Friday, 18 January 2019

When Ashes Fall by Marni Mann


REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox 


When Ashes FallWhen Ashes Fall by Marni Mann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Ashes Fall is an emotional roller coaster. The emotional turmoil that Alix experiences is so real it bleeds off the page. The author has done an excellent job of making you feel her pain and confusion.

The unfolding of the story is expertly done. It reveals itself slowly so the reader lives each layer along with Alix, Dylan and Smith. These are great characters living something horrific and I couldn’t help but be drawn to them all.

I always enjoy Marni Mann’s writing and she has written another amazing story. Yes, it is sad and tears at you, but that it was a great story will do.

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dare me again by Shelly Alexander

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 


Dare Me Again (Angel Fire Falls, #2)Dare Me Again by Shelly Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Shelly Alexander dared me again and I’m thankful she did. I have loved this new series which book one and two can definitely be read as standalones, but honestly, you’ll want to read both, two fantastic fun loving reads, two hot brothers. I can’t wait for book three which mean another hot brother to swoon over.

Elliott Remington has plans, big plans and none of them involved staying on the island, and they certainly don’t involve spending time with his ex-girlfriend. Life really has a way of turning things upside down, and inside out.

Rebel Tate never expected to be back on the island where she left long ago. She has her reasons for sure, heartbreaking reasons. But she is back, she has a job to do. Elliott can either help her or not. Maybe he hasn’t got the balls. (laughing face inserted here)

This story is fun, but also heartbreaking. Being a dog lover I was truly amazed by the storyline. Second chances can happen for anyone, and if anyone needs a second chance it’s Rebel. That girl has a heart of gold. Elliott knows life will never be the same without Rebel in it. Maybe some things really are just meant to be.

This is a book all romantic comedy and animal lovers need to read.


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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Faking It by K. Bromberg

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar



Faking ItFaking It by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Faking It by K Bromberg
3.5-4*

I like a good enemies to lovers and that’s exactly what we get here with Faking It. Harlow meets Zane when he makes her late for an interview she’s desperate to nail after he mistakes her for the dog walker. Once she’s done putting him in his place, she hightails out of the building and returns home without her interview having taken place and oddly, without her shoes. Being ever so resourceful, Zane tracks her down and invites her to an event which might provide connections and potential job opportunities and what follows is a web of lies and a series of events that takes them on their (fake) journey.

Overall, I liked Faking It. I really liked Harlow but Zane less so. He had me rolling my eyes more than once and frankly, he could have done with a backhand or three. Harlow’s character was a strong one and I have admiration for her. I do get annoyed by other characters pulling strings and having too much influence over the main characters and I felt some of that come across here, which shows in my rating. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and I do wonder if Bromberg will write stories for any of Zane’s friends.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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The Consequence of Falling by Claire Contreras

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere 



The Consequence of FallingThe Consequence of Falling by Claire Contreras
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am normally a fan of this author's work, and it pains me to say this but I felt this book fizzled out after the first few chapters. The storyline is good and had great promise. It can fall into the opposites attract, enemies to lovers trope and slightly also a second chance romance. We have teenage Presley Rose, the spoilt daughter of a brewery magnate who is only after a little attention from her parents. She is a typical teen that can be quite bratty when her emotions get the better of her. She meets Nathaniel Bradley in a unique way and from that moment on, it is tit for tat with the word ribbing. Even when she thinks she likes him, he pushes her away and then she is back to hating him again. Fast forward a few years, with some encounters along the way, and Presley is working in the family business with her father and Nate. The banter is still very active and now they have to find a way to work together.

I think the thing that made this book fail for me was the to and froing all the time. The mixed signals were giving me whiplash and major eye rolls. I get that she had a lot going on in her life, and needed to sit back and evaluate where to go with it all, but it felt like she was all over the place. I had no problem with her emotions and did not feel she was weak at all. I would have been a mess just the same and I connected and liked her more for it. I get that this is a work of fiction and that normality does not always make for a good story, but added angst and drama is not the answer. And this comes into play with Nate as well, a reaction he has towards Presley seemed out of character and unauthentic. I liked Nate too, he set about improving his life and making something of himself despite his background. He was building a life and now was his chance to pounce per se on Presley. Another aspect I had a dilemma with was at times, even though this is a standalone book, I sensed I was missing out on something. That the gang had an inner circle that I wasn't privy to their jokes or nicknames.

That being said, it is not a bad book, I just didn't love it. It will not stop me from trying again from this author.


*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.
**Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooks Blog.

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Right Where I Want YouRight Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
2.5-3*

Sebastian is the Creative Director at Modern Man. He’s cultivated a reputation as a player and it’s come at a cost. While men want to be him and women want to be with him, the image he portrays is costing the magazine their readers and subscribers. MM hires Georgina to come in and do damage control in the form of whipping these bad boys into shape. She’s obviously met with some resistance but still prevails.

This was an okay story and while I love slow burn romances, I felt this dragging a little. I also didn’t feel that is was really enemies to lovers: yes, there was a bit of antagonism at the start, but for me it just seemed like foreplay rather than hate. I loved Sebastian and I felt sad for George and what she’d gone through. Overall it was a good read and both sweet and swoony at times.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.



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The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 



The One You Fight For (The Ones Who Got Away, #3)The One You Fight For by Roni Loren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR was another solid read in the The Ones Who Got Away series and I find that I’m still invested in these characters and their shared story. I’ve done a little bit of rounding up to 4 stars and I’ll explain why towards the end of this review.

What I’m enjoying about the stories in this series is that each pair of main characters is different from previous ones, their shared story is also unique so I don’t feel that I’m reading the same thing again and again. In this book, Taryn comes to the fore, the professor, researcher and lead champion for change and prevention of school shootings. She’s a serious but compelling character and yet I quickly wanted her to find a life, some me-time and a guy. Shaw is every kind of easy and every kind of hidden complication that Taryn does and doesn’t need. The chemistry was palpable and the power cut was something else.

I was cheering for these two and I loved their easy fall into companionship but I had some moments of difficulty with the convenience of the wrap up of the story. I felt that Shaw’s whip-lash emotions and change of mind was a little quick and unrealistic. Just a little more time was needed over this element. However, I did enjoy the story overall and I am waiting for the next book and character with some anticipation.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere 



Right Where I Want YouRight Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really struggled with this book, in so many ways. It is classified as a romantic comedy and a contemporary romance, and I will go with the latter. There may have been some funny lines, but it was definitely no rom-com. I have seen others consider it a slow burn romance, but for me, unfortunately, it was just slow. As this is my first read by this author, I’m not sure if it is her style or just this particular novel, but I wasn’t a fan of all the self asked questions either.

The story in itself was sweet, an office love with cute dogs. He was an editor of a Men’s magazine who was in a slump due to personal reasons. She was the person hired to solve the problems and get the mag back up in the ratings. I found some of it confusing with them both jumping back and forth with their actions and feelings. There is a thin line between love and hate, but also between weak and arrogant. They were both bordering on that line a few times in my opinion. I’m sad to say that this book just didn’t do it for me but if you’re a fan of this author, you may well enjoy it.

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When Ashes Fall by Marni Mann

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox  When Ashes Fall by Marni Mann My rating: 5 of 5 stars When Ashes Fall is an emotional roller coaster. Th...