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Monday, 2 July 2018

Release Day Blitz: Lucky Scars by Kerry Heavens + 5+* review + excerpt



Title: Lucky Scars
Author: Kerry Heavens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 3, 2018

Synopsis

Not every love story begins with a fiery explosion of lust.
Some are tiny embers of hope that smoulder slowly until the stars align…


I’d been living in a bubble.
It was meant to protect me from the things in life that hurt.
I could live, I could laugh, but at least I didn’t have to love.
Loving was dangerous and I would never do it again.


It was working just fine, until the bubble burst.
It let in danger.
It let in light.
It let in…him.


Unknowingly I’d been living in the dark, feeling my way.
He filled my world with starlight.
He showed me how to move on to the next level.
He made me feel again.


I thought the wounds from the past would never fully heal,
But perhaps they only heal when the time is right.


Sometimes you just have to thank your lucky scars. 



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Excerpt

With trembling fingers, I tapped at my phone screen, sobbing because I connected the call and then cut it off in my haste. I couldn’t handle technology; I just needed him. I was about to throw in the towel and just sit on the curb and cry when it rang. His stupid face appeared on the screen, and my heart leapt. He knew. He knew I needed him.
Choking at the urgency to hear his voice, I tried again to get my fingers to cooperate, and, finally, they did.
Hello?” There was pleading in my tone. “Ziggy?
There was a short stretch of silence, and I thought maybe I’d fucked up the call again when suddenly he spoke. “Bea? What’s wrong?”
Zig—” A sob cut me off.
Bea, where are you? What’s going on?”
I need you,” I whispered.
Tell me where?” he said with a steady determination that filled me with exactly the comfort I needed right then. He was coming. It was going to be ok. I looked up helplessly at my surroundings for a road name I could tell him.
Um,” I faltered. “I don’t know, I—” Fresh tears ran down my face, and I wiped at them with the back of my hand, only then noticing the blood. “Oh God,” I gasped.
Bea, please. You’re scaring me. Are you hurt?”
No,” I assured him quickly. “I just…” I didn’t even know where to start.
I need to know where you are. Calm down. I’m here. Take a deep breath and try to tell me where I need to go to find you. I’m coming. Okay? Now just tell me where.”
I turned in place, looking for something I knew. I walked these streets every day, and they’d never felt so alien to me. He was the only thing that felt safe right then, but guilt swept over me, and I tried to pull myself together. I must have been freaking him out, and that wasn’t fair. Nothing around me seemed familiar, even though I knew it was; I was so disorientated. I needed to do what he told me and take a breath.
He was coming to get me.
It was ok.
Dean Street,” I told him as soon as I laid eyes on the street sign, relieved to be tuning back in but feeling so stupid that I was so close to home and couldn’t even focus enough to realise it. “At the Shaftsbury Avenue end, on the corner.”
I’m coming. Please just tell me you’re okay,” he said desperately into the phone.


My Review
*ARC received in return for an honest review

A massive 5+ emotion-filled sparkly stars!!! 

Lucky Scars captured my attention from the very beginning and by the end it totally captured my heart. I have laughed, cried, shouted and sighed my way through Bea's story.
I have no words to describe just how much I have fallen in love with this book other than I EFFIN LOVED IT!!!!

I'm a huge fan of Kerry Heavens’ work so much so that I don’t read the blurb for her books. I just dive right in as I know I’m in for a hell of a read. And boy, I wasn’t disappointed.
Kerry is a talented genius. She creates flawed, but very real and believable characters, wraps them up in emotional gut-wrenching, gripping plots with a healthy dose of humour and before you know it you're hooked. Her characters take on a life of their own and end up firmly embedded in your heart.

I honestly had trouble put this book down, I was gripped in the highly, emotionally charged plot. One minute I'm  yelling out loud 'No, don’t do it!' willing Bea to take a chance and make her move. The next I'm in bits over a very emotional scene that had my heart hurting so much.

Ziggy! *sighs* My heart both ached and melted for him. I adored the way he looked out for Bea and always seemed to know what she wanted or how she was feeling. I need a Starman in my life!!

Lucky Scars has all the feels, and some, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. 1-click this sparkly gem of a read today.

My rating...
 


About the Author

London born indie author, iPhone addict & general ray of sunshine! Kerry writes: sometimes sweet, sometimes not, often funny, always hot, real romance, dirty romcoms and other such smut.



Sunday, 24 June 2018

Release Day Launch: The Way We Burn by M. Leighton + 5+* review + excerpt


Title: THE WAY WE BURN
Author: M. Leighton
Release Date: June 24, 2018

Synopsis

Irresistible attraction.  Unimaginable danger.

I knew from the moment Noah Williamson walked into the diner that he was haunted—deeply haunted—but I couldn’t resist the lure of him. He was gorgeous and fascinating and mysterious, and like a delicate moth to a brilliant blue flame, I was drawn to him. Drawn to his fire.

But if I’d known about his job, about what happened to his wife, I’d have run the other way. Before I got caught up in the red-hot blaze of his life. Before everything in my world got burned to the ground.

It’s too late to run now. I hesitated and that was it. I fell. I fell for him before I knew there was danger in loving him.

Noah once told me that this is the way we burn—together or not at all. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant.

Now I do.
 
The Way We Burn is a love story…with a kicker!  Suspense, chemistry, and twists galore, I can’t wait for you to jump in!  But don’t be afraid.  This is a stand alone VERY romantic story with a VERY satisfying ending.  I promise:)  xoxo  M






What readers are saying:

Another story of Michelle’s to fall in love with... I am loving this new side to Michelle. Twist, turns, angst and heart ache combined with a love story only how Ms. Leighton can write them!”  --Rachael

[M. Leighton] broke my brain with this book. I legitimately cannot remember the last time a twist caught me so off guard.” Teresa, Readers Live a Thousand Lives

A smart psychological thriller with a heart stopper of a twist… M. Leighton is on fire!” –Addison Moor, NYT Bestselling Author

“…delivers an unforgettable, heart-pounding story that will leave you thinking about it for weeks after you finish.”  --Courtney Cole, NYT Bestselling Author

“Brilliant. Just brilliant.”  --Stephanie, Stephanie’s Book Reports

“What an epic mindf***!!”  --Maria, Literati Literature Lovers

“Consuming. Intoxicating.  … M. Leighton took what could have just been a suspenseful romance and turned it into something SO MUCH MORE!” –Jessica, Crazy Chaotic Book Babes

Enthralling. Captivating. Jaw-dropping suspense.”  --Courtney, Read-Love-Blog

“This is at the top of my Best of 2018 list!” -- Jennifer, Book Bitches Blog

“Hands down one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read this year!” Angie, Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog

“The Way We Burn is a MUST read!!!”  Catherine, Cat’s Guilty Pleasure

“Michelle Leighton takes her writing to a whole new level. This book was riveting.”  Michell

“Brilliantly written…a definite must read!!”  Kathryn, Tsk Tsk What to Read

“I am blown away.  [The Way We Burn] is spectacular!”  Theresa

“I’m convinced this is [M. Leighton’s] best ever!”  Becky

“Michelle Leighton throws one curve ball after another in this fascinating romantic suspense.” – Nadine, Nadine Bookaholic

“…grab this book now and call into work, put the closed for business to family and friends. You are welcome.” – Jeanine, Goodreads Review

“…brilliantly executed.”  -- Kat, Kitty Kat’s Crazy About Books

“…[The Way We Burn] will forever be one of the best I have ever read.”  -- Theresa, Goodreads Review

“Bravo to the author!  This is a must read!  Five stars!”  -- Kim, Blogging for the Love of Authors Blog

“Brilliant!  You, too, will be burned to ash in the most beautiful way.”  -- Lee, A Story Book Romance Blog

“I want to write an amazing review that gets across to you how epic this story is… Once you start reading, you won’t be able to let go…ever.  This story will stay with you.”  --Rosa, iScream Books Blog 

This story was unlike any other and is possibly one of the best I have ever read.”  --Natalie, Literary Epic

“I am so obsessed with this book.”  Teresa, Readers Live a Thousand Lives

“M. Leighton writes a brilliant story. I was captivated from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down!” - Amanda Lee, Disheveled Book Blog

This book just claimed the #1 spot for my 2018 Booklist.”  -- We Review Books

A fantastic journey that Michelle Leighton has penned with such ease it should really be a sin!! Trust me….add this one to your MUST READ list today!!”  --Julie, Little Read Riding Hood 

“Insanely awesome!  Seriously amazing.  I have one of the best book hangovers!”  --We Do What We Want Book Reviews 

“Wow.  Just…wow!” -- Sandy, The Reading Cafe

“HOLY WOW!  This book blew me away!”  --Jenn, The Geekery Book Review



Excerpt


CHAPTER ONE 
NOAH

Maryland, eighteen months ago

“Mind going over the story with me one more time?”
I stare at the detective.  I see the disdain in his eyes. I see the disbelief.  He came here with his mind made up.  I’m suspect number one and we both know it.  What we both don’t know is that I did nothing to my wife.  I would never hurt her.  I don’t think I could even if I had to, even if she was trying to hurt me.  She is the only woman I’ve ever loved, the only person whose happiness means more to me than my own.  
Except for our daughter.
Her happiness would’ve meant more to me than my own, too.  
Would’ve. 
Past tense.
Grief slices through my chest like a scalpel.  Clean. Neat.  Surgical.  Like someone is cutting out my heart.  
Five months ago, we lost our daughter.  And now I’ve lost Carly.  How the hell is a man supposed to live through something like this?  A child. Then a spouse.  This is the shit nightmares are made of.
And I would know.  I’ve seen nightmares. Up close. Personal.  The kind that sink their teeth in and leave marks. Wounds.  Scars.
Sweat beads on my upper lip.  I’ve never felt such an intense sense of loss, so much pain.  So much helpless, hopeless agony.  
A few months ago, I’d have said a person couldn’t bear hurt like this. I’d have said the human body couldn’t take it.
But I’d have been wrong.
It can.
I’m proof.  I’m still alive, still standing.  Damned if I know how, but I am.  Even when I’d rather not be, I am.  And now, on top of everything else, I’m being questioned like a felon.  I’m the primary suspect in my wife’s disappearance, and every second they spend focusing on me is another second she’s further from being found.
But there’s nothing I can do to change that. It’s Basic Detecting 101.  The husband is suspect numero uno.  Why?  Because it usually is the husband. I know that.  I also know there will be no convincing them otherwise.  
Maybe if I could split my chest wide open, they’d believe me.  Maybe if they could see what I’m feeling, see the bruised and bleeding thing that used to be my heart, they’d understand. Maybe if they could physically see what this is doing to me, they’d look beyond the obvious.  But outside of that, there’s nothing I can say to make them understand.  That’s why there’s an edge to my voice when I answer this asshole’s questions. I may not be able to change it, but I sure as hell don’t have to like it.
“It’s not a ‘story, Detective. It’s the truth.  Carly left for work Tuesday morning at seven. She said she had an early meeting.  I texted her at lunch to see if she needed me to bring anything from the store.She didn’t answer.  I haven’t seen or heard from her since that morning.  And that was almost sixty hours ago.”
Sixty hours.  That’s twelve hours after “we’ve got a good chance of finding her”, and twelve hours before “hope for the best, but expect the worst.”  The window is closing.
“Had you two fought before she left?”
There’s a dull throb just above the bridge of my nose. I pinch it between my index finger and thumb.  “No, we hadn’t fought.  We don’t fight anymore.  At all.  I told you we’ve both been recovering from…from…”
I can’t make the words come out. They’re stuck in my throat like tar—black and sticky and foreign.  Bitter.
“The death of your daughter. Right, right.  I feel you,” he placates, making more notes on his pad.  “But they never recovered her body, isn’t that right, Mr. Williamson?”
My eyes snap up to his.  Surely to God he’s not insinuating…
Zero to sixty in one second.  In one sentence.  That’s how long it takes my blood to come to a hard boil. Like lava down a mountainside, it rushes through my veins in a thick, hot river, destroying trees and grass and flowers and life as it goes.  Killing off a little more of what was left of me.  
I take a deep breath, striving for cool.  Or even tepid.  Anything but the blazing rage that’s pumping through me.  
“Detective, I’m a patient man. I work for the FBI, so I understand how this process works. I also understand that I’m at the top of your list of suspects, so I get it. I get it.  But let me make one thing crystal clear.” I take a step forward.  “My daughter was killed. My child is dead.  So while I have agreed to jump through all your hoops, make no mistake. My tolerance has its limits and you are dangerously close to finding out what happens when my patience runs out.  I’ve got nothing left to lose. Not one thing, so wiping the floor with your smug ass might actually improve my situation.  You feel that?” The last is hissed through teeth clenched so tight my jaws ache. I’m practically spitting down into his face, my chest close enough to bump his if I take a deep enough breath.  
I can tell by the set of his lips and the narrowing of his eyes that I’ve pissed him off. But I can also tell that he’s not fool enough to press me one more inch right now. Not one more. It’s there in the way his pupils swell. It’s there in the way his nostrils flare.  He won’t push me.  He’s smarter than that.
My daughter is dead.  
My wife is missing.  
There’s nothing left.  Nothing that matters. There’s nothing they can take from me or threaten me with.  Surely this pathetic lackey knows what know from years and years of experience—men like me are unpredictable.  
Unpredictable and dangerous.


My Review

*ARC received in return for an honest review


The Way We Burn. A romantic tale of love with suspense. Of love always finding a way. 

HOLY SH*t!!!  This has to be the best book EVER from M. Leighton, and I’ve loved every one of hers that I’ve read. And that’s a lot!! It's worth so much more than 5 stars.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this, I’m so blown away by this amazing and epic love story. And what a love story it is. I have sighed, shouted, gasped, yelled out loud, cried and sighed again through The Way We Burn and I have loved every bit of it. I now have a huge book hangover and I don't even care!

Once again Michelle has woven her magic and created a dramatic and gripping plot with such wonderful, but flawed, characters who have barged their way into my head, and heart, and refuse to move. 
The suspense, the drama and the twists left me on sitting on the edge of my seat with my mouth gaping in shock, unable to put it down from the very first page until the last. I can usually guess where a plot is going but not this time. The huge plot twists left me floored. A massive high five to Michelle for being able to keep me on my toes. I definitely didn't see them coming!

I want to say so much more, especially how the main characters are drawn to each other from the very beginning, their chemistry burning up the pages, and Noah (O.M.G. Noah! *sighs*) but I don't want to give anything away. Why waste time reading this review when you could be finding out for yourself?

If you love your romance with a lot of suspense, gripping plots, burning chemistry and twists so huge you’re left reeling then The Way We Burn is definitely the book for you. You won’t be disappointed. Trust me. Get 1-clicking now and see if you too can survive the flames. 

An absolutely, definitely, MUST read!!!!

My rating...



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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Release Day Blitz: Road Trip by Andie M. Long & Laura Barnard + 5* review + giveaway

 •.☆.•ROAD TRIP RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAY•.☆.•



Romantic comedy authors Andie M Long and Laura Barnard have teamed together to bring you the hilarious Road Trip!  Out NOW!  #oneclick #romcom #chicklit #lovehate


Synopsis

After the end of a car crash relationship can Katy find true love?


After catching her sister in bed with her fiancรฉ, school teacher Katy Cornish enlists playboy colleague Felix Montague to help her save face. What she doesn’t bargain on is them both losing their jobs in the process.


With finances running out, Katy must endure the rude and arrogant Felix while they embark on a road trip around the country in hopes of securing a new job. But there’s just one problem... they’re up for the same posts. This road trip is going to be unlike any other, with them doing whatever they can to sabotage the other.


Can they see past themselves and their egos to each other? Or will their desperation to continue their careers drive them apart?

Click here to buy it now or read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited.




My Review

*ARC received in return for an honest review 

Omigod, I bloody LOVED this, it was hilarious!!! 

Road Trip, the first book from new writing duo Andie M.Long and Laura Barnard,  started off with a bang quite literally and what a delight it was to read. I have read and loved books from both authors, respectively, so I knew I was in for a real treat when I heard they were teaming up to write together and they definitely didn't disappoint me. 

It’s been a while since I’ve laughed like this at a book, I couldn't stop laughing from beginning to end. In fact I laughed so loud at times I'm sure my neighbour wondered what was going on. There are so many hilarious scenes that I can’t mention them all but the ones with the McFlurry and drunk Jenna and the bee are just a few of them. The authors lined those scenes up in succession like domino toppling, and they were executed perfectly. 

The plot flowed so effortlessly and fast-paced that, before I knew it I'd reached the end. The banter and growing relationship between Katy and Felix was both funny and believable, I was rooting for them from the moment they met. I loved the way they bounced off each other and couldn't stop chuckling to myself over their antics. 

With adorable main characters, a wonderful and hilarious supporting cast and a funny-as-hell plot Road Trip is a great summer read, charming and delightful. Perfect!!  

My rating... 


Giveaway

Head on over to Laura's Facebook page to enter their giveaway for a chance to win $10/£10 Amazon Gift Card.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Release Blitz: From Ashes To Flames (The West Brothers #1) by A.M. Hargrove + 5* review + playlist



Title: From Ashes to Flames
Series: The West Brothers Series #1
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2018

Synopsis

I had it all—the dream job, a wonderful boyfriend, a fabulous life.
Or that’s what I thought.
Then my life took an unexpected turn and I found myself working as a nanny for the hot-tempered Dr. West.
He and his regimented spreadsheets and rude attitude were more than anyone should have to take.
If that jerkface thought he could order me around, he’d better think again.
Then one day I discovered his secrets, which explained why he acted the way he did.
I never expected my heart to soften towards him so much.
I never expected to have such sexy dreams about him.
Nor did I expect to want him the way I did.
But he was my boss, older than me, and off-limits.
And if I wasn’t careful, everything, including my heart, would go up in flames.

This is a stand alone contemporary romance novel from the author of For The Love of English.



Purchase Links

99c for a limited time

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Free in Kindle Unlimited




Review
*ARC received in return for an honest review

Oh what a fabulous read, a real page turner. Annie, you’ve excelled yourself, I FLOVED it!!!

If you’re a fan of single dad romances and, like me, you loved A.M. Hargrove’sFor The Love of English’ then you MUST read this!! 

From Ashes To Flames has sent me on an emotional roller coaster of a ride. And what a ride! The fast paced plot had me hooked from the beginning and kept on the edge of my seat for most of the time, when I wasn't chuckling to myself. One hilarious scene in particular had me laughing so out loud so hard. You can always rely on this author to add her quirky sense of humour to her books. Pure genius!

I love a strong female lead who isn’t afraid to say what she’s thinking and Marin McLain was all that and more. With her rainbow coloured hair, piercings and tattoos and sassy mouth Dr. Greydon West didn’t know what had hit him. He'd definitely met his match with Marin. 

Although Grey seemed quite distant and unfeeling at the start I adored that hot,  sexy doctor *sighs*. Did I mention that he was hot? ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
I did feel for Grey over what he went through but at one point I did want to grab him by the shoulders to shake some sense into him and shout, ‘GET A GRIP, MAN!! LOOK WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!!!’

Six year old Kinsley TOTALLY stole the show. She turned my heart to mush with her Irish step-dancing and her ‘clicky shoes’.

From Ashes To Flames was a definite 'Goldilocks' read for me...just right.
It had just the right amount of humour, angst, drama, tension and sizzling, hot passion. Oh, and the surprise at the end was simply perfect! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

I know I’m not doing this book the justice it deserves but trust me, this is one you need on your kindle. Go #1Click the hell out of this, I can't recommend it enough!!

I give this a rating of...

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About the Author  

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

Reader, Writer, #WalterThePuppy Owner, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Vodka Aficionado, Coffee Drinker, she believes coffee and ice cream should be added as part of the USDA food groups.