#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 07/05/2018 |NAKED IN DEATH (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb (October 7th 2010, Piatkus Books @PiatkusBooks)

Title: NAKED IN DEATH (In Death #1)
Author:
J.D. Robb
Publisher:
Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 7th October 2010

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It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.

Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Not too long back – Goodreads ran a Romance fiction feature on the site and to my surprise, they listed some of their favourite Mystery/Crime fiction novels which featured a prominent romance element.

NAKED IN DEATH jumped out at me and reading further seems like a book I can really sink my teeth into!

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-S.

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#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 01/05/2018 โ€“ Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read FOREVER!

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

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

I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which is ‘Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read Forever’.

Remember that these are in NO particular order! ๐Ÿ™‚

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

THE MERMAID’S SINGING by Val McDermid

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

THE TAKE by Martina Cole

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Steig Larsson

DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER


by Jamie McGuire

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

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

 

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 30/04/2018 |CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1) by Tom Rob Smith @tomrobsmith (April 28th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

Title: CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1)
Author:
Tom Rob Smith
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 28th April 2011

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Stalin’s Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he’s ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

After watching RED SPARROW in the cinema back in March – I was keen to read a spy thriller. I’ve only read a small handful to now so wanted to broaden my horizon!

Before anyone asks – no I haven’t seen the movie. Nor will I until I have read the book. This is how I roll these days!

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

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-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 24/04/2018 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.

#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 userโ€ฆand an addict.

He was out of control and didnโ€™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 couldnโ€™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 canโ€™t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

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 didnโ€™t stop me from acting like she didnโ€™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 driverโ€™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

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-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 16/04/2018 |FEARLESS by Jessie Keane @realjessiekeane (March 22nd 2018, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

Title: FEARLESS
Author:
Jessie Keane
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: March 22nd 2018

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Play dirty, play to win.

Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is un-blemished; his fist a deadly weapon.

Claire Milo has always loved Josh, they were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. One day, she knew something really bad was going to happen. She could feel it . . .

Shauna Everett always wanted what she couldn’t have, and nobody, especially Claire Milo was going to stand in her way. She’s had her eye on Josh Flynn for years and she knew just how to get him. If it meant playing dirty, then so be it. What had she got to lose?

In a world ruled by violence, crime and backstreet brawls, only one woman will win in Jessie Keane’s Fearless, but how low is she prepared to go to achieve that goal?

Can you sense a theme on some of the books that are coming up on my TBR? I thoroughly enjoy Martina Cole and I’m half way into my first Kimberely Chambers book (THE TRAP) and LOVING it! Next step for me is Jessie Keane!

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

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-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 09/04/2018 |THE TRAP (The Butlers #1) by Kimberley Chambers @kimbochambers (January 1st 2013, Harper Collins @HarperCollinsUK)

Title: THE TRAP (The Butlers #1)
Author:
Kimberley Chambers
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2013

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The heir to Martina Coleโ€™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 mumโ€™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 tooโ€ฆ

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?

I’ve been reading a fair amount of Martina Cole recently – so I wanted to branch out and read novels from similar authors. THE TRAP has been on my wish list for a long time now and I’m hoping to get around to reading it soon beans!

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

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-S.

 

#BookTag | NEW YEAR BOOK TAG

It’s been a fair old while since I got involved with a book tag ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m aiming to do many more in 2018! What better way to start than with a NEW YEAR BOOK TAG which I blatantly stole from Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek and I’m not even sorry about it!

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ IN 2018?

After a rather good 2017 in regards to reading (finished on 75 books) I have set my target for 2018 of 60 books. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get more read as my TBR is a little out of control at the moment – but with it being January 12th already and I’m four books down….let’s see how I go!

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NAME FIVE BOOKS YOU DIDN’T GET TO READ IN 2017 THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE A PRIORITY IN 2018.

  1. A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
  2. FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
  3. DEFENDER by G.X Todd
  4. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
  5. RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole

NAME A GENRE YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF.

Horror! I’ve got a nice little stack of Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Grady Hendrix to be read – I just need to get through them!

Just so we are clear on this as well…..I can READ horror, but I can’t WATCH horror!

WHAT’S A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOREVER THAT YOU STILL NEED TO READ?

Thankfully I don’t have too many unread books on my shelf now that are over two years old! I made a conscious effort in 2017 to try and clear my ‘old’ TBR as soon as I could – but there is one book that still winks at me as I walk past…

JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton

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I picked up this STUNNING hardback edition of JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD on a visit to New York back in 2016. I could not walk out of Barnes & Noble without this book. I NEEDED it both in my life and on my shelf. A shelf where it has waited for me to pick it up and dive in. I’ve only ever watched the movies – so I am more than keen to read these!

ONE WORD YOU’RE HOPING 2018 WILL BE?

Oooh…I could go all philosophical or witty…or just plain basic! There’s many things I am hoping 2018 will be for me, but to sum it up in one word… ENJOYABLE.

I want to actually ENJOY blogging. I’m guilty of falling victim to bloggers anxiety; why don’t I have ALL the followers? How do I make my Instagram pictures look better? How many shares and tweets do I get? It can drive a person crazy! At one point I was starting to lose track of why I even started blogging in the first place. Not good.

So for 2018, I want to read what I want, when I want, review how I want, take pictures how I want and be grateful for every like/share/tweet – no matter how many and just ENJOY reading. ENJOY blogging and ENJOY the social aspect.

Following from Drew – I won’t be tagging any specific bloggers to take part in this tag. However, if you do take part – be sure to take us in so we can see your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading!

-S.

 

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 04/12/2017 |THE MISSING GIRL by Jenny Quintana @jennyquintana95 (January 11th 2018, Mantle Books @MantleBooks)

Title: THE MISSING GIRL
Author:
Jenny Quintana
Publisher:
Mantle Books
Publication Date: January 11th 2018

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When Anna Flores’ adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, just as soon as she can: running as far away from her family as possible, and eventually building a life for herself abroad.

Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home. Tasked with sorting through her mother’s possessions, she begins to confront not just her mother’s death, but also the huge hole Gabriella’s disappearance left in her life – and finds herself asking a question she’s not allowed herself to ask for years: what really happened to her sister?

Thank you so much to Annabelle at ed public relations for gifting me an early copy of THE MISSING GIRL!

I am really looking forward to reading this book. The blurb alone has grabbed my interest already and sounds exactly the type of book I need in my life right now!

Looking forward to sharing my review as part of the blog tour when it hits in January!

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.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 26/09/2017 โ€“ Ten Books That Feature Fierce Female Characters

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

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

This weeks prompt was an open prompt;Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________:’ So I have decided that the Top 10 for this week will feature Fierce Females! When I think of a Fierce Female, I don’t necessarily just think of a Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley type of character. There are many female characters who are fierce in their own way, whether it be the way they confront a situation or provide support for those around them.

My Top 10 looks something like this;

1. LORI ANDERSON from DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

2. CAROL JORDAN from THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid

3. KAZ PHELPS from THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

4. JANE TENNISON from TENNISON by Lynda LaPlante

5. HELEN GRACE from EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge

6. LISBETH SALANDER from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

7. HARPER GRAYSON from THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

8. POPPY from THE OTHER TWIN by Lucy V. Hay

9. WILLOWDEAN DICKSON from DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy

10. ROBIN ELLACOTT from THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
Do you agree with any of the above choices? Who would you feature on this list?

Would love to hear in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, happy readingโ€ฆ..

-S.