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!

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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!!

He loves Lucy – Susan Donovan

Synopsis:

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

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!

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!

ARC The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower – Erica Ridley (The Dukes of War #1)

I received this ARC from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

To start of the review I’d like to say I really enjoyed the way the book was written, it found it to be enjoyable. There were parts of the book that were witty and made me laugh out loud. To use a quote “Death by Salad”, when on it’s own it does not sound funny but in the book it definitely is.

I liked both characters in their own way, what I found to be refreshing was both characters were upfront about what their situations were like. Both Oliver and Grace knew why the other needed to get married, and so this did not lead to a massive misunderstanding plot.

I do wish Oliver was more developed, because I wanted to know more about him. He was witty in his own way.

“Anybody who fantazied about war was an imbecile. Anyone who fantazied about inheriting a title was an even bigger imbecile “

“If he punched a hole in the wall, he could ill afford to repair it. His jaw tightened. Even that small avenue of release was now closed to him”

I do not know how historically accurate this book is at points, the research done in this is good but there were certain parts where I thought this would not have happened in that time period. The main thing was that Grace was too forward, she did not bat a eyelash when Oliver spoke about ‘eating her’. Also, usually if someone is ruined then they are cut from the ton, their invitations to balls are rescinded the next day but this did not seem to happen to Grace? I understand she got no new invitation once she was ruined but was surprised she was not taken off the guest lists for the ones she was already invited to.

The ending was nice, though I found it to be too neat and wrapped up a bit too quickly. I think what happened in the end was too big of a coincidence to make it more believable, but then who does not like a happy ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

This book is a nice easy read. It was enjoyable but there is scope for some more development.

Happy Reading!!

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?

The Rogue’s Folly – Donna Lea Simpson

I realised that I read this book a couple of weeks ago and have not put up a review as yet because I like and wanted to do a proper in-depth review. However if I had waited for that to happen this review would never have been posted. This is not because I did not enjoy the book but more because I find some book harder to review and analyse with a fine tooth comb when a couple of sentences can sum up what I feel. If you are wondering this was a good read.

This book was published on November 17 2014. If you’d like to check it out on Amazon UK then please click here

I received this copy via Netgallery and all views are my own opinion. 

Synopsis:

Lady May von Hoffen has been plagued all her prim young life by the scandalous behavior of her widowed mother and the licentious men she consorts with. When she finally finds herself free of her mother and in sole possession of Lark House, she relishes the sense of decorum and freedom it gives her. But the surprise discovery of the injured Frenchman Etienne hiding on her estate—the man who once rescued her from an attack on her virtue and the only man she’s ever been able to trust—turns her newly peaceful solitude into a maelstrom of bewildering thoughts and disturbingly passionate curiosity.

Etienne is a self-avowed rake, and even now is on the run from ruthless adversaries who accuse him of trying to murder a marquess and seduce his wife. Following a stabbing that nearly claimed his life, he finds sanctuary on the land of an unfamiliar estate, hoping to recover and evade capture. But when the lady of the house turns out to be none other than the lovely and innocent Lady May, his feels his heart stir even as his body is gripped by pain and the fear that she will renounce him.

As May nurses Etienne back to health and learns the truth of his supposed crimes, along with a much-needed education on the relations between men and women, a burning desire smolders between the two opposites, and soon they will be forced to trust each other and their feelings in order to save one life and two hearts.

Ratings: 3 Stars

To sum this book up in one word it would be sweet. This book was a really sweet read, both the characters were well developed. I liked May she independent and is proper because of her mother behaviour. I will not go into too much detail but May was too forgiving I do not know if I could have done that in the same circumstances.

“That is the past. I have realised that it is unprofitable and painful to live in the past. The present is all we can be sure of.” I removed a word out of this quote as otherwise it would have given some of the storyline away.

Etienne was a good character too, he ends up in May’s folly and she nurses back to health. I do not know what it is about male characters liking to call their love interest little one?

Even though this seems to be a second book in a series I enjoyed it without reading the previous book. There were only a few mentions of events that had happened in the previous books so this can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the romance between the May and Etienne and the book is also well written. This is just a nice easy read!

There’s nothing else to add to this so if you like what you’ve read so far then check this book out!

Happy Reading!!

P.S. Does nothing being able to review a book even it was good happen to you?