Monday, 30 September 2013

Bette Lee Crosby does it again!


Just HAD to give this a 5/5

Bette Lee Crosby has done it again for me. She had drawn me into another book, another story, another day vanished while I had my nose stuck in my book, in some ways resting my bad back at the moment is sure a pleasure!!!

We can all get stuck in our marriage in later life and not realize the other person has more things going on in their own personal life and feelings than you are aware of, even though you are married to them. 

This wife is settled. She has brought up her children, made friends in her neighbourhood and very contented with the home that she has built up over the years of her marriage. On the other hand, her ageing husband is not so content. A job that he is sick and tired of, a rat race he's in, being left a nice place abroad by a relative is the answer to his dreams, who wants to age where he lives? who doesn't want to spread their wings and live a little. He does. She doesn't.

I am sure this is so true to life. I am middle aged, and changes happen within a marriage/relationship and its hard to change with it.

I found the struggle they both had very real and understood it all the way through. I loved the ending.

Well done to Bette Lee Crosby for yet another brilliant read!

I received this book in exchange for a review, that was not a problem to me, I just love it. Thank you Bette.

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Caroline Overington I came to Say goodbye






I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a most outstanding book. I offered to read this and review this from Net Galley publishers. So they gifted this to me.

I've never read a book like this before, the way it was written is in a way so different than I have come across, in a good way.

You get the Father telling a story, telling it to the Court, except, its told in such a way you feel you are the judge. Its so unusual it works. I loved it.

The later part of the book is where his other daughter takes up her story from her side. Its a very compelling read. I've been laid up with a bad back and not able to do much, so when the painkillers actually do decide to kick in I stay still!!! so what better way but to use my time reading and catching up on the books I want to read.

Its a very moving read. I loved it. I would highly recommend it.

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Send me No flowers Trish Jensen

This was a book that I received from Net Galley publishers to read and review.
I found I had already read this from 1999! It just had a different cover on it than this one, needless to say I didn't read it again as I find it difficult to read (or even watch fils) twice, but it is a good book.


I remember reading it and it was a short story with a pleasant read, I did enjoy it and so would recommend this book.





BLURB

When she was known as an overweight kid from a "loony" family, he often rescued her from bullies. Now she's come back home all grownup and gorgeous, and he's the one who will need rescuing. 
Sheriff Rob Townsend of Daredevil, South Carolina remembers Jenny Creighton as the girl mean kids called "Jumbo Jenny." He was compelled to protect her on more than one occasion, a brand of heroic kindness Jenny never forgot. Jenny's returned to the small town to claim an inheritance and open a flower shop. On the inside, however, she's still the chubby girl who doesn't want anyone to remember her humiliating past. 
Rob has turned into a hunk with a painful history of his own-one that makes him the biggest heartbreaker south of the Mason-Dixon line. When he becomes her best customer-buying flowers as goodbye gifts for a growing line-up of ex-girlfriends-the women in Daredevil begin to run from Jenny and her kiss-goodbye bouquets. How can she build a business when all the single gals in town are scared to see her on their doorsteps? And what are the secrets behind her childhood hero's love-'em-and-leave-'em lifestyle? 
Trish Jensen is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels



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Marie Hall Book 2 RIGHT NOW

Fantastic! The first book had me gripped and I read it in a day. I started the second book last night. Finished it this morning. It follows on from the first book but more attention to the other character. The son of the abuser. We see how someone's actions have a domino affect on other members of the family, we also see how the victims family are affected.
All families have skeletons in their closets and this one has they're fair share.

This all happening n this book but for an umbrella of a love between two very defined characters so, its not all about the abuse its about the scars. Great tender love displayed between the couple. I loved the way this episode was written, it had me turning pages faster than lightening.


BLURB

Sometimes in life....

Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life... but I'm stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I'm seeing a shrink, I'm trying to get better... but my life feels out of control, like I'm a raft adrift on the sea. I don't know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?

...all we have...

When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I'll do anything to make that man mine. There's an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there's also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything's okay, but I see the truth... I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.

Is Right Now


I leaned my head back and thought about the boy who was no longer really a boy.
Alex was a man.
And a tall, really tall, one at that.
The moment I’d seen him walk through the door, my heart had constricted. Painfully. It’d taken me a second to catch my breath. I’d dreamed about him all through high school, watched as he took one girl after another out around town.
I doubted he remembered the girl working the popcorn counter at the theater, but every weekend there was always a new girl on his arm, a new girl kissing him and rubbing her horny little body all over his, and it was a miracle my teeth hadn’t become filed points as much as I’d ground them together.
And maybe it shouldn’t surprise me that he didn’t have a clue who I was; I no longer looked even remotely similar to the girl who’d graduated valedictorian of J.J. Baines High.
My fingers twitched as I remembered the feel of his body in my fist. He was big, and so damn hard my thighs had trembled.
Fire and static and electricity and whatever other chemical combustion had detonated inside me. I’d gone from zero to horny in two seconds the moment he’d walked in.
His hair had glinted so many different shades of blond, from white to burnished bronze, and all I wanted to do was touch it, run my fingers through it, wondering all the while if it was as soft as it'd looked. 
One look into eyes that made me think of a sky right after a storm and I could no longer control myself


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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Marie Hall ~ A Moment

I was gifted this book from Net Galley for an honest review.

Having not read of any Marie Hall books prior to this but like the blurb I asked to read and review it. I was very excited to be able to do this.

It deals with two emotive issues, suicide and abuse. Its not something we like to read about, but it happens and we must face it to deal with it. Marie Hall brought such an emotion to the fore you could touch it, feel it. The upset, the emotional damage, the domino effect this has had.

It turned into a very tender love story which came together towards the end, and I was happy to see there is going to be a book 2 which I will be eagerly awaiting.

Loved this story and gave it 5/5 no problem.


BLURB

Ryan Cosgrove and Liliana Delgado are on a collision course with destiny. They don't know it yet, but before the night is over their lives will be forever changed.

Spending Valentine's Day at a burlesque bar, hadn't been Liliana's ideal way of spending a Friday night. She'd much rather be back at campus, doing homework... until she meets Ryan. Tall, athletic, and gorgeous, Lili can't keep her eyes off him, and despite his gruff manners and drunken disposition she's intrigued.

Ryan's got demons, and they're deep, dark, and eating him alive. Regardless of his attraction to the petite brunette he's tired of fighting, of pretending the last fifteen years haven't been a daily struggle just to get out of bed every morning. That night he decides to end his pain, to leave it all behind and float away into the blessed darkness of oblivion. But fate has other plans for him, Lily finds and rescues Ryan, determined she'll not only save his body, but his soul too.

This is their moment...


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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

JANIE DECOSTER What my sister didn't know

MY REVIEW

I love the cover of this book, it attracted me to it by the eye first and then the blurb.
The author gifted me this book for an honest review without any undue pressure of me reading it and giving my humble opinion.

I find this author very good with the written word, she tells a story very well all except for a couple of things.

1. I felt there was just too much detail at times in the narration. Needless things being narrated. I think most readers don't need to have everything clarified right down to the minute detail, it grated on me as soon as I picked up on it which meant I had to struggle to keep to the point of the story.

2. It was a bit slow in places.

On the whole I think this story with a few changed would and could be a good one. I am just a humble reader and reviewer and those are my thoughts on the book.

Thank you Janie DeCoster for allowing me to read it. :)




BLURB

Saphire married Clay Matthews, a handsome, down to earth and loyal man who worships the ground her designer shoes walk on. But no matter how hard she tries to love him, her heart yearns for another.
Gade, Saphire's younger sister, married the man of her dreams. Lamonte Singletary is everything a red-blooded woman could ever want in a man. After the birth of their son, life has been picture perfect. That is, until Joe Burrels, a bittersweet memory from the past, returns with a haunting secret he is determined to reveal.
Now the bond of sisterhood could be destroyed forever.









SUSAN LOHRER Over The Edge

I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review 

I've had this book on my TBR list for a while and must have skimmed over it. My mistake. I should have read this sooner. I started last night until my eyes drooped! Finished it off this morning after doing my chores.

When her drunken sister turned up that's when I learnt there was a secret so had to stay with it! Throw in a house, man and love, its a brilliant map for a story.

Susan Lohrer tells a story very well in my humble opinion.

See my review on Good Reads for a longer review.
I would recommend this read.



BLURB

Kat Cherish, high school principal and activist (a combination that hasn’t been great for her career) heads back to her hometown to mend her dignity only to discover her estranged kid sister is a mess… and their childhood home is for sale. Getting the house back just might be the only thing that can put Kat’s complicated family back together… if she can cope with her mixed feelings for her ex-boyfriend, who’s been hired to completely remodel her house for another potential buyer… and if she doesn’t lose her new job because of the outrageous antics she’s pulling to keep her sister out of trouble







In Search Of Lucy




I have just added my review to Good Reads. 
Lia has woven a very good read. I did find it hard to get into at the beginning. I had to step back from it on occasion and rethink what I'd just read. Not because it complicated, but to make somesince of it all.
Lucy could be quite complex. Her character was developed well though.
Enstranged sisters, one needing a transplant. I've read a similar book not so long ago along the same lines.

I felt it picked up with me when Lucy didn't wake up after the operation. I had something to focus on.
Its a book you can pick up and put down, I wouldn't say I was chained to each page. It was well written, well thought out, I would recommend it, but I would say to them...stick with it, it opens up as you go along.

Lia Fairchild is an up and coming author, in my humble opinion, she has all the talent to get better and better.



BLURB

Lucy Lang's life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won't give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.





Monday, 23 September 2013

REBECCA BERTO Pullling Me Under book 1



Title: Pulling Me Under (Pulling Me Under, #1)
Author: Rebecca Berto
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: October 2013




Look at this book cover. Take it in. Its well balanced with the story. Water pulls you in, life sucks the breathe out of you at times. 

I read the prequel to this before choosing to read this one, I urge you to do the same or you will miss out.

This book captured my interest throughout. I had to take a small break from it today as it does pull you in, just like the title says, you can find yourself feeling the emotions coming from this page the bit about Paul, I was hooked. Then when something happened, I was `what!`! Omg. What next. Was that an out of body experience? Wow.

Mothers and daughters, that's all I'm saying. Apart from, throw in some emotive issues and you have your reader in the palm of your hands. I had to stay up just to finish this.


I was gifted this by the author as an ARC which I thank her for.





Rebecca Berto is an Amazon bestselling author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are full of heart. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and 





Friday, 20 September 2013

C J SCOTT.....RUIN


Ruin by C.J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

* I was given this book by the author via Net Galley*

I loved the cover! I know, I know I sound shallow. But you see with your eyes first right? Then I read the blurb.
I liked what I read so applied to read it. I was granted it to read which was great.
Its a short story, didn't take me long to read it in fact.

The female in this book Kate, was great, she worked as a good character for me to start off with, then it went down hill from there really, she was DESPERATE, right at the beginning when Winter got off the bus she eyed him. When she got to speak to him, she seemed so desperate to keep him around, now that bit I found to the extreme. If someone wanted to go, they would go. She dreamt up a job for him so that he could stay! and guess what? he did!

Ok, not going to give away any more spoilers, you need to read this short story for yourself. I took it well and in good humour because it was a short story [ish] but any longer and I'd be pulling my teeth out.

Winter was the most softish guy I came across, he needed to MAN UP in some cases. I see this is book 1, so maybe book 2 he and Kate will be a little different.
Fingers crossed!

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OMG what a read!


5/5 stars and MORE!

Oh my giddy aunt! Bloody hell, what a fantastic read! I've been gripped, pulled and sucked into this book all day at every chance I had. Doctors surgery, waiting at the shops in my car, sat at the kitchen table waiting for supper to cook. Then this evening finishing it.

Wow, I mean, wow.
What started out as what seemed to be a family saga into a sweet love story with hopes and promised ended up the biggest cliff hanger! I didn't expect that! Hit me full on in the face, now I need to know what happen to Sarah and her family.
Oh and Matt of course.
I NEED book 2!!!!!!!

I was given this ARC by the author for an honest review, I think its me that should be thanking her, I have had endless hours today thoroughly enjoying this read.



The beach House


4/5 starts 
I was gifted this book in paper form at by the author.

I found the first bit hard going trying to get into it. I managed this about 35% the way through.it may not be the authors problem it could possibly be mine as I didn't find it gripped me until later when things started to happen and life and loss started to emerge.

I can say though that I enjoyed the book in the end, just found it a struggle at the start.

My pet hate was having the characters every single bodily movement documented. I just felt some of that wasn't needed. If someone is coming in through a door of course they have entered the room if they are starting to speak to them. I'm sorry if I sound too harsh, but some things the readers can read between the lines about, I felt like I was going to be told when they were sneezing or coughing next. I feel strongly about this, if this was less then the book would have been so much more enjoyable for me.

The overall story once I got past this was fantastic.I loved how the story went, how the girl grew and developed as a young lady.

So all in all, as long as you don't mind my pet hate, you will enjoy this story.

 sorry to the author for my thoughts, but they are my humble thoughts and 100% honesty as I see it and this doesn't reflect from it could have been excellent for me but for that one thing.




Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The House on Burra Burra Lane

This is a really soft enjoyable read. I found it quite easy, quick to read. I read this in one sitting within 4 hours. 

Enjoyable plots, nice love story, ups and downs of relationships. 

Sammy was great I thought. That ring sounded lovely!
Ethan, I loved the name and liked the character and the part he played throughout. 

Love comes right at the end. In the House of Burra Burra Lane

Brenda Perlin

The author has a very good way of telling a story. I found its in the first voice. What I mean is, its a lot of narration and hardly any dialogue,conversation between anyone.
I wasn't sure if I would like that or not.

I laid last night in my bed reading this, I didn't sleep too well so took up my Kindle again to read some more. I can say, I loved the storyline. We all think and blame the "other" woman for breaking up a marriage and this has made me think. However, this morning after doing my chores I didn't know if I wanted to sit and read it anymore as it was like someone writing me a letter and me reading it from a friend about her life or an experience. Except, I didn't know who she was.

I took a break, and all I could think of was, I have to see what happens next.

I've managed to read the entire book whilst waiting for our main meal to cook, then after it was all cleared away I have found finished this book!

Why am I telling you this?

Because, I like a lot of dialogue in my book reads and this doesn't hold much at all. Like I say, its like reading one looooong letter.

At the end of this book, I found I enjoyed it immensely, that has now taught me something about myself. Its also a good compliment to this author BRENDA PERLIN as she's managed to hold my attention in this book when it could have easily been the reverse! so I commend her writing. I REALLY do, I didn't give it up because of the way Brenda tells a story. She's weaved it so well I didn't know how much I liked it until the end and I've taken away some very informative material, the "other" woman, is she really as bad as we think?

I can't wait for book 2 now!

VICKI GREEN my new fav author!

This is book 1. 

I've been waiting to read book 2 before adding the review as it hadn't been released yet until now.

Oh what a read! I've been promising to read this book, I so wish I had got around to it sooner. I just wanted book 2 to be ready so that I could read that one also and put both reviews up together. 

Vicki has a lovely way of writing that brings the characters to life and live alongside you. You can actually befriend them, which is nice. I felt they were in my living room by the time I finished, and sorry if that sounds over the top!

Great heart felt read. At the first it seems a bit daunting, but stick with it, it just gets better and better. 


I can't wait to read book 2



This book does have sexual content in it and some bad language to make sure you are aware of this before reading. Its for the over 18+

Book 2

What can I say, after reading book 1 I just HAD to see what would happen next. We all know that our past shapes the person we are today, but do we realize how much our past really does shape us? how our past catches up with us sooner or later.?

I loved how the author knitted all this together and reading the 2nd book was great in that it never kept going over book 1. Who needs that! I hate it when I buy book 2 and it spends half its pages going over and reviewing book flipping 1!! this doesn't. I love how the author took that to mind.

If a good read is in order, I say read these. I thoroughly enjoyed them.


The author sent this book to my husband a few months back. My hubby isn't like me and takes quite a while to read something. He likes true stories mostly and can read and reread pages and devour the story bit by bit. He has some memory problems which means very often he needs to go back a few pages to refresh his memory each time he picks the book up. It jogs his memory and away he goes again!

He absolutely loved the true story, he said he felt many different emotions whilst reading it as some treatment and hardship made him cross and angry, but the strength and humour came across from a united family.

He thanks the author for sending him it n paperback as he doesn't do so well with an ereader.

I said

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Debut Novel was very good

I was happy to be gifted this book by the author.

I read the warning sign but pressed ahead. The further I got along with the story the more it had me wriggling in my seat. At that point, I was considering giving it up. BUT I am so glad I didn't do that, as this book although makes you uncomfortable in its subject matter you just have to read the other half. The action in the latter half I couldn't have dreamed of if I'd had 2 days to sit and think how this would conclude, it entrapped me just over halfway through. Is a MUST read.