Thursday, 22 February 2018

♕ REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ IF I'D KNOWN BY PAIGE P. HORNE

TITLE: if I'd known
AUTHOR: Paige P. Horne
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: March 7th 2018
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IF I’D KNOWN: Is a full length, contemporary romance novel by new to me author Paige P. Horne. In this we meet ‘Charlotte Harris and Travis Cole' and secondary characters Maggie and Cynthia. 

If I'd Known is two stories in one it surrounds the summer of 1972 when Charlotte and Travis met, to the present story which is about three totally different women who become fast friends... Charlotte, Maggie and Cynthia. 

A gut wrenching, unique, beautiful, intoxicating, love story 

The synopsis is pretty vague you only really know that it’s based on ‘true events’ opening up the book and reading ‘The Prologue’ it hints at an emotional read up ahead. 

I always have that feeling of trepidation when it comes to picking up a new authors book, but as soon as I started this I was drawn into the storyline, throw in the words ‘based on factual events’ and I’ll pretty much sign up and all I can say is I am so glad I took a chance on this book!! It is different to anything I would typically read.

This starts off a bit unusual, Charlotte has been asked to give an interview by an aspiring young journalist Cynthia Rose about her great love in the summer of 1972, a summer that changed Charlotte's life forever, living with her grandmother in a trailer her cousin has come to visit and a mate of his has tagged along and this was how she met the boy that would have such a huge astounding impact on her life. 

Young love is like a raging fire that can't be tamed. It's addictive and borderline obsessive. Satisfying in every way, yet never getting enough. I'm the flames, and he's the fuel keeping me burning. We are perfect. 

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Her mama has heard the rumours surrounding this boy but the magnetic pull he has on her is undeniable. She knows he’s a bad boy with his drinking and smoking of weed but she looks beyond all that. 

Secret meetings, a whirlwind love that couldn't be denied. The free spirited bad boy that stole her heart. 

But what happens if you know your mama won't ever accept this boy and tries to keep you apart? 

Everything has an expiration date. Eventually, we all fall. 

So here I am sitting here after finishing this book and the tears are pouring down my face, I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, I also didn’t think I’d be crying like I am too. I can’t even say what I loved the most about this book because I read it in one go, once I started seconds, minutes, hours ceased to exist I couldn’t, didn’t want to put this down, and I think that was the best way to read this, to stay in the moment, to feel everything this story made me feel, I giggled, I cried and I loved.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

♕ REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ THEN THERE WAS YOU (SECOND CHANCES DUET) BY CLAIRE CONTRERAS

TITLE: Then there was you
SERIES: (Second chances duet#1)
AUTHOR: Claire Contreras
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: February 27th 2018
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‘THEN THERE WAS YOU:’ Is a full length, contemporary romance novel and is the first book within the ‘second chances duet’ by Author Claire Contreras. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' In this we meet 'Tessa and Rowan' There's isn't an easy story to read, he will drive you insane at times but it's their story. 

In this we meet twenty four year old Tessa Monte who is following her life time dream of becoming a fashion designer and has been offered two apprenticeships and has a hard decision to choose which one is best suited for her, one is situated in Paris the fashion capital of the world, and the other one is in New York. She’s back in her home town for two weeks to tie up some loose ends and is also putting their family home on the market even though it pains her to do so.

Being back in town is like taking a trip down memory lane, and it all leads back to one boy, that boy who stole her heart and then in turn broke it, these two were inseparable even when they were apart he was always forefront of Tessa’s mind. 

She wears her heart on her sleeve he wears a cocky grin on his face.

People like me aren't mean't to fall in love. We aren't mean't for others to fall in love with us either. I'm too closed off, too guarded. 

Twenty five year old Rowan has never kept it hidden that love isn't for him, or even relationships really and he has his parents to thank for that, him and his brother Sam were raised in a loveless, emotionless household so it's always been a struggle to give himself to females but more so with Tessa, she scares him, the intensity of their times together, hs dad's mantra that was drummed into him as a kid he repeats over and over 'I do not bleed, I do not feel stupid emotions that won't propel me in life' 

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Love was an illusion. An idea that society tried to sell you. I believe in respect and honesty, but love? Love had never been on my radar. 

Rowan was groomed to be CEO of the families empire since he was a young child at the age of seven and now it's come time for hm to step up to the plate and take over his family's business, but to do that there is a clause in the contract that he has to abide by, and this is where all the angst and frustration, the emotional upheaval will come at you. 

This does flit from Present to Past and even though I thought it was vital to the story it did take me awhile to get used to but once I got a few more chapters in I started enjoying it more. Their past isn’t the prettiest, it has its ups and downs, the pulls too and fro but such a heartfelt connection came through. if you're an angst whore then this book is for you!! I felt so many things whilst reading this, I cried, I was frustrated, I hated, I loved, then I was gutted. Being a kiwi girl it just made me love reading about our traditional Maori greeting.



♕ RELEASE BLITZ ♕ WHEN AUTUMN ENDS BY BETH RINYU


TITLE: When Autumn Ends
AUTHOR: Beth Rinyu
GENRE: Mystery
PUBLICATION: February 19th, 2018
I was at the top of my game until reality hit in a way I had never imagined, forcing me to face the living hell that had become my life. The ghosts and demons that once filled the pages of my bestselling novels now flooded my mind, consuming my thoughts both day and night. 
She was hauntingly beautiful, and I was drawn to her in the most unimaginable way. 
She was my breath when I had stopped breathing. 
She was my hope when I was drowning in despair. 
She was my muse when I had lost all motivation. 
But nothing good lasted—not in my world anyway.
Like the last days of autumn when the beautiful leaves are stripped away by the long winter days, lurking in the distance; her caring ways and gentle soul were only temporary. Soon it would be taken from me, leaving my heart as barren as those once majestic trees. But unlike those autumn days, she remained, giving me the courage to face the cold, dark winter of my past while uncovering secrets and lies that could be the premise of a bestseller. Only, this wasn’t fiction, this was my reality—a reality I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.


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Jeri’s Book Attic - “Hauntingly Beautiful”
Kitty Kats Crazy About Books - “A Heart grabbing, emotionally, charged story about the all consuming power of love and healing.”
Joy Novel Thoughts - “When Autumn Ends is the best work by Beth Rinyu to date!”


“Ethan, I don’t know what happened to cause you this pain you’re in, and like I told you before, it’s okay if you don’t want to tell me. But maybe you should talk to someone who could help you deal with it a little better and help make the nightmares go away.”

I shook my head and let out a let out a sarcastic chuckle. “You mean a shrink?” I didn’t wait for her to reply. “Been there, done that, and all they do is give me drugs to stop those nightmares from happening twenty-four hours a day.”
Her warm soft hand caressed the side of my cheek. “Maybe that just wasn’t the right one for you. There are hundreds of qualified—”
“Stop! Just stop! No one is going to be able to fix my problems. Okay? Not you, not some person who thinks they have all the answers just because they can put PhD after their name, not anyone! I’m fucked up forever, Jenna. Don’t you get that, especially after last night? Nothing or no one is going to make me feel better, and you’re better off forgetting you ever knew me.”






Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned series, Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope, A Will To Change, Blind Side of Love, Three of a Kind series, Easy Silence, and A Right To Remain.






♕ COVER REVEAL | EXCERPT ♕ IRISH CROWN BY NASHODA ROSE





TITLE: Irish Crown
AUTHOR: Nashoda Rose
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: April 9, 2018


From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nashoda Rose, comes a new, sexy standalone romance novel. 


I finally have my shit together. FINALLY. Successful career, new house, great friends and my good for nothing ex-boyfriend long gone.

I was looking for a safe, secure, picket fence kind of guy, but instead I got the Irish you’re-not-ready-for-this Deaglan Kane.

Tattooed. Sexy. And totally unavailable.

I planned for us to be a fling. But Deaglan has other plans and suddenly having my shit together is long gone.

Because my past is back full throttle and Deaglan Kane isn't who I thought he was.









I sighed, hugging the pillow closer and waiting with baited breath for him to come back to bed.
It was Sunday and I didn’t have to work today, so I kind of hoped he’d do that thing with his tongue again.
My body quivered and I bit my lower lip.
He sat on the edge of the mattress and without a single glance my way, he said, “Pet, I have shit to do.”
I tensed.
Then the daisy heads snapped off and the velvet petals shrivelled up in my belly.
Uh, what?
Suddenly, that hot raspy Irish accent didn’t sound so hot.
Okay, I wasn’t expecting a proposal or anything, not by a long shot, but I did expect a morning kiss and a possible number exchange for a possible second date. Or rather first date.
He didn’t even pretend like he’d call.
God, was I that naïve?
I sat up, taking the sheet with me. “Excuse me?”
He bent, picked up his cargo pants from the floor and tugged them on.
“I have shit to do, babe. I called a cab. It’ll be here any second.”
My heart slammed into my chest. He called me a cab? Was I supposed to think this was okay because he called me a cab?
Because it wasn’t. It totally wasn’t.
There was a brief honk outside.
Oh. My. God. When did he call me a cab? When he had his finger in my ass.



Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve romance novels, including the Tear Asunder series, the spin-off Unyielding series, and the paranormal Scars of the Wraiths.



She lives outside of Toronto where she enjoys hiking with her Newfoundland dog and riding her horses.

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