#bookreview – The Lost Child – by @troupann @ukcarina

The Lost ChildThe Lost Child by Ann Troup
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ann Troup’s The Lost Child was in my Kindle TBR pile for a while and when I got to it, I wished I’d read it sooner.
The Lost Child is an engaging thriller that grabs you from the first page and takes you on a turbulent journey. The main character Elaine Ellis has had a strange childhood during which she was ruled by an overprotective and obsessive mother, and because of that, even though she’s in her thirties, she hasn’t ever had a loving relationship with a man. She has a mysterious physical scar that she loathes and tries to hide, but it’s clear that she also has some deep psychological scars as well.
I liked Elaine and I wanted her to finally find happiness with hunky builder Dan, but their desire for each other is marred by her mother who – even after death – finds her way between them and tries to turn Elaine’s happiness sour.
Dan is a great character, hunky and chivalrous, yet very real. He struggles with his feelings for Elaine, his regrets about the past and his fears about the future, but his good heart and determination to try to make things right made me cheer him on.
The Lost Child is extremely well written and I enjoyed the interweaving of genres – from thriller to romance to paranormal. This is not an easy feat, but Ann Troup pulls it off to create a very satisfying read.
The final chapters had my heart racing as I longed for things to work out, yet at times, I actually feared that they might not. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I won’t share too much, but things might not turn out as you expect. Even in the final pages, I gasped as Ann Troup threw one of the characters I was fond of, a bit of a curveball. So when you read this, don’t relax, even when you think everything’s been resolved.
The Lost Child is a gripping page-turner and I thoroughly recommend it!

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#bookreview – This Fragile Life – by Kate Hewitt

This Fragile LifeThis Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This Fragile Life is an intense and highly emotional story about two friends, their relationships, their busy modern lives and their hopes and dreams. It is full of raw emotion and human longing for the things that we all believe we’re entitled to, yet sometimes cannot achieve.
Motherhood is a gift but not all women desire it and some are unable to have children. Through her expert weaving of the stories of different generations of mothers in the novel, Kate Hewitt explores how mothers can get it right and enrich the lives of their children, but also how they can get it wrong and leave their children with issues that can last a lifetime.
One night can transform your life – for better or for worse – and Kate Hewitt doesn’t shy away from writing about the emotion and pain that some topics can stir. Instead, she writes about them respectfully, articulately and in a way that affects the reader deeply.
I have to be honest and admit that at 90% through the novel, I was tempted to put my Kindle in the freezer (Joey from Friends style) because I feared its conclusion, but I’m glad I didn’t because the end of the story is beautiful, poignant and uplifting. Kate Hewitt shows that there can be so much hope from so much pain because of the human capacity to endure and keep moving forwards, even though we always carry a part of our loved ones with us.

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#bookreview – Tied Up With Love – by @Amelia_writes @ukcarina

Tied Up with LoveTied Up with Love by Amelia Thorne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!
From its exciting opening, Tied Up With Love grabbed me and pulled me into its fast paced world of love, passion, heartbreak and the world of KMW. The main characters Izzy and Ethan are adorable with their insecurities, their mutual passion and their fierce devotion to their morals. Izzy is funny, sweet and kind and Ethan is an absolute hunk with that hot, dark, brooding, raw masculine thing going on. OH MY!!!
The story line was completely original and I gasped when I first read the plot line but it works SO WELL!!! Amelia Thorne creates gripping novels that are very well written with intriguing premises, tightly weaved stories and secondary characters that enhance and develop the plot. (Gizmo is the cutest, sweetest guy!)
I read Beneath the Moon and the Stars and loved that story and now I want to go back and read Tied Up With Love all over again. Amelia Thorne is a writer to watch because the lady is a rising STAR with the ability to TIE her readers to her wonderful books. I cannot wait for the next one!

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#bookreview The Chateau by @KarenAldous_ @ukcarina #amreading #bookboost

The ChateauThe Chateau by Karen Aldous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Chateau was the first book I have read by Karen Aldous but it certainly won’t be the last. This beautiful novel whisked me away from the rather cold, drizzly UK and took me to the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva.
The heroine Gina is sweet and kind. All she wants in life is to make a success of her property business and to settle down and have a family with her long term lover, Max. Sounds simple enough, right? But love is never simple and Karen Aldous shows us this through the central characters’ relationships and through those of the supporting cast. Gina’s life is further complicated by her attraction to the sexy and apparently arrogant Ollie, a property developer who can’t seem to stay away from Gina. But as with all good heroes, Ollie is more than just a handsome face.
Karen Aldous also blends in a supernatural mystery which Gina feels compelled to solve – with Ollie’s help, of course. I loved the way that she blended glimpses of history in with the modern day setting.
This novel is enchanting, romantic and funny, even when the author is dealing with some of the harsher realities of modern day life as well as some unpleasant events that happened in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Evernight’s Holiday Hangover Blog Hop @evernightpub #NewYear #hangover

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Happy New Year from Evernight!

Now that the Christmas cookies are gone, gifts unwrapped, and your holiday visitors have left, you’ve earned some well-deserved TLC. Evernight authors not only have the cure for your holiday hangover, they have fantastic new books for your 2015 reading list, too!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more you blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by Evernight Publishing (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulous prizes.

So sink into your favorite chair and enjoy your holiday hangover!

We all know that there is no perfect cure for a hangover. There are ways to ensure that you don’t get a bad hangover, like not drinking excessively, lining your stomach with a good meal and drinking at least a pint of water before you go to sleep. Then there is a wide variety of medication that you can take the next day to relieve the symptoms of your hangover and you can also drink lots of fluids, try to eat (not always easy) and raise your blood sugar with a sweet drink like cola. But arguably the best thing for you is to take it easy, get lots of rest, sleep if you need it and flush your body out with water and juice.
While you’re resting (because you deserve it, of course) why not grab a good book and take your mind off how rough you’re feeling? Try this cunning method of distraction and let me know how you get on. If you indulge yourself with one or more of Evernight’s erotic reads, you’ll probably find that you feel hot for different reasons altogether!

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#bookrelease – Black Soul – by @kirutaye @lovebitessilk

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Title: Black Soul 

Author: +Kiru Taye, Author 

Series: Black Warriors, Prequel







Blurb:
He will damn his soul to set hers free.

When workaholic high-flying career lawyer Tara Woji takes a well
deserved break and meets up with old friends she doesn’t realise the
danger lurking in the shadows for her.
M’na is a chi, a gatekeeper
whose duty is to protect the humans. He’s lived more than a millennium
waiting for Tara and is unable to do more than just watch her.
As
the shadows deepen and darkness comes to claim her, he will do whatever
it takes to protect her including doing the one thing he shouldn’t,
releasing her powers.

In a flash
of motion, he growled and stood before her, pulling her close till her body lay
flush against his hard contour. On contact, the temperature of the air around
them rose. His lips descended on hers for the second time that night.
This time,
the sensations were not a blur. She felt him in every pore of her body, soaking
in his aura, her body and mind overwhelmed by exciting sensations. The
familiarity and recognition returned, along with the desire to have him inside
her, filling her up. Memories of the two of them together flooded her mind.
Connected, she
sensed more than his memories. His emotions wrapped around her mind like a
swirling thread, connecting light, desire, and elation. Yet, in the depth of
his mind, darkness, rage, and remorse lurked.
Her arousal
increased. She clung to his muscular arms, her hardened nipples rubbing against
his chest. Despite the clothes between them, it felt as if skin stroked skin.
Her core pulsed. His hand cupped her behind, pulling her in to feel his
rigidity between her thighs.
Feverish sensation
coursed through her body, swamping every pore. She writhed in his arms, her
body undulating uncontrollably. He broke the kiss, focused attention on her
neck and sucked her skin.
“Oh!”
Colors exploded around her, the orgasm ripped out of her body violently,
blowing her mind.
He pulled
away, leaving her panting as the energy arc surrounding them subsided.
“You…you’ve
got to stop doing that,” she said as soon as she could catch her breath,
wondering how she could respond so instantly and explosively to this man she
didn’t know.

“It’s
the only way I can get you to see the truth about us. What we’ve always been.
What we can become again.”

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#bookrelease – In The Raw – by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels @nikkamichaels @eileengriffin77

In the Raw

By Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels

Genre: M/M, Foodie Romance

Length: 84,000 Words

Series: In the Kitchen

Release Date: October 6, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22599510-in-the-raw

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BLURB:

If you can’t take the heat…

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.

Ethan doesn’t mean to be an ass–okay, so mostly he does–but even though he’s secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn’t want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he’s done fine on his own. Except that he can’t get his cake to rise.

Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan’s been missing his whole life–someone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn’t about to settle for what he needs.

EXCERPT:

I opened the door, shivering when a gust of wind swept through. I pulled my jacket tight around my body, sighing when I saw no cabs waiting at the curb. “Shit.” I could either call information or wait a few minutes for another to drive by. I leaned against the brick wall of the building to wait when I heard the bar’s door squeak open and shut again.
“You could have waited for me, you know?” Ethan’s annoyed voice as he approached had me wondering what I’d done now.
“No worries.” I shrugged, tired from the long day and the confusing mix of emotions hanging out with him seemed to bring. “I didn’t want to rush you because I was ready to leave.”
He stepped closer, his shoulders hunched as he reluctantly admitted, “I wanted to hang out with you. Not Summer or the guys. Just you.”
I stared at him. “What do you want from me, Ethan? Half the time I don’t know whether you hate me or want to be friends. Then you do something like defend me to my father, who incidentally thinks you’re the antichrist. Tell me what we’re doing here.”
Instead of launching into the verbal tirade I expected, a determined look crossed his face and he murmured, “Fuck it.”
He stepped closer and I tensed. As unpredictable as Ethan was, I wasn’t sure what he’d do. I let it out a surprised gasp when his mouth met mine. There was nothing gentle about it. Months of tension, fighting, flirting all igniting when he touched me. Not a romantic kiss by any means…it was bruising, rough, passionate, intense, all the same things I’d come to equate with Ethan Martin. My fingers curled in the fabric of his sweatshirt, tugging him closer as my eyes slammed shut.
Braced between the solidness of his body and the cold wall behind me, I felt my entire body heat. Ethan’s ravenous lips and desperate tongue claimed my mouth, tasting of beer and mint. He slid one hand up to cup the back of my neck, holding me captive as he braced himself against the wall. I kissed him back fiercely, our teeth knocking together with the force of it.
Sounds I didn’t even know I was capable of making left my mouth and I didn’t care we were in public where anyone could see us. I nipped his lip, sighing with pleasure when he moaned into my mouth. He might be an infuriatingly stubborn asshole at times but one thing was for certain: Ethan Martin could kiss. He broke away, breathing hard as he leaned his forehead against mine.
“Wow.” I fought for breath, a smile tugging at my lips. “For once we’re actually on the same page.” As soon as the words left my mouth, he pulled back. His expression changed from needy to terrified as he released me, his hands clenched into fists.
“Ethan?”
“I’m sorry.” He backed away, staring at my face like I’d punched him. “I’m really fucking sorry, Lassiter.”
I swallowed hard and took a deep breath, raising my hands as if I was soothing a spooked animal.
“Ethan?”
He yanked up his sweatshirt hood and took off, leaving me to stare after him in silence. What the hell had happened?

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EILEEN GRIFFIN BIO:

Eileen Griffin lives in the southwest, but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M romance. Her past published works include: Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Nikka Michaels, Dinner For Two, a M/F romance novella, “Claiming Ayden”, a M/M shifter romance that is part of Evenight’s Alpha’s Claim Anthology: M/M Edition, and “Lost and Found”, a short story written for the M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet: Love’s Landscapes Event. Eileen is currently working on a new M/M series set in a Bed and Breakfast with Nikka Michaels, as well as several other projects both individual and co-authored.

NIKKA MICHAELS BIO:

Nikka Michaels lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story. She currently has several releases out including, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Eileen Griffin, Christmas with Caden, a M/F romance novella from Cobblestone Press, “Waking up Wolf”, a M/M shifter romance in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology, and the MM series which includes, Mile High Service, Room Service and Lip Service from Cobblestone Press’ Blue line. She also has a short story, “His Assistant” in Evernight Publishing’s best selling Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition anthology.

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