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Book Review: ‘King, King, Goose?’ By Mandy M. Roth

Title: King, King, Goose? A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

Published: 30th May 2012

Publisher: The Raven Books

Author: Mandy M. Roth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMandyRoth

Twitter: @mandymroth

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandymroth

 

Blurb:

King, King, Goose?

A Realm of the Dragon Shifters Short Story

As a dragon shifter and king of his people, King Najarni wants to make his lovely wife happy. Her human ways are a mystery to him. Her Earthly customs and holidays are something he knows little about. When his trusted guards return from the human realm, having mastered the art of Christmas, he knows his queen will be overjoyed.
At least, that was the plan.

 

Review:

Review up late but goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set at Christmas time.

Talk about a Christmas to remember! Najarni, the dragon shifter King, wishes to make his human wife, Tara, happy and will do anything to make it so. He knows how hard it was to give up her world and customs with coming to the dragon shifter realm. One she never knew even existed. Seems Tara got a shock when Najarni spotted her and knew she was to be his. Sweeping her off her feet to claim her quite literally and take her back home with him. Three years on she couldn’t be happier but always gets somber around her Christmas time. So plan of action for Najarni was to send his finest warriors to the human realm to learn all the customs of Christmas to give her the best surprise yet.

Things don’t go quite to plan though. Firstly ‘The Roger’ must not be harmed; this goose isn’t getting cooked. Next we have carols being sung with a difference (an oomph being a key factor in their moves and choice of words) and then you have a gift that really should have been opened in private. These warriors really should have checked where they got their information!

Entertaining all the same as one calamity seems to lead to the next. Think Tara’s sides will be hurting by all the laughing she does – even funnier as they don’t realise what they are doing wrong. Fun interpretations of Christmas classics it seems. It will sure be a crazy Christmas celebration to remember. Let’s see what next year brings.

Free short read that was a nice stopgap between books to give you a bit of a laugh with the capers these dragon shifters can get into. Who would have thought being chased by a goose would cause them to get in a flap. Tara got her Christmas wish and I’m thinking an even better present later that night.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Girl Watching You’ by J.A. Schneider

Title: Girl Watching You

Published: 27th June 2019

Author: J.A. Schneider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASchneiderAuthor

Twitter: @JoyceSchneider1

 

Blurb:

Out of work actress Ava Beck, reduced to working in a West Village flower shop, starts to watch handsome, womanizing hedge funder Peter Greer, who lives near. He likes to romance his girlfriends with flowers.

Ava notices bruises on his troubled-looking date named Chloe. Concerned, she follows them after work to Chloe’s studio, second floor in the rear of a brownstone. She hears them arguing, climbs up the fire escape just as Greer angrily sees her…. and plunges into a world of stunning twists, murder and madness worse than any she could have imagined…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or thriller. What a thriller ride you are taken on.

Joyce sure knows how to write a great thriller book. A few red herrings thrown in for good measure – some too obvious to be true and others subtle – but you will still be thinking ‘what the hell!’ when the big reveal takes place.

Ava is an out of work actress working in a florist until she can get back into the business. Her career has got a roadblock preventing people from hiring her. The roadblock in question is the man she thinks killed her sister – no accident as far as she is concerned. Confronting him in a rage wasn’t the best move after he was found innocent and now all she can do is hope for a win in her civil case suit against him. She just needs to find some more evidence or someone who has been prevented from speaking perhaps? With all this going on you can imagine that sleep has been hard to come by. Her way of coping is a little strange, the whole climbing fire escapes and looking out for people kind of strange. Once was enough to make her feel something other than numbness when she helped someone she knew but this next time she wished she had done something more than just look in and run away. Given that the person who’s flat it was ended up murdered that very night.

The only reason she went to look through the window was fear that the woman was in some kind of danger. She spotted her earlier at the flower shop with her partner, along with bruises on her wrists. She viewed the man as a predator and wanted to make sure she was ok after seeing them leave. A quick look later that night was all she wanted to do to satisfy her curiosity. After spotting a row in the making, and also getting spotted by the man himself, she got out of there fast. It’s not until the next day where she finds out the women was murdered. Thinking she witnessed the murder, or the lead up to it, she makes it her mission to get to the truth. She couldn’t save her sister but she wants to give justice to someone. After meeting the man, Peter, though and finding out more about him she starts to question everything she first thought. Could she be wrong by missing a link between this and another murder? If so then the real killer is out there watching. If it’s not him then she needs to keep looking before she ends up being a new target.

Red herrings time right from the start. One minute you think it could be one person then get a vibe from someone else until the final reveal. Can you guess the correct killer? They may have done this more than once and be linked closer than you first thought.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Class is in Session’ by Laura Westbrook

Title: Class is in Session

Published: 1st June 2019

Publisher: Lakewood Hills Publishing

Author: Laura Westbrook

Twitter: @WestbrookWriter

 

Blurb:

He only has eyes for her, but will he cross that line in order to claim her?

At nineteen years old, Kara wants one thing, and that’s graduating college in three years. She’s failed the last history class with a different professor, and she needs this time to be different. Her future career is on the line.

Jack Howard knows how to keep his classroom under control, yet under all those layers is a man who knows what he wants. The day Kara walks into his classroom, he has a hunch she’ll be trouble. He knows she’ll be all he thinks about. With her short skirts and long legs, keeping his history notes straight might be a challenge this semester.

This is the last thing he needs…and yet, exactly what he’s been waiting for.

If you enjoy steamy romance stories with alpha men, guilty pleasures, happily ever afters, no cliffhangers, no cheating, and a touch over-the-top, then you’ll love Class is in Session. Get your fix with a story that hits the spot and doesn’t take all year to read.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a teacher in it. Short, sweet and spicy when it comes to this read. Kara’s meeting with her professor Jack turns out a little different than expected.

So Kara has a bit of a soft spot for her History professor and tries to get to the front of class whenever she can. Mainly just so she can stare a bit and not so much to get picked on to answer questions. Stress of life and all its troubles put a strain on her revision time. His is one of her favourite classes and she loves that she gets to call him Jack, only person in the class to do so. He also appears to be interested in her life outside of the classroom too. Can you guess why?

So a trip to his office after class fills in a whole lot of blanks as to how he feels and what he wants them to be. He’s just hoping that it matches what she wants. He may come across as a little bit manipulative in how he gets her alone, and later what they get up to, but I think that feelings had started to progress for a while on both sides before bringing them together when the time was right. Seems our professor is pretty much in love with Kara and wants nothing more than to start a relationship with her.

To say that Kara is gob smacked would be putting it mildly but that gets pushed aside the moment he kisses her. Once that line has been crossed there is no turning back, not that it looks like either of them want to any time soon given what then takes place in that office. Time to take things slow now professor if you want her to think this is about more than just trying to get your leg over. Good job someone knocks at just the right – or maybe wrong – time. All I’ll say is that that must be some placed bookcase to keep more than one thing hidden.

I feel like as a reader we have come into the story right near the end so you have to imagine how the connection has slowly been forming for months before this point. A few more chapters before the start might have flushed out the characters a bit more to get inside their heads but for a short read it was fun all the same.

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Cupid’s Anonymous’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Cupid’s Anonymous (Cupids Book 1)

Published: 16th July 2019

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

 

Blurb:

Rule #1 Don’t get hit by your own arrow.

I’m a professional Cyrano – minus the honking great nose. Need a love note, raunchy sext, or apology letter so epic that your other half will forget you hesitated a beat too long when you asked, ‘does this make me look fat?’? I’ve got you covered. But when my most frequent client, the annoyingly charming (or is that charmingly annoying?) Dylan Griffin comes to me with an unconventional new job, I discover that three little words can add up to one BIG complication…

Because Dylan doesn’t want help seducing another swimsuit model (for once in his life). He wants my help winning over his high-school crush (aka, his one true love) – and he’s prepared to make it worth my while. Throw in a summer Catskills trip that’s equal parts ‘Dirty Dancing’ and dirty-talking, and this Cupid is soon out of her depth – and head over heels with the last man I expected. But can I find the right words when it comes to my own heart? Or will this happily ever end in disaster?

Find out in the sparkling new romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monro

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book your mum would love. Classic fun romcom read, what’s not to love.

Poppy is your personal Cyrano – need a helping hand finding just the right words of love, or maybe just an apology, she’s your girl. Her best and most frequent client is Dylan, someone who seems content to plough through most of New York, one right on from the other. He owns the Griffin hotels and thinks he has finally made something of himself. This all comes to a head in his mind when at a party he sees someone from his past – Jasmine, his unattainable dream girl. A crush from his geeky school days where he couldn’t string two sentences together around her – not much has changed with that then. Step in Poppy to the rescue. If she can make Jasmine fall in love with him he will give her $50k. Talk about an incentive – she could use the money to really push her business. But Jasmine is a hard nut to crack and her and Dylan just don’t click at all. Something him and Poppy seem to do in spades without realising it. That is until a drunken night out ending in a heated make out session clears that up. Well for a moment until they decide that it shouldn’t have happened and she should get back to helping him.

Help he needs with the week ahead at his new hotels soft opening that he invited Jasmine to. He needs his romance guru Poppy along for the ride. An all expenses paid trip away in luxury hotel, yes please. Trying to stop thinking about a devil of kiss while getting said hot lips to click with another, not so good for Poppy. She does want to help him and Jasmine but the more she does the more they seem to pull apart leading him back to Poppy. Mainly to apologize with wine and cake when he’s messed up – yes please! They just act themselves when together, no front, so you can see the almost kisses again a mile off. Nothing runs smoothly for long, especially when ex’s pop up – hello falling on your ass a lot!

Seems the moment Dylan stops looking at what he thought he wanted and starts to see what is right in front of him the better because you know from the heat they are putting off its going to be hot. Shame old insecurities and long pauses rock the boat. Clear heads needed to see what they really want. Can Dylan find the right words on his own to get the one he really wants?

Great chemistry between Poppy and Dylan, started with friendship leading to more, even though they weren’t looking for it. Probably why they worked well as there was no pretending to be someone they weren’t, as they have known each other for a year. Clicking with how their minds work without truly seeing it to begin with. The drunken night that changed it all was their starting point to something great. Well as long as they don’t put up barriers to stop themselves finding the real thing.

Dylan’s friends Kyle and Sarah were fun. Loved it when Sarah gave him a piece of her mind. Just the right push he needed to get his head out of his ass and fix things. Loved Poppy’s friends April and Natalie too, going to be fun getting to know them more in next books. Another fun, sexy, romcom read that is sure to entertain so I think it’s time I moved onto the next.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Falling for my Brother’s Best Friend’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Falling for my Brother’s Best Friend (The Baileys Book 4)

Published: 15th October 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PiperRayne

Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

 

Blurb:

Let’s say you’re an independent, self-sufficient woman who runs the family company and you find yourself falling for your little brother’s best friend. Now, more than ever, you need to count all the reasons why you need to abandon falling.

Abandon Falling #1 – He’s a womanizer. Hasn’t had a serious relationship a day in his life and changes women more often than he changes his sheets.

Abandon Falling #2 – He’s never serious. He cracks one-liners, mostly at your expense.

Abandon Falling #3 – When things go wrong, he seems unfazed and always remains in control. It’s so annoying.

Abandon Falling #4 – He has tattoos. Lots of them. Everywhere. Not to mention, he owns a tattoo parlor. (Damn it! Why doesn’t that sound like a bad thing anymore?)

Abandon Falling #5 – There’s a growing list of how different you two are. You can’t get along for fifteen minutes—a lifetime together would land one of you in prison.

Keep repeating those reasons and drown yourself in work. Pretend you don’t notice his good qualities or how enticing he looks without a shirt, and do not, I repeat, do not agree to live with the man while your place is being repaired from flood damage.

Trust me, even the strongest of us can only forego temptation for so long.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that made you laugh out loud. Mainly when Dori is in the picture but Savannah had her moments too.

So it seems that something did happen with Savannah and Liam after Holly and Austin’s wedding. One very heavy make out session back at his. Well she was heading there anyway with having to stay until her place is fixed up so Buzz Wheel shouldn’t have too much to write about. Yeah right how long before we get a few more interesting stories? Thing is since said make out session Savannah has tried to keep her distance, which is hard as she’s living with him and her brother Denver. They run hot and cold right from the get go – well more like since they met – knowing just the right buttons to push. A plan to date other people to get them off their minds doesn’t work so well, only makes them want each other more – jealous much.

Since her parents deaths Savannah has always felt like she has to be put together all the time to look after everyone and the business. In the process she lost who she is along the way. Liam is starting to crack her resolve making her want to lose herself in him and not have to take care of everyone and everything. Though with how hot and cold they run that was always going to end in disaster with the angle Liam was playing. He sure knows what to say to cut deep. Hurts more, as she knows he’s right. Note to self – make sure microphones are off before you get hot and heavy and have a major shouting match.

After a much-needed apology Liam has a plan to get Savannah back to the girl she was before the weight of the world was put on her shoulders. He just needs her to give him a small amount of time each day for a few weeks to see if he can help her. She might not think she can change but he’s willing to prove her wrong, he just needs her to trust him. Physical attraction is there in spades but can an emotional one be pulled out too? Time alone will tell, so it’s a good thing Denver is off for a while, empty house to have some fun in.

OMG I loved it when Savannah threw Denver out of the house so she could be with Liam – the threat she gave him too so he wouldn’t say anything was hilarious. Don’t get between this girl and her guy when she finally decides to give the green light. Think he might need to be scarce for a few days while these two getting better acquainted. The heat they create when in close contact is enough to melt the snow outside. Man alive were they hot for each other. She wants to keep things quiet for now but how long before Liam gets annoyed about being a secret? He thinks she is ashamed to be dating him; she needs to show him otherwise.

Another great read from a brilliant series that hooks you from the first few pages. Classic Dori, loved how when there was a chance Savannah would leave Liam’s and go to Juno’s her place suddenly had termites and needed a place to stay. Denver is a right laugh, can’t wait to get in his head. Group Bailey chats are the best, love the connection and closeness they have. Can’t wait to continue the series so on to the next I say.

If you get the author’s newsletter you would have the link to a bonus scene for the book. OMG I loved it so much. I think it ties with the tattoo scene as my favourite Savannah and Liam moments. So much of a connection between them forming and staying for good I hope.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.

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