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

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

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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.

We, I, you, everyone…. Have all been waiting rather impatiently for the next book in the Jesse & Ava series! We all wanted to know what would be in store for the couple after the twins were born. What happens to Drew? John? Kate? So many questions!

Then the blurb was released and we collectively sobbed as we knew that WITH THIS MAN was going to make us Kardashian cry!

Written predominantly from the perspective of Jesse, we delve further into his thoughts and feelings. Not just for Ava, but for his children, family and friends. Especially when his world is turned pretty much upside down when Ava is involved in an accident that erases the last sixteen years of her life. When she awakes in hospital, she remembers nothing of her time with Jesse…..or even that she’s had children.

Jesse is forced to help Ava fall in love with him all over again, which let me tell you is no easy feat when you have a character as head strong, stubborn and sassy as Ava. There’s no denying that Ava feels that instant pull and chemistry that we experienced in THIS MAN.

If you are a fan of Jodi’s writing, then you will know that as well as the romance and kink, you’re also going to get drama. WITH THIS MAN is no exception and there is one part… Yeah, thanks Jodi for tearing my heart out, rolling it around in gravel and then trying to put it back! 😦

 

You can buy WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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

-S.

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham (19th August 2011, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) by Winston Graham
Published; August 19th 2011, Pan Macmillan

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Cornwall 1812. At Nampara, the Poldark family finds the new year brings involvement in more than one unexpected venture.

For Ross and Demelza there is some surprising – and worrying – news. And Clowance, newly returned from her London triumphs, finds that her entanglement with Stephen Carrington brings not only happiness but heartache.

As the armies battle in Spain, and the political situation at home becomes daily more obscure, the Poldark and Warleggan families find themselves thrust into a turbulent new era as complex and changing as the patterns of The Miller’s Dance…

Being back in the lives of the Poldarks is always so exciting. So much seems to happen in each book. We are now on book 9 and yet again this book seems to be based more on the lives of the children Jeremy and Clowance. Both finding love and suffering for it in different ways.

Still Ross and Demelza are the back bone of the story and as they face more challenges, although not as big as previous books, their love of each other still remains.

Winston always managed to write some awful characters. In every single book I have read so far in the series there is always one person that makes me want to throw my book at the wall. It was Stephen’s turn this time. From the way he seems to pressure Clowance to how he encourages bad behavior there was something about him that made me want to punch him in the face. I spent the first half of the book willing Clowance to open her eyes and see him for what he really is. Obviously George Warleggan is still included and doesn’t redeem himself in the eyes of the reader.

Although there are a lot of historical references in the book it doesn’t take away from the story for me. I think it quite adds to it to know that people living in those times would have had to deal with similar issues. It’s good to see that Winston did lots of research when writing the novels.

As Jeremy struggles to deal with his heartbreak and goes looking for more unsavoury ways to try to make it a bit easier and I guess exact revenge, Clowance seems to grow from hers. It’s almost like her eyes are opened in a way she never expected and I hope we get to see her grow more in the coming books.

I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read the remaining books in the series.

You can buy THE MILLER’S DANCE (Poldark Saga #9) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

*L*

 

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 01/05/2018 – 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 – 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris @AliHarrisWriter (13th October 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris
Published; October 13th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK

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Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name.

But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable possibilities into town. Evie works in the stockroom of an old-fashioned, family-run, London fashion department store. Hardy’s is a beautiful, wood-panelled jewellery box of a building, but it’s in dire need of a makeover.

One day Evie overhears that if the entire store’s takings don’t turn round by Dec 26th – 3 weeks’ time – the family who own it will be forced to sell to one of the big chains. Hardy’s is in need of a Christmas miracle. Determined to save her beloved store, Evie hatches a plan to secretly transform it into a magical place to shop again. But has the time come for her to be noticed too?

When an accidental romantic encounter with handsome, enigmatic Joel gives her the chance of a whole new identity, she takes it.

When I picked this book to read after having it sat on my kindle for a long time I was looking for something light and fluffy to read alongside another book.

It was certainly heart warming, light and fluffy but it completely surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. It completely sucked me in and I found myself eager to keep reading.

Set in a struggling modern day dept store this story is based on the stockroom girl who feels invisible to all those around. It’s a tale of a lost soul who does everything for everyone but forgets to follow her own heart. Based at Christmas time this story leaves you with a full heart.

It’s a magical story that gets us asking ourselves what we would change about our lives and what we would do in this situation.

There are parts that are predictable for readers of chick lit but it didn’t feel like a story I’d read a 100 times before. The setting made it feel different and even a little bit special.

I fell in love with the characters & their individual stories and felt as invested in all of them as I did the main character. I actually feel that some of them deserve their own book. I’d love to read more about Lily’s dancing career and Dehilia and Will’s relationship. They were all written in such a way I was very invested in them all.

This book left me feeling warm, fuzzy with a heart full of love and a feeling I could conquer the world. Highly recommended and definitely an author I will read more of.
You can buy MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) now from the following booksellers (although there are many more!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

*L*

#MovieMonday | TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)

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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 one of my Top Five of ALL time…

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
Directed by; James Cameron

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When I was a nipper, we had a small collection of VHS tapes, mostly all of them ex-rental purchases from Ritz video! (Am I showing my age yet?!) Among such classics like Aladdin, Back to the Future: Part Three (no idea why we didn’t have the first two!) and Total Recall, we had Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

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Now at this point, I had never seen the first Terminator, so I was oblivious to the back story of Sarah Connor and Skynet. Thankfully the narration the sequel gave me enough insight.

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I love literally EVERYTHING about this movie. From the characters, to the plot, the action, the chase sequences. EVERY THING!

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Sarah Connor is and will always be my spirit animal. She is the only female I think I truly look up to. She’s strong, sensitive, puts others before herself. She’s a warrior.

 

#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

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

-S.

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | RECOVERED by Jay Crownover @JayCrownover (March 24th 2018, Indie Published)

RECOVERED by L.J. Shen
Published; March 24th 2018, Indie Published

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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 went into RECOVERED pretty much straight after finishing MIDNIGHT BLUE and I was surprised that the plots are very similar. Both feature guys who have been pulled into a world of addiction, with people around them resorting to using a sobriety companion to help keep them from relapsing. But I have to say that despite this, I really enjoyed RECOVERED!

Surprisingly, I was drawn to Affton’s character from the first chapters. She is a young woman who, although having suffered herself in the past – is strong and independent. She doesn’t just flutter her eyelashes and is whisked off her feet by James. She is able to stand up for herself, take no shit and give it back when needed.

James….my word. For such a young man, he has been through some of the worst, for reasons which we learn about throughout the book. When we meet him at the beginning of the book, he really is at rock bottom and we follow his journey as he reluctantly starts to rebuild his life. I’ve never wanted to hug a character more!

RECOVERED is an intense, character driven story about two young people who are looking for redemption and along the way find each other. For me, this book had a slower pace, which to me is exactly what this book needed. A solid read that you can really sink your teeth into!

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

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#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.

#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.

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 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.