Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Crave Me (O'Brien Family #3) by Cecy Robson

Wren O’Brien isn’t your typical female. As the only girl from a loud Irish family with seven siblings, she prefers fast cars to lip gloss and bad boys to good men. It’s the reason she’s nursing a wounded soul and keeping her distance from a dangerous ex.

Evan Jonah is running an empire and just moved from the lavish thoroughfares of London to the gritty streets of Philadelphia. When he walks into the nearest dealership, he’s expecting to find a reliable vehicle to handle the brutal winters, not a sexy female car rep with killer legs.

Wren doesn’t know why “Hotness in a Suit” asked her out. She doesn’t expect a great time or a night of passion that knocks her on her ass. But that’s exactly what Evan shows her.

She also never counted on how hard and fast she’d fall. But men like Evan—good men with even better hearts—don’t desire tough-talking Philly girls for long.

Evan has never met a woman like Wren. But he’s up for the challenge and ready to prove her wrong.

4.5 Stars
As I am book obsessed and I know that I am surrounded by like-minded people. I’m sure that you know that when you go on a book one click binge or request binge that you are so stuck in your mania that you can’t really remember what you did. Never happened to you? Then you’ve never lived.

When after a couple of weeks you back track to see what is on your kindle and you realise that you have a book that you requested you recognise the author from one other book you read by her and it didn’t quite work for you. Is like shite what was I thinking?

I do not back down from a challenge so I took the plunge and read it anyway. Let me tell you something.

I love everything about this book. I’m floored by how much I actually enjoyed it.

Wren O’Brien comes from a big, loud and boisterous Irish family. Wren is actually one of my favourite female main characters that I’ve read this year. She has a heart of gold. She is funny, potty mouthed, clever, sassy but has a vulnerable side that not a lot of people see not even her family does. She isn’t your typical female and that is exactly why I love her. She is a lady who I would go out and get rat arsed with. I’m totally girl crushing on her.

Evan Jonah is the opposite of Wren he has a quiet strength to him. He is a nerd on the surface but in reality he is an absolute beast. Especially in the bedroom. His intelligence is sexy as hell. He’s always been somewhat of a loner and kept himself apart from the rest of the world.

On the surface they couldn’t be more different. Evan likes chess. Wren likes sports, Evan has no clue.

“You don’t watch sports?” He shakes his head. “I suppose the races are out of the question.” “Horse races?” Jesus God, help me. “NASCAR,” I clarify.

Evan has been waiting for a woman like Wren, hell even the in your face Irish family. But dig a little deeper and they are made for one another. They have things in common and the things they don’t? Makes the even better together.

They are explosive in the bedroom and although Wren has always kept an impeccable reputation she can’t help but fall for Evan. And they both fall hard. But not all is smooth sailing. Wren has a sociopathic stalker. There are several close calls.

There is a great balance of suspense with banter and passionate that makes you want to read it as soon as possible. At the end I was left wanting more.

“Sauron, you’re eleven. I’m twenty-eight. I know you don’t want to hear this, but you and me, are never going to happen. By the time you’re old enough to drive I’ll already be two point five kids in, driving a mini-van packed with diapers, binkies, and one of those bouncy chairs your little sister can’t get enough of.” “Love knows no age limits, baby,” he counters.

I love Ms. Robson’s writing style in this book and will at some point go and back track and read the first two books in the series and hope to see more of this hilarious Irish family.

My verdict is that I would reread it again without a shadow of a doubt. But the one thing I was irritated by is that I didn’t get an epilogue.

The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

Goodreads Review


Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.


Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.


Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

Did I think this would work? Hell no.
Did I read it anyway? Hell yes.
Was it worth the read? Abso-fu$king-lutely. Although not was all rainbows and unicorns here. Well for me anyway. Different strokes in all that jazz.
5 Karma is a Wanker Stars.
Our Hero/heroine had one passionate night at Ronan and Annie’s wedding. One problem? Ah Bryan is a bit fuzzy on the details. Okay fuzzy is an understatement but just go with it.
Meet the heroine of the book.

Eilish Cassidy is the black sheep of the family she sullied the family name. Outspoken was bad enough but also a fallen woman, a college dropout. A scandal. But in the end she did the right thing. Times were tough but Monkey Sean was always by her side.
Meet the Hero of the book

Bryan Leech rugby star, man-whore although with his past and that he was actually constantly drunk for three and half years no surprise there. Now some people will say it doesn’t matter his behaviour was inexcusable. Well sorry peeps but I don’t see it that way and I’ll get to why in a short while. We get to see him as a reformed man.
@THEBryanLeech: There’s nothing better in life than a cup of peppermint tea, a comfortable pair of PJs and a good book. @RonanFitz to @THEBryanLeech: You got hacked by your Granddad again. Just FYI.
I wanted some epic grovelling throughout the book as he forgot the heroine and I got what I wanted. From near start to finish he worked for Eilish. For what he wanted. A family. Love and happiness. I thought he couldn’t redeem himself here but with time he is a fantastic Hero.

She didn’t deserve to be forgotten. She deserved to be treasured.
Eilish though annoyed me to no content. I didn’t get her she behaved like a petulant child at the best of times. But then there were other times that I was surprised that with her family, Sean excluded she wasn’t more unhinged then she sometimes was in the book. But for someone so intelligent she sure did act stupid. William really? And at times really quite judgemental.
There were times that I was torn about the plot, the characters of the book. But Cosway/Reid pulled it off with all my frustration they got the balance right with emotion that underline it all to the end of the book.
Personally Cosway/Reid could make you like Hannibal Lector with the way they write together. I hope that we see a lot more books in the future. I would love to see a book with William. Just saying.
Read it, don’t read. Hate it or love it. I know I loved it.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Goodreads Review

"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

I feel truly honoured that I got to read this book as an ARC. Ah Ms. Scott where have you and your enchanting story telling been all my life? I fully hang my head in shame and say that this is my first book by this author but it most certainly will not be my last. I am fascinated by the ripples of the butterfly effect. We should all apply more kindness and compassion in life.

There are complex layers upon layers of emotions. A spectrum of emotions that bashes down any chance you have of keeping your emotions in check it doesn’t matter how hard you try it just won’t work. I squeezed out a tear here and there and that was justified.

Split into three parts and told in a dual POV you truly get to feel the emotions of the characters in the book. Ms. Scott wrote:

I wanted to believe words had power. The power to change the past. To fix what was broken. To heal. By writing them down on paper, they could work some kind of magic on the reader.

Ms. Scott this is exactly what you did for me. You created a special kind of magic for the reader, a magic of words which will be hard to forget.

I really do not know how Ms. Scott did it with the right balance of banter and then with the heart wrenching, soul ripping revelations that both our main characters come to.

Zelda Rossi has suffered rejection on a project that is her heart and soul. It’s just missing something. But with changes to make it could be something brilliant. If life beats you down then you get up and keep swinging. For some home comfort she goes to an Italian restaurant but her emotions get the best of her.

“Now what the fuck do I do?” I whispered. “I don’t know,” a low, gravelly voice said behind. “Maybe not freeze to death in the stinking alley?”

And so Zelda met Beckett.

Beckett Copeland has also suffered but in different ways. Forced to bear witness to what he had done. A felon one mistake that will lead him to life time of paying.

They come to arrangement. They share a flat. To try again. To gain something so beautiful in the darkness, to find that light, that glimpse that will shoot colour through a black and white world. He doesn’t want to sell blood and Zelda doesn’t want to go back to Vegas.

They are such complex characters that don’t want to ruin a good thing when they know it. A friendship that will change and bloom to something special. They can’t stop it even if they want to. But they are friends and they truly get to know one another.

“Beckett?” He was lying with his head on the pillow beside me. “Shh.” He traced the curve of my cheek and over my temple. “If you don’t go to sleep, you might remember I said that. We’re supposed to be friends.”

Day two, Rossi, and you’re already having impure thoughts about your roommate. But they are electric. They have a connection that neither one expected to have or to even deserve. We all deserve happiness. About forgiveness not from others but forgiving yourself more than anything else.
There were promises in our kiss. Unspoken vows to take care of what we had, of what we were creating in that moment, because after tonight, there was no going back.

And then when it came to Phantasus I was balling my fucking eyes out at 59 %. With the ballons with the emotions with everything. I still find it hard to put into words what I feel. I’m no Beckett.
There are so many powerful words her. So many words with so much meaning. Peace or at least reckoning, love, forgiveness. Forgiving yourself more than anything else. Beckett’s words to Mrs. J got me every single time.

The Butterfly Project is a beautiful, poignant with multiple layers. A book that you will have to read more than once to really let every facet of the book sink in. To feel the true beauty, the chance for me, the chance to deserve something you never think you should. I am blown away with this book and it IMO is a must read for 2017.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Beyond Surrender (Beyond #9) by Kit Rocha

Goodreads Review

The final book in the bestselling, award-winning series...

She's the heart of O'Kane liquor.

He's the brains of the revolution.

They're facing a war that could end their world. Again.

On December 13th, the Beyond series comes to its climactic conclusion with Nessa and Ryder's story--and the final battle between the sectors and Eden.

4.5 Wasted Chances Stars.

The lights are out and Eden is dark…. The war has come and things will never be the same. The sectors are united and it is all or nothing in this final instalment.

Nessa the princess of O’Kane liquor has lived a very secluded life growing up in the sectors. She is a big part of the O’Kanes but for everything that has been happening in the series Nessa is very naïve.

Nessa has been burnt in the past. She was only used for the knowledge she had of making booze. Since then she hasn’t given any man more than she has wanted to give. Even if it is just a steamy night but all changes with one sector leader.

No dangerous men for her. No matter how much they made the butterflies dance.

Jim Jerrigan groomed a revolution in a person, a rebel, a leader Michael Ryder to lead the sectors to victory. Ryder is now the leader of sector five he never wanted to be but he is part of the rebellion. With the little black murder book that has been passed down shite is about to get real. He is the golden child.

There is no room for mercy. Brutality at its finest and I loved every moment of it. The one constant in the storm? Nessa and Ryder finding to one another. Although Nessa caves.

“Do it. Ruin all my rationalizations. Ruin me.”

For all their differences Nessa and Ryder are similar. They are both lonely. They both do things that are a given and expected and not wanted. After the war they can get to dream. They are one another’s beacon yet what to do once it is all over?

“Close your eyes and dream, Ryder.” §I don’t know how,” he confessed. She touched his cheek. “I’m good at dreaming. I can come up with ten dreams right now […] “I’m an O’Kane princess. I never run out of dreams.”

I was fucking ecstatic to read this book but also scared shitless because I wanted the book , the couple and the end of the series to live up to my expectations what we get from Kit Rocha. My wants, needs and expectations for this book and the end of the series was epic. I loved nearly every single moment of it. I laughed, I cried and I got all sentimental about all the couples, the loss the pain and the grief. The sex scenes aren’t as freely as in the previous books but the books

All the loose ends are tied up. IMO. The ending bittersweet but leaves so much more room for more.

A Quarter to Twelve (The Time Series Book 1) by Josephine Traynor

Goodreads Review

Happy, single, divorcee.
Successful business woman.
Content on perving on the cute guy at the gym. At least until my best friend sets me up on an online dating site. Now, all I’m doing is blocking dick pictures.

Burned by bad breakup.
Envied chef.
Going to kill my brother for not only setting up a profile on this online dating site but giving me this username.

Humiliating online profiles bring them together, while the universe tries try to keep them apart. Reluctant daters become determined lovers who will need to decide if they’re willing to fight for something they never wanted in the first place.

WARNING: Honest Opinion Ahead

A quarter to twelve reminded me a lot of the film Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale & John Cusack. Got to say fantastic film. As with the couple in the film here as well I was rooting for Ava and Patrick to meet and to get their happy end.

The author hits the nail on the head with a sweet, hilarious, endearing read about the new world of dating via the internet. Its ups and downs and finding THE ONE. Or True Shoe. Or looking really hard for a prince among the frogs.

I really enjoyed this book until I didn't.

After Murphy's Law getting in the way one too many times. The universe trying to conspire against them after the fourth incident it became tiresome. I mean really? This is just me though. Different strokes for different folks.

What I liked about the book there are strong characters who are dealing with every day obstacles, insecurities and life. How they deal with it all. The laugh out loud moments which were slightly embarrassing on the tram. Oh well. Nothing new. The world of internet dating never tried it so I can’t say what it’s like. The author’s writing style and the Oz euphuisms.

What I didn't like is whereas I am a big Murphy's Law fan and yes he is a bit of a bastard sometimes but even so he isn't that cruel you know? When the couple finally got to me it was kind of anticlimactic. Again. Just me.
The repetitive ramblings of both main characters. Fighting their self-image done in a really great way by the author as I felt for them and the changes they wanted to make not for anyone else but for themselves.

Even though I have given 3 * I would recommend reading Ava & Patrick’s story. Watch out for this author. There is low angst and no real other woman/man drama.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dare to Dream (Carolina Beach Series #1) by C.A. Harms

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach.
Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life—crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house.
When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again. The neighbor girls are carefree, depicting a life Greer has only dreamed about. Husband, children, happiness—a family. And their father, Darren, he’s everything a woman could ever want.
But it is, of course, only a dream.
She can’t stay at Carolina Beach, no matter how much she adores Darren and his daughters. She has responsibilities at home, a mother who needs her. Where there’s love, there’s heartbreak, and she can’t go through that again. And she sure as hell won’t do that to those little girls.
But Darren isn’t letting her go that easily. It’s been so long since he’s felt this way for anyone. Greer is his missing piece, a piece he never thought he’d find.
Saying goodbye is hard, but sometimes starting over is even harder.
Only when they dare to dream again, will they ever dare to love.

This is an incredibly sweet, adorable and enjoyable read. I prefer the books I read to not be so sweet or precious. I need more grit and action but despite that fact I still found it touching in ways and it hit the spot. I was craving for some things while reading the book that I didn’t know that I was looking for.
Now I might be contradicting myself here it has been known to happen. I liked it and I didn’t. I’m an absolute sucker for a hot daddy with rugrats. And Darren in this book is no different. He has two little girls Violet and Vivian that he dotes on. He lets them paint his toenails hot pink. Freaking adorable.
Greer takes a break and moves out to the beach house in Carolina Beach. After the loss of a family member and the bloke she loves cheating on her. She realizes that she doesn’t love him. By spying on the hot neighbor next door and his two adorable girls takes her mind off other things.  
I liked the build-up between the two main characters and I felt as if it all did progress naturally. Darren realized that enough time has passed and that it is time to move on. Greer gives him that extra nudge. To me Greer never felt second best. They have chemistry and it all instantly clicked between them. The cynic in me finds it hard to believe but I guess these things do happen.
The dead spouse trope is also always quite hard to do because thinking about it means that if the spouse was still there then the MCs wouldn’t get a story. It worked here and I didn’t mind so much. Also giving the Hero a second chance at love isn’t always my thing. But once again it worked here.
I like the authors writing style and she has a great eye for creating extremely likeable characters as well as bringing out a lot of emotions while reading the book. I enjoy the authors work and I think that if you are looking for something sweet and low angst then this is the book for you.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ice Wolf (Arctic Brotherhood #1) by Jane Godman

Goodreads Review

They are the Arctic Brotherhood.

They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.

Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.

Elliott Wilder has been living a life of solitude. He is the eccentric, a hot loner, grumpy professor at the university. Since that one incident four hundred years ago he has been suffering with PTSD ever since. He doesn’t want to get involved with anything violent anymore but an arch nemesis of his is back and it looks like he has no choice. An old friend pays him a visit to inform him of what is at stake. Elliott doesn’t take to well to it.

I wasn’t too sure about Elliot to begin with, he seemed standoffish but with his interactions with his team and with Jenny he thawed out.

Jenny Piper has been living in the human world after the loss of her family. Her father wasn’t a born shifter but a turned shifter. A tragedy that made her flee to the human world and never look back.

Jenny is a fantastic heroine. She is a strong alpha female and knows what she wants. In this case it is Elliott. She has her work cut out for her though.

The Brotherhood of the Midnight Sun reunites once again to fight the same evil they fought four hundred years ago. Slight problem though? The enemy is bigger and tougher than expected. It could mean the end of the world…Could

With strong Norse mythology being present in this book it gave it a more in-depth twist to the series. With a lot of mystic and magic involved and Jotunheim. Tyr and the wolf goddess Angrboda add even more layers to the story that has written here.

Shifter romance at its best and one of my all-time favourites when it comes to a trope. Vampires? Not so much. But shifters? All the time. The best thing about this book is that it is about Artic wolves and they are completely unique to other shifters. They can only shift at the midnight sun which made this book very interesting as to how to figure out in what direction the author was heading.

If you are like me and see a book you like but the author is new to you. You think twice about requesting it or reading it. You have a 50/50 just of a love/hate relationship. Many a times before I have been burnt when it has come to this other times and it applies here as well I haven’t I really enjoyed this book I wasn’t too sure to begin with but the more I read the more I felt that I had stumbled across a paranormal romance where the author thought out of the box here. On a gamble I also requested the second book which has paid off.

If you are looking for something different then I can only recommend this book and fingers crossed the series as well.