15.4.21

*Review* Sir Jasper By Emily Aster

Series :  #1 a Year of Surrender
Released : 13th April 2021
Publisher: N/A
Format : E book
Source : Blog Tour
Buy : Amazon
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.... The Blurb  ....
One year. Twelve strangers. An unbreakable contract.

The first time I saw the secluded mountain-top villa, I thought it was beautiful.
Then I met the powerful men who owned such a place. They forced me to bow down before I knew their names. Exposed me to their hungry eyes.

I’m their prisoner for a year.

This is all thanks to my dead father. He left me a massive diamond mine. Everyone here wants it… marrying me is the only way.

12 months. Each one dedicated to a different gorgeous, wicked man to do as he pleases. And at the end they’ll fight over me in an auction.

There’s no love here. No kindness.
That’s what I tell myself so I can resist.
Because if I thought for a second that one of these tempting strangers could fall for me, heart and soul, I’d lose the only power I have.

If I fall in love…
That’s when I’ll truly surrender.

.... My Thoughts   ...
In Short
- This is a quick read.
- The blurb intrigued me.
- I look forward to the rest in the series 

In Long
The blurb for this book really intrigued me and I have finished Sir Jasper feeling as intrigued about the rest of the series. 

Sir Jasper is a quick book. There isn't a huge amount of character building but I felt it was enough for the first book in the series. Marjorie has me feeling mixed feelings towards her. She has lived a spoilt life and is very na├»ve. I did find myself still liking her despite how her naivety leads to her being easily lead. 

I can't wait to get to know the other men which we have been given a glimpse of in this book and to see if Marjorie was right with her first impressions.

Final Thoughts 
Sir Jasper is a quick read which I enjoyed and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. 

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4.3.21

*Review* The Boy on the Bridge By Sam Mariano

Series : N/A
Released : 4th March 2021
Publisher: Self Published
Format : E book
Source : Blog Tour
Buy : Amazon
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.... The Blurb  ....
The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.

My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.

There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.

The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.

I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull.

I didn’t know, but now I do.

Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.

.... My Thoughts   ...

In Short
- I found myself thinking about this book throughout the day.
- All the characters have a lot of depth to them.
- Riley, the main character, is a huge reason I loved this book. 

In Long
This is my first book by Sam and her writing is addictive and 'moreish'. I have Amazon stalked her after this book.

This is a long book and I feel it could easily have been spilt in to two, if not there, books. However the advantage to it being in one book was how wrapped up I was able to become in their life's because I haven't had to come out of it and wait for the next book. The characters consumed me and I often found myself thinking about them and their story throughout the day.
There were parts of the book I feel could have been shortened but I enjoyed getting to know and spend time with the characters so I don't see that as a negative thing.

The characters, from first to secondary, are well developed and have lots of depth to them. I love that they were all able to make me feel emotions for or about them. From sadness or annoyance and anger.

Riley is a brilliant character and very likeable. She's one of the main reasons I loved this book. I love seeing her kindness, her relationship with her mum is beautiful to see and watch it change as Riley grows up.

Hunter is a doche and at times I got mad at Riley but then I was often completely pulled in like Riley and fell for it as much as she did.

Final Thoughts 
I feel like this book is somewhat like marmite. You will either love or hate it. I definitely love it.

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*Release Blitz* The Boy on the Bridge

Title: The Boy on the Bridge
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Bully Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2021


BLURB
The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.
My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.
There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.
The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.
I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull.
I didn’t know, but now I do.
Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.



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EXCERPT
“You sure you want to bail? Leave me here alone in a dark theater with Valerie? Maybe you should tag along and make sure I behave myself.”
I know he’s only ragging on me, but I scoff at him anyway. “Please. I’d never babysit a guy. My mom taught me better than that. If you like Valerie, there’s no way you like me. If you don’t like me, then—”
He stands just as abruptly as I did, moving so close he’s practically on top of me.
My words halt and my amusement fades. His handsome face is so close to mine, my heart sinks. I can’t think straight when he stands so close to me.
“Then what?” he challenges, looking down at me and holding my gaze.
Stampeding wild animals stomp through my chest as I look back at him. I can see from the glimmer in his eyes, he knows exactly how he’s affecting me.
“Don’t torture me, Hunter.”
“This isn’t what it feels like to be tortured by me, Catnip.”
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AUTHOR BIO

Sam Mariano writes the books she wants to read. She loves edgy, twisty romantic reads with complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your own rules! If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable daughter… actually, that’s about all she has time for these days. Feel free to find her on Facebook or Instagram—she loves hearing from her readers!

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20.2.21

*Review* Smoke and Mirrors By Michelle B

Released : 16th February 2021
Publisher: Self Published
Format : E book
Source : Blog Tour
Buy : Amazon
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.... The Blurb  ....
Lilah
One night is all it took.
One night changed all of my plans.
One night laid a road map out for the rest of my life.

My heart now belongs to him- Antonio Robert Heart, the underboss of the Heart Syndicate that governs over New York and its five boroughs. He rules with an unwavering hand yielding the blade of his knife, but when his strong hands touch me, I become liquid. I melt into his all-consuming prowess.

The thing is, he doesn't want me... even though he craves me.

Antonio
I don’t date. I don’t love. I don’t want marriage and I do not want children. I only allow myself companionship when the desire is there.

Lilah Tomlinson was supposed to be one night-one hour at the most.

I was a fool.

My desire for her prevailed and I let her in... only to find out she has betrayed me. That muscle in my chest, the one she has penetrated and brought to life, it shrivels with the worst kind of anger: WRATH.

***This book is a dark romance with strong sexual content and violent scenes. If you are uncomfortable with either of these situations please do not read! 18+

.... My Thoughts   ...
18years+

In Short
- My first, but not last, book by Michelle B
- So much transpires its hard to stop thinking about.
- I wish we had seen even more of the secondary characters. 

In Long
This is my first  book by Michelle but it definitely won't be my last. Days later I am still thinking about this book and all that transpired.

Smoke and Mirrors has so much to it, you think things are starting to get to some sort of conclusion and something else is thrown in to the mix and everything is so far from over. There are so many different 'paths' that Michelle takes both with her characters and the story line. 

Antonio and his family are very clearly well thought out, each family member bringing something 'to the table.' I find their family all so intriguing and I really enjoyed getting to see in to their world. I felt it was refreshing because a lot of books like this don't have a big family network like this one. I definitely crave more

Lilah is a likeable, strong character who challenges Antonio. I was really entertained by the push and pull between them.

I  enjoyed the book being from both sides and therefore getting to know them both in equal terms and also knowing and seeing what each is thinking. Michelle did a brilliant job of ensuring this didn't mean the reader knew too much, there were many scenes that happens almost behind the readers back and I loved this. 

There are a few things which I feel would have made this a 5* for me. I love secondary characters and I often think they make or break a book. Michelle made some brilliant, likeable secondary characters that really added to the book. However because I liked them so much I wanted more and felt I didn't get enough. Especially of Giovanna who I really liked and hope he gets his own book! His relationship with Antonio was endearing as well as entertaining.  
Another thing for me was a bit of repetition about certain 'subjects' such as loyalty. It was mentioned a few times near the beginning which I felt was enough.

I didn't know until the end and reading the credits that Michelle's other books are linked to the same family. Seeing the glimpses of them throughout the book i can't wait to read their stories, they sound as action packed. 

Final Thoughts 
Smoke and Mirrors has the perfect balance of everything, all perfectly combined and mixed to create a gripping, action packed, raw romance book.

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