The Prison Guard’s Son – Ursula Sinclair (Young Guns # 1)

51i7rtzp9jlI’ve been in a little bit of a book funk but this book helped me overcome it. This is why it’s been so much time since I posted a review.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Warning this book does contain crude and bad language. I’d say this book is for 18 + due to this and including some adult scenes.

Synopsis:

I can only be who I am.

Pike

I never knew my mother. I tell people she died shortly after I was born, that stops any more questions. So I don’t have to say she was a convicted felon who died while in prison. Nor do I have to talk about the fact that my father was one of her guards. He raised me as best he could. The one thing I never had or wanted was a family, he was family enough. The only other thing I ever needed was my music. I never pretended to be anything other than what I am, but then she entered my life and my music suffered. I needed to be someone else, anyone else or I could never have her. She could never know the truth about me or I wouldn’t be there to save her.

Eryn
I never knew my father. Growing up in a large extended family, I was never alone. I just grew up without a father. He died before I was born and while I always had adult male relatives to help guide me, I still missed him. He never even knew of my existence, but I felt his presence every day of my life. His legacy helped shape me. Then I heard this voice one day, singing with such a soul deep loneliness. I had to respond. But when I did, he turned my world upside down. Then I found out the truth.

Rating: 5 Stars 

Before I go into my review here’s a sneak peak of the book:

Pike

My earliest memories are of noises really, more than images. The images are kind of jumbled together, all these—at least for a kid—giant people surround me. Some smiling at me others with mean looks on their faces, all really scary and I was terrified. But the sounds. Those I would never forget. The clamor metal makes when it strikes against more metal. The clang of a gate being slammed shut.

I remember turning around and wanting to run back the way we’d come. But my dad held tightly to my small hand in his much larger one and tugged me behind him, not once breaking stride. When I began to cry, he ended up picking me up and I wrapped my arms around him, burying my face in his neck.

“It’s going to be fine John. You want to see your mama don’t ya?”

“No! Don’t wanna. Wanna go home.”

“We will son, but…well your mom, she wants to see you. She wants to say goodbye before she goes away for good.”

“She’s going away. Where? Is she coming home with us?”

“No son.” My father’s voice kinda sounded funny.

I raised my head to look at him and touched the side of his face. “Why?”

“She can’t. But she wanted to see you…to say goodbye and so that you won’t forget her.”

“I don’t ‘member her.”

He pulled me against his chest and shook. 

That scared me more than anything my dad never cried and even as young as I was I knew that’s what he was doing so I cried too. By then I’d noticed we’d walked into a room where there was a bed and a woman lay on it. 

He put me down and wiped his face. Taking my hand, we walked over to the side of the bed and the woman on it. 

This time it was I who held tightly to him. “Is she sleeping, Pa?”

The woman’s eyes suddenly opened, they were the same gray green as mine.

 “Are you my mama?” I asked.

Then she too began to cry. She raised her hand to touch the top of my hair, there was some kind of wire and tubes attached to her arm. 

I touched one. “What’s that?”

“An IV,” she said in a whispery voice.

“What’s it for?”

“It’s making sure I’m here long enough to see you one last time. And yes, I’m your mama.”

“Pa said you’re not coming home with us. Why? Don’t you like us?”

“I love you both. So much. I want nothing more than to come home with you—but I can’t.”

At this something really strange happened, my dad dropped to his knees beside me and no longer tried to hide his tears. He held me around the waist and held onto my mama’s hand and they were both crying now. 

As young as I was, sadness overwhelmed me and all I could do was cry too.

End

Review:

Do you ever start reading a book and think why didn’t I pick this one up sooner? Well that’s exactly what happened to me with this book. I wish I had picked it up sooner as I loved it. This is the first time I have read a book by Ursula Sinclair but it certainly won’t be the last. This book is for you if you are looking for a strong heroine with a kind of cocky but not too arrogant alpha male. I loved both Eryn and Pike as the main characters, there romance wasn’t sweet in an awww sense but it was scorching as this book will singe my hand offs way. I’d say the sex scenes between them are detailed, but i don’t think it’s explicit because I have read others that are more explicit. Eryn and Pike has this chemistry going on which I enjoyed as it made the characters have more depth and more 3D.

Pike is a rock star and Eryn is a lawyer, they meet as Eryn wants to represent pike. It’s instant attraction from that point on. The story has some action, including bad guys too. The story kept you hooked in wanting to know what was going to happen next. I liked the writing, the story was told from both Pikes and Eryns POV, but it was made clear in each chapter who’s POV it was. I love books where we can get into the heads of both characters rather than having to guess what one of them is thinking or feeling.

Without spoiling the book I have to admit I didn’t see the ‘connection’ nearing the end of the book coming. That took me by surprise.

Once I finished reading this I looked on Goodreads to post my review and saw some people commented that there was just sex and more sex in this story. I don’t think so. There was some don’t get me wrong but there was a story to go with it. I really enjoyed the story and will be looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

I’d recommend this book.

Check it out on Amazon or Book Depository (affiliate links) if you’re interested in purchasing it.

Happy Reading!

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 🙂

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!!

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!

Shadow Study – Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinders #1/ Study #4)

Synopsis:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I read this book in under 24 hours. I stared it at 5pm yesterday and had completed it by 10am this morning (Yes and I’ve already posted this review – this is how much I had to share my enjoyment!). I just about managed to get some sleep even though I wanted to keep reading though the night I refrained. I enjoyed this book so much and I have been waiting for this book for so long that after finally reading I have no idea what to do with myself now. I was worried when I heard this book POV would be split between Yelena, Valek and Janco but actually the book was so well written that I did not find the switch in perspectives choppy at all. The book flowed well and at no point was I confused about who was narrating. I am so glad that I loved this book, because I love the original 3 books in the series so much I was worried that I had too high of expectation for this and if I didn’t love this book then it would have just slightly impacted my love for the previous books in the series. However I had nothing to worry about because maria writes so well that you are sucked into the story and literally sitting on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. The story was well paced as it was full of action so it did not drag but neither was it packed with so much going on that the read could could not keep up. I was literally shocked with the developments involving the commander.

I actually really liked the multiple perspective because we got to see what was happening in places where Yelena was not present which helped with the story progression and gave the reader more insight into other side characters around Yelena and Valek. Though the main reason I loved the multiple perspectives was because we got to see more about Valek and how he thinks, how he came to be who he is and his childhood. I am so glad that we got to know more about him and in a way his feelings. I will admit I had an Awww moment when Valek would think things like not missing being in the sought but missing a certain southerner. There is a tiny bit of romance in this book but that is not the main focus of this book, but I really do like seeing the relationship development between Valek and Yelena.

I actually enjoyed this book more than Fire study because in Fire Study the fact that Yelena ignored Moon man and was mean to him was a sour point with me. I enjoyed that Yelena actually learned from this and accepted that she still thinks highly of him even if he was always giving her cryptic advice. I will not say that there were not points where I wanted to hurt Yelena because she was being too independent and I questioned her thinking, there sure fire way of knowing when something is going to happen or go wrong is when Yelena goes off alone. I can overlook those because like I mentioned I felt she was learning from her mistakes and atleast she does take action and do not wait around for a ‘hero’ to do the work. I was also glad to see more of Leif in this book because I really did not like him at all when he was first introduced in this series but he’s grown on me

I knew what was going to happen on the last page due to coming across a spoiler by mistake so that was not a massive shock but it is definitely a cliff hanger ending, I mean I was thinking saying say what?. I really wish I did not come across that spoiler but this did not affect my enjoyment of the book. Though now I cannot wait until the next book Night Study. I’m so excited I had to go on Goodreads and fins out when the next book. Turns out I have about a year to wait for the next book but considering Fire Study was realised in 2008 and originally Maria was not going to write more books on Yelena I cannot complain but I really wish this time goes fast.

I have not read the Storm Glass series but I own so I will be reading those next, I should have read them before this book as other characters from there are mentioned but it did not confuse me to an extent where I could not enjoy this book.

I thought this was going to be a short review. Obviously I was wrong, I know I did not speak much about the story but I do not want to ruin the book for anyone. If you have not read this book or series it is one that I would recommend. The series is a favourite of mine. If you like a strong willed heroine with a good story and great side characters then this book is for you. Though I do not promised that there will not be points where you want to shake some sense into Yelena..:D

Happy Reading!!

I have news…

I realise you are now expecting some amazing news, based on the title of this post I’ve used to entice you. I do actually have some big news that I want to share, well it is big news for me. You all know if you’ve read my Becca Fitzpatrick book signing post that, that was the only book signing I have ever been to. Well I am going to another book signing. Now you may be tried of me talking about Shadow Study and Maria V Snyder but I had to share this. So Maria Synder is coming to the UK for a tour and I thought I would not be able to see her because she is going to London on March 24th and I could not get time off work to go to her book signing. However, do not feel sorry for me yet because she is coming to Bristol (which is only a 40 minutes drive away from where I live) on April 6 which is my day off. I actually have tickets to go to Maria’s book signing at Waterstones on this date now and I am so excited! Hopefully I will get my Shadow Study book signed 🙂

Ok so that my rambling over! Is anyone else in the UK and planning to see her?

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!!