Week in Review – 20 August 2017

So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.

This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!

Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett as part of the Blog Tour. There was also Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes, Grind by Sybil Bartel, Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, and Dirty by R.L. Kenderson. I also reviewed How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear by Daniel Riding over on my mental health blog.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. I had Anna from The Bibliotaph on The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour: Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash @CarlosDash1 @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, welcome to my stop on the tour for Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me take part! Don’t forget the giveaway at the end of the post aswell.

Description

I’m the Mayor of London.

I’ve come to New York purely on business. The usual boring meetings with other politicians.
I don’t expect my time here to be exciting in the slightest.

But who’s that woman I met this morning? No, girl. That would be a more accurate term for her.
She’s only twenty-one years old. A college student. Someone who shouldn’t get mixed up with a guy like me.

But I can’t get her out of my mind. Every single time I close my eyes, I see her face.
How can someone I just met do this to me? That’s the kind of stuff that happens in movies. Not real life.

I know this will be a dangerous risk for me, but I can’t help it. I want her. I need her.
And whatever it may do to my career, I won’t stop until I have her.

Mr. Prescott is a standalone New Adult Romance novel told entirely from the point of view of the male lead.

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Review

We all know by now I love a bad boy, and I love it when these books do things a bit different. Mr Prescott is told from the male point of view so I was chomping at the bit to read this. A romance entirely from the male point of view, be still my beating heart!

Nathan Prescott is the new London Mayor, he’s 38 and a gorgeous piece of ass, plus he knows it. He’s visiting New York, where he comes across 21 year old Nicole, a student working in a book store. Instantly enamoured he invites her to dinner and of course one thing leads to another.

Now this story starts really well, there’s great sexual tension, Nicole is slightly timid and overwhelmed being with someone so much older and reasonably famous aswell. She doesn’t want to be made a fool of and that comes across well. The build up is strong and Nathan is a strong character who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to pursue it. That being said he is hesitant with Nicole because of her age, and the fact that he is fairly certain he feels more for her than just a one night stand.

The end of this book is also strong and it ends well with a good solid foundation for how the dilemma’s created in the story can be ended. Nicole and Nathan are both really likeable characters in the end as they both find their strength in this relationship. I loved it being narrated from Nathan’s point of view throughout and felt really connected to him.

Through the middle I felt a little lost at sea though, I felt there wasn’t enough to keep the story afloat, it needed a bit more depth and some more conflict and passion to drive the overall story forward. The book is really short overall and I just felt some more in the middle would have made this a complete winner, I felt like I was missing something and when the book ended I felt like it was far too soon. Some of the Brit facts in there, such as the legal drinking age, are wrong aswell so the research needs to be a bit more thorough aswell.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it had a fantastic premise, but it’s a bit short with a weak middle section. This is definitely an author I will keep an eye on though.

Sending a huge thanks to Carlos Dash and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could honestly review this book.

Rating

About Carlos Dash

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I’m a guy who likes to cut right to the chase, so here we go: I’m a male author of Romance/Erotica novels that are told entirely from the POV of the male protagonist. If you enjoy happy endings and steamy tales about people falling in love quickly, my stories are for you.

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Giveaway

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(Tour Wide International Giveaway) Ends 24th August

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleMr Prescott
Series: N/A
AuthorCarlos Dash
Genre: Romance | Erotica
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 162
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 6 August 2017

Is anyone else sick of all this rain or is it just me? I mean, seriously, it’s supposed to be summer!

So my Sister and Niece arrived from Lincolnshire this week! I love having them in Bristol, I won’t see too much of them as I’m away from the end of next week and I have a busy week coming up but I will squeeze the time I have. I’m going to Lincolnshire at the end of the month to spend a week with them aswell so we can have some fun then!

Next week the blog will go quiet for a bit, I’m heading to Bloodstock Festival for some heavy metal! If you follow my social media I’m sure you will see lots of hilarity as I update with me in the mosh pits and other such nonsense! I’ll have the blog back on track the middle of the following week once I’ve recovered my hearing and my bruises have gone down!

The writing is going well, I’ve hit a few snags, but I’m working through them, I’m getting a good flow out so I’m pleased with that. I’m going to make a few changes around here over the coming weeks though as it’s all proving too much keeping up with my blog schedule, my life commitments and the time I want to put into writing.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

So it’s that time again to pick another winning book, I swear I’m reading some amazing books this year and it just keeps getting harder to pick my top books. I’m dreading having to do the Top 10 in December!

Blackwing - Ed McDonaldBlackwing by EdMcDonald
When I thought about my book of the month this was the first book that came to my mind, it took me a week to even begin to think about how to put my thoughts into words, this was such an astounding piece of fiction. It has everything any fantasy fan could look for from a novel and is just so damn good. I’m not alone in thinking this either, every single review I have read for this book has been absolutely glowing.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

Definitely seeing a drop with everything I’m doing at the moment, although The Final Empire is quite a tome so I can’t complain at managing that and four other books!

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Twice in a Lifetime by Kierney Scott, Before the Tempest by Tani Hanes, The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal, and Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown.

Other Posts

This week I shared an excerpt as part of The Sullivans Boxed Set Book Blitz, and excerpts from the Myths & Magic collection and The Little Cottage in the Country. A new month means a new TBR Topple poll, don’t miss out on voting! The Bookshelf this week featured blogger Kate from Bibliophile Book Club.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

This is over the next couple of weeks until there will be another review post.