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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




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?



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: ‘River Spell’ by D.B. Sieders

Title: River Spell (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 4)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: D.B. Sieders

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Twitter: @dbsieders


She’s out for vengeance. He’s seeking justice.

Exiled and alone in a strange land, Rhinemaiden Gwen is still traumatized from her capture and torture by mortal monster hunters. To exorcise her demons, she doles out vigilante justice on mortal criminals—until former cop turned private investigator, Kwame Johnson, stops her in her tracks.

Captivating and enigmatic, Kwame is more than another mere mortal, and he’s just beginning to understand the nature of the special sense that helps him track down missing persons. Gwen can help him reach his full potential, but can she trust a man who was hired by the monster hunters to track her down?



Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with water on the cover. A great read of the magical world of mermaids and elementals. Even though it is the forth in the series it can be read alone. Though reading the others might give you a bit more insight into the world as a whole and not just Gwen and Kwame’s part in it.

Gwen’s a mermaid with some awesome tricks up her sleeve and Kwame’s an ex-cop turned PI who has an ancient heritage that’s about to make one hell of a come back. Seems they are more alike than they thought.

Abby hires Kwame to find a woman who was held by her grandfather in hopes she can find answers about what happen to him in a lab accident. She might not like the ones she gets but it’s a journey she’s on whether she likes the outcome or not. She knows the woman in the picture isn’t human – well she has some sample DNA that might prove it – and with Kwame’s special gift for finding people she’s hoping he will help prove it and find out what happened to her grandfather in the process. That little bit of info has him hooked and with the tingling in his head getting stronger he knows he has to take the case. He just gets more than he bargained for when he meets her.

Gwen went through hell at the hands of her human captures and is still at the mercy of them through her flashbacks and nightmares. Man alive you want to kick the shit out of them for what they did in the name of science. Dr Dunvart is a very bad man who went off his rockers crazy in his lab in the search of answers. It’s because of this that she feels compelled to dole out her own form of justice to those who would poison her waters. Throwing a ship out of the water and blowing it up doesn’t seem to do the trick as they are back a week later but this time things end a little differently after she spots someone coming to aid who has a distinct feel about him.

Slow burn chemistry between Gwen and Kwame. She might be stuck with him due to him binding her without knowing how (inner magic being pulled to the surface it seems) but it soon becomes apparent that they want and need each other too. You may say that they crossed paths for a reason. Eternity at their finger tips perhaps? Well if they can out run monster hunters that are coming for their kind that is. A quest has begun but the outcome is uncertain. Gwen plans on helping him find out about his heritage and what he really is, hoping when they do they can figure a way to break the binding spell. Kwame needs her help with another missing persons case; she’s just hoping doing this will take the heat off her. Elementals could be involved but could also be the key to finding them. She might be with Kwame because of the binding spell but the longer she’s in his presence the more he wants her there for good. He wants her to stay with him because she wants to not because she has to. He wants to hold back and take things slow but our girl Gwen has other ideas. Not that he’s complaining for long, they do have some fun.

Thought Bruce was a hoot giving a comical value when needed, Jack was great and really came through as the father figure she never knew she missed and Zamba was an all-seeing guru of sorts. Well when she’s not imprisoning people that is. Law needs to change and it looks like the Elementals might have just found the perfect team to help.

Love Gwen’s abrupt way of talking, awkward and funny all the time without always meaning to be but in a sweet way. With her you have to say exactly what you mean or she won’t understand you. She’s honest with you so be honest back. Remember this Kwame!! Liked the use of elemental magic and what everyone could do. Turning into a dragon is kind of cool. Comes in handy too when the need arises.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Blitz: ‘A Beautiful Life’ by Alexander Payne

Author: Alexander Payne

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sub-genre: romance


Alex is a poetic young Londoner believing in true love, writing romantic letters and enjoying long late night philosophical discussions with friends on the meaning of life or the existence of God. Anna, the girl living in Lebanon whom he grew to be very fond of through a long distance correspondence, appears to be something else. She embodies everything that he conjured up in a perfect woman, while she sometimes remains surprisingly cold and volatile in her e-mail responses. Is she truly the woman who he could love forever or is there more to her personality than just a sweet and gentle heart?

Discovering the truth about Anna leads Alex on the road to self-discovery shrouded by an intensely personal struggle and painful emotions that bring about the most joyful and darkest moments in Alex’s soul. This book serves as a rational voice to any reader trying to make sense of his or her own emotional circumstances.

A Beautiful Life is a tale told through the eyes of a young man who may not have all the answers to human existence, but learns valuable lessons on how to deal with the adversities of life in his pursuit of happiness. He, like you, still has much to offer the world no matter the struggle.




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Amazon: US / UK / CA

Author Bio

I’d rather not say much about myself. I’ll let you dive into the pages and if you like them, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via connect@braghumble.com


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Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16736727.Alexander_Payne

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Book Review: ‘Code Name: Forever & Ever’ by Natasza Waters

Title: Code Name: Forever & Ever (A Warrior’s Challenge Series Book 5)

Published: 11th November 2016

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Author: Natasza Waters

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Twitter: @NataszaWaters


When an Ivy League girl falls for a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, all the cards are stacked against them except one. Love refuses to die in Code Name: Forever & Ever.

Harvard graduate Margaret Stines rejects the job offered on a silver platter by her father. With a modeling contract in one hand and her possessions in the other, she leaves the neon lights of Glittertown for San Diego. She’d rather enlist in the Navy than marry the Hollywood wannabe executives her father brings home for dinner. A rebel at heart, Marg is seduced into the arms of a sailor. Only he’s the wrong one and when she meets his best friend Patrick Cobbs, she realizes her impetuous act will crucify her in his eyes.

Patrick is given one chance to leave the slums of San Diego to become a Navy SEAL. Recently graduated from BUD/S training, he and his swim buddy Thane Austen are infallible and cocky, certain they’ll earn their Tridents. While celebrating their success at St. George’s, Patrick meets Marg, but there’s no time to start a slow burn between them when the club goes up in flames. Worlds apart, Pat is the last guy Marg’s anti-military parents want for their daughter. With her grandfather’s name etched on the Wall of the Fallen, Marg’s father will do anything to keep them apart. Pat’s father’s a drunk; his family is poor. He has nothing to offer Marg except the man he wants to become. Only one person believes in them, and he’s dead.



Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with an outstanding hero or heroine. Well this one had three of them – Marg, Patrick and Thane – so get ready for a great emotional read. This story can be read as a stand alone.

A bittersweet read where I almost want to pretend the very beginning and ending didn’t happen. Get ready for a few tears because this one will definitely pull at the heartstrings when you get back to the ‘present’ day. Lets live in the past for now though.

So this is where we find out how it all began with Marg and Patrick, though she does bump into Thane first. New in town after breaking away from her parents and wanting to make it on her own modeling in a new town – one that happens to be filled with Seals mined you, hello hotness – Marg feels the need to let off some steam. Enter Thane, one sexy Seal who will hook you with a smile. A one-time thing that she has no intention of repeating but that doesn’t stop her from going back to the same bar again. See its not him she’s looking for but the silver eyed dream man she saw earlier while out with her grandmother. One look and she was hooked, now she just has to find him.

She doesn’t have to look too far though as it turns out he is none other than Thane’s best friend and diving buddy Patrick. Now if Thane had any hope of getting her for a girl that went right out the window the moment she was in front of Patrick again. It’s like the rest of the world vanished and he was her centre. Glad it goes both ways but nothing is ever that simple. How will he cope if (or rather when) he finds out he was second? Not second choice though lets make that very clear, even if it takes him a little while longer to see that. From the moment they meet its like they can see their future but he is in the training stage of becoming a Seal and knows the danger that it entails. Something Marg is only too familiar with after hearing more of her grandmothers’ stories. Her first love and Marg’s biological grandfather was a Seal too it seems. She knows how quick a connection can come and the risks of being with one. She can also see her granddaughter is going to follow the same path she did. Well if Patrick can get his head out of his arse and realize that she is not going anywhere no matter what he or her family says. She seems to be a bit of a danger magnet herself anyway with fires popping up and trouble at sea. But she shouldn’t worry too much as it seems she has a guardian angel looking out for her and those she loves – that includes you Patrick. Love the theme of that throughout as it helped link with something that happens at the end – even if I’m pretending it didn’t happen. To me we are living in the past not the present so there.

Loved Thane and all the other Seals and their partners as it helped create a realistic world that Marg would become a part of. Secrets never stay secret for long but sometimes you can come out the other side of them for the better. Great bit of storytelling that will pull at the heartstrings and will keep you hooked until the end. A true love story about soul mates that once found will never truly be parted.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Lovestruck’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Lovestruck

Published: 29th April 2017

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7109533.Lila_Monroe

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0


One week in paradise with the one man I can’t resist…

Will Cassidy is hot, infuriating, and the guy behind the biggest heart-stomping humiliation of my life. He’s also hosting my BFF’s destination wedding at his super-luxe tropical resort, so short of a hurricane or outbreak of the plague (here’s hoping), I’m stuck within tongue’s arm’s reach of him for the next seven days.

But I’m not a naive college girl anymore, and there’s no way I’m falling for his (many) charms again. I just have to ignore the romantic wedding shenanigans, his miraculous abs, all those intimate beach sunsets… And did I mention those abs?

Maybe a wild vacation fling is exactly what I need to even the score… But between the scorching chemistry and all-inclusive margaritas, I’m getting drunk on love. Which definitely isn’t part of the plan.

Can I keep my heart zipped – even if my bikini bottoms are lost somewhere on that nude beach? And how do you let go of the past when you’re holding on tight to the past’s (very ripped) torso?

Find out in the sexy, hilarious new romantic comedy from Lila Monroe!



So being stuck on an island with the one who stomped all over your heart might not be the best way to relax. Especially when it looks like he is there for the same reason you are. Ruby’s best-friend Brooke is getting married in paradise and it turns out that this paradise was a gift to them from her fiancé Trevor’s friend Will. Have the resort and all the trimmings for the guests and wedding for a week, sounds great right? Well it would be good if Will wasn’t ‘the Will’ from her college days who after she poured her heart out in a letter decided to stomp all over it. To think she had put it behind her would be somewhat of a misconception on her part as the moment she sees him she is right back to that day. Shame his sexiness isn’t feeling the same vibes as all he comes across as is a long lost friend who wants to reconnect. She can’t believe it at first but the longer she is in his presence the more she seems to be tempted. I mean come on romantic beach setting, him being all sweet, chemistry sizzling between them and can I just say hello abs. He is certainly not complaining when he finally gets his hands on her. When is she ever going to see him again? Could she take her friends advice and just have a bit of fun in the sun? Because the vibe coming off him is suggesting that he would be well up for it.

Misunderstanding central when it comes to Ruby and Will and it only gets worse before it gets better. Chemistry and heat rising hot enough to burn the place down from the get go though. Time apart has definitely made them appreciate what they have now. Fling in paradise or can they take it home? Easy to see how they used to be close friends with how easily they fell back in pace with each other. It then goes to a whole other level after a bit of sexy dancing. Love the waterfall scene. Will really should have known better than to think she would back down from him. He gets one hell of a view though so not sure he minds. He might have needed to take a dip himself to cool off.

Other characters are an interesting mix that works well together so you aren’t solely focused on what Ruby and Will are doing. Even though they are great and you want to follow them. You can get a feel for how the week comes together for everybody around them too.

Love the ending; Will creates a very ‘Ruby’ way to set the record straight to get what he’s always wanted. Lila’s books always have a funny vibe running throughout alongside the romance, which I love. Great mix with the two and another great read.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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