24 August 2019

Review - Summer Heat

Summer Heat - Cruel Summer #1
by Rachel Van Dyken





What they say: Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.

And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.

But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywoods most exclusive summer camp.

And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.

He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target. 


What I say: Summer Heat is the first in a new three parter from RVD. I enjoyed the angst and drama and all the Fame meets Dirty Dancing vibes!

Stuck-up or spoiled princess, Ray finds herself at the mercy of her former rival and the guy she belittled for years. Except she's not either of those things and is no longer the same girl who treated Marlon so badly at high school. 

Marlon has really come into his own in both looks and talent. There's no way he'll let the rich girl who tormented him and stole his scholarship when she didn't even need it, ruin his summer. It's payback time!

The flirty banter and general snipping made me smile but I'm not sure how Ray didn't recognise Marlon straight away - I can only imagine he looked hella different! This is not something I usually say as I often get annoyed when writers include too much back story or flashbacks but I would have liked a little more info on their childhood and what happened at school - perhaps in the next instalment...

Oh the cliffy! I read this one a while ago and am still stewing over the ending and the wait to see what happens next!

4 Stars in my Sky!

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23 August 2019

Coming Soon - The Testaments

Whether you love or hate Margaret Atwood, she certainly produces books with gusto!

The Testaments

Coming 10th Sept




What they say: In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. 

With The Testaments, the wait is over. 

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood.

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21 August 2019

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Wolf Dancer

Wolf Dancer - New Dawn #2
by Rachel M. Raithby




What they say: The war's over but danger still lurks. As the packs align, hidden currents are about to cast a shadow over the peace.

Charming, handsome, and with a smile on the edge of sin, Nico has loved Olivia from afar for what seems like forever. When Olivia is kidnapped, he not only finds himself alone with her, but standing between her and an angry wolf out for revenge. Olivia learns how Nico feels that day, he just hopes he's not left it too late.

Olivia planned for her life to change when she left school—but she never bargained on Nico. He is the wolf who could so easily shatter her carefully constructed plans, ones she set in place to escape her father. It’s time she stepped out from the shadows. It’s time she became brave.

Secrets are revealed, fates are changed, and Nico and Olivia learn sometimes, love requires sacrifice.
 


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20 August 2019

Coming Soon - Handle With Care

Handle With Care
by Helena Hunting




Flirty adult romance.

What they say: He wants to lose control.
Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman

She's trying to hold it together.
Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.

Releases 27th Aug

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19 August 2019

Am Reading - Swipe Right for Murder

Swipe Right for Murder
by Derek Milman





What they say: On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he's not quite sure which takes top priority.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do---he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone---faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.

He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him---including himself.

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18 August 2019

Pretty Cover - A Scattering of Leaves

A Scattering of Leaves - Keeper of the Souls #2
by Patricia Reynolds



Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Release Date: August 27th 2019

Following his Vision Quest in A Scattering of Crows,Hidden Spirit continues the journey after an unsettling vision of his sister, Chasing Rabbit, in danger. He races against the clock to find the boarding school where Preacher Jim continues to indoctrinate the Sioux children. He fears he will be too late and wonders about the fate of his beloved, Morning Star. 
Surviving insurmountable odds, Hidden Spirit rises to the harrowing challenge. Quelling his anger, his inner warrior and magical powers begin to surface and develop in ways he never thought possible. Along the way, he meets some unsuspecting friends and allies that help forge this epic journey.



Author Spotlight:
Patricia Reynolds lives in Washington State with her partner of many years, along with their adopted family of dogs and cats. She has a passion for nature and the environment, and a soft spot for animals of all kinds. Patricia's primary goal in writing this book was to lend a voice to the forgotten. Her young adult fantasy series: Keeper of the Souls, is based on actual events. 


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