CJR The Brit Review: El Santo by M Robinson

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I don’t know if any of you have read El Diablo by M Robinson but if you love a dark book with a totally hot guy in it, then you need to!  Then you need to follow it up with El Santo.  It was so good!  I did read the 2 MC books that intertwine with this but both the ‘El’ books were the hits for me.

Here is a bit about El Santo:

I didn’t know darkness and evil lurked inside me until I had to murder in order to survive. Forced to become my own worst enemy. With so much blood on my hands, I was surprised I could still see my own skin.
I killed.
I tortured.
I loved…
I played God while I was rotting in Hell. Thriving on control and power was the only way I knew how to live. There were no other options.
If you weren’t my friend, you were my foe.
If you weren’t with me, you were against me.
Traitors, as I called them. There were no imaginary lines. I’d crossed them all. No boundaries. No second chances. No redemption.
Not for me.
For them.
For anyone.
Only for her…
She loved me. Always convinced I was a saint, never believing I was just another sinner.
A fucking monster.

Until it was too late.

Except, I didn’t choose this life. It. Chose. Me.

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

Ok so the prologue. The prologue. OMG the prologue. Damien. I already love you.

‘I’m not looking for redemption.

I’m not looking for your forgiveness.

I dare you to try to love me.

Don’t say, I didn’t warn you.’

Damien is a true monster…with a soft spot that goes by the name of Amira in the form of a little girl.

‘I may have saved her life.

But she kept me alive.’

The tension! I thought I knew what was happening, could see it all unraveling. Then I was flipping pages like a mad woman! I had a knot in my stomach, my heart was going 90 to the dozen….oh my gawd.

By the end did I love Damien, did I heed his warning? We shall see in book 2.

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CJR The Brit Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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I read this book, I am sure you have all heard of it!!!  It was fabulous.  Utterly fabulous!  And it pulled me out of my reading slump (I will be forever grateful to Marie Lu!!!)

Here is a bit about it:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

 

You can purchase here.

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

Thank the Lord, a book that pulled me out of my slump!

I’ve heard so much about this book that I couldn’t leave it on my tbr a moment longer. And I’m so glad I didn’t!

Oh my word…..the world, Warcross, Emika, Hideo, the story, the writing! All of it 5 stars!

Now I have no knowledge of the gaming world but this book describes the game with such clarity that it was heaven.

All of it so well crafted I was nearly cheering for joy!

And that ending! Book 2 please!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 13-19 November (was a great week!)

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Hi!  Another week over. Inching closer to Christmas!

This week was just a run of the mill work week for me but I did read 3 books! *insert happy dance*

What I read this week!

 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel: See my review here. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

El Santo by M Robinson:  See my review here. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

Dark Swan by Gena Showalter: See my review here. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

 

And 200 followers! Thank you!

200

 

Books I bought

0!! I am on a book buying ban….BBB for short (and it’s killing me!)

 

What I want to read this week.

All good plans come crumbling down don’t they?!

I made a list of books to read for the winter and it appears planning that far out just doesn’t work for me. So I have ditched that and I am just going to fly by the seat of my pants and just pick up what I am in the mood for at the time from my tbr, well for now anyway!!!

 

On the blog this week

Review for Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando

Review for Defiant Queen by Meghan March

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Defiant Queen (Mount #2) by Meghan March

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The Mount Trilogy continues with Defiant Queen

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans . . .

Defiant Queen is the second book of the Mount Trilogy. Mount and Keira’s story concludes in Sinful Empire.

You can purchase here. 

 

CJR The Brit Review

The Mount Trilogy continues ….

The first step of addiction: admitting you have a problem.

‘Nothing has changed. Even as I say the words, I know I’m lying.

Everything has changed.’

But who for?

The ever stubborn Keira or the moody boss man Mount?

Keira is so sweet and Mount is etching a place in my heart but the real winner of it is G. G won my heart. TAKE MY HEART G!!!

That ending though. G might have my heart but it was in my throat reading that.
 

CJR The Brit Review: Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando

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Chantal Fernando is one of my favourite authors so when the publisher asked if I would like to read the 2nd book in the Conflict of Interest series, I was right there, on Netgalley, downloading that book!

 

Here is a bit about it:

Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 

You can purchase it here.

 

CJR The Brit Review

The second book in the Conflict of Interest series.

We met Jaxson in Breaching the Contract but now he is back with a cracker of a case. Scarlett Reyes is charged with her husbands murder and she claims she is innocent.

There is just 1 issue. Jaxson is very attracted to her. Work ethic may fly out the window!

This was a great addition to the series, well written, strong and loveable characters and of course, The Wind Dragons feature in this book and I shrieked with joy.

I so did not expect that twist at the end. I wanted to cry! I admit I called the author some names but I will forgive all if she writes Hunter next!

 

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 6-12 November (check out my new format!)

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I have my reading mojo back!!!  I’m so happy!

I have read 3 (nearly 4) books this week and I think being back at work has helped to stimulate my brain and get me back into it!  Who would’ve thought work would do that?!!

Books I read this week

 

Defiant Queen by Meghan March – ARC read and 2nd part in a trilogy. Review to follow on release day. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle – I was granted a wish from Netgalley!  Unforts this book fell flat for me. Read my review here.  🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 and a half!

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan –  An arc read and 3rd book in the series. Read my review here. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

 

Books I bought this week

I have seen so much about this series and I got all giddy with excitement and bought Hunting Prince Dracula and then I read somewhere that you needed to read this book first so I skipped off to Amazon to buy it!!

 

Blog life

I posted my winter reading list – catch up here.

I did a series review of AB Blooms YA PNR series, Gravity.  See the post here.

 

What do you think of my new format?

What books did you read this week?

Tell me all!

CJR The Brit: Series Review. Gravity series (YA PNR) by AB Bloom

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I was lucky enough to be offered all 3 books of this YA paranormal series to read and review so I jumped at the chance!

The series is all about 16 year old Bronte who has got major health issues and lives in a world that is crumbling.  That is until a mysterious boy enters her life….and all is slowly revealed!

There are 3 books in the series:

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My mini reviews: 

Gravity #1

A war is brewing and it seems sickly Bron is the key.

This has all the components I love in a fantasy book, the intrigue, the romance, the suspense. And this was on a theme that I hadn’t read, love an original idea.

The pace was just right and the twist at the end was something I didn’t see coming. That ending though!

My only complaint was the language used. Was it English. Was it American? It was
interspersed and in some parts it really pulled my attention away from the story.

This was a quick, enjoyable, easy read and I am on to book 2!

 

Velocity #2

So from book 1 we know that Bron is a *taken out – spoiler!* with an impossible decision to make.

Bron has no memories, her and Nick are lost to each other. But their connection cannot separate them for long.

The memories and a love that spans lives and time grabbed my heart and squeezed. Beautiful.

Although we didn’t get many answers from this book we sure got another twist at the end!

 

Infinity #3

The conclusion.

Thats the thing about those. The end. I didn’t want it to end! I have been captivated by this series and I don’t want to let go!

Bron stepped into the void and finds herself somewhere and goes on a trip of a lifetime, well several! She needs her answers and so did I! And we get them!

I gobbled this up like it was my favourite Sunday dinner! The end . Nooooo!

CJR The Brits Winter Reading List – the joy I had choosing these!!!!

Like me, do you have a large TBR and get into a state of confusion when trying to decide what to read next?

I came to the conclusion that I needed to sit down and decide what I am going to do in order to read these beauts that I have coveted.

What I really wanted was to read what was relevant now, books I had seen others reading and loving now. I got rid of my plan to read the oldest on my tbr first and read what I actually wanted to.

THE WINTER READING LIST WAS BORN!!!

 

November to read

Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

Sugar and Gold by Emma Scott

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Warcross by Marie Lu

 

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Roar by Cora Carmack

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Fireblood by Elly Blake

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Soul of a Demon by Jamie Begley

Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan

 

I am hoping that this works!  I have never planned my reading this far out before but cross fingers it all pans out!

 

Do you have a winter reading list? 

Tell me what’s on yours or link your post up in the comments!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: read my epic fail…..

Firstly, Happy Firework Night to the UK! I’m off to a local display later. Been practicing my ooohs and aaahhhs so am all set!!!

Secondly, books. Let’s just say I had an epic fail. So totally epic, it hurts.


Zero books read #epicfail

I started my November reading list on Monday and the 1st book was Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.

I had been wanting to read this since it came out. I mean who doesn’t love Wonder Woman?


Me it appears.

I just couldn’t get into it. I tried each day and read a few pages. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. It’s not that I hated it because I didn’t. I can’t even explain it.

I liked the writing and the premise of the story is what grabbed me to this book in the first place.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my book mojo is broken.

I think it’s best if I move on to another book and pick this one up at a later date. It so saddens me to say this and I never do this normally.


Do you get periods like this?
How was your reading week?
What books did you read?