Sunday, 15 July 2018

Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson


Comfort Zone (Awkward Love, #4)Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not having read anything by Missy Johnson before, reading COMFORT ZONE was refreshing for me! I enjoy getting to know new authors and experiencing the stories they share with us as readers!

I’m no stranger to the insta-lust slash teacher-student trope. Fortunately, Johnson chose to spend less time on the aforementioned relationship between Becca and Liam in a institutional way, and instead chose to highlight the coming together as a couple. Through hilarious wit, amazingly funny side characters (Grammy and Beccas mom), crazy plot twists, and the sheer luck that the whole story line didn’t go belly-up from the initial night at the Strip club; I have to say that this book for me was really good fun and I enjoyed Johnson’s writing style.

I laughed out loud, for real, snickered more than once while reading on public transit and truly couldn’t put this down.

A super fun, quick sweet read that’ll make your heart feel full!

Reviewed by Jess for JoAndIsaLoveBooks Blog

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Guarding The Gods by Ann Lister

Joanne Swinney

Guarding The Gods (Guarding The Gods, #3 and #4)Guarding The Gods by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Box Set Cover is HOT!!

Book 3

I have a special place in my heart for this series. The guards that have The Rock Gods backs are turning out to be just as beautiful with a burning passion that sets the pages alight.

Mason Foxworth was severely burnt while protecting The Rock Gods during their time on tour. He’s determined to get back on his feet and return to work. Whilst Doctors believed his leg to be too damaged, Mason wouldn’t let it stop him from living his life just as he always had. With pure grit and determination Mason fights everyday to take back his life.

Tessler an Author with an alias, well…. I know a few of them. It seems that Authors tend to write under different names when delving into other genres. There is an air of mystery about him that definitely needs to be uncovered. They do say it’s always the quiet ones to watch out for. Like many people has a past, his a little more colourful than most.

I’m looking forward to reading Tessler’s journal to find out exactly what, how and when he did the things he has spoken about. It sounds highly erotic, a little on the naughty side, but who doesn’t like a little bit of naughty?

Mason strikes up a friendship with Tessler, actually I’m not sure who befriends who first. I think it’s both. The first introductions are always the worst. Poor Mason who is normally a self assured man isn’t coming off all that well put together.

Tessler’s past catches up with him in the form of his ex agent. The man sounds vile and needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Mason goes into protective mode, but Tessler isn’t about to be pushed around either.

With two hotties steaming up my kindle it was constantly plugged into the mains until the story was over. Mason and Tessler are just as delicious as the cover suggests.

This story was well worth the wait and I looked forward to reading so much more from this Author.

Book 4

One word automatically springs to mind about this book, DIRTY! It’s a delicious dirty, but yeah dirty. Sex isn’t just about love when Tessler was in his younger years, it was experimenting with different partners, multiple partners, in every which way you can think of. So when I say dirty I mean dirty ladies and gentlemen.

Tessler could be like many men out there, even woman. Some people aren’t afraid to test the limits of their sexuality and find what they like and don’t like. Not all of us write such explicit things down, but it was Tessler’s way. That man knew how to have a good time that was for sure. He had choices and he chose to explore. I’m not sure anyone can honestly say they wouldn’t have done the same if were put in the same situation.

Tessler’s journal was definitely not meant for anyone else’s eyes. Reading his most inner darkest secrets, and the sex that often took place was like WOW! This is in no way meant for young readers.

I would take note of of the blurb and read Guarding The Gods Book Three first as it will give you a much better understanding about this journal. If you aren’t bothered about the story, and just want to read about all things sex then go for it. Plenty to be read in this baby that’s for sure.

I knew what to expect when reading this instalment of Guarding The Gods, and Ann Lister did not disappoint me. She hasn’t failed me yet, I doubt she ever will. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It’s always a pleasure reading about hot bodyguards and of course getting sneak peaks from The Rock Gods.

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Angry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz

Melinda Lazar

Angry AnnieAngry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Angry Annie by Dawn L Chiletz

Joss is hoping to finally get her big break and be taken seriously as a journalist instead of a fact-checker at The Gaggle. After seeing an awful review for her sisters yet-to-open bakery, she believes she’ll get that break by writing an exposé piece on the internet troll who goes by the name Angry Annie.

From the very first page to the last, I had a permanent smile on my face which was only enhanced when I wiping tears or snorting with laughter. I loved the main characters: Annie and Joss were so funny together and while I don’t think I’m a funny person at all, I could definitely relate to them both! Honestly, Annie had me howling and then when Wilbur entered the picture, well all bets were on! Rhodes was also a great character but I felt like he could have done with a good poke of his own hoe at certain times!

I’m not really sure what I’d classify this book as. There was romance, sure but it came second to the friendship and journey of self-discovery. All I know is that I enjoyed every aspect of this story and the humorous elements were in abundance and well-appreciated from this RomCom lover. Can’t wait for more of this type of book from Chiletz.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Angry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz

Monique Cashmere

Angry AnnieAngry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew as soon as I saw the cover that I was going to love this book. Then I began reading it, and I was captivated. I was smirking, giggling and laughing along the whole way. This is pure Chiletz brilliance.

Joss seems to think she knows what she wants in life, and that is her career. If she could only get her manager to see that she could be an amazing journalist. All she needs is that one great story to give her a kick start. She thinks she found it, now to find the mysterious Angry Annie.

This is definitely one of the funniest rom-com's I have read but I also loved the lessons Annie taught us, in her own way. She was one extraordinary character, and I wish I could meet her and Stupid. Joss was very similar in the way that she stood her ground and tried her best. I admired her for taking a step back and reassessing her life to make it more fuller. And lets not leave out Rhode, he was adorable and dependable which was just what Joss needed, even if she didn't know it. I can't recommend this book any more highly for those that want a good laugh.

**Reviewed by Monique for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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The Downside Of Love by Meghan Quinn

Ann Meemken

The Downside of Love (The Blue Line Duet Book 2)The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was excited to see how this duet ended.

This story was nothing like I thought it would be. At first I was bit upset in the direction it took but that did not last long.

This story is beautifully written. It is a story full of hope, friendship and lastly love. It seemed that all the characters grew in this book. They were exactly where they needed to be.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Office Mate by Katie Ashley

Isa Jones

Office MateOffice Mate by Katie Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Office Mate by Katie Ashley is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Even the name of the lead is SEXY in this BOOK! Who doesn't like this type of books where we can have a sexy all-male American lead and a no-nonsense female who will give him a run for his money and keep him on his toes.
With plenty of political drama and lingo to keep you entertained and engrossed in the plot, this book is a breath of fresh air. Very well researched and carried out. The leads are well matched and their dialogues engaging, plus of course Katie provides the right amount of steam to keep things even more interesting.
After having to renounce to his military career, Thorn is forced to support his father's presidential appointment and so he is completely out of his league. He makes no secret of his predicament but perhaps seeing Isabel on a "daily" basis is the perk he needs in order to not lose the plot entirely. He makes it his mission almost to annoy her at every turn, but really is all sexual banter and the chemistry is explosive at times. I couldn't find anything not to like in Thorn even when he was trying to be obnoxious.

I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book, and I thank the author for the Advanced Readers Copy.

Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks Review Team.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Micky Barnard 

Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I am all smug contentment on finishing SPINNING SILVER, the ending was utter completeness. This is a complex fantasy novel, definitely modelled in the background by a dark fairytale that would be familiar to any reader.

The book starts off with a female protagonist Miryem, such a young woman of determination, focus, self-belief and strength. What happens is that slowly, as the tale unfolds, two other female characters Wanda and Irina join the tale to be key storytellers. I absolutely loved the slow revealing of these other lead characters. All three females had experienced difficult childhoods in different ways which I believe led to their tenacious characters.

What is pretty hilarious is that nearly every single male character is a total tool. They are almost too numerous to be named but I have to speak of Mirnatius and the hideousness of his character, even though there is more to it than that. The King of the Staryk needs particular mention because although I should have hated him, I didn’t. He captivated me and drew me in. Frustratingly, despite the physical description, I couldn’t quite paint a picture of him. I loved reading about the Staryk, the kingdom, the people. I just couldn’t hate this King.

SPINNING SILVER was complicated in many ways, sometimes confusing but ultimately enlightening if I just waited to put the pieces together. The description of people, sights, sounds and the environment were seamlessly brought to life. The tale itself was easy to slip into from the first few pages and although I experienced a plodding sensation at two thirds of the way, it picked up again.

Naomi Novik has followed up from UPROOTED and given us a tale to rival and match but with a very different feel and context. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading journey and I can’t wait to discuss this with my friends.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson

REVIEWED BY Jess Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not having read anything by Missy Johnson before, readin...