#RisqueReads | #ReleaseBlitz | #BookReview | UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon @stureardon & Jane Harvery-Berrick @jharveyberrick (January 23rd 2018, Indie Published @ArdentPRose)

UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick
23rd January 2018, Stuart Reardon Publishing

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When your world crashes down…
When they all say you’re out…
When your body is broken…
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.

Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.

Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.

Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

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Until recently – I had never picked up a sports romance novel. I knew they existed, but I was yet to delve into the sub-genre. Thankfully RARE has given me the kick up the arse I needed to get out and explore new authors and their stories!

I was instantly drawn to UNDEFEATED mainly by the cover (that’s right! I’m a big perve!) and then to the title and the authors. A romance novel co-written by a man?! This made the list of ‘reasons why I need to learn more about this book’! But listening to both Stuart and Jane talk about the book and the journey they took in writing it had me sold. I HAD to read this book!!

Straight away what I enjoyed the most about this book is that it wasn’t written as non stop romance with a bit of sport thrown in. It was a story about Nick’s sporting journey, which just happened to have a romantic element attached. I felt more of a connection with Nick and Anna because of this and I became fully invested in the story, the characters and the world they were living in. With all that said though, the romance between the pair is raw and passionate! Who needs a post-match sauna when these two are in the same room?!

After listening to some of Stuart’s Q&A sessions, I can appreciate this story a lot more knowing that Stuart has used some of his own personal experiences within his career to influence parts of the story. A very courageous move as some of the story is hard to read. Nick really does go through the mill and is very lucky to have it on the other side without the relationship he forms with Anna. UNDEFEATED is a credit to both Stuart and Jane on and I am 100% keen beans for MODEL BOYFRIEND when it’s released in June!

A HUGE thank you to Ardent Prose, Stuart and Jane for gifting me an early copy of UNDEFEATED in exchange for an honest review! I’m now counting down the days for MODEL BOYFRIEND!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

STUART REARDON

Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs. He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.

Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.

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JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

 I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.

It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.

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You can buy UNDEFEATED from the following booksellers (and many more!);

iBooks | Amazon | Nook | Kobo

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James @peterjamesuk ‏(January 1st 2006, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) by Peter James
1st January 2006, Pan Macmillan

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It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . . Dead simple . . .

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A favourite book here at the P Turners!

I loved this book. I have read it before but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to give it another go to remind myself of what happens before I get stuck into the rest of the series.

So much happens! It is a maze constantly changing direction with twists and turns that tip everything you know completely on it’s head. It literally leaves you mouth open at one point. It had me sat on the edge of my seat the whole time and I did not want to stop reading.

We are introduced to Detective Roy Grace in this book who is the main character in the series. We are shown glimpses of his personal life and I am sure there will be lots more to discover throughout the books.

There are also a few more names mentioned that I feel will become more regular as the series goes on.

Definitely glad I decided to re read and excited to discover the rest of the series.

You can buy DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

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

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THIS MAN (This Man #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (20th October 2012, Forever Romance @ForeverRomance)

THIS MAN (This Man #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; October 20th 2012, Forever Romance

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Book 1 of This Man Trilogy, the #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward–a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.

Ava doesn’t want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can’t control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

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Where do you start when talking about the THIS MAN trilogy by Jodie Ellen Malpas, well you start by admitting how much you love this story.

Don’t get me wrong, when I first read the novel This Man, the first of the three novels I actually wanted to slap Jesse Ward, he is arrogant, big headed, rude and obnoxious. The kind of man I wouldn’t give the time of day to in the real world, yet there is something else about this character that draws you in. When Ava first meets the Lord of the Manor we are as clueless as she is to the nature of this impossibly handsome man, yet utterly attracted to him. Ava is going into the situation blind and we’re right along for the ride.

Here is a young woman who is fiercely independent, not wanting to rush into being tied to a man, yet she has no other option when Jesse Ward sets his sights on the beautiful Ava. Sure she can fight against the attraction, has a stubborn streak to be proud of, but all in all Jesse gets his way. He has all the right moves to ensure he does.

There is something both irritating and delicious about these characters. I wanted Ava to walk away in the beginning, to assert her dominance on this alpha male but then I also wanted her to give in, to let herself be consumed by Jesse, the way the reader is consumed by him. Jesse is a tough but to crack. Sure his arrogance can be grating but he’s also endearing, the daredevil nature of his character is alluring, with the body of an Adonis to boot. There is a charm to this man that I found very attractive, a vulnerability he shows only to Ava that makes you fall head over heels for him.

The series takes you on a remarkable rollercoaster, the highs for Jesse and Ava are heavenly, definitely “Central Jesse Cloud Nine” but the lows are just as powerful.

Devastatingly so. You feel everything that these characters are going through, the sexual chemistry is through the roof, hitting you with every turn of the page, the moments of sadness and loss making those intimate scenes feel even more beautiful. The path for Jesse and Ava isn’t smooth but it is a joy to read. After reading all three novels I fell in love with Jodi Ellen Malpas as an author, the kind of writer I would love to be. Her story of Jesse and Ava is raw, emotionally and so sexually charged that I found myself blushing when reading on the commute. I’ve read this trilogy three times now, each time I fall more and more in love with these characters, more and more in awe of Jodi Ellen Malpas and recommend the series to anyone and everyone.

Move over Mr Grey because The Lord is going to sweep us off our feet and keep us on “Central Jesse Cloud Nine”. Thank you Jodi Ellen Malpas for giving us this story and for creating these characters. It is safe to say Jesse Ward is one of my favourite book boyfriends.

You can buy THIS MAN (This Man #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | [CARGO] by J.C. Macek III (January 21st 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of [CARGO] by J.C. Macek III.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course J.C. Macek III who gifted me an early copy of [CARGO] . 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;

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.
But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.
Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.
Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?
Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.
So, you want to know what I think?

I knew straight from the blurb that this would be one of those books that would keep me on the edge of my seat throughout and it did not disappoint!

CARGO was dark, disturbing, claustrophobic, frightening, thrilling and left me more questions than it did answers! This is a sign of great story telling when a book leaves the reader frustrated (happy frustration) and wanting more.

Once again I found myself asking what I would do if I was in Anthony’s position? If the threat of rape and murder of this wife wasn’t enough for him to deal with – at the height of his confinement, he is asked to perform tasks that wouldn’t go a miss from one of the SAW films! It makes for uncomfortable reading and will make you squirm in your seat and is unquestionably not for the faint hearted. This is a credit to Macek’s writing.

CARGO left me needing more of this story! I NEED to know what happens next to Anthony. So many questions that I want to ask, but I won’t here as it will give away some major spoilers!! But those who have read this book will know what I am talking about!

Recently learning that CARGO has been developed into a movie – I am keen to see Macek’s words come to life and see how Anthony’s story translates to the big screen.

 

About J.C. Macek III;

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He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry,  Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to [Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

Author Links:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloodhound Books

 

You can buy [CARGO] from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Waterstones

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#RisqueReads | #BlogTour | #BookReview | CRUISE (Savage Disciples MC #6) by Drew Elyse @DrewElyseAuthor (11th January 2018, Indie Published @ArdentPRose)

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Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of the latest novel in the Savage Disciples series; CRUISE by Drew Elyse.

Huge thanks to Ardent Prose and the wonderful Drew Elyse who gifted me an early copy of CRUISE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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Once a Disciple, forever a Disciple.

After giving up eighteen months of his life for his club,
the Disciples’ president is finally tasting freedom again.
Stone knows there’s only one thing that might ever be as sweet,
but she’s too young, too perfect, too untouchable for a man like him.

A Disciple will fight like a savage to protect what matters.

Evie’s life is pretty much blowing up in her face
until Stone finds her broken down on the side of the road.
Now if only she could get him to stop being the martyr
and give them a shot at what she knows they both want.

It’s high time this biker got the chance to let go and just cruise.

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Extract from CRUISE;

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“Still in school, then?”
I bit down on the inside of my cheek at his question. Perhaps I had underestimated how hard it would be to share a house with Stone. Tracking the sound of his steps as he approached, I gave myself a mental pep talk.
You can handle this. You’ve faced far worse than an unrequited crush. Time to toughen up.
“Just one last round of finals,” I replied.
Stone knew all about my plans. I’d still been working on my associate’s when we met, but I knew then what I would do when I finished. He’d listened to the whole plan, and he’d been the first person not to question if it was the right one.
“You know what you want, you know how to get it, and you’re making it happen. That’s fucking great, Evie.”
“Does that mean you have graduation coming up?”
It was a logical question, but it felt foreign to me. The surprise of it made me look up at him.
“No. This part is all online. There’s a graduation I could attend if I really wanted to in Seattle, but I already stated I wouldn’t be walking,” I explained.
He’d meant to make small talk, but that was out the window. His attention was fixed on me, his brow furrowed. “Why would you do that?”
“Why travel all the way to Seattle for it?” I countered. “It would be one thing if I was going with a bunch of family to watch, but I’d drive all that way just to walk across that stage alone.”
“You can’t say you’re going now?”
“I don’t know. Probably not. It’s too close now.”
“Find out,” he ordered.
What?
When I didn’t hop to doing that, he repeated, “Go on wherever you have to and find out if you can still walk.”
His tone brokered no argument. This was the president of a motorcycle club, the man who had to be firm enough to lead a group of men most people would never question. Yet, I couldn’t help but do just that.
“Why?”
“You worked your ass off for this, you deserve to be there.”
“Stone…”
“And if you don’t want to go alone, then I’ll take you.”
Where his command had failed, that managed to silence me because it was too much. It didn’t say helping someone you knew out when they hit hard times. He was talking about traveling hours away to celebrate a pivotal moment in my life, the kind of event that family went to, the kind of event you attended for someone that you loved.
My mind a mess of words I wanted to say, my gaze fixed on the books spread out in front of me. Soundlessly, I closed them and stacked them up. Only once that was done, only when I’d had a minute to get some semblance of order to my mind, did I look back to Stone, who’d watched every movement.
“Thank you,” I started, and saw that catch him off guard. “You’ve done a lot for me, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay you. But you don’t have to do this. I don’t want you to. The ceremony isn’t important to me, but if it was, I wouldn’t want to be there with someone who just went because they felt bad that I’d be there alone.”
Stone was going to butt in, I could see it. Since it had worked earlier with Avery, I sallied forth before he could.
“You’re really sweet, and I appreciate it that you want me to have that, but we both know how I feel about you. I’m sorry that I’m making this complicated, but those feelings are still there for me even though I know they aren’t for you. So you being at something like that for me, it would only make this more difficult.”
Knowing I couldn’t withstand much more, I went to grab my things and get out of there.
I didn’t get the chance.
Before I could so much as turn away from him, Stone had my wrist in an iron grip.
“You seriously fucking think I don’t feel that shit?”
His face looked like it was made from pure fire, and it silenced any words I might have drawn up.
“You think I sat on that stool every fucking day you were there to stand there smiling across from me just for the food? Because I’ll tell you right now, I didn’t even fucking taste that shit. I was there for something I needed a fuck of a lot more than food. I was there to see that cute smile on your perfect fucking face.”
I wasn’t smiling then. Even though his words were exactly what I wanted to hear, the harsh way he said them scared me.
“I told you that day you offered me that invitation to get everything I’d been wanting for months, and I told you again last night, I’m trying to do what’s best for you. Now, I’ll give it to you even more straight. You’re twenty-seven. I’m forty-four. You’re beautiful and smart, you’re sweeter than any woman I’ve ever fucking met. I’m the president of a fucking MC. I’m a fucking convict. And you know I didn’t earn that time, but I’ve done plenty of shit that could have gotten me the same rap sheet. I’m too fucking old and too dirty to even think about having you, but I do. I thought about it for eighteen fucking months sitting in that cell, and probably the only thing that kept me sane was picturing your face. But you’ve got your whole fucking life ahead of you, and I’m not going to stain that.”
He stepped closer to me, one hand coming up to run callus-roughened fingers down my cheek.
“I’m not for you, even if it fucking kills me to admit it. But one day when you find the man that is, you’ll be glad I did. And I’ll still probably be wishing that man was me.”
Before I could begin to process all he’d said, before I could say even one word to stop him, he turned away and left.

Want to know what I thought?

First thing to mention when people look at this review and get freaked out by seeing it’s the sixth book in the series is…DON’T! You can definitely read this book as a standalone novel and not feel like you are missing too much of the background on each of the characters.

How refreshing to read a romance story where there is some kind of age gap (Stone being 44 and Evie, 27) as most contemporary romance features characters around the same age or younger. What this book does highlight is that it doesn’t matter if you are 27, 44 or 104 – love is love and can consume a whole person…and a door…and a bed… 😉

CRUISE gives me all of my Sons of Anarchy feels and then some and sits within a sub-genre of romance that I’m not too familiar with, but am becoming more and more involved with learning more. With the MC romance I have read so far, there is always that true sense of family within the clubs, a strong bond between people from all walks of life.

The story moves along at an easy pace and steers clear from over the top action for the sake of filling pages. The relationship between Stone and Evie for me, moves at the right pace and isn’t rushed. It feels natural. The conflict towards the end of the book…I could have easily read more, which is only a credit to Drew. You know you are doing something right when a reader is literally itching to know more details!

The only small disappoinment is knowing that this is the last book in the series 😦 but also keen beans to learn that Drew is writing a spin off series! Until then…. it looks like I have five more books in this series to devour! 🙂

 

About the Author;

Drew Elyse spends her days trying to convince the world that she is, in fact, a Disney Princess, and her nights writing tear-jerking and smutty romance novels. Her debut novel, Dissonance, released in August of 2014.

When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found over-analyzing every line of a book, binge watching a series on Netflix, doing strange vocal warm ups before singing a variety of music styles, or screaming at the TV during a Chicago Blackhawks game.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a BA in English, she still lives in Chicago, IL where she was born and raised with her boyfriend and her prima donna pet rabbit, Lola.

Author Links
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You can buy CRUISE (Savage Disciples MC #6) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway (16th December 2012, Smashwords @Smashwords)

PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway
Published; December 16th 2012, Smashbooks

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Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

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** WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS **

Painted Faces by L H Cosway was started as part of the RARE18 Readathon that was held by the P Turners in January and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the book in one sitting, however I was not disappointed, as this was a story that needed to be cherished.

Instantly I became fond of Fred (Freda), our average Irish lady, who is both beautiful and honest. Her attraction to Nicholas, the stranger next door was tangible to say the least. Here is a handsome New Zealander who flirts outrageously with Fred as soon as they meet. Fred is a baker and all round sarcastic character who bounces brilliantly off Nicholas, the flamboyant, talented and handsome drag queen. Their instant connection for me was the core of this story and it is a remarkably beautiful story.

The emotional rollercoaster that they take, both separately and together kept me hooked, the chemistry between them sparking off the page, to my utter delight. I loved getting to know these characters, seeing Fred as this independent, witty, flirty young lady who is open minded. And this is perfect for Nicholas, a very mysterious young man, who is both beautiful inside and out. He goes against all stereotypes and I think it is this that pulled me into this story, this is what appeals to Fred. A girl who isn’t looking for a romance, but finds one in the most unlikely of places. I felt a connection to Fred on a level I haven’t in most female protagonists, she was your average girl. But there is something wonderfully un-average about her that I love. I related to her on so many levels that I felt she could be real.

Seeing their relationship develop, going through all the emotional highs and lows is an adventure itself. Nicholas is so strong but a troubled soul, the life he’s lead up to this point one not always consisting of rainbows and glitter, yet he never fails to put a smile on your face. With eyes that draw you in, the body of a Greek god and a voice from the heavens, any reader would be attracted to him. I could picture him on stage, his presence palpable.

I love that he is flawed, that he goes against all stereotypes and that Fred is the one who connects with him.Your heart breaks for him at the horror and ignorance he has faced, yet you grow to love him even more. There is something highly appealing to me as a reader to see a male protagonist who is both an alpha male and so in touch with his femininity. The two sides to this character are both beautiful and Cosway creates these characters amazingly.

Going against the stereotypes of a standard contemporary romance couple, Fred and Nicholas are refreshing to read. The sensuality, humour, friendship and loyalty between them is something I fell in love with, eager to read more and see how things turn out for this adorable couple. Cosway knows her characters perfectly, every little nuance and flaw, painting them in a light where you can see these and love them. I never wanted this story to end, I fell so in love with Fred and Nicholas.

Separate they are remarkable characters, together they are the one of the hottest literary couples for me. The intimacy between them is subtle, sweet, steamy and delicious, leaving you craving more. It is safe to say that this is a story that makes you think outside the gender norms, opens your mind to the possibilities of love and leaves you feeling at a loss with the turn of the last page.

I am so in love with these characters, that I know for a fact this will be a novel I will read again and again. Cosway has created characters that are completely unique, a couple that I could only dream of finding in real life and a man who encapsulates the fluidity of gender roles perfectly, he is the most delicious of book boyfriends, by far one of my favourites.

Thank you L H Cosway for giving us Fred and Nicholas.

You can buy PAINTED FACES (Painted Faces #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd @AmyLloydWrites (December 28th 2017, Cornerstone @PenguinRHUK)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Clare Kelly, Cornerstone (Penguin Random House) and of course the Amy Lloyd who gifted me an early copy of THE INNOCENT WIFE. 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;

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

So, want to know what I thought?

Every now and then, a book comes along that completely consumes your every thought. You cannot put it down until you have devoured every single page. Then once you have finished, you have to sit and stare and think about what you have just read. THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books!

From the very start, I was hooked. It took me back to the same feels I had listening to Serial and watching Making of a Murderer. Those feelings of doubt and suspicion against every character – I don’t think I trusted a single one. There was something slightly off about everyone. Don’t think I’m saying this as a negative though – quite the opposite! I LOVED it.

I could feel the awkwardness between Sam and Dennis in their visits and the underlying tension between the pair once Dennis is freed from prison. I find myself trying to think why Sam would sacrifice her life in the UK to move to another country to be with a man she has never met. Who, although she believes his innocence – is still in prison charged with committing horrific crimes.

The dynamic between Sam and Dennis, once released, shifts considerably and reading it made me uncomfortable. Dennis’ mood swings and his relationship with Lauren has the reader jumping to conclusions before we even reach the end of the book. Which is more than a credit to Amy’s writing (I still can’t get over that this is a DEBUT novel!)

The end of the story couldn’t be more perfect as it left me asking more questions as to what happened next? Why did it happen that way? Open endings like this can be both a frustration and a pleasure. A frustration stemming from not getting the closure some readers crave from a story, but then a pleasure that we are almsot left to create the story ourselves in our head and create new situations and choices.

Safe to say that THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time!

About AMY LLOYD;

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

You can buy THE INNOCENT WIFE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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

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#RisqueReads | #CoverReveal | RYKER (Sinister Knights MC #1) by Aria Cole @AuthorAriaCole

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 RYKER (Sinister Knights #1) by Aria Cole

Ride. Protect. Defend.
Anna Kloss grew up as a smart girl in the Sinister Knights Motorcycle Club, an above-the-law group of misfits that fights to safeguard the women of their town. Straddling both worlds, she’s lived the last few years in a college dorm, losing herself in the promise of her future and trying to forget the lost love of her past.

As Vice President of the Sinister Knights, Ryker Beckett has proven his dedication and loyalty by sitting in a county jail cell for three years for saving one woman from a nightmarish assault. The woman. The only one who matters. Prez’s young, innocent, and untouched daughter, Anna.

But now, Ryker is back, his sights set on reconnecting with the woman who occupied every minute of his thoughts while he was away. Anna’s all grown up, but she’s still the only one he can’t have, the only one he craves… Is she ready for this giant, rough-around-the-edges biker to protect and defend her forever?

Warning: Ryker is hard in all the right places—a tall, tattooed drink of water sitting on a powerful engine. He’s got his mind on one woman only, and when he sees her again, he’s determined to get her bred and on his bike for their sexy ride into the sunset.

ABOUT ARIA COLE

Aria Cole is a thirty-something housewife who once felt bad for reading dirty books late at night, until she decided to write her own. Possessive alpha men and the sassy heroines who love them are common, along with a healthy dose of irresistible insta-love and happily ever afters so sweet your teeth may ache.

For a safe, off-the-charts HOT, and always HEA story that doesn’t take a lifetime to read, get lost in an Aria Cole book!

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SWOON! Bobbing this on the TBR I think! 🙂

 

 

 

 

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Winston Graham (1st June 2008, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Jay Asher
Published; June 1st 2008, Pan Macmillan

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The seventh novel in the acclaimed Poldark series. Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century: Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament – his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.

His old feud with George Warleggan still flares – as does the illicit love between Morwenna and Drake, Demelza’s brother. Before the new century dawns, George and Ross will be drawn together by a loss greater than their rivalry – and Morwenna and Drake by a tragedy that brings them hope…

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After taking a break from reading this series I loved getting stuck back in. I didn’t struggle to get into this one as much as I did books 5 and 6, straight away I found I was hooked and wanted to keep reading.

 

The Angry Tide doesn’t start out being about Ross and Demeleza but about the other characters we know and love. It didn’t spoil the story at all, Ross and Demeleza do come back into the story and I really enjoy the side stories too. We meet new charaters of which we dislike.

 

As I have come to expect with Poldark books there are births, deaths and marriages as well as gun battles, sarcasm and of course the usual battle of wits. There are times when you really feel like Ross and Demeleza need their heads banging together as yet again they mis communicate on so many occasions.

 

The thing that I love about the Poldark books are when I feel there is just no where to go with the story Winston manages to shock and surprise me. Each book in the series has been full of adventure and takes me on a ride of ups and downs.

 

I can’t wait to see where the next 5 books lead us and ultimately where Ross and Demeleza will end up.

 

You can buy THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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

 

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher @jayasherguy (18th October 2007, Razorbill Books @RazorbillBooks @PenguinTeen)

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
Published; October 18th 2007, Razorbill Books

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You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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When you see a book is about suicide you expect it to be hard hitting but THIRTEEN REASONS WHY really hits you in the stomach. I read most of it with my heart in my mouth.

 

I read this in two days because I really could not put it down. I was enthralled and gripped by this story like no other. Yes it was tough to read with a subject matter that would be hard to deal with but it’s written in such a captivating way that you need to know the ending.

 

Now you know from the beginning this isn’t a happy ending. A girl is dead but hearing the reasons for it really make you stop and think. Do we really know what that girl is thinking? Should we say hi to the person we pass on the street everyday just so they know they have been noticed?

 

Suicide is such a taboo topic but Jay deals with it in such a way that I think it will make people ask for help and other people notice someone who may need it.

 

This book is not easy to read. Not only does it deal with suicide there are other gut wrenching issues too like rape. It is very difficult and some people would struggle.

 

This book will stay with me for a very long time and it’s one I would read again just to remind myself what a rumour can do.

 

This is definitely a 5 star read for me.

 

You can buy THIRTEEN REASONS WHY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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

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