10 Jun 2017

Frosted By (Frosted Series #1) Taylor Rose

Pages: 494
Release Date: 23rd May 2017
Publisher: Kindle edition
Series: Frosted Series
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They promised that dreams could come true. 
Forgetting to mention that nightmares were dreams, too. Demons came in all shapes and sizes. 
I learned this the hard way.
I may have been broken, but I was still strong.
Scars are souvenirs that stay with you forever.
Etched on your body.
Etched on your mind.
Etched on your soul.
A constant reminder.My reminder to never give up. To never forget.

I told myself I was fine, brushing my pain off as unimportant. 
I went through life alive, but never truly living.
Until her. 
Her haunted eyes pulled me in, familiarity etched in her gaze. 
Her beauty hypnotized me, heart and soul. 
Snaring me into her trap. 

Wanting each other was unexpected.
Needing each other was necessary.

Our broken souls fused together.
Piece by piece. 

I could have f****** sworn that she was my salvation. 
But was it possible that she was my destruction, instead?

My Thoughts

Wow. That was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster!  If you are looking for a sports romance book with depth and emotion you have got to read Frosted by Taylor Rose.  However there are scenes which can be disturbing to some readers.

This book is about two characters, NHL center Kieran Kingston and Olympic Figure Skating gold medallist Figueroa Ryan who both have broken souls but instantly connect on first sight. Aqua, Figgy’s sister who you cannot help but adore is the force that brought the two leads together. The strength of sisterhood between Figgy and aqua,  the determination and effort to not let their past dictate their present and there conviction to peace and happiness is so admirable and heart-breaking that they had to face such difficulties in the first place.  Kieran is no stranger in difficulty, where Aqua and Figgy had each other, Kieran has found himself always looking for belonging and being loved or cared for but was given the worst of life as he finds himself constantly by his past that it led to his efforts of resisting the pull towards Figgy and Aqua in fear of hurting them however their destiny is inevitable and soon they became his life and duty to protect.

I know I am being very vague in this review, possibly more than the others but PICK UP THIS BOOK AND YOU WONT REGRET IT.

'Power comes in many different forms. 

Beauty. Confidence. Strength. Pride. Self-worth. 

Each one of those emotions ran through me this morning for the first time in years. I was happy. Actually happy. 

And not because I thought I had to be but because he made me that way.' 

~ Figueroa
It’s been ages since I read a book that has kept me hooked throughout the journey escalating emotions, suspense and drama.  I will be honest I am not a big fan of sports romance novel as I have noticed a lot of the time that the sport is often only seen as the occupation of the lead and is not explored very well in depth however Taylor Rose has definitely helped us as a reader to understand the sport and its terminology as it opens with key terms of both sports.  In Frosted, this theme is not only the center of the story line but is center and passion of both the male and female lead and it shines through. This book has possibly opened up a whole new world of books that I am so excited to read! So fans of one of the few sports romances I have read and one of my favourite series, The Summer games by R.S grey I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS!

My rating:
**5 Stars**
*ARC copy was given for an honest review*

24 Apr 2017

Fear the Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #2) by Lani Lynn Vale

Pages: 273
Release Date: 30th March 2017
Publisher: Kindle edition
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects
Other books in series: Beard Mode, Son of a Beard, I'm Only Here for the Beard
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Tally is a twenty-year-old single mother struggling to finish nursing school. Has she made mistakes in life? Sure, but her daughter isn’t one of them. She works hard, she studies even harder, and she’s only a few weeks away from graduating. 

She’s living her life the best she knows how when she witnesses a near miss motorcycle accident between a car and a biker. A biker that happens to be the most talked about teacher at her college.

The moment she meets those startling blue, narrowly-escaped-death eyes, she realizes quickly that life as she knows it has changed. No longer will she be content to let life pass her by, even if it puts everything she’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

Tommy is a highly skilled doctor. A teacher. A veteran. A fully-patched member of The Dixie Wardens MC. He’s lonely, but also set in his ways. What will it take for this man to accept that he needs to make some changes in his life? Apparently, it’ll take a guy in a truck, who’s preoccupied with his phone rather than focused on the road, nearly plowing into him on his bike at seventy miles per hour. Oh, and a twenty-something year old nursing student witnessing the entire thing from only a few feet away. 

It only takes a second, a single heartbeat in time, as he looks into her worry-filled eyes to realize that he’d give anything for a single night with her. He may lose his job in the process, but after that one incredible night turns into an amazing weekend, he knows it’s worth the risk for the promise of her forever.

My Thoughts

Want a book with forbidden student – teacher romance, a tattooed hero with a motorcycle, and a kick-ass single mother?  Then, I would 100% recommend Fear the beard, the second book in the Dixy Warden Rejects series!  I was hooked from start to finish and had read it entirely in one sitting. This is the first book written by author Lani Lynn Vale that I have read and I cant believe that I haven’t read more of her books - one thing I can say for a fact is that this will not be the last.

From the beginning of the book we are introduced to the hero, a 33 year old ER doctor called Tommy who is a teacher at Tally’s school. Tally is a nursing student in her early twenties who also happens to be a single mother of an 8 month adorable baby girl called Tallulah. Despite being so young she has matured way beyond her years and is not like any other student her age as her efforts are solely for her daughter and like any normal person she is battling with the diffulties of being a mother whilst studying at the same time. The attraction between Tommy and Tally is undeniable and extremely frustrating for Tommy as he battles with his inner need to have Tally but his duty to  respect her wish of not being in a public relationship until she graduates .

Tommy has to be another hero added to my top favorites list.  The bond he had created between himself and Tallulah, and how he is in constant awe when watching tally interact with her daughter shows us a side of him that we don’t get to see in many books in situations where the the child is not the heroes own. His instinct to be protective, supportive and a desire to make them his before anyone else could get the chance shows that he he was totally head over heels first for Tally.

'Tears, though, they were my undoing  .

Seeing a woman cry—young or old—was enough to make my stomach clench and my heart start to ache.'

It was an amazing book to read, I loved every word of it , I loved the realism in the book in regards to women ‘issues or taboos’ that Tally hilariously seemed to experience …( I know I’m being vague and I’m not sure that I'm making sense but you will know what I'm referring to when you read the book ;) I found myself upset that it finished so soon so I read it multiple times just to swoon,tear up and laugh all over again.

He’d been looking down at the floor to ensure that he didn’t accidentally see my body, but the weird noise I made caused his eyes to flicker up, and then become frozen on my body.

I had big boobs.

Really big boobs. 

In fact, they were still big because I was breastfeeding, and they’d not been small to begin with.

 “I’ll just be, uhh, out here,” he murmured. 

I cleared my throat and clutched the clothes to my chest, but before I could blink, he was gone. 

I looked down at my chest to see just how much boobage he actually got, and yep…there was full nipplage. 


Just fucking perfect.

And the icing on the cake? My fucking milk was dripping out of them.

OMG haha I just cant get over that scene. ( or maybe It's just me...)  Lani Lynn Vale had done an amazing job in creating real authentic romances, with lifestyles we can relate to and if I had any criticisms it would only be that it ended too soon and I hope we do see more of this couple later in series!

Loved the characters, loved the story line, loved the themes, loved everything!

My rating:
**5 Stars**

24 Feb 2017

Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn

Pages: 368
Release Date: 7th June 2016
Publisher: Forever
Series: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
Other books in series: Change of heart
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If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps—but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too—for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it... liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves—with or without Shane...

My Thoughts

Where do I start? Nicole Jacquelyn really knows how to tug on your heart strings! So we start with the Kate, a singer and the heroine in the book who is best friends with Rachel, Shane's wife. We get a little flashback at the beginning of the book of the dynamic between Shane and his wife Rachel, and and it is then you can sense the disdain Shane has towards Kate. This leads to a love-hate relationship which we later find out is a result of the frustration of having a forbidden attraction towards her . Nevertheless, this does not affect Rachel and Kate's friendship.You sense Rachel feels in debt and a whole lot of gratitude towards Kate and her secret that she is keeping from Shane which is revealed later in the story leads you to understand why.

When Rachel passes away Kate decides to take up full responsibility of Shane's four kids especially with Shane going on deployment. I absolutely loved Kate's character who took big sacrifices in order to look after children who are not her own, who is also kind, forgiving, and nurturing. Personally I felt she was almost too forgiving and felt that she should of let Shane suffer longer for how he mistreated her and who questioned her good intentions.

"Where are my children?" she asked, her eyes foggy from medication.

"They're in Calif --"

Her arms tightened around out daughter as if she was afraid I was going to snatch her away. 

"Get out."

"Katebear, I'm so sorry."

"I hate you," she whispered, her eyes filling with tears, "1 wish you were dead because then I can have my children back."

I stumbled away from the bed horrified, and watched as she fell asleep as if I'd never been there.

Jesus Christ, what have I done?

.*SNIFF SNIFF* . This hospital scene really got to me and was literally the release  of emotions from previous events as it is the first time Shane really understands the damage he has done on his relationship with Kate and her trust.

I know I am really making Shane sound like a A hole but honestly that was how I felt for some parts of the book, but then he goes on a path of redemption and you can't help but think that Shane and Kate are meant for each other.

'I'd pushed her aside for so long that there was no foundation to build on. Just a mess of shattered pieces that
I'd crushed with a sledgehammer every time she'd grown closer than I was comfortable with.'

You cannot help but love Shane's character as you see the changes he makes even though it was difficult for him at the start. Despite his bad choices and actions you can't help but empathise with him as he is a father unable to spend much time with his children because of his military duties,  ultimately leading him feeling jealous of Kaye's relationship with his kids which he seems to have lost after Rachel had died.

'I wanted to be nothing. I wanted to find my blank spot and stay there so my chest didn't feel like it was breaking open each time I inhaled.'

 GOD.. this book was an emotional , gut wrenching roller coaster, and I often found myself wanting to cry, swoon , and shout in frustration all at the same time. The strong emotional connection which both the heroine and hero have leads you to forget the negatives and the past struggles their relationship has had and you end up hoping that there relationship survives through the hurdles.

I have been looking for ages for books that would move me, make me feel what the character is feeling as I read every word and this book did definitely not disappoint. Jacquelyn's writing is just so beautiful and well crafted, She knows just the write words to use to make you feel like you are constantly at your edge of your seat, anticipating what will happen next - I read this book in one sitting and I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU READ THIS if you like books with slow burn, second chance romance and a happily ever after.

My rating:
**5 Stars**

21 Feb 2017

My First Post - The Origin of My Book Journey!

Since this is my first post I guess it makes sense to share the first reads that led me to explore the new adult genre.

The first Book that I read was Losing it by Cora Carmack . Teacher - Student romances were very popular at this time and I remember reading this in 2014 and loving it because of the humor and awkwardness, that I guess all girls face when they have a crush LOL. ( Or not if your the confident type ;) I guess this was around the time when new adults books were emerging and shifting from the young adult genre.
Losing it series (Book 1 & 2 ) by Cora Carmack
And then I started reading the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines, one of my all time favorite book series! I mean who doesn't love an Abbi Glines book! Rush and Blaire are definitely my favorite couple amongst all her books. If you haven't read them yet go check them out!

Too Far series by Abbi Glines

Another one of my Favourite new adult authors is Coleen Hoover who wrote the slammed series and I know - forbidden romance themes seem to be featuring a lot in this post and no doubt that there will be more to come ;D  ( Do let me know if you want any recommendations on this genre because I do have a lot of recommendations of this theme that I've read!)
Slammed series by Colleen Hoover

So those were the top three authors that made me fall in love with reading, and since then I've read so many books and I cant wait to post and share my thoughts with you guys! There are themes  which I usually look for when I am looking for a book to read here are my top seven ( Should have been five but I couldn't narrow it down ) :

1. Older hero Younger Heroine
2. MC romance
3.Next Door Neighbor romance
4. Forbidden romance 
5. Best friends Older Brother
6. Reclusive/moody/mysterious/ hero
7. Protective / Billionaire Heroes

So these are the types of books that I tend to read a lot of and you can expect me to review and share my thoughts on. What are your top favourite themes, the ones that you find yourselves going back for more? Do let me know in the comments section below:)

Frosted By (Frosted Series #1) Taylor Rose

Pages: 494 Release Date: 23rd  May 2017 Publisher:  Kindle edition Series:  Frosted Series Buy:   Amazon Add:  Goodreads Syno...