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Book Review: ‘Confessions of a Naughty Nanny’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Confessions of a Naughty Nanny (The Baileys Book 6)

Published: 7th January 2020

Author: Piper Rayne

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Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

 

Blurb:

When a famous music producer moves to Lake Starlight it can’t just be a coincidence. It’s the universe helping to move things along in the right direction so that Griffin Thorne can discover me.

I have to confess—I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Confession #1: I may have overhead that he was in search of a nanny. What can I say? My brother has a big mouth.

Confession #2: It’s possible I helped along the assumption that I had nanny experience. Hey, babysitting my nieces and nephew counts, right?

Confession #3: There’s a good chance I oversold my qualifications. But my Grandma Dori backed me up, so it’s not completely my fault.

And it worked. He hired me. Only for me to find out that he left the business.
I guess it’s on to Plan B.

When he accidentally overhears me singing, I expect nothing from him. Then he asks to work with me on a song for our town’s Founder’s Day Parade and it feels like a dream come true. Until…

Confession #4: I’ve fallen for him.

 

Review:

Interesting getting inside Phoenix’s head to see what makes her tick. She wants to make it as a singer but doesn’t want to admit to her family that she couldn’t make it in LA on her own and that’s why she came home. Comes across as immature to begin with in her plan of action of getting close to Griffin. He might be new to Lake Starlight but not new to the music business and in need of a nanny. Can you guess how she wants him to notice her? Though to be fair Dori did play a hand in selling the idea that she was a nanny and not just watching her nieces and nephew.

Bad news for Phoenix is that Griffin is out of the music business. He just wants a fresh start for him and his son Mav in Lake Starlight. A place where hopefully he can start acting like a little boy again and not so focused on his phone. Though should an 8 year old really have one? I guess it’s more to do with how he has been brought up by that point. New place, new people, new school, and now a new nanny, will they all cope? Her duties will mostly entail dropping Mav to and from school, cooking and a bit of cleaning. Did I mention it was a live in position? Seems both might soon be having a problem with that fact, how long before they stop fighting what they are both clearly feeling?

Family duty for Phoenix is always on her mind, as with all the Baileys, with the Founders day coming up and having to sing. It’s when Griffin hears her voice that things change. Mad for a moment in thinking she’s using him but agrees to help after her quick sort of reason. It’s when he starts helping with her voice that the walls come down and we see more of the real Phoenix and not what she shows everyone. She evolves throughout the story the longer she is in the carer mode. Has a connection with Mav, as well as his dad, growing more each day, wanting to look out for them. Did like the hike where cards were put on the table – think he liked being a bad cliché by having the hots for the nanny.

Starting something that is doomed to end when secrets are revealed, or if/when Phoenix wants to try and make it again in LA. Her confidence got knocked more than her family realised and putting herself out there again is scary. Not as much with Griffin in her corner. But will he stay there?

Love all the other Baileys making appearances throughout. When it rains it pours comes to mind when three of them have interesting announcements to make at the end. Dori is her classic self. Loved when she was trying to get a certain persons head on straight and started going off on tangents to help but realising some of those will be for other people later down the road. She really does have it all sorted out with how to pair up all her grandchildren. Might have a tricky job with the next one though. Juno my girl what have you done. I really need to know what’s going on in your head. You’ve had the perfect guy waiting for so long and have both always pushed the whole ‘we’re just friends’ thing forever and a day. Just when you get your head out of the sand you might see that your window has closed shut.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Entangled Earth’ by David Lea

Title: Entangled Earth

Published: 1st June 2018

Author: David Lea

Twitter: @DavidLeaAuthor

 

Blurb:

When a failed experiment causes a parallel world to collide with ours, the invisible reality begins to tear our world apart.

Physicist Mia Green finds herself stuck in Paris, in the middle of an unnatural disaster and she’s the only one who knows what needs to be done; Mia must get home to England and stop the experiment that’s ending the world.

Reality has crumbled to an ephemeral and unpredictable puzzle, filled with danger and destruction, and amid this chaos, it will take everything that Mia has to fix the splintered worlds.

Entangled Earth is a mind-bending science fiction adventure where everyday activities on another invisible world suddenly become a deadly threat to our world.

 

Review:

Let’s just say that some science experiments should have a better warning sign attached to them as the destructions of their effects could be seen further than first thought.

Mia is taking a break from a science conference while in Paris having a seemingly nice time until all hell breaks lose. While on top of the Eiffel Tower the strangest things happen across the city with death and destruction following in suit with no clear reason as to how or why other than they seem to be invisible attacks. The only escape is one that has her heart in her mouth as she falls down and lands mid-air on what feels like a building top. This invisible bridge of sorts being her only way, along with other survivor Bruce, to a building top and safety – for a few moments that is. While there she finds Abraham, another scientist, who saw how it started from a video link of an experiment taking place and has a clue as to what’s happening and how to stop it. The only problem being that they have to find their way back to Cambridge to do so. Saving the world might not be her priority but she will give it a go, as it’s the only way to get back to her husband and son.

Seems a science experiment being completed in Cambridge to see whether other parallel worlds are real found their proof but in the process created a connection between the parallel worlds, which are making them collide with each other, the effects of which are being felt around the globe. No one is safe from what is coming and the longer the experiment is allowed to continue the worse is yet to come. The journey to find a way back is a perilous one with danger not just coming from what they can’t see. The closer they get to the machine the worse the danger becomes. Can they find a way to stop what’s happening or will the worlds implode with no way out?

Intriguing book with quite a twist at the end you won’t see coming, well I didn’t. I did find it a little hard to visualize what was happening at times when the worlds were merging into each other. After a while though you just kind of went along for the ride.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy (The Baileys Book 5)

Published: 19th December 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

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Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

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Blurb:

You might be wondering how you’ll know when your playboy ways are coming to an end. For some it might be an unexpected pregnancy (ahem… you know who), for others it might be finally landing the one woman you’ve always wanted (cough… I won’t mention any names). For me, it was the death of my mentor and the subsequent reading of his will.

The signs were there, they always are. But I didn’t notice them until it was too late, and my demise was complete.

Demise Sign #1 – You find yourself thrust into the land of responsibility and you don’t immediately hightail it out of town.

Demise Sign #2 – Despite being stuck with the world’s biggest Jekyll & Hyde, some sadistic part of you actually enjoys spending time with her.

Demise Sign #3 – Your family suddenly stops wanting to weigh in on every decision in your life.

Demise Sign #4 – Somehow you end up being the voice of reason in your tumultuous partnership.

Demise Sign #5 – You start thinking of other people before yourself.

Demise Sign #6 – You agree to put yourself in the middle of an Alaskan reality TV show that has both of you sleeping in the same tent.

Demise Complete.

 

Review:

Denver has been such a funny character that I couldn’t wait to get inside his head and find the woman who was going to put a stop to his playboy ways. Seems Cleo is that woman but things don’t go as smoothly as you would think. First off she hates his guts so its not so good that her late father Chip left his business Lifetime Adventures as a 50/50 share between the both of them in his will. They are about to be business partners with no way of not being around each other. What could possibly go wrong – or maybe right in certain circumstances?

Now Cleo really doesn’t come across great to begin with at all with how she acts around Denver, and a few others. She has such a chip on her shoulder with wanting to prove that she can do this on her own that she comes across as a stuck up rich girl just trying to ‘play’ boss. She didn’t have the closest relationship with her father and I think she resents the fact that he was close to Denver. Kind of shoving it in her face with both being left the business. Thing is said business is failing and they need to work together to find a way to save it or that’s it for Lifetime Adventures. Might be time to take a few adventure trips of their own to move the business in a new direction, you never know what revelations might come up to the surface with spending more time together – especially with sleeping in the same tent. That’s not the only thing coming up to the surface with chemistry bubbling away – helps when Denver doesn’t have his shirt on.

Now I may not have liked Cleo to begin with but that does change once you get inside her head a little. When she gets off her high horse and starts to act like the ‘real’ her – with a little help from Denver – you can see why he might be starting to fall. He’s not the only one. She’s just a little lost, not really knowing where she truly fits in and where could feel like home. Perhaps with spending more time with Denver she can get to see that Lake Starlight could be that home – with him added on as a bonus.

Love that Dori always has to play a part with getting people together. Even when you don’t see her you know she is pulling the strings somewhere with getting all her grandchildren happy and paired off. The rest of the clan pops up throughout but this time around they are not telling Denver what to do with his life but making him decide for himself. Time to grow up and take charge, you might end up liking the results. Another great read from a series I really like.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Hollow Town’ by R.A. Marc

Title: Hollow Town: The Dark Side of the City

Published: 27th May 2017

Author: R.A. Marc

 

Blurb:

Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City is an exciting new suspense thriller set in London. With a sassy female lead, and enough shocks and twists to keep you enraptured until the very last page, you will not want to put Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City down. Hollow Town, The Dark Side Of The City is the first action packed adventure in the new Hollow Town suspense series from the author R A Marc.

 

Review:

Interesting premise for a thriller ride the author takes you on. A girl has been taken, one of many it seems, in broad daylight with no clues as to how, why or by whom. The clock is ticking with trying to find her. The parents call the police along with an old friend Patricia, a private detective, who has means to look deeper into the darker side of things to find answers.

Girls are being selected for order with little hope of finding them without more evidence. There seems to be multiple players from the darker side presented but only just breaking the surface to what is really going on. Trade, slaves, for a harem, nothing is clear just yet as to what these girls have been taken for but whatever the reason it can’t be good. Part two of the book I feel will follow this darker side a bit more with Patricia leading the case for trying to bring back Janet. Lots of characters are brought forward so it’s just a case of seeing who is best to follow to get the clues needed.

Good starting off point but it does need some work. Character development could be better explored but might come with the next part where you know them all a bit better. Now I don’t usually mark down for edits but this one really could have done with another go through as it did break up trying to read it clean as you are trying to figure out what word might be missing or whether the wrong one was down. Their or there, your or you’re, just a couple examples, really needs to work with correct grammar. Sorting this out, along with the structure a bit so it flows better, will give the book a much cleaner feel. For a debut novel this was a good first attempt and with a little help could go further.

2.5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘The Streets of Nottingham’ by Auckly Simwinga

Title: The Streets of Nottingham

Published: 23rd February 2018

Author: Auckly Simwinga

 

Blurb:

A tragedy will echo through history and force the world into chaos once again…

In The Streets of Nottingham, the world has been broken by a cataclysmic clash between the mother of creation and a god-king. Only one small village has escaped this breaking: one which prays to the mother whose distant mercy masks a deadly and merciless force about to erupt.

In that village, there lives a young man who struggles with the long, unrequited love of a childhood girl and a refuge whose boundaries are marked by chaos.

After their village is attacked by wraiths, the young man embarks upon a quest to find a city called Nottingham, a place that ancient scrolls describe in detail, but a place that is reportedly impossible for anyone to ever reach. He wants to travel there to find a healer that the scrolls mention, to try to save the love of his life, a beautiful young woman named Marika, and bring her back from the dead.

 

Review:

It starts with a sort of poem about a healer in the streets of Nottingham that some may need but not know how to find. Hidden meanings within the lines, like riddles to crack to see what it is really telling you. It all comes from a scroll in the ‘great book’ that hopefully has the answers Adam seeks. He must try and figure it out to get there and find the one to help – though this quest is for him alone (well apart from his ever-loyal horse Shadow).

The time line does jump around from here a bit but isn’t too hard to follow. It’s like we are following the journey Adam takes in the present as he remembers events of the past. It’s a perilous journey to find a way to bring back the one he loves after her life is drained by the one they pray to – the Mother aka Rain. Her heart has been darkened by the loss of the one she loves and in the process the world looks like it is set to break again in her destructive path.

Paranormal gods and goddesses are around to cause trouble and chaos but some there to help. It’s a battle of gods waging war with each other and unfortunately humans are stuck in the crossfire with no escape as it looks like the world is being pulled apart and back together again for the second time.

Interesting darker fantasy and mythical elements throughout, whether with what happens at the village or on Adams journey to find a way to bring back his love. He may have felt he never really fit in but is he about to find out why on his quest?

Intriguing read and if you are looking for a quick fantasy adventure quest this is the book for you. Just don’t go in thinking it’s actually about Nottingham. With it being a mythical place it might have been better to give it a more mythical name.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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