It’s April which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully, I will do a little better at getting a few more books read from the pile moving forward! As always the poll is at the end of the post for you to cast your vote.
Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis [Romance] Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house when she meets her future husband when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer. Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and fears not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger guy—yes, even more, gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this encounter. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to live in the present?
Losing Me Finding You by C.M. Stunich [Romance] Twenty-one year old Amy Cross’s idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother’s wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can’t look away from. Without knowing what she’s doing or why she’s doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she’s only ever read about in romance novels.
At first it seems like Austin is Amy’s fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free.
A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K Hamilton [Paranormal Romance/Reverse Harem] I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.
Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us–enemies who would murder the least among us.
The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me–and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.
I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us–and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.
Embrace the Night by Karen Chance [Paranormal Romance] Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire – the sizzling-hot Mircea – are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own …
The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found – the past.
But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…
Magesign by Alan Baxter [Fantasy] Three years have passed since Isiah’s run-in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands- a perfect opportunity to track down the Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed. With the help of some powerful new friends, Isiah must track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they change the world forever. In this long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed RealmShift, Baxter once again maintains a breathless pace and blistering intensity, with gods, demons, and humans in the grip of magical conflict. This is dark urban fantasy at its best.
Hello Everyone, thanks so much for joining me on the Reality Blurred blog tour hosted by Star-Crossed Tours. I have to apologise to both Aven Ellis and Emma from Star-Crossed Tours as I’m super late posting today, all these issues with my Bipolar have set me back somewhat with the blog and I have only just gotten around to writing this so this post goes out with big hugs and apologies.
He lied to her. Fed her the same lines as he did all the other girls. Instead of proposing, he dumped her on national TV. Would a romance with a hockey superstar prove just as disastrous—or could it be the greatest love story of her life?
Cast as America’s reality show sweetheart after being jilted on a dating show, Skye Reeve is ready to stop being a brokenhearted woman by proving she’s more than what the camera portrayed her to be. She’s landed her dream job as a TV lifestyle reporter and promises to work hard to be a success.
Skye also vows never to be swept up in a fairy tale romance ever again, as she obviously has no clue what real love is.
Being in the same city as Denver Mountain Lions hockey star Maxime Laurent, however, might make this last goal impossible.
Dealing with ghosts from his own past, the Belgian hockey star is known for keeping his life off the ice private. He’s not sure if outgoing Skye could be a match for him, but he can’t deny his attraction to her.
When the two embark on a romance, will they be able to move forward from the past to let love into their hearts? With no reality blurred, will Skye find real-life love to be what she had been looking for all along?
I think like many of Aven Ellis’ readers I’ve been waiting for this story since book one in the Rinkside in the Rockies series. I knew it was going to be a beautiful romance, well they always are with Ms Ellis. But this defied all expectation.
Skye an ex-contestant on a The Bachelor-style show is living a life of regret, trying to make the most of what she knows was a bad decision. She is stalked by people and their mobile phone cameras and is the talk of the papers every time she so much as sneezes.
Enter shy hockey player Maxime, the Belgian who we saw her meet in book one. The two of them start dating in this book and we get to follow their progress and how they both deal with Maxime’s aversion to the limelight and Skye’s life thrust in the limelight.
Together they are adorable, sweet and just a pleasure to watch grow, apart Skye’s anxiety reaches record levels worrying herself if she is doing the right thing by Maxime by staying with him.
Aven Ellis always writes extraordinarily beautiful stories of love, that have an HEA. You know what you are getting when you curl up with one of her books and she never disappoints.
Thank you again, to Aven Ellis and Emma at Star-Crossed Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
About Aven Ellis
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
It’s been another rough week for me, I’m really struggling with my bipolar right now, not sleeping, hearing voices, and balancing on the edge of a cliff where if I fall I’m in full-blown mania. My meds have been adjusted and dealing with those side effects are just as bad as the illness itself. But I’m getting through and I just have to keep reminding myself that it will end.
I do have things I want to talk about but I just don’t have it in me right now so I’ll just go with the update and hopefully, by next week I will have more wits about me…
Book of the Month
January has come to an end so it’s time to pick a book of the month, and straight away I just can’t pick one, it’s been a stellar month for books…I see my top 10 at the end of the year being impossible!
The Bitter Twins is the latest from Jen Williams, book two in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. This book was everything I expect from Williams and more. Firmly cementing her position at the top of my fantasy author tree. My review can be found here.
The Dragon’s Wingand The Tiger’s Ambushare books two and three in the Kit Davenport series by Tate James and I’m classing them as a two for one here. While this is pegged as a reverse harem series, the paranormal/urban fantasy elements are absolutely fantastic and have me completely hooked. Anybody who loves paranormal/urban fantasy and is curious about reverse harem this is the series to start with because it is just perfectly executed and for me, the fantasy elements are far more prominent, although the romance is hot and heavy when it gets going.
Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis is a surprise entry, the author had approached another blogger who reviews crime and she had tagged me and a couple of other fantasy loving bloggers. I was hooked by the description so despite not wanting to take on new books right now I said I would review it and I have no regrets, it was gripping, funny, and had some of the best battle scenes I’ve read in a while. Just so friggin good. Here is my review.
2Cellos were featured on Music Monday. The new TBR Topple post has gone up so check it out and vote on which book I@m going to read from my TBR this month. Lainy from Always Reading took part in The Bookshelf this week.
Welcome to another week in review. Honestly, I have no idea where this week has gone, I have been so busy, and there hasn’t been much time for reading or blogging!
I managed to do some damage to my legs with all the exercise I’ve been doing (oops!) My quads are in a bit of a state so I’m having to be quite careful at the moment and rest a lot more than I want to.
I took on some admin on a voluntary basis for the walking group but starting to look into it this week it’s an absolute mess, so will require a lot more input than I had committed to…not amused.
I’ve got a few things going on/on the back burner I can’t talk about just yet but as soon as I can I definitely will because they are really exciting/interesting.
I’m working on a really interesting marketing plan for a freelance client, it’s going to take me a few weeks to pull the first draft together but I’m digging up some really interesting information for it.
I’ve been beta reading this week so books aren’t showing on my reading list below but they have been read. I’ve been reading for two different authors. Both authors I’ve read for before and know what they want in terms of how I feedback. I also have another beta read coming soon so will be making space for that as soon as it lands. I’ve just jumped back into reading for some tours I have coming up so will be doing that for the next few days.
Surviving the Rachel was my TBR Topple winner for December, thank you to everybody who voted and helped to choose this book. If you want to vote in January’s poll it will be open until the 20th.
Bree Logan is ready to start her post-college life, but when she’s dumped by The One, unable to land a professional job, and has to move back in with her parents, she doesn’t think things can get worse until she ends up with her hair chopped into The Rachel, the infamous haircut made famous by the show Friends. Which is not good since it’s no longer 1994. But sometimes you have to go through challenges to get what you really need, and for Bree, could that include a different career and a romance with Jack Chelten, the boy-next-door?
I always know when I settle down with an Aven Ellis novel that I’m going to get a feel good romance with a happily ever after ending. There is no hidden agenda with her books and while I often like some grit and drama with my novels it’s nice to read something that’s just plain sweet and loving sometimes. Aven Ellis is a firm favourite in that category.
Bree was unceremoniously dumped by the boyfriend she truly believed was the one after they graduated college, leaving her having to return home to live with her parents instead of into the fancy apartment they had secured, oh and she had to carry the cost of that apartment as well! She’s struggling to find a job and in an effort to give herself a well-needed boost she decides a haircut is in order. Except that turns into a disaster with the stylist giving her an outdated Rachel cut which doesn’t even remotely suit her.
Then she meets the good-looking brothers next door Jack and Eric, both of whom don’t seem a bit interested in her awful haircut but are very interested in her. Eric is confident, pushy and uses underhand techniques to get his way. Jack is shy, kind, and thoughtful. Bree knows who she wants but she’s had her heart broken and isn’t sure if she wants to risk her heart again.
I loved watching Bree navigate her way through this minefield, as she realised that she will fall in love whether she wants to or not, she has no control over that, she just has to decide if she will accept and roll with it.
The characters as always were well shaped, enjoyable to spend time with, they had interesting careers and strong and defined characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed Surviving the Rachel, another winner from Aven Ellis.
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?!