Thursday, 17 August 2017

Until Ray - Cheryl Robinson

Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Title: Until Ray
Author: Cheryl Robinson
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Two people in the same city but worlds apart.
Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.
HE IS LOST…
Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a four-family flat with his mother. When he’s not at home, Ray’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Dissatisfied, dysfunctional, and leagues behind his peers, Ray’s ready for a change but isn’t sure how to make it happen.
THEN SHE ARRIVES…
At twenty-four, Sarita has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Until now. Dr. Graham Emerson wants to marry Sarita, and her parents expect her to, but Sarita isn’t convinced he’s the one for her. On a blind date, she meets Ray Saint and is immediately drawn in by his good looks and sense of humor. But his reputation for being a ladies’ man raises several red flags. Ray swears he’s changed. Is giving up a sure thing for a maybe worth the risk?
Set in the mid-eighties, Until Ray explores life and love through the lenses of colorism, classism, and family dysfunction.

Author Bio

Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. For  Penguin/NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me. Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.
Cheryl currently resides in Florida.
To learn more about Cheryl and the Until Ray trilogy, please visit www.untilraytrilogy.com




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Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Scent of Roses - Sienna Blake


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Title: Hanging In The Stars

Book 3 in the Dark Romeo Trilogy 

Author: Sienna Blake 

Genre: Erotic Romance 

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The finale to the Dark Romeo trilogy…

Roman and Julianna are rocketing towards a fiery end. But it’s not over until it’s over. Betrayals will be revealed. The twisted truth will come to light. Nothing is what it seems.

Can Roman and Julianna find a way to be together or will Shakespeare’s curse befall our star-crossed lovers?

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.
 


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MY REVIEW:  

If you've been reading my other blog posts about this trilogy, then you'll already know how much I've enjoyed it. (By the way, if you haven't read my previous reviews, then you can find them here and here.) I was a little nervous about starting this, the third and final book. Would Roman and Juliana find a way to be together? Was this version of Romeo and Juliet destined to end in the same way as the original story?

I don't really want to give anything away, but I think that it's fair to say that I really enjoyed this installment, just as much as the first two. I (again) couldn't put it down and polished it off in record time. When I got to the end, I was left feeling slightly bereft that it was over, as often happens when you finish a series that you've become really invested in. But that's all I will say about that.

If you've read the first two installments, then please, dive in and get this second one. If you haven't read the others, then you have to go back and read those first. This isn't the type of series where each one works as a standalone. Don't let that put you off, go back and get Love Sprung From Hate, you won't regret it.


Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Knowledge of Sins Past - Lexie Conyngham

Murray of Letho book two


Scotland at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Scoggie Castle is cold and grim, but a refuge to the disinherited Charles Murray. Then a series of mysterious deaths shakes family and servants alike, and splits the local village in two. Murray is thrown once more into the midst of murder, but who has the answer in this dark rural landscape - the pig-lovers or the pig-haters? 

My Review

I'm fast becoming a big fan of the Murray of Letho series. This is the third book that I've read, having started with the most recent installment; Thicker than Water. I enjoyed that so much that I decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read them all. 

In many ways, Knowledge of Sins Past is quite different to most murder mystery novels. The first half of the book is concerned with the setting of the scene, there is plenty going on and a number of mysteries start to emerge. In all honesty, I'd almost forgotten that this was a murder mystery, by the time that I reached that element of the story. Although it's much slower moving than some other books in the genre, the depth of the characters and the story lines, mean that it doesn't really matter. The historical setting is so finely painted, that you feel as if you are actually there.

Murray himself is very likeable. A young man, trying to find his place in life, having upset his father. He now exists in that twilight zone somewhere between the servants and the family, not really fitting into either. Having read the latest book, I do have some idea of where his life is going, but I'm looking forward to reading about it in future books.

I really enjoyed this book and I'll be reading the third in the series soon. I'd really recommend the Murray of Letho books.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Scent of the Past - Erin Marie Bernardo

Scent of the Past

Scent of the Past by Erin Marie Bernardo
A secret diary. A forgotten past. Another time.
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When people think of time travel, they think of the clichéd manufactured kind. Of giant electronic machines with flashing lights and buttons calibrated to shoot you into the past with one press. But it doesn’t work that way. You need a reason, a connection, and—most important—a link. But you can’t choose when and why you go. That would be too easy, and we’d all be snapping our fingers in hopes of seeing lost treasures of yesteryear. It must choose you.

Close cousins Addison and Elissa live in present day New York City and lead somewhat ordinary lives. When uncertain circumstances surrounding a set of antique perfume bottles sends them back to eighteenth-century France, they must uncover the truth behind their travel.
Disaster strikes when Addison finds herself in a nearly identical situation to a mishap she experienced in the present—the witnessing of a murder and release of a secret. Only this time the truth could destroy the entire French monarchy. With Addison’s head on the line, the young women search for answers before Addison suffers her unlucky fate twice. It is only when they discover the haunting connections to life in the present, that they understand why they both were sent, and why a repeating past…may not always be such a bad thing.

My Review

This was quite an unusual book, the two main characters, Addison and Elissa travel back in time to previous incarnations of themselves when they lived in France in the 1700's. It takes them a little while to adjust to their new surroundings and work out why they are there. History, it seems, really does repeat itself. By journeying back, maybe they can avoid the mistakes that they always seem to make, back in modern day America.

I liked the idea of this story, it was an unusual take on the idea of time travel and self discovery. We saw far more of Elissa's experience, although in many ways, it was Addison that had more to learn. Having modern day characters, in the historical setting, meant that the inevitable anachronisms that a modern writer will use, no matter how careful they are, were easily explained away. There were still a couple of small things, (chocolate croissants? I don't think so)but that didn't really matter.

Scent of the past drew you in and I found myself thinking about it for days afterwards. The story was well thought out and written and I really enjoyed it. If there was one small thing that didn't work so well, it would be that the ending seemed a little sudden. Although Addison and Elissa were there for a reason, once they had an idea of why, it was quickly over. If you're looking for a good read, with a historical setting, then I think that you will enjoy Scent of the Past.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Breaking Roman - Alexis James


Breaking Roman
Alexis James
(The Moran Family #3)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
They call me Romeo.
I love romancing women, and I’m good at it.
Too bad it is all a ruse.
Roman, the youngest of the three Moran brothers, is the only one who has ever believed in true love. Too bad his one special person barely acknowledges his existence.
Sabrina Morris spends her days running the HR Department of The Moran Group, and her nights corralling her teenage daughter. She doesn’t have time for love. She’s heard the stories, but Roman is not at all what she expects him to be. His gentle nature catches her completely off-guard. She doesn’t expect to be attracted to him, and she certainly doesn’t expect him to be equally drawn to her. But can she see past his Romeo façade and allow the warm, loving man into her life?

My review 

Reading a book that is the third in a series, when you haven't read previous books is always a bit of a gamble. Even when they claim to be stand alone novels, it often turns out that you need to have read the previous books. Fortunately, this wasn't the case with Breaking Roman. It didn't matter at all that I hadn't read the previous two books and I really enjoyed this book.

Roman has always had a way with women, he moves from conquest to conquest with ease, never loosing his heart, never getting too deeply involved. A regular Romeo. But what does every Romeo really need? His Juliet. Sabrina has been once bitten, twice shy when it comes to love. After her disastrous relationship that left her alone, but with her now teenage daughter, Sabrina hasn't sworn off men. Roman has been interested in her since he first met her, but she's not convinced that he's the type of man to mend her heart.

I liked the interaction between the two main characters as they got to know one another, it was quite clear that they belonged together and would make one another happy. I was a little confused by the idea of a work place saying that you couldn't date co-workers, but I've since heard that it's quite common in the US, crazy.

I did think that Sabrina was a little over the top at the time. Yes, she had been hurt in the past, but her daughter was a teenager now, not a little girl. All worked out in the end though and I enjoyed the progression of the story. I haven't read the first two books, but I might go back and give them a go at some point and I will be looking out for the next in the series. Recommended.



Author Bio:
Alexis James lives on the beautiful Central California coast. When she’s not spending time with her hubby of almost 30 years or her amazing kids, you can find her tapping away on the computer. She loves reading, spending time with family, reading, camping, reading….and writing too! She enjoys a good date night, an inexpensive glass of wine, and any story that can make her smile and/or cry.
Alexis’s first novel, “Losing Faith”, was released in September 2014. Her second novel, “Loving Emma”, is a standalone, though it does feature some characters from “Losing Faith”.
She invites you to visit her author pages on Facebook and Goodreads, and her website: alexisjamesauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@alexisjames27) or you can email her at: alexisjamesauthor@gmail.com.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Scent of Roses - Sienna Blake


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Title: The Scent Of Roses 

Book 2 in the Dark Romeo Trilogy 

Author: Sienna Blake 

Genre: Erotic Romance 

Formats: Paperback & ebook 

Cover Designer: Romacdesigns




The sequel to Love Sprung From Hate, Dark Romeo #1.

The game becomes more deadly as the lies get bigger. Risks will be taken, loyalties will be tested, but will Roman and Julianna take the biggest risk of all…giving into their hearts?

*Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.

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MY REVIEW:  

I have to admit that I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book in Sienna Blake's dark romeo series. I'd polished off book one; Love Sprung from Hate pretty quickly and wanted to know what would happen next. (You can see my review of that here.) I wasn't disappointed.

If you know the story of Romeo and Juliet, then you know more or less the way that this is going to pan out. There are lots of subtle nods to the original story, but at the same time, Blake manages to tell this version in a way that makes it seem new and different. It has a feel of more of being inspired by, rather than being a simple retelling.

As we all know 'the course of true love never did run smooth' (yes, I know that's from a different Shakespeare play). Roman and Julianna find that finding true happiness with one another isn't as simple as just being together, not when everyone else is against it and they find themselves on opposing sides. The original Romeo and Juliet story is a tragedy and I can't help but wonder if the final book will take us to a similar conclusion. (I really hope not.) Either way though, I can't wait to get my hands on the final book in the series.

Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Love sprung from hate - Sienna Blake

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Title: Love Sprung From Hate 

Book 1 in the Dark Romeo Trilogy 

Author: Sienna Blake 

Genre: Erotic Romance 

Formats: Paperback & ebook 

Cover Designer: Romacdesigns




I didn’t know she was a detective, the only daughter of the Chief of Police.

I didn’t know he was a mafia Prince, heir to the Tyrell’s bloody empire.



It was only supposed to be one night.

God help me, I can’t stop thinking about that night.



So when she walked into the interrogation room, my heart almost stopped.

I can’t believe he might have tortured and killed someone.


I have to avoid her at all costs.
I will be his downfall.

So begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, of blood and lust, of love and duty, and of an attraction so fierce the consequences are inevitable…

*Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.

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MY REVIEW: 

I loved this book, I've been really lucky to read a few really good books, and this was certainly one of them. I love the Romeo and Juliet story and this modern retelling gives it a new breath of life. Rather than the Shakespearean setting of the original story, we faced with the son of a mafia boss, reluctantly being drawn back into the life, and the daughter of the police chief, desperate to prove herself as a competent detective.

The two meet, by chance and find themselves instantly drawn to one another. The connection is instant and magnetic. But after spending a wonderful night together, they soon discover who they really are and how impossible their being together seems to be.

This is quite a fast paced and exciting book. An erotic romance, with a dark underbelly. It updates the story brilliantly and works really well. I liked the characters of both Julianna and Roman. Despite being drawn to one another they both clearly know that it's not a good idea to get involved, but can't help themselves. Previously Roman has successfully avoided the crime and violence that his family deals in, but he finds himself thrown into the turmoil and unable to step away.

I really enjoyed Love Sprung from Hate and can't wait to get stuck into the second book in the series; The Scent of Roses.

Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

Follow Sienna 

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I'm celebrating the upcoming release of the Dark Romeo trilogy with this HUGE Giveaway!!
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• 12 months Kindle Unlimited subscription
• 24 romance paperbacks I LOVED (full list in T&Cs)
• 1 Lucky winner!



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