Paradise – Judith Mcnaught (Second Opportunities #1)

I should probably put a disclaimer that if you’re never read a Judith Mcnaught book and you are planning to there is going to be angst, pain, most like a second chance romance and the story will stay on your mind for a long time after you’ve read the final chapter. I’ve noticed in the books I’ve read there is a routine which goes like background story, misunderstanding/breakup and then years later a chance at reconciliation. I love her books and even though I know this, I love reading them as she has a way with words. For me it’s all about the happy ending and I know Judith Mcnaught delivers this, well she has in the books i’ve read so far. 

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Synopsis:

Corporate raider Matthew Farrell had come a long way from the poor, scruffy kid of Indiana’s steel mills. A long way from the country club where, feeling like an outsider, he had dared to fall in love with a beautiful blonde named Meredith Bancroft, and known a once-in-a-lifetime passion and betrayal that sill haunted his memory… Now world leaders courted him, the media watched his every move, and he was ready to move in on the Bancroft empire.

A cool, poised executive in her family’s legendary department store chain, Meredith had once defied her father for the sexually magnetic, intense Matt Farrell — and their brief, ill fated marriage was the disastrous outcome. Now, as the Bancroft firm is threatened by a hostile takeover, Meredith is forced to confront Matt. As tensions build between them, bittersweet memories rise to the surface, leaving them suspicious, restless, and uncertain. Will they be able to believe in each other — and grasp the tender miracle that is before them?

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

For me the sign that I love the book that I’m reading is when I get emotionally involved with the characters and story. I was so emotionally invested in this story that when Matt and Meredith talked about their misunderstanding at the farm I bawled my eyes out.  I’m not talking about one or two tears, I mean a proper cry with red rimmed eyes and snot running (lovely image right?). This book was just so good, it was emotional at parts but it was also well paced, well written, didn’t drag and a really good story.

“Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all way into our souls. We’re the ones who can’t forget.”

Both the main characters deserved their happy ending and second chance. I liked both Matt and Meredith, their characters developed throughout the book. The secondary characters weren’t focused on so much but they also were well written and what I liked most is that Lisa stuck by Meredith throughout it all as her friend and Meredith did the same. Usually you find that in books this does not happen for drama, so it made a nice change.

I love the writing in this book Judith Mcnaught is such a great writer in my opinion, the synopsis draws you in but it’s the writing and story that makes you want to what what happens without putting the book down to take a break. This book was just so amazing, I cannot say that enough.

“You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

The only drawback for me with this book though is how Meredith felt about her father, I don’t understand why she could never stop trying to make him happy. This sounds horrible but she forgave her father so much after all he done and I just do not think he deserved it. I think Judith tried to explain that her father loved her in his own gruff way but that just did not wash with me. In that way I think Meredith was too perfect in that sense, I don’t know if I’m being too unforgivable but I feel if a father or mother lets say put someone through what Meredith went through then there would be a grudge or atleast a distance in the relationship.  I was glad when Meredith stood up to her father, she needed to do that.

I won’t say too much about the story because I want you to discover it yourself but I can say it will stay with you after you’ve read the last page and put the book down.

Happy Reading!!

P.s. Has one read this book and have an recommendations of books like this?

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Hired Bride – Noelle Adams (Beaufort Brides #1)

Noelle Adams is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I know I have not reviewed her books on my blog before but I have read 2 of her books now and I enjoyed both so much. Both books are based on the marriage of convenience idea which is one of my favourite types of books. If you have not read one of her books and like a good marriage of convenience books then give her books a try.

One less book on my TBR pile! Woohoo!

Synopsis:

For years, Deanna’s eccentric grandmother has been trying to marry her off to a rich man, and she’s finally managed to do it. Deanna has spent her life trying to take care of those she loves, and a six-month marriage should be a simple enough way to keep their historic Savannah house from falling down around their heads.

Sexy, obnoxious Mitchell Graves needs a wife to finalize a business deal, and he snaps up Deanna as the most expedient option. Because she’s quiet, he thinks she’ll be easy enough to manage as a wife.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Review:

Ok I will be the first to admit that the marriage of convenience idea is not a original idea and has been done before but i love these types of books. As this books sounds from the synopsis to close a business deal Mitchell needs a wife to stop his potential business partner’s daughter from coming on to him without letting her know he’s not interested incase it affects the business deal adversely. What better way than to enter a fake marriage for 6 months? I know, but this book really is one of the better stories I read. The writing of this book is really well done, it is a short book but it doesn’t feel rushed. Nor did I feel at any point that the characters lacked depth or that they were not full fledged characters. The romance developed over time, sure the lust and attraction was there but it was nice read the romance developing between these two different people.

I liked Mitchell as a character, you could see him evolve as the story progresses, he is character is the one that develops the most, he goes from being the ‘typical’ guy who does not believe in relationships to why relationships are important and what they provide. He’s  a nice guy to start with but he gets better as the book goes on. I will admit both Mitchell and Deanna are bull-headed they do the normal, lets not communicate and talk about what we feel and what matters as the other should know how I feel. I’m sorry to say but from my experience of reading this never works out lol, and I would be correct. They end up communicating to make it a lovely happy ending but you do go through the I want to shake some sense into the both of you phase in the middle of this book.

Deanna was a good character but I think she was a bit too up tight at points. I understood her point of view but I think at points she slightly grated on my nerves. I did love how she would do anything for her family, that was so sweet.

I enjoyed the epilogue of this book so much, for some reason it was so nice to read both Mitchell and Deanna relaxing and having fun.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series, which I will buy when I am able to end my book buying ban.

Happy Reading!!

It’s nearly here…Countdown

            

US Cover                                                UK Cover

We all have books that we cannot wait to be released, Shadow Study is one of those books for me. The first book review I ever posted on this blog was of Poison Study which is the first book in this Study Series so it holds a special place for me. I have read the Study Series multiple times and so am excited to see what new adventures come about for Yelena and Valek.

Recently saraletourneau posted an author interview which was interesting and insightful, it also has made me want the book right now. Check out her post 🙂

As I am impatient I did apply on Netgallery for an ARC copy of this book, but unfortunately my request was turned down for it. Oh well moving forward my mission is that I will get an ARC of Night Study when it is due to come out. I just want 12 March to get here soon so I can get my hands on my pre-ordered book. I decided to get it as a Kindle Ebook because the UK covers for the original Study books are undergoing a revamp and the current cover does not match my current series so I’m hoping when the original books covers are changed this one might be too, otherwise I’m buying the US cover for this. See below…

This is what my current UK series looks like.

What the UK covers are changing to.

If you have not read this series then you are missing out. Pick it up now!!

What I’m Reading #2

I thought I’d do a what I’m reading update. My reading has been a bit slow because I’m ill and haven’t had that much energy. I’ve had a cough since November and haven’t been feeling like myself. I’ve been to the doctors a couple of times and they say there’s nothing wrong (which is good I guess). Anyway I’m off work ill today and was off yesterday too. I have work tomorrow though and so I’m going to go in no matter what because I’ve been ill twice in the last 3 months and have taken time off work because of it. Anyway enough about my life.

Sorry for my ramble so on to what I’m reading. Currently I’m Leo by Mia Sheridan, I loved her book Archer’s Voice and so when I saw this book I read the synopsis and thought that this sounds like my kind of book. When I checked it out on Amazon UK I also found it was free! So I downloaded it straight away and am loving it so far. It seems like an emotional read, not as much as Archer’s Voice but a good read so far. Both Evie and Jake are interesting characters, I like the wittiness at their first official meeting.  You’ll probably see my review of it up in the next few days 🙂

“I don’t think it’s stalking if I get an invitation, but yes, I’d love to accompany you to the store.”

“I don’t know if I’m ready for this huge jump in status,” I tease. “From stalker to chaperone in a day? You’ll think I’m easy.”

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

Synopsis:

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

You can check out the details on Amazon here. Also how beautiful is the cover of this book? The model is so pretty.

Happy Reading!! What are you currently reading?

Book Tag!

Sorry I have not posted in a couple of days. I have been busy at work, it’s been quite stressful and I have just had a lot going on. Usually I have some scheduled posts but I have run out of those and so am running abit behind. I will try and sit down and do a proper post tomorrow.

Just thought I’d show my face on here! If you did not know I have a Instagram account called @hyperaboutbooks, you are able to follow me on there if you want. Anyway I was tagged on there to do a #bookandface and below is the result. I have to admit I’m happy with how this picture turned out.

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What is everyone else doing/reading?

Onyx – Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux book 2)

Please do not hate me! I was so excited to read this book as I loved the first book in the series. I was however disappointed with this read. There is nothing wrong with the writing and the storyline is still good but this book contains the bane of my existence, a love triangle (well sort of) and Katy started to annoy me. I mean seriously why did you do this to me Jennifer?  I’m sure you all know from my previous post on love triangles that I do not enjoy them. If you have not checked out my post on it, then click here.

Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Rating: 3 Stars

Ugh what can I say about the love triangle, so Daemon admits he wants Katy and Katy knows she wants Daemon, why cannot they just get together and be in a relationship? I really do understand why it is so hard with them being a totally different ‘species’ and all the things that happened with Bethany and Dawson, but I really felt Katy was leading Daemon and Blake on. She knew Blake had some feelings for her and she did not return then so why hand out so much with him. Why can’t she turn to Daemon to her with her problems and training?

Katy actually really annoyed me in this book, it was more the fact that I felt she was leading both Blake and Daemon on. The close bond she shared with Dee had sort of fizzled out which was a shame as I loved their friendship in the first book. Again I understand that she could not share the healing secret with Dee but that does not mean she has to stop hanging out with Dee and put some distance between them.

These issues were sorted out by the end of the book but for some reason it just didn’t click with me, I was actually starting to question whether Katy and Daemon getting together would be a good thing or not. I do not think that there is love in their relationship, after reading this book I feel it is more attraction. I actually think Daemon might love Katy but she does not actually love him back as she should and as he deserves.

The writing was still good in this book and the storyline progressed well, I finished this book within 2 days so it was a good, easy read, it’s just a shame that I could not like this book more as I was super excited to read it. Daemon’s awesome sweet, witty side made me enjoy the book, that was the highlight for me. Plus I still love the nickname kitten, it makes me melt when Daemon says it (well what I imagine his voice is in my head)

“I could always give you a teaser. You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?”

“Can I…?” There was a pause and my heart stuttered. “Can I just hold you? That’s all…that’s all I want.”

Will I be reading the next book, yes but I am in no hurry to buy it.

Happy reading!

Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux book 1)

I have heard so many people talk about Daemon Black and thought I’d read this book to find out what the fuss is about. All I have to say is I now know. Just wow.

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I have heard mixed things about this book, so have been really good reviews and some have been really bad review. I personally enjoyed it and cannot see why some people view this as a rip off of Twilight. Sure it’s a book about a relationship between an other being and a human but that’s it, there maybe slight similarities but I did not feel that this book was like Twilight. As much as I love Twilight, I think Katy was a stronger character than Bella, she stuck up for herself and wanted to help out. She was not a damsel in distress.

 I really liked and connected with Katy, this maybe because like myself she is a book blogger and book obsessed but I was rooting for Katy though out the entire story.

 Ok so if you do not like a character that runs hot and cold and has jerk tendencies then this book is not for you. I have to admit Daemon did this so much, he was a jerk but you cannot help but love him. Probably because I attributed a softer side to him, this was sometimes hinted at in the book. Plus you cannot know the cockiness and confidence he has. I liked how protective Daemon was of his sister Dee, which was so sweet. I will admit even though I loved Daemon there were times where he was too much of a jerk, I actually wanted to slap him. One my favourite quotes from this book shows Daemon’s sweet side.

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”

 I do not know if what I can class what was between Katy and Daemon as a ‘relationship’, they defiantly had the love and hate thing going on. I really liked that Katy was no shrinking violet in the relationship, she gave as good as she got. Daemon nickname of Kitten for Katy, reminded me of Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. The nickname made me sort of melt.

“I checked out your blog.”
“Stalking me again, I see. Do I need to get a restraining order?”
“In your dreams, Kitten. Oh wait, I’m already starring in those, aren’t I?”
“Nightmares, Daemon. Nightmares.”

 The style of written in this book was good, the story progressed well and I did not feel it dragged, there’s not much more I can add on top of the synopsis without giving the story away. For me this was one of those, cannot eat, cannot sleep, cannot work as I’m too busy reading. I honestly had a really had time putting the book down and am now thinking I need this book for my bookshelf too as currently I own it as an ebook.

 Dee was a good character too, I enjoyed that she did not cave under pressure to not be Katy’s friend. I glad she was able to stick up for herself but also appreciate that what Daemon said, he said because he loved her.

 I have purchased the next book in the series and I am currently reading it! I would recommend this book.

 Happy Reading!!