Week in Review – 7 January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive season and have jumped back into the new year with gusto! Here is my first week in review of 2018!

You will notice I’ve given the blog a makeover! I’ve been planning this for a while and I hope that you like it as much as I do!

I’m currently beta reading two books for author friends so I’ve slowed down on my normal reading a little while I work through those beauties, and beauties they are! I’ve also put my writing on hold while I work through these two books. My first book is also with my wonderful editor now as well and I’ve started working on her marketing strategy for her as part of the skills exchange we agreed to in lieu of financial payment.

I’ve hopefully got my asthma issues on the right path to being fixed now. I’ve been given a new inhaler which I’ve been told is particularly good for people with exercise induced asthma who do a lot of exercise, which apparently I qualify for these days! I’ve only been taking it a few days so we will see how it goes but I’m hopeful. I’m now running every day, and back to my classes, three per week and although the asthma is still kicking my butt I’m pushing through.

Yesterday I went to a taster day at a dance studio in Bristol, trying out things like pole dancing, burlesque, and chair dancing. I have never been good at dance, I have no co-ordination, I’m not flexible, and I have no rhythm at all, so I had no idea what this day would be like. Six classes down I’m aching like you wouldn’t believe and covered in bruises but I had so much fun. I can also confirm that I cannot twerk or pole dance to save my life but I was pretty good at burlesque and chair dancing…who’d have thunk it?!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams, The Dragon’s Wing by Tate James, and Patient Zero by Terry Tyler

Other Posts

Most Anticipated Books of 2018 went up this week and the TBR Topple Poll for January went up so don’t miss out on voting for my next read. I announced I’m taking part in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge this year.

James J. Cudney was our featured author on The Bookshelf this week.

Myles Kennedy was featured on Music Monday.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

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#Review: Snow and Seduction: A Steamy Reverse Harem Winter Collection

Description

Warm up from that kiss of winter snow with seventeen steamy contemporary romance stories–reverse harem style. From international, USA Today, Amazon bestselling and debut authors alike, this collection features seventeen tales of love in winter.

And what could possibly keep a woman warm better than a heated holiday romance with the perfect guy? How about three or more perfect men in each story: from billionaires to snowboarders, rockstars, cowboys, and more. That’s right–each story has at least three male love interests and our heroine…she doesn’t have to choose.

She gets them all.

“Snow and Seduction” is the sexy reverse harem romance anthology you’ve been waiting for.

~This Anthology Includes Stories From The Following Seventeen Authors~

1. Tate James writing “Slopes of Sin”
2. Yumoyori Wilson writing “Visionary Christmas”
3. C.M. Stunich writing “Blizzards and Bastards”
4. G. Bailey writing “Triple Kisses”
5. Laura Greenwood writing “Sweet About Me”
6. Cece Rose writing “Snowflake”
7. Skye MacKinnon writing “Streets of Winter”
8. Arizona Tape writing “Mary F*cking Christmas”
9. Ripley Proserpina writing “Thief of Hearts”
10. K.B. Ladnier writing “The More the Merrier”
11. N.R. Spratlin writing “Their Little Helper”
12. Lucy Smoke writing “Study Break”
13. Amanda Rose writing “Frosted By My Billionaires”
14. Bea Paige writing “Avalanche of Desire”
15. CB Morrigan writing “Sugar Plum Fantasies”
16. Raya Love writing “Holly’s Jolly Christmas”
17. Tracy Dawn writing “A Long Winter’s Rest”

Review

I am not a fan of christmas/winter stories, too much snow, cold and christmas cheer for my grumpy liking. But a whole book filled with reverse harem goodness was too much of a temptation for me to turn down so I downloaded and dove in. Thinking these were short stories imagine my glee when I discovered this was actually an anthology filled with novellas making it an even better bargain for the price tag.

There are seventeen novellas in here, all reverse harem, but varying from contemporary to paranormal. The styles or writing vary, and the authors range from well-established to first timers. Some of the stories are hot and heavy while others are slow burn, sweet and kind. There is something for everyone in these novellas regardless what it is you enjoy.

I took a long time trying to decide how best to review this, reviewing all seventeen stories would make this a huge review so I decided to pick out a few of my favourite stories and highlight them, but I want to say that I did enjoy each and every one, there wasn’t a story that I skipped or skimmed which is quite unusual for me when I read an anthology.

Streets of Winter by Skye MacKinnon – this was outstanding, tackling homelessness, sexual assault and other very real subjects that as women we tackle every day. This really hit home for me and the reverse harem element was a beautiful aside to the realism of this story. I was deeply moved by this story and felt connected to Emily the main character in a way I can’t find words to describe. I would love to see so much more of the characters from this story.

Blizzards and Bastards by C.M. Stunich – Stunich introduce us to a new band, Inked Pages and Cyan a girl who is on her way home for Christmas. The rock chick in me just loves these stories with bands involved and I just need more of them…more I tell you!

Slopes of Sin by Tate James – I can easily say that Tate James is becoming one of my favourite authors, I love her easy style of writing and this novella was no exception. Mila works as an elf and meets four troublesome snowboarders from her past when they break her very expensive camera.

Frosted By My Millionaires by Amanda Rose – Amanda Rose is a new author on the block and if this story is anything to go by she is one to watch. Natalie agrees to a fake engagement with five billionaire brothers, of course she gets on wonderfully with some of them others not so much, making for some heated and interesting times.

Avalanche of Desire by Bea Paige – I loved this story about a chalet girl who has to take care of three handsome brothers in the Alps. Her history of looking after a parent with alcoholism really hit home with me and I felt really touched by her story as she progressed. This was another I really wanted more of and felt sad to see end.

Overall, this is an anthology that fans of reverse harem will love and new readers of the genre will find a great introduction, helping them find authors in the genre to delve into more fully. This is a hot and festive read.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleSnow and Seduction
Series: N/A
AuthorC.M. Stunich | Tate James | Arizona Tape | Skye Mackinnon | Lucy Smoke | K.B. Ladnier | Amanda Rose | Laura Greenwood | Ripley Proserpina | Cece Rose | Yumoyori Wilson | N.R. Spratlin | Bea Paige | C.B. Morrigan | G. Bailey | Raya Love
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Christmas | Anthology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 1,825
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US