#Review | #BookReview | THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME by Mariana Zapata @marianazapata_ (February 28th 2016) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Review;

STORY TIME!! It all started with this little (and I’m being sarcastic when I say ‘little’) book event called RARE – the Romance Authors and Readers Event. The year was 2018 and *M* and I were attending RARE in London. Over 100 authors – both indie and traditionally published, all with a love of contemporary romance, under ONE roof for readers to meet and swoon over their favourite book boyfriends, girlfriends and other creatures (I see you PNR readers!)

When the author list was first announced, I trawled through to see how many I’d already read. It was an embarrassingly low number of 2!! This had to be rectified as soon as humanly possible. I wanted to give the event and the authors the respect it deserved, so I started trawling through all of the authors and looking into what kind of story they wrote. Second chance romance, MC romance, Erotica, Enemies to Lovers… you name it – Romance fiction has the sub-genre for it.

I’d never considered Sports romance as a thing before….sure, I’ve read plenty of ‘smut’ and billionaire romance, but had not yet ventured into the realms of the sports romance. That was until I saw Mariana Zapata. The book – FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE. This book had EVERYTHING!! It gave me the tension, the slow burning friendship/romance…not to mention the ice skating (secret pleasure of mine – to watch that is!!). But what surprised me the most was the writing. The writing is SUPERB!

This is why I was keen beans to pick up another of her works and landed on THE WALL OF WINNIPEG. There’s no two ways around. Mariana Zapata has a natural gift of being able build tension, pull the readers into the characters world and fully invest in the relationship. The story will start with you hating the hero. He’s moody, unapproachable..and of course drop dead gorgeous, so keeping a level head around him is out of the question!

I cannot wait to get stuck into the rest of Mariana’s work – I know I’ll be on the ride of my life without disappointment!

-S.

You can buy THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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

#Review | #BookReview | POISON by Jade West @jadewestauthor (March 16th 2020) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

He was the man who destroyed me. The monster who left me in pieces over a decade ago.
I swore I’d never speak to him again, that I’d never set eyes on him again as long as I lived.
But I was wrong.
When life gets too much and you need to escape, the poison that might kill you becomes oh so tempting.

I craved his perverted ways, his smirk, his laughter as he pushed my body way past its limits.
I needed a release from the crazy. Just once.
Just one night. That’s what I told myself.
No strings, no illusions, no promises. Nothing but the lasting thrill of his flesh on mine.
The lasting hit of his poisonous touch.
But when poison runs through your veins, the way he runs through mine, it’s toxic and eats you alive.

This much passion always comes at a price…

Review;

Okie doke – where do I even start? I’ve been in a BIG reading slump for a while now and what better way to break that slump then with a new Jade West release?! Even more so knowing what a personal and emotional book this is for Jade.

POISON tells the story of Anna and Lucas as a one off text message after ten years sees the pair reunite and embark on a HOT and steamy series of encounters. We learn throughout the book that life has changed dramatically for the pair in the last decade and the events that led to them separating in the first place.

POISON is a credit to the powerhouse of a woman who, in light of a turbulent couple of years, is still able to bring to life a pair of humans who have the most incredible chemistry and are FILTHY as hell!

Another stellar read from Jade and one that I’ll be talking about for a while!

-S.

You can buy POISON from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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

#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | MY BEST MISTAKE (My Best Series #1) by Carole Wolfe @CaroleW30064418 (6th June 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @BOTBSPublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for MY BEST MISTAKE, the first novel in the My Best Series by the wonderful Carole Wolfe.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing bobby dazzler that is Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the awesome Carole Wolfe who gifted me an early copy of MY BEST MISTAKE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

A lawsuit, an ex-husband, and a hotel full of men. Just another crazy day in the life of a single mom…

Tasha Gerome tries to find the funny side of her everyday disasters. It’s just about the only thing that gets the single mother of twins through her chaotic life. Well, that and a comfy pair of piggy slippers. But not everyone appreciates her brand of humor…

Her deadbeat ex-husband certainly doesn’t get her jokes as he returns to town to bother her and the twins. A famous doctor threatens her with legal action over a misunderstanding. And her mother is more concerned with Tasha’s single status than her humor, dragging her kicking and screaming back into the dating game…

One thing is for certain. Fixing her legal troubles, getting rid of her ex, and finding a new man will take a whole lot of laughter… and a little help from her family…

My Best Mistake is a down-to-earth women’s fiction novel that celebrates a single mother’s courage and comedy. If you like sweet romance, snarky humor, and characters who tell it like it is, then you’ll love Carole Wolfe’s hilarious tale.

So, you want to know what I thought??

I was asked to review My Best Mistake as part of the blog tour and thought it sounded like something I would enjoy and I wasn’t disappointed.
Tasha’s life is a mess. Her house is so much of a mess the housekeeper doesn’t even want to hang around. The story starts off with her receiving a letter from her lawyer regarding a cease and desist which she believes has come from her ex husband but has actually come from the couple’s fertility doctor. 

As we progress we find out that Tasha has won the lottery and is a multi millionaire and despite having to pay her husband out as part of their divorce settlement, Doug keeps crawling back for more but has no interest in their twin children, Libby and Blake, well more so Libby as he blames the fertility doctor for the fact that she is a girl. 

Tasha has to swollow her pride and ask her lawyer sister for help. Whilst visiting the office she runs into her ex brother in law Brad and they rediscover a friendship that was never allowed to grow. As tensions between Tasha and Sara slowly begin to fade, Tasha begins to discover who she is as an individual and things with Doug don’t seem to be such a big burden.

I really enjoyed this book. Definitely a chick lit book (for want of a better description) about a woman who has forgotten who she is and I loved going on the journey of self discovery that Tasha partakes on. I loved all the little twists and turns that the book offered as it developed and found most of the characters relatable and likeable except of course Doug who seems to be so arrogant and up himself that I could have punched him several times over. I also loved how Tasha found a support network who have always been there but she has never allowed herself to rely on. 

It was nice to read about a lottery winner but the story not all be about money, in fact the only time it’s really mentioned is in reference to Doug otherwise Tasha just seems to be a normal stay at home Mum trying to juggle lots of balls. 

I feel like some of the characters can be further developed so was thrilled to learn that there is another book in the series about Sara. There definitely seems to be more to her story and I am looking forward to reading it in the future.

The story was really well written and I found it very easy to read and soon found myself flying through the pages. I would highly recommend this to people looking for a quick, chick lit kind of story that they can easily lose themselves in and don’t need to think too much about. 

I’m sure Carole Wolfe is going to be an author I will read more of. 

*L*

About Carole Wolfe;

Carole Wolfe started telling stories in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. While she no longer illustrates her stories with crayon, Carole still uses her words to help readers escape the daily hiccups of life. Her debut novel, The Best Mistake, follows a single mom as she stumbles through one mishap after another.

When Carole isn’t writing, she is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kiddos, a traveling husband and a dog that thinks she is a cat. Carole enjoys running at a leisurely pace, crocheting baby blankets for others and drinking wine when she can find the time. She and her family live in Texas.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolewolfeauthor/

Twitter: @CaroleW30064418

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19209162.Carole_Wolfe

Blog: https://www.carolewolfe.com/blog/

Website: https://www.carolewolfe.com/

MY BEST MISTAKE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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

*L*

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

#TeaserShare | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019, Indie Published #SocialButterflyPR @jennw23)

Ryan Willis has spent years in the protection business, a job that requires constant vigilance and quick thinking. His only chance to truly relax is at his secluded cabin in a small town where there are never any surprises. So when Ryan returns after an assignment and encounters a beautiful stranger, he isn’t only surprised, he’s also instantly intrigued.

Hannah Bright is a breath of fresh air, and Ryan is soon completely consumed, unable to stop from falling for her. As the two grow closer, his instinct tells him something is amiss. Yet nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he starts digging into her past.

Hannah spends her days painting, running her arts and crafts store…and hiding too many secrets. It’s why she won’t let the ruggedly handsome bodyguard get too close. But their chemistry is undeniable, and Hannah quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. He is peace personified, a balm to her battered soul. Yet the gorgeous, captivating man who has swept Hannah off her feet doesn’t even know who she really is. And the moment he finds out, both their lives are at risk.

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) by Isabel Lucero @AuthorIsabel (15th August 2019, Indie Published) #IndieAuthor

ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) by Isabel Lucero
15th August 2019 (Indie Published)

One taste will never be enough… 

You learn a lot about people pouring their drinks and London is what I would consider a regular. Like clockwork, she’s been coming into my bar twice a week for the last year. Besides her name, I’ve learned that she’s witty, beautiful, and unfortunately… taken. 

She’s in a relationship with a guy that I’m pretty sure doesn’t deserve her. 
Respecting that is the only thing stopping me from figuring out the things I really want to know. Things like, what her body feels like against mine, or how she tastes on my tongue. 

But one evening, everything changes. London comes in and tells me that they broke up. One drink leads to two, and she finally confesses that this attraction isn’t one sided. Our slow burn is about to get blazing hot.

I wasn’t just looking for a one-night stand, not with a girl like her. 
But next thing you know, the ex is back. He’s in my bar, sitting next to her. 

We try to act like there isn’t a connection between us. 
Like our bodies weren’t made for each other and we didn’t set each other aflame with a single kiss.  Every time I look at her, I see the flash in her eyes that tell me she’s remembering it too. Re-living every delicious second of our time spent together on top of this very bar.  

The problem is now that I know what she tastes like, I want more.
On the rocks. It’s how London prefers her drinks, and the current state of her relationship. And I’m about to shake things up, because I’ll be damned if I let her get away. 

Reading this story I very quickly became enamoured with London and Royce. The clever use of both characters to narrate their story helped the reader understand situations from both perspectives and brought them more to life. 

Royce is charming, handsome and all round good guy. He quickly cements himself as a great leading man, a player but not enough to put the reader off. It is his loyalty and love of his brothers that make even the hardened reader swoon. 

London is a leading lady you can relate to, she’s smart, beautiful and coming to terms with her feelings for another man when already in a relationship. It is her big heart, fun and real friendships that ultimately wish you could be her friend. 

The surrounding characters are well fleshed out, only adding to a very lovely story. Overall I loved this read, I wanted to read more, to see where things might go for the characters. Here’s hoping we get to revisit Royce and London in the future.

You can pick up your copy of ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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

*M*

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | MR. MAYFAIR by Louise Bay @louisesbay (1st October 2019, Indie Published) #IndieAuthor

MR. MAYFAIR by Louise Bay
1st October 2019 (Indie Published)

It should be the most shocking news I’d ever gotten—My boyfriend is getting married.

Okay, technically he’s my ex-boyfriend. Two months ago he decided he wanted a break. I still thought he was my happily ever after.

On any other day, knowing he was gone for good would be the worst thing that could possibly happen.

But not today.

Because not only is my boyfriend getting married—his bride is my best friend.

And they’ve sent me an invitation.

There’s no way I’m going to attend. I don’t care if it’s in beautiful Scotland. 

Nothing and no one could convince me.

Not even when a deliciously handsome stranger tells me he needs to go as my plus one.

Not even when he shoots me a wickedly, sexy smile.

But then he offers me the opportunity of a lifetime—a dream come true. How can I say no?

But I have one condition. He has to be my new boyfriend. I mean, my pretend new boyfriend.

I’m about to find out that faking it can be a whole lot of fun.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

MR. MAYFAIR is the newest release from one of our favourite authors here at The P Turners, the fabulous Louise Bay.

And boy what a read this novel is, you have everything you could want and some things you didn’t know you needed. Louise Bay is an author who knows how to create the best characters, leading ladies who you’d love to be friends with, the kind of women who build up other women.

Then we have Mr Mayfair himself, a fine specimen of man, who has all the qualities we’ve come to love from our leading men. Tall, handsome, cocky in just the right amount and leaving us truly smitten. The chemistry between Beck and Stella is off the charts hot, leaving the reader begging for more. We’re on a journey of self discovery with these characters, strapped in and ready for the ride. We want to know everything, to experience it all and the dual perspective of the novel allows us just that.

I could not stop reading, eager to lose myself in this wonderful world, where two beautiful souls come together and whisk you away. Louise Bay, thank you. For creating such amazing characters, for bringing them and their story into the world and allowing your readers to share in the love of them. Because it is clear from the beginning that here we have an author who truly loves, cares and treasures her characters.

Mr Mayfair is a true diamond in the rough.

You can pick up your copy of MR. MAYFAIR at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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

*M*

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens (September 17th 2015, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens
17th September 2015, Indie Published

“You must keep it inside.
You must never let it out.
It must never gain control.
Let it be who you are and you will lose everything.
Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes, Sir.”

Control
It’s a way of life for Max McQueen. 
It doesn’t come easy, but he thought he had it mastered.
Until now
Now nothing works
It’s slipping away
He must find a way to get it back 
Or he risks losing everything.
It’s just a word.
But it’s the thing he needs most of all.
It’s what holds him together.
Or is it what holds him back?

As part of the P Turners reading challenge we all have a list of books that have been on our shelves, unread, for too long. So we’re taking part in a Beat The Backlist and The C Word by Kerry Heavens was my first port of call.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kerry Heavens since I picked up a copy of Spencer last year and after meeting this incredible author a couple of times, I was eager to read this short novel. The C Word isn’t anything I was expecting, intrigued by the idea of complete control and the enigmatic lead character, our hero, who strives for a iron hold on his control, I devoured this novel.

Kerry Heavens knows how to write, to create beautiful men who test the limits of what is a hero. Here is an author who knows what kind of characters her readers want, to the point where we don’t even know we want them. The book is a short read, a delightful insight into this mysterious world.

I was left completely intrigued by the characters in this novel, eager to read more of their story, to delve deeper into this world set apart from ours. I am hoping that in the future Kerry Heavens gives us more of this story, more of these characters.

A very enjoyable read, keeping us intrigued and very happy.

You can pick up your copy of THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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

*M*

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West @jadewestauthor (May 16th 2017, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West
16th May 2017, Indie Published

Some bad girls need a firm hand to keep them in line. 
I’m bad enough to need two. 

Two older men who can teach me a lesson when I misbehave. 
Two hot bodies to keep me warm in bed at night. 
Two best friends who can learn to share a filthy-mouthed little brat like me. 

After all… dirty girls need very dirty daddies. 

*** 

Carrie Wells is nothing but trouble. 

She’s wild and difficult. Not worth anyone’s time. 

Carrie Wells is a beautiful little brat. She’s also a vulnerable young adult on my case list. 

She’s half my age and totally off limits. I’m breaking every rule in the book by giving her somewhere to stay when she’s out on the streets with nowhere to go. And I’m breaking every rule of friendship by holing her up in my best friend Jack’s house while he’s away on business. 

I thought life was difficult enough when I fell for the girl, but it gets a whole lot harder when Jack comes home early and finds a beautiful stranger causing chaos in his house. 

And a whole lot harder still when he falls for her too. 

He’s the one guy on this planet I’d share my last supper with. I’d share it gladly. 

I’m just not so sure how I feel about sharing Carrie Wells.

After reading BAIT by Jade West, I knew going into another novel by this author that I would be best going in with an open mind and a poker face.

And what a poker face I needed when reading DIRTY DADDIES on the commute to and from work. Here is a book that plays on your heart strings, with Carrie Wells the young lady looking for love. She’s had a troubled past and needs a firm hand in a partner. What she gets is not what you would ever expect her to find or need, but what brings out the woman in her.

This is a novel that pulls you in, that takes hold of your attention and doesn’t let you go until the very end. You’re hooked, infatuated by the young Carrie Wells and her two older men, Jack and Michael. Two men who are utterly smitten and downright begging to be her guys.

These aren’t your average forty something men who you see on the commute to work, they’re a rare specimen of man who know exactly what they want and who have Carrie’s best interest at heart. With the bodies of much younger men. West has certainly given the older gents!

You can pick up your copy of DIRTY DADDIES at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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

*M*

#RiqueReads | #MiniReview | #BookReview | JOCK ROW (Jock Hard #1) by Sara Ney @SaraNey (May 3rd 2018, Indie Published #IndieAuthor) #KindleUnlimited

Jock Row (Jock Hard #1) by Sara Ney
3rd May 2018, Indie Published

Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods. 

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends — the university’s hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the university’s baseball team — and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House. 

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

JOCK ROW is a refreshing, snug and electrifying contemporary sports romance that gives you ALL the feels. A considerate story of two people striking up a relationship after a not-so-great introduction, without all the bullshit and drama that you come to read in many romance tomes.

The growing romance between Rowdy and Scarlett is HOT and makes for exciting reading, with ‘will they/won’t they’ moments aplenty. When the two finally admit their feelings, it’s enough to make your heart burst!

If you’re looking for an alpha-hole lead – you won’t find that here! Rowdy is one of the few book-blokes you root for!

You can buy Jock Row (Jock Hard #1) from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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

-S.


#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LOCKED DOWN (The Locked Trilogy #3) by GB Williams @gailbwilliams (February 18th 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LOCKED DOWN – the final instalment in the LOCKED Trilogy by GB Williams.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks of course to the lovely GB Williams who gifted me an early copy of LOCKED DOWN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

What DCI Piper dredges up when investigating the cold case of Terrence Whittaker’s disappearance is unexpected and unwelcome – especially when it links to a current missing persons case. 

Charlie Bell’s only goal in life is ending the tyranny of the Mansel-Jones crime family. 

While Ariadne Teddington recovers after a car crash, her missing brother’s case is reopened, and a past she has always struggled to deal with comes back to haunt her. 

Finding the new lodger isn’t who she was expecting makes life a rollercoaster she can’t get off. 

What will it take to get a criminal locked down for once and for all? 

Can the present overcome the past? 

And can any of them afford the price?

So, want to know what I thought?;

As much as I was ready for LOCKED DOWN – I also didn’t want to read it. For the sole reason that I knew this was the end 😦 (Even though I hope GB decides to continue the series…which is more than fine by me!)

Everything that has taken place in LOCKED UP (#1) and LOCKED IN (#2) has lead us to this final chapter, so with this in mind – PLEASE read the books in order. If you were to read this as a standalone, you would become lost with the story and characters!

I really can’t say much about the plot in detail as it will give away key twists and turns, but what I can tell you is that with the first two instalments, the story moves at a steady pace. Short chapters to keep the reader glued to the page. Just when you think you are comfortable with the pace and enjoying the scenery (so to speak), GB puts her foot down and the story then heads into warp speed with many things happening in tandem. You’re left wondering whether every loose end can be tied up in time!

All I can say through the power of the animated graphic image is that the ending got me like….

I thoroughly enjoyed not only this book, but the entire series. It’s one of those hidden gems that more people should be aware of! If this series gives an indication of the standard of GB’s writing and development style going forward, then I am keen beans to read what she produces in the future!!

About GB Williams;

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After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

You can buy LOCKED DOWN from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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

-S.

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!