Paradise – Judith Mcnaught (Second Opportunities #1)

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!!

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

The Prize – Julie Garwood

Still trying to get through my TBR. Two more books and I can finally buy a new book! I’m counting down the days! Nailing Singh here I come.

Synopsis:

In the resplendence of William the Conqueror’s London court, the lovely Saxon captive Lady Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. A resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her. Ferocious in battle, seasoned in passion, Royce was surprised by the depth of his emotion whenever he caressed his charming bride.

In a climate of utmost treachery, where Saxons still intrigued against their Norman invaders, Royce and Nicholaa revelled in their precious new love … a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin and country!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

4 words: I loved this book. This book has hands down been one of the best stories I have read this year. It is going straight in my to be read again pile.

“He never knew what hit him.” This first sentence got me hooked on to the book and I had trouble putting it down. In this book Royce who is Norman has on command of the newly crowned king William has come to claim Nicholaa who is Saxon and her holding. She is going to be a ‘prize’ given to one of the king’s warriors. As you can imagine, Royce wins the battle for the holding but Nicholaa actually tricks him into giving her sanctuary to a nunnery by pretending she is Daniella, Nicholaa twin sister (who by the way does not exist). Once Royce finds out Nicholaa has tricked tricked him, he admires her intelligence and figures out a plan to get her to London to present to the king as requested rather than flying into a rage. The interaction between Royce and Nicholaa were always fun to read, they were sweet, cute and romantic but not overly so.

She lifted her shoulders in a dainty shrug. “Where did you sleep last night?”

Nicholaa turned away from Royce to glare at an ugly redheaded woman who was trying to get her husband’s attention. “Well?”

“Look at me when you ask me a question,” he commanded.

He patiently waited until she’d complied with that order, then said, “I slept with my wife.”

“I’m your wife.”

He raised an eyebrow. “Yes, you are.”

“You slept with me?”

“That’s what I just said, woman.”

“You needn’t sound irritated. I don’t remember last night, and I did wonder. So you slept with me.”

She couldn’t seem to get it straight in her mind. Royce held his patience. She was such a joy to watch when she was pricked about something.

Not once in this book did Royce belittle, hit or force Nicholaa which happens quite frequently in other Historical/Medieval Romance, even if the hero loves/cares for the heroine and is thinking that it is for her own good. This was such a nice change which made the book a pleasure to read. Royce was still an alpha male character but did not show his dominance or power by putting other’s down. Both characters were strong, neither were weak or silly. Both thought to make the best of the situation.

I guess what I’m trying to say is you could see the relationship between the two main characters. Even though they were enemies at no point did Nicholaa try to hurt/kill/betray Royce and like I said Royce never held the fact that Nicholaa was Saxon and finding it hard to accepts the Normans against her. The best thing about the book though was what it did not include. Which is the big misunderstanding. You know what I’m talking about, it’s the misunderstanding that happens to create some tension between the main two characters which can easily be resolved if they spoke to each other.

Somethings Royce came out with were just swoon worthy, because while he was a harden warrior he was a big softie on the inside.

“A woman can’t do anything about her appearance. Either she’s pretty or she isn’t. But her character is quite another matter.” 

I have to tell you Royce and his lectures were one of the highlights in this book. I loved they way he said they were going to ‘discuss’ things and ends up giving a lecture instead. The writing was good, the story was well paced and it made me chuckle at points too. I was emotionally invested in both characters which means for me the writing was brilliant. Honestly I cannot say enough good things about this book so read it!

Happy Reading!

Slave to Sensation – Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #1)

One more book down from my TBR! Maybe I should buy a book for each one I finish….haha no I won’t do that, it would not solve my problem about lack of space.

This book has been sitting on my kindle for a long time now. I purchased it about a year or so ago as I really love Nailini’s Guild Hunter series. That series is one of my favourites and I love how she writes her characters. In essence usually the female characters are strong willed and a match for their partners which I like to read because there is nothing wrong with a damsel in distress story but sometimes you want a change.

I think I say this a lot but Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors, I would highly recommend her guild hunter series and after reading this book her other work aswell as long as you are not opposed to sex scenes. I find the story’s that she writes also shows the development and the progression of romance rather than being multiple sex scenes and a happy ending.

Synopsis:

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

First Lucas so did not look like the cover of this book in my mind, his scars on his face were so much sexier, well Nalini made it sound so anyway. I adored this book, I could not put it down and literally wanted to finish it in one sitting, which did not happen.

In 1979 to try and end violence and crimes the psy race implemented a protocol called the silence, this would condition the mind and body to stop feeling human or animalistic emotions and therefore be the end of serial killers and violence. Sounds like a perfect plan right? I mean if there are no emotions then there no cause for people to do things like that.

The story kicks off with Sasha being told that she is incharge of overseeing a housing development for the changelings and so she will be working with Lucas Hunter who is a panther alpha of the DarkRiver pack. Sasha is a ‘broken’ psy as she does feel but she is trying to hide it behind a stotic and emotionless facade. The psy do not show affection or casually touch and then we have the changelings who constantly touch and show affection. You can tell the pairing of these two is going to be volatile. Not in a bad way but sparks are going to full and they do.

What to say about Lucas, I loved him from the first page. He was smart, he knew what he wanted, he had determination and he was sweet, which makes a lethal combination and who could resist that?

“She was his and he was hers. They had under-the-skin privileges.” 

“An hour of your life is worth more than a thousand people to me.”

Sasha is such strong willed and doesn’t let Lucas walk all over her but also understands when it’s best to let it go as Lucas is an alpha. Sasha is such a brave character, as just imagine growing up and hiding the fact that you are different from everyone else. One slip up and she would have be rehabilitated.

“She wished he’d stop touching her. Not because she didn’t like it but because she liked it far too much. It made her hunger for things that could never be hers. And if someone went hungry for too long, they started to starve. Started to hurt.” 

What starts of as a business relationship develops first into friendship, respect, trust, passion and the love. It was so nice to see the evolvement of the relationship between these two. Lucas handled Sasha tenderly at times to introduce her to her and his own emotions and what he wanted. He does not let Sasha stay behind her mask of silence and indifference because he understands her and knows that that is not true, that’s not her nature. Ofcourse Psy and changelings are not suppose to be together, but what’s a good romance without some forbidden love.

The writing of this book is amazing, Nalini is an amazing story teller, it the way the story is written. Even though the psy world is different it was explained is such a way that I understood it and I did not have to go back to reread certain chapters to remind myself of anything which sometimes happens in fantasy books. The style of the writing flows really well, it is engaging, interesting and unique. It is the right balance of romance and action.

All I can say is I really loved this is and will be continuing with the others in this series. Honestly give Nalini Singh’s books a try and you will not regret it.

Happy Reading! p.s. Has anyone else read this book or anything by Nalini Singh?

ARC If the Viscount Falls – Sabrina Jeffries (The Duke’s Men #4)

I received this from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. The reason I requested this book is because I love the Sabrina Jeffries stories I have read so far and this book sound like something I would enjoy. I’m glad to say it did not let me down.

This is the 4th book in a series and I have not read the previous 3 books because I did not realise it was a series. However I loved this book nonetheless and I did not feel you had to read the previous books to understand this one but it would be better if you have.

This book contains some mature content.

As this book was an ARC so some of the quotes that I have mentioned may change slightly in the finished edition, please be aware of this! 

Synopsis:

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:

I love Sabrina Jeffries books and this book was no different. It was a really good read. The story was well written and at no point did I find that the story dragged. What I liked the most was that sometimes with certain ‘mystery’ type books they can sometimes rely on something happen by coincidence for the story to move forward, but with this one the reason behind each action was explained and then they moved forward from there, this was a nice change.

Jane was also a lovely surprise because she stood up to Dom and for what she believed him. She did not let him walk all over her because he knew best. I’m glad she knew her own mind and that she had a sense of humour. I felt so sorry for Jane when the book started, I know what Dom done he thought it was for her own good but you could feel her hurt.

“Because clearly true love was the greatest lie of all”

“And once again, you decide what would or would not interest me” She sniffed. “It must be nice to be able to read minds”

I do not think this books is too historical accurate because I know back in those times love matches were hard to come across and people were looked down upon if they did fancy themselves in love. However I do not mind that because I have read other books that are like this, this for me was a really good read. Saying that I probably would not have enjoyed it if there was no historical accuracy either!

I have to admit like most leading men in Historical Romances Dom thought he always knew best and so acted according to that, but I was glad that the book was a growing process for him, you could see him understand Jane’s point of view. I have to admit the reason this is not a 5 star review is because I thought Dom was stupid for not trusting Jane’s love, but then based on his reasoning I do also understand, I just hate that they missed out on being together for 12 years?! You do forgive Dom for this though because what he did he did for what he felt was best for Jane.

“Because he was an arse who wanted to have his cake and eat it, too.”

If I had to say one thing it would be to read this! This book was released on 27th January 2015. You can buy the book from Amazon UK for here

Happy Reading!!

Sweet Addiction – J Daniels (Sweet Addiction #1)

I took everyone’s tips about how they blog on board and so this time when I finished this book a week ago I made some quick notes about how I felt on it! It’s taking me ages to get to doing my review of this (I share the laptop with my brother and apparently Football is more important lol) but rereading my thoughts that I have written reminded me how I felt, so thank you all for the tips.

I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon 🙂

Warning: This book contains adult themes and bad language. Recommended for 18+

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis:

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

Review:

People ask me why I like reading books that can fall in the erotica genre. My reply is that sometimes even though the book has sex scenes the relationship between the main characters can be sweet and there can be relationship development, the perfect exmaples of this is The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders and Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. Plus now you cannot really get romance books that don’t have sex scenes in (i’m sure there are some without but generally), they don’t bother me but I am not a fan of no relationship development and just loads of sex scenes. This book actually was more based on the sex scenes rather than the relationship development for me. There was some relationship development between Dylan and Reese which was nice but not as much as I hoped to see more substance because I was actually interested in both characters. Personally for my taste they were too many sex scenes and they were quite graphic, I swear I was blushing at points. But I can overlook this because this book was a good read. I must say J Daniels did a great job with making the characters funny, likeable, relatable and easy to connect with, this include the side characters.

“He must be joking. Beautiful and highly intelligent? I feel like I’ve found a unicorn.”

“You make me want different things, things I’ve never wanted before.”

Both Dylan and Reese were well written and interesting, I loved how independent and witty Dylan was. I was so glad she stood up for what she believed in even if she was attracted to Reese. I do not want to spoil the book but lets say there was a slight misunderstanding about Reese’s relationship status after Dylan and Reese had ‘hooked up’ at the wedding. Dylan’s friends are so funny aswell, I’m glad they were supportive of Dylan and Joey was such comic relief.

This book is well written and I thought that the storyline was good too. There ofcourse were points where I wanted to shake both characters because they were both being blind and needed some sense talked into them, but eventually both Reese and Dylan came to there senses so I cannot hold it against them. Plus I did think Dylan had a point, at no point did Reese say he was after a serious relationship so if anyone is to blame for the lack of sense I blame Reese. I may be a bit bias though because I loved Dylan as a character.

This was suppose to be a mini review but I could not help myself! If you like what you’ve read in this review then give this book ago as it was a good easy read.

Happy Reading!!

Onyx – Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux book 2)

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

Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

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

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

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

But then everything changes…

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

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

Rating: 3 Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy reading!

Feral Sins – Suzanne Wright (The Phoenix Pack book 1)

This is another reread of mine and I was just going to use my original review I added to Goodreads but have found my opinion has changed just slightly so I thought I’d review it properly.

Warning this is an adult erotica book and contains loads of bad language. Recommended for 18+. I’m not a prude but some scenes and language even turned the top of my ears red.

I would like to say that depending on which version of the book you get there is a graphic ménage scene. The e-books re-released on February 19, 2013 do not contain it, it has been replaced with a sex scene between Trey and Taryn. The scene was not my cup of tea and I purchased the re-released e-book but originally read this book with the ménage scene in it which I skipped. Just thought I’d mention incase anyone purchases the original version.

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Synopsis:

If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal…but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.

Rating: 4 Stars

This book was really good, I did not want to put my Kindle down at all. This has to be one of the better shifter stories I’ve read. There nothing that I can add that the large synopsis I ‘borrowed’ from Goodreads hasn’t said without giving the entire book away. I’ve mentioned before that this book has a lot of bad language and very descriptive sex scenes so please do not read it if this offends you. Some of Taryn sarcasm can be a bit too far sometimes but I found it funny, so again if this offends you please give it a miss.

Ahh what to say about Trey he was just so Alpha and Sexy but so sweet at the same time. He says some of the sweetest things.

“You’re all there is for me, Taryn. I’m broken baby. You know that. Before you… it was like those bits of me were just scattered all over the place. I’ve never felt whole. Not until you. You hold those pieces together. It’s not an exaggeration when I say you hold my sanity in your hands. Without you, I’d fall apart.” .

“All I know is that I don’t want you to leave. If you do I’ll hunt you down and bring you back, Taryn. I sh*t you not, I will. Not because of our deal or my wolf, but because I want you here with me.”

Trey is also a very dirty talker, seriously do not read this book in public! I would like to point out there were parts of the story where I thought Trey was a massive blockhead and I wanted to slap him to make him silly because he was being stupid but I got over that feeling when he started to do as I wanted him to lol.

What made the book that more enjoyable was Taryn was such an amazing character, she had a spine and would not let anyone walk all over her (Go Girl!). She was an Alpha female and her sarcasm sometimes made me laugh out loud. It was refreshing that Trey did not want to repress Tayrn’s Alpha personality. The sarcasm and wit in the book had me in stitches. Someones I felt that Taryn did go too far but I did also find it funny too.

The only reason this is a 4 star rating and not a 5 as it should be is that there was a certain part where Trey annoyed me and that there were just a couple of comments made by Taurn that I thought went too far. Also there is something such as a too perfect ending and I found it a bit to perfect (you’ll understand what I mean when you read this). If you like what you’ve read in this review are are not offended by a dirty talking Alpha who wants to be incharge then give this a read.

Happy Reading!

I’m really going to have to read a YA book next to calm myself down lol