The awkward moment when…

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You realise there still 2 more years to wait until the release of a book you’ve already been waiting 3 years already to read. Yep this book better be worth the 5 years wait!

Yes Maya banks has confirmed that she is planning to release Highland Ever After in 2018! We still have quite some time to wait.

That is unless it gets pushed back to be released again. This is me waiting for Highland Ever After

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Am I the only one still holding out on this book?

P.s. If you are wondering where I have been I’ve handed in my notice at work because it just was not for mew anymore. So i’m trying to find a new job, you forget when you’ve been in permanent employment for some time how long a job application takes. Please wish me luck 🙂

New book unboxing – Forbidden Planet

My excitement knows no bounds today as I receive my first order from forbidden planet which contained one of my favourite author’s Nalini Singh books. I love her guild hunter series and have been reading these books for years, and will continue to read the series as there are more books planned. Imagine my disappointment when I learned she was coming to London, which is only an hour and a half drive away from where I live to sign Archangels Enigma at Forbidden Planet but I couldn’t go because of work. I know the joys of working life. However Forbidden Planet the wonderful people that they were selling the signed books for people who wanted them and couldn’t make it. I already own archangels enigma but I couldn’t turn a signed book by one of my favourite authors down. So I ordered it and it finally came today!

So I thought I’d share the unboxing.


  
  

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Forbidden Planet unfortunately don’t have signed copies of the book left but if you live in the Uk and are interested in purchasing the normal book from them, then click here. This is one of my best book buys this year, it going to be a prized possession on my bookshelf. I paid for this book and the post is not sponsored or anything 🙂

Happy Reading! Has anyone else purchased any new signed book or any book you’re excited about recently?

Don’t you hate it when..

Someone spoils a book or film for you by telling you the ending or a major spoiler?

I did a blog post earlier on the fact that I was ordering Me before you by JoJo Moyes as I saw the film trailer and decided the book was a must read. Well I was discussing at work my new book purchase and how I was looking forward to reading it and how from what i gathered from the trailer I thought it would make me cry. The person I was talking to then proceed to tell me how she had heard about the book, thought about buying it but decided to check the story out on wikipedia instead and then told me the entire ending. THE ENTIRE ENDING AND TWIST! I was like what!!

My face was literally like:

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On the plus side the book arrived and I love the cover. My copy just arrived from book depository. There were other covers but I liked this one the best. (Ignore the copy of Lean in 15! I thought i’d give the recipes a go as it was on offer)

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On the downside I now have the book but I know the entire story essentially and so don’t want to pick the book up yet.

I mean really why must people give spoilers? Has this ever happened to you?

Disillusionment with Maya Banks

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Book Depository Website

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Amazon UK website

I am disillusioned about Maya Banks publishers ever releasing the title Highland Ever After. I preordered it again on Book Depository as it was scheduled to be released on 1st January. Well it has not been, nothing, nada. No email saying what’s going on or when it will be released as I haven’t received a confirmation of dispatch. Today is 11th January and nothing at all, I checked my order status and it says awaiting publication. This has been the story of my life for the last 3 years. I am literally done, I will read the book whenever it comes out but i’m no longer wasting my time anticipating it and pre-ordering it, there is no point. I have emailed Book Depository to see if the publication date is soon otherwise I am asking for a refund. I’m not trying to be negative but it is frustrating that the last book was released 3 years ago and the reason the book was not released at first in 2014 as Maya was changing publishers but the book was near completed. So much time later and we are still waiting on the publication but other books by her have been released. I’m sorry Maya I am very disappointed.

Has anyone else come across anything like this with a book release? Or is anyone else waiting for this book to be released?

 

Cutters vs. Jocks – Elizabeth Marx (Binding Arbitration/Chicago Series 0.5)

This review includes spoilers

I picked this book up as it is a essentially a prologue to Binding Arbitration, a book I wanted to read. I purchased both this and Binding Arbitration a couple of months ago when I was in my reading funk and they have bee sitting in my TBR pile. I am so glad I picked this book up. It was definitely worth a read and it did set the scene for the actual book. If you are going to read Binding Arbitration then pick this up or pick it up just as a stand alone as the book is worth it.

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Synopsis:

Love at first sight versus lust you can’t fight.

Libby Tucker is a cutter—a nobody waitress in a college town—at least that’s what everyone believes. But admission to law school is Libby’s ticket out of Indiana and her escape from small town life forever.

During a night on the town, Libby beats the most competitive athlete on campus at pool and draws more attention from him than she’s prepared for.

Aidan Palowski is one of those jocks your friends warned you about—the kind that never loose—the kind that put notches in their baseball bats. As the closing pitcher on the best baseball team in the Big Ten, he’s on his way to the major leagues. Aidan always gets what he wants and Libby is the final home run he wants to hit out of the park.

The last thing Libby needs is to get sidetracked by a superstar jock. Afraid that she might be on a collision course with love at first sight Libby keeps her distance, but the longer she holds out the more Aidan realizes it’s a case of lust he can’t fight.

What happens when worthy opponents refuse to play their hearts out?

Rating: 5 Stars (I would give it more)

Review:

I am won over by Elizabeth Marx’s writing, this book is only a couple of chapters but I was so engrossed in it. It made me feel a range of emotions is is amazing since this is a novella. It made me want to cry i was so involved with the characters

The chemistry between the two main characters was great and so well written. You could literally feel the sparks of the pages.

“From the moment I laid eyes on her she was trouble to my concentration, my libido, and my mental health. After six weeks of pursuit, I’d trapped her between my upraised arms against a book case, somewhere betwixt Shakespeare and Voltaire. “I want the witchcraft in your lips,” I’d whispered. Instead of arguing, she grabbed me by the ears. She’d been soft lips, liberal tongue and nipping teeth. I’d contributed a willing body and a vulgar groan. She’d drawn away, licked her lips and ducked underneath my arms. When she was about three yards from me, she’s tilted her head up like a siren on the bow of a ship and pursed a devil-may-care smile at me before she bowed. She’d challenged me to pursue her, and I’d intended to, but when I pushed off, the bookcase fell backwards. I tumbled into a heap of literary tombs. I could still hear her laughing when the library’s elevator door chimed closed.”

What I love more is that the relationship between Libby and Aidan was just not lust. This novella takes place over a year and a half and they are friends. There is obviously lust involved but it is not the main factor.

I just adore Libby’s character, she is a strong independent woman who knows what she wants. Even when she has to give up her dreams she does not moan about it and becomes bitter but accepts it and try to make the best of the situation at hand. We do need more heroines like this in books and films.

Aidan a great character too, he was a jock and cocky but so sweet I was totally won over and bowled over by him. However he also broke my heart at the end of this book. He ‘courts’ Libby for a year and a half and once he got what he wanted which was sex he kind of backed off a bit. I know Libby is also at fault here as she started the distance but if you want someone would you not do anything to be with them? Especially when he found out Libby was pregnant I don’t think he was supportive or sensitive at all to it. He just saw the baby as a problem, which is why I feel Libby is less at fault for the problems between them. I mean you wouldn’t give up on the person who you wanted for a year and a half or love  if they started to avoid you?

I could not believe when he drove away from Libby when she waited for him at the end, both were at fault for the problems but I really blame Aiden the most. His reaction to her news was not what it should have been. You would think it would have been different but no. I can see why this needed to happen as there is the actual story but it was so nice to read this back story it helps to make the characters more relatable and real. Honestly read this!! I shall be reading it again sometime!

Happy Reading 😀

Sweet Talking Cowboy – M.B. Buckner

Synopsis:

Even though he was eleven years older than her, Briann grew up thinking of Slade as her best friend. She never understood why he went to Texas while she was in her teens, but when she turned twenty and was considering marriage to his younger brother, suddenly Slade returns home.

They share a surprising night of passion only to be torn apart by a vicious lie that sends Briann running from the only man she’ll ever love.

Then fate brings her home again with a child he never knew he’d fathered.
Can they get past the changes in their lives and the betrayal they felt?

Rating: 1 Star

Review:

I dislike giving books a low rating as I understand how much work and effort goes into writing a book. So this is what I think about it, you might enjoy it. I personally did not enjoy this book at all, it was a short read as it only had 7 chapters but I had to force my way through it, it actually felt like it was dragging. The ending and main issue in the book was wrapped up in the last 4 pages. I was like WHAT?!

I can condense this book into a couple of sentences. Slade comes to live/help out at Briann uncle’s ranch when Briann is young, she grows up as his friend, he leaves when she’s 15 to go train horses in Texas, she misses him but moves on by dating his half brother. So 5 years after Slade left, Bri and Slade’s half brother are talking marriage after he graduates. Slade comes home and they go to a horse show together, Slade and Bri are attracted to each other, they have sex (I would like to say Bri had not broke up with the half brother at this point). They come home, Bri is going to meet Slade at his house, but bumps into his step mother instead who says she and Slade have been sleeping together for year and had done that night. So instead of talking like any rational being to Slade she runs and leaves the country telling her aunty and uncle to not tell Slade where she is ever. Bri find out she’s pregnant, she never tells Slade about the baby considering she loves him but he betrayed her. So she marries a gay man instead to give her child a name and to stop rumours about him being gay. He dies, she moves back home with her daughter Tris as her uncle has cancer, he also dies. Slade is away at this point. Fast forward a couple of months he comes back, sees her daughter and realises the daughter is his. i have no idea how Bri thought she was going to hide Tri’s heritage as we’re told she looks like Slade. Slade and Bri argue as he wants to marry Bri to be his daughter’s father and she does not want to marry him as she loves him but only wants to marry him if he loves her. The misunderstanding about Slade sleeping with his step mother is cleared but Bri still does not understand why he thinks it wrong she never told him he was a father and he missed 5 years of his daughter’s life. Some more arguing and angst and then Bri admits she loves him to Slade, he says it back and voila happy family. The end. I mean WHAT?!!

Grrrrrr Briann was so so childish and selfish. She says about who she is an independent woman who made the best decision she could regarding her child but that’s not true. I really had a problem with the fact that Bri had no plans at all about telling Slade he was Tris’s father even when they had moved back home from Atlanta. I really dislike heroines who hide the fact that the hero is a father. If there is a valid concern then maybe like domestic abuse then that is the right decision. I do not accept a misunderstand as a good reason to hide the fact that the hero is a father, he should be told that he is and if he wants nothing to do with the baby then that is his choice. You have done what is needed and then it’s his loss.

Ugh I was just not a fan of anything in this book. I guess the only good thing is the writing was ok. The story was not though.

Sorry for such a negative review but this is how I felt about this book. I am 95% sure this was a free download from Amazon which I downloaded about 8 months ago. I really hope so. I swear I need to buy a new book as a reward for reading this.

Most Important Accessory – My Kindle Cover!

Last year for my birthday I received one the best presents ever from my parents. If your thinking books then your right but also wrong. They purchased me a new Kindle Paperwhite. I did have the Qwerty Keypad Kindle but it was packing up and not working. So they brought me a new Kindle. For me the more important item than the kindle is the Kindle Case.

The reason behind the case being so important is first a practical one which is it protects the e-reader from being scratched or crushed in your handbag etc. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I am not a fan of the silicone type of Kindle cases. They look really pretty but I do not think they are very practical, I mean if I drop my Kindle a proper case is more likely to protect it than a silicone one.

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I get asked all the time on Instagram and in real life where I purchased my Kindle cover from so I thought i’d share it with you guys too.

This is a Klevercase. I adore it because it is handmade within the UK and it looks like a book and feels like you are holding one even though it’s a e-reader. The designs this is available in are so beautiful. My specific one is the My Book Vintage Hardback Book Cover Case. The case is £25.00 but it is worth the price if you ask me as it lasts for ages and it is just so pretty. As I mentioned this case is so much more durable that a silicone one, and if you want to fold the cover back then it has enough flexibility to do so. Though I would say continually folding it back will damage the case spine.

I purchased this one from Amazon UK. Click here if you want to check them out on Amazon UK. Though the Klevercase does have it’s own website as i’ve now learned. They do cases for phones aswell, and other products like diaries. Their website has so many amazing products. If you want to check it out click here.

Heres a peak at some of the other designs from the Klevercase website.

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I would like to say that this is not a sponsored post I purchased the cover myself and just love it so much that I had to share it.

Enjoy!