#BookReview:Her brooding Scottish heir by Ella Hayes

Her brooding Scottish heir was a fun, light read and I did enjoy reading it, although I did have some issues with it, mainly stemming from the plot, lack of character development and pacing issues.

Genre: romance
Year Of Publication: 27.12.2018
Publisher: Mills&Boons True Love
My rating: 2.5 stars


A kiss under the Northern Lights…
Running from her broken engagement artist Milla O’Brien retreats to the Scottish Highlands. Only to arrive during a lavish wedding on the estate!
She finds the bride’s brother and brooding heir, Cormac Buchanan. Could they heal each other’s hearts?

(Goodreads blurb)

At the heart of a romance novel (for me) are the two main characters so it’s very important for me to get to know them, love them and understand their motivations, goals and background story. In this novel, I felt that I did not get to know the main characters as much as I would’ve wanted to, we get to know why they are the way they are, but everything seems to be linked only in terms of the romance, rather than them as a person on their own right. Milla was slightly annoying on a lot of occasions when she was offered help, but for the sake of the plot, she was being more difficult than it was called for. I do not like it when I can see the plot creeping into what the characters say or do as it has to serve a purpose – hate that. Cormac had his own moments, especially towards the end when he falls into the usual tropes!

The plot was convenient and simplistic, “forcing” the romance the romance between the two main characters most of the time. There were also some pacing issues in there as well; for example, the “dark moment” when all is lost and no turning back was resolved in 2 pages and rushed to a happy ending that felt so unrealistic I wanted to scream. I could forgive a lot more, but I was very disappointed with the climax and resolution of this story. 2.5 stars.

I think that with some more editing and solving those plot and pacing issues, it would be a good novel because the writing was not bad at all, actually. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the descriptive parts of it.

What’s your favourite romance novel?

XOXO
Jane

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#BookReview: Cinderella’s New York Christmas | Romance – Retelling

Hi guys! I am super excited to share my thoughts on my latest read: Cinderella’s New York Christmas by Scarlet Wilson. I love reading romance and Mills & Boons/Harlequin are my favourites when it comes to reading choices, but I WAS NOT expecting to love this book as much as I did. Are you ready?

Genre: Romance, Retelling
Publication date: Oct 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon / Harlequin
Pages: 256
My rating: 5 stars

cover144343-medium“Anissa Lang was going for gold when an accident ended her skiing dream. Now she’s cleaning mountain chalets–until she meets brooding millionaire Leo Baxter. He can’t resist whisking her to New York for a date, and under the twinkling Manhattan lights, these kindred spirits glimpse a new future. But they must confront their pasts before their Christmas wishes can come true!”

I honestly did not think that I would love this book as much as I did and I am super happy that I received an e-copy from the publishers to read & review it, and as always, my honest opinion! I know what I want from a romance novel and I rarely go wrong with my choices, but rarely comes a book so good that I know it’ll be a 5 start read immediately. I am so happy this book was written, is unreal! The blurb sounds really cheesy, but the book is sooo much more than that!

THE CHARACTERS….
MV5BMTk4OTIzNTc2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTUwNzg0MDI@._V1_UY268_CR9,0,182,268_AL_Anissa and Leo are so pure, I cannot even begin to describe… Anissa is a chalet maid and sky instructor after a terrible accident whilst competing left her with long-lasting damage. She meets Leo on the slopes and they have this instant chemistry that translated so perfectly to the reader – I felt it in my heart! Leo is a powerful billionaire who just met his new family and is shook after hearing what his parents left in the will and just wants to forget about everything when he meets Anissa.

I love Leo so much! He is the walking trope of tall, dark and handsome – and filthy rich!, however, he has so much character depth. From the beginning, he is as honest as he can with Anissa and they are very clear on what the expectations are. He is never malicious in his thoughts and is genuinely interested to get to know her better, to go things that would make her happy just because he is that kind of guy. He has a lot of emotional baggage, but that doesn’t stop him from being a decent human being with her.

Anissa, on the other hand, is still suffering from the aftermath of her accident and her 2x_e73b2495-e6df-4add-9db4-25a033971abf_1024x1024inability to ski at the levels she used to and this creates a lot of physical and emotional pain for her. She is very mature and reacts like an actual human being to the events around her, always keeping in mind the feelings of others and how her actions could affect those around her. As the story progresses we get a lot more insight into who she is as a person and how she has to re-adjust and re-evaluate everything which ain’t bloody easy, let’s face it!

Anissa and Leo are so cute and good for each other. I really appreciated the portrayal of their relationship and how healthily they reacted to each other’s feelings. It was pure, and I was there for it!

THE PLOT…
The plot is really simple and straightforward as this is a modern retelling of Cinderella, so we kind of know where this is generally going, however, it had the best characters to pull this story forward and make the reader empathise and feel what the characters are feeling.

THE WRITING…
I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel, it read so different than the kind of romance I am used to reading. There are romantic tropes in this novel [duh! It’s a romance] but somehow it felt refreshing and new and pure.

THE ENJOYMENT…
If you haven’t realised by now how much I love this book, then I failed!
I recommend this novel from the bottom of my heart, this is by far my top favourite romance of the year and possibly of all times. I will be looking up Scarlet Wilson’s other works as well in the hope that I will find something as good as this one. As soon as this novel comes out, I am going to buy myself a paperback copy because I need to have this on my shelf!

Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: Unscripted by Minnie Adams

38880478The downside of reading a lot is having to write a lot of reviews which takes an insane amount of time, but I love to share with you my thoughts on the books that I am reading and hopefully giving you a better idea of what you would and would not enjoy reading.

On this particular occasion, I believe you would enjoy reading Unscripted; I know I truly loved it and I believe it took me two, three days of reading to finish it. I was sooooooo hooked!

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Year Of Publication: February 2018
Publisher: Ubiquitous Books
Pages: 308
My rating:4.5 stars

*thanks to Ubiquitous books for sending me a copy for an honest review*

Who knew sticking your tongue out at a total stranger could change your life? Andromeda Hart doesn’t feel confident or pretty enough to carry off her big fancy name. In fact she feels messy, inelegant and out of control. With the rest of her life coming up fast, she’s terrified she’ll forever be all over the place. When a chance meeting in a crowded pub changes everything, can she face the challenges love, and the movie business, have in store for her? [Goodreads blurb]

CHARACTERS & PLOT

Andromeda, or Andi for short, has a pretty simple life and in the beginning of the book giphyshe lacks self-esteem and confidence, and so she sticks her tongue out at an attractive stranger checking her out. Unbeknown to her, this handsome stranger is a famous actor, unhappy with his life and his career path. Joseph was handsome and successful, but of late he has been feeling empty, bored with his life. So when the two of them are thrown in together, sparks start flying.

I really liked Andi, especially in the beginning, she was funny and her inner monologue was smart and interesting. Her flaws made her endearing and more human, however as the story progressed I felt that she continued to be stuck with her low self-esteem especially when everyone is telling her how awesome she is; this was particularly important as the plot also tried to capture issues around sexual harassment in the film industry.

Joseph is successful and charming, yet he lives an empty life, wanting more than the action roles he’s been cast in Hollywood. When he and Andi are thrown together, he finds the spark that was missing from his life and begins to dream again. He is generally likeable, however, on a few occasions, his misplaced jealousy and his inability to tell her he loved her, irked me more than once. The problem with this is that it didn’t feel like an issue of the character, but more of a plot design to keep the tension going. If he would’ve told her he loved her, many things would’ve been avoided, so I really wanted to strangle him for that. I loved him for the most, but wanted to strangle him there!

Overall, the plot carried well, minus some of the issues I’ve mentioned above. I really appreciated the different topics the novel attempted to carry, such as sexual harassment and female friendship.

THE WRITING…

The writing style was clear and easy to follow. I loved Andi’s voice and her internal monologue; for me, this was the highlight. As a debut author, Minnie has a distinct voice and a way with words that I found it was pulling me back into the story whenever my attention would wane. I will definitely watch this space!

THE ENJOYMENT…

I really enjoyed this novel! I initially gave it 4.5 stars because I was buzzing after finishing reading it. I definitely enjoyed it however, since I finished reading it and had a little bit more time to reflect, I feel that 4 stars would be a more accurate rating.

I definitely recommend this novel, and I am not usually a contemporary romance/fiction reader!

Xoxo

Jane

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#BookReview: The Nurse’s Pregnancy Miracle by Ann McIntosh | Mills&Boon

Hi guys! How have you been lately? I’ve been in the mood for romance lately so when I spotted The Nurse’s Pregnancy Miracle by Ann McIntosh I knew I had to have it. Medical romance is one of my favourite types of contemporary romance.

*Thank you Mills & Boon for allowing me to read this book early via Netgalley*
Genre:  Medical Romance
Year Of Publication: 23.08.2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Pages: 192
My rating: 3.5 stars

40232366She’s expecting a baby……but not to meet her Mr. Right! After leaving her cheating ex, nurse Nychelle Cory decided to have the baby she’s always wanted through IVF. As she’s determined to raise her child alone, she must ignore her inconvenient attraction to gorgeous colleague Dr. David Warmington. Especially as David has his own reasons for not wanting a family. But could Nychelle’s long-awaited miracle help heal them both?” [Goodreads blurb]

THE CHARACTERS….

Nurse Nychelle comes from a family of overachievers and she was always made to feel inadequate by her parents. At an early age, it was diagnosed that she would have problems conceiving so she decides to undertake IVF treatment to have a baby after her cheating ex-fiancee broke her trust and her heart. On the other hand,  the new doctor David, he has his own reasons to not want children, so when attraction sizzles between them, there’s a lot standing in their way.

I found the characters very enjoyable and pleasant to have around. David was probably my favourite as more often than not he was open with Nychelle and discussing with her. Nychelle had a pleasant personality and attitude, but felt a little too “good”. It also bothered me that she didn’t stand up for herself with her parents and going into hiding when things went sour rather than facing issues upfront.

Unfortunately, I found the side characters to be extremely cliche and not that well fleshed out, especially the parents who had, in my opinion, such a big influence on her life. I haven’t any more about them than what we were told before and during the gala. I know that main characters have to take centre stage, but I never really understood the parent’s motivations and it bothered me in all honesty that successful, career-orientated people are seen as cold, not interested in family and simply mean; can we lose this stereotype?

THE PLOT…

I found the plot a little bit too much in the sense that it tried to achieve a lot which took away from the main story. In my opinion, it would’ve been better to have focused more on their story and creating more romantical angst than trying to overcome general issues. I did enjoy the moments the main characters took centre stage and the focus was on them as a potential couple; loved the cute moments when she played tour guide for him.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I did enjoy this story although as mentioned before there some things did not work that well for me, or things bothered me. I found the story cute and quite refreshing in the approach towards its characters who treated each other with respect and maturity.

I would recommend this book!

What’s your favourite contemporary romance subgenre? Any recommendations? Do you read any?

Purchase links: Amazon Book Depository.

Xoxo

Jane

#BookReview: The rest of us live here… by Patrick Ness | What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

26371624“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.”

I listened to the audiobook whilst driving for work and I loved it. I even laughed out loud, to myself, in the car… that good! It was really fun, loved the characters and the idea behind it. There were some moments when things lagged a bit or when a character pissed me off with an attitude that was left unchallenged, however overall it was really good. Loved the narrator too!

Characters
My favourite thing about this story was the characters; fully fleshed out, inherently flawed and definitely “not the chosen one”. For me, this story was all about the characters and their personal journey as they faced human hardships whilst the chosen ones battled another evil, the characters on the sideline that nobody thinks of. I really liked them all and how they challenged each other, however, there was a scene towards the end when Hannah played Mike a bit and she was not properly challenged for acting like that (saying one thing and doing another and vice versa). Headspin. Otherwise, Mike, Jared, Mel and Meredith were insanely fun to be around, and their relationships were complex and entirely human.

I liked how diverse the cast of characters was as well and dealing very realistically with issues such as anxiety, OCD, grief, alcoholism, traumatic events… It was also respectfully done in my opinion and challenged beliefs about OCD and anxiety, and that was brilliant!

World building
I loved it that the story happened in parallel to the story of the chosen one, and although they do cross paths occasionally, it is not part of the main plot whatsoever, and the characters actually do whatever they can, for the most part, to stay out of the way…

Writing style
I really liked the format of each chapter giving a brief summary of what the chosen ones were doing, then moving on the story that the rest of the people, the non-indie kids, were living.

Plot
I listened to it as an audiobook and I really enjoyed the format. On this occassion, I actually believe that the audiobook format helped with the enjoyment of the story!

Hook
The story hooked me right in because of the amazing cast of characters. I ended up looking forward to jumping in the car and going to another meeting because it meant that I could listen to the audiobook.

Enjoyment
I really enjoyed this story, and as I have already mentioned, I laughed out loud in my car whilst listening to it. The voice was really good and the narrator did a fabulous job with it. Funny enough, he reminded of the guy from Cinema Sins with his voice, and the way it poked fun at the chosen one, made it even more so.

I totally recommend this book, especially as an audiobook.

Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: Dawn among the stars by Samantha Hewagen

Hello, fellow bookworms,

I am happy to share with you my thoughts on Dawn among the Stars by Samantha Hewagen who was kind enough to send me a copy of her novel; thank you Sam!

Genre:  Fiction, Sci-Fi
Year Of Publication: May 2018
Publisher: Trifecta Publishing House
Pages: 338
My rating:  4.5 stars

IMG_20180530_111640_781.jpg“Set against the backdrop of intergalactic politics and war, Dawn Among the Stars follows the stories of three Humans as they struggle to understand the universe on a cosmic scale.” [GoodReads blurb]

Dawn among the stars follows the story of three humans after the Shielders, a powerful race of aliens, arrive on Earth not to take over, but to warn and protect us of an imminent attack on our planet. The Thermoshians have long exhausted the natural resources of their planet and have now set their eyes on our planet… or so the Shielders say. Can we trust them or is that just a ploy to take over?

Kayin, her ex-Henry, and best friend Melissa find themselves in the middle of it all have to fight to survive. Kayin suffers from panic attacks which only get worse since the Shielders arrived and tries to cope with her own problems when she hears the distressing news and leaves Michigan in an attempt to reunite with her family before things turn truly sour. However, things turn for the worse as she is travelling to see her family and a chance encounter will change the course of her life forever. She finds herself into the clutches of the Shielders, the aliens she hates for turning the world upside down. Kayin is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand with people that she cannot trust, and far away from what calls home. Will she be able to beat the odds?

Henry, ridden with guilt for abandoning the love of his life for a career, sets off on a journey to find Kayin knowing that she will attempt to reunite with her family. But things are not what they seem and Henry is forced to change course in order to survive the war happening around him.

Melissa and her family are in the refuge and manage to survive through the first attack, but her grandmother dies. When a Shielder offers them help and protection, they reluctantly accept, but will they manage to overcome their hate and survive? Will the odds be in their favour?

I really enjoyed seeing the world through these characters. They each had something to fight for and something to lose whilst trying to find themselves in the middle of the war. The main plot deals with a dystopian/apocalyptic world and the struggles humans have to face to survive, but also deals with issues like mental health, friendship, the complexities of family and love. What’s not to love about, right?!

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how I picture the Shielder prince

My favourite POV was Kayin’s… maybe, just maybe because of the sexy prince (a girl can have her favourites, can’t she?!). Initially, I was a little taken aback by the way the different POV’s were organised as it was not something I expected and when I realised I wouldn’t see them again until book 2, my heart was crushed… and quickly went over it because every POV was great and it made more sense!

Would I recommend this book? Hell yeah! This book hooked me in from the start and I loved it so much, I read it in two days. I am so looking forward to reading the sequel!

Have you read it? What did you think?

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Xoxo

Jane

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#Bookreview: Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton.

Hi guys, I’ve been in the mood for some Dystopian this month and this copy of Kill or Cure arrived just in time to satisfy my craving, but without further ado, let’s see what I thought of it!!

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I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Year Of Publication: February 2018

Publisher: Troubadour Publishing

Pages: 178

  My rating: 3.5

 

 

38353476Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

 

THE PLOT…

The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her “family” and their attempt to keep her brother Tommy safe after he seems he may have succumbed to the virus. The plot is paced well enough that I felt a sense of urgency and importance, and also made everything else really. The was a good amount of action scene, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities. The idea was interesting and there are a few plot twists that were done really well, however towards the end it felt like it was a little bit too lucky and convenient the way in which events unfolded so that Alyx could achieve her objectives. I bet she was surprised herself. There were some pacing issues in my opinion once they get into the new camp when the romance seemed to have taken the attention from the main plot. I am hoping that there will be more bloodshed in the sequel.

THE CHARACTERS….

Alyx is a 17 years old girl who in the beginning is trying her best to save her brother who was ill, so she and Will go to collect this supposedly healing plant outside the compound. I really liked her for her selflessness and her ability to keep her shit together when things turned sour and for most of the part did what she was told even when she wanted to rebel. The ability to keep one’s mouth shut is actually, in my book, an incredibly good asset. Throughout the plot, she is trying to keep her family safe and together so when they end up in a worse place from where they left, she has to collect her courage and do her best to save her family. However, after she meets Colt, she seems to go into silly mode giphy.gifaround him; I wanted to shake her a few times and point her towards Will since she was so blind towards him. Like you could see that attraction from a mile away, but she wasn’t having it. Sigh.

I liked Will, he was there for her at all times, he even left his own mother behind to go with them (not that said mother was much of a mother, but still his mother, capisce?). I could see that he had strong feelings for her and he was willing to walk with her to the end of the world to keep her happy and safe, but that did not make him a loser. He was also dead funny and wicked, and I liked him a lot. On the other hand, Colt, besides the fact that he was strong and handsome I do not know more about him and because he kinda forced himself into the story, I did not really like him. Yes, he proves himself to her, but I was just not with him (maybe because I really don’t like love triangles). Team Will!

The villain aka The General wasn’t that terrifying to me and did not care much about him. I would’ve liked his character to be explored a little bit more. We only meet him on a handful of occasions so his motivations for being an assholes felt a little bit meh. I am hoping that in the next instalment we will find out more about what makes him really tick.

THE WRITING…

The writing was in tune with the tone of the book, it was easy to read because the story flowed nicely. There were a few cliches here and there (Eg.: hot girl is hot but doesn’t know she’s hot until she wears tight clothes to show curves she didn’t know she had…), but overall it was a good reading experience.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I really enjoyed this book. I think I read it 2-3 days and I do recommend it especially if you want something dystopian to read quickly, but also with some romance.

3-5-stars

Here are the links to her website / social media/amazon:
https://pixiebritton.com/about/
https://m.facebook.com/PixieBritton/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Cure-Pixie-Britton-ebook/dp/B079L7822J