TBR Topple – March 2018

It’s March which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully I will do a little better at getting a few more bookss read from the pile moving forward!

What Belongs to Her - Rachel BrimbleWhat Belongs to Her by Rachel Brimble [Romance]

Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family’s fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it’s time to act, and backing down to the man’s estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.

Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha’s best defense. But there’s more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she’ll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.

A Bed of Brambles - Sam Russell

A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell [Romance]
This was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, Hettie and Alexander are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.
Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.

Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…

The Bluebell Bunting Society - Poppy DolanThe Bluebell Bunting Society by Poppy Dolan [Romance]

When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing…

At twenty-nine, Connie isn’t exactly living her dreams. When her beloved gran died Connie returned to Hazelhurst, the village she grew up in, and took over her gran’s old job as caretaker at the village hall. It’s not a career in journalism as she’d hoped, but she loves working at Bluebell Hall. So when greedy property developers try to get their hands on it, Connie hatches a plan to save the hall, one bonkers enough that it just might work. All it takes is a needle and thread, scraps of old material and willing hands.

Can Connie save Bluebell Hall? And will she save herself in the process…?

The Bronze Horseman - Paullina SimonsThe Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons [Romance]

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

Carpe Noctem - Katie SalidasCarpe Noctem by Katie Salidas [Paranormal Romance]
Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV.

Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa’s having a hard time with the change.

“Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that’s the hard part.”

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

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TBR Topple – February 2018

It’s February which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully I will do a little better at getting a few more bookss read from the pile moving forward!

Finding Justice - Rachel BrimbleFinding Justice by Rachel Brimble [Romance]
Old friends, new secrets

Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat’s world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett?a man from her past?is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he’s innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?

The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can’t let her emotions interfere with the case?solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

Animal Magnetism - Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis [Romance]
Sunshine, Idaho, is a small, sunny town – the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark. As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel – there are puppies, a piglet and a duck in her Jeep. Still, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with. Brady is just passing through, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that makes the temptation of staying in Sunshine one that’s difficult to resist…

Pride - Rachel VincentPride by Rachel Vincent [Urban Fantasy]

The werecat council has three cardinal laws ; and headstrong Faythe stands accused of breaking two of them: infecting a human with her supernatural skills and killing him to cover her tracks.

With the death penalty hanging over her head, Faythe has no escape route left. That is, until a shapeshifter informs the pride of a rash of rogue strays terrorising his land. Yet this threat is nothing like any they’ve seen before.

Only Faythe has the knowledge to save the pride, but can she prove her worth? Or will the council’s verdict condemn them all. . . ?

Tangled Beauty - K.L. MiddletonTangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton [Romance]
Sinclair Jeffries thought she knew what she was getting into when her zany, gay friend, Jesse Eddington, talked her into portraying his girlfriend during his parent’s anniversary party on Huntington Beach. That is, until she met Reed, Jesse’s sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she’d bargained for.

Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled until he met Sinclair, his brother’s so-called “girlfriend”, but the raw, sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amusing little facade.

Game of Love - Melissa FosterGame of Love by Melissa Foster [Romance]
Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier, she came to Dex seeking comfort and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the United States. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.

A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run–and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge, or are they destined to be apart forever?

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Week in Review – 10 December 2017

This week in review covers a couple of weeks as I didn’t do one last Sunday with being on holiday. There shouldn’t be much more than usual on here though as I did nothing with my blogging for a week so it’s only really how much I’ve read that is overflowing!

Getting away was just what I needed, I think winter sun is definitely going to have to become something I add to my annual routine, even though I was sick most of the time I was away, escaping the cold and dark and getting some sun and warmth has definitely put a spring back in my step. I also read a lot of books, eight in total, one of which was an anthology of 17 novellas so I’d say I did pretty darn well, hopefully, I will get all of the reviews caught up pretty soon.

I’m now all committed to the running I recently added to my fitness routine. I’m having some trouble with my asthma when I run so I need to speak to my Drs about this and how to adjust my medication to help, I’ve almost had an asthma attack a few times running so I can’t leave it. But I’ve signed up to Mind’s January challenge R.E.D. January, it’s about getting active and running as much as you can every day in January, this will be great for my training and I know a few others taking part. Plus as it’s a mental health charity I’m even more committed to supporting it. I’m also signed up for the Bristol Tough Mudder in May, this is slap bang in the middle of a super busy week for me so not only will it be a huge challenge, I may already be dragging my backside from everything I’m doing that week! I’m also signed up for the Devil Mud Run in September which is a 10km obstacle course just to make things a little harder…heaven help me!

I’ve decided that during December I’m going to concentrate on reading books from my “Favourite Authors” list, I have a load of them on there and I spend so much time reading ARC’s that I just don’t clear this list as much as I would like so unless I have tour books I need to read I’m going to concentrate solely on this list, my own month-long Christmas gift to myself!

Book of the Month

I can’t believe this is the penultimate Book of the Month, I will do my December Book of the month a little before the end of December so that they are in the mix for my Books of the Year post.

Watching Glass Shatter - James J. CudneyWatching Glass Shatter left me an emotional wreck, I’ve read back on some of my other reviews this year and I’ve said they left me feeling emotional and thinking on how I felt reading those was nothing compared to how I was left feeling after I finished this. I got through an entire box of tissues reading this book, I sobbed big ugly real tears as I read about the Glass brothers and their turmoils. I felt so connected to them that, still now, over a month later, they are completely real in my head. This is a book I connected with on so many levels and I just can’t imagine why anybody wouldn’t connect with it and love it as much as I did.

My Review

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Giveaway Wins

eARCs

Reviews

Four Star: Lavish by C.M. Stunich and Wicked Torture by J. Kenner.
Five Star: Dark & Stormy by J. Mercer and The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles.

Other Posts

I had a birthday giveaway for a signed copy of Now You See Me by Kierney Scott (you have one day left to enter if you haven’t already)!

The most recent Music Monday was a birthday buddy special featuring Alter Bridge.

The latest TBR Topple is now live and ready for you to vote!

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Week in Review – 26 November 2017

I’ve been working on some things ready for next year I have some of my favourite authors secured for The Bookshelf in 2018, I’m literally bouncing off the walls with excitement over who I’ve secured. One will close out the year with the final bookshelf of the year and the others will be taking part in early 2018. It’s very exciting. Don’t forget anyone can take part just head here.

I’ve been busy with the mental health side of things again this week. The campaign I’ve been working on with my volunteering role went live this week at an event attended by Bristol’s Mayor and a number of other influential people from various organisations within the City. I had a great conversation with the Superintendent in charge of Mental Health for Avon & Somerset Police, it was great to meet someone in a position like this so passionate about mental health. This week I’ve appeared on Made in Bristol TV News and BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast, it’s been a busy week! The video we made for this campaign is below.

NaNoWriMo has gone really well, I hit the 50,000 words to complete it yesterday. For my first NaNo, I feel quite positive with how I went, especially as I finished early. When I started the month I didn’t think I would complete, but I’ve felt really inspired as I’ve written this novel and other than a few days where I’ve struggled to get the word count out I’ve really flown through it. I now need to backfill some areas of the novel that need more depth, and there are some additional chapters I want to add so I will set myself a new schedule and get on with it after my holiday.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and as always I’ll be running a giveaway, this year is probably my best yet, I tied it in with the release of a fantastic book so I hope you’re all ready for this! The post will go up at midday tomorrow and the Rafflecopter will stay open for a couple of weeks.

I go on holiday for a week next Thursday so the blog will go quiet for a bit. knowing me I will be about on Social Media, I can’t help myself(!) but there will be no posts until I get home. The plan is to have a nice relaxing week and to read loads. I really hope that pans out. More than anything I’m looking forward to sun, lots and lots of sun!

You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlaneThanks as always to everybody who voted in this month’s TBR Topple poll. I’ve had a great run of books from these polls so far, so I’m really looking forward to picking up this month’s winner. With 42.86% of the votes, the winner was, You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane. I’ll be reviewing it next month and the new poll will go up when I get home from my holiday so will be slightly later than usual.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: and a Sixpence for Luck by Lilac Mills.
Five Star: A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble and Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights by Leonard Durso and Become the Force by Daniel M. Jones. The Bookshelf this week featured the very lovely Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea.

Music Monday this week featured Bon Jovi with a Thanksgiving-themed song.

I also took part in the Brotherhood of the World Award.

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#Review: A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

A Stranger in the Cove is the final book in the Templeton Cove series by Rachel Brimble, I have been so honoured to have been able to read most of these books in advance of their release and have to thank Rachel from the bottom of my heart for letting me have copies of them. I can’t wait to see what she has coming next, and if you’ve not started this series yet I highly recommend it!

Description

Mac Orman is on a mission. When he discovers his recently deceased father had been searching for his birth mother, Mac aims to finish the job by finding the grandmother he never knew. His quest leads him to Templeton Cove—and a firecracker of a woman who instantly jump-starts his tortured heart.

For Mac, Kate Harrington is the most tempting kind of distraction. But their sizzling connection comes with a side of suspicion for Kate, who doesn’t trust this brooding stranger in her town. Mac arrived with no plans to stay, but as he falls for Kate, he wonders how he could ever possibly leave.

Review

A Stranger in the Cove is the eighth and final standalone novel in the Templeton Cove series by Rachel Brimble and boy did she finish with the best of the bunch. I will admit putting a musician in as the lead male probably swayed me just a bit but still, this story is outstanding and had me completely unable to put the book down.

Mac has come into Templeton Cove with one thing on his mind, he wants to find his biological Grandmother and tell her what being adopted did to his Father. He has no intention to sugarcoat his message and doesn’t care what emotional damage his appearance may cause.

Kate, our resident charitable whirlwind who we’ve met a few times in this series, knows instantly that something is up with Mac and she wants to get to the bottom of his appearance in town before anybody gets hurt, especially if it’s somebody she cares about. The problem is she likes him, despite his shifty demeanour and the fact he annoys all kinds of hell out of her.

Rachel Brimble has woven a situation that makes it almost impossible for love to flourish, with two people pulling in different directions while their emotions are pulling them towards each other. It was hard to read at times willing them to find a way and even as a reader you couldn’t figure out what would be the best solution.

Mac and Kate were the perfect story to end the Templeton Cove saga on and while getting to the end of this book was bittersweet I know whatever is coming next from Rachel Brimble will be wonderful.

A huge thank you to Rachel Brimble and Harlequin/Mills & Boon for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleA Stranger in the Cove
Series: Templeton Cove #8
Author: Rachel Brimble
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon Superromance
Publication Date: 1 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 211
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository | Wordery

Week in Review – 12 November 2017

It’s been another hectic week. After being in London again last weekend for Gollancz Fest (you can catch my write up here) I’ve been busy with volunteering, the blog, writing and trying to squeeze in some reading as well!

NaNoWriMo seems to be going reasonably well so far, I’m fractionally ahead on the word count and considering this book has a mind of its own and I’m struggling to keep it lined up with my outline I’m quite pleased I’m still churning chapters out!

I’m quite behind with reviews at the moment, I’m averaging about ten books waiting to be reviewed at any one time at the moment. So for any authors who know I’ve read their books and are waiting for the reviews, I am getting there but I’m reading quicker than I’m writing at the moment. For those whose books I’ve not read yet, my TBR is ridiculous right now and I’m reading as quickly as possible. I’m staying up until 2/3am most days reading to try and get through as many books as possible.

Next week I’m doing another radio interview about how I got into volunteering with the mental health walking group. I trained as a peer worker and walk leader to volunteer with the group, I’ll be talking about how I got to that point and how I use physical activity to help look after my mental health.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

I have no words to defend how many books I’ve bought this week…I have a problem!

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Three Star: The Lido Girls by Allie Burns.
Four Star: Risky and Wild by Violet Blaze, Professor Next Door by Summer Cooper.
Five Star: Savage and Racy and Glacier by Violet Blaze.

Other Posts

I had a Guest Post from Christina Bauer on the Wolves and Roses blog tour.

The wonderful Jo from My Chestnut Reading Tree joined me on The Bookshelf this week, do check it out if you haven’t already. I wrote about GollanczFest before I forgot everything (hey you know me!).

Music Monday this week featured the rather awesome Delain. I took part in the Anything But Books Tag.

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Week in Review – 22 October 2017

I’ve been recovering from the Bronchitis this week but I’ve been busy working with a couple of authors who I have taken on as marketing clients. I’m really excited about this new freelance route I’ve developed and using my marketing background to help authors is really rewarding.

I’ve also started working on the next revision of my book. I’ve had some awesome feedback from beta readers and have started to work that into this revision and can already see how great the book will be when I finish the edits.

I’m also reading a lot at the moment, I have a week coming up in November with five review tours (bad planning Claire!) so I’m trying to get all the books read as soon as possible so that I don’t trip myself up when that week gets closer! Honestly, I don’t know how I get myself in these fixes sometimes, especially as I’ve been trying to reduce the amount I’m doing!

The TBR Topple winner for this month has been chosen and the winner is: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis, keep an eye out for the review next month.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton, If I Want You by Rachel Brimble, the Personalised Modern Girls Guide to Happy Hour by Ada Adverse, Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich and Tate James, and A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt.

Other Posts

I had a guest post from Kate Hewitt on the A Vicarage Christmas blog tour, I had an excerpt from The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy. I featured Tina Guo on Music Monday this week. I also took part in the Hocus Pocus Book Tag. I had Lynne from Fictionphile join me on The Bookshelf this week.

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