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Book Review: ‘Bully’ by Marci Belle

Title: Bully (Devils of Eden Series Book 1)

Published: 12th July 2019

Author: Marci Belle

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Twitter: @belle_marci

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Blurb:

Unrequited love can make people behave in the cruellest of ways.

Wren, was a bastard, the worst kind of bully.

Ziggy, never gave him the attention he wanted and she paid for that rejection every minute of the day.

He paid too, with years of torment and regret for what he’d done.

The girl of his dreams had slipped through his fingers, without any hope of forgiveness.

Until now, years later, when the passed-out woman he saves from the vultures on the casino floor turns out to be the girl he bullied all those years ago.

Can Wren, redeem himself?

Will Ziggy forgive him?

Will there ever be sparks between them?

It’s complicated.

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This is an Enemies-to-Lovers, HEA Standalone Contemporary Romance.

Warning: This book contains triggers, but there is also closure from these events.

This is 18+ content.

 

Review:

So waking up still half drunk and disorientated on a casino floor in Vegas isn’t the best way to go. Good job a handsome sexy stranger is there to help her back to her room. But is he really a stranger?

Ziggy is in Vegas for her cousin Juliette’s surprise wedding. Back in her room to recover with a hangover she doesn’t expect her drunk as a skunk friend Charlie to fall on the bed next to her saying she’s lost Juliette right before passing. Not good when everyone seems to be in the same state of drunken forgetfulness – even the new groom. Juliette seems to have an erratic personality, but is it the reason for her being missing, or something else entirely? Time to get some help, handsome stranger where are you?

With a guest missing Wren (aka handsome stranger) is called in to help. Much to Ziggy’s delight. Well sort of as she tends to turn into a mute whenever she is around attractive men. So with Wren’s eyes on her she needs to up her game. She knows she should be focused on helping with information for finding Juliette as it’s not going to be plain sailing. After a sleepless night of no news it turns into a crazy day searching with mishaps and mayhem along the way. Throw in bubbling chemistry that can be seen a mile off and you’ll soon have a party. She feels she knows him and not just from the casino floor, she just can’t put her finger on it.

Wren is still in a bit of shock that the drunk woman from the casino is actually Ziggy. Someone from his past that he really needs to make amends with. The fact that she doesn’t recognize him yet could mean trouble later. Seems when they were children he picked on Ziggy something rotten. He wanted her attention but didn’t know how to handle his feelings. A prank that ended badly caused more harm than he thought but is this his chance of making amends?

Emotional rollercoaster with finding Juliette but being close to Wren helped a lot. Alone at last with troubles at bay it doesn’t take long for the passion to arise. One touch turns into a kiss and then its full steam ahead. “Ziggy, you don’t know what you’re getting into, but you’re going to fucking love it. I can guarantee that.” Seems they can’t get enough of each other in their passion bubble. But how long before the bubble bursts when she realises who he is.

The Vegas parts were a right laugh. Drunk skunks comes to mind with how we are introduced to them all. Juliette brings them together and Charlie brings some entertainment. What happens in Vegas doesn’t want to stay in Vegas this time. Kismet might be her tattoo but seems to be them as well. “If we are each other’s kismet, then the universe won’t stop me.” Everything always happens for a reason, even if you don’t see it right away. Even the danger aspects at the end where there to help create a hero moment for our guy Wren.

Good that you had duel POV’s so you could get a real feel for what they were both going through and how they always seemed to come back to each other, even if they didn’t know it at first. Interesting start to a series I would want to continue with. I’m guessing it could be Gabriel’s story next. Can’t wait to get inside his head.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘When Science Collapses’ by Christopher Hivner

Title: When Science Collapses

Published: 31st December 2016

Author: Christopher Hivner

 

Blurb:

Find another layer, go deeper to before I knew you, to thoughts I had as a young man, pull up those bones, crush them between your teeth to bathe in the marrow, find out what you think made me the way I am. “Paleontology”

 

Review:

Here you have a collection of poems with a difference. Almost using metaphors for science theories looking into the subjects of different human relationships. They are all told through the lens of science, looking into different scientific disciplines – e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, and so on. Each looking at different aspects of relationships from start to end within the scientific concepts created.

I liked some more than others and felt the scientific aspects of the poems gave them a different vibe. There were 33 in total, though a few were extended parts off one main title.

Here are a few that stood out for me:

Physics – wanting to relive and hold on to memories of loved ones passed on. Here you have someone wishing they could have them back but knowing that their memories of them are what you have to hold onto most. Don’t live in the past but hold onto its memories.

‘Time travel
is an illusion,
but my memories,
few as they are,
are real.’

String Theory – connecting things together and wondering why it can’t always be like this. The world and all its infinite moments being linked together one onto the next.

Astronomy – the vastness of space and looking at our way of interpreting what we can see or explain. How feeling connected to someone could seem like you are a planet warmed by their sun. Circling and needing each other, not knowing how long it would last but holding onto memories created all the same.

Combustion – from reading you get an idea of an engine just about to blow. One part isn’t right so the function isn’t working. In relation to a relationship it looks into cheating, or the possibility of someone cheating, and how just that one thought could make everything blow up.

It’s an interesting idea to take on human relationships in poems with a scientific vibe. You are breaking down concepts within the poems figuring out what they could mean for both subject types. If you like science and poetry then why not take a look.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘3 Hour Dad’ by Adam T Hourlution

Title: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing

Published: June 2018

Author: Adam T Hourlution

 

Blurb:

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.

Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.

One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be!) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.

This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.

A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund. To read more about this please refer to the about me section at the end of the book and help join in the 3hourlution.

 

Review:

Planning for becoming a father is something you usually have a bit of time to get your head around, so 3 hours is pushing it!

Talk about your life changing in the space of a moment. Adam was just having a chilled night in while his girlfriend Lyndsay was at her mums. Pizza, TV catch up and trying to secure the last figurine in his Star Wars collection. Good evening all round, right up to the shock phone call at midnight from his soon to be mother-in-law to say Lyndsay was at the hospital about to give birth in the delivery ward. Talk about getting a shock. Trying to put on clothes and drive to the hospital are challenges number 1 and 2. Challenge number 3 is on its way soon.

Interesting to see things from the guys perspective and how they were all trying to wrap their heads around what was happening. Shock of labour is one thing, then comes the realisation that you are now a family with a new baby that you have nothing for. Crazy shopping spree needed stat!

They do say that it can happen. A hidden pregnancy you only find out about when the little bundle decides to make an appearance. Thought is was a bit funny he called the baby his UCO – unidentified crying object – time to pick out a name.

Witty read that brings to life the situation they all found themselves in – shocked faces all round. You can plan all you like but sometimes things happen all at once, and in this case, in the space of 3 hours. I wonder if the next one will make such a dramatic entrance?

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: ‘The Long Body That Connects Us’ All by Rich Marcello

Title: The Long Body That Connects Us All

Published: 28th February 2018

Publisher: Langdon Street Press

Author: Rich Marcello

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Twitter: @marcellor

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Blurb:

Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello’s poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their forefathers, only to later discover a different path, one lit by loss and welcoming of the vulnerable, one made of the long body that connects us all.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 100 pages. This book is split into 3 parts with around 16 poems per section. So you can dip in and out when the need strikes or plow through in one go.

I find it kind of calming to read some forms of poetry. Letting your mind flow in different directions as you make your own interpretations of what you think they could mean.

There were lots of poems to choose from but here are a few of my favorites from each section of the book and my interpretations on what I thought they were about.

 

Part 1 – In the Coming:

I Do Now – Exploring the light and dark that people can hold and accepting someone’s shadow as much as their light.

Porchwork – About reliving a memory and place in time so much that you want to recreate it forever in other ways so you can hold dear.

Daughters and Sons – About embracing each other, the love we share and how to send it out into the world to heal it and others.

 

Part 2 – Yab Yum:

How We Struggle to Pass Down – Feeling the need to tell those younger than yourself to remember the feelings and dreams they have as they come. To not live with regrets when they get older but in the end learning that all must go through lessons and learn things at their own pace. As you remember you were once that young who thought you knew best.

Stillness – Finding some place still and calm to reboot and recharge in a way so you can find your center and balance to start again.

The Return of Hippies – Remembering a time where everything and everyone was carefree. To go back to a forgotten time where sun, hope, rainbows and love played their parts. Showing a world of possibilities to remember and to push forward with love and kindness.

 

Part 3 – Aether:

Belong to No One – Finding your center and learning to belong to yourself and no other. Feeling happy with who you are and how you see the world and your life around you.

How to Be a Good Man – About embracing new ways to think and act when troubles come your way. If you want to walk away, step closer. Hate then love. To find ways to see things differently and learning to forgive if needed.

The Long Body – Finding ways to see how things and people are connected. Letting love, kindness and memories guide you forward to help with any challenges ahead. As the title suggests it’s about the long body of life that connects us all.

 

Interesting collection of poems that make you stop and think. Some I liked more than others but all intriguing in their own way. It’s a good book to go to as a stopgap book between heavier ones. A break book so to speak that won’t take long to get through. Worth checking out for anyone interested in poetry.

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: ‘The Sweetest Oblivion’ by Danielle Lori

Title: The Sweetest Oblivion (Made Book 1)

Published: 20th June 2018

Author: Danielle Lori

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Blurb:

She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

They say first impressions are everything . . .

In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome.

She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.

And he’s always near. Telling her what to do. Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should. Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, for rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes. Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another.

Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that takes place in the summer. Suns not only thing heating up the temperature when Elena and Nico get in a room together.

Elena used to be seen as Sweet Abelli but that’s all changed. She doesn’t want to be that girl anymore. Always docile doing everything she can to not rock the boat within her family. Her family is more complicated than most, mainly due to the fact she is one of the daughters of an Italian mob boss. Theirs is one of five families within New York who don’t always see eye to eye. Her father is the don and what he says goes. A mistake she made months before has put her at odds within her family and herself. Running away and getting rid of something that should not have been given away only ended in bloodshed and a guilty conscious for her. She can’t undo what has been done but has a plan to ease the pain and guilt, whether she can see it through and what trouble it causes is something else entirely.

Now because of her indiscretion she seems to have thrown her sister Adriana under the bus with who she has to marry, even though it should have been her being the eldest. Not good when Adriana sees herself in love with the gardener, even more so when a shock announcement changes everything. Neither knew that they would marry for love. Just pawns for their father to use when needed. Adriana is a creative, eccentric, free spirit, who might just live in the clouds so isn’t really prepared for her new husband. Their father is having a bit of trouble that needs help from another family so goes to Nicolas Russo, the don of the Russo’s, to strike a deal. A marriage arranged in exchange for him making a problem disappear. Elena feels sorry for her sister but also a little glad it’s not her. That is until she meets Nicolas – Nico – and starts to get all hot and bothered for him and the way he makes her feel with just a look.

Talk about tension at the lunch table! A meeting of the families was never going to run smoothly, throw in some heat and Elena’s hotheaded reckless brother Tony and you are asking for trouble. He just loves to goad people to get a reaction but in the process ends up putting Elena in the firing line, quite literally. Good job Nico has good aim but the pressure to continue the meal after was extreme. You don’t disobey your father or the don boss who will be your brother-in-law.

Nico has quite the reputation, enough to make Elena nervous whenever he is near. He also manages to get her to say the first thing that comes to mind in any situation – some she may want to take back as he’s not one to be goaded. She may want to keep her distance but finds a pull there whenever he is close, which seems to be a lot. He only wants to be called Nico so you can imagine what she will keep calling him – hello Nicolas! In a way she finds she can be herself around him and not ‘Sweet Abelli’ like everyone else expects. The more she sees him the more she starts to crave what she knows he could give her, even though she knows she can’t have it. Pulse racing whenever he is near. Here’s hoping no-one notices or trouble will be coming from both families. Elena’s future might be in her fathers’ hands but let’s see if Nico can change that fate.

Connection only builds the more time they are together, tricky as she knows she’d fall for him. A moth to the flame not wanting to escape, even though she knows she probably should. My god they are like magnets pulled together whenever they are in the same room. The energy coming off them was insane. When they finally got what they both had been craving you could see they’d become addicted to each other. Marriage contracts are fickle, a Russo sees something he wants and takes it. The moment Nico saw Elena that was it. He would find a way to claim her as his own no matter what obstacles her father put in his path. Trouble may be a way of life with these families but secrets from past mistakes could be one step too far.

Elena’s cousin Benito, her driver/guard for whenever she needed to go somewhere, was amusing. Loved her Nonna, she sees more than see let’s on and goes with the flow. Her parents were high strung, but with her father being a don what would you expect. Nico’s cousin Luca was entertaining, he knew right off the bat that it would be Elena Nico would start to crave. Gianna was intriguing so I can’t wait to get inside her head in the next book.

Love it from start to finish, great characters and chemistry throughout. Electric energy from the moment Elena and Nico locked eyes. Craving something neither thought they could have until its right in front of them. Can they keep what they’ve got without getting lost in it? He would do anything for her and is fearlessly protective so god help anyone who ever tries to cause her harm. Great start to the series, full of other interesting characters that are all calling for their own books now.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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