#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE M WORD by Eileen Wharton @WhartonEileen (20th June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE M WORD by Eileen Wharton.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Eileen Wharton who gifted me an early copy of  THE M WORD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Roberta Gallbreath is middle aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.

When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.

Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?

So, you want to know what I think?

So it is safe to say THE M WORD was nothing what I expected. I came to this book with no prior information, no background knowledge of the author and with no expectations. And I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. Eileen Wharton has successfully created a story that is both thought provoking and resounding.

Here is a story that makes you think. That pushes you to question everything. As our heroine goes on her journey of self discovery we find ourselves digging deeper into a past life, which makes you wonder, how well do we know our own parents?

The clever use of present and past is done well, the story flowing nicely with the mix of our characters narrative and letters from a youth gone by. Wharton knows her characters well, she’s creates a strong female voice and although this isn’t a book I would normally read, it was a good read.

If you want to explore the nature of family, discover pasts once hidden and discover a world outside of yourself, then this is definitely the book for you.
About Eileen Wharton;

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Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.

She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.

Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.

Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’

Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’

She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.

 

THE M WORD is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) by Winston Graham (1st June 1996, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) by Winston Graham
Published; June 1st 1996, Pan Macmillan (First published in 1984)

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Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half-forgotten in a dank cave, amongst a pile of stolen goods. Yet the tiny vessel and its inscription Amor gignit amorem haunts the lives of the still-feuding Poldark and Warleggan families, as Ross, Demelza and the ambitious and powerful Sir George Warleggan watch their children make the decisions that will shape their destinies.

In the closing years of the wars against Napoleon, for Jeremy and Clowance, and for arrogant, cynical Valentine Warleggan, these are troubled and momentous times . . .

Book 10 of the series and I am beginning to wonder what I will do without these characters whose lives have become intwined with mine.

THE LOVING CUP starts with Geofrey Charles returning home with his new Spanish wife. As he introduces her to his friends and family we see a genuine love and affection between the pair. Although they only appear a little in this book I feel like we will see alot more of these in the last two books.

Ross and Demeleza again take a back seat to their children in this installment. As both Jeremy and Clowance try to adjust to the decisions they have made – Jeremy having to deal with the consequences of the robbery and Clowance trying to get over Stephen we do see them both settle and happy at the end of The Loving Cup.

George and Valentine both appear as usual and our hatred continues to burn and we see Valentine in a different light which does not do him any favours. I feel we will see lots more of them both in the remaining books as Stephen Carrington signed a deal with the devil.

I really enjoyed being lost inside The Poldarks lives and the Cornwall in which they reside. Being set in the 1800s we get taken back to a past that I didn’t know much about. Winston does a fantastic job of using real life historic events alongside the fiction he writes. It adds an element of truth to the story.

I love how I can never predict which path each of our characters will take. Winston constantly surprises me with each page and I am always intrigued to see where the story will end up. Although the books are long they are far from boring and I am excited to see what happens and how the stories will end.

 

You can buy THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES by Maggie James @mjamesfiction (June 15th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES by Maggie James.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course the lovely Maggie James who gifted me an early copy of DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When Lyddie takes her sister to Devon to recover after a recent suicide attempt, it starts a train of events that will put their lives in grave danger.

Ellie has been the victim of a professional con artist, one who stole her savings, then disappeared from her life. Driven by her own history of failed relationships, Lyddie vows revenge on the man who broke her sister’s heart.

Soon she assumes a false identity and begins her hunt for a man she knows to be cold, calculating and ruthless. But who is fooling whom? And can Lyddie find the justice she seeks and heal her damaged sister?

So, want to know what I thought?;

Wowsers! This book certainly doesn’t shy away from the tougher subjects to write about. Straight off the bat we are dealing with a suicide attempt and can I applaud Maggie for not glamorizing this issue. She handled this subject in her writing with such grace and consideration that all we could do is feel the emotion with Lyddie.

I, myself have never used an online dating site, or app (I’ve been with my Adam for 15 years now! Childhood sweethearts and all that!), but I have plenty of friends that have and listening to their stories, I can only imagine the number of people who are not who they present themselves to be. It gives me the jeebies, as I imagine it would to other people too, which is what makes this such an interesting feature within the book.

At times, I wanted to grab Lyddie by the collar and yell at her “You silly woman! Can’t you see?!?!” but to me, that’s exactly where Maggie wanted to take us. How could Lyddie get herself caught up in the same situation as many other women? Including the very one she is trying to avenge!

There are so many twists and turns in this book where just when you find yourself steering one way, you are slammed in the opposite direction and struggling to catch your breath. Just when you think you have it all figured out and anticipate the next move, think again! This is exactly the type of psychological thriller that I love to lose myself in and I hope you agree!

TLDR; Creepy, excellent read!

About Maggie James;

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Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practicing as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did.

The urge to pack a bag and go off traveling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practicing yoga or traveling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

You can buy DECEPTION WEARS MANY FACES from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz (13th June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of  A POSY OF PROMISES. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florists.

But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.

Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.

Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?
Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.

A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.

So, you want to know what I think?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book by the blurb. It sounded as though it might be a tale of long lost family members which I guess it is in a way but the not the way I expected.

Ava Connors is finding her life changing from all directions. Her boyfriend of many years has ended their relationship and her grandmother has moved into a nursing home after health struggles. When she discovers she has inherited a house it sets her on a path of self discovery that even she didn’t expect.

Ava is written in a very real way. She is more than happy with spending nights at home with her cat rather than out drinking. She feels a loyalty to her grandmother which finds her wanting to stay close by. The other characters we are introduced to are also very likeable and have little side stories of their own. This is the first book I have read in a while which hasn’t had me feeling dislike for somebody. All the people in this book are nice in their individuals way.

I liked the unpredictability of this book. I started the first few pages thinking I already had the ending sussed but it continually surprised me with the roads it took me on. This made it a different read for me and added to the enjoyment.

I couldn’t write a review without talking about THAT ending. I’m really pleased that this book is the first in a series otherwise you finish this book very frustrated…talk about a cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to all fans of chick lit that fancy something different and unpredictable.

 

About Sharon Dempsey;

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A Posy of Promises is Sharon Dempsey’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel.

Sharon is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. He crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University, and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy.

A POSY OF PROMISES is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport| BIG SISTER (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen (Translation by Don Bartlett) ‏(June 20th 2018, Orenda Books @Orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BIG SISTER, the next novel featuring Norwegian Private Investigator; Varg Veum by Gunnar Staalesen.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen @ Orenda Books and of course Gunnar Staalesen who gifted me an early copy of BIG SISTER. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her apartment in Bergen two weeks ago.

Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.

Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal.

So, want to know what I thought?

WOW! I was ready for that! I have been reading a fair amount of contemporary romance of late (too much crime fiction make Sooz a little fuzzy headed) and I was ready to get my head back into the world of Noir and BIG SISTER was EXACTLY what I needed in my life!

After WOLVES IN THE DARK I continue to find it refreshing that Veum is not a sprightly young thirty-something man who displays quick reflexes and is able to acrobat himself out of any murky situation! No. Veum is in his sixties for startes. As such behaves as a sixty year old. He hurts. He sasses and is straight talking, which as a reader gets me excited to read what he can possibly get himself into next and when he does, how will he tackle it.

Taking on a missing persons case may sound simple enough, but as with most stories like this, once you start poking around and asking questions, separate stories and characters begin to appear from the woodwork. Gunnar’s writing pace allows for the reader to fully digest each of the characters and their own back stories, allowing us to form the bigger picture before we learn the conclusion at the end of the book.

BIG SISTER is an intrique web of lies, secrets, deceit and unspoken truths. It’s the classic story of pulling at a thread and seeing the whole thing unravel, but what Gunnar and Don have been able to do is allow the unravelling happen at a speed in which we can really feel everything come undone. It’s a particular credit to Don in his translation for English readers to truly feel Gunnar’s intention with this story.

I’m certainly looking forward to reading who comes knocking at Veum’s door next!

TL DR; It’s dead good. You should go buy this book yeah! 🙂


About GUNNAR STAALESEN;

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Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies.

Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide.

There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale. We Shall Inherit the Wind and Where Roses Never Die were both international bestsellers.

 

BIG SISTER is available now through the following outlets (but there are MANY others! Support local where you can!);

Waterstones | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | KING (King #1) by T.M. Frazier @TM_Frazier (June 15th 2015, Indie Published #IndiePublisher) #KindleUnlimited

KING (King #1) by T.M. Frazier
Published; June 15th 2015, Indie Published

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Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

KING by T M Frazier was a book I was not expecting, but I ventured into the wonderful world of Frazier after a recommendation from my fellow P Turner *S*. Here is a story that throws you in at the deep end, leaving you both intrigued and utterly shocked. This is not your average contemporary romance.

Our hero of the story is your ultimate bad boy, a beautiful man with a troubled past, King. He’s talented and frightening all at the same time. This is a bad boy so bad there is no apparent road to redemption. Or is there?

The heroine of the story is a young girl, Doe, who has no memory at all of who she is, a lost soul in every sense of the word. A character who is trying to make the best of a very bad situation, a situation that leads her straight into the arms of our bad boy King. Here is a man who comes across as being the bad guy, the villain but he is so much more than that. With a handsomeness that is unparalleled here and qualities that show you deep down, he really is the hero of this story.

The path to these two falling in love, which ultimately, they do, is not easy. A relationship develops that is fraught with anger, lust, trust and in the end betrayal. The chemistry between them is intense to say the least, King is a man who will take whatever he wants from Doe and she at first is unwilling to give in. But as worlds collide and they are thrown together by events, it is made clear by the writing how much King is falling in love with Doe, as she is with him.

Frazier has created two characters that are equally as messed up as each other, their backgrounds aren’t simple or avoidable forever. As much as we want them to stay together, wrapped up in their unusual little bubble, it is clear that nothing will remain as is. How can it when we have so many questions.

I wanted answers, Frazier’s clever writing makes sure you need answers but also you’re rooting for this couple. I wanted King and Doe to be together, to find happiness in a dreary world. Sure their pasts can’t be forgotten, or in Doe’s case remembered but there is a bond between them that just flat out works. Doe is a strong woman, she knows her own worth in some ways and is stubborn in others. Balance this against King and all his bad boy ways, with his delectable skills and talent, this is a power house of a couple.

When I reached the end of the novel, happy to finally have some answers, I was also left devastated. Closing the last page, or in the case of a Kindle reader, swiping the last page, I knew for sure that this is a story I have to finish.

Thank you T M Frazier, for giving us King, an exquisite story of an unlikely couple. A love that is both beautiful and devastating all at once.
You can buy KING (King #1) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon @PaigeToonAuthor (17th May 2018, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon
Published; May 17th 2018, Simon & Schuster UK

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What if you met the right person at the wrong time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other.  Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

My first 5 star read of the year and boy did this book deserve it. I was hooked from the first page and just couldn’t stop turning the pages until I got to the end.

Starting at the age of 40 and then going back to age 5 when Nell and Van meet when their parents become a couple the story jumps every 5 years to tragedy pulling them apart before they meet again and so on.

Set in the beautiful Cornish setting which Paige does an amazing job of bringing alive and really makes you want to visit, this story has it all. From laughter to heartbreak this book takes you on an emotional roller coaster that you never want to get off.

I was constantly on the edge of my seat and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen Paige would completely change direction. It was so refreshing to read a book that was unpredictable and kept me guessing.

There are times throughout the book you really want to bang Nell and Van’s heads together and shake Geoff to open his eyes but overall the characters are lovable and you can’t help but smile at the nervousness and shyness they convey. There are a lot of characters in this book that I would LOVE to hear more of and I hope Paige develops their stories in the future.

The only disappointment for me is that there is no link to previous books like I have come to expect from Paige but it was a tiny drop in the ocean compared to the love I have for this book.

Paige just re affirmed herself as one of my favourite authors! Already excited to see what she comes up with next. LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!

 

You can buy FIVE YEARS FROM NOW from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | BAIT by Jade West @jadewestauthor (August 14th 2017, Indie Published #IndiePublisher) #KindleUnlimited

BAIT by Jade West
Published; August 14th 2017, Indie Published

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A stranger online. Dark hair and even darker eyes that knew my dirty desires before I did.

A fantasy that should never be spoken. But he pulled the confession from me.

And now he’s coming for me.

Rough. Dirty. Dangerous.

It’s supposed to be one night to get me off and make me forget.

He’ll make me his and I’ll pretend I don’t want him to.

I’ll run and he’ll chase.

Because I asked him for this.

I begged him for this.

Tonight, in the darkness, he’s the hunter.

And I’m the bait.

I was introduced to the author Jade West at RARE 18 in London, my fellow P Turner *S* had nothing but good things to say about the novel BAIT, so I was eager to read.

And my what a story!! This is definitely not for the feint hearted, a story that at first seem a to be completely twisted, the fantasy taboo and yet erotic none the less. Jade West is a fabulous storyteller, a very smart writer who clearly knows her characters well. Abigail is our female heroine, a woman who has suffered a tremendous loss, fighting her way for survival in a rather dismal existence until she meets Leo. Leo has suffered his own loss, fights his own demons but together they bring a fantasy to life that I’ve never read before.

The chemistry between them is out of this world, a couple that push each other to the point of pain and we fall deeply for them. Leo is magnificent, a tattooed and pierced god of a man who comes across as undeniably human. His dark desires find their perfect match in Abigail, a woman who is strong, fiercely independent, who knows what her fantasies are and isn’t afraid to have them realised.

Whilst at first I was dubious about this story, unsure if the eroticism would translate for me as a reader, I can honestly say I loved this novel. I loved the characters, the steam filled scenes and the journey that they go on together. I could not stop reading. It is safe to say I finished the book in just over a week, a trip abroad delayed the finishing earlier but I was eager to read on upon my return.

Jade West… THANK YOU! Thank you for writing these characters so well, for bringing them to life in a way no one else could have envisioned and for being such a lovely person. I most definitely will be picking up more of this ladies work. If her other characters are as delicious as these two, we’re in for a treat.

 
You can buy BAIT from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (March 22nd 2018, Orion Books @orionbooks)

WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; March 22nd 2018, Orion Books

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Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

As soon as they announced that there would be another novel in the THIS MAN series we were excited. The prospect of returning to Jesse and Ava’s world was enough to keep this reader happy for the foreseeable. Any chance to read new material from Jodi Ellen Malpas cannot be passed up.

I started reading with high expectations, I mean the original trilogy was amazing, the best of a genre that is by far out selling it’s counterparts. Here we had a couple who for some reason resonated deeply in everyone who read their story, a feat only JEM can accomplish. It is safe to say I was not disappointed.

The premise of the story is one that begs to be believed, surely the beautiful Ava can’t forget the passionate and core shaking love she has with Jesse Ward. Heart breaking doesn’t cover how you feel at the idea of those memories being gone forever. JEM ensures that we start reading with a great sense of anticipation, rendering you useless to the outside world. Nothing can penetrate the bubble you fall into when reading this novel.

Jesse “The Lord” Ward is still as beautiful, arrogant and God like as we remember him, age has not tempered down the magnetism of this man what so ever. In fact the Adonis has only gotten better with age. Ava too, she is as feisty, defiant and beautiful as always. The love this couple have is palpable, you feel it with every page turned and not just between them but also the love they have for their family and friends.

Seeing Jesse as the doting Dad only made the character so much more attractive, the protective nature of his character increased ten-fold throughout the novel, this time more than warranted. JEM knows these characters inside and out, evident in the little nuances between them, the flashes back to the original trilogy and the not so gentle way we are reminded of all that’s gone before. Just as Ava is recovering her memories we are taking the journey with them both.

The clever use of both Ava’s narrative voice and Jesse works really well in this story, letting us, the reader understand the events as they unfold for Jesse. JEM took a risk here writing from his point of view, one that more than paid off. I loved reading the story from Jesse’s point of view, loved being able to relate to him on his own level and seeing his love for both Ava and his family through his own eyes.

Never before has an author created such an enigmatic couple, a man so dominant that you want to both slap him and kiss him, all at the same time. Sure you have your Christian Grey and Gideon Cross, but there will only ever be one Jesse Ward.
You can buy WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (August 10th 2017, Orion Books @orionbooks)

THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; August 10th 2017, Orion Books

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Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.

It is no secret that *M* is a HUGE Jodi Ellen Malpas fan and has been nagging me to read her catalogue for the last few years. Within the last twelve months, I have devoured both the THIS MAN series and the ONE NIGHT series. LOVED both series and Jodi’s writing style.

THE FORBIDDEN already had a high expectation in my eye. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t realise just HOW good this read would be! The subject matter is pretty full on and it’s certainly an uncomfortable read at time. You can certainly see the progression in both her writing style and themes with this book. It pushes you to think about how you would react/behave in the situations Jack and Annie find themselves in.

What Jodi is able to achieve effortlessly for me is ‘the perfect man’ in Jack. A man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to pursue it. He is strong, but shows a vulnerability. He is also attentive, affectionate, romantic and just an all round great guy who puts most real life men to shame!  Annie compliments Jack really well. Again, a strong character who knows what she wants. She is confident, sassy and again, a vulnerability shines through. Neither Jack or Annie can live without each other and it makes for a very passionate affair.

As with most Jodi books – there is drama and it comes at a HUGE cost to Jack and Annie. Tissues at the ready for certain moments!

Jodi really is one of those rare diamonds that more people need to learn about and lose themselves in her books. I’m looking forward to reading many more books from Jodi! I’m wondering though how many more names should can choose for her leading men beginning with ‘J’?! 🙂

You can buy THE FORBIDDEN from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.