Tuesday’s Child – Dale Mayer (Psychic Visions #1)

This is a different genre to what I normally read because while it is a paranormal romance this book is more of a thriller, as it concentrates more on the crimes. When I checked this book was free on Amazon UK so if you like what you read then you can check it out here.

Synopsis:

What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.  

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer–or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.
As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review:
This is the first book I have read by Dale Mayer and based on this book I would read another by her too. I will be the first person to admit I have no idea what the cover of this book is about, for me the girl on the cover in no way looks like the main character Sam but I guess that by the by because it’s the story that counts which is really good.
This book is about Sam who is psychic who is trying to survive her visions and she gets caught in a vision where she sees someone being killed. Unlike other psychics Sam ability is different actually has physical manifestations of any injuries inflicted on the victim and feels their pain too. It takes her  about 20 minutes or so after coming out of a vision to heal her body. This one of the reasons she keeps away from people. It is also because she has been so mistrusted and mistreated before when she has tried to help the police that she’s had to move and start over, so she likes to keep to herself with her animals. Though Sam is a fighter so when she has a vision on the killer what can she do but contact the police to try and get the victim justice?
I liked Sam’s character, my heart did break for her too, I do not know how someone could keep picking themselves up after having visions like she does. I would have preferred more insight into Sam’s past, sure it was mentioned but it could have been a bit more detailed.
Brant was a good match for Sam. I’m glad he did not treat her as a complete nut job and kept his mind open even though he had doubts. It was sweet that Brant cared so much for his mother and we got to see that too. I would have liked to read more about Brant’s past or him as a person as he was a good character but there was scope for more development. The relationship was slowly building which is what I prefer, it was nice to see someone care for Sam and Sam coming to accept that someone does care for her.
What I would have liked though was an epilogue, I would have liked to see what Sam and Brant life would have been like a year or two later but still the end was still neatly wrapped up there were not loose ends.
“Don’t spend your life so afraid of trying and failing that you live alone. Take a chance let someone in your world”
This book is definitely worth a read so give a read while it is free, what do you have to lose?
Happy Reading!!
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He loves Lucy – Susan Donovan

Synopsis:

Delighted when her firm lands the Palm Club account, marketing executive Lucy Cunningham is less than happy when she becomes the guinea pig in her own campaign concept–to put a fitness-challenged woman in front of the TV cameras and into the hands of the club’s top personal trainer, gorgeous Theo

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: 

Have you ever read a book that touches your heart? This book does it for me. It’s not heart breaking or sad or anything like that but it is about the struggle with weight and having the will power to succeed. It one of those sort of motivating books that you read and want to achieve something yourself.

I really enjoyed this book because Lucy was loveable and so relatable, I for one can admit doing the same as her and turning to comfort eating at times. She had a sense of humour which was nice to read. The book that have witty characters are my favourite because it’s nice to have a laugh.

“According to the receptionist, he was a hard to miss man with short light brown hair, blue eyes, and a little gold hoop in his left ear. Yet so far, she’s managed to miss him and his hoop just fine”

“I’m sorry, but I just have to ask. Are you gay? You’re single and attractive and you wear an earring and have a cat. This is Miami Beach, right?”

Lucy also had her faults. She admitted that even she judges someone by there looks, she think Theo at first is an airhead as he’s good looking and in shape but then realises there more to a person than their looks. It was different to see Lucy struggle aswell succeeding in her weight loss goal.

I did like Theo, what I liked the most was that he clearly cared about his brother and tried to put him first. Theo was hard working and I really like the banter and relationship development between him and Lucy.

What I loved that Theo saw something in her even when she was overweight, the relationship but did not suddenly develop when Lucy was losing loads of weight and getting near her target. It was so nice to see the relationship develop from friendship as these are my favourite love stories, they are in my opinion so much better than the love at first sight stories for me.

The book itself it well written and I really do like the way that the author tells the story, it is due to the author that the book has such wit and great characters.

I will not say too much more about the book because you should read it. It’s one I would recommend!

Happy Reading!

Time to Play TBR Book Tag!

I was tagged by Sara. if you’re not following or have not checked her blog out then your are missing out! I was tagged quite sometime agao so I apologise it’s taken me so long to get round to this! Hope you all enjoy it though!

1. How do you keep track of your TBR list?

The short answer is I do not mange this well. I have an ever growing pile by my bed and at the bottom of my bookshelf that I stare at every day and think omg I have to read these before I buy more books. It does not usually work that way which is why I have so many books on my TBR list. I do try to keep the names of all my unread book in a TBR Jar but I am a mood reader so I usually pick up a book depending on what mood I am in.

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2. Is your TBR list mostly print or ebooks?

Ebooks. From above you can see I have many print books on my TBR but I have about 150 ebooks also on my TBR! Yikes I know and I will get round to reading them all soon.

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3. How do you determine which book from your TBR list to read next?

My Mood or Social Media. For my mood it just depends on what mood I am in and if there’s a book on my TBR to match it. Otherwise if I have heard loads and loads on a book from other people that has been sitting on my TBR for ages then I decide to pick it up. I decided to read Fangirl a while ago since I had hear so much about it and it had been on my TBR for a couple of months

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

4. What’s been on your TBR list the longest?

There are actually a number of books that have been there for over two/three years but the old ones would be the Chronicles of Naria Series. I brought this about 4 years ago and still have not read them…

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5. Pick a book you recently added to your TBR list.

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I heard so many good things about this and it’s kind of another fairy tale retelling which I am really interesting in reading after finishing Cinder.

6. Pick a book that’s on your TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.

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I cheated as I have two books. Sister Red and Half Bad.

7. Pick a book on your TBR list that you’re apprehensive about reading.

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The Fault in Our Stars, not because I think it will be too sad but because I did not like Looking For Alaska and so am thinking this book may disappoint me too.

8. Pick an unpublished book on your TBR list that you’re excited for.

Highland Ever After – Maya Banks

9. Pick a book on your TBR list that basically everyone has read but you.

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I’m sure not everyone has read this but so many people I have on Instagram has and I have not. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

10. Pick a book on your TBR list that everyone recommends to you.

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Elanor & Park has been recommended to me so many times!

11. Pick a book on your TBR list that you’re dying to read.

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

As of today, the grand total is… 20 Books! I should use Goodreads more because I keep paper lists and lists on my computer/phone rather than Goodreads.

Tag some people!

If you like this tag then I tag you!

What books are on your TBR list? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If so, what did you think of them? 

Pronunciation

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I recently went to a Maria Synder book signing, which I’m sure you have all seen my blog post on now. If you missed it it can be found here. Anyway I learn that I have been pronouncing some of the words in her books wrong. Ixia I pronounced as I-X-A but it is actually pronounced I-X-E-A. Even though I know this I cannot think or say the word correct way because it feels too weird and sounds odd.

Am I the only one even when they realise that the pronunciation is wrong still keeps saying it the way you thought it was originally because the correct way sounds weird if you say it out loud or in your head. If so what do you say ‘wrong’?

Maria V Synder Book Signing

Quick update before I go on to the main post. I am on holiday for the next 2 weeks and so will try and schedule some posts but I may not manage. If I do not respond to any comments, I am not ignoring you it is because I will have no access to the internet. Happy Blogging and Reading!!!

On 6th April 2015 I went to Bristol Cribbs Causeway for the book signing done by Maria Synder. It was amazing, I am so glad that she came to the UK and I got to meet her. Poison Study is one of my favourite books and I love the study series and so was jumping with excitement when I heard she was coming to the UK. The event was good, there was a book reading first of a chapter from Shadow Study and I learnt that I’ve been pronouncing certain words wrong haha. There also was a Q&A and a book signing. I had 14 books and Maria signed them all. The reason I had 14 instead of 11 was because I purchased the new covers for the Study series so I could get those signed too. I took my cousin along with me because we spent the day shopping and hten went to the book signing. One of the best things was Maria posted a picture of all of us who attended the book signing on here Facebook and Yes you can see me and she commented on my Facebook post too!

Enjoy my pictures!

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Me and my cousin ready for retail therapy

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All of us fans ready for the book talk

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Meeting Maria

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Her commenting on my Facebook post

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My signed books

One of the best days ever.

Leave Me Love: Book 2 – Karpov Kinrade (The Call Me Cat Trilogy)

I know you guys were expecting my post about the Maria Synder book event and I will put that post up soon, it was so awesome! However I wanted to write this review first as I finished the book and had to share my thoughts about it.

Warning this book contains mature content and bad language 

Synopsis:

I thought it was over. Thought I’d finally caught–and killed–the Midnight Murderer, the man who killed my parents and stalked me my whole life. I was wrong.

*** Catelyn Travis spent her life under the shadow of a killer’s rage. After being kidnapped and tortured, she thought she was finally free. Until the note came. Now, she’s on a race against time to stop a killer before he stops her. And this time everyone she loves is a suspect. Even the incredibly sexy billionaire bad boy, Ashton Davenport. The man she’s fallen in love with. In this suspenseful romantic mystery, Catelyn must face the secrets of her past in order to save her future.

Rating: 2 Stars

Review: I was disappointed in this instalment because I had enjoyed the first one so much. This book was well written and gripping but there was too much going on and the end was just what? it felt like the authors had chucked the plot out the window. Why was I disappointed? The reason is there was way too much going on at the same time and Catelyn’s character had gone through a major change. I sympathise that what Catelyn has gone through so far in life had been horrific and so with the events leading up to the end of the last book she is under loads of stress and so could be suffering from PTSD, personally I do not know too much besides the basics about PTSD so maybe I was unable to understand Catelyn more because of that. I just felt that Catelyn turned into a very angry person who blows up over everything and takes out her anger on the people who support her like Bridgette. This kind of reminded me of Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix when Voldemort is sharing Harry’s mind and so Harry is angry all the time and takes it out on Ron and Hermione because of his influence. I actually thought, wait am I reading a fantasy novel and is someone controlling Catelyn because she could not have had a personality transplant. Then again after the argument Bridgette is kidnapped and it looks like Catelyn is to blame because Bridgette had written a diary about how they argued alot recently and how Catelyn had changed. I honestly did not understand the things happening between Catelyn and Bridgette, and I felt that the ending was too weird.

Normally I like to get quotes from the book and post them in my review to give you guys a teaser of what I’m talking about but for me there were no quotes that really stood out. Am I going to buy the next instalment in the series? No.

Happy Reading!!

Update & Call me Cat: Book 1- Karpov Kinrade (The Call Me Cat Trilogy)

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering where I disappear off to every so often. I want to apologise for being so lousy at posting regular posts. I will try to post more often, I’ve just been just of my feet with work it has actually been crazy. I work in Customer Services over the phone and we had one day where we had over 900 hundred calls and my team only consists of 7 people, so crazy does not even describe how it’s been. I have been reading but not as much as I’m use to because I’m too tired on most days. I have work tomorrow on Good Friday but the highlight of my weekend is going to Maria Snyder’s book signing on Monday! That thought is going to get me through tomorrow. Hope everyone else has been fine, I promise to check out your new posts too because I love doing it. Thank you for not unfollowing me even though I have not been posts loads. Anywhere I have a review about a book I actually managed to read!

This book is one of my kindle free downloads, it is still free at the moment if you want to check it out. Click here. I would like to say as I found out, this is one of those books that has 3 parts that could have been put into one book, but the first one’s free so you get hooked and then purchase the others in the series.

I do not actually remember downloading this book but as I was scrolling through my TBR on my Kindle I came across this title and I will admit once I read the synopsis I thought, why did I download this? I can only assume that it was a free book and maybe I was going through a bad boy phase?

*Mature Content Warning* Sex, swearing and adult content.

Synopsis:

Catelyn Travis is a good girl who gets good grades in law school, doesn’t date and never gets into trouble. But when a run of bad luck threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, she’s forced to become Cat, phone sex goddess who fulfills the fantasies of her clients night after night. When she meets Ashton Davenport, bad boy biker billionaire, she knows to stay away. But when he calls her alter ego, Cat, she has no choice but to fall for the sexy stranger.

Now her life is spiraling out of control as she struggles to keep her two identities separate, but there’s one person who knows her secret. And he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, just like he destroyed her parents. Threatened at every turn, her life crumbling around her, Catelyn must decide who she can trust, because the wrong choice could end her life.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I do not honestly know what I was expecting but this book had me hooked because you get caught up in the mystery surrounding Catelyn and the death of her parents at the hands of the midnight murderer. Catelyn is a Law student who just getting by, she is doing her best to pay for her studies and accommodation without taking help from her best friend Bridgette who’s parents are rich. When Catelyn’s room-mate leaves without paying her side of the rent and taking anything of value this forces Catelyn to make some tough decisions on how she’s going to pay for her everything. So when she sees a job ad she applies for it without realising it is for a phone sex operator. At first Catelyn is not going to accept the job but she does due to certain circumstances and so she becomes Cat.

I can see why Catelyn took the job, she does what she needs to try and complete her studies and support herself without accepting money from her rich friend’s parents so it showed she was self sufficient. I was glad Catelyn was strong willed and independent in that way because it also meant she did not fall at Ash’s feet, which I was so happy about. Just because normally the heroine falls into the bad boy billionaires arms. She had what I felt was a natural reaction to Ash, Ash is quite aggressive in a way and so she does not want to be with him because of that, considering it reminds her of the past and her parents murder.

“Kindness. Chivalry. A guy who would stop what he’s doing to help an old lady across the street or get a kitten down from a tree for a little girl.” He laughed. “Bullshit. I call bullshit on that.” “Really? Because you know me so well?” “I know women,” he said with that same aggravating arrogance. “And you don’t want nice. You want strong.”

I thought the phone sex thing was not going to be something I enjoyed, and I was right, personally think it was weird. It’s just not my cup of tea. It’s the description of it that makes it so. Cat and Ash had to describe every detail and set the scene with each other when they were having phone sex that I found odd. Also the mention of some fetishes made me a little uncomfortable. It just was not my thing, but I still enjoyed the book.

I was not a fan of Ash when this book started, I found him too arrogant but as the story progressed and we got to see more of him, he actually won me over. I was glad that the authors of this book showed us a glimpse of what Ash feels otherwise I probably would not have warmed up to him. There were certain points where he was sweet and that made me like him.

“And who says a three-hundred-pound woman can’t be sexy? I’ve known many curvier women who are just as sexy as their more petite counterparts. Sex appeal isn’t a number on a scale, it’s an attitude, a state of mind. Any woman can be sexy.”

Ash pursues Catelyn but she turns him down, however one day Ash calls Cat and they connect and talk through her alter ego without Ash knowing both Cat and Catelyn are the same person. Things start to get more interesting because it looks like the midnight murderer who killed Catelyn’s parents is still stalking her and watching her. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat and I honestly had no idea how the murderer was.

Bridgette is a good side character, she provided some comic relief at times and talked some sense into Catelyn when she needed it.

“I think you two have something special. I can see it every time you’re together. It’s like you orbit each other like planets magnetically linked. Don’t lose that, you might never find it again.” “Are you using Twilight quotes against me now?”

The book was well-written, it is actually a husband and wife couple who write the book, but it did not feel disjointed as if it was being told from two different people. The ending is such a cliffhanger, I thought this cannot end here so I purchased the next one straight away to see what happens next.

Happy Reading!