The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 16-22 April

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week?

Firstly, I got introduced to an app called Wunderlist.  I’ve created lists for my arcs and my tbr! I’m probably late to the party but I’m now in love!

I also changed my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. I set it at 75 at the beginning of the year and when I looked on Tuesday I had read 61 books! So I changed to 100 but if I carry on reading like I am then I’ll need to change again!

Onto the actual reading! This week saw me hard-core reading again! I had my plan and I was determined to stick to it!

BOOKS I READ

 

Rock Chick Regret #7 by Kristen Ashley (Beat the Backlist Challenge) – see my review here.

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley (Beat the Backlist Challenge) – see my review here.

Tacet a Mortuis by Amo Jones (beta) – review will come closer to review day.

Welcome to the Dark side by Giana Darling (arc no pic above as not live) – review will come on release day

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

To finish off the series I want to read Rock Chick Revolution #8 and Rock Chick Reborn #9 Kristen Ashley.  I also just received and arc of Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde so I will defo get stuck into that!

 

 BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

I know I said I wasn’t buying any books as I have signed up for too many arcs in May but I couldn’t resist picking up Circe by Madeline Miller – have seen this book about and looks like a fab read!

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Review: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

Releasing in May…and I need!

Review: Chaser by Kylie Scott

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

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The Brits Review: Chaser by Kylie Scott

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Firstly let me just say that if you haven’t read this series by Kylie Scott, then you need to get on it!  This series has it all, humor, drama, emotions, sexy times…you name it, it has it!

The Dive Bar reading order is:

  • #1 Dirty
  • #2 Twist
  • #3 Chaser

 

Here is the synopsis for Chaser:

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

 

This series is on my reread pile. When you read, it will be on yours!

 

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If you have read this series before, you have met Eric. I mean what’s not to love?! The Eric Bubble must be a great place to live!

Just for an example, he has met this girl for 2 seconds and already decided she will be his girlfriend. ‘I wanted to have sex with Jean. And be the one to listen to her talk and get to eat with her, etcetera (insert boring boyfriend stuff here).’

Boy does he get a shock. Enter baby bump!!!!

The story just flowed, so easy and enjoyable to read. Before I knew it I was at 64% and I was totally #TeamEric! This was a funny, beautiful addition to the series.

PS Caroline and her baby advice was spot on. Caroline’s are so resourceful!

PPS Mal! Yes!

 

Releasing in May – and I need!!!

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These are the books that are releasing in May that I really, really want need!!!

 

A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J Maas – I’ve pre ordered and you get a enamel pin with it – I cannot wait to get back into this world!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I have an arc of this to read so I need to get cracking!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – I am sure I pre ordered this, I need to find out and make sure!

The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas – This author blew me away with This Man so when I saw she had another book coming out I knew I had to read!

 

What books are you looking forward to in May?

The Brit Review: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

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It’s no secret that I love this author and will read anything she writes, she is one of my unicorn authors!

I have read the other books in the Conflict of Interest series and this was THE book of the series that I wanted needed!

Blurb:

Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.

When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.

But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.

 

OMG it was good.  Hunter is just irresistible and I fell for him hook, line and sinker in this book!

 

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I have been totally waiting for Riley’s book….I can’t lie. And reading this blurb had my eyes popping out. Yes….give it to me, its exactly what I wanted!

Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked……

Hunter is a lawyer and he is a dreamboat! ‘I’m one of a kind, Hunter replies’….oh yes you are Hunter!

Riley owns the pub down the road from his office. There has been a mutual attraction for a while but the only problem was that Riley has been trying to get things settled with her ex husband…..and let’s just say her ex, Jeremy, is piece of work, I wanted to smack him!

Hunter and Riley’s relationship is beautiful and it sings out through the pages….and of course there is drama!

For the record …I love Preston

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 9-15 April

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week?

It was my Mum’s birthday this week so my diet went out the window with a pizza and a huge bit of cake! School also went back much to my son’s disgust!

Now a bookish update….all the best laid plans and all that……I had a book list to stick to (I love lists!) but it all went to pot when I started reading book 2 of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. “Just read this one book I told myself”……and then look what happened, these books are like crack!

I was like a machine this week, read 5 books and these count towards my Beat the Backlist challenge!

BOOKS I READ

Rock Chick Rescue #2 (My Review)

Rock Chick Redemption #3 (My Review)

Rock Chick Renegade #4 (My Review)

Rock Chick Revenge #5 (My Review)

Rock Chick Reckoning #6 (My Review)

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

Well I need to catch up with my list (did I mention I love lists?!) But in for a penny, in for a pound. I’m going to finish off the Rock Chick Series (3 books and a novella), if I can!

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

I received an arc of All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire and I also bought Father Figure by James J Cudney as I have heard such great things and he is a fab guy (check out his blog here.)

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

How do you like to read?

Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

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Title: As She Fades

Author: Abbi Glines

Genre: YA Romance

 

I was offered the chance to read by MacMillan (thank you!) and loved the sound of the blurb.  Here it is if you haven’t read:

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

 

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The blurb really caught my eye and I had never read this author before so really wanted to dive in when I was offered the chance to read.

This book was sort of beautiful and tragic at the same time. Young love, being with someone for a long time and then feeling a bit lost and helpless without them. But life carries on. …and then, BAM…..plot twist! Never saw that coming!

I’m so glad I read this book and now this author. Will be going to look at her back catalogue.

How do you like to read?

My work friend and I were talking about reading and when and how we do it and we are completely different. It got me wondering if she, or me, are in the minority for our reading habits.

For me I need peace and quiet. Reading is my time. So son is in bed, no tv on, relaxing on the sofa or in bed propped up by pillows. It’s how I take in and savour all the words!

My friend can read anywhere. She reads in a queue at the supermarket, stuck in traffic (don’t try that at home kids!) and even at work when she is on the phone to clients.

I’m not sure I’m built to read that way, only getting small snippets. I don’t think it would satisfy me and I worry I wouldn’t take in what I’ve read.

How do you like to read?

The Brits Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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I must admit that I was on the fence about Stalking Jack the Ripper (you can see my review here).

In reality (and this will make me seem so shallow!), there were 2 things that made me read this book. 1 being vampires (!) and 2, Thomas Cresswell!!!!  I simply loved Thomas and I really wanted to know more about him and, more importantly, if he was going to get the girl!

Here is the blurb for Hunting Prince Dracula:

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

 

Now my obsession with Thomas Creswell is out there (!), take a look at my review:

 

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Back in the world of Wadsworth and Cresswell who are hot on the tail of Vlad the Impaler!

I’m not going to sat anything about the plot at all! Apart from the reveal. It was great!

I enjoyed this book more than book 1 and, like SJTR, I love the way Audrey Rose is scandalized at things that today we wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at! I also like that she has grown up a bit in this book and isn’t so naive.

Thomas Cresswell. Oh Cresswell you made this book for me (as he did in book 1!) I mean when a gentleman gasps this out you know he is a keeper ‘I refuse to believe you’ve misinterpreted my affections. I am wholly in love with you.’ Oh Thomas!

 

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 2-8 April

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Hi, hope everyone had a great week?

I went back to work on Tuesday after my week off – I’m always torn between dread of having to get up early again but then feel it’s also nice to get back to normality!

And then Wednesday the dreaded stomach bug going round hit my son. It was not pleasant! But between toilets visits with him (!) there was plenty of time to read!

BOOKS I READ

 

Sleeping with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins (new release)

Love this author more than cake! Amelia is 1 of those authors where anything she writes just grabs you. I’ll be doing a post soon for this series so look out for my review!

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (Beat The Backlist Challenge)

Thomas Cresswell owns my heart. That is all! See my review here.

Quidditch Through the Ages by JK Rowling

This was offered in Prime Reading and who am I to turn down anything Harry?! See my review here.

I have never DNF’d 2 books in 1 week but I have now!

The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross (arc) – unforts this was a DNF for me. I hate to DNF but there was just so much and the pacing was very slow and I lost interest.

I also DNF a book but I may come back to it later….Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake. The stomach bug goings on here was making me feel squeamish and this book was gory. I just couldn’t stomach it!

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

Well….I wanted to start Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh but I started to read Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley and I get the feeling this series will take over my life!  See how it goes!

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

Hothead by Stella Rhys

I wasn’t going to get any books this week but then I saw this cover. The end.

 

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

 

Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

March Fairyloot Unboxing

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?