#Review Castaways by Lily Harlem @lily_harlem

Description

Olivia Bailey is up for The Challenge. Why the heck wouldn’t she be? With mariner qualifications piled high, engineering experience to rival someone twice her age, she’s ready to take on the mighty Pacific Ocean and win. 

But what about her fellow crew? Five guys, four nationalities. A billionaire’s heir who likes to take charge in every aspect of life, an outback expert with a heart-stopping smile, a Spanish chef with mouthwatering moves and sexy twins who reveal themselves slowly, until it matters, then they act fast. 

An adventure was what Olivia wanted, it’s certainly what she gets. Because things at sea happen in a heartbeat, friendships grow, tempers heat and desire flares. But what about when it all upends? When the unexpected happens? Will they pull together, or will fear drag the crew of Temptress apart? 

Review

What a stonking read from Lily Harlem. The first book in The Challenge series, Castaways takes us on a sea bound adventure with Olivia and her five sexy crew mates.

What I loved most about this book was how different it was to other Reverse Harem’s I’ve read, the settings being completely new and different completely testing the characters mentally and physically.

Olivia is a likeable character who is smart, sexy and keeps her cool in a crisis and boy do these guys have a crisis. The men in her life have very distinct personalities which is something I love in these books.

The book ends setting up nicely for book two which I’m eager to read and already have ready to go.

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TitleCastaways
SeriesThe Challenge #1
AuthorLily Harlem
Genre: Romance | Reverse Harem | Travel
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 15 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio
Pages: 203
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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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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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Week in Review – 18 March 2018

Oh what a week it has been. My mental health is taking a nose dive, and getting what is supposed to be an emergency appointment with a psychiatrist is proving to be the usual song and dance. I finally got an appointment scheduled on Friday, two weeks after I was referred, the appointment will be a further two weeks away. So four weeks for an emergency appointment. I was told if things get too bad to call the crisis line or go to A&E. I know I still have some control because I’m finding some sarcasm to deal with things.

I have to announce that the model feature Getting Cozy With… has been axed, not my choice nor the models but there were some external issues that despite my best efforts couldn’t be resolved. The timing pretty much couldn’t have been worse for me with it all happening on one of the days when I was sickest this week and didn’t have the strength to fight so I just gave in and gave it up.

I’m trying very hard to keep things ticking over here, but it’s a struggle and with the loss of my favourite feature and this reading slump I’m in I am finding it very hard to find any enthusiasm for the blog right now.

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What I’ve Read

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This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: Groupie by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, Dark Glitter by Tate James & C.M. Stunich, and A Fighter’s Love by Lily Harlem.
Two Star: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

Other Posts

Fozzy was featured on Music Monday this week and A. Bello appeared on The Bookshelf yesterday.

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#Review: A Fighters Love by Lily Harlem @lily_harlem @evernightpub

Description

After battling her demons, Jenny has finally found the courage to stand up for herself and fight for the life she’s always dreamed of.

What she doesn’t expect is to find that as she emerges from her chrysalis, she’s very much caught the attention of two super-sexy, incredibly talented boxers at the club she helps out at. They’re enchanted by her, they’ll do anything for her, and heaven help anyone who tries to hurt her, including her miserly ex, Billy.

But as things heat up, it’s clear Dale and Jackson are no ordinary sparring partners. Beneath their tough exterior and lively banter, they share a softer relationship that’s kept well hidden from the rest of the world. Will Jenny be allowed into that gentle place? Can they make it work when passion and lust hits them all hard? There’s only one thing for it, and that’s to trust love in all of its forms.

A Fighter’s Love is book #3 in the London Menage series. All books are fine as standalone reading as the characters are only loosely linked.

Review

I have been meaning to read Lily Harlem for some time, I have several of her books on my TBR all of which I intend to read sooner rather than later, especially now that I’ve read this.

A Fighter’s Love introduces us to Jenny, she’s in a relationship with boxing club owner Billy who is to put it frankly an arsehole. Having been together since they were kids and been through some tough times together Jenny feels obliged to be with him even though she is being mistreated and is extremely unhappy.

Then two of the boxers, Dale and Jackson offer her an out with the moral support and courage she needs to walk away from this relationship as well as an offer of a new relationship, with them.

Dale and Jackson were wonderful characters, already in a committed relationship with each other their pursuit of Jenny is something they both want to add a third person, a woman to their bi-relationship. They are very open with her and protective of her and each other.

Jenny wasn’t my favourite character ever, she’s very naive and I found it hard to believe that somebody that naive would so easily transition into a menage relationship. Not saying they wouldn’t do it I just think there would be more hesitation and questions. I don’t think she would have just let her libido lead the charge.

That said, I loved the three of them as a unit, the way they fit so comfortably together, the sex scenes felt real and natural, the way they spoke to each other and came together as one unit just felt completely real. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be trying to find more time to catch up on my other Lily Harlem books!

I want to thank Lily Harlem for the eARC of this book so that I could read and review honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleA Fighter’s Love
Series: London Menage #3
Author: Lily Harlem
Genre: Menage | Romance | Adult | MMF | Sports
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication Date: 21 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 176
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects To Your Preferred Store)

Week in Review – 11 March 2018

How has your week been everyone? I’m not going to dredge over old ground, the bipolar is still being a royal pain in my backside and I’m doing what I can with the motivation I have but it’s damn hard. I will be so glad once I’m back on track, the meds are reduced and I’m functioning at my normal level.

Confession time, I had to give up on the February TBR Topple read, I restarted it four times and couldn’t get more than 10% into it. I tried I really tried, it wasn’t enough of an effort to fairly deserve a review of any kind so I’ve just put it aside but as it was a TBR Topple read I wanted to mention it. I’ve read another of the authors books and I flew through it so I know I get on with her writing, I just couldn’t connect with this particular book for some reason.

Book of the Month

With being sick I didn’t read much during February so the pool of books to choose from is pretty small for a change. Despite the small pickings, they were high quality and I’ve gone with three again this month, one urban fantasy, one romance and one sci-fi romance.

 

Clockwork City by Paul Crilley – This was a book I was desperate to read from the moment I knew it was coming and it didn’t disappoint in way shape or form. Continuing from where Poison City left off there are magic and monsters galore as Gideon Tao and his spirit guide, Dog, get themselves into seemingly unending amounts of trouble.

Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich – I swear C.M. Stunich can see into my soul and knows exactly what to write to tear me apart and have me hang on her every word. Baby Girl see’s two people have to deal with the death of his best friend and her fiance, and how they cope with that and eventually find solace in each other. It sounds cliche summarised but it was one of the most heartbreaking and equally uplifting books I’ve ever read.

Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis – Nikki Landis very quickly became a must read for me. I am still playing catch up on her back catalogue but am just about managing to keep up with new releases. Sins of the Father is on the surface a straightforward MC Romance, but Nikki has thrown some wapping great surprises in there which I can honestly say floored me and had me physically reeling from the shock! Outstanding novel and I can’t wait for number two.

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What I’ve Read

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Reviews

No reviews this week…sorry!

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop as part of the blog tour. I had Taking Dawn on Music Monday this week. I had a special edition of The Bookshelf as part of Rebecca Bradley’s blog tour for Fighting Monsters. Round two of Getting Cozy With… went live, this time I was pleased to introduce Randy Richards. Sandy Day was our visiting author on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 18 February 2018

I’m struggling with my reading mojo right now, with the bipolar flair up it’s done a runner so I am just doing the best I can and trying to stay on top of blog tours.

Something exciting to announce though:

New Feature

Michael Hild

Now onto something fun which has given me immense pleasure the past few weeks. My new blog feature! One of my online friends and I were talking about the cover models for books. The next thing we knew this feature was taking shape, we had a deal with Pathways Talent Services, and we had our first model on board. Next Wednesday 21 February at 5.30pm EST / 10.30pm GMT over at the Facebook Group Tanner’s Hot in the Kitchen we’ll be running a FB Live chat with this month’s model Michael Hild this is a chat with open questions so you can ask him all about being a model, his aspirations of being a cover model, reading, music, exercise, food, whatever takes your fancy. He is absolutely adorable, a really nice guy so you don’t want to miss this. THEN on Friday 23 February, I will be having a Michael Hild day right here on the blog, with a post that will feature lots of Michael goodness, including the video from the FB Live for those who miss it.

This format will be repeated each month with different models, some have already graced the covers of our favourite books, others, like Michael, want to and are coming to meet us and say Hi because they want to be seen…by us! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting this together with Tanner, and not just because I’ve spent oodles of time staring at photos of hot guys. But because it’s such an unusual and exciting feature. I’m chatting and becoming friends with guys who are excited about ‘meeting’ a whole new bunch of people and have some really interesting things to say, and I can’t wait for you to meet them as well.

Lustful Longings - Maggie Adams

The Party Palace – Lustful Longings Launch Party
In case you want a bit more of Michael…I will. He will be heading to The Party Palace with Tanner to do a takeover to celebrate the launch of Lustful Longings by Maggie Adams. This will be Thursday 22 6-7pm EST / 11pm-12am GMT. Click on the links above to find the group and book page.

Nikki Landis Launch Party

I am a huge fan of Nikki Landis and even help out as an admin in her Facebook group. Her new novel Sins of the Father is out this week. Check out my review if you missed it.

Nikki is having a two-day launch party with different authors taking the reins, running giveaways etc This is not one to miss! Join Nikki’s group Nikki’s Dark Alpha Addicts. And as a bonus, I will be taking part in the takeover on Thursday 22nd February at 12-1230pm EST / 5-530pm GMT so please do pop over to give me a virtual hug of support!

So, here is my update, much thinner on the ground than usual…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis and Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Shadow Spy by Tiffany Shand, A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt and The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May.

Other Posts

King 810 were featured on Music Monday this week, and I posted about needing Beta Readers. Julia Thum appeared on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 4 February 2018

It’s been another rough week for me, I’m really struggling with my bipolar right now, not sleeping, hearing voices, and balancing on the edge of a cliff where if I fall I’m in full-blown mania. My meds have been adjusted and dealing with those side effects are just as bad as the illness itself. But I’m getting through and I just have to keep reminding myself that it will end.

I do have things I want to talk about but I just don’t have it in me right now so I’ll just go with the update and hopefully, by next week I will have more wits about me…

Book of the Month

January has come to an end so it’s time to pick a book of the month, and straight away I just can’t pick one, it’s been a stellar month for books…I see my top 10 at the end of the year being impossible!

The Bitter Twins is the latest from Jen Williams, book two in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. This book was everything I expect from Williams and more. Firmly cementing her position at the top of my fantasy author tree. My review can be found here.

The Dragon’s Wing and The Tiger’s Ambush are books two and three in the Kit Davenport series by Tate James and I’m classing them as a two for one here. While this is pegged as a reverse harem series, the paranormal/urban fantasy elements are absolutely fantastic and have me completely hooked. Anybody who loves paranormal/urban fantasy and is curious about reverse harem this is the series to start with because it is just perfectly executed and for me, the fantasy elements are far more prominent, although the romance is hot and heavy when it gets going.

Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis is a surprise entry, the author had approached another blogger who reviews crime and she had tagged me and a couple of other fantasy loving bloggers. I was hooked by the description so despite not wanting to take on new books right now I said I would review it and I have no regrets, it was gripping, funny, and had some of the best battle scenes I’ve read in a while. Just so friggin good. Here is my review.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

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This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: A Week To Be Wild by J.C. Harroway, and Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis.
Four Star: Hunted by Mila Young, and Silver Moon by Nikki Landis
Three Star: Spirited by C.M. Stunich

Other Posts

2Cellos were featured on Music Monday. The new TBR Topple post has gone up so check it out and vote on which book I@m going to read from my TBR this month. Lainy from Always Reading took part in The Bookshelf this week.

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