Best buys!

I am on a book buying ban so paperback books are a no go for me at the moment. Instead I have been checking out the Top 100 on Amazon and downloading books on to my Kindle instead. I have purchased some books that sound really interesting that were either free or not that expensive on the kindle. What I noticed though were these are books I would have overlooked if I only brought paperback books, because either that they are a few years old, not being talked about on social media, written by a new author or a self published author who has just released an ebook rather than a physical book. I love the Top 100 on Amazon as you can specify the genre and see whats popular. I’d recommend checking them out!

I have linked the pictures with the book on Amazon, if you want to find out more information.

These are my best buys:

  Always – Ellery Rhodes (New Adult). Price: Free 

 The Governess Club: Sara – Ellie Macdonald (Historical Romance) Price: £0.49

 Sweet Revenge – Katherine Allred (Romance) Price: £0.37

 Sweet Addiction – J Daniels (Adult Romance) Price: Free 

 Beast Part 1- Ella James (Erotica) Price: Free

 Her Sudden Groom – Rose Gordon (Historical Romance) Price: Free

These are some of my best buys but not all the books I have purchased. This list would go on forever if I wrote about them all. Honestly check out the Top 100 on Amazon, especially the Top 100 free as you’ll find some gems 🙂

Happy Reading!

P.S. I am in no way associated with Amazon or any of these authors. I am making no money from this post. I just wanted to share my best buys so you all can get a good deal too.

Feral Sins – Suzanne Wright (The Phoenix Pack book 1)

This is another reread of mine and I was just going to use my original review I added to Goodreads but have found my opinion has changed just slightly so I thought I’d review it properly.

Warning this is an adult erotica book and contains loads of bad language. Recommended for 18+. I’m not a prude but some scenes and language even turned the top of my ears red.

I would like to say that depending on which version of the book you get there is a graphic ménage scene. The e-books re-released on February 19, 2013 do not contain it, it has been replaced with a sex scene between Trey and Taryn. The scene was not my cup of tea and I purchased the re-released e-book but originally read this book with the ménage scene in it which I skipped. Just thought I’d mention incase anyone purchases the original version.

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Synopsis:

If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal…but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.

Rating: 4 Stars

This book was really good, I did not want to put my Kindle down at all. This has to be one of the better shifter stories I’ve read. There nothing that I can add that the large synopsis I ‘borrowed’ from Goodreads hasn’t said without giving the entire book away. I’ve mentioned before that this book has a lot of bad language and very descriptive sex scenes so please do not read it if this offends you. Some of Taryn sarcasm can be a bit too far sometimes but I found it funny, so again if this offends you please give it a miss.

Ahh what to say about Trey he was just so Alpha and Sexy but so sweet at the same time. He says some of the sweetest things.

“You’re all there is for me, Taryn. I’m broken baby. You know that. Before you… it was like those bits of me were just scattered all over the place. I’ve never felt whole. Not until you. You hold those pieces together. It’s not an exaggeration when I say you hold my sanity in your hands. Without you, I’d fall apart.” .

“All I know is that I don’t want you to leave. If you do I’ll hunt you down and bring you back, Taryn. I sh*t you not, I will. Not because of our deal or my wolf, but because I want you here with me.”

Trey is also a very dirty talker, seriously do not read this book in public! I would like to point out there were parts of the story where I thought Trey was a massive blockhead and I wanted to slap him to make him silly because he was being stupid but I got over that feeling when he started to do as I wanted him to lol.

What made the book that more enjoyable was Taryn was such an amazing character, she had a spine and would not let anyone walk all over her (Go Girl!). She was an Alpha female and her sarcasm sometimes made me laugh out loud. It was refreshing that Trey did not want to repress Tayrn’s Alpha personality. The sarcasm and wit in the book had me in stitches. Someones I felt that Taryn did go too far but I did also find it funny too.

The only reason this is a 4 star rating and not a 5 as it should be is that there was a certain part where Trey annoyed me and that there were just a couple of comments made by Taurn that I thought went too far. Also there is something such as a too perfect ending and I found it a bit to perfect (you’ll understand what I mean when you read this). If you like what you’ve read in this review are are not offended by a dirty talking Alpha who wants to be incharge then give this a read.

Happy Reading!

I’m really going to have to read a YA book next to calm myself down lol

Playing for Keeps – R.L. Mathewson (Neighbor from Hell book 1)

So I have been ill for the last couple of days and to make myself feel better I decided to reread this as I remember it being really funny and I needed something to cheer me up and make me feel better. By the time this review is up I will be feeling fine as I’ve discovered how to schedule my blog posts!

Warning this is an adult book, it contains mature content and bad language.

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Playing for Keeps – R L Mathewson Ebook

Synopsis:

Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

This is a seriously funny contemporary romance read. Jason and Haley are neighbors, and for the last 5 years Jason has been nothing but a neighbor from hell and caused Haley nothing but aggravation. Haley does not think much of Jason “He seemed to think that he was the most charming man on earth and had no problem with using it to get his way”. When Jason starts ripping out the tulips her grandmother gave her and she planted, she decided enough is enough and she is no longer going to be a pushover. She confronts Jason with a hose and both end up stuck in Haley house as due to disrupting a bees nest. While being stuck together they discover that they actually get along and they have many things in common and become friends. Jason decides to make Haley his project but helping her be stronger and not be a pushover anymore.

Jason is a likable character as he accepts his flaws “It wasn’t like he was purposely being an a***ole. It just came naturally to him. Everyone understood and accepted it. Probably because even though he was an asshole, he was a likable a***ole…..most of the time”. I do not think he was a flawed character, I thought he was so sweet and caring and kind towards Haley. He is confident and does not hide it. He believes in going for what he wants, “Too bad. In his opinion if a man didn’t have the balls to make a move he didn’t deserve the woman he desired”. Jason does waver a bit from this when it comes to Haley though considering she is only a ‘friend’ to him, one of his best buddies. The only weird thing with Jason is his appetite, surely no one can ever eat as much as he does in this book. It can’t be possible! I think it’s so adorable how much he loves Haley’s baked goods.

Jason actually does help Haley develop as a character and makes her more confident in herself. He is so proud as the true Haley emerges from her shy self and he’s glad to call her his friend. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “He took some pride in it. It was because of him after all. It took some work, but she was coming along rather nicely. Who knew there was a little tigress beneath all that cuteness?”

What to say about Haley. I really liked her as a character as well, she was funny, sweet and developed as a character. At the start of the book she is shy but she defiantly grows as the book progresses. I really did not like her family though, other than her grandmother. Her grandmother was awesome.

Jason and Haley actually do have a friendship and mutual interests before they try and have a relationship. I find it adorable how Jason calls Haley his little grasshopper. I think its cute how once they are friends Haley bakes more or orders extra desserts or cakes for Jason too. The way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach! I love books that actually develop the relationship between the two main characters rather than it being instant love. There is an attraction between the two however they both try to fight it and stay friends. You will have to read the book to see what happens! 😀

Happy Reading!

My Comfort Zone

We all have specific genre’s that we read, and I realised that I hardly ever read books that are not in my ‘comfort zone’. I was updating my need to read list and realised that the books I go for are either a Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Erotica, New Adult or Young Adult. I do not read books that do not come under these categories. I have decided that I will try and read books that do not come under these genres, just to try and expand my reading experience. Non-fiction and Sci Fi probably will not be included in this just because I really do not enjoy these genres.

I have just downloaded Blind Love by Rebecca May Spicer from Amazon and this seems like a book that I would not usually read but it did sounds interesting so I decided to go ahead and buy it and read a book that I would not usually.

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Blind Love – Rebecca May Spicer

Synopsis:

“Filth on the street, which should be left alone to rot and decompose. That was what people saw when they looked at Ymir but his sister didn’t see this.

Because she could not see at all.

She could not see the world around her. Sometimes, he wondered if that was a curse or a blessing.”

Cemile and Ymir have always been on the same road. They sit and they beg and they survive. Until one misunderstanding changes it all.

Until their roads travel in completely different directions…

I look forward to reading this.

What about you? Do you read books outside your comfort zone?

Heir of Fire Giveaway #hypergiveaway

Hello everyone! So I have now reached 400 followers on Instagram and have ‘met’ (well talked to) some lovely people through my blog too. To say thank you I wanted to do a giveaway, bear with me as this is my first ever giveaway 🙂 The book that I will be giving away is Heir of Fire by Sarah J Mass, along with some loose tea tins. This book is the 3rd book in the Throne of Glass series. This book I purchased with my own money through Book Depository, same goes for the tea. I purchased it from Whittards with my own money. I will be posting the book and tea out to the winner so you have to be comfortable with providing your address (this is be through email don’t worry!). If you are under the age of 16 then you will need your parents permission to give out the address.

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Ok rules are as follows:

1. You must be following me on Instagram (@hyperaboutbooks) or you must be following me on this blog. If you are following me only on this blog then please leave your name in the comment as your entry.

2. You must re-post the picture with the hashtag #hypergiveaway. (People who are only following on my blog again all you need to do is comment below)

3. You can enter the Giveaway twice. And if you want an extra chance at winning then you need to leave a comment below with your Instagram name (blog people sorry you can only enter twice)

Yes this is an international giveaway (I have checked apparently we can post packaged loose tea to different countries!). Be aware I am in the UK though so if you win from another country I do not know how long postage will take 🙂

The giveaway runs from 20/09/2014 to 4/10/2014. I will announce the winner on 5/10/2014.

The winner will be chosen by using a random name selector (or depending on how many people enter I may be old school and write everyone’s name down on a piece of paper and pull it out of a bowl)

You have to be comfortable to give your address for me to post the item to

The tea is dated until 07/2016, and has three flavours, English Breakast, Earl Grey and Afternon Tea 😛

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise – Simone Elkeles (Leaving Paradise Book 1 & 2)

This review contains spoilers. Please do not read if you do not want to read a spoiler for book 1 and 2.

I’m going to do one review for both of these books instead of two separate ones. I love the Young Adult genre and so I was actually disappointed in these books , they did not live up to my expectations. This is a hard review for me to do as I’m undecided on what to rate these books. I want to say 2 Stars but then I did read the 2nd book Return to Paradise after I finished Leaving Paradise, so there must have been something I like to continue on. I believe the reason I continued on was just because I wanted to know what happened and if the truth came out in the open but by the end of the 2nd I really did not care.

Leaving Paradise – Simone Elkeles

Synopsis:

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Rating: 2 Stars

Return to Paradise – Simone Elkeles

Synopsis:

Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.

Rating: 2 Stars

I will start this review off with what I liked about this book, the writing was good. It did suck you in what you wanted to know what happens next. Simone Elkeles developed Maggie’s character well, as I could see her growing as a character, but I also had a issue with Maggie’s character too. I have never been in a situation such as hers but I do not know if I could forgive and try to be in a relationship with the person who was responsible for the accident and caused me to have a permanent limp. Sure there is a twist in the book but that did not make it any better in my opinion.

I found the relationship between the two odd, I genuinely thought the only reason Caleb look towards Maggie was because he found out the truth, that Maggie did not lie to him on the night of the accident, his girlfriend was actually cheating on him with his friend. In Leaving Paradise Caleb was ok as a character, I did not hate him but Caleb as a character was ruined for me in Return to Paradise.

He was mean for no reason especially to Maggie, would you really try to humiliate the girl you like and degrade the beautiful moments you spent together into nothing more than making out/fooling around? I honestly wanted to slap him. He was moody, and he was missing what little charm he had in Leaving Paradise. I really wanted to say to Caleb that yes I understand you’ve been jail and are not talking to your family and you believe your life is crap but try to move on, try to make it better. It’s not going to get better by it’s self you need to work to make it better and not put yourself in situations that will get you in trouble. He also would me up when he was unreasonable about Matt (one of the other characters in Return to Paradise who had a interest in Maggie) liking Maggie. Caleb thought that he was the one who should be with Maggie, well that’s fine then act like it. Be nice to her and look after her like Matt did, you cannot be jealous of him if you are being a total tool towards her. I liked Maggie more in Return to Paradise, she is trying to move on and be stronger. She is the only reason I gave this book a 2 star rating.

I know it works out in the end and it a happy ending and Simone Elkeles tried to turn Caleb around and make him more of a sensitive character but it was just too late in my opinion, by the end of the book I really did not care what happens. The only saving grace in both books was the writing and Maggie. I know I haven’t elaborated on the story line as I do but the reason behind this is because the synopsis pretty much sums it up and there’s not much to add on it. I am just disappoint with this read and there were points I nearly put the book 2 down and not pick it back up, It’s not one I personally recommend but if you like what you’ve read then give it a read.

Happy Reading!

Born in Sin – Kinley MacGregor (Brotherhood/MacAllister #3)

Haha I know you are all thinking book 3 what happened to book 2?! Well I have read this series before and remember book 2 being ok but not my favorite so I decided to skip it and move straight on to book 3 as I remember liking it and doing a review on it. I always like to try and review the books that I do not hear people talk about or see posts relating to them on Social Media. This is probably because all the books were released years ago! However I like reading them and then sharing the love with everyone else by reviewing them :D.

You may wish to read book 2 as that when the MacAllister brothers are introduced considering book  is on Draven and they do not feature in it. I was happy just to jump to book 3 as I have read the series before and there just a couple of references to the previous books. Nothing major that would hinder the enjoyment of this book.

Warning this is an adult book, it contains mild sex scenes (Like I always say you can skip these though if you want)

Synopsis:

Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous ′Lord Sin′. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight – less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes – she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse.

Rating: 4.5 Stars 

While reading this book it actually reminded me of another book I love, the story line and the characters were similar in a way. Both feature a hero who feels unworthy and a really strong willed heroine. The book I am referring to is Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks. I think I have to go reread that now!

This book was amazing. This in my opinion is a emotional read. Caledonia and her younger brother are being held hostage by King Henry as he is trying to stop the Scots from attacking the English and catch the infamous Raider who is causing trouble for the English in Scotland. King Henry has decided to marry her off to Lord Sin so he can go to Scotland and catch the raider while also stopping the attacks on the English. Sin is a tortured hero, he has lives through atrocious times that no one should have had to bear, he’s been beaten, tortured and for me the worst is unloved. Sin feels unworthy of love due to the life he has had to live and because no one has loved him before. He is also very mistrustful and he believes nothing good can happen to him and he can only count on himself.  My heart actually broke when I was reading about Sin’s past. Sin is against the marriage but agrees knowing the King cannot find a priest who will bless the marriage as Sin is referred to as the devil’s own. At first Caledonia does not accept the decree to marry and she tries to escape multiple times, but as she see the goodness hidden in Sin she accepts that for her freedom she needs to marry him and just maybe it will not be so bad. Both marry and this is where the story progresses from here.

It was a nice change to see a Caledonia accept Sin even if she was forced to marry him and not hold it against it. I love how she wanted to make the relationship work and accepted him. Usually in books like these the heroine may like/lust after the hero but if they are married against their will they hold it against the hero instead of trying to see if they can make the relationship work out. That is until the end of the book in which they discover they are in love and cannot live apart. I am glad to say this book is different to that, Caledonia marries Sin and then she tries to get to know him and tries to get him to understand and accept her too, so that they can make their marriage work and be happy with loads of children! The focus of the marriage between these two was a friendship/love not just lust. I always adore romance books that make me feel like the two characters love each other rather than lust each other. Poor Sin he feels unworthy of Caledonia, he believes she is too good for him. He tries so hard to try and resist the love/relationship/acceptance that Caledonia is offering him.

This book was well written and again some of the dialogues made me laugh out loud. The perfect examples being:

“Halt! Halt, I say!”
“Oh, that’s effective. Halt or I shall say halt again.”

“I was angry with you”
“For what?”
“Sleeping on the floor again. What is it with you and the floor? Most women have to fear their husbands are in the bed of another. Me, ’tis the hearth I envy.”

Oh I loved seeing Simon reappear in this book, he was a really goo character and comedy relief. Also it was nice seeing the other MacAllister brothers as you really wanted to get to know them and read their story.

My only slight niggle with the story is the epilogue, something happens which makes me think really after all this time?! I do not want to say what happens but for me I do not think I believed it. Well I have believed it but I do not think Sin should have been ok with it.

Happy reading!