Week in Review – 22 April 2018

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!

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered my Blogiversary Giveaway. Congratulations to the three winners:

Anne
Danielle
Lindsay

TBR Topple

Magesign - Alan BaxterThis 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.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan, All For 1 by C.M. Stunich, Make Me Want by Katee Robert, Her Dirty Little Secret by JC Harroway and The Castle of Earth and Embers by Steffanie Holmes
Four Star: Ruin by Samantha Towle
Three Star: Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne and A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell

Other Posts

I had the cover of a Bon Jovi classic for Music Monday. Kate Coe stopped by for Unsung Heroes. On The Bookshelf this week I welcomed author Jane O’Reilly. I took part in the release blitz for Devros by Echo Hart.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks

Description

Taggie is only a few months into her job as a tour guide in Lake Como. She’s rushed off her feet, but distraction is what she needs to forget why she left England.

Lucy arrives at Lake Como with her perfect new boyfriend, Pete. Falling fast in love, she’s sure that life is about to start for her, it feels so right with him.

But as New Year’s Eve approaches and the women meet by chance, it becomes clear this isn’t the perfect place of new beginnings. While Lucy is willing to do anything to keep hold of Pete, the past Taggie so desperately wanted to escape is catching up with her . . .

Review

This time we are whisked away to Lake Como in Italy, as always Isabelle Broom spends as much time making sure that we are acquainted with our surroundings the sights, smells, tastes of the area as we are with the characters ensuring that when we close the final page we feel like we have been to the location, that reading the book was a fully immersive experience.

In The Place We Met Taggie takes centre stage, she’s been working in Lake Como for a few months as a hotel tour guide, she’s got some tragedy in her past she’s running from but we don’t know what it is. Even when she catches the eye of the rather delicious Marco, a local waiter, she completely ignores him and his attention.

Marco is a local man with a dream and it’s clear he wants to get to know Taggie even though she is making it very difficult for him. He’s a wonderful character the epitome of a strong, clever, Mediterranean man.

Lucy is a nurse who has a need to please and help people in all areas of her life, including her boyfriend, Pete. She finds herself agreeing to things and not standing up for herself and saying what she wants over what he wants. I found myself getting consistently annoyed with her for being such a doormat.

Pete on the other hand, is a man who is clearly tortured about something, but because of how “nice” Lucy is he will never talk about it because she will never push him about it. I spent so much of my time reading thinking what a terrible match they were.

As things came together in Lake Como and the story pieces together there are some shocking revelations as these four people’s lives crash into each other, which had me reaching for the tissues.

All I can really say is Isabelle Broom not only does it again but she does it even better because this is easily my favourite of her books so far, a deeply emotional novel about betrayal, loss, forgiveness, and love.

A huge thanks to Isabelle Broom and Michael Joseph for the eARC for me to read and give my honest opinion!

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Place We Met
Series: N/A
Author: Isabelle Broom
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Travel
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 30 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 416
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Speedy Hen | Wordery

Week in Review – 8 October 2017

What a week! While grabbing lunch on Wednesday which is when I’m in the office for my volunteering job, I witnessed a knife fight, this happened less than a foot from where I was standing. Totally freaked me out.

Then the same day it took two hours to get home, it seems the buses just decided not to run, it took 45 minutes for one to turn up then it just crawled the rest of the way.

That evening I then got sick and have been wrapped up in blankets since. I’ve decided someone cursed me while I was out buying sushi for my lunch. I’m thinking I won’t buy sushi again!

In writing news, while my book is out with beta readers I have been working on an outline for the next book, I know I’m crazy. I had an idea that was really bugging me so I decided to start working on the outline to get it out of my head. It’s coming together nicely except for one issue that I just can’t seem to find a solution to. I had one of these with book one until I’d almost finished writing it so I may just have to do that again!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

I’ve gone back to my old ways this week…my TBR is creaking with the strain! In my defence, I have already read six of these though.

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner, A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James, Abuse by Nikki Sex, and What Goes Down by Natalie K. Martin.

Other Posts

The new TBR Topple post went up this week with books for you to vote on, please do head over and vote on which book you think I should read this month. I featured Within Temptation on Music Monday. I have an interview with Christina Bauer on the Thrax blog tour and with Lynsey James on the A Season of Hopes and Dreams blog tour. This week on The Bookshelf I had author Alys West. I also took part in the Sunshine Blogger Award after receiving another nomination. I was also tagged in the Emperor’s New Clothes Tag.

 

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Week in Review – 23 April 2017

It’s been a funny old week this week. I had a book that I’d been chomping at the bit to read that I had to admit defeat on just past the halfway mark. I will write a brief review on it next week as I did make it far enough to form some valid opinions and it only seems fair, but I was genuinely gutted to be making the decision to walk away from it.

I’ve been really busy with my volunteering, I’ve done two whole days this week which has wiped me out, I’m not used to that anymore (I know, I know, most people work full time but I’ve been out of commission for three years!), I’ll hopefully be doing more of this kind of thing as I build up towards working again (yay!) so fingers crossed the old bipolar cooperates!

I won a couple more giveaways, I don’t have all the books yet so they aren’t all on here but I’m not sure where all this luck is coming from lately! Speaking of Giveaways my blogiversary giveaways are still open and I’m running one in conjunction with Sybil Bartel at the moment to win a copy of her book Thrust, the links are in the Giveaways section below.

I also have spaces throughout May for people to take part in my The Bookshelf feature. It’s open to Bloggers and Authors so if you fancy it drop me a line via the form over on this page and I can send you the questions! It’s a great bit of fun and I would love to get more Bloggers involved.

So, onto my update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Currently Reading

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro

What I’ve Read

the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde    The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf  The Darkness of Love - Catherine Green 

New Books

This week I picked up a novella I’ve been hearing loads about The Old Man At The End of the World, hopefully I will have some time to read it soon, it sounds a hoot. I also won a historical novel which sounds a lovely read at a giveaway run by the lovely Danielle at Books Vertigo and Tea. I don’t read much historical fiction anymore but this one really stands out for me so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

Bought / Freebies

 

Giveaway Wins

Book Post

Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

eARCs

The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans   Save The Date - Aven Ellis

Reviews

 Rough - Sybil Bartel  Then. Now. Always - Isabelle Broom

Other Posts

I had a lovely guest post from dual-timeline novelist Kathleen McGurl this week,

  The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans Fractured Silence - Carrie Ann Ryan Legacy of the Mind - H.R. Moore  the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • eBook Copy of Thrust by Sybil Bartel with Rough (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card with Rough – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card & eBook of Legacy of the Mind with Legacy of the Mind – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • Amazon Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon Gift Card and FREE eBooks from Prowlers & Growlers – Blitz Wide (International) Rafflecopter

#Review: Then. Now. Always. by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks

Description

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…

If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?

Calling all escapists! Prepare to be whisked away to the Spanish sun in this completely absorbing page-turner.

‘So evocative you can practically smell the paella and sangria’ Closer

Review

Like so many others I’m a huge fan of Isabelle Broom’s, her ability to bring a location to life on the page is unlike anybody else and this, her third novel didn’t disappoint in this regard. This time taking us to Spain and the village of Mojacar. Her descriptions of the village had me there with our characters, breathing the air and walking the streets. So much so that I ended up looking it up and flicking through pictures for over an hour!

Our protagonist Hannah is researcher for a media production company and filming in Mojacar was her idea having been somewhere she visited as a teenager and always been special to her. Because of her connection her boss (and long time crush) Theo says she can go on the production trip and so the story begins.

What I found interesting about this book over Isabelle Broom’s previous books was that I didn’t feel a connection to the characters in this one. I absolutely hated Hannah, if she was somebody I knew in real life I wouldn’t have the time of day for her, if I worked with her, I’d interact with her as little as possible. I really found very little about her that was likeable. Yet despite this I couldn’t stop reading.

Hannah is one of those people who acts like the whole world is against her. She doesn’t use her brain and when people try to talk to her like an adult she behaves like a child. For a 28 year old she’s incredibly immature.

Her half-sister Nancy turns up and she doesn’t give her the time of day. It becomes clear as the reader quite quickly why Nancy is there but Hannah behaves like a ten year old throwing a tantrum. If I was her Sister I think I would have just gone home!

Tom her best friend and the cameraman within the crew is the only person who tries to tell Hannah where she’s going wrong but she doesn’t listen and he doesn’t quite have the strength of character to stand up against her. I found him quite a weak character.

Hannah meets a local called Elaine during her trip who she interviews for the film and builds a friendship with her. I had an idea how this was going to work out by the end of the book and although I was half right I was also half wrong! I had a lot of suspicions around Elaine aswell, I never fully trusted her, I’m not sure what it was about her, or if I’m just a suspicious person but I couldn’t get fully on board with the friendship.

The only character I really liked, and I’ll probably get shot down for this was Theo, he reminded me of one of my Greek friends with his no fuss attitude, the way he knows what he wants and he goes for it no questions asked. He also has a sensitive side but he’s not big on showing it and he’s very ambitious. I would actually love to read a whole book about Theo!

Overall, despite not liking most of the cast in this novel I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I kind of saw my reaction to the characters as personality clashes and I think it still takes a lot of talent to keep you riveted to the page when you’re not getting on with the characters on that page! I’m also desperate to visit Mojacar after reading about it and all those pictures I went through!

A huge thanks to Isabelle Broom and Penguin Michael Joseph for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThen. Now. Always.
Series: N/A
Author: Isabelle Broom
Genre: Women’s Fiction | Chick Lit | Travel
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 20 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 434
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen

Week in Review – 16 April 2017

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend, and for those of you who eat chocolate I hope you are buried knee deep in it.

I’ve been a reading beast this week, I’ve read so much I’m a little confused how I’ve managed it as I’ve also been extremely busy! This is by no means a complaint mind you! I’ve also succeeded in acquiring less books than I’ve read which means my to read list is actually shorter now than it was this time last week which is the first time in about six months I can say that! (Hoorrraaayy!)

This week saw my second blogiversary, I can’t believe I’ve been at this book blogging game for two years now! I said this in my post but I want to repeat it here, a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me both from the beginning and along the way. The book blogging community is like no other blogging community and it’s not something I ever forget. To celebrate I pulled together some pretty nice giveaways, if you missed them I have links to them in the giveaways section below, or you can head to my blogiversary post to find out more details about the prizes on offer.

I also got to meet the lovely Laini Taylor this week. My review of her latest book, Strange the Dreamer, is linked below if you missed it. Laini was over here on a book tour promoting the new book and as she came to Bristol is was a great opportunity for me to stop by the signing and say Hi! Robin Hobb is over here and in Bath in a few weeks so I’m rather excited to be going along to that event, I must make sure I keep the fangirl under control or I may just end up being an incoherent imbecile!

So, onto my update this week…

Currently Reading

the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde

What I’ve Read

  Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh     

New Books

I’m still on a mission not to keep adding to my TBR right now…as you can see this is still not going so well! But I at least managed to read more than I acquired this week so that’s something and I never bought any books this week which is something of a miracle!

Competition Wins

  

Book Post

Master Professor - Tara Sue Me

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Saving Mercy - Abbie Roads Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh

Other Posts

This week was my Blogiversary and paranormal romance author, Catherine Green stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. Speaking of The Bookshelf, I don’t have anyone locked in for May yet so if anybody fancies it you can sign up here, it’s open to bloggers aswell as authors.

  My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • 2 x $25 Amazon Gift Cards with Saving Mercy (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter

Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway

So another year is over, I’ve read 100 books this year, which is bang on target. I’m quite pleased with myself, reading a lot of fantasy many of the books I read have page counts to rival the Bible so 100 is quite an achievement! Narrowing down my favourites to just 10 is hard and my list changed at least 100 times itself before I settled on what you see below. These are the one’s which I couldn’t get out of my head, which have lingered and made a long lasting impression.

I’ve linked to the full reviews for those who are interested but have also provided a short comment on why I have shortlisted each book. This list is in no particular order, it contains books I have read in 2016 but they may not necessarily be published in 2016 (although most are).

Continue reading Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway