Week in Review – 8 April 2018

I’ve been struggling with the increase to my Lithium dosage, the side effects are treating me badly, but I am battling through and doing the best I can.

I finished the amendments to version four of book one. These were based on feedback I received from a publisher after I had submitted it, so I am hoping once it’s through editing I will resubmit. If it is rejected again I will go ahead and self-publish. I’ve just started the first round of edits on book two after getting all my beta feedback in which is invaluable, thank you to all the betas who helped me with this. If there are others out there who are writing and would like some moral support I’ve started a facebook group for this purpose so come and join us.

Finally, next week will be a bit different around here. It’s my third anniversary as a book blogger so instead of book reviews and the normal order of service I have invited five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts and join me for the week to celebrate. I will also be giving away three £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers in a Rafflecopter Giveaway to say thank you to you all for supporting me for the past three years. This isn’t the biggest or best book blog out there but those of you who support me are amazing and loyal and I count you all as friends.

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New Books

Bought / Freebies

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Book Post

Reviews

Five Star: Pretty Reckless and Pretty Ugly by Jane Anthony
Four Star: The Guardian by Nikki Landis

Other Posts

This month’s TBR Topple post went up this week so be sure to go and vote.

I had a jazz cover of System of a Down’s Chop Suey for Music Monday this week.

Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours was our first Unsung Hero, a new feature looking at the people working behind the scenes in the publishing world.

Maggie Christensen was featured on The Bookshelf this week.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Pretty Ugly by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor @EJBookPromos #Review #Playlist

Welcome to the final day of the Pretty Ugly release blitz from Enticing Journey Book Promotions. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy! This is the second book in Jane Anthony’s Addicted Hearts series. If you missed my review of book one on Tuesday then follow the link below to read it now!

Book One: Pretty Reckless

Description

We were meant to live happily ever after,

a promise I sealed with a band of gold.

Our road was rocky and rough, yet worth every mark etched on my heart.

Kat is my addiction.

I’m her salvation.

Two hearts joined in pain.

Yet beneath the surface of our intended bliss, a tsunami was brewing.

An unstoppable force driven by deceit.

Now I’m back in New York — the city that stole my soul — caught between the future that awaits and a past that won’t let go.

I promised us a happy ending

But the ugliest lies are the ones we tell ourselves.Pretty Ugly - Tour Banner

Review

After the turmoil of Pretty Reckless I thought I was prepared for Pretty Ugly but I didn’t have a clue what I was letting myself in for reading this book. Kat and Chase are seemingly living in bliss but they both are still haunted by the demons of their addiction and it really is only a matter of time until one of them bends too far and breaks.

I guess anybody reading this who hasn’t suffered with addiction would find it hard to understand that pull, how easy it can be to fall back down the rabbit hole and lose everything you’ve gained over the years of sobriety. But as someone living it I can tell you that every single day is a tremendous battle and sometimes things happen that rock that boat a little too much.

Seeing what happens in this book rocked my world as I read, tears pouring down my face as I watched Kat and Chase try to find their way through it back to each other. These two people are so real either of them could be me and I felt me heart ripping apart over and over through this book. Their love for each other just not being enough.

Pretty Ugly is dark, and gritty. Full of heart and soul. And it is well, ugly. But it is full of hope and love as well. I love these characters and I know that anybody who picks this series up is going to fall in love with them as much as I have.

Sending a huge thanks to Jane Anthony and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Jane Anthony

 

Writing what vibrates within her soul — romance, rock, representing Jersey moms in mini vans righteously — Jane Anthony gives a bit of herself and her quirky knowledge in each novel by incorporating her love of music through a book-specific playlist and adding things uniquely Jane to the plot, like her crazy family or ’80s trivia. When she’s not busy being mom or Mrs. A, you’ll find her at a concert, lost in a book, or on Facebook with her adoring readers.

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Book & Buy Links

TitlePretty Ugly
Series: Addicted Hearts #2
Author: Jane Anthony
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Contemporary Romance | Addiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: TBA
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Store)

#Review: Pretty Reckless by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor

Don’t miss out…Pretty Reckless is FREE for today only, so if you like the sound of it after reading my review be sure to go download yourself a copy!

I’m on the blog tour for Pretty Ugly, book two in this series on Friday and I can’t wait to share my review of this book.

 

Description

Two years ago, I watched my girlfriend die.

We chased the high, night and day, searching for that magical fix that would cure the pain. But in the end, the escape she lived for took her from me.

Now, sober and rebuilding the life I almost destroyed, the last thing I need is another beautiful project dragging me down. Especially a Greek goddess with a sharp tongue and a drinking problem. But hidden inside Katarina’s charcoal gaze is a broken soul crying out for help. Like a true addict, I can’t say no.

Maybe if I can save her, it will make up for my past. But her salvation could also be my ruin.

Review

You can call me fickle, easily swayed, or even odd. But seeing on a Facebook post that this book had a Greek character I was sold, sign me up I say and there I am reading the first book and jumping on the blog tour train for the second book without even reading the blurb. Yes I am THAT obsessed with all things Greece (you live there for a year as well I guarantee you will join my club).

I opened Pretty Reckless and there was a Greek to English glossary which just gave me shivers (and made me feel a bit better as I thought I had forgotten all of my Greek and it turns out I haven’t…yay me!).

Then I start reading and I can’t even begin to describe the emotional tug of war that Jane Anthony put me through, not least because I saw so much of myself in both characters having been through much of what they were both battling. This book was one which touched a lot of nerves for me and I found myself sobbing through much of this book wishing they could find a way through their own personal turmoils even if they couldn’t find each other.

Chase is a recovering addict, he lives a simple life, he holds down a job, looks after his Gran and doesn’t get involved with women.

Kat is first generation Greek American, her family are traditional Greeks, but she is on a road to destruction, drowning her problems and memories. To say her last relationship ended badly would be an understatement of epic proportions. She has dreams but her family don’t support her.

When these two lost souls collide sparks fly and I felt caught in a trap with them as they pulled against and towards each other unsure which way they should be going and often at opposite times as one pulled away the other would be pulling toward so their wires would cross and messages never quite getting through.

This book tackles the struggles of addiction with such a raw honesty and although it brought back some horrific memories for me I was so entangled in the story of Chase and Kat I couldn’t help but to love the words on the page, every single one of them and to just root for these two people who deserved to find some peace and love.

Huge thanks to Jane Anthony for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitlePretty Reckless
Series: Addicted Hearts #1
AuthorJane Anthony
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Contemporary Romance | Addiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 22 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 278
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link will Redirect to Preferred Retailer)

Week in Review – 1 April 2018

Hi Guys,

For those who celebrate it, Happy Easter.

I saw the psychiatrist this week, have a plan for med changes the first of which has been implemented already so I have everything crossed that by this time next month things will be feeling a bit more ‘normal’.

I’ve had something of a nightmare with getting my DVLA medical carried out the health centre they assigned me to, to get it done have been nothing short of imbeciles and it’s looking like I may lose my driving licence just because the medical hasn’t been done in the correct timeframe, completely out of my control. I am putting a complaint in what little that will do.

My new feature, Unsung Heroes, will start next Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it, please let me know your thoughts and if you want to know more/take part take a look here.

Book of the Month – March

My Mum once told me the older you get the faster time goes…I think she might be right because I can’t keep up with it anymore!

Callan - Sybil BartelCallan by Sybil Bartel
Callan was a hands-down winner this month. Sybil Bartel’s naive alpha male won my heart and while I could easily line up her books for a book of the month award there was something special about this one, Callan’s background gave him a childish innocence which when mixed with his natural alpha male was just something else entirely. The best thing was that Sybil Bartel made it come across as completely natural. Combine that with the forbidden romance of falling in love with his step-sister. Damn this book was pure perfection.

 

You can read my full review here, but really you should just be going out to buy it already!

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This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James, and Callan by Sybil Bartel.
Four Star: The Wanted by Nikki Hunter

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Callan by Sybil Bartel as part of the release book blitz. I featured Slipknot on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. Richard Dee stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. I discussed how Amazon are censoring indie novels in the reverse harem genre.

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