Friday, May 27, 2016

BLOG TOUR - WICKED HEART by LEISA RAYVEN - STARCROSSED # 3 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - PAN MACMILLAN

By: Leisa Rayven
Published By: Pan Macmillan, St Martin's Press
Released : Available Now
Details : Digital copy for honest review from publisher

RATING: 5 LIAM QUINN & A SIDE ORDER OF JOSH STARS

Blurb: Goodreads

Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

He's also only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. Both Elissa and Liam try to ignore the connection they both still feel, but when late night rehearsals bring them together, the line between what is and what could have been get blurred.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn't always follow the script.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Wicked Heart is my FAVORITE in the Starcrossed series.

Why?

Liam.

Elissa.

Liam.

I know it’s clichĂ©, but he had me at hello.

And a side order of Josh.

Now things are never not angsty in this series and Leisa delivers a bucket load, but safe to say not as much in this book as in Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet.

Elissa as a lot of readers would already know is Ethan’s sister and she is a respected stage manager. I really liked her character. 

Again, Leisa knows her theatrical acting shiz and all the things that come with it and it shows. I felt like I was backstage or side stage or wherever Elissa does her managing and I was peering over her shoulder.


If I had to choose between Liam or Ethan, it is too easy.

LIAM. QUINN!


Liam. Even his name is sexy.

^^^ That’s a direct quote, for those of you who know my son’s name is Liam.

What I loved about this book was it was 99% in the present.

Praise the laaaawd.

There was no flipping back and forth. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I read Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet one after the other and ... * face plant * I did enjoy both books.

Josh, the sub character and friend to Elissa, is pretty adorable in this installment.  

*stage whispers* I wanted to not like Angel...but...ya simply can’t. She is a nice chick who grew on me.

All in all, the pages turned and I swept through this book unable to stop.

Standing ovation for Wicked Heart.

Well done , Leisa.




Michelle

Sunday, May 22, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - BROKEN JULIET by LEISA RAYVEN - STARCROSSED # 2 - PAN MACMILLAN - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Leisa Rayven
Published By: Pan Macmillan, St Martin's Press
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review, 308 Pages

Blurb : Goodreads

How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Like Bad Romeo, this is a very well written sequel.

Leisa knows how to use her words. She has wit and snark and she knows how to drive that angst all the way home.

We are again flipping back and forth between past and present and that can get a bit confusing but at the same time I expected all the flipping after Bad Romeo.

I was prepared for it. I think I would have liked time spent in the present more in bigger blocks, but that is just me.

Time wasn’t the only thing flipping, Cassie and Ethan’s roles did a flip.

Ethan had changed Cassie, she had to learn how to trust her feelings again.



I’ve always known he’s worth it. I knew it before he did. I just need to stop doubting we can make this work.


He thinks I can go back to being the person I was after this? It’s impossible. He’s poisoned the woman I used to be. Long after he’s gone, I’ll still be toxic.



One part is vibrant and pulsing with pleasure. The other is withering and dying. The trusting part. The loving part.



Ethan has become the chaser.

HE WANTS CASSIE BACK.


“No buts. If our relationship was based only on sex, do you think we’d have gone through all the shit we have? Sex is easy. And as much as I love having sex with you, what I want from you isn’t easy. It’s messy and complicated, and I don’t have a clue how to cope with it all. But I’ll find a way, because I love you. And love is hard, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. And I hope one day you’ll realize I’m worth it, too.”


I really enjoy the sub characters, especially Connor and Erika. She deliberately manipulates the characters into doing scenes that are at odds with them, adding so much to the story line.

Another great instalment in this series with Wicked Heart up to bat next. This time Elissa, Ethan’s sister is in the wars with her heart.

Looking forward to it.




Michelle


Monday, May 9, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - BAD ROMEO by LEISA RAYVEN - STARCROSSED # 1 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - PAN MACMILLAN

By: Leisa Rayven
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review, 403 Pages

Blurb : Goodreads

While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own . . .

Cassie Taylor was just another good girl acting student. Ethan Holt was the bad boy on campus. Then one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing onstage, Cassie and Ethan's epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.

Now they've made it to Broadway where they're reunited as romantic leads once again - and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret-and he's determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, when it comes to love, sometimes it's the things that aren't good for us that are the most irresistible.

Don't miss the intoxicating romance beloved by more than two million fans online.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I had heard that Bad Romeo was good.

It was time to discover what this book was all about. 

I’ve not read a book where the main characters are actors before, but not TV actors, theatrical actors.

Romeo and Juliet is the play that brings the two lead characters, Cassie and Ethan, together and man...is there some sexual tension and moments. 

This book flips back and forth between the present and past, (six years earlier) as we look into the aspiring acting careers and lives of Cassie and Ethan and some other sub characters who bring a lot to this book.

Leisa surprised me with how well this book is written. She is funny and witty, but she also brings her knowledge of her theatrical background to the story. You can tell she knows the ins and out about stage actors and directors and all that jazz.

There is quality to her writing and depth and it reads like you are really a part of the audience. 

It's simply more.

Ethan is a character that I really enjoyed but at the same time he is different to a lot of the book boyfriends we read about because he is more dramatic, possibly due to his chosen career. Well, I felt that way anyway. He’s not your alpha character. 

He’s sensitive, angsty, and maybe a little more real.

He is career driven and determined to get what he wants and prove to his father he has the right to his chosen career. He wants nothing to stand in his way.

Cassie is all about pleasing people. She is the girl who isn’t herself because she is still looking for that person.

But, the more we read and flip back and forth, the more original character traits start to flip.

Who’s now chasing who?

What are their secrets?

I look forward to starting Broken Juliet next and continuing Ethan and Cassie’s journey as two actors find themselves in their world of make believe.




Michelle




Thursday, May 5, 2016

GIVEAWAY - 2 X PAPERBACKS OF NETFLIX EDITION OF CITY OF BONES/ SHADOWHUNTERS - WALKER BOOKS





GIVEAWAY

The lovely people at Walker Books Australia are giving TWO lucky readers a chance to nab a Paperback Copy each of 
City Of Bones Netflix Edition of Shadowhunters.

Now I have been a fan since 2009 when I was wandering around Big W and spotted The Hunger Games and City Of Bones, City Of Ashes and City Of Glass sitting upon their shelves.

I had been told about The Hunger Games and that is why I was looking at the books in Big W, but, these other 3 books caught my attention.

I was compelled to buy those TMI books that day even though I had never heard of them.

Then I started reading City Of Bones.

I was hooked.

Then I started the blog up down the track and kept on reviewing Cassandra's books.

I flew to Melbourne to meet her.

Now the TV show is a weeeee * cough * bit different to the original tales, but I am rather addicted to watching it.

I chat with a friend and we have eyes for Alec.

Gotta admit the lad has beautiful eyes.

So now we wait patiently for more from Netflix and more Clary, Jace, Alec and the gang.

But what you can do now is have a chance to win one of the paperbacks.


1. Comment below with your twitter handle
( So I can notify winners ) 

2. Follow NOTR @novelsontherun 

3. Tweet : Win a paperback of Netflix Edition Shadowhunters @novelsontherun

4. Follow WalkerBooksAus 


Giveaway open until midnight 8th May

AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY

Walker Books will kindly post out to the winners. 

Too Easy.


Good Luck!


Michelle



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Monday, May 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - LADY LUCK by KRISTEN ASHLEY - COLORADO MOUNTAIN # 3 - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Kristen Ashley
Released : Available Now
Details : Purchased on Kindle, 535 Pages

RATING: 5 BE STILL MY HEART TY STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

Is love in the cards?

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I had to take a night to calm down after reading Lady Luck.

Why do you say?

Ty Walker would be the answer.

Oh MyYyyYyyYy.




He was huge. Huge. I’d never seen a man that big. He had to be six foot five, six foot six, maybe even taller.

His shoulders were immensely broad. The wall of his chest was just that. A wall. His hips were narrow, his thighs enormous. He was muscle from neck down, pure, firm, defined muscle. I saw it through his skintight black T-shirt, his tattooed arms, his jeans that tightened on his thighs as he moved.

His hair was black and clipped short on his head another tat drifted up his neck.


His jaw was square and strong. No stubble. Clean-shaven. His brow was heavy, his eyebrows black, arched and thick but the left one had a line through it, a scar that matched the smaller one under the eye.

But this scar did nothing, not one thing , to mar his utterly perfect features. Strong, straight nose. High, cut cheekbones. Full lips. His eyes were shaped like almonds, turned slightly down at the sides and ringed, even when he was the width of my car away, I could still see, by thick, curling black lashes.



Kristen Ashley out did herself with Tyrell Walker.

Good Lawd the man is pure mountain and pure sex.



Ty was jeans and tees but he was also suits and cufflinks so I knew his hometown could be anything.


“He may drink beer but that boy was pure champagne.”


I love my hubby, but that’s the beauty of fictional lads, we can all get girlie over them. No harm.


Ty loves his mama, and it ain’t his mother.




“My Lexie beams bright and she can do that shit even in her sleep.”



“Mama, I’m not hip on the goings-on at the local salon. Think, to be a Steel Magnolia, you gotta have a pussy.”



What can I really say about this book other than...READ IT!!!

Now you could crash your way through and jump straight to Colorado Mountain # 3, and you could, just to get to Ty Walker, but Tate and Max and the ladies all pop up in this one and you meet them in #1 and # 2.

But he’s worth jumping the queue for.

And then there is Samuel Sterling...he tickled my fancy too.

Angel Pena is gorgeous.

Seriously, what didn’t I like?

Nothing.

Nada.

Nil.

It was all such a sexy, manly packed read that I need to fan myself for a while before I launch myself into Chace and Faye’s book, Breathe.

I simply love I can binge on a KA book whenever I like as I am that far behind.

I am a stickler for reading orders ( NERD ) so I am chuggling along nicely in the best reading order.



http://www.kristenashley.net/titles/reading-order/



Seriously I have to keep reading this list so I can work out where I am at as you will understand when you read how KA explains her best reading order.

Hehehe . :) 

Michelle



Saturday, April 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - WALK THE EDGE by KATIE MCGARRY - THUNDER ROAD # 2 - HARLEQUIN TEEN - YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE


By: Katie McGarry
Published By : Harlequin Teen
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback purchased, 438 Pages

RATING: 4.5 YA MC ROMANCE TENSE STARS!


One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.


Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I absolutely adore Katie McGarry’s story telling.

YA is her niche. She's got this age bracket well and truly covered.

Katie brings the tension and romance to young adults lives, when really they should be just out having a good time in life.

But where would the good YA romance writing be then?

So bring on in this case, the blonde hunk Razor and his Reign Of Terror MC and the girl from the other side of the tracks, who falls for him.

Bring on all their problems.

Bre’s problems are her large family and Kyle and a boy with a cut and a bike.

Katie went out of her way for the reader to really have not much love for Bre’s family. She piled it on thick and high. In real life, people who have that many kids and behaved like that...well they should only have a few kids.

NOT NINE!

My father is one of eight, so don’t judge that comment I just made.

Not to mention the behaviour of the other kids in the family.

Sheesh!

Then bring on Razor’s parent dramas, one alive and one dead and it goes to show even a small, barely there, biological family has its own simmering dramas ready to boil over.

Throw in the Riot MC and their way of worming into each instalment, just to add that little bit more danger and intrigue and you have the very apt title, Walk The Edge.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.



Michelle


Sunday, April 24, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - THE BEAST by J.R. WARD - BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD # 14 - PIATKUS - ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: J.R. Ward

Published By: Piatkus, Hachette

Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review.

RATING: 5 STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it]” (USA Today).


Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’m a fan pure and simple about the way the Black Dagger Brotherhood series has evolved into this multi character read.

I loved the first group of books in the series which focused on one character and his Shellan.

I was less a fan of the story line when it ventured into the Lessers and The Omega stuff that was going on in the background, but it was essential to what the brotherhood did with their day, erm night.

Then the Warden got busy and started bringing in the BOB lads, aka The Band Of Bastards.

Then she really started multitasking with the characters and I truly enjoy it this way.

She has eased off the pedal a little bit in The Beast, concentrating more on Rhage and Mary with a side order of Assail, who I kinda dig.

I loved meeting Rhage’s dragon more and how Mary can contain the beast within. It is kinda cute. I loved reading about Rhage’s emotions and getting below the surface more with both of them.

Xcor and Layla will always be the couple that are gonna intrigue the shit out of me until I can read how J.R. can get them together, because he truly is the enemy.

Qhuinn and Blay are always such gorgeous lads. I want more from them too as I am kinda a bit greedy when it comes to them in a M/M way.

Lassiter is... dare I say it? A little more serious and thoughtful in this installment...well apart from...bahahahaa.

V is in the picture with some words of wisdom and some of his own moments of soul searching, V style.

Twists abound just to shake us up a bit and get us eager for book #15!!! I have never read 14 books in a series before. I came close with Morganville Vampires... but dayum!

I simply clear my calendar when a BDB book is released. Shit just gets swooshed to the side.

J.R puts so much energy and vision into her story lines. Some readers complain about all the characters but I simply love it.

I think from an author point of view it would be very satisfying to include a range of characters in each book.

I want to know about them all. It is incredibly hard work juggling the amount of characters she writes in an installment so I take my hat off to her.

A lot of hard work.

The books are thick so plenty of room for J.R’s imagination to fill the pages and all the characters she chooses to let us read about.

I’m looking forward to The Chosen, # 15 because after reading The Beast my brain is theorizing.

Bring it on and wait for the swoosh of everything being moved out the way. 

Bring on the new characters, bring on the multitasking of characters and I am a happy reader.



Michelle

Saturday, April 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - DIRTY by KYLIE SCOTT - DIVE BAR # 1 - PAN MACMILLAN - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kylie Scott
Published By: Pan Macmillan, St Martin's Griffin
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review.

RATING: 4.5 VAUGHAN STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I loved the Stage Dive series and I really enjoyed Dirty. It was a fun and sexy start to the Dive Bar series.

A quick and easy read. Exactly what I needed.

Vaughan is gorgeous in the way he handles Lydia on their first meet and greet.


Lydia is a real woman. She’s not perfect and Vaughan loves that about her.


“I didn’t like you trying to hide parts of yourself from me.” Vaughan stared at the wall. “I’m not like that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.”

I want to squeeze that guy for saying that. Just smoosh him up in a bear hug.

Lydia has found herself in a rather awkward and emotional situation and needs a place to crash. 

Lydia is having a layover, for a bit of a pun, as she tries to figure out her next step in life.

Vaughan doesn’t mind the company even though he ain't sticking around, he has plans.

Things get dirty along the way and emotions get tangled.

We meet Eric, Joe, Nell and Andre and some other new characters. 

All are engaging and I'm looking forward to Twist releasing in November and reading more about them.



Michelle



Monday, April 18, 2016

BOOK COVER REVEAL - WARPED by EMMA JAMES - HELL'S BASTARD # 2 - DARK ROMANCE





Warped by Emma James 
(Hell’s Bastard # 2) 
Publication Date : June 2016 
Genre : Dark Suspense Romance, Adult 

Cover Designer : Jemina Venter https://www.facebook.com/booknerdfangirl/?fref=ts




BOOK BLURB: 


WHISPER

I was never meant to be free.
Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?

EDGE

We were never meant to meet.
Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet n' wild girl? 

No Mercy happens. 









AUTHOR BIO: 


Writing has been a part of Emma James' life for many years until she decided to take a leap into the self publishing world and see where that journey takes her.

Writing words on paper is as important as the air she breathes. There's nothing more satisfying to her than writing all day to bring to life amazing characters who will stay in your heart.

Life is about finding that one thing that you know you can do well and living it.

It's never too late to find it.




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AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Dallas ‘Edge’ Masson lives by this rule. He is a killer.

No longer a military soldier who served his country and saw unspeakable things, he now claims the title of the Soulless Bastards MC enforcer. He has his own way of serving the club, his own little bag of tricks to enforce justice which is an art form to him, dolled out creatively and without conscience.

Sex and justice are the two things Edge understands and thrives on. He is a voyeur. Sex is hard and rough, just like his life started out, before he found the family who took him under their caring wing, who have now forgotten he exists.

If you are on his radar, be prepared to pay the ferryman, but sometimes things aren’t clear cut. Sometimes there is a grey area, but when you are trained only to see black or white, shoot first ask questions later, that’s when things get royally fucked up.

BROKEN

Whisper has lived a controlled life under the evil hand of William Dupre’ and her mistress. Opportunity knocks and she escapes into a world she was forbidden to enter.

Fate finally chose to be kind to Whisper. Trust and respect are two things Whisper did not understand. How could she?

Miss Catherine is smart and wise. She feels things in dem bones of hers.

Boxer the gentleman has his secrets, he has his contacts, and together they become Whisper’s guardian angels.

Whisper lost her existence, her identity to William Dupre’, Hell’s bastard.

Miss Catherine and Boxer gave her dignity back to her. Trust and respect is a two way street.

Then...

SHIT. JUST. GOT. REAL