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!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

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.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: The Wanted by Nikki Hunter @NHuntAuthor

This is book two of a four book novella series. For my review of the first book follow the link below:

Book One: The Needed

Description

One soul mate is destiny. Five soul mates are cause for temporary insanity. Camila’s five infuriating mates are making her head spin. If only the craziness would stop.

After sparing Bekket’s life and finding out their fae queen has gone mad, Yehven, Kade, Zayn, Lance, and Camila are all being hunted. Can they play hide and seek long enough to gain allies?

The game of cat and mouse now begins.

Review

I was left at the end of The Needed with a need (sorry couldn’t help myself) to read more. I was totally sold on this series and just wanted more. The Wanted didn’t disappoint and Camila continued to be one kick-ass genie heroine in this instalment.

Trying to come to terms with having five mates and trying to bond with them and become comfortable with who she is and what having mates instead of her usual bonded. She embarks on a journey with her fae men to try and fix the problem with the fae Queen that Bekket brought to their doorstep in the last book.

Of course, more problems pop up with this mission, and we end with a devastating twist which has left me open mouthed and desperate for more.

Thanks to Nikki Hunter for gifting me this book so that I could read it and provide my honest review.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Wanted
Series: The Magic of the Jin #2
Author: Nikki Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Supplier)

Week in Review – 11 February 2018

My mental health has continued to be a battle this week. I’ve had another week off work and my GP has signed me off for the rest of the month, not how I wanted to start my new job, but that’s how this goes sometimes. Living with Bipolar is a constant battle harder at times like this than at others. But I’m determined to get through this and get on track. I’m keeping up with exercise, of course getting bitten by a dog when running doesn’t make that easy! I kid you not a Greyhound (I mean could it have been a more docile dog?!) decided my thigh was breakfast!

There are a few things I really want to share with you this week, I’ve tried really hard to keep my head in the game, and not just fall into the “lazy” trap so here goes…

Coming soon is a new feature, the first one should be the 23rd assuming all the parts come together. It’s quite a big feature to put together, I’m collaborating with somebody else, who isn’t a blogger and does something not connected to books but has an awesome online presence and flatters the book vibe massively. We will also then jointly be collaborating with another organisation. I know I’m being super vague right now but let’s just say that at this point everyone is saying yes to the project and we just have to iron out the details for it to go ahead! At a time when I’m not feeling enthusiastic about anything this is pressing all my buttons.

I’ve also finished writing book two (insert cake here). I need to do a read through to check for mistakes, continuity problems etc but by the end of next week I want to have it out with Beta Readers…which is where you guys come in. If you fancy helping me out by reading and feeding back the brutal truth about this book which is an Adult Contemporary Romance then please let me know. I’ve put a convenient contact form below.

I have set up a group in Facebook for authors. It’s aim is for new authors especially those who are unpublished/first timers to have somewhere to ask questions and get real and honest answers from experienced authors. So far the group is being really helpful and honest and we’re learning loads from each other. If you would like to join come find us at the Fledgling Authors Support Group.

Right, here are this week’s book updates, I’ve struggled with reading this week which means I am epically behind with tour reading so I need to find my mojo and quickly next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Won

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Clockwork City by Paul Crilley
Four Star: Charmed by Mila Young, The Needed by Nikki Hunter and Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Benett.

Other Posts

Rotting Christ were featured on Music Monday. I had an interview with Elizabeth Corrigan about her novel Oracle of Philadelphia. This week, author Helen Matthews joined me for The Bookshelf.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: The Needed by Nikki Hunter @NHuntAuthor

Description

When this realm was created, three races were formed. Humans, jin, and angels. That’s all that Camila knows for certain in her life.

After her time traveler’s dial gets stuck she is forced to live the same day on repeat until she is saved by four handsome strangers. They aren’t human or angel, and they definitely aren’t part of the jin.

Camila’s life is flipped upside down when she follows them into another realm. Is it possible that more creatures exist? Are they all as sexy as the four that need her now?

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Review

Camila is a genie, a genie who has been stuck reliving the same day over and over until a group of four men unwittingly rescue her introducing her to a world she had no idea existed, because these men aren’t part of the world she knows, they are magical beings themselves and she feels more drawn to them than she normally is to the humans she is bonded to.

I loved Camila she is like a breath of fresh air, she’s got a wicked sense of humour and she owns her sexuality. Her ability to change her appearance is a great little touch and I can see a lot of fun being had with this ability as the story progresses. She stands up for herself but is still bound by the rules of her binding.

The men are an interesting bunch and I don’t think we even scratch the surface of what there is to know about them in this book. I’m looking forward to knowing more about them and what makes them tick as the series progresses.

Now, the problem with novellas which are part of a series is that they are never long enough, leaving you hanging just as things start getting good. This was the problem with The Needed. This whole book sets us up for a solid story, introducing characters, the background story, and what is going to be some hot as hell romance. Then bam! It just ends, just as you are in the flow, enjoying the story, wanting more.

So this has two effects on me. One, it drives me nuts because I want to know what the hell happens next and I’m pretty darn impatient so I run around in circles for a while wishing I could magic those pages that just aren’t going to magically appear. Two, I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next.

Thanks to Nikki Hunter for gifting me this book so that I could read it and provide my honest review.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Needed
Series: The Magic of the Jin #1
Author: Nikki Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 5 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 131
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

eARCs

Reviews

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.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books