venerdì 29 dicembre 2017

Whore by Willow Aster


Release Date: 12.26.2017



Synopsis:

“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

Review:



I liked this story really much.
Whore is thrilling and engaging,I held my breath for the last 30 % and I just couldn't go to sleep before to finish it.

Lili is a good heroine,she always finds the strenght to go on even if her future appears dark and hopeless.Soti is a kind and beautiful man inside outand you cannot not to fall in love with him at first sight.

"All of us are just fragments trying to grasp onto the next broken piece, trying to be a little more complete." 

Willow Aster is one of my favorite author and I find her attempt to a more suspenseful storytelling really convincing and captivating.


Excerpt:

I take a sudden deep breath and my breasts brush against his chest. The contact surprises us both. I do it again, intentionally this time, trying to gain control in the only way I know how. His neck flushes and he takes a step back. I enjoy the rush it gives me, knowing that I affect him too.

“Hey, would you like to come around the corner with me to—”

I swallow my surprise and shake my head, holding my hand up before he says anything else.

“Please,” he says louder.

“What’s your name?”

“I am Sotirios … Soti.”   

“Soti, what makes you think you know anything about me?”

He tries to make eye contact, but I focus on a spot just past his left ear.

“I just want to help you…” His words trail off.

The wind blows my hair forward, a sheet of black coming between us until I smooth the long strands down on either side. I gaze down the street and see a blurry little girl with black hair down to her waist in middle school, standing shy and hopeful in front of a group of girls.
“We know what you are,” they said. They hurled spit and names on her and she stood there, taking it, until the teacher came and helped her.
Help only got me so far.

“You listen to me, okay?” I say so softly he leans in to hear me. “I was born for this.”

When my eyes finally land on his again, I know his face will haunt me forever. He looks as bleak as I feel.

I clear my throat. “Now, if you’ll excuse us.”

With that, I loop my hand through the arm of my next income source, calculating how I can get the most money out of him for the least amount of time. It takes every ounce of willpower I own to not look Soti’s way one more time. Once we round the corner and I know he’s out of sight, all the adrenaline leaves my body, and I’m actually glad to have someone to hold onto.

I avoid my reflection as we walk back to the house. I don’t want to know what the rest of the world sees when they look at me.


giovedì 28 dicembre 2017

The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five by Kate Armitage


Release Date: 12.28.2017




Synopsis:

Best before twenty-five? 

With newsfeeds full of perfect pouts, hot-dog legs, and the self-proclaimed hashtag-blessed, it’s hard not to feel inadequate. How has everyone figured out how to live their best life, except you?' 

That’s what Kylie wants to know. She thought she would spend her twenty-fifth birthday having a mini-break – not a mini-breakdown! After an evening of finger-food and snide remarks, Kylie decides that things must change. 

Naturally, Alexa disagrees. She doesn’t think anything needs to change at all, and is quite happy plodding along with her best friend by her side. 

So, when everything changes for the better for Alexa – while it’s going from bad to worse for Kylie – will it tear them apart?


Review:


The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five was a nice read that kept my interest throughout the book.

Kylie and Alexa are two good characters,their struggling and uncertainties of the future are so relatable.I'm sure I've met them during my life and I'm even more sure I was like them at some point in my life.

I really liked Kate Armitage writing style.I've enjoyed her words that in their simplicity deliver a strong message of self-worth and uniqueness.
There isn't a precise age to fulfill our dreams but we don't have to lose confidence in ourselves and to change in order to fit in.



lunedì 18 dicembre 2017

Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes


Release Date: 11.15.2017



Synopsis:

Serena Hunter loves her new life in the sleepy Devonshire countryside! It’s a world away from her crazy past as the wife of American bad boy rock star, Ritchie Dangerfield.
Now she spends her days making delicious chocolate using milk from the local dairy and she finally feels that everything is back on track. That is, until her handsome ex-husband arrives in the village to win her back…
Away from the limelight, Serena gets to know Ritchie all over again and realises that maybe a second chance at love is the Christmas miracle she’d been dreaming of all along?
Review:


I liked this second chance love story so much.I loved the Christmas atmosphere that will conquest also the most icy soul.

Serena left her husband to find her place in the World.She goes back to her little village and bocomes a  chocolatier and she finally feels worthy and happy until her husband,Ritchie, shows up in Rabbit's Leap to win her wife's love back again.

I've really appreciated how the author showed us not only the changing relationship between the main characters but also that between them and some of the support characters.

I have already liked Kellie Hailes' previous works and I can't get enough of the Rabbit's Leap villagers.


venerdì 15 dicembre 2017

Follow the Snowflakes by Angelina Kerner


Release Date: 12.15.2017




Synopsis:

At 28, it's bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That's when her friend tells her about her class' Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid's dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can't hurt...until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy's Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.


Review:

I've really enjoyed this novella.It is short and sweet.

I would have liked it to be longer because I adored the characters and how they come together during Christmas time.

I had a permanent smile on my face while reading Angelina Kerner words,Follow the Snowflakes put me in a festive mood I can't wait to party.

Excerpt:

Sunday
December 17th, 2017


Dear Diary,

When I eventually return to read my entries in my old age, I'll always remember just how miserable I was in December of 2017. I should have had a diary when I was a teen; then it would have been funny to re-read what I went through back then. When I was in high school, I didn't have many friends. In fact, my mother introduced me to a girl on the day of orientation. 
Here's the story:
Mom parked her car, and we got out. She began looking for all the gathered students outside of the gymnasium. I knew no one at the high school and Mom knew that too. It was mainly because I finished middle school in a different district and at that moment, I was not happy about the move. I gazed at the students and my Mom. She had that glint in her eyes that said a plan was forming and I could do nothing to stop it. After a minute, she motioned me to follow her and I did, just like the good girl that I was. We walked up to two girls. One had long brown hair and was wearing a loose shirt and long skirt, while the other had short blonde hair, glasses and wore a tiger t-shirt with jeans. Mom told them how it would be nice for them to take little old me into their friendship. They said ‘sure,' and she just left me there.
You see Diary? Now those are memories. Memories of dating an engaged guy at 28, is not as good as that one, huh?
If you're wondering, I couldn't really make friends with the long skirt. She and I were too different. She was very opinionated, and I couldn't hold a conversation without being confused. The glasses girl and I stayed friends until the first year of college. We grew apart after she moved away. I did hear from her once. She congratulated me on my degree. It was random. She sounded happy, and she met her life partner. I was happy for her, but that conversation didn't rekindle the friendship that lasted for five years.
Now, I am off to work. Yes, I'm working today, although it's a Sunday. There are branches open on Sundays; I am talking about the ones inside the grocery stores. My friend, Jessica, who's a manager at one, called me to cover for her today because she has a cold. I couldn't say no, so I need to go. Oh, and she told me to buy her crew breakfast! At least, we're only open until 2 pm today.



Cat

PS: Buy those groceries TONIGHT, or you'll be eating Chinese noodles, and not the take-out ones.

lunedì 11 dicembre 2017

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby


Release Date: 12.11.2017


Synopsis:

He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass. 

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer. 

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life. 

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them. 

But I will find her.


Review:


I had so much fun reading this book I stayed up all night to know how Brynn and Tom's story would have ended.

I liked all the characters,especially when they act silly making me laugh out loud more than once.
Brynn and Tom relationship is really a whirlwind of crazyness,hard kisses,sweet kisses,balls,dips and so much delectable sex.

I think the authors made a good work with this rom com and I'll definitely get the next book.

giovedì 7 dicembre 2017

The British Knight by Louise Bay


Release Date: 12.03.2017


Synopsis:

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough. 

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs. 

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits. 

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up. 

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long. 

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met. 

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen. 

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.


Review:


I loved this one...it was perfect for me,from the captivating cover to the description of some enchanting places I didn't know they were in London.

Violet and Alexander are so different from each other,the first is a feisty american woman who lives in the moment,the other is a stiff british barrister who has the goal to be the best at what he does.Their journey was so enterteining.I liked to see their best features rub off on each other making them and their relationship grow page after page.

I always enjoy this author work...Louise Bay please keep them coming!!I'd like to read Darcy's happily ever after too.

Excerpt:

Alexander:

My workout this morning had been punishing. The harder I worked, the harder I worked out. I was a big believer in that if I wasn’t physically fit, I couldn’t perform as well in my job. And I was willing to do whatever I had to do to be the best barrister I could be. As a result, I’d been up since five, worked out until six thirty, and then had a conference call with Dubai at seven. I hated days when I was late into the office, but this morning couldn’t be helped. My commute had been . . . unusual. The woman I’d knocked into while getting off the tube had been beautiful, and I couldn’t keep the image of her gazing up at me in the middle of Lincoln’s Inn Fields out of my brain. I needed to focus. And perhaps get laid when I got the time. But it wouldn’t be tonight. I’d be working. I had hundreds of witness statements to go through and my opening statement to draft.

In three days, I’d be in court, and that was my sole focus. There was no time to be wasted on fantasizing about women.

As I trawled through my emails, trying to pick out the important ones from the hundreds littering my inbox, someone knocked at my door. I resisted the temptation to growl. I hated being interrupted—I needed a sign for the door.

“Come in,” I barked.

The door swung open, and I could tell by the footsteps that the head clerk had swooped in. “Mr. Knightley.”

“Craig.” I didn’t take my focus off my laptop screen. Craig was an avuncular and charming man in his mid-fifties. He’d been in the business since he was fifteen and had clerked my father. If anyone could interrupt me, he could. And he knew it. Over the years, I’d tried to get him to call me Alex, but he insisted all the clerks and admin staff call the barristers by their surnames. The bar could be a very old-fashioned place.

“I want to introduce you to your new assistant, Violet King.”

I paused, my fingers hovering over my keyboard. I knew nothing of this and would never have agreed to it—I worked alone. Slowly, I turned to find Craig in front of my desk, his eyebrows raised in expectation.

“My what?” I asked. A figure moved in beside him and I slid my gaze to the right. I found myself staring straight at the beautiful woman who’d invaded my thoughts since I’d arrived in chambers. What was going on? I looked away from her, sure that Craig would see my attraction to her if my eyes lingered over her for more than a split second.


sabato 2 dicembre 2017

Christmas with the Billionaire by Lila Monroe


Release Date: 11.30.2017


Synopsis:

Spice up the holiday season with the hilarious new holiday novella from Lila Monroe.

Dressing up as a sexy elf to sing Christmas hits isn’t exactly the glittering Broadway career I had planned. The only thing more humiliating than my outfit is coming face-to-face with Oliver Gage, the sexy big-shot theatre producer who just crushed my dreams. He’s arrogant, infuriating… and did I mention how sexy he is?

I’ve sworn never to get comfy on the casting couch, but when we’re snowed in together upstate, it’s looking like a pretty good place to spend the night. Soon, sparks - and my panties - are flying.

Who said Christmas only had to come once a year?


Review:


This was a nice and quick christmassy read.

Lila Monroe delivered a perfect novella,the characters are feisty and the air between them burns quickly leaving them hot even in the middle of a snowstorm.
I was enjoying Jill and Oliver story so much I would have liked it to be a long novel.
I expect to see them again in the next series along with Oliver's siter.




lunedì 27 novembre 2017

Meet me under the Mistletoe by Carla Burgess


Release Date: 10.27.2017



Synopsis:

Florist Rachel Jones might spend every day making beautiful bridal bouquets at her little flower shop, but her own love life is wilting as quickly as a bunch of dead roses.

Luckily, the arrival of handsome detective Anthony Bascombe, the new tenant upstairs is the perfect distraction! Although there’s a catch, Anthony isn’t looking for love – he’s looking for her ex-fiancé, Patrick…

But as the snow begins to fall and her little shop fills with mistletoe ready for Christmas, will Rachel manage to melt Anthony’s heart?


Review:



This was my first Christmassy book of the season and it was so good it put me right in the mood for more winter stories.

I liked Rachel,our heroine,she is depicted really well and her behaviour perfectly reflects that of a woman who's trying to forget a not so nice ex-boyfriend.Unfortunately everything is more complicated when said man is wanted by the police and a charming detective decided that Rachel is important to close the case.

The chemistry between Rachel and Detective Anthony Bascombe is clear since their first encounter but their relationship grows day after day with more affection being shown.

I would have liked to read an epilogue but I hope to see these characters again in the next book.


martedì 21 novembre 2017

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane


Release Date: 11.21.2017



Synopsis:

This tight end is at the top of his game. 

He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His—ahem—stats are perfect. 

But I can’t fall for him. 

He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival? 

This guy is their star player.


Review:


WOW!!! I was completely engrossed in this book I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
It was so good I really hope to see it on TV sooner or later.

I can easily relate to our heroine's doubts about starting a relationship with the "enemy" but I can also understand that a person who wasn't born and raised into a rivalry couldn't realize the extent of it.
I loved the chemistry that Kayla and Jay have from their first encounter and how their relationship is hot,funny and also easy when they don't talk about football.

This was my first Nikki Sloane's book but her writing is so good I can't wait to get to read her other works.



Blind Magic by Natalina Reis


Release Date: 11.18.2017


Synopsis:

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.


Review:



This book was magic. 
It was a nice,entertaining read that put a smile on my face and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I appreciated how Marcy embraces completely her weirdiness and how she is always confident of her magic and I couldn't not love a ginger head.
Life wasn't easy for our Hero,Oliver,but I liked how he didn't become bitter and how he took a chance to love again when the right person,almost magically,crossed his path.

This was the first time I've read a Natalina Reis story and it won't be the last because I fell in love with her writing,the pace of her story and the characters that already showed in one of her other books.



venerdì 17 novembre 2017

Secrets by Loriana Cappello


Release Date: 11.16.2017


Synopsis:

For a long time, I couldn’t see past Daniel Grant. He was my first love; then he broke my heart.

In return, I made a mistake and settled for someone else. That someone just happened to be his brother.
Joe never meant to hurt me. He was kind and gentle, but he was also a liar.
This is the story of how my life was turned upside down by the good guy.

For a long time, I battled against the Grant family for my sanity and sought only to destroy those who made my life hell.
I became bitter and twisted because of them.
Now I have someone who intends to save me.
He’s seen first hand how I existed before him and now he wants to listen while I pour out my heart.

I am Freya.

This is my story.


Review:


I didn't know what to expect from this book but I can assure you what I got was a beautiful story that tore at my heartstrings and kept me interested page after page.

I love Freya!
Secrets tells her past that perfectly explain her character.Life changed her and made her the bad person we met in the first book of the series but the right person will bring out the best in her.I appreciated that Freya never gave up and after so many years she still dreams a future of freedom and happiness.

I suggest you to read Where She Is before starting this one to have a full picture of the Grants lives.