The Governess Club: Sara – Ellie Macdonald (The Governess Club book 3)

Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the Governess Club. But she has a secret: She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance at passion?

Ratings: 1.5

Unfortunately this book for me was a did not finish at 21%, this may have been because this is book 3 in a series and I have not read the previous books. I really did try to get into the book as I adore historical romance and dislike not completing books, but for some reason this book just did not do anything for me. I gave this book a 1.5 star rating as the author has put so much time and hard work into this and maybe it is just me as this book has really good review on Goodreads but I personally was not able to appreciate it. Sara is cripplingly shy but I found her too shy in a way, again this might be because I just read some books from the in death series where Eve the main character is a strong heroine. Whatever the reasons this book was just not for me but it may work for you.

I downloaded this book from Amazon for free but it is just £0.49 if you want to give it a read.

Happy Reading!

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Immortal in Death – J D Robb (In Death book 3)

Can you tell I’m really into reading this series? The character in these books are just so well developed and the writing is brilliant.

Do not reading this book or review if you have not read the previous 2 books.

Warning this is an adult book with violence, gory scenes, bad language, a sensitive issue and sex. 

Synopsis:

She was one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted — even another woman’s man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas put her professional life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming passion for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could fulfill any desire — for a price . . .

Ratings: 4 Stars

This was another good book by J D Robb. I did not enjoy the crime and mystery in this one as much as I have in the previous books, but it was still a really good read. In this book Eve’s friend Mavis has been framed for murdering an actress who was a ex (or not so ex) of Mavis’s current love, there’s also drugs thrown in for good measure. We get to see Eve’s past in this book and it actually broke my heart. Just reading about what she went through nearly made me cry, also her reaction to remembering everything was so heart breaking too. What I found surprising that at the end of Glory in Death and the start of this, Eve accepted Roarke’s marriage proposal easily. I thought it would be harder to her to accept his proposal but hey I’m happy these two are marrying as I adore their relationship.

The banter between these two makes me chuckle. As their relationship is developing they are getting more comfortable with each other and that is so satisfying to read about. I know I keep talking about it but I love that these two have a relationship, it is not just about sex with them and they respect each other.

“Roarke: “Darling, before we shift into the official mode, what do you have on under that dress?”
Eve: “A device designed to drive men wild.”
Roarke: “It’s working. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen your butt move quite that way.”
Eve: “It’s a cop’s butt now, ace, so watch it.”
Roarke: “I am.” He smiled, gave it a nice solid smack. “Believe me.”

I really liked Eve not only coming to terms with her feelings but finally being able to admit them to Roarke every so often.

“What other thing, Eve?”
“I love you. Sometimes it makes my stomach hurt, but I kind of like it. Tired now, come to bed. Love you.”

There’s not much more to say other than I loved reading more about the secondary characters, Nadine and Peabody. Peabody made me laugh so much at the bachelorette party. I am looking forward to reading more about these characters.

Read this book!

Happy Reading!

 

Glory in Death – J D Robb (In Death Book 2)

Do not read this review if you have not read Naked in Death as it will spoil some of the book.

Warning this is an adult book which contains violence, a sensitive issue, some gory scenes and sex.

Synopsis:

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart.

Even in the mid-twenty-first century, during a time when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can take over, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects — including her own lover, Roarke.

Rating: 4 stars

I really love this series, I really needed to continue reading about Eve and Roarke and their relationship after the first book in the series. This book contains another mystery in which a someone is murdering powerful women and Eve needs to solve the crime before more women are killed. Once again our beloved Roarke is one of the suspects as he had a connection with the women killed. Eve has to try and find out who did the crime as she knows Roarke has nothing to do with the murders but only he has a known connection with the victim.

I really love Eve’s character she is just so amazingly kick ass. She does not take anything from anyone, but then she also has that sweet side. She’s trapped the innocent little girl she use to be inside her and sometimes we get glimpses of who Eve use to be. Again Roarke is amazing and he is just so upfront about his feelings, he admits that he loves Eve while it is Eve who holds back a little. I can understand why she does though, my heart breaks as we learn more about her childhood.

OMG when Roarke and Eve had their first argument/disagreement I was thinking no no no this cannot be happening. Why is this happening? However I understand that it was needed as Eve needed to accept her feelings for Roarke. I just adore the relationship between these two, they are partners rather than one relying more on the other. I love how they support each other even if they are not ok with each other.

The secondary characters were brilliant and well developed, you really want to know why Summerset does not like Eve and why Roarke tolerates his behaviour/attitude towards Eve sometimes. Office Peabody is now a favourite of mine, I want to learn more about her too.

The writing was brilliant and the plot was also interesting, I actually did not work out who the murderer was. So I intrigued through out the entire book. The scenes in this book are so well written and can be sweet.

“I love you, Eve.” She looked away from the sun, the ocean, and into his eyes. And it was wonderful, and for the moment, it was simple.

“I missed you.” She pressed her cheek to his and held him tightly. “I really missed you. I wore one of your shirts.” She could laugh at herself now because he was here. She could smell him, touch him. “I actually went into your closet and stole one of your shirts—one of the black silk ones you have dozens of. I put it on, then snuck out of the house like a thief so Summerset wouldn’t catch me.”

Absurdly touched, he nuzzled her neck. “At night, I’d play your transmissions over, just so I could look at you, hear your voice.”

“Really?” She giggled, a rare sound from her. “God, Roarke, we’ve gotten so sappy.”

“We’ll keep it our little secret.”

“Deal.” She leaned back to look at his face.”

So with this quote as a teaser, I will end this review by saying read this book. This series is amazing!

Happy Reading!

 

Naked in Death – J.D.Robb Aka Nora Roberts (In Death Book 1)

I decided to reread one of my favourite books. I have read this twice previously, I honestly adore the relationship in this, the mystery/action, the characters. I would put this book on par with The Unwanted Wife and as you all know I have reread that about 4 times this year and multiple times last year. I recommend this book, it is one of my absolute favorites. I have spoken about this book before on my blog and I have no intention of reading all 40 but it is a great series. Defiantly pick up the first few books.

This book is a romance but it is more a mystery/action book which is something I would not usually pick up but this book has made me consider more romance that also have mysteries in.

Warning this is an Adult book, which contains mature content such as violence, sex and mentions rape. Recommended for 18+

Synopsis:

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.

Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Ratings: 5 Stars 

This book takes place in 2058, the world has evolved and the police department no longer use guns but rather lasers, cars can now hover and space travel is possible. Even though there are these changes to the ‘normal’ world as we know it these do not confuse the reader. At no point in this book did the setting of this book make me think hey what’s going on. This book is based on Lieutenant Eve Dallas, she undertakes a case in which a client has murdered a licensed companion and plans to murder 5 more. I will not say much more on the story line as it defiantly a must read and I do not want to give anything away. I love Eve as a character, she has had such a bad upbringing and younger life but she is a fighter and she has come out top by becoming a police officer. She has 10 years on the force under her belt even though she is only 28 years old. Eve puts her all into everything she does and that is what makes you love her. One of the suspects in the case is billionaire Roarke, but when these two meets there is a sort of attraction between them. Roarke is the one who is the first to acknowledge the attraction though because Eve always holds back from everyone and does not let anyone come too close.

I love Roarke, his dialogues are amazing and he can be such a sweet character.

“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”

Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”

“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “indications are we’re having a romance.”

Who in the right mind can say no to someone that? I cannot describe my love for Roarke. What I like about this book is Roarke is the one who wants to purse a ‘relationship’ or at least see where the attraction goes. I like that he is the first to admit his feelings and then is not afraid to share them. These two do have a relationship it is not a case of instant love. What I like about the relationship is I feel that both characters are equal, they are partners rather than one having to look out for the other all the time. They both pull their own weight but still they are there for each other. I really like Roarke’s take charge attitude as I feel Eve needs that. The relationship reminds me of Elena and Raphael from Angel’s Blood which is another book I love. What I liked seeing was the relationship and trust develop as the story goes on. I felt so much satisfaction when Eve admits to maybe missing Roarke a little.

“That was the biggest problem with getting used to someone, she thought. You were lonely when they weren’t there.”

I cannot describe the writing in this book, it is so well written and gripping. You are literally sucked into the story and need to know what happens straight away. J D Robb has written such an intense book. The dialogues are brilliant and at no point did I hate or want to shake any of the main characters for making stupid decisions.

Read this book!

Happy Reading!!

When is it too much?

I do not own the pictures they are taken from the internet.

I have read a number of Young Adult books in the last few weeks and so decided the next book I read would be New Adult Romance. I enjoy YA but my preference for books now is the Adult genre. So do I decide to pick up a new book or one of the many books on my TBR pile? No I decide to reread The Unwanted Wife because I felt like it and know I adore the book. This lead to think when have you read a book too much? I have read The Unwanted Wife either 3/4 times this year and 2/3 times and I do mind this and I do not think the story have got old or repetitive for me. There are parts that still make cry even through I know what’s going to happen.

The only other books that I have read as much as this are the Harry Potter Series, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, The Poison Study Series, Silver Linings by Maggie Osborne, The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and What Price Paradise by Katherine Allred. So I reread books frequently.

My question to you all is how many times is a reread normal? Or is there no limit? I know some people do not even reread books even if they love it.

Switched – Amanda Hocking (Trylle book 1)

When I read the prologue of this book I knew it was going to be good! However I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would it was an ok book. I honestly did not know much about this book and series. The only reason I picked it up was I loved the covers and I got all 3 books in a charity shop but they look completely new.

Synopsis:

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Ratings 2.5 Stars 

Wendy has always felt different and that she did not fit in. At the age of 6 her mother tried to kill her but was unsuccessful, and so her brother Matt and aunt Maggie took over taking care of Wendy while her mother Kim was hospitalized in a institution. Matt and Maggie has moved all over to try and help Wendy fit in as she somehow manages to get expelled from the schools she attends. She  meet Finn at her new school and she finds out exactly why she has never fit in. She was switched as a baby and she is actually a Troll or a ‘changeling’.

I found Wendy to be a bit childish and spoilt especially because she was suppose to be nearing 18, and so that affected my enjoyment of the book. I guess that can be kind of forgiven as this is YA book and we can be a bit immature in our teenage years. I liked that Wendy was trying to improve for her bother and aunt, and by the end of the book she really had grown on me. I felt bad for Wendy when she was taken to Forening, no one would explain things to her or help her to understand beyond what they thought she needed to know. There’s nothing worst than being left in the dark.

I’m undecided on Finn, he was mysterious and I wanted to know more about him but I think he was unnecessarily cruel at the start to Wendy and I do not like people who do the hot and cold thing which he is an expert in. I do understand why he’s doing considering who Wendy is and that he cannot show if he is attracted to her but it still annoys me. I liked the though of Finn and Wendy better as a couple near the end of the book as I guess both characters grew on me.

I really really loved Matt in this book, he was the best older brother you can have. I actually adored him and it broke my heart when Finn told Wendy that he was there to take her to Forening. Both of Wendy’s mother were a certain word I cannot post on a blog. They were just so cold and unfeeling, defiantly not maternal. The other characters in the book were well developed and I enjoyed reading about them. I like Rhys and hope he gets a happy ending.

The writing was good I think my problem was with the story. I do not like how the Tylle could be so blase about letting specifically rich people raise their children, then once the children have grown up, bringing them back to Forening and getting them to manipulate their so called ‘parents’ into giving them a large inheritance so their ‘real parents’ can lead a life of comfort?! What the heck?! I honestly could not get my head around that, but what made it better was Wendy did not agree with this either. I will continue with the series to see what happens.

There’s not much else to say about this book. Happy Reading!

Redecorating and reorgansing

I have a few scheduled posts so hopefully redecorating my room will not have a massive impact on my blog posts. I wanted to let everyone know that I’m redecorating and so will be not very active, as I may not reply to some comments for some days and I do want anyone to think I am ignoring their comments. All my fellow bloggers and people who read my blog mean the world to me.

I am painting,  changing the carpet and reorganising my room. My books have been put away in a suitcase as we have to take off my wall mounted bookshelf and also have packed away the books on my normal bookshelf. I am now living off reading books the three books (book 2,3 & 4 of the In death series) I did not pack away and I have my kindle.

1 1/2 weeks so far into the decorating and my room has just been painted and now I’m waiting for the carpet to be changed. Below is a picture of my ‘bookshelf’ and what my room looks like at the moment!

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I have this pile of my books next to the bed (I’m sharing a room as my bed’s been dismantled!) at the moment.

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Happy Reading!!