entre o “gostei” e o “estou curiosa e não sei o que pensar”, o que para mim é algo positivo.

P1060125Quanto às personagens, num geral, todos tinham personalidades e vozes distintas, dando dinamização ao ritmo do livro e fazendo com que as interações fosse visuais. Juntamente com as descrições e o mistério que ficou no ar, o livro tinha fluidez e deixou na minha mente diversas questões (ao longo da história, princípio ao fim) e imagens.

Ainda há muito quanto à magia e ao mundo que quero descobrir, mas tratando-se do primeiro livro da série, sei que ainda irei descobrir mais. Por isso, apesar de achar que ficaria mais satisfeita com o livro e história se tivesse mais contexto e informação, e achar que em certos pontos houve uma rapidez, posso dizer que fiquei curiosa com o que ocorrerá no segundo livro. E esse interesse por ler mais, é  igualmente um ponto positivo.

Em conclusão, gostei do livro, e para um primeiro livro deixou-me curiosa e pensativa. Aplaudo o trabalho árduo da Gabriela Simões por ter escrito esta história e estou pacientemente esperando pelo próximo livro.


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