29 April 2017

Releases This Week - It's Patrick Ness Time!

Release
by the always fab 
Patrick Ness

Sorry non-UK lovelies but Release is only out in the UK on 4th May. Elsewhere you can grab it from September 2017!

The Good news is I'll be running a #giveaway soon where you'll be able to #win a UK edition on Release.






What they say: Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. 



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Releases 4th May by Walker Books - UK only




28 April 2017

Groupie - Tour & Review



Today is my stop for the Groupie blog tour! 

I'm excited to host Groupie and Susan Daugherty! 



Moving to a new city isn’t the magic fix Lexie Travis hoped it would be. Sure, she put some mileage between herself and her feuding parents, her miserable dating history, and the memories of a life-altering injury. However, she still feels like a former shadow of herself, hiding behind her diminished confidence and her thorough disbelief in true love.

Everything changes when Lexie’s best (and only) friend drags her to a country music concert. Lexie loves country music, but she loathes the top-selling heartthrob who sold out the arena. Jack Morgan became a sensation with a string of degrading, shallow songs that she can’t stand.

A startling trauma lands Jack in the hospital, and Lexie is the physical therapist assigned to the VIP treatment of the very man she despises.

Jack is drawn to the one woman who appears resistant to his charms and who loves to check his ego every chance she gets, yet gives him the honesty he needs. She’s the opposite of his usual groupies. He can only continue his tour if he receives rehab on the road, and Lexie is the lone person Jack trusts for the job.

Reluctantly, she agrees to take the journey on his luxury coach, joining the wild cast of characters on his crew. Yes, she was given many incentives to take the assignment, but the reason she wants to ignore is the dangerous one. Jackson Morgan is growing on her.

At every turn, another challenge pushes her away from him.

Stepping onto the tour bus is the domino that starts a chain reaction in their lives and challenges them both to change. Could they learn to believe in love and happily ever after?

*Please note: Groupie is Volume One in a two-part series

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Groupie has all the drama! I was expecting an Almost Famous vibe but Groupie is a very different story. Susan Daugherty doesn't seem to be a particular fan of groupies because main character Lexie has a pretty scathing stance about groupies (yes I know Almost Famous doesn't exactly always show groupies in the best light but it does have the whole nostalgia vibe going on which I love). Lexie is a secret groupie! 

Lexie is a physical therapist who finds herself caring for the bad boy of country music, Jack Morgan. Lexie doesn't like his recent music, seeing him as an arrogant playboy who has turned his back on proper country music to sell albums. She's pretty set on her view of him and finds her attraction to Jack really irritating. Jack is pretty taken with Lexie early on. He finds himself striving to win her over by becoming a better man.

Lexie is pretty harsh in her opinion of the rockstar lifestyle and Jack's fans. She's quick to judge, but then again she's constantly faced with desperate women and Jack's past exploits on a daily basis. I could totally see where she was coming from in this regard.

I really enjoyed all the insights into how physical therapy works (when I hurt my leg I was pretty much given crutches and told to use an exercise bike). Susan Daugherty has either done a lot of research into the subject or has personal experience of PT because her descriptions of Lexie's work are great. I could completely visualise the different treatments.

Be warned Groupie is the first part of a duo-logy. I somehow managed to miss this before reading the book so I found myself getting REALLY flipping annoyed by the ending - don't worry no spoilers here!! I honestly couldn't decide who I was more angry with out of the pair of them. I'm hoping Susan Daugherty finds a way to resolve the situation with as little drama as possible or I may have to put the book in the naughty corner!


I've noticed many other reviewers have either seemed to love Groupie or really dislike it. Although I was conflicted about certain elements and I've already made my displeasure about the ending pretty clear, for the most part I enjoyed the story - So I'm somewhere in the middle when it comes to my opinion of the book but am hoping the followup Muse will win me over.

3.5 Dramatic Stars in my Country Rocker Sky!

Author Spotlight:



Susan Daugherty is a freelance writer, and by some happy coincidence, also a licensed Physical Therapist and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. She is the author of the 2016 novel Groupie as well as its sequel, Muse. Her essay The Cycle of Inspiration was published in PT InMotion in April 2013. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Raised in Kentucky, she now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where she lives with her husband and two children.

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New Cover - Wardrobe Malfunction


Ooh look at the sassy newly revamped cover for Samantha Towle's Wardrobe Malfunction! 






To celebrate the shiny new cover Sam is putting Wardrobe Malfunction on sale for 99p/99c on Amazon!


You can buy WM here:




From New York Times best-selling author Samantha Towle comes a sexy and laugh-out-loud stand-alone romance…

Vaughn West is at the height of his acting career. He’s the it man of Hollywood—until the ultimate betrayal sends him into a downward spiral of alcohol-infused days, ending with a different woman in his bed every night. His only way out of the funk is accepting a new movie deal with the hottest director in Hollywood.

Charlotte Michaels is a designer-brands girl on a thrift-store budget until she lands the mother of all jobs as Vaughn West’s wardrobe assistant on his latest movie.

Only their first meeting doesn’t go as planned, and now, Vaughn is acting like a jerk.

So, why do their clothes seem to keep falling off whenever they’re around each other? And why can’t Charly seem to keep her mind in the closet and off Vaughn?

Things are about to get hot, dirty, and messy in Hollywood. Especially if Charly’s closely guarded secret falls out of her closet.





27 April 2017

Am Reading - The Boy Most Likely To

The Boy Most Likely To
by Huntley Fitzpatrick





After really enjoying My Life Next Door I have BIG love so far for this one...



Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. 

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted... but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle. 

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.


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26 April 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Flame in the Mist

This weeks Waiting On is...


Flame in the Mist
by Renee Ahdieh






What they say: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Releasing 16th May

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Why I'm waiting...



  1. Look at the cover!
  2. I love the concept.
  3. Mulan!?!?!



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25 April 2017

Retaliate - Book Tour

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Retaliate
by M. N. Forgy


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Retaliate (Sin City Outlaws Book 3) by M.N. Forgy is
NOW LIVE!



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Being the Vice President of the Sin City Outlaws Motorcycle Club comes with its perks.
Respect, power, and easy women whenever I want. I have control in everything I do.
Because of that, I wasn’t expecting my president to put me on babysitting duty, and on a female cop of all fucking people. I kill law enforcement, not protect them.
Alessandra pretends to be the good-guy hiding behind that shiny badge. But I see the darkness dancing in her eyes, and it draws me to her in the worst way. I want to devour that act of innocence, pull her over the line of justice, and into my bed.
I just wasn’t expecting the handful of secrets I got behind that badge of honor I ripped from her chest.  Because now, we’re retaliating against a common enemy together.


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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Retaliate is the third book in M.N. Forgy's Sin City Outlaws biker series. Although you don't have to have read the previous two instalments, I'd say it definitely helps with back story and getting into Alessandra and Felix's heads.

If you're familiar with the series then you'll remember Alessandra as Jillian's bestie and former colleague. Alessandra really hates bikers and cannot stand Felix. As a biker outlaw there's now way he'd be into a cop - or would he? Now before you start thinking this is just another good girl meets bad guy story it's worth considering that Alessandra really isn't your average cop. She packs quite the punch and has quite the edge. She's definitely not a good girl!

Alessandra is after answers and unfortunately the only way she's going to get them is by asking her least favourite biker to help. Felix is confused by his attraction to Alessandra. Criminals don't date cops. Ever! Throw in a potential war with the other bigwigs in town and Felix has one heck of a dilemma on his hands.

Alessandra is kinda badass! I really liked her sassy no-nonsense approach and her loyalty to her friends and family. Felix really puts the A in Alpha! Those offended by violence and bad language may find him a bit much but I liked his more domineering tendencies.

I'm looking forward to Mac's story up next...


4 Stars in my Sky!

Excerpt:

“So, you came here to what, let loose?” I ask suggestively, lust hanging from the tip of my tongue.
She looks up through hooded eyes, her hands fidgeting with the hem of her shirt.
Taking a small step, I invade her space. Using my finger, I tuck it firmly under her chin making her look me in the eyes. God, she’s so fucking soft to touch, my hands itch to take advantage of her body and soul. That’s what I do, I devour innocent women, and scar their souls to the point they’re damaged goods.
“Were you going to f*** one of my men tonight, Alessandra?” I ask hastily.
Her throat bobs as she swallows, fire igniting her eyes as she pulls away. She’s a pistol and not the kind you love and shine every day with care. More like the kind you’re scared to use because it may backfire on you at any minute.
“So what if I was? Why do you care?” She raises a challenging brow, her voice sharp.


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M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She's a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn't live with the "what if" anymore and finally took a chance on her character's story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.



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