Thursday, 9 June 2016

Author Spotlight: Lauren Layne Part 1

I thought I'd do a quick piece about an author I absolutely adore: Lauren Layne

Lauren currently has 7 series out/in progress; of which I have read four completely, am reading another currently, one I plan on reading and one I am anxiously waiting for.

I've found that Lauren's books are really great at mixing humour, friendship and love in realistic ways. As a reader I feel like the characters could be girls that I meet in my life and choose to befriend as they just come across as truly human. As someone who has read a lot of YA, this ease in which we can relate to the characters is such a relief.

Lauren LayneLauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.   She lives in Manhattan with her husband and Pomeranian, and loves cocktails, city-life and stilettos.

Lauren Layne can be reached at: Twitter     Facebook     Website     Goodreads 

Only with You (The Best Mistake, #1)I feel like any series that starts with the main character getting mistaken as a hooker can only really improve from there. In the first book, Only With You, Sophie is a young woman that hasn't really found her calling in life and is more than happy to float around being unfulfilled with her basic jobs until THE comment. This book was really sweet in the end as well as continually hilarious, it's a great book to read during the summer.

Made for You (The Best Mistake, #2)Made For You was more of a slow burn and followed Sophie's sister Brynn who has always known exactly what she wanted and what she needed to do in order to get it. Whereas Sophie is more of a free spirit, Brynn is an extremely Type A personality (this isn't necessarily a bad thing!) and this book is great at once again showing a character finding herself and maybe showing readers that sometimes, you're okay exactly as you are.

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)I have to say I read this in chronological order and my word did it affect all my feelings, there's no other way to read it obviously but I did wait a very long time between Broken and Crushed because the repercussions from the first two books made me slightly biased towards the main character in Crushed, it was a stupid thought process, I realise this now.

Broken (Redemption, #1)Isn't She Lovely is such an adorable novella and made me want to continue with the series and I think everyone needs someone like Stephanie in their lives. At least personality wise, clothing wise is optional...

Broken was a wonderful story that made me forget any feelings/biases that I held towards the main character due to the previous story even though I'd literally only just finished that story before starting this one (you'll see why this is important in a second). Broken was a great story of self realisation and teaching people that the best person to change you if you don't like yourself, is you. 

Crushed (Redemption, #2)Crushed is the book that lets you know the series is aptly named. Michael and Chloe are amazing as friends and even better as a couple and I thought that ending with this story teaches us once again that sometimes the only person that hasn't forgiven you is yourself and it's okay to forgive yourself. The last couple of chapters of this book were the perfect ending for the series and I'm so glad I picked it up again  

Part 2 coming soon!

Look out for more author spotlights coming your way!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Where The Sun Hides by Bethany Kris and London Miller

Where the Sun Hides (Seasons of Betrayal, #1)

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In places where the sun can hide, the darkest betrayals are made.
Violet Gallucci and Kazimir Markovic have grown up in the same city, but on opposite sides of the game they call life—Violet, an Italian principessa della mafia, and Kaz, a Russian Bratva heir. Lines have been drawn, and they know not to cross them.
Their paths crossed once, a long time ago, but when they meet again, the territory and rules set out by their families that have kept them separated seem to bleed away.
She's more than her last name …
He’s more than a Russian …
But secrets from the past—and the people determined to keep them hidden—have other plans for Violet and Kaz.
Rival families.
One city.
Star-crossed lovers.
They should be enemies.
It could mean war.
This is just the beginning …
From authors Bethany-Kris (The Chicago War) and London Miller (Volkov Bratva) comes a thrilling, sexy new series—Seasons of Betrayal. Where the Russians and Italians clash in culture, mafia … and love.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Priceless by Linda Kage

Priceless (Forbidden Men, #8)

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Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.

I just knew—deep in my marrow—that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.

People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.

Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity.
Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?
--Brandt Gamble
Review ahead!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Gun Moll by Bethany Kris and Erin Ashley Tanner NEW RELEASE

Gun Moll (Gun Moll, #1)
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 James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.

Until she shows up and all eyes are on them …

Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly.

A man is nothing without his woman …

When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed.

Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …

Review ahead!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Thin Lies by Bethany-Kris

Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, #1)
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Calisto Donati

She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over.
It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento.
Not for Calisto.
She was taken.
She was claimed.
She was not his.
In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. 
What good had saving her done?
He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.

Emma Sorrento
Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile.
At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face.
He smirked.
And winked.
Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her.
Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose.
She had already lost once.
Wasn’t it enough?

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.

Review ahead!
You guys, Bethany Kris has done it again. Only this time she's ripped my heart out and stomped on it for fun. When it was first announced that this book was going to have a cliffhanger I was like "pfft, bring it! I survived the year long wait between The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades." 

I wasn't ready! Somehow this book manages both the slow burn and the fast paced "everything is happening!!" In a way, I could see the ending coming, especially with the cliffhanger being a thing but the book was so well written that it had me hoping until the very last page.

Emma Sorrento is a great character, and as readers we're lucky to enough to be witness to her evolving into who she actually wants to be. Having been raised as a spoilt principesa she's realising that there was actually a price to pay and that she wasn't actually just expected to live her life as a single child and so we get to watch as she tries to break those habits and become more independent. All I want is a scene with all the amazing women Bethany Kris has written and I honestly won't even ask for anything book related again (for a week maybe, I have needs).

Calisto kinda breaks my heart a little, it's so obvious he doesn't want to be where he is and for him to then find something great in all of this but he can't have it? Awful. Cal complements Emma so wonderfully and it's a credit to the writing that this has happened as wonderfully as it has.

This was such a great book and I can't believe I have to wait for another cliffhanger before I finally get a resolution, it's going to be a stressful one, I can feel it.

Rating: 4 stars

Thin Lies by Bethany Kris - Interview!

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Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, #1)
Hi guys, so it's very rare that I do interviews because I don't like the idea of asking questions that the author has been asked a thousand times before and the answers are all over the internet but once I knew I had the opportunity to interview Bethany Kris, especially when she'd changed the nature of her books (hello cliffhangers!) I knew it was a chance I couldn't miss.

Thank you to Indie Sage PR for organizing this blog tour, and here is the interview:

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Shameless by Lex Martin NEW RELEASE

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What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart. 

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things. 


When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love. 
I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.