#Review: Learning To Fly by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

If you missed my review of book one in this series I’ve linked to it below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!

Book 1 – Living in the Shallows
Book 2 – Diving Deep

Description

Tinker Bell’s life has changed so much in the past six months. She’s gone from being a poor music student to the girlfriend of a member of one of the most successful bands in the world. In Learning to Fly, the third in the UK Crush series, she travels to New York City with Teddy to compete in the most important piano audition of her life, to prestigious Hamilton Conservatory.

Life has never been easy for her, and though knowing Gethin, Ronan, Matthew, and of course, Teddy, has been wonderful, life is still fraught with unforeseeable problems. Her relationship with Teddy continues to grow as she falls more in love with him in beautiful wintertime Manhattan, and surprises await in the magical city of her dreams.

Review

Learning to Fly is book three in this series about music student Tinker Bell and her unlikely relationship with the hit pop band UK Crush. Having fallen in love with Teddy the previously biggest playboy of the band she has now moved to London to be with him and has a close relationship with the remaining members of the band Gethin, Ronan, and Matthew.

I suspect they are a little bit in love with her but so far there has been no sighting of a reverse-harem style storyline appearing in this although it is quite the sex-romp. Tink and Teddy are quite the adorable if highly sexed couple and watching them navigate their relationship which is very much under a public spotlight with the press, and fans watching and critiquing every move they make…which I’ll be honest is something I have never understood. This is something in the heavy metal world we don’t do. People are with who they are with we don’t analyse it!

As they head to Manhattan for Tink’s big college audition we see them trying to enjoy their time and the weight of all the attention coming down on them even more. Tink starts to get thrown into the limelight becoming famous in her own right and we see how she has to try and cope with it. This wasn’t something she asked for or wanted she just fell in love with someone who was famous. That makes this such a complicated situation for her and I really empathised with her situation, I wondered at several points in this book was she going to have to choose between her life and Teddy.

Teddy as always is wonderful and does everything he can to bring Tink as much happiness as he can, his whole world revolves around her and he is the definition of smitten kitten. I think any lady would be lucky to have a man half as in love as Teddy is and I think Tink knows that.

This is another thoroughly enjoyable read, it’s easily a one sit read, all these characters are like good friends now and I love spending time with them.

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I won in a Giveaway and have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleLearning To Fly
Series: UK Crush #3
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 7 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 178
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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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.

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#Review: Diving Deep by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

If you missed my review of book one in this series I’ve linked to it below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!

Book 1 – Living in the Shallows

As an extra bonus, Diving Deep is available for free download (see buy links at end of post) until Friday this week!

Description

Learning to live can be difficult. Aileen Foster, aka Tinker Bell the Bitchtastic, aka Birdie, has come to London to live with Theo Shelley, who is one quarter of UK Crush, the most popular boyband in the world, while she prepares for her piano audition to Hamilton Conservatory in New York. She’s new to England, to relationships, to love, to life, really. But she’s trying.

Review

Now that Tink has fallen in love and chosen which of the band members she wants to be with she moves to London to be with Theo and to prepare for her audition at Hamilton. Her professor has hooked her up with a tutor to help her prepare and he becomes deeply entwined in the story through this book adding a new level of intrigue as Tink and Theo navigate life as a new couple very much in the limelight.

Things hot up hugely in this book, if the first book was a PG rating this one is most definitely an 18! There is sex on almost every other page, these are probably the most horny couple to have ever existed anywhere ever. They are at it like jackrabbits. It’s hot and heavy and pretty interesting. They talk a lot more than I expect, and say what I consider to be some funny things. But the love between them is completely undeniable and I love this so much.

Tink definitely comes out of her shell during this book, in Living in the Shallows she was definitely very uptight, but we see a softer more looser side of her in Diving Deep. Her being completely perfect at everything is still a little annoying but it’s not quite so obvious now that the focus is more on the relationship as opposed to her as a person.

The other boys spend plenty of time in this book so don’t worry if you’ve got a favourite and you’re worried you will miss him. My personal favourite is Geth and there is plenty of time with him!

This is a huge one for the win, the upgrade into more erotic fiction with the strong storyline just makes this such an enjoyable read.

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I won in a Giveaway and have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleDiving Deep

Series: UK Crush #2

Author: Tani Hanes

Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 10 December 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 258
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 9 July 2017

Well, it was great taking a week off, my holiday was a bit of a wash out, literally as the tent flooded and we had to come home but these things happen and I’m just glad that we got some time out and managed to get some day trips in.

I’ve combined this update to show what I’ve been reading over the two weeks since my last update so there’s quite a lot here, or not considering it’s been two weeks!

Book of the Month

June was a great reading month for me and it has been really difficult to choose a book of the month, which is why I chose three! I know, I know and I’m sorry but these were three epic books and picking between them was torture so I just didn’t!

Skullsworn was the first novel I have read by Brian Staveley but I will definitely be going back and reading his previous work, it deeply affected me and aside from being a brutal and bloody epic fantasy it was also a heartbreaking read. The Lost Sentinel was the second novel by indie author Suzanne Rogerson, and after her first novel I had high hopes which she completely knocked out of the ballpark. This exceeded every expectation I had and was a superb start to a new series with characters that you become completely entwined with! Godblind is one of the most brutal books I’ve ever read, there are scenes in this book you will never forget. Anna Stephens writing is sublime and haunting and you just can’t stop reading it. There are some awesome characters but that ending, my God, that ending!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: The Château of Happily Ever Afters, Home Field, A Gathering of Ravens, Living in the Shallows, Cheater, The Gunslinger and Blood Bank.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for In Her Blood, and Dirty. Content blog tours for The Corner Office, Hold Me Captive …Forever, and Blood Bank. I also had the very lovely Ashleigh on the Bloggers Bookshelf and revealed my picks for this month’s TBR Topple which you can now vote on.

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#Review: Living in the Shallows by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

Description

Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it’s a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she’s ready to be brave and start living.

Review

I won this book a few months ago, and when I recently won the next three books in the series I decided to get my nose into these books and see what we had. It’s no secret that I have a thing for books involving musicians, my background having worked as a music journalist probably plays into that! This one was definitely a bit different as it involved a boy band, if there is one thing I know absolutely nothing about in the music world it’s pop music and boy bands so this was interesting territory for me, but hey romance is romance right?!

Aileen is our protagonist and she has landed a job as an interpreter for what she is told are actors, only to arrive and find herself confronted with four guys the same age as her, who also happen to be the four members of the band UK Crush. Aileen is a quiet girl, and has earned the nickname Aileen the Mouse back in LA, she’s never had a boyfriend, she just focuses on her schoolwork, music, and swimming. Oh and the girl is a frickin’ genius at pretty much everything she touches.

The band members are fairly typical lads, Theo, Gethin, Ronan, and Matthew who each become besotted with Aileen (having nicknamed her Tink). You see where this is going right? The story is super sweet though and not at all tacky. There are lots of really lovely moments as they travel around Japan, and despite my reservations about the pop band thing, that all got set aside as I got absorbed in the story.

I found Tink’s perfection a little annoying, she was far from a normal girl, she was a swimming superstar, a piano genius, she could knit perfectly, it was like whatever came up Tink could do it perfectly. It got really tiresome, her only flaw was she wouldn’t stop bloody crying! I think we like our female protagonists to be relate-able and Tink was far from relate-able. Even as a classically trained musician myself I couldn’t relate to her genius at all.

This is really well written and despite a few issues I had with the main character the story is adorable and develops into a great series (which I will review soon!)

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the Paperback copy which I won in a Giveaway and have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleLiving in the Shallows
Series: UK Crush #1
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 28 October 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 295
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 25 June 2017

Well, what a glorious week! I have to say this weather really has brought out the best in me! I am sorry to all of you who turn into vampires and melt at the sight of the sun but I absolute adore this heat and the sun it’s really quite wonderful and I haven’t slept so well in ages. I hope now the temperature has dropped it doesn’t get all dark and gloomy again.

I started my new book feature on the mental health blog this week, it’s a monthly feature where I will review and spotlight a book with a mental health focus. This month was Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn. A book where Tim talks frankly and honestly about life with clinical depression, it’s well worth a look.

The TBR Topple book has also been decided and I don’t think it will be much of a surprise that the winner was The Gunslinger by Stephen King, I will be reading it next week so expect a review early July.

I’ll be away for a week after this, I’m heading to Cornwall with the tent and Hubs. I’m hoping to get in plenty of reading time though so will be battling to catch up on the reviews when I get home. There will be one blog tour posting during the week as I signed up before I knew I was going away but otherwise things will be very quiet here.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

As though I don’t have enough problems with willpower, I signed up to Kindle Unlimited! I’m doomed!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Nightseer, Ethan’s Daughter, Fallen From Grace, Godblind, and a blog tour for The Second Chance Cafe at Carlton Square.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for Shades of the Gods and Come Undone. A cover reveal for An Impossible World. A blog tour for We Have Lost The Coffee. Katherine from BibliomaniacUK joined us for The Bookshelf this week.

Giveaways

  • Seducing the Heartbreaker Prize Package incl signed copy (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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Week in Review – 4 June 2017

I’ve had a bad week this week, the dark cloud of depression has knocked me for six and a few things have made me doubt blogging. I had an author ask me to change my rating on their review which hurt more than I thought it would when I’d heard other people talking about similar encounters. I obviously said no, I think it’s safe to say as bloggers we all value our integrity and to do something like this undervalues all of our reviews not just that one.

My infection didn’t shift with the antibiotics so I’ve been given another, longer course of antibiotics which will run into my operation next week, it always makes me really angry and moody which is not helping my depressive mood or my reaction to negative situations any! I also ended up in hospital again on Friday with suspected Lithium Toxicity (which is a kind of blood poisoning) so I’m starting to feel like a real frequent flier in that place at the moment! All being well, my operation is next week, I have posts scheduled to go live while I’m away but I will likely be AWOL for a few days at least. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t visit you or don’t reply to any messages. I will be back!

Then there is my ongoing drama of trying to get a ticket to BristolCon a fantasy/sci-fi convention in October. On their website they say they offer an unwaged “membership” (their form of a ticket). I’ve been trying to get one for about 3 weeks now and it’s impossible. Last year I couldn’t go because I couldn’t afford it, this life on benefits is hard but I’ve tightened my belt a lot and have a bit to spare so could afford the early bird unwaged membership and with Jen Williams one of their guests I was well chuffed to go.

You can’t change the ticket option on the website so I tweeted them and sent an email to the address on the ticket page, after a few days I put a message up on my facebook page as I know a few people who go every year and know the people who run it and asked them if they could help me out with a contact. A few days later I got a reply on Twitter with a different email address and a promise someone would reply. I sent the email and nothing, nada, nil. And on June 1 the prices went up so I guess I won’t be going after all, which sucks! I have to say though they shouldn’t offer alternative prices if they aren’t going to honour them…that is really, truly, crap! I also won’t be trying to go again, even once I’m back in work and can afford full ticket price, I’ll go elsewhere.

Finally, in more positive news I’m taking part in Walking out of Darkness at the end of the month, it’s a mental health awareness event, walking ten miles in Weston super Mare. I’m taking part with my Brother and a mutual friend of ours and we are raising money for Bipolar UK. We have a fundraising page where you can donate if you feel so inclined or details of our text to donate are in the sidebar. We are grateful for anything you can spare for this amazing charity. Although as it’s just a couple of weeks after my operation I may be biting off more than I can chew! HAHA!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Book of the Month

I swear I only did this last week! How has it come around so quickly?!

Red Sister - Mark LawrenceI had a few books that were in the running this month with 5* reviews but only one stood out hands and feet ahead of them all and that was this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Red Sister was the kind of read that glues you to the page from the first word to the last. It was enthralling and fantasy writing at it’s very best. If this doesn’t become a classic in the genre then I will eat my fluffy hat.

“I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.”

For the full review click here.

To Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

Most Viewed In May

the-last-days-of-magicIn contrast my most viewed page in May was Mark Tompkins The Last Days of Magic, this was actually one of my Books of the Month for May. But I found out on Friday by chance that Mark is actually running a sponsored post on Facebook using my review which I’m both very flattered about and grateful for aswell.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Giveaway Wins

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 and The Modern Girls Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitz for Smoke and Mirrors, When Smoke Rains Down, Lone Wolf and Damned Either Way. a blog tour for The Velvet Chair, my new feature TBR Topple, and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Louise Rose-Innes.

Giveaways

  • Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes) (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $30 Amazon gift card & ebook copy of The Velvet Chair / 4x ebook copies of The Velvet Chair (International tour-wide giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $100 Amazon gift card / A set of signed copies of the A Breed MC series (International Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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