Monday, 12 October 2015

Review: Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker

Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)Surviving Ice

Author: K.A Tucker
Series: Burying Water
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Release date: 27th October 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.

Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed book number three in the Burying Water series, Chasing River – I am yet to read the first two books but they are on my tbr pile and I am quite eager to get to them so I was keen to start on Surviving Ice. At the start of this book I wasn’t sure how I would warm to Sebastian but as the story progressed, I found myself really enjoying the characters and the storyline.

Our MC is talented tattoo artist Ivy Lee who we met in Chasing River, she likes to move around and her latest stop is in San Francisco working with her uncle at his tattoo shop; she begins to feel settled until her uncle and his client is murdered in a robbery but she soon finds out there is more to it than what she originally thought; she plans on moving on but sticks around to fix up her uncles house, shop and dealings.

Sebastian Riker works for a private security company and has been contacted by his long-time friend, fellow former navy seal and now boss to locate evidence that could cause trouble for his company, Alliance. With an interesting past Sebastian doesn’t believe in killing just to cover tracks so he gets closer to Ivy to see what she knows about her uncle’s dealings and a particular item they are in search of.

I liked both Ivy and Sebastian, they couldn’t have been more different – Ivy was quite forward and brash and Sebastian serious, strong and stoic, as I mentioned earlier I didn’t instantly warm to him, he came across as cold but once they met and began to interact I found myself liking their banter and the way he protected her. Their chemistry was pretty instantaneous but the romance didn’t feel rushed or forced at all, it all flowed and came together nicely. In the last book I thought we'd get a Rowen and Ivy pairibg but I was glad to meet someone new.

The side characters were each interesting and I liked finding out the reasoning behind the murders; it all came together well in the end.

You could tell how much research and thought went into writing this book, it was wonderfully written and had me hooked from the very beginning, we also get both Ivy and Sebastian’s POV which worked well.

Overall, I enjoyed the romance, mystery and likeable characters. Surviving Ice is a nice addition to the Burying Water series.

Thank you to Atria Books via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Surviving Ice.

K.A. TuckerAbout the author: Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. 

She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 

All images/blurb/author details etc. have been copied from GoodReads

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: Revealed to Him by Jen Frederick

Revealed to HimRevealed to Him

Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Kerr Chronicles
Pages: 272
Publisher/Source: Jen Frederick / Netgalley
Release date: 3rd November 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Handsome and tough Jake Tanner, a veteran and the owner of a successful security firm, never lets his past hold him back. Despite his prosthetic hand and foot, women swoon over him—and with him between the sheets. Yet Jake feels bored and restless…until he’s hired to protect a beautiful writer whose life is in terrible danger.

Self-imprisoned by the fear of the anonymous stalkers who threaten her life, video-game writer Natalie Beck now only dreams of the world outside her pink-bedecked apartment. Trusting people again is off-limits. But the more time Jake spends with her, the more his professional commitment evolves from simple duty to scorching desire. While deeply sensual sparks ignite between the two, the danger outside circles closer. Will Jake’s intense devotion be enough to save Natalie? Or will she turn away from the one man willing to do anything to save her?

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

I am a huge Jen Frederick fan so when I noticed Revealed to Him on Netgalley it was an instant request. It is also the first book I have read in the Kerr Chronicles series so I am not too sure how much I have missed by not reading books 1 and 2.

Veteran Jake Tanner owns and runs a security company, he is successful and driven and despite having had his hand and foot amputated; he doesn’t let anything hold him back.

When Jake is hired to protect writer Natalie Beck who has had her life threatened he would do anything to keep her safe; Natalie doesn’t trust easily and has very few friends; she stays inside due to severe anxiety and panic attacks so letting Jake get too close isn’t on the cards despite her dreaming of a life of normalcy.

I liked both Jake and Natalie; Jake was strong and extremely protective of Natalie but at times he did come across as quite forceful which annoyed me on occasion because of the way Natalie was, I liked his openness when it came to his prosthetics; Natalie was a sweetheart and I can’t imagine what her daily struggles would be like, I felt Jen Frederick wrote her mental illness in a way that was sympathetic and believable, you could really grasp her daily struggles.

I have loved everything I have read to date by Jen Frederick, she is an amazing writer and her characters are true to life and lovable but for some reason I didn’t fall in love with love Jake and Natalie and this storyline as I have her other characters/series despite their touching stories and maybe it’s because I couldn’t connect with their situation; I’m unsure.

I would like to know more about Kaga and Jake’s sister (I can’t remember her name); their story would be great as would Oliver’s. I was able to guess the bad person early on in the story but I was surprised by their reasoning.

Jen Frederick’s writing is flawless and despite not completely loving this title, I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Thanks to Jen Frederick via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Revealed to Him.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Review: Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick

Sacked (Gridiron, #1)Sacked

Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron
Pages: 300
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Release date: 6th September 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

What he wants he gets... 

Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. Knox knows what he wants--and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he's set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she's the sister of his fellow teammate, but that's not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one. 

...but he's never met her before. 

But Ellie isn't as sure. She's trying to start a new life and she's not interested in a relationship...with anyone. Beside it's not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother's teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing. 

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

This one ticked all the boxes for me, amazing characters, a sweet romance, beautifully written and an engaging storyline, I even learnt a thing or two about a sport I had no idea about.

I was sooo eager to read this book since Jen Frederick released the first chapter, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to meet Ellie and Knox and they certainly made quite the impression, I loved every moment that they were together and my only small gripe was the ending which I can’t comment on to avoid spoilers.

Knox Masters is a football player, top of his game and looking for the national title; when he meets Ellie Campbell he knows what he wants and he pursues her despite her being his teammates sister.

Ellie is adamant she won’t repeat a mistake that she made in high school by dating another football player but Knox was relentless, it was a little insta-love but thankfully it didn’t bother me. Ellie also has a lot of pressure on her and is keeping a very big secret. I really felt for the predicament she was in and I was quite surprised by how it all unfolded; I despised her mother for this. Ellie would make a great best friend; she was a sweetheart, confident and sassy.

All of the characters were well developed, Knox was confident and determined without being arrogant; he was the perfect package as were his teammates, I’d love to see Ellie’s brother Jack have his own book; I adored the relationship these siblings shared.

As with all of Jen Fredericks books, she writes the most amazing romances, they don’t come without drama but they are still pretty perfect and Knox and Ellie were no exception; I adored their interactions, the banter and their intense chemistry certainly made things entertaining. I couldn’t get enough of them. Knox was also a virgin, the tables were turned in this NA but he certainly wasn’t without experience, we got some pretty steamy smexy steams – perfectly written.

I enjoyed learning a little more about football, I am hopeless when it comes to sports but I was absorbed in the games, the friendship between the players and of course the politics. I also enjoyed Knox’s relationship with his identical twin and his parents; very different to what Ellie was going through with hers.

Jen Frederick is a fabulous writer, I have loved all of her books immensely; Sacked is a fantastic addition to the new adult genre, I can’t wait to see who’s up next in the Gridiron series. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

Finding PerfectFinding Perfect

Author: Kendra C. Highley
Series: -
Pages: 199
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release date: 14th September 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

How far will you go for perfection? 

For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

Review: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy these types of books, witty and fun with a side of serious thrown in to balance it all out perfectly.

Paige Westfield is the picture-perfect daughter but is pushed too hard by her parents. When she fails her calculus test it seems her dream of Stanford may be on the line; her only saving grace seems to be accepting tutoring help from Ben Franklin; a boy from the wrong side of town and with a request of his own.

Ben was a sweetheart! he agrees to tutor Paige if she will make him more appealing to her best friend Zoey who is quite popular.

All of the characters were well written and likeable – there was no bad guy in this book which I appreciated, Paige was really sweet, ambitious and a perfectionist and she was willing to help anyone when needed, Ben was such a great character, smart and funny and complimented Paige beautifully, his home life was quite difficult but he was trying to make more of it by working hard to achieve his dreams; I really hope Zoey gets her own book, she was a fabulous best friend.

The romance was my favourite aspect, seeing Paige realise that Ben was pretty perfect himself was great to see unfold; her parents would definitely not approve but she was able to look above where he was from. A slow to burn romance is always my favourite.

Speaking of Paige’s parents, I couldn’t stand her mother but came to like her father! The pressure she was under to be perfect in every which way was OTT. I felt for her.

I enjoyed the authors writing style, getting both Paige's and Ben's POV added depth and allowed me to relate to both of the characters.
With these types of books you can guess what the outcome is going to be but the fun part is getting to that point, it was quite predictable.

Finding Perfect is a sweet, light-hearted read without angst and drama. A perfect cute, fluffy book.

Thank you to Entangled Crush for the opportunity to read and review Finding Perfect.

Kendra C. HighleyAbout the author

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)

Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Blackcoat Rebellion
Pages: 299
Publisher/Source: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date: 25th November 2014

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from the first book

Captive is the second book in the Blackcoat Rebellion series and begins where Pawn left off.

Everything was certainly kicked up a notch in Captive – the intense action, betrayals and surprise plot twists had my mind spinning but I loved each and every moment.

Kitty’s reckless behaviour drove me crazy in the first book and it is probably worse in Captive unfortunately but in saying this she is a generous character who thinks of others before herself, especially when it came to Benjy who I have come to really like but for the first part of the book I still felt he was a bit of a mystery and we didn’t know enough about him, I also still feel they are suited more as friends and even though Knox could be a complete ass and was extremely frustrating, I preferred him as the love interest for some silly reason.

As we know, in the first book Kitty had been masked to become Lila Hart and the decisions she has had to make in order to survive have been extremely difficult with a lot of sacrifices needing to be made. Her world is now more hostile than what we knew it in Pawn and as a result she ends up where she was most afraid of – Elsewhere, which was brutal. 

The plot is fast-paced with some wonderful action sequences, the villain is written to perfection and we are introduced to a wonderful secondary cast who each play a pivotal role in the overall story.

Captive started off slowly for me but it soon picked up and delivered action and surprising plot twists, leaving me flipping the pages wanting to know what would happen. The world-building is original but I still feel there are certain aspects which are lacking when it comes to the details of how it all came about, it was hinted at and unless I have missed something I felt it was lacking.

Overall, Captive delivered an action-packed thrill ride that I was almost unwilling to let go of when it ended. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series Queen which has an anticipated 2015 release date. 

Thank you to Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Captive.

Aimee Carter
About the author: Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She is the author of several series, including The Goddess Test series, The Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series.

QUEEN (#3 of The Blackcoat Rebellion) will be released on November 24th, 2015.

SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN (#1 of the Simon Thorn series, Bloomsbury) will be released February 2, 2016.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Review: Ten things Sloane Hates about Tru by Tera Lynn Childs

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (Creative HeArts, #1)Ten things Sloane Hates about Tru

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Creative Hearts
Pages: 245
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release date: 14th September 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads): When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Ten things Sloane Hates about Tru was an entertaining read and just what I needed at this moment, light-hearted and without unnecessary drama.

When Sloane Whitaker is forced by her mother to finish her final schooling year in Texas and leave her friends in NYC she is less than impressed but it is her mother’s way of getting her away from the trouble that she had been in.

I was so curious about what Sloane had done & we get snippets along the way but the suspense of it all kept me interested.

The characters were each likeable, Tru Dorsey; Sloane’s new neighbour had an interesting backstory but I don’t feel like we had any real conclusion to the predicament he was in. I also liked Sloane despite her stubbornness with the move and change, she was very woe is me.

We get a small amount of romance but it wasn’t at the forefront of the story which I appreciated.

The title is a little misleading, I didn’t get any hate vibes or animosity from the characters at all, and sure Tru could be a little annoying and persistent but I enjoyed the interactions that they had together. I felt she hated that she had to move and leave her friends more than anything.

I really enjoy Tera Lynn Childs writing style, I have read her previous series; Medusa Girls which had a completely different, darker feel to it; this was fun and entertaining and definitely more light hearted.

Thank you to Entangled Crush for the opportunity to read and review Ten things Sloane Hates about Tru.

Tera Lynn ChildsAbout the author: Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.