28 November 2015

Book Review: The Final Move (Hometown Players, #3) by Victoria Denault

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Forever Yours
Published: 8th December 2015
Pages: 288
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance
Main Characters: Callie, Devin
Date Read: 14th November - 17th November 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Hockey legend Devin Garrison thought he blew his shot. But his relationship with Callie Caplan just went into overtime.
Sexy, rich, and one of the biggest stars in the NHL, Devin Garrison has always been the one who had it all. That is until his marriage falls apart and he realizes he has to start over. If he's honest, there has only been one woman who ever really excited him-Callie Caplan. They shared a night that was hotter than the late-summer sun, but in an instant-Callie was gone, pretending it never happened.
Callie Caplan isn't the wild child people think she is. It's true she's avoided relationships, but only because she's seen how crazy love can be. And her messy, imperfect life is crazy enough without opening her heart to a man-even one as picture perfect as Devin. But when fate brings them back together-just as they need each other most-Devin is determined to convince Callie that what she's feeling is real. And this final play may be their chance at forever . . .

I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think out of this series this cover is my favourite as it looks more dramatic with the use of colour it really does make me want to pick this book up.

I was a bit nervous going into this book as the previous book was no were near as good as the first one so I was scared that this one was going to be even worse than the second book but thankfully this was just as good maybe even better than the first. From the moment I picked it up to the very last page I was hooked, I just loved every single minute of reading this book. I haven't had much time to read this month yet I was still able to get through this one quickly as it was an easy and quick read. What I loved the most about this book was the romance and the way it built up through out the story, it wasn't like they fell in love straight away and I think it was because they where friends/family before they where together. The ice hockey was a great addition to the story, there may have only been a bit of it in the story but I still loved it. As for the ending I loved it as everything was cleared up and I felt like it was the right ending for Devin and Callie.

With this book being a part of a series I feel like we have gotten to know all of the characters well. Even though we have met the two main characters I feel like we actually didn't know them at all. Callie has so many different levels to her character and I loved seeing all these different sides to her as it made her feel real. Devin is one of the ones that hasn't really had much of a presence in this series but boy do you feel his presence in this book which has made him my favourite brother. I loved seeing more from each of the previous main characters as it was nice to see where they are now.

Overall, it was an amazing end to a brilliant series and I can't wait to read a new series from Victoria Denault.

25 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Built by Jay Crownover

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Built (Saints of Denver, #1) by Jay Crownover
Expected Publication: 5th January 2016

Synopsis:From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.
Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.
But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.

I've only read Rule by Jay Crownover but it made such an impact that I will always gravitate towards her books, plus this sounds really good I'm so excited.

What are you waiting on? 

18 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Inflict by Cora Carmack

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Inflict (The Muse, #2) by Cora Carmack
Expected Publication: January 2016

Synopsis:Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain...For a chance at love, he gave up his life. 
History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She willcome. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death.
Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible.
To be made whole, all must first be lost.

I really enjoyed book one in this series so I'm really excited to see what is going to happen next, and after that synopsis I'm already biting my nails.

What are you waiting on?

15 November 2015

Book Review: Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) by Kristen Ashley

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 4th March 2011
Pages: 398
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Indy, Lee, Ally, 
Date Read: 3rd November - 14th November 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Indy Savage, cop's daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy's employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he's interested, Indy's decided she's not. But she can't seem to keep Lee out of her life when she's repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she's finding dead bodies). 
Indy's best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee's challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

I've had this book sitting on my kindle shelf since the beginning of the year and I don't know why it took me so long to get to it as it was a really good read.

Before reading Rock Chick I wasn't a fan of the of the cover but after reading it I have now started to appreciate the cover. I now understand why all those little pictures where used as they are all instrumental to the story. I do love the colour used and looking at the rest of the series they all have different colours for each of them so you can differentiate them but still know they are in the same series.

When I first started Rock Chick I did find myself going back through previous pages as I felt a bit confused so I wanted to see if I had missed anything which sometimes I had missed something but then other times I hadn't so I felt even more confused. I felt there was a part of the story that didn't need to be mentioned which is one of the locked doors as you never find out what was behind that closed door which annoyed me a bit as I feel like I need to know. There was always something happening in this book so there was never a dull moment I just felt some of those moments where repeated throughout so I felt it wasn't always needed. The romance side of the story was so good I loved the lead up to them getting together but I do feel like there was parts that was glossed over. I loved the ending so much so it left me wanting more and making me rather excited about reading the rest of the series and even though it won't be Indy and Lee's story I have a feeling we will be seeing more from them.

There was so many characters in this book that I adored and I hope they will all get their own story. Indy was such a fun character who never took anything lying down and she was such a firecracker. Lee was also a great character although he was very dominant at times which did get a bit annoying but Indy never really listened to him anyway so it didn't matter in the end. I loved Ally she was a lot like Indy and I know she is getting her own book but I don't think that's until the end so I hope it's saving the best until last. Tex was another favourite character of mine he was so quirky and endearing as well as having me in stitches.

Overall it was a great start to this series even if there was moments that I wasn't a fan of, I'm sure this series will get better and better.

11 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Starflight by Melissa Landers

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Starflight (Starflight, #1) by Melissa Landers
Expected Publication: 2nd February 2016

Synopsis:Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world--and each other--the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

This book sounds so good I just hope it lives up to that synopsis as well as the gorgeous cover.

What are you waiting on?

8 November 2015

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Simon & Schuster 
Published: 5th January 2012
Pages: 356
Genre: YA, 
Main Characters: Emma, Josh
Date Read: 13th October - 2nd November 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:It's 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on - and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they'll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I've had this sat on my shelf for a long while now ad have only just gotten around to reading it I just wished I loved it as everyone else but in the end it just wasn't for me...

I love the colourful cover as it makes the book stand out. I also like the realistic people on the cover as they look your everyday person that you would meet on the street. I'm not sure I see those people as Emma and Josh.

The thing about this book is in the beginning it was very addicting even though it wasn't something that I was enjoying that much yet somehow I was addicted to it. I loved the concept of the story but I felt there was no real reasoning behind it I felt like there was no real closure to the whole seeing what the future is going to hold for them and when they where so obsessed with the future a lot of things where just forgotten. There was a lot of hypocrisy happening in this book which was so annoying. I did like the friendship between Emma and Kellan as well as Josh and Tyson. I didn't like any of the romance from the two main characters but I did enjoy seeing Kellan and Tyson together as they where so cute and I just wish there was more from them. I did love all of the cultural references throughout the book as it made me feel very nostalgic. I hated the ending to this book because I felt it was rushed I felt like it needed to be a bit longer for me it ended rather abruptly.

I didn't warm to any of the main characters but there was a couple of secondary characters that I liked in fact I would have preferred if it was their book rather than Emma and Josh. Emma was my least favourite character and in fact she was my worst female character ever. She was so annoying, very selfish and very shallow. Josh had moments when I thought I was going to like him but in the end he annoyed me with the way he just gave in, he just had no backbone.

Overall, I was expecting a lot from this book but for me it was a let down.

7 November 2015

Book Review: Angel of Redemption by J.A. Little

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Full Fathom Five Digital
Published: 25th November 2015
Pages: 796
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Kayla, Dean
Date Read: 15th October - 22nd  October 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Seasoned social worker Kayla Brooks has dealt with her fair share of difficult situations, but nothing could have prepared her for the likes of Dean Wyatt, head of Wyatt House Group Home for Boys. When a case unexpectedly brings Kayla to his door in the middle of the night, sparks fly. With a piercing gaze and heavily inked skin, Dean looks like a walking wet dream.
Until he turns out to be an asshole. 
Dean Wyatt has always kept those around him at arm’s length. Secrets lurk beneath his tattoos—a traumatic past known to very few.
Forced to work together in order to help two vulnerable boys, Kayla slowly penetrates Dean’s tough exterior. Along the way the two discover something they've each been missing—but only time will tell if they can overcome the painful past that’s kept anyone from bringing true happiness into Dean’s world.
This book contains adult situations and sexual content. For mature audiences only.

  I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I adore this cover and was one of the reason why I wanted to read it. What I love the most about this cover is the black and white it makes it look stunning plus it's in keeping with the novel. The male model on the front I can definitely see as Dean maybe with less perfect hair but apart from that he is spot on.

Even though the synopsis doesn't suggest paranormal I was kind of expecting it, probably from the title but even though I didn't get what I expected I still thouroughly enjoy it. This was a new kind of story for me which was a refreshing change as I haven't read anything different in a long while. The major thing that I couldn't get on with was the length of the book as it was far too long making some of the things drag on a little bit too much to the point where I was getting a little fed up. I loved the romance side of the story as it didn't happen straight away even though they did seem to fancy one another from the very beginning it still felt drawn out and realistic. I love the social working and the children that they take care off aspect as that's new to me plus it was done in a sensitive manner. After most of the book being dragged out the end felt far too rushed for my liking apart from that it was an enjoyable ending.

I loved pretty much all the characters with a few understandable exceptions. Kayla was a great female character who held her own and I loved her for it. I loved that she was a sweet person as well as a fiery person as it showed her being a more realistic character. Dean did start of as a really grumpy and mean person but the more we find out about him the more I understood why he is was the way he was plus he ended up having a romantic and sensitive side to him which was nice to see. All the troubled boys where great additions to the story as even though they have gone through hell and back they still was able to laugh.

Overall, this was a really good book even if it was a little too drawn out in the beginning. I can't wait to try something else from J.A. Little.