Monday, 29 May 2017

⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Love My Way by Kate Sterritt

Love My Way by Kate Sterritt
TITLE: Love My Way
AUTHOR: Kate Sterritt
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 31st 2017
Even without seeing her face, I know that the woman standing at the water’s edge is desperately sad. Her back is to me and her shoulders are slumped, perhaps heavy with regret. It kills me to know I am partly to blame, and for that reason alone, it’s impossible to look at her. Leaning against the rough trunk of the tree, I close my eyes. My life will forever begin and end with her, and I’m unable to witness her heart breaking. 

Standing still is no longer an option, so I begin to pace. Is she still waiting for him or has he already left? Fear pools in my veins at the uncertainty. Above all else, I want her to be happy. If this is too hard, I’ll have to walk away again. I let out a long breath, frustrated by the whole situation. 

Emerson Hart is the love of my life. Unfortunately, I’m not the only love of hers. And therein lies the problem.
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LOVE MY WAY: Is a standalone romance novel by Kate Sterritt and is a new to me author but definitely won’t be the last. Set up in two parts, First we’re in the ‘Present’ then as memories assault her we’re thrown into the past ‘Ten year old Emerson’ 

What drew me to this first was the cover it definitely caught my eye, it’s gorgeous, then the synopsis hooked me more into wanting to read this and I know by that, that it’s setting me up for some sort of an emotional ride.

We start off in Present time we meet Emerson who has recently been employed at ‘Carries Cupcakes’ slowly chapter by chapter we see her slowly coming back to life again. 

Then it swiftly jumps to the past as she reminisces (Emerson at Ten Years Old) about the boy who understood her more than she understood herself. He was just a boy who became her best friend He is, always has been, and always will be, my everything. and she was just a girl who wanted to be as free as a feather floating away on the air, a young girl focused on art, who one day wanted to be a famous artist. She created designs out of river stones ranging in size and colour. A story without words 

Age Seventeen: Slowly their friendship becomes blurred as they fought their attraction. He was my compass and, with him by my side, I would never be lost again. 

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➽ I placed my hand on the page and imagined the feathers flying in the breeze, floating over the markets, over the town, and up into the blue skies, blurred white by the wispy clouds above. 

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➽ “For a minute or a lifetime, some people try to clip your wings, while others help you learn to fly.." 

Fuck me sideways and then back again, going by the synopsis I was prepared to get pulled into a love triangle, and throughout the book I really thought that's what was going to come at me, but believe me when I say there is no cheating of any sorts in this book, that's the only thing I'm going to say because I don't want to wreck it for readers after me. 

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Being honest I was set at rating this 4 stars and I was happy with that rating, but then I'm coming up to the finish in this book and my world just crumbled down around my ears and I'm thrown head first into an emotional, gut wrenching, heart stopping journey that I seriously did not see coming. 
Reading through blurry eyes was hard, the chant through my head was like a broken record 'do not cry, do not cry, do not cry' to no avail drip after drip cascaded down my face.

➽ Let's make a pact to come back here on this sunset every five years, no matter what. 

How often do we have soul mates come into our lives? Emerson is one of the lucky ones, though she doesn't see it like that, you see she's had two soul mates come into her life, but to keep one she has to say goodbye to the other. A heartfelt journey, a new beginning, a journey of self discovery. 

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4) by Tillie Cole

Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4) by Tillie Cole
TITLE: Deep Redemption
SERIES: (Hades Hangmen #4)
AUTHOR: Tillie Cole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Dark
RELEASE DATE: July 12th, 2016
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He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

Contemporary Dark Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

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4.5 Unbreakable Bond Stars

"Repent! Repent and bow down to the profit!" Brother James screamed as I hung from the chains in the ceiling.

⛓  Cain/Rider tried to stop a repulsive and cruel act on innocent women and children that he did not know was being done. For this he is swiftly beaten and locked in a cell to be repeatedly beaten daily until he agrees to live with what is happening.

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⛓  Harmony was living in Puerto Rico in part of the 'order' until they are ordered to get to New Zion. It is when guards come to help them leave they see her and immediately label her a 'cursed'. When they arrive at New Zion she is immediately whisked away and dumped in a cell, it is here she meets Rider through the wall.
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"I will never forget how you made me feel." I squeezed her hand. "How this touch reignited my hope when I had none left to cling to."

⛓  It was really nice when Harmony got to the compound, however I found myself getting a little pissed at the Hangman's treatment of a certain person after everything that had happened I think it was way to harsh.

⛓  I loved all the twists, drama, suspense and grit this book gave me. I also found myself getting answers to questions I've had since the first book. I so DID NOT see the twist with Harmony being what it was or who it was.

⛓  I'm super excited to read Phebe's story next, I can only imagine the shit she's been through.

My heart. My soul... deepest redemption.
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Friday, 26 May 2017

⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner

The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner
TITLE: The Way Back Home 
AUTHOR: Carmen Jenner
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: May 29th, 2017
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August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way.

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.
They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room. 

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.

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THE WAY BACK HOME: Is a stand alone contemporary romance novel by Carmen Jenner and is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ After reading Toward the Sound of Chaos by this author I so needed to read Olivia's story, I really loved her in the first book so I was jumping for joy when I saw she was getting her own story because everyone needs a happy ending. 

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As soon as I started this I was drawn into the story. 

Klutzy Olivia Anders was the new comer to the town of ‘Magnolia Springs’ where she was opening up a clinic called ‘Paws for Cause’ where she pairs up dogs on death row with broken down Marines who have served their country and have come home not as they left. 

She’s expecting the Cottons to pick her up from town at the bus station, when no one comes to collect her she makes her way to the B&B only to be met with a broody, arrogant August who makes no qualms that he doesn’t want her there. 

August got the one phone call he never thought he’d get whilst he was three hundred miles away from home soil, his parents had died in a tragic car accident and he was now the soul living relative in charge of his four year old sister. 

My parents are dead. My little sister needs me, and I am going home to Magnolia Springs - the one place I swore I’d never return to. 

August is a broody, war hero who served one tour over in Afghanistan for eight hell on earth months, he’s been honourably discharged, if he hadn’t of been hurt and ripped apart by an IED he would’ve been on the next tour instead he was returned home an echo of his former self. 

I’d wanted to die a hero, and instead I was living life as a cripple. 

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What I loved the most about this was the simplicity of the story, she didn’t over dramatize things for her audience, she kept it real, throw in the fact that I’m also a sucker for animals, and yes if I’m being honest broken down marines..

So get prepared to have all the feels come at you with a hot headed Marine, a house full of dogs, two teenage boys, a piglet and the most gorgeous 4 year old you're likely to meet, and a southern girl who has a penchant for oreos. 

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⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ The Line by Amie Knight

The Line by Amie Knight

TITLE: The Line
AUTHOR: Amie Knight
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017

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I was a thief. 

The invisible girl only he could see. 

The woman who wanted to be more. 

He was the mark. 

The extraordinary cowboy who stole my sixteen-year-old heart. 

The damaged man who still owned it, even four years later.

The Line was where we began.

Where fates collided. 

Where truths derailed.

The place where our love story ends.

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4.5 Time To Fly, Little Bird Stars
I was too cold.
Too hungry.
Too tired.
I couldn't afford to get off this line, no matter how much I wanted to.

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🍑 Escaping abusive foster homes Everly had been on the streets or more accurately the train station for years until she met Momma Lou at a shelter.
She'd stopped on the sidewalk on her way into the building and stared at my seventeen-year-old self hard. Studying me. She pursed her lips, and I knew what she saw. I was so starved that I was practically skeletal.

Before Momma Lou, It was like I was constantly drowning, like I was at the bottom of a pool, and every time I teetered to the top of the water, I'd be pushed back under once again, gasping for air. Now, I was free. I could finally breathe.

🍑 Everly lived with Momma Lou for three years, helping her care for foster kids and work in the shelter. One summer Momma Lou found her a job where she could earn money to go to school   little does she know there is a lot more to it than that. Everly is excited but a little scared and even more so when she arrives at the beautiful Southern peach orchard where she'll work.

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🍑 This book had great settings and took me on a journey to that beautiful Southern peach orchard each time I picked the book up.

🍑 Cole has been suffering for the last six months after being dealt the lowest of low blows by his ex. He has lost all faith in himself and others. When a tiny beautiful person from his past comes to stay at the peach orchard he manages, he starts to believe in life again. Cole is one smoking hot cowboy and it helps he is so nice as well.

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🍑 I loved the flow of this book it had me constantly engaged and never bored which is a huge plus for me. The writing was exceptional showing great depth in her characters and I really enjoyed the twists that took this from just a standard romance to something more.

🍑 this story has got some gut wrenching moments that had me shedding a tear or two. This is a story about strength, overcoming adversity and second chances. It's, it's, it's..............

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Disgraced by Natasha Knight

TITLE: Disgraced
AUTHOR: Natasha Knight
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: May 26th, 2017
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Disgrace: the condition of one fallen from grace.

She is my forbidden fruit. The one temptation I cannot resist.

The first night…
I rescued her from an attack in the seedy underground of New York City.

The second night…
She told me the first of many lies.

She thinks she can keep me out of her world, but she’s in over her head. Watching her, being near her, it gives breath to something dark inside me. Something primal and forbidden. Forbidden to me.

Because in six months, I’ll be an ordained priest.

And she complicates things.

She thinks she’ll become my disgrace. Truth is, my fall had begun the moment I’d laid eyes on her.

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DISGRACED: is a contemporary forbidden romance novel by Natasha Knight..And is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ We met these two briefly in (BOOK#1) Lina is (Sofia’s) little sister. (The music prodigy) And Damon is (Raphael’s) twin brother. YES TWINS!!

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I don’t think it’s vital that you read Dishonorable but I would recommend it only because of how it carries on from the previous book. We also get a brief glimpse of Raphael and Damon's other brother Zach which I’ve got my fingers x will be the next book. 

Damon Amado met Katalina (Lina) Garcia when she was sixteen years of age when she went and visited her sister Sophia at their Tuscan estate and was smitten with Damon back then. But he was on his way to becoming ordained as a priest at that stage when he was twenty-four.

It’s been years since they have seen each other, until now.

No one knew Lina was in New York and it would've stayed that way if Damon hadnt heard her playing the piano in a club he was conducting business in, everyone and her sister included thought she was still in Chicago studying, and it had to stay that way to keep her loved ones safe, she has no money, barely even has enough to feed herself, she's under the thumb of Alexi Markov whom she works for at Club Carmen son of the infamous Sergei Markov. 

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Damon is in New York to find himself, to see if he really wants to pledge his life to the church and he's been given six months to figure that out. 

I'd always wanted it. Wanted him. From that day we'd spent together four years ago, I'd wanted him. It wasn't even just sex. I just...I wanted to be with him. 

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TO SUM IT UP: This isn't as action packed as the first book was but it didn't really need that to keep me invested in the story, Damon stole the show, many times I had to remind myself that he was on his way to becoming a priest (many a time I sinned for lusting over him). 
This ticked all the boxes, mafia drama, sexy times with a few spankings thrown in had me devouring the pages like an addict on crack. 

This author could sit down and re-write the phone book and I'd put my hand up to read it, being a seasoned writer she just has that effortless knack of pulling her readers in (me included) and making us eat the words up that she's put to paper. I was hooked as soon as I started reading that first chapter.

* Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *

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