The Fallback Review

Title: The Fallback

Author: Mariah Dietz

This is my first book by this author and I really fancied something a little lighter, this ticks that box nicely.

It’s a slow burn contemporary romance with a wedding planner! Now, I like a good wedding and a wedding planner book sounds like it will be right up my street. The cover is beautiful, clear and colourful, not hinting anything too dark or too comedic, a nice balance.

Brooke is a bit of a hot mess; she works, a lot! Her life takes a new direction and she totally takes it in her stride. Her best friend Felicity is my favourite character!

Levi is hot. He’s comfortable in his own skin, he knows who he is and what he’s about. He’s calm and collected and anyone who can make doughnuts gets my vote!

I’ve learned that I don’t like slow burn, too many missed opportunities in my opinion. It wasn’t angsty or drizzled with sexual tension, it just seemed to take a long time to get in it’s stride. Once there though it flew.

There seemed to be a lot packed into the end as everything was tied up and explained. I think had it been dual pov that might have helped to explain some of what was going on and helped the pacing even out a little.

I liked the style and the writing, the characters were a little all over but Felicity was totally my favourite!

It’s 3 and a half stars from me but I think a lot of that is personal preference. If you like a slow burn story this could definitely be for you!

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January

Well, this year I’ve set myseef a Goodreads challenge! I’ve not gone overboard and set it at 75. I wanted to push myself for more than 1 each week but allow myself some breathing space for life happening lol

There’s also stuff happening with reader event and I’ll need to leave space in my life for that too 🙂

I’ve started the year off amazingly! A red hot read from Max Henry and an amazing standalone from Leigh Shen. I also got to do some beta reading for Amali Rose which was fantastic and is going to be a great story

This year is lining up to be a great book year!

The Kiss Thief Review

Title: The Kiss Thief

Author: LJ Shen

I was so excited to get my copy of this book, there have been some amazing things said about it and it certainly lives up to expectations!

Wolfe is cold, calculated and determined, when the beautiful Francesca takes his fancy he can’t help but investigate. Will this distraction prove too much even the big bad senator to handle? I wanted to lick him, I wanted to slap him, I loved him and hated him all at the same time.

Frankie is young and naive, sheltered her whole life. Only to find herself being used as a pawn in a fight she didn’t know she was in, between two men who are supposed to love and cherish her. That’s not to take this innocence as weakness, oh no, there is strength in this little beauty and she proves it time and again.

I love the dual POV and it was definitely needed with everything that was happening. This is a fast and furious story of a heart breaking love destined to conquer all. It might be her best work yet, 5 amazing stars from me!

Playing with the Boss Review

Title: Playing with the Boss

Author: Max Henry

Oh man, what a totally awesome book to start my years reading off with! This really is a red hot read, the insta-love and super charged chemistry is off the charts! I mean seriously ladies, get those batteries charged and your partner warned, it’s hot hot hot.

This is the perfect light and easy read, a hot office romance that goes a little awry. A chance meeting in a bar turns into more when he arrives in the office.

Tattooed and confident Mr Roberts isn’t looking for anything or anyone permanent when his path is crossed by the lovely Lisa. I loved the dynamic between her and her best friend, we all need someone to kick us up the ass every now and again haha

I really liked it as a light read! A fabulous 4 and a half stars from me ❤

Third Strike Review

Title: Third Strike

Author: BJ Harvey

This is the third book in the chances series.

There has been so much build up to Drew and the early reviews have been amazing! He certainly is swoon worthy … sometimes.

For me, he didn’t quite do it. I get the plight, I really do, but it’s like come on mate sort it out. True love never dies and all that, sometimes it’s the timing that’s not right. Bare with it, it’s worth it in the end but it took me a bit.

Perhaps it’s the tail end of this book funk, the end of year quiet down or the fact that the children are ill and I didn’t get to sit and devour the entire book in one go. I definitely needed a break or two, there’s some serious emotional moments in there, but I’m definitely still Millens girl.

It’s no secret that One Shot was one of my best reads of 2017 and the cross overs are done beautifully. They hint at what’s happened in previous books with enough detail to inform the scene but not to de-rail it into unnecessary retelling.

So, it’s not my fave of the series but it’s still a good book. It’s well written and emotional, there’s drama, chemistry and some serious heat. A solid four stars from me!

Merry Christmas!

Things have slowed down here on the blog a lot throughout this year.

I’ve spent time writing my own books, or starting to, I’ve had some readers block and burn out issues too. Oh and of course in and amongst this I had a baby 😂

There have been some amazing books this year and as I begin to look back over my highlights it’s no wonder I’ve ended up with burn out. So many of the amazing books have been hard won emotional battles and dark reads, and that does take it toll eventually, as much as I love it.

It’s certainly set the standard very high, that’s for sure! At the complete other end of the scale some of my top reads have been rom-com books. Which is a new thing for me, but these light happy funny books keep me going.

I’m losing my love for anything middle of the road, I want to be all in. It needs to rock my world or it’s not going to get that 5 stars going forward!

The other thing that’s been kicking my ass is getting this reader event set up and going! The authors are all so excited about the idea but the readers don’t seem to be coming, hopefully it’s just an exposure thing and it will just take time.

O Come all Ye Sinners Review

Title: O Come All Ye Sinners anthology

Author: various

Hellraisers Reckoning by Amo Jones

A gathering of the best and brightest across three series of her books there are snippets in here frim some of my favourite Amo characters.

A smidge from Miles (Yep, he’s still mine), Ade and the Sinful Souls, Phoebe and the twins. This literally had me laughing out loud in my living room, despite the sadness, there’s some hilarious moments.

Looking forward to the next instalment, will definitely look to do a ‘re read!

Hollow Heart by Anne Malcolm

I loved this little story! I haven’t read any of the Sons of Templar books but you really don’t need to. I might go back and read them at some point because the guys seem really awesome!

This certainly has a dramatic starting point, one that grabs you and keeps the pages turning! It’s a fantastic addition to the authors repertoire and has her clear and consistent flow and style.

I love the super alpha hero and the non heroine that doesn’t need saving. Sometimes you just have to save yourself. That’s not to say that having someone to come home to doesn’t make a difference.

It’s not exactly a fun and flirty story, there’s lots of death and ghosts in the closet, but it is perfect for these characters and it’s done really well!