10 November 2016

Book Review: Winning It All (Hometown Players, #4) by Victoria Denault

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Forever Yours
Published: 6th September 2016
Pages: 352
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance 
Main Characters: Shayne, Sebastian
Date Read: 1st October - 24th October 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
All's fair in love and hockey. . .
As his team's enforcer on the ice, Sebastian Deveau is America's favorite fighting Frenchman. But he's just as likely to get into trouble off the ice--especially when it comes to women.
Shayne Beckford is so over hockey. It ruined her parents' marriage. It spoiled her brother's dreams. And let's not even talk about her college boyfriend . . . So when Sebastian Deveau walks into her brother's gym, she has no idea who he is. All she knows is that he's one gorgeous man with the sexiest accent she's ever heard. And since she never has to see him again, she lets him give her the best orgasm of her life right on top of the gym's dryer.
But Sebastian isn't going to let this one-night stand get away so easily. He fights for what he wants, even if it takes fighting a little dirty . . .

I have pretty much loved this series so when I received a Amazon voucher for my birthday this book was the first one I brought.

Out of all of the covers in this series so far this one is my favourite as it feels more real than the others as well as even though you can't see the guy's face in full I can still say he looks better than any of the other guys that where used and he actually reminds me of Sebastian as well.

I think that if the characters where different I believe it could've been a brilliant book but that wasn't the case and because of that I wasn't able to enjoy this book like I have done with the previous books in this series. When reading most of the other books in this series I always hated to put it down but this time round I didn't want to pick it back up, I just didn't get lost in this book. I didn't believe in the 'romance' for most of this book although there was moments that where enjoyable. I don't think there was much to the actual story it just kind of repeated itself throughout. I liked the ending as I felt there was closure there I just would've preferred if it went into the future to see how they're getting on because her issues can't be changed overnight and only time will tell.

Like I said it was the characters that brought this book down although not all were as bad as each other and for the most part it was mainly one character that that fell on. Shayne was the most annoying female character that I have ever read, in a way I could understand her in some ways with the Daddy issues but for her to say all ice hockey players are cheaters was quite annoying. Not only did she not want to get involved with a hockey player she also didn't want to be friends with anyone who is married/engaged to one which really wound me up. Sebastian was for the most part the best part of this book as he had humour and determination, although I didn't get why he grew to have feeling for someone who treated him the way Shayne did as he came across more shallow than anything else. It was nice to see the couple from the first book to see how they are getting on.

Overall, this book was a bit of a let down but that's not going to stop me from continuing with the rest of this series as hopefully it will go back to the winning formula as the others.

6 November 2016

Books of October

My worst reading month that I've ever had I just haven't had time to read and I can't see that improving this year :(

Here's what I did get through in October:

  • Winning It All (Hometown Players, #4) by Victoria Denault - 3/5
  • To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1) by Lauren Layne - 5/5

And the book of the month goes too...

To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1) 
by Lauren Layne

Synopsis:Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in To Have And To Hold, the first sizzling contemporary romance in Lauren Layne's The Wedding Belles series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride's dream come true...but their own. For fans of Jill Shalvis, Julie James and Rachel Gibson.
Discovering her fiance is a con man moments before they exchange vows devastates LA celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin. With a fresh start in New York and her first Wedding Belles bridal client, things are looking up. Until she meets the uptight businessman who's holding the purse strings...
Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank cheque and be done with his sister Maya's wedding, but micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving that Maya's fiance is a liar. He needs the help of her stunning, sassy wedding planner who he finds both irritating - and undeniably tempting.
Can Seth persuade Brooke to unplan a wedding? And, more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning...is theirs?

Books Received in October 
  
Some of my gift card left over so I couldn't help myself with these books especially once they were on offer.

  
 
A few freebies from Amazon.

  
A few review books that I got that look and sound really good.




What's you book of the month?

7 October 2016

Blog Tour: Book Review & Excerpt: Bedmates (American Royalty, #1) by Nichole Chase

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    We are thrilled to get to bring to you the Review & Excerpt Tour for New York Times Bestselling Author Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES, the first standalone novel in her new American Royalty Series! Be sure to check out all of the stops in this amazing tour and grab your copy of BEDMATES today!
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
   

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My Review:

I was given the chance to review this book and considering Nichole Chase is one of my favourite authors I jumped at the chance.

I'm not the biggest fan of the cover as for me it just doesn't work with the novel. I do like the colours that have been used but I think I would've preferred it in black and white.

As soon as I started reading this book I just new I was going to love it as right from the beginning I was hooked and I stayed hooked until the very end. I liked that it wasn't mainly focused on politics as not being from America I could've easily got confused but thankfully that wasn't the case and even when there was politics involved I understood what was going on. The relationship between Maddie and Jake was great as I loved their interactions between one another and I felt their chemistry was off the charts. One of the things that I loved most about this book was the after effects of being injured in action as I felt it was very delicately done and I even forgot until it was mentioned. I found that I felt so many emotions throughout this book as I would one minute be laughing and in the next moment I was nearly in tears. The ending ended perfectly and has made me eager to read the rest of the series.

I pretty much loved all the characters with a couple of exception but that was because of the way that they treated the other characters. When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure I was going to like Maddie or even Jake but by the end I loved them both. I felt Maddie really grew as a person throughout this book and I found myself routing for her. Jake had a lot of things that he had to get through so there was times when he wasn't the kindest person but I was able to forgive him as I felt that I was able to understand where he was coming from. I loved Jake's sisters and I hope they get their own book as I can't wait to get to know them even better. The people that really stole the show was seeing Sam and Alex from Suddenly Royal with a new addition it was great to have a bit of catch up from them as I felt it tied a few loose ends from the Suddenly Royal series.

Overall, this was an amazing read that had everything that I could've ever wished for I just hope the rest of the series is just as good.


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Excerpt:

“Let me clean up my stuff. We can take my truck.” He stood up with a grimace.
“What?” I looked at him as if he was crazy.
“You need help.” He shrugged. “I’ll help.”
“No, it’s okay. I’ll be fine.” I shook my head a little too hard and my pony tail whipped me in the eye. I grimaced and blinked back tears. “Ow!”
“Here—“ Jake pressed something to my eye. “It’s no big deal. This is what friends do, right?”
“You’re still on probation—“ I snapped and batted away his hand. That’s when I realized he had lifted his shirt to wipe away my tears, exposing a wide expanse of well-muscled abdomen.
“Then I still need to work it off.” He smiled at me and my frown deepened.
I had to stop doing stupid things around Jake Simmon. In fact I just needed to not be around Jake Simmon. Looking at him made my brain leak out my ears. Talking to him left me equally amused and tongue-tied. I couldn’t think straight around the man and he was busy chasing tail all over D.C. Yes, the last thing I needed was to spend more time with Jake while he tried to be my friend. It just muddied the waters.
“No, no, no. I’m fine.” I waved my hands to emphasize my point as if all the no’s hadn’t made it clear.
He reached toward my face again with his shirt. “Stop swatting at me or you’re going to get more dirt in your eyes. Be still, Madeline.”
I froze when he used my whole name. It was rare for anyone to use my full name and when he did, something odd happened in my stomach. He dabbed at my face while I tried to ignore the way my blood pressure rocketed with his proximity.



Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
September 26th
AC BOOK BLOG – Review
The Bookworm Lodge – Excerpt
Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt
BookWorm221 – Review
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
September 27th
BiblioJunkies – Review & Excerpt
Captain Reads A Lot – Excerpt
Julalicious Book Paradise – Review & Excerpt
SBB Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review & Excerpt
Theory of A Dreamer – Review & Excerpt
September 28th
Blog of Books – Review
Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt
September 29th
BFF Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
EskieMama Reads – Excerpt
Fiction Fare – Review
Lea's Book Blog – Review
Melena's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt
TAKE ME AWAY TO A GREAT READ – Review & Excerpt
September 30th
Delish, Devine and All Mine – Review & Excerpt
Readers Retreats – Review & Excerpt
The Accidental Reader – Review & Excerpt
Typical Distractions – Review & Excerpt
October 1st
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt
Fangirls Ahead! – Review
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt
Reads and Thoughts – Review & Excerpt
October 2nd
Addicted to Happily Ever After – Review & Excerpt
I'm Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt
The Pervy Ladies Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
PBC – Review & Excerpt
October 3rd
Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt
Ceres Books World – Review
The Heathers' Blog – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Book Shark – Excerpt
Lustful LIterature – Review
October 4th
FMR Book Grind – Review
My Favorite Things – Review
OMGReads – Review
The Lovely Books – Review
V's Reads – Review
October 5th
Book Binge – Review & Excerpt
A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
Reading Tigress – Review & Excerpt
October 6th
Pretty Sassy Cool – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Toot's Book Reviews – Excerpt
October 7th
The Book Avenue – Review
Cocktails and Books – Excerpt
Girls with Books – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
Kate's Book Life – Review & Excerpt
October 8th
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Amo& Sarah Book Corner – Review & Excerpt
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Excerpt
   
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nichole-chase-headshotAbout Nichole Chase: Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories. Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.      

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2 October 2016

Books of September

Another slow reading month which I'm now starting to think will be the norm for me as I just don't have as much time to read as I used to as on top of work I have birthdays and then the dreaded Christmas.

Here's what I did read in September:

  • Aced (Blocked, #2) by Jennifer Lane - 4/5
  • The Gambler (The Wedding Pact, #3) by Denise Grover Swank - 4.5/5
  • Bedmates (American Royalty, #1) by Nichole Chase - 5/5

And the book of the month goes too...

Bedmates (American Royalty, #1) by Nichole Chase

Synopsis:
From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Books Received in September
  
  
 
It was my Birthday this month and I received an amazon voucher which I just had to spend on some kindle books that I have had my eye on for awhile. What's even better is I still have a bit left over I just need to narrow down my books that I want.

  
A few freebies from Amazon that sound good.

  
 
Some of the review books that I received which all look good.



What's your book of the month?

29 September 2016

Book Review: The Gambler (The Wedding Pact, #3) by Denise Grover Swank

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 1st September 2015
Pages: 345
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Libby, Noah
Date Read: 7th September - 18th September 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
Book three in the USA Today bestselling The Wedding Pact series by Denise Grover Swank 
Libby St. Clair believes in fate—so much so, she’s willing to pin everything on a curse a fortune teller placed on her and her two best friends when they were kids. The curse, that each of them will marry before thirty, have a disaster of a wedding, and end up with a man other than her original fiancé, has come to fruition for both of her friends, who are now deliriously happy. But Libby’s attempt to quick-start the curse by proposing to her wrong-for-her boyfriend ends in a wild dash from the altar. She’s rescued by her friend Noah, the only person who understands her impulsive decisions--because he’s the same way.
Having spent most of his adulthood fleeing responsibility and commitment, Noah McMillan is finally ready to grow up. Of course, figuring out how is still a work in progress. When he realizes he’s in love with Libby, he flies to Kansas City to put a stop to her wedding. But Libby’s already pulled a runaway bride. Eager to cheer her up and prove that he can be the man she deserves, he takes her on a madcap car trip that will bring them all the way to the City of Sin.
In Vegas, those who risk it all either win big or lose everything, so what will happen if Libby and Noah take a gamble on love?

I've had this for a little while now and since I have the spin off book I thought I should finish this series so I can get onto it.

I do like the romantic feel of the cover as well as that it matches the rest of the series which is always a plus in my eyes. What put's me off the cover is that it feels forced as you can tell that things have been photoshopped which I don't like.

I was a bit wary about reading this one as I wasn't the biggest fan of book 2 but thankfully it was nearly as good as the first book so in the end I was very happy with this book. When I first started it I didn't think that I was going to like it as I didn't like how everyone was treating each other. Once I got over all of that it started to pick up rather quickly to the point of not wanting to put it down. What I have loved about this whole series is the humour and this book is no different as I would find myself laughing out loud which I love when a book can do that. As well as the humour there was also a bit of sadness in there which I actually don't mind as I then know how invested in a book I am when I feel everything the characters are feeling. The romance side of the story felt a little rushed and even though I found myself not caring about this in the first book, I just couldn't quite get over it in this book as it felt forced at times. There was some very sweet moments that I loved them together and for the most part it was when they where friends when they where the sweetest but by the end I needed them to be together. The ending was so sweet and fitting for the end of this particular series and even though I will be sad to see them go I'm pleased that there is going to be a spin off series so I do hope to see a glimpse of them just to see how everyone is getting on.

I have always been a huge fan of most of the characters in this series and I was looking forward to getting to know Libby and Noah a bit better and I wasn't disappointed. Libby had been such a strong character in the previous books it was nice to see more sides to her character as she comes across as a selfless and caring person but she also showed a vulnerable side as well. I must admit I was most excited to read more about Noah as he has been one of my favourite character as his humour and the way he treats Libby has always drawn me to him. I also liked seeing his vulnerable side as well as it made him more of a realistic character. My all time favourite character in this series without a doubt has to be Gram she is such a funny character that every time she appears she steals the show and I loved that she was in this book a bit more than the previous book. I was a little bit disappointed with Megan and Josh with the way they acted especially towards Libby and Noah these characters that I loved in the first book just didn't feel like the same characters. Blair was just as annoying in this book as she was her own but right near the end she was able to redeem herself and likewise with Megan and Josh.

Overall, I'm so pleased that this book didn't disappoint me as much as the previous book and now I'm looking forward to staring the spin off series.

20 September 2016

Book Review: Aced (Blocked, #2) by Jennifer Lane

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Psyched Publishing
Published: 2nd December 2015
Pages: 280
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Main Characters: Maddie, Alejandro
Date Read: 30th August - 6th September 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blockeddespite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. InAced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. 
Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled? 
Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches. 
Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.
Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.

I received a review copy from the author Jennifer Lane in exchange for an honest review.

I don't feel as though the cover as got any better since the first book and I would actually go as far as saying it's worse as I just don't like the guy used as he just doesn't scream Alejandro so it doesn't work for me.

I was a bit nervous going into this book even though Jennifer Lane did say that this book wasn't mainly focused on American politics and I should've had more faith as I felt the politics wasn't as heavily involved. There was some politics involved but it felt easier to follow this time around and what I enjoyed was the different opinions and the banter used was a great addition that I was surprised that I even liked as I didn't in the first book and I think that it was because of the banter as it gave it a more light hearted feel to it. Like Blocked, Aced also had some hard hitting issues tackled and again was done in a sensitive way. I liked the way in which depression was tackled in Aced as I don't feel like it's tackled enough in any kind of media so this made a change. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how quickly the relationship evolved and in the beginning I didn't really believe in them as a couple but the further I went into the book the more I warmed to them as a couple and it was refreshing that what normally happens towards the end of a contemporary book never happened which was a huge plus in my eyes. I liked that Aced wasn't predictable towards the end as I never saw what happened towards the end to happen it was the edge of my seat stuff. As for the ending I felt this was a much better ending that Blocked so I was happy about that.

I had mixed feelings about all characters before I started this book but a lot of my opinions changed throughout this book. Maddie I liked in Blocked so I was looking forward to reading her story and I was surprised with how different she seemed in this book compared to Blocked but this wasn't in a bad way as she had a lot to deal with in her past as well as her present. Maddie is such a caring person and I was always rooting for her to get her happy ever after. Alejandro I was a bit nervous about as I didn't really like him in book one and even in the beginning I didn't think that was going to change but in the end I really liked him. I loved that we got to see a bit more of Alejandro's Dad and I was very much surprised at how much I liked him. I was also surprised at how Lucia took a certain thing that happened as I thought she would've been happier than what she was but I felt she was a bit selfish.

Overall, this book was better than the first and now I'm really excited to read Mateo's story.