#Review: Harleigh by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth

Description

She’s a little too much like her idol – sexy, dangerous, edgy, bitchy, and a femme fatale – and maybe a little crazy too. Leigh’s got a dark past and plenty of skeletons in her closet which she’d rather keep buried. When her secrets come back to haunt her, she’s forced to confront the darkness she fought so hard to leave behind. With her life hanging in the balance, will Leigh become the villain, the hero . . . or the Volatile Vixenlurking inside?

Review

Harleigh - Nikki LandisHoly Moly, Nikki Landis has well and truly outdone herself with Harleigh. This book is dripping perfection from the very first words through to the last. There is nothing about this book not to like, especially not our villainous heroine.

Harleigh is a twenty-five-year-old woman who has more than a passing obsession with her name-sake Harley Quinn. She dresses like her, she acts like her she wants to find men like hers, and surprisingly nobody ever matches up. Her best friend Ivey is about the only person who gets her and her crazy ways.

During the course of this book, we discover Harleigh is in danger and being hunted, her brother and the rather dishy Derek take up the mantle protecting her and she is left figuring out how to save her own ass and is Derek someone she could have a future with. His batman like qualities certainly put him in the running but Harleigh is still obsessed with finding her Joker.

There are characters in this book I liked and some I loved immensely one of those was Harleigh, another was a character called Viktor who was one of the more evil characters and yet he still won my heart. I can’t wait to see how others respond to him because he was by far my favourite character.

This wasn’t always an easy book to read, Nikki Landis takes it to some risque and uncomfortable places, but it needs to go to those places for the story to work the way it does and it’s such a strong story I can’t imagine it would have the clout it does without such darkness.

I’ve read this book twice now and it didn’t disappoint either time and I will definitely be reading it again. An outstanding, page-turning, read.

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TitleHarleigh
Series: Volatile Vixens #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Supernatural | Villain | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 14 June 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 152
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#Review: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Disclosure: In the interest of fairness it’s only right that I let you all know that I was a beta reader for Father Figure and read it twice before publication. I have read the final version one final time post-publication to be able to write this review.

Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Review

The name James J. Cudney comes with an assurance of quality, emotional turmoil, romance and suspense all things we learned from his debut novel Watching Glass Shatter. Delving between the pages of his second novel Father Figure all of this things are thrown your way in droves leaving you yet again deeply heartbroken, in love, shocked, and fighting for your favourite characters.

Meet Amalia. The quiet small town girl living a life of parental abuse. Amalia is desperate to escape her hometown, go to college and start her life free from the life which has held her back so far. There was so much of Amalia’s life I felt an affinity to, I cried with her, I cried for her. Some of the scenes are horrific, while others are so inspiring that you want to lift them from the page and see them unfold in front of your eyes. From her first kiss to her first love Amalia stole my heart from the first page and there wasn’t a moment in this book where my support for her wavered. In the light of difficult decisions and some ghastly events, she keeps her dignity and somehow finds a way through.

Meet Brianna. Ansty, confident and filled with questions. Brianna is a girl filled with confusion, but a fire to get the answers. She will happily jump into things like a bull in a china shop and has no qualms about asking awkward questions. Growing up in New York City with a single Mom she knows nothing about her Father and is on a mission to find out before she goes to college. Also struggling with her sexuality she has some big decisions looming on her horizon and a Mom who is staying tight-lipped about everything. Brianna honestly reminds me of myself at that age. She doesn’t really consider people’s feelings before she does things, but the consequences do affect her and make her think twice. She’s hurting and she’s deflecting that hurt to the people she loves most in the world. She makes some epically silly decisions but hey…I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who can relate to that when they were eighteen?! I am? Seriously?

The two girls stories are told in an alternating fashion…sneaky…very sneaky! Eventually converging so the two stories come together in devastating fashion. I can’t give this one genre. I have thought about this over and over it is romance, suspense, mystery and family drama. This book suits so many readers that I just say delve in and treat yourself.

Father Figure is one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I don’t say that lightly it has torn through so many of my emotions, just writing this review I ended up crying again because everything came to my mind. James J. Cudney is one of the best new writers out there and will be a household name of that I have no doubt.

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TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Family Drama | Romance | Suspense | Mystery
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 415
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#BookBlitz: Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott @Kierney_S @bookouture #Review

I’m super pleased to welcome you to my stop on the book blitz for Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott. This is a mega blitz so check out some of the other stops all listed on the banner below.

Cross Your Heart is the second book in the Detective Jessica Bishop series, if you missed my review of the first book Forget Me Not check it out here.

Description

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will have your pulse racing. Cross Your Heart is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner. Cross Your Heart - Blitz Banner

Review

I rarely read this genre, I’m happy to put my hands up and say it scares the bejeezus out of me so I’m happy not to subject myself to it too often. I make exceptions for a couple of authors though and Kierney Scott is one of those authors. I’ve read Cross Your Heart a couple of times as I beta read for Kierney and even after the most recent time the impact of the story was just as intense as the first time.

Kierney has woven a story which is as deeply disturbing as it is enjoyable, ensuring that as a reader you are swept up into Jess’ world of murder and sickness. Not fully recovered from the events of the first book Jess and her team are thrown head first into a case involving murdered children. This case sees them racing against the clock to try and save the next child’s life while Jess yet again becomes front and centre fodder for the murderer.

I love how Kierney weaves things together, this was so well thought out with some wonderful twists. I am a huge fan of Jess, I find the way she deals with her anxiety and stress to be so realistic. I can relate to her in a way I rarely can with characters in books. I feel a real affinity with this character and thoroughly enjoy reading her. I just kinda wish she didn’t have to be put through the grinder so much!

I am a big fan of both Chan and Jamison. Chan is a little cocky but I always get a sense he’s also a bit insecure and uses his cockiness as a cover, he’s a really good detective though and him and Jess bounce off of each other well and this comes over well in a few places during interviews in this book. Jamison is the one the romance reader in me loves, he’s the one I’m rooting for. There are subtle things he says and does that tells me it’s not all over for them…not yet.

Finally, I have to give a big shout out to Agent Claire Ayres who kicks butt in this book…seriously having a character named after you rocks big time! Thanks Kierney!

I’m very grateful to Kierney Scott and Bookouture for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Kierney Scott

Kierney Scott - Author Image

Originally from California, Kierney Scott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and their daughter.

In her spare time she likes to read and invent new recipes. Her stuffed peppers are particularly popular with her family, as are her grain-free chocolate chip cookies. In an effort to convert her family to the joys of pumpkin, she created the Great Pumpkin Challenge. For the ten weeks before Thanksgiving, they tried a new pumpkin recipe every week. Pumpkin arancini and pumpkin queso were a big hit. She has promised her daughter to never again roast pumpkin and call them chips.

She loves hearing from readers. If you would like to get in touch, you can email her at KierneyScott@gmail.com

Author links:
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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Kierney_S

 

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TitleCross Your Heart
Series: Detective Jess Bishop #2
AuthorKierney Scott
Genre: Thriller | Mystery | Mental Health
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 25 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 242
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#Review: Cursed by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

If you would like to catch up on my reviews of the earlier books in this series catch them at the links below:

Description

Beauty and the Four Beasts. A Deadly Curse. A Fallen Kingdom.

With magic banned in the human realm, Bee, a powerful witch, has had to offer her services in secret. When a request to break a curse comes from the dangerous mountains and royal bear shifters, Bee is hesitant, but winter is coming and funds are tight.

At the castle, Bee finds things are not quite what she was led to believe. The curse Bee is meant to break has reached its zenith, siphoning off the Prince’s life while preventing him from controlling his shifting abilities. He is volatile, angry, and far stronger than she had imagined. His brothers, who commissioned her, present her with a challenge – fix it, or lose everything.

Soon the curse is spreading throughout the castle, taking brother alike. It’s a race against the clock, buffeted by dark magic, intrigue, and a strange attraction that has her looking at the four brothers in a new light.

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Review

Bee is a magic caster (also known as a witch but she doesn’t like that term) who has a job in the mountains working for some bear shifters. Bee is best friends with Scarlet who we meet in the first book in this series so if you’ve read in order then you will have briefly met her already. If you haven’t read in order there are no issues these books have very little overlap and the stories are steadfastly standalone so you can pick them up in whatever order you like.

When Bee arrives at the home of the shifters she is surprised to find it is a castle and they are Princes. She is also surprised to find the curse she has been hired to cure is much more dangerous than she could have anticipated. As she digs her heels in time running out and her heart becoming more attached to these four men the adrenaline really pumps through this story.

This is a retelling of beauty and the beast, which ironically is my least favourite fairy tale, I absolutely hate it. But I loved this retelling so much. I was on the edge of my seat willing Bee to find the answers and some happiness as well. This book has some much drama and intensity in it that it just feels non-stop. I had no idea how things were going to resolve or even if they would.

The character development and world building in this book is solid with Bee and all four of the men; Leven, Talin, Ash and Raze each having unique personalities which made them stand apart on the page.

There was another angle where Bee is a writer in her world and Mila Young put a few little twists in around Bee’s writing which I absolutely loved. I’m not going to give away what Mila did but they were perfect little twists and so well done.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series to date but Cursed was absolutely outstanding, beyond all of my expectations and will take some beating. A standing ovation for Mila Young for this one, her writing is on fire from the first word to the last, I can’t praise this book highly enough.

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TitleCursed
Series: Haven Realm #3
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Romance | Reverse Harem | Adult | Fairy Tale | Retelling | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 293
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#Review: The Castle of Earth and Embers by Steffanie Holmes @steffmetal

Description

BRAND NEW reverse harem series laced with Celtic mythology, gothic mystery, and four gorgeous guys, all served up with lashings of British wit.

Maeve Crawford has her life mathematically calculated down to the last detail; Leave her podunk Arizona town, graduate MIT, get into the space program, be the first woman on Mars, read lots of books, get a cat (not necessarily in this order).

All Maeve’s careful plans come crashing down when her parents are killed in a freak accident, and she discovers she’s inherited a real, honest-to-goodness English castle – complete with turrets, ramparts, and four gorgeous male tenants.

Corbin – the protector wallowing in guilt
Arthur – the warrior tired of fighting
Flynn – the trickster with an artist’s soul
Rowan – the enigma whose scars run deep

As soon as Maeve enters Briarwood, she’s drawn to Corbin, Arthur, Flynn and Rowan – four beautiful boys drenched in grief, hope, and ancient magic. Maeve needs them all to heal her broken heart, and they need her to help them protect the world from the fae host baying at the castle gates.

Dark forces converge on Briarwood castle, and Maeve Crawford – science geek, scarred soul, lover of four remarkable men – must draw from herself a power she never imagined in order to protect the shattered remains of her life.

The Castle of Earth and Embers is the first in a brand new steamy reverse harem romance by USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes. This full-length book glitters with love, heartache, hope, grief, dark magic, fairy trickery, steamy scenes, British slang, meat pies, second chances, and the healing powers of a good cup of tea. Read on only if you believe one just isn’t enough.

Review

Steffanie Holmes has been on my radar for ages, not least because we have a mutual friend who has been telling me to pick up her books for years now…this is where I bow my head in shame that I haven’t got further than adding books to my wishlist because having now read one of her books I have some serious backpedalling to do!

The Castle of Earth and Ember is Holmes’ first reverse harem and by gum can this woman write? (That’s a ‘yes’ by the way…) Maeve is 21, newly orphaned for the second time having just lost her adoptive parents, and about to walk into an English Castle which she has discovered she inherited from her birth mother. So things aren’t too weird for her. To top it off she’s about to discover the fae, that magic is real and she’s part of a coven of witches, the rest of the coven being four rather delicious looking guys.

Maeve is one of my favourite reverse harem heroines. She’s a physicist who sees everything in a very scientific, black and white way. She wants to be able to back up the unexplainable with justifiable proof and that sends the dialogue for the novel in different directions than you would normally expect. I like how she starts to see links between magical elements and physics and where she also sees that sometimes it may not work at all. She is also very down to earth, friendly and open to the guys so the romance aspects of the story still flow in a very natural manner.

The guys are great and bring a real sense of personality and purpose to the story. Corbin is their leader and certain he will be the one Maeve will choose to lead them, Arthur is the one who fights with swords and gives Maeve that sense of safety, Flynn is the joker and life and soul of the group, and Rowan suffers from anxiety, he struggles to be around people but Maeve knows there is more to him. Each one of them is there for a good reason, and they each bring something to the table which is unique and valuable to the coven. Probably one of the things I loved most about this book was how we have a coven with male witches. This is so rarely done it makes it such a unique proposition and really interested to see men taking on that role.

There were some outstanding evil characters King of the Unseelie just about taking the prize for evil wrongdoing and his sons Blake and Kalen full of dastardly wrongdoing.

I loved the way the fae lore was used here, there was some interesting use of lore around changelings and how they are used, how the fae get their strength, and how the fae can cross over into the humans land. It’s clear a lot of research has gone into this as so much of it links back to existing lore.

I loved this book, I loved the writing, I loved the characters (even the bad ones…especially the bad ones)

Thanks to Steffanie Holmes for the eARC of this book so that I could read and honestly review the book. I cannot wait to read the next book and I’ve bought some of the back catalogue at last.

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TitleThe Castle of Earth and Embers
Series: Briarwood Reverse Harem #1
Author: Steffanie Holmes
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 13 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 328
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#Review: All For 1 by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich

Description

I don’t have a name, just a number.

1.

A single slash across a keyboard.

1.

That’s the number of people I know that are worth dying for.

1.

The total number of women I’ve ever loved.

1.

The number of weeks I have left to save her.

ALL FOR 1 (aka ALL FOR ONE) is a romantic suspense story. This book includes cursing, graphic sex scenes, and tough subjects.

Review

There are few authors who would be brave enough to centre a romance around the brutal world of sex trafficking but C.M. Stunich is nothing if not brave, her brutal publishing schedule proves that if nothing else.

1 is a puppet. Trained since he was a boy to execute the will of his masters, men in government who are fighting the men in powerful positions in the sex trafficking game. He is ruthless, strong, and dedicated to his position. He has no name because he doesn’t exist. Except to her, the girl he saved all those years ago. She sees him, the man beneath the number.

Cyrah was being sold into the sex game and 1 saved her, their connection was immediate, scorching, and over in an instant. He walked away back to his life as a puppet. She walked away and started a new life as a warrior, a campaigner. The only person that women who had been sold as sex slaves could look up to. She fought for them, she was the person their families went to when they were taken and she didn’t rest until she had answers, even if they were of the devastating kind.

When Cyrah and 1 cross paths again the results are unexpected, beautiful, devastating. Can Cyrah be the one to make him feel human, like a man? Will he go against all of his training for this beautiful woman?

And will C.M. Stunich end this novella on the cliffhanger to beat all cliffhangers … that one is a yes. Aargh!

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TitleAll For 1
Series: N/A
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Romantic Suspense
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: Her Dirty Little Secret by J.C. Harroway @jcharroway @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

Description

The No.1 rule for secret flings: All kissing, no telling!

Nothing satisfies billionaire Jack Demont more than keeping socialite Harley Jacob from what she wants. After all, their families hate each other and there’s unfinished history between them…along with some serious sexual chemistry! Now they’re consumed by a wicked game of lust – they’ll give each other mindless pleasure, but nothing else. No one can know, but keeping something this sexy a secret makes everything a whole lot hotter…

Review

I LOVED J.C. Harroway’s first book in the Dare series A Week to be Wild so when she offered me the second book, Her Dirty Little Secret, I jumped at the chance to read it and she did not disappoint giving me a hot French billionaire who was taking no prisoners especially not the socialite fashion designer who broke his heart when they were teenagers.

Harley was in love with Jack, well Jacques, as he was back then. Then she discovered something that destroyed everything she thought about love and she took their love and ripped it apart breaking both of their hearts in the process. Several years on and he holds the keys to the kingdom she wants to build but he’s not playing ball and she needs to win him over.

I loved both of these characters who have so much in common it’s almost infuriating watching them pull against each other the whole time. They have both worked hard to be seen as separate from their families, they see helping people as being really important, they were both hurt irrevocably by their break up as teenagers.

As the story develops they start to come together for a common goal but can they overcome their differences, can they start to dig through the lies and can Harley be honest about the secret she has kept from Jack all these years? This story sat heavy with me as I willed these two to find their way and become the couple they were meant to be.

I have to thank J.C. Harroway for the eARC so that I could read and provide my honest opinion.

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TitleHer Dirty Little Secret
Series: N/A
Author: J.C. Harroway
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Adult
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 19 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 224
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