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:

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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!

Where I’ve been – Cyprus Delights

It’s been quite some time since my last post so I thought share what I’d been up to. I went to Aiya Napa in Cyprus for an all girls holiday with my cousins for a week then spent the weekend in London.

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I was in Ayia Napa between 6th to 13th May, we didn’t arrive until late on 6th May so all we did was have dinner at the hotel and go to bed. We stayed at the Nissi Park Hotel. It was lovely, we were all inclusive which was great too. One of the best things about the hotel is the staff they were so friendly and helpful, the hotel is a 3 star one but I would say if you’re planning to go Cyprus stay there it’s really nice. The hotel itself is clean and nicely laid out, i adore the colour scheme as I like neutral colours. In general the public transport is good, our hotel had bus stops quite near so we could jump on and go Larnaca, Nicosia or Pafos if we wished.

I booked throughThomas cook and had no problems at all. For the hotel website click here if you’re interested in checking it out.

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We did so many activities out there that it was unreal, we only had 2 days at the beach the rest was cramming in activities. I attempted scuba diving for the first time. This was scary but so worth it, I cannot swim well but I went to a scuba place who were happy to let me scuba even though I was a novice swimmer, they catered to your needs. For the life of me I cannot remember the name but I will put a link in once I find out who the company where. We also went for a camel ride at the Camel park, that was fun too. We did also go on the Red bus village tour, if your going to Cyprus and are interested in knowing the history i’d recommend this tour, the tour guide Ian was so knowledgeable and friendly, we all really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. We watched the sun rise from Cape greco, and so much more. It really was a brilliant holiday. I even managed to make some time to read haha.

This is what I’ve been up to over the last week or so. If your planning a holiday and don’t know where to go then go Cyprus! It is amazing and the weather is great.

Have anyone else been to Cyprus before?

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!

Signed up to my 30 day Free Trial

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Based on all the positive comments I received about Kindle Unlimited I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the 30 day free trial. I’m glad I did as it means I can “borrow” the new Natasha Anders book A Ruthless Proposition as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy the book. I love Natasha Anders book The Unwanted Wife but I found I didn’t like the 2nd book in the series A Husband’s Regret, the hero was a total jerk in that and I thought the 3rd book in the series His Unlikely Lover was ok. So her books can be a bit hit and miss and I’m excited I get to read the new book but not have to commit to buying it. I will if I enjoy it but I like the freedom of choice.

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I had a quick look through the titles that are available on Kindle Unlimited (as I can access the list now I’ve started a free trial) and i would say if you are looking to read the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games Series, The Mortal Instruments series or The Maze Runner series but don’t know if you want to buy the book. Sign up to Kindle Unlimited as you can borrow all the series I mentioned. So you can get the free trial and if you like it then after it £7.99 per month. there’s no contract with it so you can cancel at any point.

I will let you know if I continue with Kindle Unlimited and if I think it will be worth subscribing too

Happy Reading!

 

 

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

This review includes spoilers

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 5 Stars (I would give it more)

Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading 😀

New books ordered

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As you all know I put myself on a book buying ban and I am only allowed to buy a book if I sell ones I already have and do not want to pay for it or read 5 books. Well both things happened this weekend. I have managed to read 5 books on my TBR (some reviews are pending but I’ll get round to them) and I sold some of my other books on Ebay. This means I can buy 2 books! Woohoo!

First of all I need some sort of medal. I have resisted purchasing the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone even though everyone on Instagram and my friends are going on about it. Hopefully I will get this for Christmas or if I sell more books or read 5 more from my TBR. On a side note it is on offer for £15.00 on Book Depository at the moment. The link is here if you want to check it out

So the books I purchased are: Winter and Archangel’s Enigma. I cannot wait to read these books. I am so excited for Naassir’s story. Not as much as I want Bluebell’s story but still. Nalini Singh is an amazing writer and I look forward to reading this book. I also have to say I love that the cover of this book matches the others in this series. It such an awesome cover too.

Winter is the continuation of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles and I am so so excited for it. I really need to post my reviews of the previous books but I’ll get to that! Same with this book, how amazingly cool is the cover of this book?

Interested in the two books I mentioned? I have added the synopsis of both below with a link to Book Depository if you want to check them out (and not I am not being sponsored or paid to include this). I ordered my books from them too.

Book Depository have Winter at the price of £6.29 at the moment which is an amazing offer for the paperback book if you’re interested in purchasing it.

Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter, #8) – Nalini Singh

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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) – Marissa Meyer

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Happy Book Mail!!

 

Sweet Talking Cowboy – M.B. Buckner

Synopsis:

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

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

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

Rating: 1 Star

Review:

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

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

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

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

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