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Hearts of War by L.S.Pullen (Book Review)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

REVIEW

Hearts of War is the third book in the Hearts Series by L.S.Pullen.

The book is situated in Europe during the World War II and the events that took place in that time.

It’s narrated in the 1st POV by Ana Dubois, the female main character. The book starts with Ana having to give up on the love of her life. This makes her sign up to the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, where she develops her abilities to serve a greater purpose.

She is very strong and independent, shows great abilities to survive. More over, she shows a sense of vulnerability that helps you connect with her and with her feelings. She grows throughout the story, learning that life puts everybody in their right path and that has something prepared for everyone.

Later on, Ana is sent on a mission and stationed on a farm where she meets Reuben.

Reuben, at first, is very closed off and sticks strictly to their missions but with the pass of time he gets closer to Ana and starts revealing his true self.

Reuben is very strong willed and protective of those he loves. He is also very intelligent which comes in handy through the events they live while together.

Hearts of War is a very easy to read book. A historical romance that makes you turn the page to know what gonna happen next. Starts with a couple interesting happenings that make you want to read more about and see what else is going on. There’s a part where it feels a bit fast-paced, like things are going too fast and made feel a bit disconnected, thought this is fix after a couple chapters and our still invested in the story and the characters.

I am usually not a historical reader, though this book made me change my mind a bit, now I have the other two books in the Hearts series, Where The Heart Is and Dysfunctional Hearts, on my To-Read List. L.S.Pullen is a great discovery as an author and I’ll keep an eye on her next work.

BLURB

War changes everything.

It shatters dreams and unravels families. It extinguishes—not just life, but love and hope and stability.

For Annalise Dubois, during the outbreak of World War II, life as she knows it ceases to exist. 

Bitter and unwilling to watch as her best friend and the love of her life start a family, Ana must make a choice: misery or change. 

After joining the war effort, being recruited by the SOE and training as a Secret Agent was not something she ever would have envisioned, but sitting back wallowing in her own grief was something she refused to return to.

Everything she ever thought she knew about love, loss, and family is tested to the brink. Finding herself behind enemy lines, and taking comfort in someone new, she must choose between her past or her present.

What will she do when everything around her falls apart?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L.S.Pullen aka Leila, is a daughter, sister and proud aunt. An indie author of Where the Heart Is, Dysfunctional Hearts and Hearts of War. Born and raised in North London, she recently relocated to Peterborough, England. She enjoys art, photography, film and theatre. In true English fashion, loves afternoon tea. No longer working the corporate life, she is currently writing full time. As well as managing a small craft business, Wisteria Handmade Crafts and Indie Author’s Book Services offering multiple services to other aspiring and self-publishing authors.

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Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (Review & Excerpt)

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

 

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Review:5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Only A Breath Apart is Katie McGarry’s latest release. If you’re one of her readers you know the kind of books she writes, and this one does not disappoint. In case you don’t know her yet I’ll tell you you’re missing on some great new adult stories. Her way of creating young characters, how she make them grow through the book is astounding.

Only A Breath Apart tells the story of Jesse and Scarlett, best friends who lost touch before high school because of a curse (and human decisions that you’ll read, trying not to make spoilers).

Scarlett is the always perfect girl, with amazing grades, prepared for everything but with a real hard life, because appearances aren’t everything. The way the situation is told, how we can see different perspectives about this topic and how this world is not prepared to assist people in those situations. How Scarlett ends up trusting herself and the people around her to keep on fighting.

Jesse is the rebellious and a tad loner boy with a heart of gold, he’s been through so much pain in his life and doesn’t trust a lot of people. He has one thing in his mind and wants to get no matter what, though we all know life isn’t easy. He learns about life though love, letting himself go. It’s beautiful seeing him develop new relationships and starting to trust people around him.

Second characters add the ultimate touch to this book. There are a thousand lessons during the book. Glory, Jesse’s older cousin, is one of my favourites, her way of getting to know people a bit disturbing but so on point.

The main attraction of this book, for me, was the way it talk about a certain topic part of our everyday. It was written with such sensibility and detail, however it showed there’s a way out, there’s people out there to help you, you have to talk and get help, get out.


Excerpt:

~SCARLETT~

“I thought you said you were meeting Camila.”
I jump at the sound of Dad’s voice and spin in his direction. “I am.”

Dad studies me, and I hide my hands behind my back to conceal the slight quiver that could announce my guilt. When I left him, he was in good spirits, but his moods can quickly shift. There are two patched up holes in my bedroom that can testify to this. Dad replaced the drywall, covered it with fresh paint, but the perfection can’t take away the memory of the way my heart pounded through my chest as he drove his fist through the wall. 

“She’s getting off soon,” I say too fast as I bite back the need to ask why he didn’t go home like he said he was. 

My mouth dries out, and the tremble in my hands travels to the rest of my body, but I force out a cleansing breath. Show no fear. Don’t give him any reason to doubt a thing I say. “She was supposed to be off by now, but her parents asked her to work a few more minutes.”

“If Camila isn’t getting off until later, you should have told me,” There’s a subtle sharpness to his tone that causes hurricane warnings in my brain. “I was showing you a great deal of trust by letting you find Camila on your own.”

“She’s only running a few minutes late. Her parents are watching me so I’m okay.”

Out of the corner of my eye, I glance over and my heart lifts when I notice Camila’s mom watching us. Her stare gives credibility to every falsehood rolling off my tongue. She’s not watching because she thinks I need a babysitter, but probably because she’s mentioned to Camila that she’s perplexed by my father’s strict rules. 

I touch the crystals on the table as if I’m interested in them. It’s difficult to act normal as Dad looks at Camila’s mom then studies me. Please believe me, please believe me. Please.

I’m so stupid. I should have never left Dad early. I should have never lied. But I did. Dad was having fun at the fair, Mom was having fun and my sister, Isabelle, was having fun. They were all laughing and smiling. They’ve forgiven him, and I haven’t. I can’t, not again, and this is one of the many ways life is no longer simple. 

I want to peek at him in an attempt to understand my fate, but I don’t. Eye contact doesn’t help when he’s angry. It only makes it worse.
Being in public won’t soothe his temper. He’ll just be more discreet. Like last year when Dad had arrived early to pick me up at a football game and saw me heading to the bathroom by myself. After I had returned to my friends, he called me away with a smile on his face. He had placed a seemingly loving arm around my shoulder, but his fingers dug into my arm as he severely whispered in my ear how I was irresponsible and that it was time to go home. 

Dad didn’t cause a scene at the game. The yelling started the moment we were alone in his car and continued until he left me in my room. I stayed on my bed for hours, curled up in a ball and sobbing. 

Dad steps closer to me, and I’m filled with dread. “Next time, in a situation like this, you return to me and have Camila text you when she’s done working. I don’t like the idea of you being alone.”

All I want is to be alone, for my thoughts and actions to belong only to me. But he’s not angry, he’s believing me, and I release a breath I had unknowingly held and take the small win.

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Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.

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The Fear of Falling by Amanda Cowen (Review)

The Fear of Falling
Amanda Cowen
Publication date: October 8th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

When Ella Jones’ twenty-first birthday ends with a bang – literally – she never imagined it would be with her best friend since freshman year, Ryan Owen.

A year later, after their so called “mistake”, they’re still best friends and about to rock their Senior year at the University of San Francisco. But when Ryan returns from spending a summer in Australia and brings back a friend, Liam George, who takes an immediate liking to Ella, Ryan starts to question the Aussie’s intentions with his best friend. The trouble is, Ryan has a girlfriend of his own, and Ella and Ryan swore they would never cross that line again – until they do.

They try not to let their second slip up affect their friendship, but when Spring Break forces them to vacation under the same roof; and Ryan’s ex walks back into his life, Ella is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ella continues to see Liam, Ryan finds himself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship strained for the first time, Ella and Ryan face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t be just friends. Maybe they are falling faster than expected. And maybe, deep down, they want to.

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Review

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Romance, pure romance. Love is in the air, but you can’t see air you just can feel it.

Ella and Ryan are bff but one night changes all. They start to discover different feelings that goes farther ahead than a mere friendship. Both confront the situation differently, fighting romantic feelings. The development both characters make through the book is what attracted me in the book. I liked that you can see how both of them affront the same situations so differently, like jealousy. Side characters were good, adding different plot twists.

This is a great friends to lovers story, it’s well written and fast-paced. Highly recommend it for a relaxing weekend. There’s nothing more to add. Just go read it.

Author Bio:

Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

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Palm South University (Review)

Drama. Lies. Sex. 

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.

Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen.

Rush #1

4,25 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

First book in these series. It presents you through different chapters all 7 main characters, yes 7, and with 7 POV. At first it was like ‘ok, how many people is in this story?’ but it’s pretty easy to follow all different perspectives. Each character has a different story and they interconnect so you get to know them from different perspectives. Even though it has so many POV it’s very well written and the plots go from romance, friendship, drugs, sex, abuse, racism, LGBT’s, etc.

In these first book you get to know them mostly, also it marks the beginning of big storylines.

Anchor #2

4,25 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

Everything is not what it seems. People change, new alliances are made. These second book follows right where the first one ends. As a reader you get to see how the characters grow through experiences. Friendships are tested and sisterhood is put on a thin line. When you doubt your best friend, what’s there to do?

Pledge #3

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Everything’s right in love and war. Or that’s what they say. The third instalment is more focused in love relationships. Although there’s a story that I wasn’t happy it happened. I don’t think that character deserved all that. It was unnecessary and it excuses her actions later in the fourth book.

These three books are well written, easy to follow and it seem you’re reading a reality. Different plots and perspectives all interconnected. Although it loses a bit at the third one.

Review of the fourth one, Legacy, to come.

About the author

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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Secrets in our Scars

Secrets In Our Scars
Rebecca Trogner
Publication date: February 7th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

A sexy romance. A twisted mystery. One mistake can change everything.

On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. Yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.

But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is massive, muscled, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.

Roy sees through her resistance. He wants her. Needs her. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge..

A standalone, full-length romance.

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3,75 🌟 (almost four)

Secrets in our Scars is a good book, her author is more than good. I like her writing style, the way she describes feelings and stories. However the plot wasn’t one I usually read. I got over that phase a couple years ago and reading about it was like, damn it’s good but not what I expected.

Let me explain:

Daisy: Typical young girl, innocent, inexperienced, introvert. Trauma from past experiences (even her name designates delicacy). She’s not wrong, I’m a feminist and I accept every kind of woman and people, even though I prefer reading about a more determined woman that doesn’t need a man to become something or to grow up. I’m not trying to devaluaste men, they can help us grow but they can’t be the principal factor that has to be form our inside ( and that goes for everybody).

Roy: Rich man, bulky, dark past, powerful. (Nothing more to add). He was enjoyable, I liked him.

The story is well developed and well written but the characters weren’t too attractive for me, I’m tired of this stereotypes. In general is a good story. Both characters have chemistry and it gains momentum during the whole book. Also, there is not one midterm but two or three and that’s intriguing and makes you want to keep reading.

There’s drama and I love a good drama, my biggest problem was female character personality or way of acting and how she seem weaker than how she probably is.

Side characters are good. FC’s best friend adds the touch of humor needed. The aunts are so motherly, except for the fast trust in a stranger that’s showing a special interest in their nephew. You have MC’s people, especially Proctor, a surprising addition.

Ps.: Sorry for putting all my feminist thoughts in here, I’m no one to say how people has to be or act or whatever.

Overall, it’s a good book. I recommend it. From time to time we have to get out of our comfort zone.

Author Bio:

Rebecca Trogner started writing her first novel after watching True Blood. Of course it was about vampires and thus The Last Keepers Daughter was born. The next, The Last Guardian Rises, continued the series. Her latest book, Secrets In Our Scars, is a contemporary romance and a lot spicier. She’s working on her fourth book with the help of her rescued animal pets.

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Typical young girl, innocent, inexperienced, introvert. Trauma from past experiences.

Rich man, bulky, dark past, powerful.

The story is well developed and well written but the characters weren’t too attractive for me, I’m tired of this stereotypes. In general is a good story. Both characters have chemistry and it gains momentum during the whole book. Also, there is not one midterm but two or three and that’s intriguing and makes you want to keep reading.

Side characters are good. FC’s best friend adds the touch of humor needed. The aunts are so motherly, except for the fast trust in a stranger that’s showing a special interest in their nephew. You have MC’s people, especially Proctor, a surprising addition.

Her Claim Book Review

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Her Claim

by Rebecca Grace Allen

(Legally Bound, #2)

Publication date: April 23rd 2018

Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:

She’s no princess. He’s no prince. Then again, they never wanted a fairy tale.

Legally Bound, Book 2

Cassie Allbright takes no prisoners. A half Cuban ball-busting attorney, she’s too tough to admit what she wants in bed. But tough is the only way to cut it in her high-powered firm, and Cassie doesn’t need a knight in shining armor. And she definitely doesn’t need Patrick Dunham—an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore with a knack for pissing her off.

Bound to the helm of his family’s publishing house, Patrick is shackled to a life of power and wealth he never wanted. Seduction is his only distraction—his nights of pleasure always temporary, because happily-ever-afters are not for him. But while luring a woman into his bed has always come easy, the high-and-mighty Cassie has never succumbed to his charms.

Their verbal sparring turns to foreplay, but instead of scratching an itch, it only whets their appetites. Patrick gives Cassie a taste of what she’s secretly craved, and Cassie’s dark desires stir up things Patrick never knew he wanted. Enchanted, he offers to fulfill her most dangerous fantasies. She agrees, with an iron-clad escape clause: her heart is off-limits, and so is his.

Funny thing about hearts, though. They have a way of ignoring the fine print.

Warning: This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Disclosure includes angry, vying-for-control hate sex and one steamy weekend in Miami. Ready? Break the caution tape and proceed.

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Review:

3,5 stars 🌟🌟🌟💫

Sexy, matute, funny. Her Claim is the second book in the Legally Bound series. So if you’ve read the first one (His Contract) this is a must read.

I jump straight to this one and in general I liked it. The worst problem for me was that I am Spanish and the parts that were written in my language weren’t totally correct.

Overall, it’s a very good book worth reading.

The female character (Cassie) has devoted her life to her career, but because it was what she wanted, she choose that path. She is ready to find someone to be with, and that I loved it. It shows that you can fight for a career, to be the best at what you love and that when the time comes you get to choose who you want to be with.

Patrick, the male lead is sexy, womaniser and intelligent, you see from their first encounter that he’s the best partner for Cassie, but their relationship is not the best. He will stole your heart.

One of the things I liked the most is the fact that they’re both grown adults with experience in life, they know what they’re doing. I’m used to see young people in romance books and this was a freshener.

And sorry to say this again but Cassie is worth reading, even if she seemed too headstrong at times, how she has fought against all the difficulties that has come along her way (her family, her ascentry, being a woman in a men’s world,etc.) it was my first motivation through the first chapters, the it was the evident and palpable connection between the main characters, so good and hot and sexy and smart and real…

Also, you get a sneak peak into Jack and Lilly’s (from His contract #1)

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Rebecca Grace allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison as well as of Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict & gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.

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Memphis (Review)

Ginger Scott released a new book this past 23rd Memphis.

Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents

down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—

he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the

poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind

of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m

in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s

the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive

weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle

until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and

I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and

trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever

going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

Review :

4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Memphis is the story of Liv and Memphis. Two people with family issues that find a home in the other one.

If you’ve read any other Ginger Scott book you know she writes powerful characters with personal issues and complicated lives.

Memphis is pure heart, this boy is just looking to belong.

Liv just wants to survive enough to run away and be someplace else.

Together they find what they were looking for and more, but life always gets in the way.

The chemistry between them is so godo and they compliment each other really well since the first time they met.

Overall, I liked this book and its main characters. A story about surviving, living and becoming someone, but above it all is about finding your HOME.

It’s not The Hard Count (one of my favorite books of all times) but it’s pretty good, like most of the books written by this author.

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated

author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines,

Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and

Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your

Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends

the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher,

point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers,

magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians,

politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and

her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball

diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on

her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is

married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Spell Book & Scandal (Review)

Book details:
Spell Book & Scandal
by Jen McConnel
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?

Review:

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I don’t usually read paranormal, but I liked the synopsis, so I got the chance to read it in exchange of a review. I’m so happy with my decision because this was a good start for this series.

Shelby is a ‘normal teen’ And goes through typical teen problems, like doubting herself and her abilities, family problems, boy-crush, etc. How she affronted it, her development turn her into a strong girl. She went from rebellious without a proper cause to fighter for a real reason.

Another thing I felt a connection with was the relationship with her sister because I saw similarities with mine with my sister.

Now I’m patiently waiting for the second book.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31197542-andr?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spell-Book-Scandal-ebook/dp/B074MG89NT

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spell-book-scandal-jen-mcconnel/1126944895

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spell-book-scandal/id1268923231

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/spell-book-scandal

AUTHOR BIO:

Award-winning author Jen McConnel writes NA, YA, and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Visit www.JenMcConnel.com to learn more!

Author links:

http://jenmcconnel.com/

https://twitter.com/Jen_McConnel

https://www.facebook.com/jenmcconnelauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451403.Jen_McConnel

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Lingerie on the Floor (Book Tour)

Lingerie on the Floor

by Amanda Aksel
(The Londonaire Brothers Series, #1)
Publication date: June 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rated: 4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Blurb:

I have a passion for lacy designs. But my lingerie business is in trouble. If I don’t find an investor before I return to L.A., I’ll be forced to close my London boutique. The good news is the top fashion magazine wants to feature Kate Golden Lingerie in a double page spread. The bad news—they want me to model my lacy thong.

How can I say no? I care way more about sexy lingerie than I do about love, until him . . .

Drew, the insanely hot photographer I keep crashing into. I can’t help myself. He drove me wild during our boudoir photo shoot. Those eyes. That delicious mouth. The way he feels between my legs when I’m riding on the back of his motorcycle. I know, he’s a rich, bad boy, who only dates models. Sooo not my type. I’m not his either. But we can’t keep away from each other, even when we try . . .

Review

Lingerie on the floor is what you’ll expect of a book with this kind of title: sexy. One of the biggest points is the attraction between the main characters, it’s pure chemistry.

Kate is a lingerie designer, and even though she creates beautiful, sexy pieces for women to feel that way, she doesn’t really feel it. She needs a push to become the woman she really has inside. She is a good role for entrepreneur women, having her own business and taking control of the financial problems herself. She’s not afraid to fight in a men’s world while looking for an investor.

Drew is a fashion photographer but also the youngest son of a ‘royal family’ in London. He’s not what everybody would assume knowing his family background. Passionate about photography, he doesn’t care about his heritage that much. You can see his good heart with a touch of badass. Also, he rides a motorcycle.

They both grow together and make an awesome couple, being strong, intelligent, charismatic, artistic souls.

I recommend this book for those who love a good romance and for those who like the beginning of an interesting series about 3 brothers.

Be aware of the Bonnaire brothers. (Next one is Kent but I can’t wait to read Mick’s story).

Amanda Aksel is the author of The Marin Test Series, a romantic-comedy that follows a couples therapist as she navigates the major stages of her 30’s. Amanda is a maltipoo mom, weekday vegan, astrologer in training, and self-improvement junkie.

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Received a copy thanks to a book review tour organised by Xpresso book tours.

Drumline (review)

Drumline

Author: Stacy Kestwick

Genre: NA college romance

Publication Date: September 5th 2017

Rating: 3.5 🌟

Traditions are important. Especially in the South.
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.
She expects there to be tension. Even friction.
But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

Review:

Overall Drumline was a good, entertaining reading, that came in a very good time in my life (I’ve been stuck without finding a passionate read).

I’d catalogue this book as an easy-read-for-a-weekend or a read-after-book-hangover. I like the story and the characters in general but it was too fast paced for me and I would have liked a bit more of drama.

The heroine is a strong woman, having gone through hard moments in her childhood (you’ll have to read it if you want to know). Her passion and independence are something I loved, how she fights for what she wants and doesn’t let anyone get in the way. I admire when female characters are written that way, it’s inspiring.

The hero is brave, courageous and a touch nerdy. Having live own drama a few years back, he has had to grow up faster, but that just adds to the character. He’s also hot and I’ve always had a thing for drummers.

Both connected since the beginning, with a fight of the sexes. Their chemistry is extreme. The connection as a couple gets behind, I think there should have been more personal talk, to know the small details about someone.

On the whole, Drumline is a book I would recommend as an easy read for a weekend.

P.S: when she swears is really funny, they keep growing longer and funnier.

P.P.S: Batman is mentioned a lot (that’s a perk)

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