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!

A Ruthless Proposition – Natasha Anders (Unwanted #4)

This review has spoilers!!

First I would like to apologise to Natasha Anders as an author, I love your writing and I adore The Unwanted Wife, but I going to be honest about my feelings about this book and this review is quite negative. I signed up to Kindle Unlimited to ‘borrow’ this book rather than buy it. There is a reason behind this and that is for me Natasha has not been able to recreate the intensity of The Unwanted Wife in her other books so far in my opinion. Some of the books I read by her are ok and some books I hate the hero in, this being one of those.

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Synopsis:

The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.

Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

I am so glad I signed up to Kindle Unlimited to borrow this book rather than buying it because it would not have been worth the money. You can see I have giving this book a 3 star review and you may think what after you have read what I think about the book. This was going to be a 2 star review because no matter whether I hate the hero or dislike the book, Natasha has a way with words. She can weave a story and tell it in a way you have to read it. I like her writing and writing style but her hero’s can be a bit hit and miss. The extra star was because the book made me cry, it did at one point about 70% in tug on my emotions.

I hated Dante, I still hated him at the end of this book. He is the worst hero I have ever come across. He is not even an alpha male who can be a little bit too over the top. He is a hands down jerk. He is the just ugh, so terrible. He was never redeemed for me in this story, sure I felt a little bad when the tragedy happened (that’s what made me cry) but not enough to like him. I could see there was some effort to make him more likeable in the end but it did not work for me. The tragedy made me like cleo as a character more, just thinking of what she went through now brings tears to my eyes because it was written in such a way.

I felt Cleo was such a doormat at the start of this book, she let Dante have sex with her when ever he wanted on their trip even though he treated her less than dirt. I am ok with causal hookup thats fine but I mean Dante didn’t even care about whether she had eaten or not, hello that is basic curtesy and he got her name wrong after sex. I understand Dante was hot can see where the attraction came from but he was so horrible to her, he was continuously tore down her confidence and was just plain mean. Dante jerk example number 1 is he fired Cleo and got security to escort her out his office when she went to tell him she was pregnant because she is obviously lying and after his money. WHAT???? This was when Dante became unredeemable for me, I as a reader felt humiliated for Cleo. I just never understood why he wanted to be with Cleo in the end, I didn’t think there was any love there. I felt if Cleo hadn’t got pregnant and suffered a miscarriage then Dante would have moved on from wanting to be with her.

Dante jerk example number 2:

“No, Your baby does’t interest me. You don’t interest me. I want you both out of my life as quickly and quietly as possible”

This was at about half way through the book that Dante said this. I mean really by now there should be some niceness and romantic feelings on the hero’s side.

Cleo become more a likeable character when she went through a miscarriage and the time after that, you could feel her pain in the writing and it was just so heartbreaking to read. This part of the book was so heart wrenching and Dante was a bit better at this point but not enough. The epilogue was sweet.

I am going to end this review with a snippet

“She had never expected to like Dante Danaso, and yet she did. He had wormed his way into her good graces, and she wasn’t exactly sure how”

I agree with Cleo’s POV, I have no idea how Dante got into her good graces and heart. I still fail to understand that.

I would like to say I’m sorry if you felt this review was too critical and I hate doing a bad review but this book was not for me at all. I still love Natasha Anders book and will be reading them. I can only imagine the amount of work and time and everything that goes into writing a book but this review is negative because like I said it was not for me.

Happy reading!!

Binding Arbitration – Elizabeth Marx (Chicago Series #1)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, it’s not excuse but I have been busy. The busy season at work is starting and i’m looking for a new job, so between work, looking for work, sleeping and eating (and a little reading) I am not finding much time to blog. I will get my life sorted and blog more consistently I promise! I read this book quite a while ago and have been meaning to put my review but like I mentioned before my life is getting in the way.

I’d recommend reading Cutters vs Jocks before this title as it is a great introduction and prologue it sets the scene and entices you into this story. It gives an insight into how Libby and Aiden’s story started. 

This book does contain some swearing and sex scenes so recommended for 18+. This is not a quick easy read, the story gets you gripped and makes you laugh and cry. 

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Synopsis:

Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to take her fight all the way to the majors.

Circumstances force Libby to plead her case at the cleats of celebrity baseball player Banford Aidan Palowski, the man who discarded her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he slid through the birth canal and landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. But helping Libby and living up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his baseball career.

If baseball imitates life, Aidan admits his appears to be silver-plated peanuts, until an unexpected confrontation with the most spectacular prize that’s ever poured from a caramel corn box blindsides him. When he learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby wants is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan has a magical umpire in his head who knows Libby’s a fateball right to the heart. When a six-year-old sage and a hippy priestess step onto the field, there’s more to settle between Libby and Aidan than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness.

Rating: 5 Stars (I would give it more!)

Review:

Some books are those that stay with you for days after you’ve finished reading them and you end up with a book hangover. This is one of those books. It has become one of my favourites. I will be reading this again.

This book was so good. The writing is the best part, it engrosses you into the story and takes your emotions through a roller coaster ride. This book is beautifully written, I will be looking into the other books Elizabeth Marks has written too.

If you are looking for a light read this is not it. This book is a gripping read, it makes you cry and then be happy and makes you want  to cry again, I was all over the place when reading this book. In this book the people are not prefect and not everything is happy either, but that makes it more relatable and realistic. I cannot say too much about this book because i’m still so speechless after finishing it, other than this is a must read.

I loved Aiden in this, at the start of the book I totally blamed him for abandoning Libby and Cass but he was redeemed. His redemption was not done in one paragraph or 2 pages at the end but all throughout the book, which was great. You could see Aiden realising his mistake and trying to right it, and he did beg for forgiveness. This is because he had grown up and maturing as a character too since we read about him in cutters vs jocks. I was won over to Aiden side again within the first 20% of the book. You could see he was maturing as the book went on.

I loved Libby, she made something of herself no matter what the circumstances and was not bitter about life or felt like she was owed anything for what she went though. Sure she had hardened herself to how she felt about certain things but she did not spend her time moaning or living in the past. She really was an independent, hard working, self made woman. She is someone to look up to. Her friends were all so supportive of her which was nice to read, they not only helped her put herself through Law school but also look after and love Cass. The other side characters in this book were great too, i would be interested in seeing if they have their own stories.

Libby’s son Cass was just Cass. He was lovely and sweet and mature for his age, but that fit well with the story because he had gone through so much because he had cancer. That would make you grow up quicker. He was so amazing and he made me cry. I won’t say what happened to him but I couldn’t believe the author did what she did, I mean why? Elizabeth didn’t actually push Cass to the side for the sake of romance, he was included in it all and he was a main character which was good because he is the reason Libby and Aiden come back into contact.

My personally favourite thing in the book is the relationship between Aiden and Libby. It is not perfect and it is a second chance romance but they actually communicate with each other and they respect each other. Love doesn’t fall into their laps but they both work towards it. They have mutual respect of each other. This is the kind of relationship I like reading about in romance books.

So I will finish this review with these 2 quotes:

“… forgiveness is a four letter word: Love.”

“I circle your hands, I circle your heart. I mark with my brand, while we’re apart. I sparkle in both your joy and laughter, because I’m part of you ever after.” 

Read this book!! Happy Reading!

Billionaire Bachelors Books 1-3 by Melody Anne

I thought I would do an all in one review for these 3 books as there is not much I wanted to say. Usually these would be ones I do not post a review on but I thought I would do a brief one.

Book 1: The Billionaire Wins the Game

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Synopsis:

Joseph Anderson has decided it’s time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they’re made for each other.

Rating: 3 Stars 

Review:

The story was not unique as I’ve read books like this before but it was an ok read. I downloaded this free on my Kindle a while ago. Joseph turns match maker to marry his 3 sons offbecause he wants grandchildren. Lucas is the oldest, Joseph hires Amy as Lucas’s new PA, Amy has struggled all her life and so is over the moon about working for such large organisation. Lucas is attracted to Amy and vice verser but she tries not to be as she loves her job too much to lose it. They end up having a night of passion and Amy becomes pregnant. Do you hear the wedding bells ringing? You can guess where the story goes from here. I just wish the main characters would just have a conversation sometimes, so many things can be avoided with communication.

I sort of felt everything was too good at times with the family, I don’t know how to explain it but things were too sweet and fluffy. Amy was too perfect and Lucas could be a bit too arrogant for my liking. It was nice however to see Joseph and his wife who had been together for so many years still so happy together.

The writing in this book is also ok. I would suggest this book if you are looking for a short read for the beach, it is not going to rock your world unfortunately.

Book 2: The Billionaire’s Dance 

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Synopsis:

Joseph Anderson has decided it is time his three successful sons find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his huge mansion, and he wants them immediately. He was successful in his eldest son’s match, and in this book, his scheming brings Alex and Jessica together. Alex is a confirmed Bachelor who loves to travel all around the globe and romance as many women as possible. That is until he meets Jessica Sanders. One night with her and he is changing his views of bachelorhood and starting to think that married life is the new way for him.

Rating: 1.5 Stars 

Review:

This was my least favourite book out of the 3. The story is just like book 1. Alex hasn’t seen Jessica in years, their parents have been friends for years but Jessica got more involved in volunteer work and Alex is always jetting off to different places for work reasons. Alex is a confirmed player. Joseph with match making on his mind asks Alex to keep an eye on Jessica as they both are going to attend the same charity function.

Alex and Jessica meet, they are attracted to each other. They end up having sex in an elevator because it broke down and things got out of hand. Fast forward 1 year and Jessica has a 3 month old son and Alex has no idea. What I always find hard to understand is heroines who hide the fact that the hero is a father. I mean let the hero know, what he does from then on is his choice but atleast he knows. Joseph meets Jessica’s father and they end up guessing who is the baby’s father. Once Alex knows he demands to marry Jessica for the sake of the baby and is quite rightly upset with her for not letting him know she was pregnant.

I will say Alex never called her so I see Jessica’s point about her not thinking he’d care, but I think he had a right to know and decide himself. I spent the first half of this book disliking Jessica and then in the second half I liked Jessica but disliked Alex. He forces Jessica to marry him, they have sex and when she tells him she loves him. He completely ignores it and pulls back from her, this goes on for weeks and then Jessica thinks oh everything will be ok and after a while he goes back to having sex with her thinking it’s fine. I mean what the hell? I have no idea why he was so resistant to marriage and love, his parents are so happy and loving towards each other and their children. Talk about using someone.

The ending of this book made me angry. It was a happy ending which was nice but it was literally wrapped up in seconds and I was sat there thinking, what?! I really wanted to see a proper apology from Alex for they way he treated Jessica for months but it is all swept under the rug. I also really felt the relationship between Amy and Jessica was a bit put on? It was just too sweet and prefect.

Book 3: The Billionaire Falls

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Synopsis:

Joseph Anderson has been successful in finding brides for his two eldest sons. In this book he finds the perfect bride for his youngest son Mark. Mark has a billion dollar ranch operation that takes many employees to run successfully. He loses his cook and leaves it to his father to find a new one. Little does Mark know that Joseph is far more interested in her marriage potential than her cooking skills. Luckily he finds a woman who can cook and will make the perfect bride for his son.

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

Review: 

This was the best book out of the series, after how much I disliked the previous one I still decided to carry on as I wanted to know what happens with Mark and I had this book so might aswell read it. I’m glad I gave it a chance. The story is not one that will keep you up all night but it is well executed. The story also does not follow the same routine as the first 2.

Joseph hires Emily to cook at his son’s Mark’s ranch, Emily is on the run with her 5 year old son after the death of her womanising husband as his parents wish to take custody of him and they are just horrible. I liked Emily, again like all the previous heroines she is a bit too perfect but I can overlook it in this instance as the book was enjoyable. This book is different as Mark and Emily are attracted to each other and yes they have sex, but then they embark on a relationship. They are boyfriend and girlfriend, sure they end up with a marriage of convenience to protect and keep the custody of Trevor but they a relationship as a basis and mutual respect. I was happy to see Mark was always good with Trevor, even before he and Emily started their relationship.

I did however feel the relationship between the sister in laws, Emily, Amy and Jessica was too perfect and put on. It was too sickly sweet, maybe there are people like that but I don’t know.

Out of the series I would recommend the 3rd book, the series does continue with the 4 ‘sexy’ cousins but I will not be reading them.

Thats 3 more books off my TBE. 2 more and it’s time for a new purchase! I don’t know what to buy! Need to think about it.

Happy Reading!!

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!

My Lord Wicked – Cheryl Bolen – Contains spoilers

This book contains some adult content

Synopsis:

What woman would dare make her home at eerie Marshbanks Abbey, perched on a stony hill in remote Northumbria? It is said its owner, the brilliant botanist, Lord Stacks, killed his beautiful bride there ten years earlier.

Unaware of the tales of Lord Stacks’ wickedness, Freddie Lambeth comes to live with her guardian, and through his caring blossoms from a plain, shabbily dressed girl to a lovely young woman.

Freddie and Lord Stacks come to need each other as his flowers need sunshine, but Stacks cannot allow himself to love her. His own wickedness has destroyed any chance for happiness

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Review:

I dislike giving a book a low rating because the author has spent so much time and effort in writing it. Unfortunately there were too many things that I could not overlook in this book to make it a higher rating. The good points of this book were that it was a sweet story and both the Freddie and Lord Stacks were likeable character’s even if they were abit bland. I liked that Freddie showed spirit at the start of the book but it kind of fizzled out as the story progressed.

I really liked the premises of the book, it is based on a orphan girl Freddie who writes to her guardian Lord Stacks to allow her to live with him. Lord Stack agrees but only because he believes Freddie is a boy. When Freddie shows up at Marshbanks Abbey, Lord Stacks home he is surprised to find out Freddie is a she. Here I thought wow this is going to get really interesting but Lord Stacks agrees to keep Freddie at his house without too much convincing as he wants teach her what lady should behave like as her lessons in being a lady have been overlooked by her late father who blamed Freddie for the death of his dear wife because she died giving birth to Freddie. The story develops at a reasonable pace from here but it did not keep me glued to my seat wanting to know what happens next straight away. I also felt some parts of the story were just too coincidental to be believable, especially about the discovery of how Lord Stacks wife died.

My two main problems with the book was first the editing. I can overlook a few misspelt words and some grammar mistakes but this book seemed to have so many it disturbed the flow of the book because I kept noticing these. Second was the repeated way the age gap between Freddie and Lord Stacks was brought up. Freddie is 18 years old and Lord Stacks was her late Father’s friend and so is nearing her fathers age of 38 years old. This is a historical romance so this age gap for back then was not an issue and so I have no problem with the age gap either. My problem was that Lord Stacks keep saying he would look after and treat Freddie as his own daughter as he would never have his own children, this was mentioned in the story a number of times. Then once Lord Stacks was interested in Freddie romantically he kept referring to her in his mind as a women/child, even when he imagined making love to Freddie he imagined her ‘women/child’ body under his. Sorry but that is a no no it makes it feel wrong even if it is not. Freddie is 18 years old and in that time period girl’s that age were already married or getting married and she does not act a child would so there’s nothing child like about her.

Lord Stacks valet was good comic relief in this book how, he made me chuckle at certain points. I really do wish that I liked this book more because it sounded like my kind of book and started of with such promise.

Happy Reading!!