Friday, February 24, 2017

"Blackbird" by Molly McAdams



BLACKBIRD BY MOLLY MCADAMS

SERIES: Redemption #1
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don't care. I'll take every day until that death comes, and I'll welcome it when it does.
On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instils fear. But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he's finally found the only person who can make it all go away. We're in a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.

MY REVIEW

When the UK Publisher sent me this ARC, I honestly didn't know what to expect because it was the first time I stumbled upon a Molly McAdams book. Weird? Perhaps. Lucky? Absolutely. I mean, I also received complimentary temporary tattoos similar to the birds you see on the cover! However, those were just a—super cool—bonus, the real winner here is the story.

If you are up for dark, be prepared to find darker. "Blackbird" consumes you from the very beginning with something terrifying that turns your world—and mind—upside down. I read every page with an intensity that sometimes made me doubt myself. Am I bad? No, I positively despise the actions of those men and what they do, so I know I'm not. Then why am I so enthralled by everything that is going on? I'll tell you why, McAdams is the devil. A devil you'll want to dance with. I sinfully lust for Lucas, got mad, agitated, emotional and, in the process, embraced the darkness Lucas Holt is... But, could he be more?

I loved this story, the way it was told, how it involved me but got me conflicted, and the fact I still replay scenes in my mind. Grab it, read it and regret nothing!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Reckless" by Skye Jordan



RECKLESS BY SKYE JORDAN

SERIES: Renegades #1
PUBLISHER: Cygnet Books
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Freebie

SUMMARY
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker makes Lexi realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success and one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life. When that touch fills far more than just Lexi’s physical needs, she finds herself torn between the career she needs and the bad-boy she craves. Jax Chamberlin gave up the superficial life of acting for the thrill of running his own stunt company years ago. But a recent betrayal proves he’s still too close to the limelight to find a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping-stone to success. When the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more. But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle, and Jax isn’t willing to change his ways. Especially not when he discovers who she really is. Because if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the other gold-diggers. And this time, it’s not just his bad-boy reputation at risk, but his heart, too.

MY REVIEW

I grabbed this book for free last year while I was browsing on the iBooks store because, let's face it, nice tattoo colours! And a couture wedding dress designer & a stuntman? Now, that is a couple I still had to come across to and yes, it sounds quite interesting!

For sure, Lexi and Jax have a great chemistry and their engaging is not just entertaining, but HOT! Once those two start flirting by texting, everything becomes sextacularly compelling... Indeed, their texting was my favourite part, but there are also plenty of steamy scenes that have you all dreamy—perhaps even a bit drooling—and that are a real page turner. Nevertheless, I found myself stopping a few times during the second part of the book because I got annoyed with the whole angst. I might understand a few of the characters' worries, but to be honest they felt forced—and repetitiveand the end didn't particularly surprise me.

Despite some issues, it was a nice, spicy escape with potential and some pleasurable sighing. If you are in the mood for something like that, this novel could be the one for you.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#41)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: THE NIGHT MARK by Tiffany Reisz
Expected publication: March 28th, 2017 by Mira

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years.

Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, February 06, 2017

"Because You Are Mine: The Complete Novel" by Beth Kery



BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE: THE COMPLETE NOVEL BY BETH KERY

SERIES: Because You Are Mine #1 - #8
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Borrowed

SUMMARY
It's at a cocktail party in her honour that she first meets him—and the attraction is immediate for graduate student Francesca Arno. It's also bewildering. She's not used to such a wholesale sexual response to a stranger. Enigmatic, darkly intense, with a commanding presence, billionaire Ian Noble completely unnerves her. And she likes it. For Ian, Francesca is the kind of woman he can't resist—one that comes all too rarely: a true innocent. But he can sense in her a desire to open up, to experiment, to give herself to the fantasies of a man in control. The first kiss, the first caress, the first challenge for a woman who craves what she's never had—a man who gets what he wants...

MY REVIEW

I've been meaning to try this author for quite a while now, so I thought I'd ask my bestie—who loves Kery's writing—if I could borrow this one. I mean, who better than asking a girl whose name is the same of the leading female character here, right? Thank you, Francesca!

For those who are new to this title, it was originally published as an eight-part serial. I tried serials in the past and they didn't seem to work particularly well for me, but since this one was turned into a novel, I wanted to see how it played. Although the pace is still the one of a serial, I enjoyed it and kinda curled up my toes for almost the whole read. Let me tell you, this author knows how to write a steamy scene! She puts her vivid imagination to very good use and makes each scene last pages and pages... Oh my, those pages... She deserves kudos for the way she describes pure hotness sexual desires/needs. You might find that it's not a matter of liking Ian Noble, but more of how bad do you wanna be Francesca Arno?

Hot and steamy, this book is for everyone who is looking for a pleasurable escape. And if you feel like you need more—so demanding—you can always check what the other characters have to offer next.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#40)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 7th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by
and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Enjoy "A Walk in Nature" with Christopher D King's Adult Colouring Book

Some of you already know I'm into adult colouring books, as in I-LOVE-and-I-cannot-have-enough-of-them! So, as soon as the chance to colour/review one presents at my door, I open it wide open. And this time, waiting for me there was A Walk in Nature by Christopher D King.


Now that we made clear who this book belongs to, I think we can talk serious business ;)

Courtesy of Austin Macauley, I had the pleasure of challenging myself with some original illustrations. There are plenty in this book with a different difficulty level, which is presented with a challenge star rating at the end of the book. I really liked this because instead of just picking a favourite—let's be honest, we all start with those—I found myself also choosing by consulting the rating system, so I could put my skills even more at work and track my progress. To give you an idea of the kind of difficulty and the type of illustrations, let me show you a couple of examples.


This is rated 3 star = advanced. It's been really cold and dark here lately, so to brighten up the day I thought I'd use some vibrant colours, and you know what? It actually helped. I like turtles and having a double page with them to work on was lovely. And so is the illustration, don't you agree?

    


This is rated 5 star = colouring ninja! I won't hide the fact being a ninja has its charm—hesitating is pointless, just raise your hand—so why shouldn't I try to be at least a colouring one, right? Do you think I passed and I can start drawing my own costume? *attagirl*

If you're into colouring, you'll find A Walk in Nature a nice and fun chroma-therapy book to grab. Pencils are my way to go, but in case you like to use pens, markers, and such, know that the pages seem resistant and the colour shouldn't get through the back and ruin what's behind. The thing I personally found a bit unpleasant was that the book wouldn't stay open unless I put something on the page next to the one I was colouring, and even in that case I needed to be sure to keep it still. However, as you can see, I managed my colouring and I'm happy with the result.

*Thanks Austin Macauley for the review copy.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Christopher D King is an artist/illustrator and product designer/engineer living and working in Oxfordshire. He specialises in unique detailed pen and ink illustrations drawn from his imagination. His inspiration comes from classic childrens' literature, modern design, architecture, nature, engineering and anatomy. Themes are surrealist, animals, fantasy, dystopian landscapes, fictional characters, geometric foliage and lend themselves to childrens' books and adult colouring books.

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