CJR The Brit Review: Approaching the Bench by Chantal Fernando…


This author is one of my unicorn authors – she writes it and I read it!

This series is called the Conflict of Interest series all set around the legal world.  The first two books are Breaching the Contract and Seducing the Defendant – both fab reads!

Now on to Approaching the Bench – a hardnosed judge and her clerk who find themselves in a sticky situation due to their profession…….here is the blurb:

‘Trinity Williams, known as “Medusa” for her stony expressions and unyielding reputation, constantly has her guard up—how else is the youngest female judge in the country supposed to survive in such a male-dominated profession? She made the decision long ago that laughter and a carefree attitude have no business in a courtroom and achieving her professional goals is the only thing she has left. It’s just her luck that her new law clerk, Callum Hopkins, believes the exact opposite.

Callum Hopkins thinks that nothing should ever be too serious in life—why can’t he mix business with pleasure? When he first starts working for his hot new boss, they clash at every turn. He makes it his mission to get Judge Williams to see things his way for once.

But when Callum finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as an escaped convict comes after Trinity, he realizes it’s not all fun and games anymore. Now in witness protection together until the authorities can catch the fugitive, this unlikely pair must learn to trust one another and work together to stay alive. Far away from the courtroom, Trinity and Callum are suddenly free to stop butting heads, and stop fighting the growing attraction between them.’


We met Callum in the previous books in the series and I for one couldn’t wait to get to know him…..or his smirk!

Trinity’s inner monologue was hilarious. Uptight and standoff-ish on the outside she maybe but internally she is fabulous!

‘He’s thoughtful.

He pays attention.

And he will never be mine.’

Oh Trinity how wrong you are!

A quick, fab read with sexy times.


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The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 12-18 February


This week saw my son going up a level in swimming, me getting my reading mojo back (woohoo!), a small earthquake where I live (!) and a good wander in Waterstones. My son came back with a Hermione Funko Pop and some Mr Men books. I wanted Warcross but had to order as there was none in stock *insert sob*



Frostblood by Elly Blake (from my Beat the Backlist Challenge) – see my review here.

Fireblood by Elly Blake (from my Beat the Backlist Challenge – see my review here.

Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley (new release) – see my review here.



Technically I bought a hardback of Warcross by Marie Lu but haven’t got it in my mitts yet!

I also got an ebook of The Traitor Prince by CJ Redwine to add to my huge tbr!



I felt the need to write a book plan. With my tbr as large as it is I need some control so I have chosen:

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (arc)

Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (from Beat the Backlist Challenge)



CJR The Brit Review: Rider’s Revenge (Last Riders #10) by Jamie Begley

Cover Love: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi

CJR The Brit Review: Frostblood and Fireblood by Elly Blake


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Frostblood and Fireblood by Elly Blake

I had these 2 books on my TBR for a while and they are on my Beat The Backlist Challenge so they were next up to bat!



I had heard about this book from a few of the WordPress girls and I really wanted to check it out!

Saved by a monk and a warrior, Ruby now has a job to do. ‘To heal the kingdom, we must end King Rasmus’s reign’.

I loved Arcus he was so grumpy and his banter was amusing. And his little nickname for her….Lady Firebrand!

I must admit the romance in this had me on the edge of my seat aww’ing at them! A misunderstood girl having to hide her gift her whole life and a boy battling his own demons. What more of a better pairing could you ask for! I was rooting for them.

The story kept me on the edge of my seat!


I flew straight into the next book as I needed to know what was going to happen!




My first thoughts before even reading the book were when I was reading the blurb. My heart dropped to my stomach. Another love interest? I didn’t know if I could go through reading it. My beloved Arcus. Then I remembered I felt the same with ACOMAF and I definately know my allegiances changed there! But I needn’t have worried….and nor should you if you feel like me.

In this book I loved how Ruby grew as a person, I liked Kai but my heart was still with Arcus; ‘I wanted you to remember that frost is not just harsh and unforgiving. It can be delicate and welcoming. It can bend. It can learn the shape of things and melt and freeze again in a different form.’

My love interest feelings aside, (I can’t seem to get off this train of thought with this series, maybe I need to read a romance!), this book was again a fast read for me, I flew through the pages as I needed to know what was going to happen! And what a lot of great things happened!



………and now I am counting down the days till Nightblood is released!

Cover Love: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi (has anyone read this series?)

Firstly, happy Valentines day to you all!

Once in a while I see a cover I fall in love with before I even know what the book is about or even who the author is. This is one of those books!


I was a bit gutted as this appears to be book 4 in a series (Shatter Me). It comes out on March 6th so I was mentally calculating if I could read the other books in the series by then…..with my arc and tbr pile I have no hope!

I went back to book 1 (Shatter Me) to read the blurb and now I SO WANT TO READ THIS SERIES! Look!

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Has anyone read this series?

Should I take the plunge and add this to my HUGE tbr pile?

CJR The Brit Review: Rider’s Revenge (Last Riders #10) by Jamie Begley


In 2013 I picked up an MC romance called Razer’s Ride by a lovely lady called Jamie Begley.

That is where my obsession with The Last Riders started.

Here I am 5 years later and I still cannot get enough!

As soon as Rider’s Revenge hit Amazon I was all over it like a cheap suit!  Its book 10 in the series and is on my regular re-read pile (yes all those books!)

Here is my review!

Wow that was one long book……but I couldn’t be happier. I never wanted it to end though. Cause I wanted it all!

I wanted this story. I wanted it more than cake. Rider was an enigma of sorts. To me he played a part and wasn’t the sweetie everyone thought he was. ‘Rider was just a soldier. He was meant to live and die for the club. If he failed in his duty, then one of the brothers could be hurt. He had failed in that duty once before. Never again.’

Riders made me fume. Yes I said it. But also I felt sorry for him. But I still loved him!

I love Jo. She is perfect. Just perfect.

Another great one to add to the series collection. The ending had me in tears!

Have you read this series? 

Do you love it as much as I do?

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 5-11 February


I have been hit by the February drag!

Has anyone else found that suddenly they have no inclination to read? I was basking in my 15 books read in January feeling and then BOOM; February drag <—- I know it’s not a thing, but it could be real!

The only thing to do? A re-read! I busted out an old faithful series (see below!) and I read them all in 2 days!

Another positive, it’s getting lighter in the mornings! Spring is on the way!



The Three Series by Kristen Ashley: Until the Sun Falls from the Sky/With Everything I Am/Wild and Free.

Approaching the Bench by Chantal Fernando (arc)






I can’t even bring myself to say… Oh ok. I bought 7 books this week! I’m doing so well on my no book buying quarter!!!! I really need to reign myself in as I am scared to look at how many books I have got lately!


I have 4 arcs to read so I really need to start one of those and I have 78 books on my TBR to get through!  I might make a TBR list for the next few weeks so I stay on track.


Fairyloot Unboxing

Books I cant wait for in March

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit: Fairyloot Unboxing *spoilers ahead!*

I did a huge scream when I opened this box.

Every month I am so excited to open Fairyloot when it arrives but this month has beat them all!! I coveted every.single.item in here!

The book was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I was so happy! I read an arc of this in December so to have it in hardcover made my month!

Following on from The Cruel Prince theme there is a Prince Cardan candle made by Meraki Candles and apparently how Holly Black imagines him to smell!

What Breaks You pillow case created by Evie Bookish and has a quote from ACOWAR! I need to buy a pillow so it can take pride of place on my bed.

Carrying on the ACOWAR theme, also included were magnetic bookmarks by Dreamy and Co. I got Feyre and Rhysand!

Seelie Lip Balm by Geeky Clean (see I knew I was the light side!!!)

An exclusive Faerieland colouring book created by Michael O’Mara. (am going to have hours of calming fun with this!)

2 stunning reversible art prints. One side shows Rowan and Aelin from Throne of Glass and the other side text illustrations by Stella’s Bookish Art.

CJR The Brit: Books I can’t wait for in March!

next month

March is normally a busy month for releases but this year seems different….is it me?

There is only 1 book that I want in March (Oh God, am I ill, am I broken, am I misinformed??!)

Due to this, this post is going to be small, minute in fact!

Until Harmony (Until Her #4) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Release date: 6 March


This series is close to my heart.  Until November is a book I read late in 2013 and I am so invested in the characters!

Harmony Mayson isn’t the kind of girl to take unnecessary risk, but after meeting Harlen MacCabe, she starts to wonder if maybe she should be. The more time she spends with the wild and free biker, the more she starts to crave the freedom he gives her… And even more, she starts to crave him.

Harlen lives his life on his own terms. After losing both his parents at an early age to a robbery gone bad, he knows how precious life is, and he’s determined to get as much out of it as he can. When he runs into the beautiful Harmony and finds out she’s moving to town, he knows it’s time to take his shot. She thinks he only wants to be friends, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

What Harmony and Harlen don’t know is that their time might be cut short. Revenge is in the air, and someone won’t stop until a debt is settled.  


What books are you looking forward to in March? 

Looks as though I need more recommendations!  


The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 29 Jan – 4 Feb (another great week!)


Well hello February!  Hasn’t that come about quick!

This week has seen me at the hospital with my son as the school thought he had concussion (when he fell over his own feet!) Luckily it was just a lovely egg on his head and a headache!  We also went to a Harry Potter Event – I will post all about it next week when I gather my thoughts (it was magical!)

Also I realized I read 17 books in January and for me that is a huge number!


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – from my Beat The Backlist challenge

Riders Revenge by Jamie Begley – a new release

Dark Alphas Night by Donna Grant – an arc

Vein of Love by R Scarlett – from my Beat The Backlist Challenge


Well now this is the question!  And I don’t really know.  I have some arcs I need to read but I just feel in a place at the moment where I need to read what I want at that moment….or I wont read anything.  Do you ever feel like that?


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?