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.

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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!

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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!

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 😀

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!!

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!!

 

Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance – Lucinda Brant (Salt Hendon #1)

Synopsis:

England, 1763. The Earl of Salt Hendon and squire’s daughter Jane Despard share a secret past of mistrust and heartache. Forced into a marriage neither wants, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who will go to extremes, even murder, to hold the Earl’s attention. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again?

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:

This book starts off with Jane the main character at the age of 18 going through a miscarriage. She is given a medical concoction for this. We learn that Jane’s nurse who gave her the medicine was told it was to help with the morning sickness but it was actually given to start labour pain and abort the child. Jane’s father decides to do this as he is disgraced that his 18 year old unwed daughter was with child and she will not tell him who the child’s father is. The way this scene was written actually made me cry. The writing in this book is just so good.

Fastforward 4 years and Jane is living with minimum comforts in her uncle’s house who has just passed away. She was thrown out of her father’s house due to her disgrace. Jane has to marry as in her uncle’s will, Tom her step brother cannot inherit the money he needs without her marrying. She is due to marry Salt as he made a promise to her dying father. Salt and Jane have history, I mean who else could have been her unborn child’s father? Jane thinks Salt seduced and then left her and Salt thinks Jane told her father of their ‘affair’ and betrayed him by moving on under the ‘protection’ of Mr Allerton who is her uncle due to her disgrace. Misunderstanding anyone?

I really did not like Salt as a character at the start of this book, I actually hated him and I could not see myself warming up to his character. Lucinda Brant however managed to redeem him in her writing and change my opinion of him through the book though. I wanted him to have a happy ending.

I liked Jane, she in a way did not hold grudges and she firmly believes in looking to the future not living in the past which is nice. However I did think Jane forgave Salt too quickly, she suffered not on losing a child and had to listen to all his cruel remarks at the start of the book, I wanted to see more grovelling from him. I just think Salt was forgiven too early in the book for my liking. If you are looking to a strong kick ass heroine then Jane is not it, she is lovely and nice.

I enjoyed the secondary characters in the book, especially Jane’s step brother Tom. He is one of my favourite characters and I hope he is in the next book in this series. The villain in this book is very melodramatic, Lady Diane St John is mentally unstable and has loved and wanted to be with Salt for years and so will do anything to achieve that goal.

One of my problems with this book is what they decide to do with the villain at the end, I disagree with it.  She should have been punished either by hanging or by the law or banished somewhere completely remote and out of country. That is not what I would have done and I think has that really solved the problem? The answer is no because I have just read the synopsis of the next book and guess what the Lady Diane is back.

I will be reading the 2nd book in this series too, I have to admit I broke my rule about buying a new book when I have read 5 but I had to buy the next book to see what happens. Plus in my defence it is an ebook and not going to take up space on my book shelf. The next book in the series is based on Caroline and Anthony, but I hope we get some updates about Salt and Jane.

This was a very well-written book, it is set in the Georgian Era. The descriptions of what it was like back then and how things were were good and I believe well researched.

Happy Reading!