#RisqueReads | #BookReview | OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway (5th March 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway
Published; March 5th 2019, Indie Published

Spending a month filming a reality TV show with your ex is no picnic.

Especially when you’ve signed a contract stating that the two of you will not, under any circumstances, have romantic relations while filming.

Leanne Simmons and Callum Davidson never had an easy relationship. From enemies to lovers and back to enemies, they’ve been on again/off again for years. Things come to a head when Callum gets into an altercation with a rival for Leanne’s affections. Their management decide enough is enough and give them both an ultimatum: sign the contract or leave the show.

Unwilling to give up their livelihoods, Callum and Leanne sign on the dotted line. However, like always, they can’t resist making a bet. Callum thinks it’s only a matter of time before they break the agreement, while Leanne is determined to see it through.

Can she resist him for an entire month without losing her sanity? And what if this is the one bet that finally breaks them both?

Off the Air is a contemporary romance and Book One in L.H. Cosway’s brand new “Running on Air” Series. Each book focuses on a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Being asked to read OFF THE AIR, the new L H Cosway novel and review it was a dream come true.

I’ve been a massive fan of Cosway since reading KILLER QUEEN last year and couldn’t wait to read her latest adventures. And what a rollercoaster this is, the story of Leanne and Callum, two beautiful souls on a journey of self discovery and at time self destruction. Here is a love story that is cemented in a world we can believe we could orbit. Cosway has once again created a set of characters so intriguing that you never want the novel to end. Not only are we enamoured with Leanne and Cal, with the turbulent and beautiful relationship between them but also with their parkour family.

A bunch of unlikely friends, joined together in their love of free running to become a family that we fall head over heels in love with. Every character has a depth to them that let’s you know Cosway means business. Here is an author who knows her story, sets the tone perfectly and makes you fall in love with every turn of the page. I wanted to read this novel from the offset but I became compelled to read as soon as I was introduced to the beauties Leanne and Cal.

This is a story that lives on once the last page has been turned. When the kindle has died and the tears have been shed. Nothing prepares you for how easily you’ll fall for these characters, but then why would you want to be prepared? All the best rides are ones into the unknown. Every novel I’ve read by L H Cosway has only made me love this author more. Her story telling is fascinating, no two novels the same. The characters she creates are beautiful both in appearance and in soul. Sure nothing is plain sailing but we love the stories all the more for it.

Another one to add the bookshelves, one of those rare reads that pull you out of reality and into the fictional world. I need this in paperback and I most certainly will be reading more of L H Cosway’s work. Just try to stop me!

You can buy OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

*M*

#ThrillerReads | #BookReview| THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Phoebe Morgan @Phoebe_A_Morgan (February 21st 2019, HQ Stories @HQstories)

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Phoebe Morgan
Published; February 21st 2019, HQ Stories

One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of The Doll House, the number one digital bestseller.

Well where do I even start with this book?!

It starts off with a young girl, from a well off area, being murdered and found on the meadow by someone the whole town is wary of. Written from several different points of view including the murdered girl, the next door neighbour and the investigating officer, I was completely gripped by this book as I tried to figure out where the story was going to lead and I LOVE books like that. I love trying to guess what the ending will be, although mostly I am completely wrong, it adds an element of fun to the book. 

I figured that it wouldn’t be as obvious as it first seemed and that became more clear as the story progresses. I feel like Jane, the next door neighbour of murdered girl Claire, is the main narrator and you can tell from the offset that things are not quite what they seem in regards to her story but Phoebe had a knack of giving little tit bits that keep you on the edge of the seat. As Jane explains about her names, friends in the PTA and her husband as well as Claire’s family whose windows she can see straight into, you know that the saying “you don’t know what happens behind closed doors” is never more truer. I had the unfortunate experience of reading this on Pigeonhole so only got a stave per day and I struggled not being able to find out what happened next at the end of each section. It gets more and more excited as all the little twists are revealed and we start to get a sense of what happened the night of the murder. 

Phoebe wrote this book very well, giving just enough information at each point that you have to finish to discover what really happened but also tied it up at the end so well that all the unanswered questions are finally answered and you are left feeling satisfied although a little weirded out by the outcome.

A very well written thriller that would be quick to read as you continuously fly through the pages. 

You can buy THE GIRL NEXT DOOR from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 15/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 

THE BEAST WITHIN (Villains #2) by Serena Valentino

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle.

Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s!

But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster?

And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

I found this to be a clever alternate story to the original Beauty & The Beast we all know and love. All the well loved and not so well loved characters were included in this story.

It was interesting to read how the story could have happened from the Beast’s point of view, as in the Disney film we took it at face value that the Beast was selfish and spoilt without any explanation what made him that way.

This is the first book I have read by Serena Valentino, will definitely be looking for the rest in this series

[K]

 

’48 by James Herbert

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In 1945, Hitler unleashed the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance.

Those who died at once were the lucky ones. The really unfortunate took years. The survivors – people like me, who had the blood group that kept us safe from the disease – were now targets for those who believed our blood could save them.

I survived for three years. I lived alone, spending my days avoiding the fascist Blackshirts who wanted my blood for their dying leader. Then I met the others – and life got complicated all over again . . .

This book is a different take on the apocalyptic dystopian alternate history ‘the world has ended’ genre, even though it was first published in 1996. Majority of England (and possibly the world?) has been wiped out by Hitler’s last hurrah, a bomb with a deadly virus.

The story focuses on the main character Hoke who is immune, but unfortunately for him there are others who are surviving in a sense but are in near constant pursuit and after his blood.

I found this a real page turner of a book with many twists that keeps you reading.  I first read this book years ago as a teenager, and have ever since wanted to read it again but couldn’t remember the title or the author.

My mum happened to come across this at our local library and I am so glad she did! I have now managed to re-read a book which fragments of the story has managed to say with me for the last 18 years and now purchased my own copy so I can re-read again at my leisure.

[K]

 

A BABY AT THE BEACH CAFE by Lucy Diamond

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A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond’s bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.

Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she’s been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely.

Helen’s come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect.

But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?

This is lovely little short story with characters I found I could relate to and believe in.

Due to it being a short story this will only be a short review as I do not want to inadvertently give away any spoilers.

But if you have a spare couple of hours please pick up this book for a lovely heartwarming story beside the seaside.

[K]

 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 01/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 
THE YELLOW DOG (Maigret #6) by Georges Simenon

18774736.jpgThere was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight­est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.

In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows…

Another brilliant story from Mr Simenon

When I picked up the first Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian I wasn’t sure how I felt about the Detective and his story. I am so glad I persevered as they just keep getting better. I am now used to how Detective Maigret works in his sometimes brusque manner, and as these books were set and written in the 1920/30s how life was so much different then (the way of speaking to men/women, how the classes acted towards each other, even what was just generally acceptable then that wouldn’t necessarily be now) and investigation techniques were so much different how it is in the novels now.

Maigret has found himself in the middle of another mystery, when a seemingly unknown person has decided to remove certain well known characters in a little town.

What has happened that means someone wants these prominent men dead?

Where has this yellow dog appeared from and who does he belong to?

[K]

 

THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS by Diana Wynne Jones

1017863.jpg“You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.”

When Jamie unwittingly discovers the scary, dark-cloaked Them playing games with human’s lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds. Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.

Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance.

I am definitely enjoying Diana Wynne Jones’ books, and I happened to come across these by chance!

In this book the story revolves around a young lad, Jamie, that discovers that our ‘world’ is basically a big boardgame for aliens – I’m thinking something like Risk (or at least how I understand that game is played) but because he discovers this he is cast out from his word and cursed to walk the Bounds (cross between the worlds) until he finds his Home again. The alternative worlds vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, with Jamie discovering what he can and can’t do to survive.

Unfortunately this is a standalone novel, but am looking forward to reading more of this authors books.

If you like time travel, fantasy and abit of sci-fi this one has got to be on your TBR list!

[K]

 

HALF A KING (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

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Betrayed by his family and left for dead, prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the shattered sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.

This was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.

My only regret is not starting this sooner!

This book sucked me in from page 1. Set in Medieval-similar times Yarvi is the second in line to the throne, training to be a minister but doesn’t have the affection of the people due to the hand deformity he was born with as people see him as half a person. This story follows Yarvi through death and betrayal, friendship and hardship and the extremes of weather and people on his travels so he can take his revenge on those who wronged him.

Whilst I did guess part of what was going to happen just shortly before it did, it was still a brilliant story and there were other twists that I never saw coming! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book from this author.

I would say if you are a fan of George RR Martin this is a story for you!

[K]

 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 24/09/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 
THE NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS (Maigret #7) by Georges Simenon

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“She came forward, the outlines of her figure blurred in the half-light. She came forward like a film star, or rather like the ideal woman in an adolescent’s dream. ‘I gather you wish to talk to me, Inspector . . . but first of all please sit down . . .’ Her accent was more pronounced than Carl’s. Her voice sang, dropping on the last syllable of the longer words.”

Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for seventeen hours without a confession. He’s either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

These are short little novels, with medium size chapters. So for me a fairly quick read and ideal for taking on a day out.

These little stories can be read as standalones if preferred, nor do they have to be read in order if it is not desired.

Whilst I had already seen the televised episode of this with Rowan Atkinson, and did remember the basic storyline it was fun to read the novel as opposed to have it all play out on the television screen.

I found this a fast paced book, which still kept me guessing right until the very end.

Another brilliant and intriguing investigation by Maigret.

[K]

 
THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by Belinda Bauer

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There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . .

This was the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last.

This was a fast paced book which I found I struggled to put down. I warmed to the main character Eve’s personality, and disliked the smarmy Guy, the problems of juggling her journalism job with an incredibly tetchy boss and her homelife, when a serial killer is thrown into the mix. Each death by this killer was a surprise and I found myself rooting for Eve to solve the case right up until the climatic end.

Whilst I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the story for new readers, I would definitely recommend this book to those that like a good crime thriller. So much so I have actually passed this book onto my Mum to read as she likes this genre.

You will not be disappointed!

[K]

TRAITOR’S BLOOD (Civil War Chronicles #1) by Michael Arnold

9186453.jpgTraitor’s Blood, the first in The Civil War Chronicles, Michael Arnold’s acclaimed series of historical thrillers, sees battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, ‘the Sharpe of the Civil War’, confront his nemesis. ‘Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell’ Yorkshire Post

Once seen in the heat of battle, Captain Stryker is never forgotten. A hardened veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, he has come home to England to seek revenge on the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.

Stryker is driven by loyalty rather than conviction to serve King Charles’s cause. He has no truck with aristocracy, preferring the company of a handful of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forreseter and his foul-mouthed sergeant, Skellen. But when the existence of a dangerous spy at the heart of the Royalist establishment is discovered, it is Stryker whom Prince Rupert chooses to capture the man before he realises the game is up.

Lightly armed and with only a handful of men, Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time. But unbeknown to Stryker, someone else is also closing in on his quarry, someone whom Stryker has sworn to kill: Captain Eli Makepeace, his nemesis, the man who nearly destroyed him . . .

Being part of one of the Civil War towns (Newark), I have taken an interest in this particular point in history.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel but I really enjoyed it, the story is set around Captain Striker and his companions giving the battles and skirmishes from their point of view (in this one it includes the battle of Edgehill) Whilst trying to complete his special mission he has been given.

I found I was rooting for the good guys, disliking the bad and wondering how they were going to get out of the scrapes they found themselves in. The action was well described and non stop, where pretty much no one got away unscathed. And the storyline I felt was well paced and thought out.

Definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series. Ideal for those that like military or historical action stories.

[K]

 
Have you read any of our mini reviews this week?

Let us know in the comments!

 

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (September 8th 2016, Orion Books @orionbooks)

THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; September 8th 2016, Orion Books

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People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

Ever since I was introduced to Jesse Ward in the THIS MAN series, *M* has made her personal mission to get me to read ALL of Jodi’s work and THE PROTECTOR is the one book that she has raved on at me the most about! Received as a gift for my birthday, it would have been rude not to delve straight in!

I firstly stand by all previous comments that this woman knows how to write!! Not just the plot, but the characters as well. It’s easy to get consumed by the emotion and depth of Jake and Camille. Both two sides of a coin with very different personalities and backgrounds, but work incredibly well as a pair.

As with all JEM novels, there is an almost thriller aspect to the story. The reason that Jake is recruited into helping Camille soon blows up in spectacular fashion, with both parties having to face some pretty ugly truths. The chemistry between the pair is enough to burn anyone that comes close and makes for a rather steamy read!

THE PROTECTOR is an ‘edge of your seat’ romance novel, with drama and action throughout! An absolute thrill to read and left me wanting more! That’s until I remind myself that Jake and Camille are coming to the big screen courtesy of Passionflix!

 

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

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.