Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day #CaptivatedByYouSleepover

Wow Wow Wow! What an epic night and insane experience.  Of course I’m talking about the #CaptivatedByYouSleepover celebrating Sylvia Day’s fourth book in the Crossfire series. What could be better than cuddling up for a whole night of reading in the beautiful Ampersand Hotel, accompanied by a pamper package including chocolates, strawberries, bubbly, candles... the answer - nothing!

Captivated by You is out today- but I had the privilege of receiving it last night… and stayed up all night to read it! (so excuse the interesting English you might be about to encounter...)

So – what’s it like? Firstly, let me promise that there are absolutely no spoilers in what you’re about to read.

Captivated by You is as hot and steamy as any die-hard Sylvia Day fan could wish for. As a reader, you’re quickly drawn into Eva and Gideon’s wealthy world, damaged psyches and rampant naughtiness. We get to watch as both of them push at new boundaries, testing each other’s limits in every way imaginable. This book is all about the characters and their development rather than a huge amount of plot progression – so expect plenty of emotion rather than action.

Captivated By You is definitely part of a much larger jigsaw. The story arc is a part of the five-book picture. If you’re new to the Crossfire books, there is now far too much back story for this to work as a stand-alone novel and you’d be much better starting at Bared to You – book one in the series and working your way through.

If you’ve been looking forward to Captivated by You- grab your copy here , and I really hope you have as much fun reading your copy as I did with mine. And why not try your own #CaptivatedByYouSleepover – grab your PJs, some friends, strawberries, chocolates and bubbly and
get reading!

*A huge thank you to Penguin Books, Premier and The Ampersand Hotel for the amazing #CaptivatedByYouSleepover experience!*

The Blurb:
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream . . .

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Review: Cold Feet At Christmas by Debbie Johnson

If you haven’t heard about Cold Feet at Christmas yet, it’s time for me to enlighten you. Released by HarperImpulse on the 6th November, Debbie Johnson’s first humorous contemporary romance has whizzed high up into the Amazon charts – including the overall top 100 Kindle Paid Books and  number 1 in the Kindle Holiday chart!! If that isn’t enough to suggest that you might enjoy this book… then read on…

The setup for Cold Feet at Christmas is pretty light and comic. A runaway bride is caught outside in the Scottish winter weather and just before she turns completely blue, is saved by a gorgeous American staying in a little cottage for the holidays. But very quickly, the story develops a darker edge. The tingling electricity between Leah and Rob draws the two towards each other, but when the snow starts to thaw and real life crashes in around them both, what will happen to this magical connection?

This is one of my favourite seasonal reads so far. It has an original plot full of plenty of unexpected twists and it’s beautifully written and very funny in places, but it isn’t afraid to dig a bit deeper and tell the darker side to the characters’ stories. But the main reason I loved Cold Feet At Christmas is that it made me fall in love- and not with the hero, though he is completely delectable. I fell head over heels for Leah, our heroine. She is such a unique, refreshing character to spend time with. Her way of dealing with the world around her, with disappointment and heartbreak as well as joy and happiness is like no other character I’ve come across. I’d go as far to say that she’s currently holding a spot in my heart for favourite Chick Lit heroine of the year (possible of all time… I’ll get back to you on that one.)

I’d say that this is a seasonal read rather than a festive read, as it starts at Christmas but spans a whole year- I feel that this makes it an enduring book that could be picked up and enjoyed at any time of the year (whilst still giving you the “warm and squishies”).

Thoroughly recommended, a fantastic, un-put-downable book with a cast of characters to fall in love with (just promise me you’ll let me know what you think of Leah!)

Grab your copy here

The Blurb:
Running out on your wedding shouldn’t be this much fun!

A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey’s life – but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancé halfway up the bridesmaid’s skirt just hours before the ceremony!

Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant – a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven!

And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he’s more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas…

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review: I Need You by Jane Lark

Tonight I bring you something serious and sexy. In fact you could go as far as saying seriously sexy. I grabbed my very first New Adult Romance and wow... I mean... wow! I Need You by Jane Lark – have you read it yet?

So, what makes it so good?… erm…. the sex. Never thought I’d say that, but there it is, out there for you all to read. I’m not much of a fan of rampant nooky in my books for no apparent reason – but here it was integral to the story (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).

The plot gets you hooked in quickly and the characters are well drawn, flawed and interesting. Dealing with the gritty story-lines of love, loss and suicide, Billy and Lindy’s story is far from being a sweet little fairytale but it certainly makes for a compelling roller coaster of a read.

If you haven’t tried any New Adult titles yet- I can thoroughly recommend that you start with this one. If you’re already a fan- then this is a must-read.

Currently just £0.99 on Amazon – grab your copy here

The Blurb:
Guilt can eat away at you, but love can cut like a knife...

Wanting his best friend's girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well - it's the tightrope he's walked for years.

But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can't help but be there for the girl he's loved from afar for so long. She's hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy's heart hurts.  She's trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it - and it's ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn't his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can't trust her. He's no one's second best.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Competition Reminder & Review: Married by Midnight by Talli Roland

It’s a new thing for me in the past couple of years, but I now find that I’m completely hooked on festive romantic reads. So you can imagine just how excited I was when Talli Roland’s Married by Midnight appeared in my inbox.

Talli’s Christmas novella is the perfect short read when you fancy a good dose of squishy, fuzzy yuletide loveliness.

Follow Kate in the days leading up to her festive wedding as she consults the stars, ignores her looming bridal doubts and embarks on an adventure to find the writer of a mysterious note discovered pinned to her vintage wedding gown. She’s determined to find one last sign that proves this wedding is meant to be.

This is a lovely read that packs in an awful lot of story. I happen to have found that it’s also the perfect length for the ultimate reading experience. Take one (gorgeously handsome, chocolate voiced) man, add in a roaring open fire, hand over your kindle and snuggle down as afore-mentioned hero reads the entire thing out loud to you. I can really recommend it!

Order your copy here

The Blurb:
While choosing a vintage dress for her Christmas Eve wedding, Kate finds a cryptic note pinned to the inside of a 1930s gown. As doubts about her own ceremony loom, Kate is determined to track down the dress' owner and determine what became of her - and the marriage.

Will Kate find the answers she's seeking to propel her down the aisle, or will her discovery prompt her to call off the wedding for good?

Don't forget to enter Talli's fantastic competition to win a Kindle Fire HD 8GB open to anyone from the UK, Europe, Canada and the US. There are different ways to enter and you can enter multiple times, too – just head here to see how. The contest closes on 10th December- good luck!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Review: The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

There’s something really special about Marian Keyes- and given that she’s a superstar, I know for sure that I’m not the only one to think this! The Woman Who Stole My Life is another stunning read, a real page turner- although it really shouldn’t be.

The Woman Who Stole My Life tells the story of Stella Sweeny, a very normal beauty-therapist, complacently married mother of two who has her world turned upside-down, then sideways and then diagonally. Stella develops the super-rare Guillain-Barré syndrome which takes her from a pleasant tingling sensation to complete paralysis (apart from her eyes and eyelids) in about 12 hours. Stella’s painfully slow recovery process could, in less experienced hands than Keyes’, have been one of the most dull reading experiences ever. However, this was the strand of the story that I looked forward to, that I rushed towards reading when I was in the other point-of-view passages.

If you think that that’s it for Stella’s incredible story, think again. The multiple POV (all from Stella) takes us to well after the illness, after she has become a superstar-writer in America, and back out the other side to when she’s licking her wounds back in her native Ireland.

Marian Keyes’ genius is to change the flow of time for her readers, making the slowest, tiniest moments some of the most beautiful and poignant.

This is a fantastic read and I’d recommend it to anyone. A story of how your life can fall apart, and apart again, but as long as you remember how to be you, you’ll come good in the end…

Due out on Thursday, you can pre-order your copy here  

The Blurb:
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life.

For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).

But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart.

Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad?

For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?