#Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @eternal_books

This was my TBR Topple read for October. Thanks for choosing guys! Don’t forget to vote on November‘s pick before voting closes on Monday!

Description

The first enchanting novel in the Lucky Harbor series from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, laced with her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Fans of Susan Andersen, Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery will fall head over heels for the Lucky Harbor series.

Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

Want more sexy, fun romance? Return to Sunshine, Idaho for more of the captivating Animal Magnetism series, visit spellbinding Lucky Harbor or take a trip to Cedar Ridge’s unforgettable Colorado Mountains in Jill’s other bestselling series.

Review

This is one of Jill Shalvis’ earlier books that I hadn’t read and had waiting on my TBR for some time. Sitting down to read it I didn’t realise just how invested I would become in Maddie and Jax’s story.

Neither of them is looking for love, but isn’t that just the best time to find it? Maddie comes to town because she’s been left a property to share with her sisters who she barely knows, her life at home has completely fallen apart no thanks to her abusive ex-boyfriend and she needs a fresh start.

Jax is the contractor who comes on board to help her but is so much more than that, his friendship is a crutch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell. The sparks between these two are visible from space and as much as she wants to fight it Maddie knows there’s something special about Jax.

Jill Shalvis has put plenty of laughs in this book, it’s a truly heartfelt book about family and self-discovery, and of course finding true love. I came out of this feeling like this was possibly my favourite Jill Shalvis book to date. I loved everything about this one, the difficult topics and how they were tackled, the way Maddie and Jax clicked and tackled their issues, the sisters as a unit and individually.

I’m really looking forward to reading more of the Lucky Harbor books.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleSimply Irresistible
Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 14 August 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 330
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Speedy Hen | Wordery

Week in Review – 5 November 2017 #Giveaway

I promised a Comic-Con update this week so here we go, unfortunately, I forgot my phone so there is a severe lack of photos. The cosplay was amazing and I will definitely consider taking part next time I go. It has to be said it really is heaven for a geek so many stalls full of things we live for!

We saw a Q&A with Hayley Atwell, all I can say is Awesome! And we sat in on the panel with the Hasbro Brand Directors for Star Wars and Marvel. This was just absolutely awesome not just as a fan of both brands but also as a marketer. I was totally absorbed in every word they had to say for the whole hour!

I got some great swag, including finally picking myself up a Lemmy Funko Pop which I’ve been wanting to get for a while.

I also picked up a few books, spending far more money than I budgeted for! Oops!

It was also Halloween this week. I love Halloween, it’s my favourite “holiday” of the year. Bet you would never have guessed that! It’s also my wedding anniversary so we got trussed up and went out to celebrate eight years of marriage…I’m not sure how eight years have passed but there you go!

The first teaser for a project I’ve been working on at my volunteer job was launched this week. The ironic thing given I’m pretty much running this campaign is that I’ve also got the starring role in this video, so I’ve attached it below in case you fancy taking a look. The full-length video with a full cast of people will go live at the end of the month.

Also on the subject of mental health, I signed up for the Mental Health Media Charter this week. There is a post about this here. But it’s basically a way of saying that you agree to speak about mental health in a respectful manner. Given my own experiences, this took me seconds to agree to and I’m proud to be publically supporting this charter.

Yesterday I was in London again for Gollancz Fest which was awesome. I have a pile of notes so will get those sorted and write a blog post.

Finally, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so if you’re on the site as well do add me, BrizzleLass, and we can go a bit mad together as the month crawls on and our word count gets further away from completion!

Giveaway

I have some of the swag I picked up to share with one lucky person. If you would like some Comic-Con swag then enter this Rafflecopter Giveaway which will be open for the next week, this is international.

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Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

Wow, where is the year going? November already! Here are my book of the month picks for October, I couldn’t decide on one…again!

Now You See Me - Kierney Scott - New CoverKierney Scott is easily one of my favourite romance authors, however, Now You See Me is her first foray into thriller territory, a genre that you all know I don’t really read, mainly because I’m a bona fide wimp and have nightmares for days (no kidding) whenever I read any of these books. But I can’t refuse Kierney Scott a reading so I dove in and damn if I didn’t love every second of this book which still felt 100% like the Kierney Scott I know and love just with a far more sinister twist. It’s also had an awesome cover change since I wrote my review and I love the new one…see what you think!

My Review

What Goes Down - Natalie K. MartinNatalie K. Martin has tackled family dynamics around Bipolar Disorder in this novel and it’s so perfectly done that i just had to bring your attention back to it. As you know I have Bipolar Disorder and this is one of the first books I’ve read where I felt the way it had been handled was completely real. There are no shiny surfaces here, it is raw and honest. People’s reactions are brutal and sometimes hard to read but that is the reality of the illness. Despite all of this though this book is beautiful and has such a message of hope.

My Review

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha and Raw and Dirty both by Violet Blaze, Breathless by Leigh LaValle, Kicked by C.M. Stunich.

Other Posts

I have an excerpt from The Other Life of Charlotte Evans from the blog tour. This week on Music Monday I featured Red. The new TBR Topple voting options went up this week so don’t miss out on having your say on what I read from my TBR this month. I took part in The End of the Year Book Tag. Finally, April Munday joined me on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 29 October 2017

I’m away in London this weekend so wrote this a few days ago in preparation, next week I will give you an update of what I got up to in the Capital but rest assured with ComicCon on the agenda I’m up to no good! I’ve gone in particularly excited about seeing Hayley Atwell, the Dark Matter cast, and Dani Filth.

This week I finished my book, all the editing and back and forth with beta readers and one particular very good friend who has answered far more questions than one person should ever have to answer about anything ever. I finally reached a point where I felt happy with my book. Well for now anyway! I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year so next week I will be diving head first into writing book two. Heaven help me!

Here are all my book updates, I look forward to telling you what I got up to London next week…although I’m in London again next weekend for Gollancz Fest so heavens knows when I’ll have time to write this update next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

I kicked off my reviews this week with a review of The Duke’s Temptation by Raven McAllan. I also reviewed Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett, Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis, Farraway Mist by Tani Hanes, and The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup.

Other Posts

This week I featured Killswitch Engage on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of the release week book blitz.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

TBR Topple – October 2017

Hi Guys, it’s that time again for you to start voting on my next TBR read. I’m really enjoying this feature, it’s making a small dent in my mountain of a TBR plus I’m reading some books I’ve had in that mountain in some cases for a decade! Please have fun voting and I will let you know which books win around the 20th.

You can vote using the form at the end of the post!

Race The Darkness - Abbie RoadsRace the Darkness by Abbie Roads
IF HE LOSES, SHE DIES
Her voice haunts his thoughts; her whispers fill his days
But when he discovers the woman of his dreams is real
He’ll race the clock to save her before she’s lost to him forever

Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, criminal investigator Xander Stone struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, a strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

The Gift - Nikki LandisThe Gift by Nikki Landis
Gemma Harding is a clairvoyant. Since she was a child she’s seen the dead and helped cross the souls of those who have departed into the light. Her life is complicated but consistent, as normal as someone like her could ever have. She embraces her calling, determined to help those who cannot help themselves.

When Gemma becomes involved in the case of a young girl’s disappearance, she is plunged into the path of a series of gruesome murders and thrust at the forefront of a desperate search for a serial killer. Gemma must use all of her wits to defeat him and help solve the case before she becomes a victim herself. As more girls turn up missing, the fight to stop the killer becomes more deadly at every turn.

Tasting, Finding, Keeping - C.M. StunichTasting, Finding, Keeping: The Story of Never by C.M. Stunich
Never Ross is a broken soul who doesn’t need to be fixed. There’s a monster inside of her, eating little bits of her everyday, and she can’t seem to stop it. It makes her do things she doesn’t want to do, say things she doesn’t want to say.

She’s used to dating guys like Ty McCabe; he’s one of the dangerous ones, the ones with pasts that burn like fire and melt everything around them. But there’s something different about this soul with a sad smile and arms covered in butterfly tattoos, something that tantalizes Never’s shattered spirit.

When Ty and Never form a tentative, almost reluctant, friendship that opens the door on their dark sides and shows them what it’s like to live in the light, they’ll have to face the skeletons in their closets, fight back the blackness and see if two tortured souls desperate for a healing touch can connect into something beautiful.

Broken doesn’t always mean destroyed.

Connectivity - Aven EllisConnectivity by Aven Ellis
Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well.

SImply Irresistible - Jill ShalvisSimply Irresitible by Jill Shalvis
Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

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Week in Review – 17 September 2017

I posted on Twitter and on my other blog which I’ve now retired, that I would be gradually bringing this one to a close. The response I received, honestly amazed me. Not just the comments on that post, but private messages and emails as well. Thank you to everyone who contacted me, the kind and encouraging words. Also, ironically, the stats on this blog started to go up, and on Friday I received one of those WordPress notifications you occasionally get to tell me my stats were “booming” …go figure!

A couple of people I had some lovely conversations with, they helped me work through what my actual issues are with this blog. Most importantly that I’m spending 4-5 hours a day working on this blog, that my stats had been dwindling to less than 50 visitors per day, when six months ago I was getting several hundred, I’ve invested money in giveaways and not one person has entered them.

The decision I’ve made on the back of my discussions is to transition this into a reviews only blog, and reduce the amount I’m posting. I will keep The Bookshelf, which is still my most popular feature, and this week in review post which I will alter slightly once I’ve worked out a better format.

I have commitments with blog tours and book blitzes between now and January which I will honour so things probably won’t change much before then, but afterwards, I will only do tours with reviews and not loads of them so I’m not quite so overwhelmed.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who contacted me, I really have felt completely deflated by all of this recently and I wasn’t expecting so much support from people when I made the decision to quit. Hopefully this revised decision will alleviate some of the stress.

Finally, don’t forget to vote in my TBR Topple poll if you haven’t already. I will be picking the winner on Wednesday!

To the update…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Reviews

This week I reviewed Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Spring by Lele Iturrioz, Tipping Point by Terry Tyler, and Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters.

Other Posts

Music Monday saw me post a live video this week, something acoustic and a bit more soulful. I have an excerpt from Falling For You by Charlotte Blake. This week on The Bookshelf I had Joanne from Potobello Book Blog.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Week in Review – 16 July 2017

Another week has gone by, how is this year flying by so quickly? Wow!

So this week I got roped into joining a couple of fitness classes with my good friend Jen! She is super fit already being an archaeologist who spends all her time working outside digging in trenches! Despite my massive weight-loss and regular exercise routine I am not fit, not even close, and after going to the first one which was like a military exercise I bowed out of the second on Thursday as I literally couldn’t lift my arms!

I mentioned a while back I’m writing a book about my experiences with mental health, I’ve had a really good author friend beta read the first six chapters of the book to help me gauge how it is coming together and had fantastic feedback which has really given me a boost for continuing to write! Thank you my lovely friend for taking on that challenge with my completely unedited rambling!

I also got invited to interview for a role working in a mental health support role I really wanted. I honestly thought they would laugh at my application so whatever happens just getting an interview is awesome.

I also had an unusual day out this week. I was invited to spend a day at the offices of OVO along with a few other customers. If you aren’t familiar with OVO, they are one of the smaller energy suppliers, so being invited to the offices of an energy supplier isn’t exactly your run of the mill day. I switched to them away from EDF four years ago, and I chose them not just for their 100% green tariff’s but because they had really good social responsibility policies. What going to their offices has shown me is that they actually live and breathe their policy. In my entire adult life I’ve never been in an office where people are so laid back, and happy, even their call centre staff were relaxed and visibly enjoying their jobs. Which actually explains why when I phone them I actually get answers and someone being nice on the phone! I’ve always been a huge advocate of theirs but now I’ve seen them up close I’m an even bigger fan.

Finally, I launched a new feature over on the mental health blog yesterday if you are interested, it’s called Boxed Up and it’s highlighting Subscription Boxes. The first one I have is Literary Vacation Club (hence highlighting it here) which is centred around reading!

Aaaand, Here is my bookish update for this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Won

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Wyvern Awakening, Diving Deep, Seduced by Moonlight, Pack Ebon Red, Lost and Found Sisters and Marry Me At Willoughby Close.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for The Rainbow Player, R&R Launch Party, and Clearing the Ice. Plus a Content blog tour for Starshine.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @eternal_books #Giveaway

Don’t miss the chance to win a copy of this book at the end of the post!

Description

Lost And Found Sisters is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, a story of friendship, love, family and sisterhood, for fans of Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr.

Life can change in an instant… After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, LA chef Quinn Weller seems to be getting her life back on track. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?

The answer comes when a lawyer appears, revealing a bombshell secret and mysterious inheritance in the small town of Wildstone, California. On impulse, Quinn heads up the coast and finds herself drawn to Wildstone’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

But there’s another surprise to come. The inheritance is something earthshattering, that will make Quinn question everything she knows about herself and her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up, Quinn must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have – and could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.

Review

I simply adore Jill Shalvis’ books, they’ve become a staple of my reading calendar and I look forward to a new one dropping through the mailbox every few months.

Lost and Found Sisters is a little different to her previous work, there is a definite shift to more of a focus on the relationship between the women in this book and the romantic relationship, while still there, takes a backseat.

Quinn is still deep in grief for her sister Beth who died in a car accident two years previously. She’s surviving by having emotionally turned herself off. She’s ended her relationship with Brock who has been her on/off boyfriend since they were teens and she coasts through life in a kind of non-committal way never quite getting her head in the game with anything.

Brock despite having had some flings, still wants Quinn, he wants to marry her and is still pursuing her. I found him quite an adorable character, he has a front of charm and bravado but I think underneath he’s quite sensitive and unsure of what he wants. I thin he’s been pursuing Quinn so long and under the encouragement of both their families he’s not sure if that is what he should be doing or not.

When Quinn receives some news that draws her to the small town of Wildstone 200 miles away her life is turned upside down but she meets two people who help her realise she isn’t actually dead inside. One is Tilly, a fifteen year old who becomes Quinn’s main focus in Wildstone. Tilly has her own small romantic storyline which I adored with a boy she adores Dylan. He was definitely the kind of guy most teenage girls would swoon over and their storyline is just wonderful.

Mick is someone who originally comes from Wildstone but now lives in San Francisco. He’s only back to help out his Mom as his Dad recently died but when him and Quinn meet it’s sparks as midnight, the chemistry is intense and these two people from two different worlds need to figure out if they can come together.

There was a lot more complication with the relationships in this book and a lot more feeling that things may not work out for anybody. Jill Shalvis has created a wonderful town with wonderful people and I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading more.

A huge thank you to Jill Shalvis and Headline Eternal for my copy of this book so that I could read and honestly review it.

Rating

Giveaway

Giveaway ButtonI was accidentally sent two copies of this book, so I am going to giveaway the one I didn’t read which means there is a shiny new copy for the winner of this giveaway. Click on the image to the left to head to Rafflecopter. Good Luck!

Ends 28 July.

Book & Buy Links

TitleLost and Found Sisters
Series: Wildstone #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Speedy Hen | Wordery