Monday, February 20, 2017

"Reckless" by Skye Jordan



RECKLESS BY SKYE JORDAN

SERIES: Renegades #1
PUBLISHER: Cygnet Books
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Freebie

SUMMARY
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker makes Lexi realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success and one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life. When that touch fills far more than just Lexi’s physical needs, she finds herself torn between the career she needs and the bad-boy she craves. Jax Chamberlin gave up the superficial life of acting for the thrill of running his own stunt company years ago. But a recent betrayal proves he’s still too close to the limelight to find a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping-stone to success. When the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more. But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle, and Jax isn’t willing to change his ways. Especially not when he discovers who she really is. Because if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the other gold-diggers. And this time, it’s not just his bad-boy reputation at risk, but his heart, too.

MY REVIEW

I grabbed this book for free last year while I was browsing on the iBooks store because, let's face it, nice tattoo colours! And a couture wedding dress designer & a stuntman? Now, that is a couple I still had to come across to and yes, it sounds quite interesting!

For sure, Lexi and Jax have a great chemistry and their engaging is not just entertaining, but HOT! Once those two start flirting by texting, everything becomes sextacularly compelling... Indeed, their texting was my favourite part, but there are also plenty of steamy scenes that have you all dreamy—perhaps even a bit drooling—and that are a real page turner. Nevertheless, I found myself stopping a few times during the second part of the book because I got annoyed with the whole angst. I might understand a few of the characters' worries, but to be honest they felt forced—and repetitiveand the end didn't particularly surprise me.

Despite some issues, it was a nice, spicy escape with potential and some pleasurable sighing. If you are in the mood for something like that, this novel could be the one for you.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#41)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: THE NIGHT MARK by Tiffany Reisz
Expected publication: March 28th, 2017 by Mira

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years.

Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, February 06, 2017

"Because You Are Mine: The Complete Novel" by Beth Kery



BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE: THE COMPLETE NOVEL BY BETH KERY

SERIES: Because You Are Mine #1 - #8
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Borrowed

SUMMARY
It's at a cocktail party in her honour that she first meets him—and the attraction is immediate for graduate student Francesca Arno. It's also bewildering. She's not used to such a wholesale sexual response to a stranger. Enigmatic, darkly intense, with a commanding presence, billionaire Ian Noble completely unnerves her. And she likes it. For Ian, Francesca is the kind of woman he can't resist—one that comes all too rarely: a true innocent. But he can sense in her a desire to open up, to experiment, to give herself to the fantasies of a man in control. The first kiss, the first caress, the first challenge for a woman who craves what she's never had—a man who gets what he wants...

MY REVIEW

I've been meaning to try this author for quite a while now, so I thought I'd ask my bestie—who loves Kery's writing—if I could borrow this one. I mean, who better than asking a girl whose name is the same of the leading female character here, right? Thank you, Francesca!

For those who are new to this title, it was originally published as an eight-part serial. I tried serials in the past and they didn't seem to work particularly well for me, but since this one was turned into a novel, I wanted to see how it played. Although the pace is still the one of a serial, I enjoyed it and kinda curled up my toes for almost the whole read. Let me tell you, this author knows how to write a steamy scene! She puts her vivid imagination to very good use and makes each scene last pages and pages... Oh my, those pages... She deserves kudos for the way she describes pure hotness sexual desires/needs. You might find that it's not a matter of liking Ian Noble, but more of how bad do you wanna be Francesca Arno?

Hot and steamy, this book is for everyone who is looking for a pleasurable escape. And if you feel like you need more—so demanding—you can always check what the other characters have to offer next.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#40)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 7th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by
and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Enjoy "A Walk in Nature" with Christopher D King's Adult Colouring Book

Some of you already know I'm into adult colouring books, as in I-LOVE-and-I-cannot-have-enough-of-them! So, as soon as the chance to colour/review one presents at my door, I open it wide open. And this time, waiting for me there was A Walk in Nature by Christopher D King.


Now that we made clear who this book belongs to, I think we can talk serious business ;)

Courtesy of Austin Macauley, I had the pleasure of challenging myself with some original illustrations. There are plenty in this book with a different difficulty level, which is presented with a challenge star rating at the end of the book. I really liked this because instead of just picking a favourite—let's be honest, we all start with those—I found myself also choosing by consulting the rating system, so I could put my skills even more at work and track my progress. To give you an idea of the kind of difficulty and the type of illustrations, let me show you a couple of examples.


This is rated 3 star = advanced. It's been really cold and dark here lately, so to brighten up the day I thought I'd use some vibrant colours, and you know what? It actually helped. I like turtles and having a double page with them to work on was lovely. And so is the illustration, don't you agree?

    


This is rated 5 star = colouring ninja! I won't hide the fact being a ninja has its charm—hesitating is pointless, just raise your hand—so why shouldn't I try to be at least a colouring one, right? Do you think I passed and I can start drawing my own costume? *attagirl*

If you're into colouring, you'll find A Walk in Nature a nice and fun chroma-therapy book to grab. Pencils are my way to go, but in case you like to use pens, markers, and such, know that the pages seem resistant and the colour shouldn't get through the back and ruin what's behind. The thing I personally found a bit unpleasant was that the book wouldn't stay open unless I put something on the page next to the one I was colouring, and even in that case I needed to be sure to keep it still. However, as you can see, I managed my colouring and I'm happy with the result.

*Thanks Austin Macauley for the review copy.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Christopher D King is an artist/illustrator and product designer/engineer living and working in Oxfordshire. He specialises in unique detailed pen and ink illustrations drawn from his imagination. His inspiration comes from classic childrens' literature, modern design, architecture, nature, engineering and anatomy. Themes are surrealist, animals, fantasy, dystopian landscapes, fictional characters, geometric foliage and lend themselves to childrens' books and adult colouring books.

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Nova and Quinton: No Regrets" by Jessica Sorensen



NOVA AND QUINTON: NO REGRETS BY JESSICA SORENSEN

SERIES: Nova #3
PUBLISHER: Sphere
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces, but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day... but he's not ready yet. Playing drums in a band and living with her friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way—a reminder of life's dark side—and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken heart... and into Nova's heart?

MY REVIEW

I meant to read this a long time ago because I knew Nova and Quinton had something special for their final chapter, but then life got in the way and books were all over the place... So yes, I delayed this moment too much, but I'm glad I finally put my feet down and didn't let anything distract me from the read.

New adult books can give you so much and surprise the hell out of you sometimes. Romance always plays its big part, of course, but there are stories—like this one—where tragic events turn your world upside down and make you connect with the characters on a different level. I honestly loved every single moment spent with both Nova and Quinton, their struggle, despair but also hope got me emotional and kept me rooting for them. Especially for Quinton, who needed to find the strength to come out from the dark place he lost himself into and get a hold of his life. Easier said than done, isn't it? But you gotta keep fighting.

Jessica Sorensen delivered a dark, touching, and realistic story. She also found a way to keep me longing for more... In fact, even if we have reached a closure for these two, you'll find there's someone else in the story who might be waiting and begging for attention. And perhaps some kind of a miracle.

RATING: 4/5
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