Thursday, 9 August 2018

As Dust Dances by Samantha Young

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 



As Dust Dances (Play On, #2)As Dust Dances by Samantha Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This book was a bit of a sneak attack. I just liked Play On and didn’t know what to expect from AS DUST DANCES but it started so very strong that I was grabbed almost immediately.

Skylar, the female protagonist has such an unusual story, she’s a successful lead singer of a band, or she was 20 months ago. When the book starts she’s been living homeless, on the streets of Glasgow for nearly six months. From there, everything in the reader needs more, needs answers. Skylar was the kind of strong heroine that isn’t in your face, she pulls her strength and confidence out of the bag at the important moments and I really identified with that.

The story takes you into the world of record labels, A&R people and Skylar finding herself being discovered again. Killan is her grumpy, overtly professional and sometimes rude record label boss. Their story isn’t predictable and there are some fantastic friendships that are in the fore in this story, friendships from the past and new ones. As this story reaches its culmination there are some good twists that kept me holding my breath, I loved that.

The heat between Skylar and Killian is exceptional, slow-burning and just fantastic to read. I believed every emotion and spat between them. This was the kind of chemistry I love reading.

I’m pretty excited about the next book which is Killian’s sister, Autumn. AS DUST DANCES can be read as a complete standalone despite being part of a series. I recommend to all my contemporary romance loving friends.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Envy by Rachel Van Dyken

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Envy (Eagle Elite #9.5; 1001 Dark Nights #83)Envy by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Envy by Rachel Van Dyken

I always love coming back to The Family and this 1001 Dark Night novella is perfect for a little something extra in between the full-length novels. While we still get a hefty dose of the mafia bosses and their respective families, this is the story of their nanny, Renee and the protector, Vic. While we’re fully aware of Vic’s capacity within the family and know just how much blood he’s spilled, we either aren’t aware or I simply can’t remember having read the vows he’s made and what he’s given up to take on this role. While he’s always had his eye on Renee, he’s been unable to follow through on making his move due to his commitments (and also the minor fact that he’d likely lose a limb or his life if he did). Renee is simply biding her time, nannying the kids till she returns to school while eyeballing the crap out of Vic as part of her daily routine. Naturally, nothing for The Family and it’s associates ever goes to plan and for that I’m grateful. As usual, this is a great addition to the Eagle Elite series and one that can be read without having read the series in its entirety. Having said that, this whole series is a must! The interaction and ruthlessness of these people keeps me engaged, intrigued, and begging for more.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere




Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers, #5)Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5🌟’s

I can not get enough of these Winston brothers and folk. I firstly want to express how much I enjoyed hearing about what each sibling has been up to, because I miss them like family!

I was looking forward to Roscoe’s story as being the baby of the group, he sometimes was miss judged or overlooked. I wanted to know more about him and what was his take on his whimsical kin. I just knew he had a sense of humor but I was delighted to learn he had a very sensitive side too. His vulnerability and inexperience only made him more adorable. Of course he was extremely protective of what’s his and that too was admirable.

Simone was Roscoe’s childhood bestie, but she was also his mothers besties daughter. Therefore they spent a lot of time together from kids to teens. Miscommunication always leads to trouble and that was what happened to split these two up. Simone moved on, moved out and only came home sporadically over the next ten years. She and Roscoe never crossed paths in that time. She had followed her dreams and became a Forensic Science Researcher. Roscoe also followed his aspirations of becoming a vet. Now she is back home working in the diner her mother owns and she runs into her long lost friend. She has a task to fulfill and Roscoe is not making her job easy.

I loved being inside Simone’s head and seeing her quirky aspect. She was quite comical. The same for Roscoe, learning about his abilities and memory recount was fascinating. I have to say I am slightly envious! The thing I found hard to reconcile with these two was the time frame apart and their reconnection. Multitude of things can happen to a person in these years detached that could change their demeanor and who they were. I felt they needed more time to discover each other’s personalities again before their HEA.

This is a standalone contemporary romance told in dual POV. Although if you want the full effect of this series, it is best to read in book order to keep in the time sequence. It is definitely a series not to miss and I bet, like me, you’ll be re reading them over and over. I am excited for the next installment for this clan with Billy’s tale. His is going to be heart wrenching I feel.

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Climbing The Longhorn by Ann Lister

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney


Climbing The Longhorn (Illicit Heat, #2)Climbing The Longhorn by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Naked hiking is not something I could really pull off, if I’m being completely honest my hubby couldn’t either. He doesn’t like them swinging around like clackers. His words not mine.

High five Derek though for letting it all hang out. It made for a interesting and hot read that’s for sure. Christian may have found it awkward to begin with, but he sharp come around. LITERALLY!!

As always this Author knows how to tell a great story. Long or short it’s always a pleasure to read.

If you are looking for a fun, short read and you love gay romance hen you definitely need to check this one out.

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WOLFSONG by T.J. Klune

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney



Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)Wolfsong by T.J. Klune
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


5 SINGING STARS

I am seriously struggling on how to start my review. I could just say, it was a great story, I was engrossed the whole way through. But that doesn’t even come close to how much this story gripped me.

This is the first time I have read anything by this Author, and it most certainly won’t be the last. I am eager for more. So much more.

I love reading paranormal, shifters are a favourite of mine. So when I spotted this Author being shared on a blog, I investigated. I am thrilled beyond belief that I got to take this adventure of pure fantasy with some remarkable characters.

Ox hasn’t had an easy life. He’s done and seen things that most others wouldn’t even comprehend. He’s always been special, many thought him to be slow, a retard. That comment almost did me in. By the time I heard that being spoken I was already knee deep emotionally invested, and I believe that comment was made in chapter two.

Ox was surprised one day to see the empty house next to him had residents. It was empty for so long, he always wondered about it. When Ox met the Bennetts, especially Joe his life changed forever.

Young Joe Bennett was the cutest, I giggled when he first spoke to Ox. “Candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.” That line right there will stay with you through the whole book. Joe knew that Ox was special to him, even from the age of ten. Ox was it, there would never be another. Unfortunately Ox never saw Joe as a grown man, well not straight away. The day that happened was something to laugh about.

Ox and Joe lit up my world. I always say the best place to be is to lose yourself in a world of fantasy, and that’s exactly what I did.

I fell in love with each character, Thomas, I shed tears for him. Elizabeth made me smile, Mark made his way into my heart. Kelly and Carter made me laughed. The guys from the garage made my day with their sense of humour. Even Jessie work her way into my affections.

It wasn’t all love, fun and laughter though, far from it in fact. Joe has constant nightmares and it’s not surprising considering what he had to endure as a young boy. Many people are out to hurt the Bennetts, as much as Ox wants to keep them all safe, it’s an impossible task. When they mourned one of their own, I did too. When they laughed or cried I did also. I was almost nearing the end of the book when I couldn’t take it anymore. I was so close to reading the end before I even got to it. My heart was picking up speed, and I thought I needed to know sooner rather than later. But my husband stopped me. His words were, “You’ll regret it, what if you miss something important” Grrr!! True so I carried on.

I could go on and on about how wonderful this story is, but I think you should just read it for yourself. If you love paranomal and shifters then don’t even give it a second thought. Hit the download button.

TJ Klune a million times thank you for such an epic and awesome adventure.

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The Chase by Elle Kennedy

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar



The Chase (Briar U, #1)The Chase by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Chase by Elle Kennedy
3.5-4*

I’ve been not so patiently waiting for The Chase and overall, it was good. It’s the story of Fitzy, who we met in the Off-Campus series and Summer, sister to Dean from the same series.

Fitzy has always been attracted to the bubbly Summer who attracts attention and drama without even trying but he’s tamped it right down as she’s the complete opposite of the kind of girl he’d normally want to date. All Fitzy wants is a peaceful, drama-free life and he knows he won’t get that with Summer. Summer on the other hand, is attracted to Fitzy and makes it known without any shyness. Well, she does until she overhears Fitzy’s unfiltered opinions of her and then she’s put right off.

I enjoyed the story for the most part and the banter was, on occasion, engaging. I really wanted to love Fitzy but his hot and cold attitude annoyed me to some degree and I kind of wanted to shake some reaction out of him. I also felt that the story kind of dragged at the beginning and I didn’t see the need for all the extra drama thrown in - for example, I would have preferred that Hunter not be a factor in this story because that truly took me out of rooting for Fitzy and Summer to sort themselves out. Overall, it was good but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to do a reread any time soon.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid


REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 


Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers, #5)Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

DR STRANGE BEARD was a swoon-fest brimming with feelings, my feelings, leaking all over the place. It took me a pause to get into to into the book properly but once I was in, I had my whole mind and body shoe-horned into it. The timeline in this book is interesting in terms of previous characters, it took me a little adjustment but I enjoyed all Winston updates.

I can’t say Roscoe has been at the front of my mind in previous books, I recollect little of him, I now find him utterly unforgettable, that’s the kind of man he is. A vet, often surrounded by puppies, flirting with anyone female of any age and avoiding some of the real stuff of life. This man is a bit of savant in some ways.

“He was in faded greenish-blueish scrubs, his long form lying on the floor, allowing at least twelve happy, fluffy puppies to crawl over him, wagging their fluffy tails licking his face and forearms while he laughed and they yipped and growled playfully.”

“More importantly, why did Roscoe have to be a vet? Why couldn’t he be a...a...a mortician? He wouldn’t look quite so stunningly and alluringly gorgeous covered in dead bodies, now would he?”


Simone grew on me from, hmmm I’m not sure, to like, to love, to she’s perfect for him. Both Simone and Roscoe had nerdy sides to them that on the one hand kept them apart and on the other hand made them right for one another. These two were childhood friends that were inseparable and this was a second-chance, friends to more that thrilled me.

There were some chemistry-laden twists that were really just the best reading but I can’t say more because spoilers are spoilery; I have all the highlighted bits to look back on. However, I lived for the unexpected in this book, both in connection and serious plot development. Some of those serious plot developments had me teary, unusually for me. So, feelings really were brimming in this read.

Here I am again, trying to decide my favourite Winston book and I just can’t. The quality and consistency of read is superb and I’ll never be ready for these to end.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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As Dust Dances by Samantha Young

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard  As Dust Dances by Samantha Young My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4.5 stars This book was a bit of a sneak ...