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Book Review: ‘Sexy Motherpucker’ by Lili Valente

Title: Sexy Motherpucker (Bad Motherpuckers Book 2)

Published: 25th May 2017

Publisher: Self Taught Ninja

Author: Lili Valente

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLiliValente

Twitter: @lili_valente_ro

 

Synopsis:

When the family dog trots in with my diaphragm in its mouth—in front of my date, his parents, and his adorable little girl—you would think I’d hit rock bottom.

WRONG.

Let’s back this up a sec…

Brendan Daniels is the sexiest man alive. The captain of the Badger’s NHL team is also clever, kind, funny, and was my good friend…until we cruised out of the friend zone one weekend with a red-hot fling. Come Monday morning, I wanted to keep riding the Big O train to happy town, but Brendan wanted someone who was “stepmom” material.

A.K.A, not me, apparently.

The problem? I’m crazy in love with him and his daughter. So when he asks me to be his pretend girlfriend for a long weekend with his former in-laws, I say yes. We’re still friends, after all, and friends don’t let friends fake it alone.

***

Laura Collins is the last woman I should be thinking about taking in the back seat of my car, in the woods behind my in-laws’ house, or in a hotel room where we’re sharing one very small, very squeaky bed.

I need a steady, stable influence for my daughter, not a fling with this too wild, too young, too impulsive red head. So what if she’s beautiful and intense and passionate and has the biggest heart I’ve ever known?

I don’t want to fall in love. I really don’t. The whole “pretend girlfriend” thing was supposed to solve my problems, buy me a little more time.

But when it comes to Laura?

Hell, maybe I’m just not cut out for faking it.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that takes place in the winter. Laura and Brendan sure find some fun ways to warm up after having some fun in the snowy landscape.

So after reading Hot as Puck I had a very good idea of who seemed to cause Laura’s heartbreak and it was none other than Brendan. A summer weekend of passion that could have turned into something a hell of a lot more. Love how it starts with Laura burning all her underwear. Goodbye bra you served me well! Seems this would be the moment pain in her PR butt Brendan would appear. He seems to have caught her at a bad time but after hearing some home truths on how she thinks he feels for her. Hate being top of the list as he always finds ways to be as unhelpful as possible with PR stuff. He decides to show a bit of solidarity with burning something of his too. Burning underwear aside they are both on a beach at sunset and he sure knows how to comfort her quickly, giving her plenty of time to back away if she wanted to. Seems they needed a push to get there but once they do its like they just click. It’s been hard for him being a single dad after losing his wife three years before and it turns out that Laura is the first person he’s been with since. Once isn’t quite enough though and soon you can feel it turning into something more the longer they spend together. Which is why it comes as a shock for Laura when – after she puts her heart out there – he knocks her back saying it would be too complicated with him being a single dad, as Chloe needs to come first.

So its back to being friends/work colleagues but you can still see the strain after months apart and now it looks like Brendan is about to test that friendship to the limits. Seems his ex-in-laws think he should have moved on so Chloe would have a female influence, knowing their daughter would have wanted him to be happy and not be alone. With his hectic career they might get the idea to have Chloe stay with them so she is in a more stable environment. (Side note: loved the ex-in-laws, they were a hoot). So his idea is simple, he needs to turn up for Thanksgiving with a girlfriend in toe. He just needs to convince Laura to be that girlfriend. He knows he messed up on something great and for stupid reasons it seems but he is willing to correct it. Laura is wary to help as she’s not sure how much her heart can take but it doesn’t take long before she agrees anyway. Pretending to be the girlfriend of the guy you completely fell for can’t be too hard can it? Well kissing seems to be a way to relax but lines might start to blur between fake and reality. Both might want the reality but they have a few crossed wires to sort out. Good job nosey siblings are always there to help.

That dog sure knows how to create an embarrassing situation for Laura. OMG I was dying when she got on the floor. That’s a sure way to confirm a relationship – you will have to read it to see what I mean. Its not long before the fake reality becomes the real thing and once it does its like they have four months to catch up on. Seriously this guy is packing some heat and stamina. Who could resist? But his head seems to be running away from him and get well ahead of Laura’s. You can totally see why she would react the way she did. Two people so suited for each other but they have to remember there is a third in the mix.

Chloe was a cutie and I loved her text chats with Laura. Loved all the text archive chats really as it gave a different feel to certain parts. Love how the epilogue of this one links up with Libby’s. Those girls are going to have a surprise for each other the next morning. Also nicely linking in Brendan’s feisty sister Diana with the next hockey hunk who will grace our lives. These boys sure know how to heat up the ice. Another great read but I’d expect nothing less.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Birthright’ by Jessica Ruddick

Title: Birthright: The Legacy Series Book 1

Published: 26th January 2017

Author: Jessica Ruddick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJessicaRuddick

Twitter: @JessicaMRuddick

Synopsis:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies? Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a purple cover. I do love all things purple and this cover made my day – love it!

So Ava and her mother are seekers. Descendents of a fallen angel who made a deal with God to get back into heaven. All his descendents from then on would become seekers. Their job is to find new souls who have the potential to become new angels. Once they find someone with a pure white aura (only finding people within your own age range) they have to give the name to their handler, a reaper. Its reapers who create, for lack of a better word, these peoples deaths so their souls can be collected and tested to see if they have what it takes to become an angel. Now Ava and her mothers’ handler Xavier is one nasty piece of work. If he threatens someone you can guarantee that he will follow through. With being a seeker they are immortal to a point. So what kind of pain do you think you might have to endure if you can’t die.

Ava found out about her heritage on her sixteenth birthday – not the gift she thought she’d get and definitely not the kind of job she thought she’d have to do for the rest of her life. For a year she has had to hone in on her gifts and find people when a new assignment comes in from Xavier. At first she didn’t really understand what was happening but now she does she knows nothing will ever be the same again. She can’t see how its fare for her to condemn good people to die before their time is up, even if they do have a chance to be an angel. The system is flawed in her eyes but she doesn’t want to go against it more than when she is told she has two weeks to find a new white soul. The one she finds she can’t explain as nothing seems right about it and she soon finds all she wants to do is protect to one who has it – Cole.

From the moment they meet there is a spark but it’s the back and forth sparing that will keep you reading to see where it goes. Seems they get paired on a project at school that will keep them close for a few weeks. Not that she’s complaining much. He may act like a bit of an asshole sometimes but she can’t deny the way he makes her feel or the pull that’s there. Its not until she lets down her guard and sees his aura that she starts to panic – it’s white. So white in fact that it pulses but the more she gets to know him and his past the more she is convinced something else is going on as he shouldn’t have an aura that white. His is the name she needs to give but the one she wants to protect the most. She’s trying to find a loophole so she can save him but is she willing to follow through on her plan? Causing trouble and breaking the rules leads to trouble for her and her mother and it looks like death might have marked Cole regardless. With his past coming back to cause trouble it puts them both in harms way. She longs to protect him from what’s coming but it’s his instincts that go into overdrive when she is in need of protecting. A road trip has its dangers but pulls them closer together. Lets get that spark growing some more shall we?

Interesting mix with the reapers, seekers and angels and how the systems work – or don’t as Ava sees it. You can clearly see a protective streak in Cole from the get go. He is drawn to Ava as much as she is to him but holds himself back. Well not completely, cracks start to appear at all the best times. Intriguing ending that kept you guessing right till the end as to how it would play out. Lets hope Ava and Cole can make a way through the chaos that’s coming their way. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Penalty’ by Jacob Chance

Title: Penalty

Published: 10th May 2017

Publisher: Brothers Chance Publishing

Author: Jacob Chance

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jchanceauthor

Twitter: @JChanceAuthor

 

 

Synopsis:

He’s the bad boy quarterback of Boston University’s football team. As the son of a former NFL player, he’s showered with attention and praise twenty-four-seven. One flash of his smile and all the girls fall at his feet – or should I say to their knees?

And then there’s me.

Brady Lincoln is the last person I want attention from. He’s the kind of guy my father warned me about. His play on the field is legendary and his play with the ladies, even more so. I’ve managed to stay off his radar until recently.

What happens when the cocky quarterback breaks all the rules to win my heart?

 

Review:

Brady is your classic sexy brooding star quarterback who loves women and who women love. He is very hot and heavy with them – not that they complain in the slightest – and is used to getting them with merely a wink and a smile. He’s used to being a player so what happens when things get turned on their head and he meets someone who turns into something more. Once he meets Harlow it’s not long before he is doing the chasing and once he catches her he has no intention of letting her go. I love that his friend Zeke called it at the beginning by saying he’s going to love it when a girl comes along and knocks him on his arse. Well put my friend, you knew how things would go.

While at a party with her friend Raine Harlow quite literally bumps into the one guy who makes her heart race with just a look – Brady. And from the look he is giving her from that moment on she has to restrain herself from just falling into bed with him or to her knees. Something you know he had every intention of happening after being with her for just a few moments. She doesn’t want to be just another one-night stand though. He’s the type of guy her father warned her about so she knows she has to leave. She may pretend she doesn’t know him to begin with – something our bigheaded sportsman can’t seem to get his head around – but that’s more to do with self-preservation with having a very hot guy flirting with her, shocking her to no end. She can’t believe he would really be interested in her but she’s about to find out he is very persistent. She has caught his eye and is on his mind pretty much from then on. Seems he thinks she is playing hard to get but once he starts chasing her he realises he doesn’t want to lose her. He has every intention on keeping her and for more than one night. She might have created her own assumptions about him from his passed antics but he is all about getting her to see the real him. They seem to balance each other out, opposites attract and all that. Sizzling chemistry from the get go that gets hotter the longer they are together. Seems resisting temptations makes it that much sweeter when you finally get what or rather who you have been craving.

Thought their friends were fun when they where around. Found Cameron to be a massive asshole, he deserves what he gets. Have to say I had a feeling that Brady’s choice at the beginning would come back to bite him in the arse in the end. Cindy, Harlow’s stepmother, is just the bitch from hell. Her confession at the end left you wondering WTF, so I think here could have been developed a bit further but glad how it all worked out. Good read though so you should definitely check out what else the author has done.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Reap Not the Dragon’ by Debra Kristi

Title: Reap Not the Dragon (The Age of the Hybrid Book 2)

Published: 3rd February 2015

Publisher: Ghost Girl Publishing

Author: Debra Kristi

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebraKristi.writer

Twitter: @DebraKristi

 

Synopsis:

A Reaper with a mission.

Sebastian is finished following commands. Higher powers be damned. He has his own agenda – find Kyra and help restore her memory.

At first his plan goes better than expected. But as life starts looking up for the would-be Reaper, his metaphorical sickle becomes caught in a web of complications.

Things are never smooth for Sebastian and Kyra.

Best-laid plans sometimes rest in peace.

A detour…unexpected and unwelcome…delivers Sebastian into the depths of a grave situation. Misfortune and misunderstanding are the cards dealt to him. And events fail to flip in his favor.

Creatures from hell all want a piece of the young Reaper. If Sebastian ends up dead, that’s okay. For he has a more grievous beast to worry about. To save the woman he loves, Sebastian will venture into the heart of an all-powerful fire demon.

Sebastian must find a missing dragon and the key to Kyra’s memory without being devoured by sinister beasts or…even worse…consumed by his own inner demons.

 

Review:

So we finally now know that Marcus is a nasty piece of work who clearly had a plan in motion before Kyra even met him. Her ‘by chance’ moment of being a saviour might not have been by chance at all. He might not want to hurt her per say but that doesn’t cover her dragon. After she bound herself to him with Higgins spell she was tied to his life or death. Seems the spell worked to keep him alive but pulled her dragon out in the process. Seems Marcus is not who he seems. A man on a mission with his band of demon misfits and dragons are the key. Let’s just hope he gets what’s coming to him.

Kyra wakes from her fall with no memory of who or what she really is. When she sees Marcus she feels a connection to him, so when he says they are together she has no reason to question. Even though he and his friends seem to go out of their way to prevent her from remembering her past. Its not until she gets a visit from Sebastian that things start to change. She might not know him straight away but her subconscious is working its way to the surface. She knows he is a key to her past but danger may follow the path she’s on.

Well Sebastian it seems got himself in a bit of trouble by helping Kyra when she was in purgatory. Saving her meant he had to earn some brownie points so to speak with his father. Paid by doing the job he was born to do. Well half of him anyway as he is a mix of two worlds just like Kyra. He is part reaper and it was only at the end of book one Kyra finally understood his tattoo. A list of names waiting to die but whose outcome of those lives can change from outside sources. After helping his father he knows he needs to get back to Kyra. He has been away too long and it seems Marcus’ hold might be too strong to break. Good job he knows a few carnie people who might be able to help then. Though getting Kyra safe and her memories back take a back seat when danger starts to follow him around instead. Who to trust is a question most will ask but not many will have an answer. You have a battle brewing and it’s not just with dragons. Seems Kyra and Sebastian our in the centre of it whether they want to be or not. Lets see if they get out of it in one piece.

Liked that we got to learn a bit more about Sebastian this time and can see why he held himself back from Kyra to begin with. Interesting journey he is on with his quest to get Kyra back. As soon as he gets her back though lets hope they can really spark that fire that’s been simmering away between them. Romance needs to bloom even in the face of a battle. The carnival will always be there in your time of need and I have a feeling that Zeke is connected to it more than he appears. On to the final installment I say to see how the journey will end.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Book Funnel.

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Book Review: ‘Power: The Shadows’ by J.J. Angel

Title: Power: The Shadows (Volume 1)

Published: 24th April 2017

Author: J.J. Angel

Twitter: @powerthenovel

Synopsis:

A supernatural entity descends upon the unsuspecting community of Nura, Nevada with a voracious appetite and when a string of disappearances occur, local law enforcement officers are left to investigate. What lies waiting for them is something deadlier than they could ever fathom. Mankind’s only hope rests within the hands of two friends who are caught in the crossfire of a supernatural war and their youth. When they acquire strange paranormal abilities, the terror becomes apparent and they soon learn that it will be up to them to save the world from utter destruction. However, the enemy is getting stronger and hungrier and our protagonists will have their work cut out for them. Can they survive long enough to save Earth, or will humanity face a chilling and dark end?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about Sci-fi. Took me a little while to get into but once it gets going it starts getting really interesting.

So we start off planet somewhere in the galaxy on another planet where the inhabitants are being exterminated. Monsters and darkness are coming and only one can escape. Light seems to be a way to fight the darkness and soon us on Earth are going to need to know this to fight back.

Back on Earth, or just outside it, a group of astronauts working for S.E.T.E are trying to fix a satellite when something attacks them – well the one outside that is. This is where the story takes a bit of a twist as we start to follow the ‘something’ back to Earth and see just how it evolves with what it comes into contact with. Side note: you do not want to come into contact with it. If seen run away as fast as possible and hope it hasn’t seen you first or you are pretty much fucked. A creepy feeling from that point on with whatever this ‘thing’ is. You know it is bad news but you aren’t completely sure what it is. So I can safely say that Nura is definitely a place I will not be travelling to as all who go there seem to have a bit of a bad fate. Even for the ones that go there to try and help in some way.

S.E.T.E is an interesting corporation that knows more than they are letting on. The cops are clearly in the dark about what’s really happening but might be able to shed some light if they keep digging. But its Amare and Rupert who are about to start a journey where their lives will most definitely be put in extreme danger. But with the help of Ya’asha they might just be able to save not just themselves but the planet. Seems darkness is coming and claiming all and everything it sees.

Interesting read that, once its going a bit, will keep you guessing as to what might happen next right up till the end. A few corrections needed throughout but hopefully will be sorted shortly.  Intriguing to see where it goes from there with the two boys new powers coming stronger. Looks like they will need them for what’s to come.


3 out of 5 stars

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

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