Saturday, 31 October 2015

Autumn in the City of Angels (Autumn #1) by Kirby Howell

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Autumn in the City of Angels (Autumn, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What would you do if you lived through the apocalypse? The real fight to survive comes after everyone else is gone.

A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress. When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors. They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.

Autumn in the City of Angels is the first novel in a series, followed by Autumn in the Dark Meadows and Autumn in the City of Lights.




Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Autumn in the City of Angels (Autumn, #1) "I’m going to make this perfectly simple. Stay away from both me and Grey. We are worlds apart on multiple levels. You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.”

This was an interesting post-apocalyptic story, with some unexpected twists.

Autumn went through a lot in this story, and although she made some poor decisions, it was easy to see why considering what she’d been through.

The storyline in this seemed to be fairly expected, until we got thrown a bit of a twist. I wasn’t sure how well this twist would work, but it did spice things up a bit.
We did get a bit of romance, although some people might think that it happened a little bit too fast.

The ending to this was another twist, and I’m not sure whether the romance will be able to survive it!

6 out of 10

The Hanging Of Cousin Charlotte by Talia Haven

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The Hanging Of Cousin Charlotte
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Justine seeks to solve a mystery. Why doesn't Charlotte like sleeping in her own room?

The Hanging Of Cousin Charlotte by Talia Haven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hanging Of Cousin Charlotte “You honestly believe what Charlotte has told you?”

This was a thought provoking short story about a girl whose cousin is forced to sleep in a room that she is afraid of for some reason. But why doesn’t Charlotte want to sleep in the room? What really happens to her in there overnight? And can her cousin Justine help her in some way?

What was really going on I half guessed, but the ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and I found it a little confusing really. This was an enjoyable short-story overall though.

6.5 out of 10.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

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Newt's Emerald
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lady Truthful will inherit her family’s most valued heirloom on her eighteenth birthday. Until the Newington Emerald is stolen.

Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt” by her boy cousins, discovers that to her horror, the people closest to her have been framed for the theft. But Newt won’t let their reputations be damaged by rumors from a false accusation. Her plan is simple: go to London to recover the missing jewel. Despite her best intentions, a young lady travelling alone is frankly unacceptable behavior. So Newt and her aunt devise another plan…one that entails men’s clothing and a mustache.

While in disguise, Truthful encounters the handsome but shrewd major Harnett, who to her amazement volunteers to help find the missing emerald under the assumption that she is a man, Henri de Vienne. But once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure, Truthful realizes something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.

Truthful has far more than romantic complications to worry about. The stolen emerald is no ordinary heirloom-it is the source of the family’s luck and has the power to yield vast magic. It would be completely disastrous if it fell into the wrong hands. The fate of England depends on Truthful securing the emerald.

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Newt's EmeraldThis wasn’t a bad story; it just wasn’t quite my cup of tea. Newt irritated me a bit, and I didn’t particularly like her. The storyline just didn’t interest me, I got bored, and I ended up dragging my way through the rest of the book, just like I did with Sabriel. Might be an idea for me to steer clear of this author! I’m sure other people will appreciate this one, but it just wasn’t for me.

5 out of 10

How The Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah Brownlee

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How The Wolf Lost Her Heart
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Set against the backdrop of a dystopian London where thugs and criminals run rife, Skye Archer possesses a rare gift, the ability to transform into her spirit animal at will. Widely regarding her morphing ability as a curse, Skye's aim is to keep it a secret at all costs. But one day she meets the intriguing and affluent, Raphael Renzo, who soon proves to have a secret of his own, one that could heal the downtrodden city and affect Skye in ways she never thought possible...

This debut novel from author, Sarah Brownlee, is a compelling and gripping read, taking the reader into a world where both the heart of a city and the heart of a girl are simultaneously pierced by one man.

  How The Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah Brownlee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How The Wolf Lost Her Heart “Her heart pounded irrepressibly as she climbed into bed and realised without a shadow of a doubt, that she had fallen clean in love with him.”

This was an interesting YA paranormal romance featuring ‘Morphers’.

Skye and Raphael were both good characters, and both had lost people in their lives which had impacted greatly on them. Skye did come across as a bit standoffish, and she really liked to jump to conclusions too, which made me want to slap some sense into her, but otherwise she was a strong character.

The storyline in this was quite a slow romance with a background of tensions between different gangs, and a couple of attempts on Skye’s life. It was nice how Raphael played bodyguard and hero though, and saved her at times, even if she didn’t want to admit it! There were a couple of points when Skye jumped to conclusions that irritated me a bit, but otherwise the storyline was pretty solid, if a little too slow.

The ending to this was interesting, and it seems like there will definitely be a sequel.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Kissing Her Crazy (Crazy Love #2) by Kira Archer

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Kissing Her Crazy (Crazy Love, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sometimes a kiss is so much more...

Single mom Lena Oserkowski just wants to relax at the 5-star resort where her brother is getting married. Oh, and figure out how to make one of her businesses successful enough to support her son. Her focus is thrown out of whack when Elliot Debusshere, twin brother of her new sister-in-law, swims to her rescue at the hotel pool.

Elliot is disillusioned with his wealthy, playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he rescues Lena from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally.

With Lena's ideas and Elliot's know-how, they might just be able to make their ventures a success. Except pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Charming as he is, Elliot isn't father material. And there's no room for a single mom and her child in his life. While the attraction between them isn't easily squashed, there's no telling the lengths his family will go to prevent a relationship.

Kissing Her Crazy by Kira Archer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kissing Her Crazy (Crazy Love, #2)This was an okay adult contemporary romance, but I lost interest.

I felt sorry for Elliot a bit because his parents treated him like dirt, but I didn’t feel like I could really connect with the characters in this book. Lena actually irritated me though, the way she kept lecturing Elliot on what Tyler was and wasn’t allowed to eat really did my head in. Okay, you can’t let kids live on chocolate, but making him spit out cookies, and lecturing other people is just taking it way too far.

The storyline in this was about the romance between Elliot and Lena, and there were a couple of sex scenes, but I didn’t really like them. I also didn’t like the idea of (highlight to view spoiler - putting an ice cube in a woman’s vagina!)

The ending to this was fairly happy, but I just wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.
6 out of 10

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

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It's a Wonderful Death
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's a Wonderful Death “Stop it! This isn’t fair, and you know it. You can’t erase my future because you don’t think my past was good enough.”

This was a YA story about a girl who died too early.

RJ really knew how to complain, I wasn’t surprised that someone called her a spoiled princess because that was exactly how she came across! She did improve a bit as the book went on, but she still whined and moaned a lot.

The storyline in this was about RJ trying to get sent back to her life after being taken by a reaper too early. This was entertaining to a point, but the pace was just way too slow for me, and I found myself losing interest as the book went on.

The ending to this was okay, but it definitely left space for a sequel.

6 out of 10

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Gambling on the Bodyguard (What Happens in Vegas #8) by Sarah Ballance

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Gambling on the Bodyguard
Blurb (from Goodreads):
He’ll guard her body all night long…

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams…only, the man of her dreams isn’t the cover model she’s there to see. He’s the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet, and he seems more than ready to do what it takes to prove he’s twice the man her pretty boy crush could ever be.

Jax Mathis couldn’t resist snagging a date with Ellie, but he didn’t count on the attraction being more than physical. They connect on a level he didn’t think possible—and he can’t run fast enough. She makes him want things he thought he’d never have, and maybe, just maybe, they’re within reach. But to have it, he’ll have to face the one mountain he swore he’d never climb...and with no guarantee she’ll be waiting on the other side.

Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gambling on the Bodyguard “I’ll take you back to my room or you can take me back to yours.”

This was an adult contemporary romance with some steamy sex scenes!

I liked Ellie and Jax, although I thought they maybe needed to communicate a little bit more. At times things could have been solved if they’d just talked to each other instead of leaving cryptic notes for one another.

The storyline in this was about Ellie and Jax meeting in Las Vegas where Jax worked as a bodyguard, and the chemistry and heat that developed between them, giving us some steam y sex scenes! I thought that Ellie and Jax made a cute couple, and was pleased that things worked out for them at the end, even if the romance was a little quick.

6.5 out of 10

Monday, 26 October 2015

Soul Corrupted (Of Demons and Angels #2) by Lisa Gail Green

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Soul Corrupted (Of Demons and Angels, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Soul Corrupted, the sequel to Soul Crossed, life in Heaven isn’t all "happily ever after" for Josh and Grace. Now Guardian Angels, they are entrusted with finding and saving the next potential Antichrist. But Grace is consumed with worry about her family, which is dealing with the aftershocks of her death. She's particularly concerned about her brother Noah, who has turned down a dangerous path of drugs and violence—and she's frustrated by the rules of Heaven, which forbid her from contacting them.

Josh has troubles of his own. A former Demon, he questions his ability to guide troubled souls to the light. When he discovers that Noah made a deal with Lucifer and has even been hanging around with Josh’s old Demon pal, Keira, he makes a forbidden counter-deal with the Devil to save Noah's soul. Josh's side of the bargain? He has to sever his relationship with Grace.

Josh and Grace's world is about to spin out of control, testing the limits of true love and blurring the border between Heaven and Hell.

Soul Corrupted is the second installment in Lisa Gail Green’s Of Demon and Angels series, which started with Soul Crossed.

Soul Corrupted by Lisa Gail Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Soul Corrupted (Of Demons and Angels, #2) “Does it matter, Josh? Isn’t Grace more important than anything?”

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series.

Grace and Josh were all over the place in this book, lying, doing things they shouldn’t be doing, manipulating people, and generally not behaving the way they did in the first book. There was also a distinct lack of romance between the pair of them, which was a real shame.

The storyline in this just didn’t live up to the storyline in the first book for me. The pace was too slow, and there just wasn’t enough excitement. The lack of romance was disappointing too, and the twists didn’t seem to have quite the same impact unfortunately.

Things were all turned upside down by the end of this book, and I do want to read book 3, I just hope it is more like book 1 though.

6 out of 10

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters

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The Jock and the Fat Chick
Blurb (from Goodreads):
No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school senior has to ask himself how much he's willing to give up in order to fit in.

Kevin seems to have it all: he's popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey scholarship. However, he's keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever--domestic tech. The second is that he is falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.

As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she's funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But she's off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl who isn't a cheerleader, and there's no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.

But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up between them outside the classroom….

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The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Jock and the Fat Chick “I just want to be friends with benefits and keep it at that.”

Firstly, can I just say that I don’t like the title of this book? Because calling someone a ‘fat chick’ is not very nice!

Anyway, I liked Claire and Kev, even if Kev was a little bit clueless at times, and Claire had some bad ideas! They worked well together though, and they made a cute couple too.

I liked the cookery side of this story, and I even picked up a few tips! I liked the chemistry between Claire and Kev, even if I didn’t like the whole ‘friends-with-benefits’ plan, and I was pleased that things worked out in the end.

6.25 out of 10

Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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A Madness So Discreet
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as Asylum and The Diviners as well as television's True Detective and American Horror Story.

When Grace Mae is sent to the insane asylum because of the bulge in her belly, she already knows about madness and family secrets. It is in the darkness that she may find a new lease on life when a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace's brilliant mind hiding beneath the fear and anger. Although the doctor insists that for Grace's safety she must continue to play insane while assisting him at crime scenes, she finds hope in a different, ethical asylum. But the gruesome nights when Grace and the doctor investigate a killer targeting young women bring Grace's shaky sanity, and the demons of her own past, dangerously close to the surface.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Madness So Discreet “They all had their terrors.”

This was an okay story, but it struggled to hold my attention.

I felt quite sorry for Grace at the start of this book, she’d been through a lot, was pregnant, and incarcerated in an insane asylum, and things were really not going well for her at all. As the book progressed I didn’t like her all that much though. She made some hasty and risky decisions, and didn’t always think things through properly.

The storyline in this went from Grace being in an insane asylum to playing some sort of detective role, and I really struggled to keep reading this book. This was one of those books where I would read a chapter, and be thankful that I had 1 less chapter to go!

The ending to this was okay, but I was just glad to be finished really.

6 out of 10

Friday, 23 October 2015

Power's Out (Troubled Times #2) by Rachel Meehan

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Power's Out (Troubled Times #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
“You could almost imagine everything was like before,” said Nairne, staring at the distant lights. “But it’s just an illusion, a few people hanging on to something that’s already dead.”
“You don’t think we can get it all back then?” Ronnie asked.
“No, the old way is gone, just wait until the lights go out for good. My dad always said once the power goes out mankind will go back to the caves.”
The power is failing, society is losing the last vestiges of order and the world is becoming a dangerous place. Nairne has been searching for a new home, somewhere people want to try and build a better future. Nairne thinks she has found it, a place where she can settle and be safe. A place where she can build a better future.
But he’s coming for her. From a past she wanted to leave behind and he’s seeking retribution.

Power's Out by Rachel Meehan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Power's Out (Troubled Times #2)I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one just didn’t really do it for me.

I remembered Nairne and Paul from book 1, but when other characters showed up from book 1, I struggled a bit to remember who they were. Nairne continued to try and take charge, but the situations she found herself in were not simple situations, and I didn’t always think her plans were all that well thought out.

The storyline in this was about Nairne and Paul coming across another settlement and trying to help them out with a plan to maybe stay with them. We did get some action and risky situations, but I just found it really difficult to get into the story.

The end was okay, but I hope that the third book is more like the first one.

6 out of 10

Thursday, 22 October 2015

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

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A Step Toward Falling
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sometimes one mistake can change everything.

Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.

Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.
Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.

Sometimes good can come from bad.

Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.

But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

A Step Toward Falling

For me, this book is missing a word from its title. It should be ‘A Step Toward Falling Asleep’, because this book was so dull that I had problems keeping my eyes open.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t love them. I could understand why Emily would freeze up rather than getting help for Belinda, but for the rest of the book I couldn’t really relate to her at all. Belinda had obviously been through something upsetting for her, and I did feel a bit sorry for her, but I couldn’t really relate to her properly either.

The storyline in this was about Belinda going back to school, and Emily and Lucas trying to help some differently abled people as punishment for their part in Belinda’s attack. I found the whole thing pretty dull though, and really struggled to stay awake and get through this. I didn’t even enjoy the romance.

The end to this was a relief more than anything. I thing some people might like this, but for me, it was a bit of a miss.
5 out of 10

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Give and Take (Stories from Beauville #1) by Tigris Eden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kats Kreative Ideas and NetGalley.
Give and Take (Stories from Beauville, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Compromise is a word Annabelle Macon knows well. Sacrifices at home, in college and with her career, have all given her the tools to be the person she is. Now it seems she must also make concessions for her long-time love, Jackson Storme.

Six months into their relationship, and he’s already making unrealistic demands. With distance putting that much more of a strain on their relationship, how are the two ever going to manage?

Old insecurities have a way of resurfacing, making Anna feel less than suitable for someone like Jackson. She’s worked hard to get to where she is now. Her life and her work are clashing, making matters worse. Bringing a whole new meaning to work/life balance. But Anna knows that with a little give and take everything will fall into place, regardless of the obstacles that may stand in her way.

Interracial Contemporary Romance.

Give and Take by Tigris Eden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Give and Take (Stories from Beauville, #1) “Now I understood why he slowed up. It wasn’t because he missed me. It was so he could remind me who I belonged to.”

This was an okay adult contemporary romance, but I did lose interest a bit.

Annabelle and Jackson had quite an explosive relationship in this book. They assumed things, jumped to conclusions, and made hasty decisions based on these assumptions, and their relationship was just on/off, up/down, and all over the place. They didn’t listen to each other enough, and just didn’t communicate well at all, and it was wonder their relationship was hard for them because of it!

This book basically consisted of the ups and downs of Jackson and Annabelle’s relationship, with a couple of hot sex scenes when they were actually talking to each other. I did find the lack of communication and jumping to conclusions a bit annoying, and I did lose interest a bit when the whole book seemed to continue in the same fashion.

The ending to this was also a cliff-hanger, which for me was also a little irritating.

6 out of 10.

Doc's Codicil - Happy Release Day!

Book Description: 

When Wisconsin veterinarian Doc dies, his family learns that to inherit his fortune, they must decipher the cryptic codicil he added to his will—“Take Doofus squirrel-fishing”—and they can only do that by talking to Doc’s friends, reading the memoir Doc wrote of a Christmas season decades earlier, searching through Doc’s correspondence, and discovering clues around them. Humor abounds as this mismatched lot tries to find time in their hectic lives to work together to solve the puzzle. In the end, will they
realize that fortune comes in many guises?

Doc’s Codicil is a mystery told with gentle humor. It tells the story of a veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave.

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About the Author: 

It seems my life has been a testament to questionable decisions and lost opportunities. However, my wife of 39 years says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism.

I am a member of the last generation of rural veterinarians who remember working with cows that had names and personalities and dairymen who worked in the barn with their families. I’m also part of the first wave of the Baby Boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and grousing about kids who don’t pay attention to what old men say, and can even be damned condescending at times.

I was raised on a dairy farm in West-central Wisconsin and exhibited Holstein cattle and Clydesdale horses from the time I was ten-years-old until I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State in 1969. I practiced veterinary medicine on Wisconsin dairy farms until 1988, when my wife and I packed up our four children and I entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.
I developed the first ante-mortem diagnostic test for proliferative enteritis, a diarrheal disease of swine caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. The test is now the standard diagnostic test for the disease. With adoption of the test, it was also found that L. intracellularis is the most common cause of post-weaning diarrhea in horses.

After 19 years of work on the research and development of bovine and swine vaccines, I am retired. I’m using the scraps of what I can remember to spin stories of a family and veterinary practice, stories that could almost be true. Some of the true stories that didn’t make it into my books can be found on this website.

My first novel, Doc’s Codicil, will be published in October 2015. I have two published short stories: Valentine, published in Straightjacket, the 2012 spring issue, and The Attempted Armed Deposit, in the 2009 California Writers Club Chap Book.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK and NetGalley.
Beautiful Liar
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nina Baxter has her life all mapped out. She wants to work hard, take care of her younger sister and not end up like her drunk of a mother. Most of all, she plans to stay away from bad influences.

Alexander Noble doesn’t give a damn about anything or anyone. The heir to an unimaginable fortune, he’s never had to do a day’s work in his life, and devotes himself to pleasure and partying.

When opposites attract…
From their very first meeting, Nina knows Alex is bad news, and vows to stay away from him. But as their paths continue to cross, she can’t help being drawn to him – especially when he makes no secret of his interest in her.

Can they resist the pull?
For the first time ever, Nina is on the brink of following her heart. But can she believe Alex when he tells her to trust him? Or is he just another beautiful liar?

Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautiful Liar “As of this morning, the court’s placed April in foster care. The judge won’t make any final decision for a while, but the way things are looking, I think there’s a strong chance your mother’s parental rights will be removed and your sister will be placed permanently in care until she’s eighteen.”

This was an interesting new adult contemporary romance, with a bit of mystery.

Nina had a pretty rough time in this book, with her mother an alcoholic in need of rehab, and a 14-year-old sister to look after, never mind a burnt out flat, she really was struggling! I felt quite sorry for her, and it seemed like every time something went wrong, several other things went wrong at the same time.

The storyline in this was about Nina’s struggle to get her life back on track, as well as her romance with Alex, and all the ups and downs that went along with it, and there were a lot of downs! I kept hoping that they could patch things up and be together, but every time it seemed like it might be possible, something else came along to ruin things.

The ending to this was pretty happy all things considered, and I was glad that things eventually worked out for the best.

6.5 out of 10