#BlogTour: Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North @leslienorthbook @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of the blog tour for Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North. If you want to follow the tour you can do so over at Xpresso Book Tours.

Description

Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.

Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.

Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.Tempting the Rancher - Tour Banner

Review

Nat has taken responsibility for the family ranch after his father’s death and while his Brother’s are off pursuing other life path’s. His one regret in life is January, the girl who left town with his heart ten years ago. And then she returns a whirlwind of freshness and colour, turning his world upside down.

Tempting the Rancher is a novella, and as such fits into a weekend nice and comfortably. I found some of this book a bit slow going, some of it a little over-described which in a novella is a shame as they are normally very quick moving. I would have liked to have felt more deeply embedded into the characters lives, instead, I felt a little detached from them until near the very end.

Nat and January are not happy people, they both come across as such sad characters the misery just clings to you through their dialogue. They feel sad about their life choices, themselves, even the things they are passionate about. It’s a smorgasbord of sad.

This is a good story, with some really likeable characters there were just a few flaws which slowed down my pace a little.

I’m very grateful to Leslie North and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Leslie North

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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

Author links:

http://leslienorthbooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1899287.Leslie_North

https://www.facebook.com/leslienorthbooks/

https://twitter.com/leslienorthbook

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TitleTempting the Rancher
Series: Meier Ranch Brothers #1
AuthorLeslie North
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell @SamRussellBooks

This was my TBR Topple winner for March. Thank you to everyone who voted and if you haven’t voted this month today is your last chance the poll can be found here.

Description

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…

Review

I won a copy of A Bed of Brambles quite a while ago and after winning my TBR Topple poll in March I dove in. I haven’t read book one so I had some concerns about diving into book two but I took the risk.

Hettie returns from South Africa to Alexander the two of them bonding and trying to build their relationship while hitting some bumps in the road. This is a couple who have both made mistakes, but Alexander is one of those self-absorbed men who have one set of rules for himself and another for her.

As the book progressed I liked him less and less hoping that Hettie would find another man to take his place, someone who would appreciate her far more and help her with her business venture not just frown, moan and sleep around. I loved that this was very much centred around stables and horses. That wonderful country feel as you read is all-encompassing and the people in the book are reassuring and friendly.

I found some of the transitions between scenes a little abrupt, and it was sometimes a little slow going but overall this is a really enjoyable romance.

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TitleA Bed of Brambles
Series: Draymere Hall #2
Author: Sam Russell
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 3 March 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 381
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

#BlogTour: Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne @JessicaJayne13 @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

I’m pleased to welcome you to the blog tour for Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne. If you want to follow the tour you can do so over at Xpresso Book Tours.

Description

Twenty-three year old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals–start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents’ thirty-one year old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams.

Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn’t easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined.

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Review

I think it’s fair to say that there aren’t enough books like this, where the woman is older. In this case 31 year old Stacey is 8 years older than her neighbours son Ren. He has fancied her for years but she was married and unobtainable. Now she is single and he is on a mission to make her his.

I loved the dynamics in this relationship, not least because rolls reversed there wouldn’t be anywhere near as much concern or outrage about the relationship as there is with this one. I really enjoyed seeing these two dance and make their way to each other, deciding between lust and love.

I really enjoyed this book but I felt like it could have been filled out more, it was quite short and I felt like it was missing a lot of background. I could have read so much more about these two and their journey to love. This is an enjoyable afternoon read.

I’m very grateful to Jessica Jayne and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Jessica Jayne

Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the hot stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She shares her love of travel with her husband and children. She’s a huge sports fan, especially football. She  the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure!

Author links:
https://jessicajayneauthor.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545547.Jessica_Jayne

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJessicaJayne/

https://twitter.com/JessicaJayne13

 

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TitleLet Me Love You
Series: N/A
AuthorJessica Jayne
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 18 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 207
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#Review: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ILA121209

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

Review

This book is told through three stories, Khloe who owns a flower store, and Connie and Gabby who are customers of Khloe’s. Each woman is at different stages of their life, and each woman is looking for love in different ways.

Khloe is consumed by running her store, it’s gathering success and she loves bringing joy to people in the form of flowers. When she meets a man over her store counter she mistakes his advances for a business meeting.

Connie has never had a boyfriend, after being in a terrible accident as a young child she has never fully gained self-confidence and now sends flowers to herself at work because she is afraid of being seen as a loser for being single and wants to gain acceptance from the spiteful women she works with.

Gabby is a widow and feels like it may be time to dip her toe back in the water so joins a dating site.

The book is light-hearted and moves reasonably quickly. There were a few issues for me. It’s called Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop so for me I expected the story to be shaped around the flower cards, but very few of them were mentioned. Not a huge issue I just got to the end of the book and felt the title didn’t really make much sense to the way the story shaped out.

I felt like some situations could have been played out for more chick-lit humour. Such as Gabby joining a dating site. The first response she gets is the person she ends up dating. Now I don’t know about the rest of you but my experience of dating sites was not that perfect. I think it would have been funnier and more realistic to have her wade through a few weirdos first.

I felt Connie’s situation was really over the top, do people really do what she was doing? Wouldn’t someone who had been through what she had been through have had therapy to help them deal with a lot of the issues she’d had? I struggled to believe that as a child she had been completely neglected and left to deal with all of her trauma which had then turned her into a completely unconfident and neurotic adult.

Khloe though I enjoyed, I understood her situation I believed her reaction to situations, although I found Derek a bit of an idiot for lying to her. I think I would have preferred just a solo story with just the two of them.

I didn’t dislike this book but I spent a fair amount of time frustrated with some of the reactions, decisions that were being made. There was also an uncertainty on how far to take the sex scenes, some of them crept close to being graphic and then cut off, others stayed strictly PG. I think authors need to decide which avenue they want to go down then stick with it. I have no issue reading PG books that don’t show sex, equally, as you all know, I love full graphic sex. But this 50/50 not sure where it’s going thing is awkward and uncomfortable for everybody.

I have to thank Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tour for the eARC so that I can honestly review this.

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TitleCard’s From Khloe’s Flower Shop
Series: N/A
Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre: Chick Lit | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 290
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#Review: Spirited by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich

Description

Brynn of Haversey is a spirit whisperer—a person blessed with the ability to see and speak to the dead. In the country of Amerin, she’s one of a select few with magical gifts known as whisperers.

Every year, the Royal College accepts a small number of new students, all magically inclined, all whisperers. Competition is brutal and the classes, nearly impossible to pass for a half-breed angel with two left feet and a massive pair of black feathered wings.

Oh, and especially if she brings her six ghostly boyfriends with her to the academy (including the recently deceased crown prince, a master thief hanged for his crimes, and a former student of the Royal College). What kind of spirit whisperer is Brynn of Haversey if she can’t exorcise her own soulmates? But Brynn isn’t attending the most prestigious academy in the world to become a better exorcist—she’s searching for a way to bring her lovers back to life …

SPIRITED is a full-length (300+ page) reverse harem romance with a (slightly) clumsy but still kick-butt angel heroine and her six boyfriends who just happen to be ghosts. This book includes foul language, violence, and sexual situations.

Review

Oh I guess it had to happen one day, that a C.M. Stunich book would come along that just didn’t hit the spot for me. I mean, it was good, but it just didn’t bowl me over in the way I’ve come to expect from a Stunich novel.

Spirited features Brynn a spirit whisperer who is determined to make it into the Royal College, she’s also crazy mad in love with the Crown Prince, Air, her best friend since forever. As the book progresses, she meets various spirits who become attached to her, we don’t learn how this happens and she has no clue. All the spirits are male and they all fancy the britches off of her.

She’s set on a mission which if she succeeds would mean she could bring the spirits back to life. This mission had me questioning whether these men liked her for genuine reasons or because of what they could potentially get out of her (yeah sue me, I’m a cynic).

Despite my cynicsm I liked the guys, they had opposing personalities, that grated on each other in most cases. It made for funny conversations and some awkward moments. I also liked how only spirit whisperers could see the spirits unless they had a spirit charm meaning some odd moments happened when the spirits were around and those who couldn’t see them walked in on conversations/sat on them etc.

The fight scenes were wonderful, fluid and graphic. Very reminiscent of some of the epic fantasy novels I read and I thoroughly enjoyed them. There is a lot of death in this book, and honestly as a fan of grimdark I’m never going to complain at lots of death!

My issue though was with Brynn, I couldn’t warm to her, she’s head over heels in love with Air, this I have no issue with, and I’ve seen this trope in reverse harem before but the inclusion of additional men has worked really well regardles. But I just didn’t believe it here. She is so friggin’ obsessed with Air that I just didn’t buy it that she was attracted to anybody else. So when she did connect to other men in the group it just pissed me off. The irony being I preferred some of those guys but I just felt they could do better than Brynn.

I’m hoping that the story progressing in book two will help me get over this hurdle, I love Stunich’s writing and I’m always normally totally convinced by everything she wants us to believe in the story so I’m not going to give up on this story and have the next installment pre-ordered ready to dive back in.

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TitleSpirited
Series: The Academy of Spirits and Shadows #1
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Magic | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn blog tour, this is a MG/YA Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy. Huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Joshua N’Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.

On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.

With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua’s talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.

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Review

Joshua N’Gon is a good kid, he goes to a good school although he’s not academically astute, he has a good moral compass, he has good friends, and he knows how to have fun, mostly with his real cool tool a bracelet like device that sits on his arm and turns his life into a real life computer game. He isn’t any normal kid though and as he starts to unravel his past with the help of his friends the dangers he faces become very real.

For me, this book wasn’t a good fit, I just didn’t gel with the story right from the beginning and gave up mid-way through…but…the reason I went ahead with the review was because the writing was fantastic, the story was even fantastic. I just think I was completely the wrong target audience for it, it kept running through my head when I was reading it that if was 13-16 I would probably have sped through the book in record time. But I’m not, I’m almost 40 and it just wasn’t hitting the spot for me.

I have absolutely no doubt that those reading MG/YA novels who love SciFi/Fantasy/Gaming will eat this up. It has so much in terms of the elements these kids are looking for, Hewitt’s writing is is enjoyable and easy to follow. I definitely recommend it for those of you with teens who need a new book for their kindles.

Sending huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Anthony Hewitt

Anthony has been writing for over 15 years.  Mainly writing for mature readers, his genre of choice has always been speculative fiction. The YA category is such an exciting category that he wanted to include a diverse set of character with a different cultural perspective.  He’s enjoyed himself so much he intends to keep creating fantastic new stories for a 12+ audience.

Book website: www.thelastprince.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36222715-joshua-n-gon?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956266010/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

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TitleJoshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn
Series: N/A
Author: Anthony Hewitt
Genre: Young Adult | Middle Grade | Science Fiction | Urban Fantasy | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 5 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 461
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#Review: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley @RosannaLey @QuercusBooks

Description

Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a surprise phone call from her old college friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia and is married to Italian hotelier, Fabio.

When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer break in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to recharge her batteries and think about her future.

But then Charlotte tells Faye that there’s something more behind the sudden invitation: her friends Marisa and Alessandro are looking for a designer to renovate a crumbling old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu.

The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she’s letting herself in for if she accepts this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . .

Review

Faye has taken a chance and changed career directions, having been back to university to complete an interior design degree which she has just completed she is ready to get started in her new career, the only snag she has no work. Her boyfriend left her while she was studying and she is stone cold broke.

When her close friend Charlotte invites her to Sardinia to stay with her and her husband it all sounds too good to be true, so when it turns out the invite comes with strings, house sitting and consulting for some friends who are refurbishing a local theatre style strings Faye has to decide if she is ready to jump into a fire of this size.

I enjoyed the style that Rosanna Ley used to tell the story, Faye’s story being the central string with other characters taking the lead for a chapter here and there, Faye’s parents and characters within the Sardinian village as well. there was a lot of emotional drama and a mystery which slowly unravelled and romance which for me was far too slow to burn and didn’t really fulfil my need to see romance in a novel.

I didn’t really like Faye either, now I know liking a character isn’t essential for enjoying a novel, and for the most part I did enjoy this novel. But I just found Faye really immature, and hard to relate to. I despised her parents, honestly, I couldn’t understand how they got into the mess they did…communication people! I loved our Sardinian characters though, their feisty blunt approach to everything was really refreshing and I had a real soft spot for them particularly Alessandro.

Overall, an enjoyable but slightly slow read with not enough on the romantic side for my liking and a really disagreeable main character.

I have to thank Rosanna Ley and Quercus for the eARC via NetGalley so that I could read and provide my honest opinion.

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TitleThe Little Theatre by the Sea
Series: N/A
Author: Rosanna Ley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Travel | Romance | Romantic Suspense | Mystery
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 9 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsHardcover | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 464
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