Olivia Bailey is up for The Challenge. Why the heck wouldn’t she be? With mariner qualifications piled high, engineering experience to rival someone twice her age, she’s ready to take on the mighty Pacific Ocean and win.
But what about her fellow crew? Five guys, four nationalities. A billionaire’s heir who likes to take charge in every aspect of life, an outback expert with a heart-stopping smile, a Spanish chef with mouthwatering moves and sexy twins who reveal themselves slowly, until it matters, then they act fast.
An adventure was what Olivia wanted, it’s certainly what she gets. Because things at sea happen in a heartbeat, friendships grow, tempers heat and desire flares. But what about when it all upends? When the unexpected happens? Will they pull together, or will fear drag the crew of Temptress apart?
What a stonking read from Lily Harlem. The first book in The Challenge series, Castaways takes us on a sea bound adventure with Olivia and her five sexy crew mates.
What I loved most about this book was how different it was to other Reverse Harem’s I’ve read, the settings being completely new and different completely testing the characters mentally and physically.
Olivia is a likeable character who is smart, sexy and keeps her cool in a crisis and boy do these guys have a crisis. The men in her life have very distinct personalities which is something I love in these books.
The book ends setting up nicely for book two which I’m eager to read and already have ready to go.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these…what’s been up?
So, this is a tough one for me to write, but necessary as the blog will be suffering as a result of my current circumstances. This week my Husband and I separated. I’ve been behind with my reading anyway as a result of working on my writing and book but this emotional turmoil and the physical toll it will be causing with having to move house at some point and settle into a new way of life is going to have a huge impact on my blogging. I’m not reading at all right now, I just don’t have the mental capacity for it. So expect to see less from me over the coming weeks/months as I push out my own book and try to come to terms with my personal life changes. I will be around on social media and when I’m feeling up to it I will post things here, but there will be a lot less.
Where I’ve committed to tours I will switch to content posts to honour them as much as possible, I’m doing my best to keep on top of those right now, but my head isn’t really in the game so apologies if I’m a bit last minute with getting in touch.
Anybody whose books I have I can only apologise to you for the delay. Needless to say I’m not taking any more on and I will be doing my best with the pile of books I have but I don’t hold out much hope for the next few months.
I’ve been so busy this week finishing things off and getting my emotions on top of the fact that I bought my book cover and set the publication date for my first book…yep no more talking randomly this shit is going down! August 17 is the date! More information to follow.
I’ve been helping my author friend Nikki Rose with a blog tour for her debut release Crossing the Line in July…can I just say respect to people like Jenny who organise blog tours for a living because this is stressful and no I’m not starting this as a business it’s a favour for a friend only!! Anyway, I have five slots left near the end of this tour so if you would like to take part please let me know!
Finally, next week I have a couple of things going on but otherwise, it will be super quiet around here while I head to London and live the high life with the rather awesome James Cudney for three days! I may be just a bit excited about this. We’ve been planning this trip for months and now it is here I can barely contain myself. He really has no idea what he’s let himself in for! Check out my review of his latest book below…it’s super good!
I’m helping out the very lovely debut author Nikki Rose with her first blog tour. Crossing the Line is released on July 17 and is a standalone romantic suspense/mystery.
I would love for any fellow bloggers interested in this book to sign up for this reviews only tour.
He’s a killer able to reach even the most untouchable marks and she’s his new obsession. Watching from his balcony, Hunter can’t fight the force pulling him toward the girl who just moved in across the street. The sexy little brunette bouncing around her apartment unpacking boxes has him searching for a way to get closer. He never expected to be watching from the shadows as the police take her away. If he wants a chance with her, he has no choice but to follow.
All Addy wanted was a new beginning and a chance at a normal life after leaving her cheating ex. She never expected her new start to include witnessing a brutal crime and being forced to relocate while the police searched for the killer. Finding herself waiting tables alone in a new town isn’t exactly the start she was hoping for until the handsome stranger at table four turns her world upside down.
Crossing the Line is a standalone Romantic Suspense / Mystery novel with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.
Contains violent scenes and sexual situations. Mature readers only. Adults 18+
So a good week for the most part this week. I’ve been given the OK to go back to work, my GP agrees that I am stable enough now to take the leap so I will be going back on Wednesday, can’t wait, it’s only ten hours a week but it makes a difference seeing a few other people.
I have also torn my rotator cuff ligament in my shoulder though so I need to be careful with that..easily done as it hurts like you wouldn’t believe! Ibuprofen which is the best painkiller for this type of injury interacts badly with Lithium as well so I don’t really have any good options for pain meds. Doh!
I’ve had two books to beta read this week so I’ve paused the editorial work on book two, it is almost finished though so I will be sending back out to a few betas for another check through in a couple of weeks is my guess.
You may have noticed that I changed the banners on the blog. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I wanted to create a proper brand for the blog that I could match up with my author brand once I set that up. I worked with a graphic designer who helped create this so I now have a transferable logo, a fantastic banner and will be working on the author side of things once I get to setting that up. I think she’s done a fantastic job with it and I hope everyone likes it.
Finally, I did a radio appearance again on Thursday talking about access to mental health services, aside from him getting my name wrong…Doh…it all went smoothly.
I’ve been playing catch up on reviews this week after my blogiversary celebrations last week. A whole week with no reviews left me really backlogged!
My Facebook Group is slowly growing. If you are one of my readers who loves romance please come and join us!
Thanks to everyone who entered my Blogiversary Giveaway. Congratulations to the three winners:
Anne Danielle Lindsay
This month’s TBR Topple results are in and with a massive 64% of the vote the winner is Magesign by Alan Baxter, I’m super excited about this one, I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it many many moons ago and I’ve been caught up with other books and haven’t kept up with this series as I should have. I’ve popped Magesign onto my reading list, it’s a bit choc-full at the moment but I should get to it in the next few weeks so look out for a review early next month.
Fun fact for you Alan and I used to write for an online metal magazine along with Steffanie Holmes whose book I have reviewed this week (see reviews below)…it’s a small world eh?!
The poll will be back on May 1st with new books for you to choose from.