#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 24/04/2018 – Top 10 Romance Novels

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

As I haven’t posted a ‘Top 10’ for a while, I thought this week, I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which was a love freebie. With that, I am going to share with you my Top 10 Romance Novels. Which are in NO particular order! 🙂

MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

CARNAGE by Lesley Jones

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

 

HERO by Lauren Rowe

BAIT by Jade West

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

GREY by E.L. James

 


What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

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#MovieMonday |TRON: LEGACY (2010)

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Welcome to another MOVIE MONDAY!

Each week (obvs on a Monday…hence the title of the feature!) we will bring to you one of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy and share with us your favourite movies!

This tag is open to anyone who wants to join us. Just be sure to comment with your blog link so we can geek out together!

This weeks movie is a favourite of my other half (Adam) and mine. We saw this when it was first released in IMAX 3D. The visuals. The audio. Story aside…it’s a stunning movie to watch!

TRON: LEGACY (2010)
Directed by; Joseph Kosinski

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Straight off. This is the SEXIEST Disney castle intro I have EVER seen! Just look at this still. Then search on YouTube for the full thing. SWOON!

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Once we get through the introduction and a recap on the previous movie – Sam is accidentally transported into the same world his father still lives in.

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As much as I try and repel technology, there is something to be said about how it can elevate a movie to visual perfection and TRON: LEGACY to me is a perfect example.

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We only cried a little bit when we heard the sequel to LEGACY was not being made anymore 😦

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 23/04/2018 | RECOVERED by Jay Crownover @JayCrownover (March 24th 2018, Indie Published)

Title: RECOVERED
Author:
Jay Crownover
Publisher:
Indie Published
Publication Date: March 24th 2018

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It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

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I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

I have *M* to thank for my ongoing adventure into the world of contemporary romance. Since attending RARE in London earlier this year, I have been reading some truly amazing indie authors.

It was the blurb for RECOVERED that peaked my interest. I’ve heard of Jay Crownover before and from what I’ve seen…her work is very well received. I can’t wait to get stuck in and let you know what I think!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen @lj_shen (January 16th 2018, Indie Published)

MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen
Published; January 16th 2018, Indie Published

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It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.

Holy shit. When I downloaded MIDNIGHT BLUE onto my Kindle – I wasn’t expecting to be left in a book hangover this bad! It’s not often that I read a book that literally takes over my entire soul! I could not put this book down and every moment I had spare – I was cramming pages into my eyeballs!

I was gripped by the story in the first few pages. Bad boy musician Alex Winslow is forced to have a ‘sobriety companion’ accompany him on his latest world tour. Indie is that person and what then follows is a pretty intense and passionate relationship between the pair.

This is my first Rock star romance and the bar has now been set REALLY high. Alex is, let’s put it bluntly, an arsehole! He’s success has given him what he sees as the right to talk and treat people like shit. On top of that, he drinks and uses drugs. A cracking combo! Then we have Indie who is young, been through some shit in her life, but is making the most of what she has. She’s not meek and shy…she has some sass and when the pair first meet and that sass is exchanged – you can’t help but fall in love with her spirit. It was always going to make the relationship with Alex and her interesting.

I think what made this book all the more special for me was Leigh’s writing! My word that lady can write! I ate up every word on every page! She is a master wordsmith. Being able to draw a reader in and convey so much emotion in 359 pages….. I could swear at her!! I’m eager to read more of her work!

I loved this book so much that I’ve already recommended it to everyone that will listen! If Passionflix could look at turning this into a movie…that would be great!

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

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | FEAR YOU (Broken Love #2) by B.B. Reid @_BBREID (May 11th 2015, Bebe’s Reads LLC)

FEAR YOU (Broken Love #2) by B.B. Reid
Published; May 11th 2015, Bebe’s Reads LLC

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What happens when she’s had enough?

Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit—a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences…

But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.

What happens when he wants more?

Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape—demons that have followed him for ten years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break…

But after Keiran had conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead—one he has no intention of giving up.

As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear…

FEAR YOU takes place immediately after the heart stopping cliffhanger at the end of FEAR ME and we are thrown straight back into the complex relationship between Lake and Keiran. A relationship that shouldn’t work! It’s destructive and nasty and all other negative descriptors – but then on other levels, it does work. This book definitely messes with your mind!

Lake upped her game in this book and becomes a stronger, more likable character to me than in FEAR ME. Yes, she still has her own demons – but she doesn’t tolerate any bullshit and stands her ground and tries to make her voice heard. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much if she carried on the same as in the first instalment.

The one thing we do get loads of in this book in answers! I had SO many questions at the end of FEAR ME and I was sure to learn the answers in FEAR YOU and I did just that. Some of it is hard to read. We learn more about Keiran’s past and how that past is very much his present. We start to understand why Keiran behaves the way he does. It doesn’t condone the way he acts, but at least we can see the why behind it.

I cannot wait to read the next books in this series. Book three; FEAR US focuses on the relation between Sheldon and Keenan. Book four; BREAKING LOVE focuses on Willow and Dash and then finally, book five; FEARLESS brings us full circle back to Lake and Keiran.

Just as a side note – If you are particularly sensitive to child abuse, torture and mental abuse – then this is probably a book you need to steer clear of. But if like me, you like to have your limits tested, then I think you will enjoy this!

You can buy FEAR YOU (Broken Love #2) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#JeebieReads | #CoverReveal | BLOOD CLAIM by Claire C. Riley @ClaireCRiley | May 4th 2018, Indie Published)

VERY exicted to be able to share with you the cover for the latest novel from USA Today bestselling author; Claire C. Riley!

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Publication Date: 4th May, 2018 (Indie Published)

What rests beneath the ground is not always asleep…

Mike Cooper has spent his life fruitlessly searching for gold in the great American West. Looking to finally make his fortune, he decides to risk everything and pack up his crew of fellow miners to head for the heart of gold-rich Ghana West Africa, where an opportunity arises that’s too good to ignore.

Leased a plot of land, Mike and his crew feel they’re on the cusp of success. Overrun by greed, they ignore all of the warning signs that something is dangerously wrong with the land they’re mining. And soon they discover that the time-worn ground holds secrets that are best left buried.

For nothing is as it seems in this forgotten world.

Terror lurks in the hearts of men who quickly learn that the stuff of nightmares is all too real and what starts as a new beginning, rapidly becomes a frightening ordeal of horror and bloodshed.

They signed the contract. They staked their claim. And now time is running out for them.

They wanted to find gold, but now they only want to keep their souls.
But the demon is awake, and he’s hungry…

You may be wondering “Who is Claire C. Riley and what is she about?” If that’s the case….shame on you!

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Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author with almost twenty novels of various genres to her credit.

A lover of all things dark and dirty, she likes to write characters you love to hate but can’t help falling in-love with. She isn’t afraid to challenge herself, or her readers, to step outside of their comfort zones.

She also writes under the pen name of Cee Cee Riley, where she writes in the MC romance and post-apocalyptic romance genres.

Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and three daughters where she can be found whiling away her days playing board games with her kids and reading.

Author of:
Odium The Dead Saga Series
Odium Origins Series
Limerence (The Obsession Series)
Out of the Dark Series,
Twisted Magic,
Beautiful Victim

Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:
Thicker than Blood,
Beneath Blood & Bone,
& Shut Up & Kiss me,

And by Cee Cee Riley:
The Ride or Die a Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel Series

Now let’s have a look at that cover..

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Yup. Already feeling the jeebies with this one! Adding this to my TBR 🙂

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | DAZZLING (Diamond Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Hayley (November 1st 2016, Bookshots @Book_Shots)

DAZZLING (Diamond Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Hayley
Published; February 1st 2018, SoCoRo Publishing

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She’s a starving artist and he’s a billionaire playboy….

Siobhan came to New York with a purpose: She wants to become a successful artist. To pay her bills in the meantime, she’s the hostess at The Stone Room, a bar for the beautiful and the billionaires. She’s fine with being on her own–until tech billionaire Derick takes her breath away.

Full disclosure time! It’s not that I disliked this short story. It was that I felt at times, it was a little predictable. Rich man saves poor girl from falling over, fall into mad love, fall out over money and him trying to be controlling. That’s where this story ends but I am sure the next 2 instalments will all be about him winning her back. All been done before.

That’s the ‘bad’ part of the review. Good points about it, it is actually quite enjoyable. I certainly found myself wanting to know more about this couple and their relationship. I actually feel they could have made this into a much longer story, the characters were very likeable and there is a hint at a much deeper personality for them both which, with more pages, could have added a lot more to the story. I know there are more parts but even the part I read felt very rushed.

Despite all that, the next 2 parts will be added to my TBR – I am invested in discovering the happy ever after for Siobhan and Derrick!!

Fans of 50 Shades will enjoy this book I feel, there are lots of similarities. Anyone looking for a good quick romance read will probably enjoy this too.

You can buy DAZZLING (Diamond Trilogy #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | FEAR ME (Broken Love #1) by B.B. Reid @_BBREID (February 14th 2015, Bebe’s Reads LLC)

FEAR ME (Broken Love #1) by B.B. Reid
Published; February 14th 2015, Bebe’s Reads LLC

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I don’t believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.

I believe in fear.

He taught me how to be afraid.

We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn’t be the last. For ten years, he’s been my tormentor and I’ve been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.

Now he’s back and wants more than just my tears. You see…he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge…and he knows just how to get it.

Warning: Fear Me contains sensitive themes.

Let’s get this out of the way – the blurb says it contains sensitive themes and it ain’t half wrong! If you are particularly sensitive to child abuse, torture and mental abuse – then this is probably a book you need to steer clear of.

If like me, you welcome the challenge of a book shocking/surprising you. Keiran is not your typical ‘bad boy’ – he’s horrific, nasty, dominant, arrogant…pretty much all of the negative descriptors you can think of, but then there’s that slither. That slither of ‘ooooh, so he’s not vile…’ and I started to feel for him. This book takes us on a series of flashbacks, so we fully understand the history between Keiran and Lake. The more I learnt, the more I felt for the characters.

Lake, on the other hand is just as complex as Keiran. She is pretty much broken by Keiran’s actions and taunts, but still retains that resilliance to take him on and not cower away. Thankfully BB didn’t make Lake another ‘oh my, look at me, I’m soooo innocent’ type of eighteen year old. She didn’t do that with any of the characters in this book. It was easy to forget sometimes that this is based in/around a high school!

FEAR ME is one of those books that you cannot tear your eyes away from the pages and as much as you hate Keiran, you can’t help but want the best for him too! I shall add him to the long list of book boyfriends that have ruined me!

You can buy FEAR ME (Broken Love #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | THE TRAP (The Butlers #1) by Kimberley Chambers @kimbochambers (February 1st 2013, Harper Collins UK @HarperCollinsUK)

THE TRAP (The Butlers #1) by Kimberley Chambers
1st February 2013, Harper Collins UK

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The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.

The Butlers are the kings of the East End

Vinny and Roy Butler are the apple of their mum’s eye. Queenie knows they can play dirty, but when it comes to family they look after business and make her proud. Nothing and no one can bring them down.

Brotherly love

But Vinny seems to have crossed the wrong person and his cards are marked. And with the brothers joined at the hip, Roy may just be in the firing line too…

Deadly rivals

One bloody night sets Vinny on the path of desperate vengeance, but will the Butlers emerge stronger than ever, or is the East End code of honour as good as dead?

Funny story – a year or so ago, I purchased a book called THE WRONGED. Loved the blurb for it and after my stint of reading the Kaz Phelps series by Susan Wilkins, I was ready for more gritty East End London gangland crime fiction. The horror when I went onto Goodreads to find out THE WRONGED is the THIRD book in a series featuring the Butler family.

On my shelf that booked lived until I finally pulled my finger out and purchased the first book in this series; THE TRAP. I had a sneaky suspiction that I was going to love this book from the get go. After my recent Martina Cole binge and reading about the Krays – I was ready for this book!

Vinny Butler is one of those characters we love to hate. He is Freddie Jackson. He is Aidan O’Hara and every other East End bad man that we read about in this genre. Vinny is cold, heartless, selfish, arrogant, dangerous…a real arsehole. But I couldn’t help but love his character as well! His unpredictable nature makes for an exciting read! Assuming the position as the man of the family, looking after an ever growing brood whilst becoming a force to be reckoned with, not too dissimilar with the Kray Twins (which interestingly, this book is set in the same time).

Short chapters and paragraphs and ever changing character perspectives keep the pace moving along for me that kept me engaged in all of the drama and the characters themselves. Each character for me was written perfectly. It could be easy to lose your way with how many to remember, but this is where Kim’s writing stands out.

This is my first Kimberley Chambers read and after devouring THE TRAP, I now need to get my hands on PAYBACK as soon as humanly possible!

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

-S.

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD TOMORROW (Roy Grace #5) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (December 1st 2009, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD TOMORROW (Roy Grace #5) by Peter James
1st December 2009, Pan Macmillan

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*Lynn gripped the sides of the armchair, trying to put aside her own inner terror. ‘I can’t believe I’m thinking this, Ross. I’m not a violent person, even before Caitlin’s influence, I never even liked killing flies in my kitchen. Now I’m sitting here actually willing some stranger to die.’*

The body of a teenager dredged from the seabed off the coast of Sussex is found to be missing its vital organs. Soon two more young bodies are found.

Caitlin Beckett, a fifteen-year-old in Brighton, will die if she does not receive an urgent liver transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down, Lynn, her mother, turns in panic to the internet and discovers a broker who can provide her with a black-market organ – but at a price.

As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter’s life…

With the last line of Dead Man’s Footsteps (number 4 in the Roy Grace Series) I was very eager to jump right into book 5.

Unfortunately I was a little disappointed in the fact that Sandy is only briefly mentioned in a will they won’t they moment and we didn’t really get any more answers. However that being said it didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of the story.

I like the way that Peter manages to find different subjects to write about. Although murder is the ultimately the theme, the reasons for murder are always surprising and a little bit shocking at times. Dead Tomorrow was a lot of the latter. Although certain points are written from the killer’s perspective so we know who the culprits are it doesn’t take anything away from the story.

We see a lot more of the side characters in this instalment, mostly Roy’s colleagues but I enjoyed getting to know some of them better and I hope this continues on in the other books. There is also a glimpse of Roy’s personal life, Sandy aside. I feel that the fact we are beginning to see Roy moving on from his ex wife may lead to explosions personally for Roy further down the line.

Dead Tomorrow had me sat at the edge of my seat eager to keep reading to find out where all the different roads lead and how the characters become entwined.

It kept me guessing right until the very end as the story doesn’t come together until the last 5%. I was surprised by the end, it was not how I expected it to finish and I was a little sad but I liked the fact that it was surprising and not predictable.

You can buy DEAD TOMORROW (Roy Grace #5) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

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

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