Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“Intimate Strangers” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! I have some reviews to share with you guys today. Enjoy!

The first book I have a review of is part of a series, which book three is part of a blog tour on the 21st February. Stay tune for that blog tour.

Intimate Strangers“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the first book in the Lisa Millar Series, published on September 13th 2019 by Drama Llama Publishing.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lasairiona E. McMaster for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

48136191._SY475_Is there such a thing as too perfect? Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did. Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life. In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for. How well can you truly know someone you meet online? Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear?

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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My Review

This was the first book I have ever read of this author and I was quite intrigued about the story after reading the synopsis, although I was still surprised at some scenes, that I will talk about in a second.

I did enjoy the story, and I enjoyed it more because I had the second and third books to read immediately after. There was a lot of emotions that I went through, from frustration to sympathy, from understanding to surprise. Some made me that an one minute break, so I could filter my thoughts and emotions and go back with a clearer head. Others were just part of the connecting with the story.

As someone that hasn’t been dating, a while back when I was in my teens, I did contemplate the online dating scene, but I felt awkward just thinking about it an gave up on the idea. Anyway, when I say that in the synopsis, I was very curious to know how they have met. And it kind of made sense, because it was thanks to friends in common and not just someone random.

This story follows Lisa Millar, and although the story is written in the third person, we get to see Lisa’s thoughts. And that was something that made me laugh at first. But, as I read more of this book I go used to it and it was a good way to truly understand her and her reasoning.

Then there is AJ. I’m writing this review after having read all three books, and thinking back to book one, I do see some things that could have led me to understand his personality. But since it was book one, I didn’t see it until book two. Nevertheless, that doesn’t matter for book one. AJ was just a fun character, and to be honest I like him and Jeremy more than I like Lisa.

P1070716Although things were a bit on the same pace and I had no idea what it would happen except that things had to go wrong at some point, because that’s life… Despite that feeling, I was not excepting things to unfold that way. Actually, there were a lot of moments and revelations that I wasn’t expecting.

I do have to say, at some points in the story, Lisa frustrated me. I just couldn’t deal with her any longer and had to stop reading for a second just to take a deep breath. Let me explain (without spoilers) why I felt that way. In those moments in book one, Lisa felt immature to me. And she and I don’t have a big age difference, still I had to take that second because I couldn’t believe she was acting without thinking.

Then, while I was thinking about what I had read before I continued the story, I remembered that I know some people that would react the exact same way she did. And thinking about that, made me find a way to connect with her. That had been my problem at first, and once I had that new perspective I went back to the book and I could see her actions in a different way.

Still, I know she’s the main character, but I still don’t love her. But after reading all three books I can now say I empathize a lot more than when I read book one. And I love that!

You may be asking at this point why I loved that. Sometimes we don’t like the main character, it has happened to me before with one of my favorite series. That doesn’t mean I won’t understand her and enjoy her story. I did enjoy all the cute moments, all the friendship and text messages, all the drama and revelation. And since this was the first book in a series, I knew Lisa was going to grow.

Lisa is young and love is crazy. Emotions sometimes get the best of us, and once I got that through my mind, I enjoyed the story a lot more, despite the immature and her “act first, think later” moments. Actually, I ended up laughing and feeling empathy, and the frustration disappeared. So, to me, the fact that the book made me feel, think and take a step back and let the storm calm down, is a good thing.

It is a NA romance novel, and I haven’t read that many NA books. It was quite a journey and at the end of the book, I found myself grabbing the second novel. If I hadn’t enjoy the story, believe me, I wouldn’t have jumped into the next one.

Also, all the traveling was just mind blowing and I’m so happy the author didn’t say numbers, because I saw the prices for a plain ticket from Portugal to the USA, can’t even imagine how much the characters spend on traveling back and forwards, but I don’t even care. I decided to focus on the characters and their relationships.

I wanted to know more, not only about AJ because I know there was a lot more to uncover in his life, but also, I wanted to see how Lisa’s development was going to be and what other dramas was going to happen in their lives.

Do I recommend the book? If you like NA novels, and if you like emotional books with lot’s of dramatic moments and twists… then this is for you. I do have to say, give the all series a chance because to me this first book is just a beginning and the characters do develop and change as the story goes.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“An Artisan Lovestyle” Review

Hello Friends!

As some of you may know, I’m on vacations and it’s been a good vacation so far. Today, for some reason I slept a lot more than I would have liked and I was planing on going for a walk this morning, which ended up confusing my mind and messing up my schedule. Vacations can be weird…

Nevertheless, I’m here to give you guys a review of one of the books I read this weekend, “An Artisan Lovestyle“, the second book of Kiltie Jackson‘s The Lovestyle Series.

You may remember the post I did for the cover reveal of this book. And now I can happily give you guys my thoughts about it. So, Thank you Kiltie Jackson and Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, for the eCopy of this book, in exchange for an honest review, and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.

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Blurb

An Artisan Lovestyle - Hi-resAre you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree 
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38


Author Bio

An Artisan Lovestyle Head Shot PiccieKiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland. This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.  Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

36180515Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017. She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series. Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:

  • “I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
  • “Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
  • “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook |Twitter


My Review

P1050944.JPGI have never read Kiltie’s first book, this is the first book I read of hers and I’m don’t even mind, because even thought it’s the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. And the only problem I got was that I wanted to read “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle“.

When I read the blurb my first thought was that this was an unique take on the second chance in life and the all Death aspect of a book with some paranormal components. Plus I have never read anything like that and I was curious. Once I saw the cover I had this feeling that I was going to read a memoir or was listen to my grandma talk about her past while we were looking at photos.

Let me explain what I mean by that, when I was child my grandparents would tell me about their lives, about how their life went because of their decisions, how they learn about life from their mistakes and by trying to follow what they thought as right, how they grow up. That’s what felt like while a was reading this book. In some ways it was like reading how people learn, change, grab every opportunity and try and do their best and live their lives the best they can.

P1050980.JPGAs I kept reading, I would see Danny and Elsa just grab that new chance to live again. The way Kiltie wrote her characters made me connect with them, I felt like Danny and Elsa were part of my family and I was listening about their life-story and seeing them go through the motions of life, seeing them seize every opportunity and learning about letting go and begging to live again. I was rooting for them to succeed in accomplish their goals and the tasks. I was patiently waiting to see them happy because I knew they deserved it.

Even though the paranormal feel and the succeed in fulfilling their quests/tasks was quite unique, the romance was warming, the development of the characters felt real and the wonderful storytelling made the book so much intriguing, eye-opening and just fun to read.

The characters were fun and there were a lot of funny moments, especially when they involved Death, because I was not expecting that. From the very first few pages, I know I would be laughing and having fun. The balance between all the aspects in the book gave the characters a good setting and it made the plot light.

Kiltie was able not only to create and give voice to amazing character that we end up feeling connected to, but she was also able to write characters that we end up loving to hate. And we all know that we have to have those characters in books sometimes because they make the journey of reading so much richer.

P1050981The book talks about a lot of aspects. It’s about life, second chances, living with all the problems that the waves of life bring us. It’s about loss and coming to terms with that new reality, and I can connect with that. It’s about finding ourselves again and becoming the best version of ourselves. It’s about never giving up and keep fighting and grabbing every new chance we get. And everything, like a good memoir, or a good day spent with your family listening to old stories, it gives you a lot to think about. But that’s life!

An Artisan Lovestyle” is a warm, funny and very well-written book that I definitely recommend to my friends, family and followers.


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P1050340Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

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“The Guilt of a Sparrow” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this beautiful Sunday. A good day to go out and read a book outside.

Like I said in my Current Read post, this weekend I read Jess B. Moore‘s book “The Guilt of a Sparrow” and my last thought was “WOW”. That’s it. I’m still a bit mind blown. I loved the book a lot.

Thank you Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jess B. Moore for the book and a chance to give my honest review in exchange.

Before I show you guys my review (and I’m so excited about that), let me tell you about Jess and her book.

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Author Bio

fullsizeoutput_b4aaJess B Moore is a writer of love stories.  When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family.  She takes too many pictures of her cat, thinking the Internet loves him as much as she does.  She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love.  Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and will be available later in 2018.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Blurb

TheGuiltofaSparrow_coverMagnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.

A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/guiltsparrow 


My Review

P1050965I don’t even know where to beginning with this review. I started the book knowing I would probably love it because it sound like the kind of book I love to read on a Friday night, in bed, with a cup of tea. From the blurb I know it would be a cute romance with some funny moments, strong family ties and just two people trying to figure out their lives. At least that’s what I hoped the book would be like. And I wasn’t wrong.

First of all, I loved it. From the moment we start reading about Maggie and her view of things, as we keep reading about her life and about the people in town (Dom and her friends)… From the moment we met Cotton from Maggie’s point of view to the first chapter in his point of view… I know I was in big trouble.

I found myself so focus in the book that if it wasn’t for my family, my cat and my body (hungry and tired), I wouldn’t have stopped so many times while reading this book.

P1050961First of all, loved every single name. So much fun in them! Magnolia and Cotton… So different from the usual names out there.

In some ways I could relate to Maggie and my heart goes out to her. For one, I’m 24 (will be in October, anyways), plus all the dating thing eludes me. Then again, I haven’t been on that many dates. Maybe none… I don’t know. Anyway, the fact that she is just figuring things out is something that I think we all can relate to.

Then there is Cotton. Even though he seems like he has a temper that could make him a danger, he’s such a teddybear. I must admit, I was starting to get mad at him at some point, but then he would do or think something sweet and there goes my heart.

P1050962It was a cute romance of two people that love each other. About families, about friendship and about taking care of ourselves for once, instead of just think about all the others. Because seriously, We have to take care of ourselves or we may loose who we really are in the process.

Alyssa and her decision to help out Maggie, reminds me of a conversation I had with one of my best friends, and that made me laugh. It was funny to me. And Dom was just a sweetheart and a good friend.

Overall, I loved it and I just have one thing in my mind: Can Jess B. Moore write about the other MacKenna brothers? Because I think Dom needs a chance in love too.

Do I recommend this book? That’s not even a question people should ask, because they should already be buying the book and starting to read it.


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P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“When Broken Hearts Meet” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Tuesday. I was finally able to sleep better than in the past few days and I’m getting back on track with reading and writing. I have so many plans for July. What are your plans for this month? Let me know in the comments.

Now, back to the really reason I’m posting. Last month I got a message from Arushi Vats about the possibility of reading and review her book. So she sent me her book in exchange for an honest review, and here I am, finally getting that review posted.

When Broken Hearts Meet” is the name of the book and here is the blurb:

P1050934Avanti meets Suhaas. They become friends. Avanti is a conflicted girl, shattered in the tussle between her past and present and Suhaas is the typical prince charming who has two sides, one which he keeps to himself and the other which he shows to everyone. As their story proceeds ahead, both of them begin to feel affinity for each other. But deep in the realms of their hearts dwells chaos that occurs because of their past relationships. Avanti and Suhaas’s friends make efforts to unite them as they know that they love each other. Eventually, it’s up to Suhaas if he will confess his love or not but the important question arises here is, will Avanti find the courage to leave behind her tumultuous past and embrace her love story?


My Review:

P1050936When Broken Hearts Meet” is a small but very emotional book about the journey of two people, two hearts (in a sense), while they try to go on with their lives after having their hearts broken. It’s about friendship, love, sadness, and healing.

The book’s storyline follows Avanti, and personally I could connect with her in some aspects. She has insecurities, fears, and she’s haunted by her past. And I can relate to all of that. Then there is Suhaas with is charming personality, and sometimes weird or funny moments.

20180616_104439As we read the book and discover more and more about Avanti and Suhaas, I get to learn more and feel like I’m also starting a friendship with them and their friends. Like I’m part of the book. Which is a bit weird since the names of the characters are so different from what I’m used to, but I loved that too.

The flow of the book was good, it was easy to read page after page, it was simple, emotional, with some unexpected twists and all the descriptions, thoughts and feeling were clear to me and just helped with giving the plot a stronger impact.

Sometimes, personally, I felt the characters were like teenagers with all the craziness, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, I did. They even made me laugh and feel all emotional thinking about other things in my life and past. And then a moment happen, a description appears, a feeling is coming across with a powerful punch… I would forget the other moments and keep enjoying the story.

P1050924I liked the story. It was different. I don’t think I have read many books without a structure that was chapter, chapter, chapter… So the way the book was written was refreshing for me.

And is you enjoy a sweet romance about people trying to figure out their lives and just trying to get going struggling with their demons, and with a great ending, then go for it and read this book.

You can also find this review on my Goodreads Page.


P1050327Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

TBR

July TBR

Hello friends!

Yesterday I completely forgot to post my TBR for this month. So, here it is. Some of the books I’m reading as part of Blog Tours, others are just because I want. Anyway, I’m excited about every single book.


The Guilt of a Sparrow

39803203Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.


Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business - EbookHe loved being him… he got away with murder.

She loved being her… until she met him.

The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face.

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables and make him suffer.  A woman unafraid of death is a dangerous thing. Has David finally met his match?


An Artisan Lovestyle

An Artisan Lovestyle - Hi-resAre you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…


Sylvester

Sylvester_Georgette HeyerA highly amusing and wonderfully romantic comedy of errors set in Heyer’s lovingly detailed Regency England.

Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue-tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home.

They meet again on the road to London, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could be well deep in another…

A typically wonderful historical novel, Sylvester shows once more why Georgette Heyer is the undisputed queen of the genre she created – the Regency romance.


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“The sound of the man’s screams changed pitch and Doctor Perry looked up from his notes. Ah, the cranium was shrinking…”

Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Doctor Perry reassures his elderly patients he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

 


An Oriental Murder

39930193.jpgThe Pera Palas hotel in Istanbul, Turkey plays host to the Agatha Christie Writers’ Congress when real life imitates fiction. The bodies of the Prime Minister and his occasional mistress are found dead in one of the hotel’s locked rooms surrounded by bodyguards. Seemingly, no one could get in or out, and yet…

Inspector Sinan Kaya is convinced that foreign agents are culpable, and that the murders are linked to the recent spate of killings of Turkish government officials.

Within this complicated, crime riddled city, Sinan Kaya’s moral compass never falters. Not concerned with threats of dismissal from the force, he cuts his own path through the investigation, determined to uncover the truth.

An Oriental Murder is a tale of espionage and murder set against the backdrop of beautiful Istanbul, the ancient city where east and west meet.


Forgive Me Not

Forgive Me Not 2How far would you go to make amends?

When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.

But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.

Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…

Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.


Unshackled

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A rich girl sick of doing her stepdad’s bidding. A young woman submitting to the same man for financial security. Can they escape his sadistic clutches and finally find true love?

22-year-old Abi Taylor is sick of being used as a puppet by her overbearing, money-hungry stepfather. Wealthy life or not, she wants out—the only question is how? But then her stepfather’s latest fiancée Emma shows up and Abi’s life is turned on its head.

She is inexplicably drawn to Emma. Their fierce attraction leaves her confused and vulnerable, but she soon realizes it’s the least of her problems as she is pulled into her stepfather’s corrupt and sadistic world where betrayal is rife, family means nothing, and sex is everything. Abi knows she needs to escape the man who controls her every move, but can she break free and keep it all—the money, her freedom and the girl?


Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

35336473.jpgBarnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.


Oh Crumbs

39850613.jpgSometimes life just takes the biscuit…

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag.

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.


The Invisible Case

170804_8bf44fa58bd54970b6c9b676103c4855~mv2_d_1600_2400_s_2.jpgIt’s Easter 1970 in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, and for one family in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay the first Easter of a new decade brings a shocking tragedy. Amateur sleuth and professional librarian, Janie Juke, is settling into motherhood and some quality time with her family. When her Aunt Jessica is due back from Rome after nine years travelling around Europe, she arrives back in town with a new Italian friend, Luigi, and the whole family soon get embroiled in a tangle of mystery and suspicion, with death and passion at the heart of the story.

As time runs out on Luigi as prime suspect for murder, Janie has to use all of her powers of deduction in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot, to uncover the facts. Why did Luigi come to Tamarisk Bay? What is the truth about his family?

As Luigi’s story unfolds, tragedy seems to haunt the past, present and unless Janie acts fast, possibly what is yet to come.


The Daughter of River Valley

40550148.jpgCornwall, 1861

Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive…

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?


Sincerely, Me

1169072251.jpgSincerely, Me is a collection of poetry that is derived from the mind of an anxiety filled young woman who wants nothing more than to express herself in a creative way. This book is a journey through the mind as you will encounter hardships, mistakes, love and broken hearts as you read through the pages of Sincerely, Me.

This is the second book in a three part series of poetry and yet again, another story to be told. Though these pages, I hope you become empowered, loved and feel more than just a walking statue, just waiting to break free from your already crumbling structure. Build yourself up and never believe you’re anything less than the beautiful swan.


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Three college juniors. A swim team. A manipulative coach. Unexpected life circumstances. A girl struggling with her sexuality. A story that you will not forget.

Angels Can’t Swim is a novella that captures so many elements of the life of a student-athlete, from mental health to sexuality to relationships. While partially a story about swimming, it is also the story of finding yourself, finding your voice, and figuring out who you want to be. Focusing on college students and those around them but dealing with issues that cross the lifespan, readers from young adult all the way up will all enjoy this book and find something in one of the characters that sounds a little bit like them.


P1050327Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Contemporary Romance

“The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Two” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s time to talk about another fun book I read this past week, “The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Two: Summer Secrets“, by Emily Harvale. You may remember this me talking about the first part of this series, “New Beginnings“, and you can check that review out here.

Now I’m here with the second book and the story keeps developing more, but I will talk a bit about that in my review, in a moment.

Once again I’m a part of a blog tour that Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources did. And Thank you Rachel and Emily for the book I got in exchange for an honest review.

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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


Blurb:

Lily Pond Lane SUMMER-NEW_MAY18 - Summer SecretsEscape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DDL5KCR


My Review:

Summer Secrets” is the second part on this series and we keep following Mia’s new life in the intriguing village od Little Pondale.

All the things I loved about the second book, the friendship and the interactions between the characters, the mystery and all the secrets, the gossiping, the fun and light tone of the book, all the single men, the plot, and the humor… It’s still here in “Summer Secrets“.

P1050949The storyline keeps getting better with each moment that passes. Love is in the air more that in the first book, Mia’s mom is here, and the book kept me interesting with the colorful writing (and covers) and even attitude of it’s characters.

We are still discovering aunt Matilda’s secrets. To me she’s this mystery that I don’t know if I want to figure out. I like that there is that enigma of “Who is Aunt Mattie? Who is she really?” from the very beginning of the series. And because most secrets are still in the closet, and even when we talk one out, there are still more inside, I kept wanting to read more.

Plus, the characters are the best. The way the plot continues to roll, relationships are formed, and a lot of funny moments happen. It’s like one of the novellas my grandma used to watch, unbelievable things happen between the characters. Unbelievable because of the funny and entertaining aspect of the scenes, not because it was unexpected.

So, I applaud Emily for that brilliant job in keeping things interesting and fresh.

I recommend this book, but don’t forget to read it in order if you want to get the full experience.


The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane-Part Three: Autumn leaves

Thank goodness I get to read the third part of this series because I get getting curious with each part I read. To those that are curious too, here is the blurb and the cover of Part Three of “The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane”.

Lily Pond Lane AUTUMN-9 Jun-NEWEscape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Three of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial.

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

Purchase Link –  http://newbook.at/LilyPondAutumn


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that are part of this blog tour.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“One Summer Weekend” Review

Hello Friends,

Once again I’m part of a blog tour hosted by Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources. This time about “One Summer Weekend“, by Juliet Archer.

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Before my review, here is the blurb:

ONE SUMMER WEEKEND_FRONT_RGB_150dpiOne summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …

Purchase from Amazon UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Summer-Weekend-Juliet-Archer-ebook/dp/B07CN62S1H/


Author Bio:

Juliet Archer 2Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones.

Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.

Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.


And here is a little something to celebrate this blog tour and author

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Now, my review!

This was the first Juliet Archer’s book I have ever read and I quite enjoyed it.

P1050909The book starts with the first meeting between executive coach Alicia Marlowe and Jack Smith, her new client. Alicia is completely dedicated to her job and from the very beginning is well aware that this job is going to be a hard one. And I must say that I don’t know much about the world of a executive coach, but I found the concept of the it all quite intriguing.

But things are not mainly about the coaching, it’s also about the chemistry between Jack and Alicia.  However, Alicia and Jack’s interactions and relationship’s development was fun to read. I loved seeing Alicia’s and Jack’s development as the relationship began to grow, it made the story a lot relatable and real. And when we get to the weekend… That was amazing and I just got pulled in more.

The descriptions and the way the author writes just made everything much more visual and it made it possible for me to enjoy the book and see all the colors and images in my mind. That, plus the fast pace in the storyline played with my emotions and I liked getting to know the characters and learning about their pasts and thought as I read the book.

P1050726Since I’m from Portugal and I haven’t traveled that much, I love reading about other places and reading is the best because it makes it possible for me to just “travel” (in my mind) and have fun in an adventure. When the place I’m reading about truly exists, I always do a Google search and try to learn more about that place, and that’s what I did with this book. I had never heard of this Lake District before, so I was curious because it sound so lovely, and after my search, I’m even curious.

It was beautiful, more than I had imagine. I can see why Juliet would use that setting for her book, it really helps creating the perfect atmosphere that the storyline needs to get things moving.

P1050910One Summer Weekend” is a wonderful story that truly get us to this weekend moment and is a fantastic read for Summer time. Actually, I recommend it for a relaxing day on the beach, or at home, wherever you like to read.

You can also read this review on Goodreads.

Thank you Juliet and Rachel for this book and the opportunity to read and give my honest review of this book as part of the blog tour.

And don’t forget to follow Juliet Archer’s Facebook and Twitter pages to get news about new books.

Also… Don’t forget to check out all the other blogs that are a part of this blog tour.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Current Read · Recommendations · TBR

April TBR

Hello friends,

I decided to write a post about the books in my TBR for this month, but I may read more than those I have planned. This month I’m planning on reading all the books that I got in exchange for a honest review. So they are all ebooks.

I have already read and reviewed some, but here are those that I haven’t read.


Jina S. Bazzar

Heir of ashes

P1050223This is my current read and hopefully I will have it finish and reviewed tomorrow night, and here is the blurb:

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp. By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers. She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

 

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR TBR.


Virginia Heath

A Warrinero Seduce Her

P1050244This is the 4th book in The Wild Warriners series, and I’m in love with this series. So of course I was damn happy that Virginia sent me a ARC so I could read the book and review it. Here is the blurb:

A sensible schoolmistress…

Awakened by the notorious rake!

In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years—and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously to life, yet no matter his allure, she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel, or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye?

 

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR.

And don’t forget to check out my reviews for the other books:


Regina Morris

Enduring Service

18359828This is the third book in The Colony Series, and I’ve very intrigued by this series so I hope I can read all the other books in the future. Here is the blurb:

Colony Agent Sulie Metcalf, the President’s private physician, has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years. She refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her feelings are unrequited by her human boss, Jonathan Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memories of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life are about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it’s too late?

Dixon has decided to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When Sulie is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?

 

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR.


Evan Hirson

Eternity’s Echoes

P1050217This is the first book in Shade Master Series, and here is the blurb:

Aaron was a promising software designer with an upcoming company. He shared a quaint house on the outskirts of town with his best friends; another young man and two girls.
They’d known each other since school, and lived together peacefully for years with few problems.
Travis the newcomer however had a dark way about him, and all of Aaron’s attempts to get along with him had failed.
But just as the household began to settle down again, a strange device with a peculiar attitude entered their lives.
Would it fulfill all of their dreams, or instead become a curse?

 

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR.


Natalie Kleinman

The Ghost of Glendale

Ghost-WEB-cvr TGoG (146 KB)This is the first book I’m reading of Natalie Kleinman, and here is the blurb:

At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met.

Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.

 

You can add the book to your Amazon Wish List.


Rosie Boyes

Clemmie’s War

P1050245This will be my first book of Rosie Boyes, here is the blurb:

How did ten-year-old Clemmie Beaumont die? That was the question on everyone’s lips when Clemmie woke with amnesia at Chalk House, an enchanting home for dead children.

However, her arrival set off a chain of events which threatened the lives of the people and creatures she met. So, when her memory returned, she hatched a plan to wage war on those who killed her. Yet, one thing stopped her. Time itself.

Follow Clemmie as she travelled seventy-five years in the past to stop a time-rift. Did she summon the courage to face her nemesis? And most importantly, did she make it back home in time for lunch? Only time, and toffees, will tell.

 

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR.


Sacha de Black

Keepers

P1050222This is the first book in The Eden East Series, here is the blurb:

Saving 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.

 

You can add the books to your Goodreads TBR.


 

20171231_183828Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Reviews · The book Robin Hood · YA

“Just For A While” Review

Hello friends,

A couple weeks ago I got an email from Zoe requesting a review. I was intrigued by the blurb and of course I accepted and here are my thoughts about the book.

P1050240But before that, here is the blurb:

Charlotte Harrington is capable of love, but the feelings of love, of letting anyone close to her, scare her.

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte’s life turns brusquely when her mother sends her away to spend the summer before college with her father—a man she knows nothing about and cares even less for. Thus, forced by a promise she made to her mom, and having secretly thrown her future away, Charlie finds herself stuck for an indefinite time in the coastal town of Rosetown. Raised by a single mother, Charlotte grew up to be an independent, suspicious, and lonely girl. To make matters worse, she is stubborn to the bone. Moving in with Daniel proves to be a challenge for both of them, as he will try his best to get to know her, and she will systematically undo his every attempt.

 

When Misha Breckenridge literally bumps into her life, along with his mesmerizing black eyes and his challenging ways, Charlotte finds herself stepping in quicksand. Despite her attempts to keep him —and every other person, for that matter—at a safe distance, Misha will soon find his way into her heart, making her lower her guard and open her long-closed heart to love.

As the summer unfolds, Rosetown and its memorable inhabitants inevitably start to grow on Charlotte. But, will she ever manage to forgive Daniel for walking out on her and her mother? Will she be able to let him into her heart and her life?

“Just For A While” is Zøe Haslie’s debut novel, a tale of love, friendship, struggling family relationships and, above all, forgiveness.

 

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR so you can check it out in the future.


 

 

Sem TítuloJust For a While” was one of those books that just made my heart and soul get emotional. It was bittersweet at some points and heartwarming in others, but it was definitely hopeful.

 

I  loved how Zoe, the author, wrote the all story because I could visualize it and I could understand the characters with every moment and with each page I read. And it certainly made me emotional right from the very beginning.

 

I found myself connecting with all the characters. I was feeling Charlotte’s pain and I was so rooting for her to find herself again and I got even more excited as soon as she saw all the art materials. I had my fingers crossed waiting for Charlie and Daniel to form a father/daughter relationship and just thinking about my dad too. I was laughing with Anna because she reminded me of my aunt. I was loving Misha because of how kind he was and how he always thought of his sister. I befriend Olivia at the same time Charlotte did and found myself getting protective of her but at the same time thinking about slapping her too, then hugging her.

 

Charlotte is an artist and even though I’m not very artistic, I love to just stare at painting and just feel and not really think about life. I could relate to her because I’m a writer and we both create things from our hearts. Plus, my mom is everything to me too, she’s the one person I know will always support me.

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I can also relate to Misha, I didn’t go to the University I wanted, to study Anthropology, because my family needed me. Thankfully the next year I applied to the local College in Leiria and I’m now on my last year. I’m the oldest, I’m the big sister to a 16year old teenage boy, so I’m very protective of him.

 

Those are just some reasons I could connect to them.

 

 

I was expecting more, I didn’t want the book to end. I wanted to know that would happen to Olivia, I wanted to know about Charlotte and Misha’s future… But that’s the thing, when a book just clicks in our hearts, it makes us invested in the storyline and in the characters, and we don’t want it to end. That’s not a bad thing, it’s actually a good thing.

This book touched a lot of topics, like cancer, disconnected families, teen pregnancy, depression, bipolar disorders, and of course love, friendship, trust, loss and finding ourselves. So, this book ended up making me think a lot.

 

 

It was a 5* read to me and I totally recommend it.5-stars

 

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Don’t forget to follow Zoe Haslie in her social media accounts.

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I got this book because of the Book Robin Hoods community (you can find some information about it on my post: The Book Robin Hoods: Author-Reader Connection).

You can also find this review on my Goodreads page,

 

Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

New Releases

Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

Hello friends,Sem Título

It seems that 2018 is a year full of amazing books being release. Not only are new books from series we love are being released, but new standalone books and new intriguing series are being published.

Today I decided to do a post about some of the books that will be release this year and that I’m most excited about. If you know of other books that I didn’t talk about here, you can send me a message or comment, so I can add those books to my TBR.

 


Losing Leah“, by Tiffany King34499232

Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: March 20th

Blurb:

Some bonds can’t be broken.

Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.

Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.

As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Tiffany King and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter


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The Room on Rue Amélie“, by Kristin Harmel.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: March 27th

Blurb:

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Add the book to your TBR on Goodreads if you found it interesting.

And find more about Kristin Harmel and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride“, by Jenni Fletcher

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 1st

Blurb:

“Marry me… and you’ll have your freedom.”

Her father’s will dictates Violet Harper must wed or be disinherited—yet she’d rather face the wilderness of the wintry Yorkshire moors than be bound to cynical, damaged soldier Captain Lance Amberton. Lance promises a marriage of convenience that will grant Violet her independence. In exchange, she must put her faith in Lance and see beyond his gruff exterior to the man beneath…

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And find more about Jenni Fletcher and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Ash Princess“, by Laura Sebastian

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: April 24th

Blurb:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

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And find more about Laura Sebastian and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Sky in the Deep“, by Adrienne Young

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: April 24th

Blurb:

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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And find more about Adrienne Young and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May

Blurb:

Love or family…

How can she choose between them?

Lady Cecily Beauchamp has always put her family first. Until she falls under the spell of the mysterious Zachary Gray—a man of Romany descent. Knowing her family will forbid their match, Cecily steels herself to do her duty and marry someone else. Only she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Zach as the spark between them ignites a passion neither can deny!

If you found it interesting you should read the other Beauchamp Betrothals Series while you wait for this one, which is the third book in the series.

And find more about Janice Preston and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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A Warriner to Seduce Her“, by Virginia Heath

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May 1st

Blurb:

A sensible schoolmistress…

Awakened by the notorious rake!

In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years—and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously to life, yet no matter his allure, she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel, or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye?

If you found it interesting you should read the other Wild Warriners Series while you wait for this one, which is the 4th book in the series.

And find more about Virginia Heath and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: May 22nd

Blurb:

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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And find more about Claire Legrand and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 12th

Blurb:

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment—taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back—even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…

If you found it interesting you should read the other Psy-Changeling Series while you wait for this one, which is the 2nd book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series.

And find more about Nalini Singh and her books by checking out her social media accounts and Website.

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Remember… Those are just some books in my TBR list that will be out this year.

So, let me know what books are you excited about that are being release this year so I can go check them out and also add them to my list.

cropped-screenshot-2018-1-20-jc3a9ssicaf09f9396-jessbookishlife-e280a2-fotos-e-vc3addeos-do-instagram-2.pngDon’t forget that if you have any book recommendation, either from books already published or books release this year, you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book, published or ARC, you can go check out my Request Review page.

Books and recommendations are always welcomed.

Love,

Jess