Through the Fog by S.J. Lynn

What it’s about:

Adalind Carter finds herself in search of a new nursing assignment. She finally gets her wish when given an opportunity to travel to England for the private care of Evan Jacob Frederick, the Duke of Warlington, who is showing signs of awakening from a two month long coma. Upon accepting the position, it doesn’t take long for her to discover just how little she knows about any of it…

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this bo28146781ok. I loved the characters and the storyline really drew me in. If I’m completely honest I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself desperate to see what will happen next, even though I had figured out the “big twist” ending right at the beginning. I knew where the story was going and yet I still wanted to continue reading and find out how Lynn would have the characters behave.

I really liked Adalind. At first her need to fix people bothered me but as the story progressed and her character grew, I really did end up liking her. Evan was amazing and I think his character was well built and reacted exactly as you would expect a real person to. I did find the side characters a bit dull, especially Adalind best friend (who’s name I cannot for the life of me remember) I found her to be a bit one dimensional and annoying. Hugo was a bit better, though I still feel like he could have had more depth. Betty was one of the better side characters. I found her to be entertaining at least.

The one thing about this book is you can tell that Lynn is not a seasoned writer. Her dialogue, while compelling doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing between the characters. Adalind is supposed to be a young American girl and Evan is an English Duke, yet most times they used the same language. Small things like a young girl would say it’s while an English Duke would say it is. Yet they both said the latter. It confused me at times. 

But even though the story was predictable and the writing was a bit junior, the book still kept me captivated and I found myself thinking about it for hours after I was done. And in my book that makes this one really worth the read.


Bad by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Wyatt Harrison is a geek and proud of it. The IT freelancer prefers delving into the mysteries of motherboards than women. Until he upgrades the computer systems at Vegas’s premier venue Burlesque Bombshells, where he’s confronted by the biggest mystery of them all, stunning choreographer Ashlin O’Meara.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Another great addition to a great series!

Not surprisingly Nicola Marsh has done it again. BAD is a fantastic book that takes you on an emotional journey from page one. I read the entire book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Both Ashlin and Wyatt stole my heart and with every page I wanted to spend more time with them.

I loved that Ashlin had an intriguing background. I really couldn’t figure out what hersin was, and I couldn’t believe how amazing Wyatt was with her needs. Their relationship built so nicely and even though it’s a short book, I still felt like their love was genuine.

I’m really enjoying how Marsh is building the brother’s relationship over these books and it’s made me so excited to see more of the Harrison boys. I just can’t wait to see how things play out with Steele now. Write faster woman… I need more dammit!

Bold by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Chantal Kramer is a confident, successful businesswoman and running Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance venue inVegas, is her life. Until sexy Aussiefootballer Zane Harrison arrives in town and turns it upside down. She doesn’t have time for cocky jocks but as she sees Zane connect with the family he’s never met, she discovers he’s more than just a pretty face.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Nicola Marsh is an excellent storyteller and I’ve always said how amazing it is that she can create a full, exciting story in such a short book. However, this time around I felt like the book was just a little too short.

I loved the story and enjoyed the characters immensely, but I would have liked just a little bit more. The romance felt a little rushed, but I still loved how Zane and Chantal interacted with each other. My only problem was that neither really had a backstory that captivated me. Zane’s was the more interesting one but I think Chantal could have had a little more substance to her story.

Overall the story was fun and the characters were entertaining. This book is a nice addition to the series and I have to say I’m super excited to read about the other Harrison boys.

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

2992061What it’s about:

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . 

Nykyrian Quikiades was a League assassin until one mission changed everything. Now, the only League member to have left and lived, he’s hunted by many. When he’s asked to protect Kiara Zamir, the daughter of a politician, old and new enemies emerge and they will both have to overcome their trust issues in order to survive.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Baby, it’s either laugh or cry and crying takes way too much energy. If you can’t find humor in the shit life heaps on you, you really will grow miserable.”

I honestly don’t know what on Earth took me so long to read this series. It’s been on my to-read list for ages and I LOVE Sherri’s Dark-Hunter Series, so I always knew this one would be good. The world Sherri creates in this series is phenomenal and I loved being immersed in a universe so cleverly built. Sci-fi can be difficult to write, but I think Sherri’s talents have no bounds and she did the genre justice.

As always, Sherri has managed to completely suck you in and keep you addicted from page one. I really couldn’t put this book down and I just fell in love with all the characters. Nykyrian and Kiara are well-written characters with rich back stories that completely steal your heart. I cried for Nykyrian as the book went on and I just couldn’t believe the horrors that he survived. I did find Kiara a little slow at accepting the reality of Nykyrian’s way of life, but I think Sherri did a good job of maintaining her characters through the book. The romance was believable and enjoyable to read. I fell in love with Nykyrian more and more as the book continued and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. The romance just fit in so well.

The side characters were great too and as expected, Sherri builds fantastic and exciting stories that you can’t wait to read. I’ll be devouring this series with gusto and I’m super excited to see how it progresses and which characters I’ll meet next.

Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

17948485What it’s about:

Nikolai Leokov owns the hip club The White Rabbit and Valentina Tomic owns the clothing store Safira. They have worked across the road from each other for years but never met. When Tina decides to send Nik a gift she never thought it would bring her to his offer. When Nik decides to see who sent him some candy and a note, he never thought he would end up being friend-zoned by a spunky tiny woman.

Once Tina and Nik become friends their lives clash, and what starts out as friendship blooms into something more. But both Tina and Nik have secrets… ones that shape their decisions and change their lives.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”

It’s official… Bella Aurora rocks! Seriously, I’m loving this chicks writing. This book was just perfect, I felt every emotion, laughing one minute and having my heart broken the next. It was awesome from page one and I found myself desperate to read every character’s story.

Tina is the shit, I loved being in her head and hearing her weird thoughts and crazy catch phrases. She’s strong and funny, yet still vulnerable. I loved her view on life, family and friends, and most of all I loved how she friend-zoned the most awesome group of guys. Nik is such an amazing character, I found myself swooning a lot through this book. You don’t expect Nik to be a romantic but he surprises you.

The side characters made this book even more entertaining. I love the relationship between Ghost and Nat, their book is going to be so interesting. Aurora does a great job of building the suspense of the next books by introducing these characters and alluding to their secrets. She also manages to bring in some excitement to the story and keep you on edge through the story.

Overall this book was fun, sexy and exciting. The characters are great, the story is captivating and you find yourself wanting to be one of the group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get more of these incredible characters.

Hero by Samantha Young

23355069What it’s about:

Alexa Holland was living a life she loved until her father revealed a secret from his past, a secret that destroyed the life of Caine Carraway. But Caine didn’t let his ruined childhood stop him from becoming a billionaire. Now Caine and Alexa’s paths cross and there’s a connection they can’t deny, even as Caine insists on pushing Alexa away. After a rocky start and some time they’ll meet in the middle, but can Caine be the hero Alexa is looking for?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Ungentlemanliness?” he teased. “I dare you to say that five times fast.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Samantha Young has created another great story with more great characters. Caine is a tough, arrogant businessman and Alexa is a girl with goals, and their lives intersect in the most terrible way. I loved the way Young built the characters stories and how she gave us little pieces throughout the book. She even managed to sneak in a “wow” moment towards the end, then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from Young.

At the beginning I found Lexi and Caine’s relationship felt a little like…dare I say it… Fifty Shades (with great writing, non-annoying characters and a male lead that’s not a psychopath). But as the story progresses, Lexi and Caine’s relationship becomes something beautiful and you can’t help but love them together. I could have killed Lexi for wanting to keep things on the DL, but I get why she needed that. Caine is just amazing. I loved that he was a completely flawed character and that he embarrassed the arrogance. Lexi made me laugh, really there were parts where I would chuckle and shake my head at her silliness.

I love a book that can make me feel so intensely. There were parts where I laughed out loud and other parts where I felt like my heart would shatter at any moment. I really felt for Lexi, I could actually feel her loanlyness coming off the page and at times it really took me to my knees. But as always, this was just such a great read. I couldn’t put it down and Young made me fall in love with all the characters, including the awesome side characters. I really hope she turns this into a series.

Wanton Heat by Nicola Mars

20695946What it’s about:

With her job and her self-respect on the line, advertising executive and reformed bad-girl Zoe Keaton heads to Italy to score a vital business deal. Unfortunately, the guy she needs to convince is the wickedly hot—and totally closed-off—Prince Dominic Ricci, who has no intention of listening to her pitch. So with the queen’s help, Zoe does the only thing that will get the job done. She kidnaps him.

But the joke’s on her when the queen’s matchmaking strands Zoe and the prince on the royal family’s secluded island. Zoe vows not to mix business with pleasure—and prove that she’s more than a spoiled rich girl who bought her way to success—but when the prince turns up the heat, the chemistry between them ignites. Is it just sizzling sex, or could an Italian prince with a tragic past fall for a take-no-prisoners American? (via Goodreads)

What I thought:

My rating: 4 Stars

Once again Nicola Marsh has created a fun, sexy story that you just can’t put down. I loved getting to know Zoe in this book, in the previous book we get little snippets of who she is, but I really enjoyed getting more insight into her character. I also loved the plot to this story, kidnapping a prince and getting stranded on a deserted island for a couple of days… come on, that’s just the perfect kind of fun read.

I loved reading this, it was light and fun, with some steaminess thrown in. Marsh makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I love that she’s able to tell a full, well-built story in a short read. Sometimes you just want something quick and fun to read and Nicola Marsh is the perfect author for that.

World Apart Series by Nicola Marsh

Book 2: Towing the Line

22369563What it’s about:

Dani has made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution. Her plan is to turn over a new leaf – no drinking, no partying and definitely no boys. But when Dani meets sexy Aussie artist Ashton, he plans go out the window. But can Dani be the girl a guy like Ash deserves?

What I thought:

My rating: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I did mention that I wasn’t too fond of Dani as a character. I was hoping that reading her book would enamor her to me. I’m not saying I didn’t like her, I just couldn’t connect with her character. Having said that Marsh is a great storyteller and I enjoyed reading another book by her. Ash was a well written character and you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with him.

Overall this was a fun read with well built characters (despite my disconnect with Dani). I think Marsh is a phenomenal writer and I’m excited to start the next on.

Book 3: Blurring the Line

23119751What it’s about:

Annabelle has ventured out of her tiny town to study and once she has completed her degree at a college in Denver she’s planning on going home to her small town. But when she discovers her new mentor is Joel Goodes, the guy who once rocked her world, Annabelle realises that going home isn’t the only thing she wants.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say in again, Nicola Marsh is a fantastic storyteller. I love they way she’s able to tell you a captivating story from beginning to end, with developed characters and a story worth reading – all in a short novella. To me that’s a true test of a great writer.

I immediately fell in love with these characters. Annabelle is a quirky, fun character to read about. I loved that she was bold with Joel and went for what she wanted. I also couldn’t believe how much I felt for her. Every time Joel breaks her heart I felt it deep in my stomach. Joel was sexy and amazing and just a little difficult to read about sometimes. His insistence on pushing people away was a little frustrating and I have to admit that I didn’t buy his reasoning for it. But still I enjoyed the way the story played out.

All in all, this was a fun, emotional, sexy read and I really loved every page. I devoured it in one day and I wish Marsh would write more in this series.

Stay with Me by J.Lynn

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What it’s about:

Calla is a beautiful girl, on the inside and out, but an accident has scared her, both physically and emotionally, so she’s spent her life hiding from others.  When Calla finds out that her mother has taken everything from her, she’s forced to go home and face her past. But once Calla steps foot in Mona’s everything changes. Instead of finding her mother, she finds sexy bartender, Jax.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And Calla soon realises that the life she thought she had, wasn’t a life at all.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh sweet mother of greatness, this was a masterpiece!

This book not only made it on to my Favourites shelf, it carved a space in my heart and planted itself snuggly in. From the moment I met Calla and Jax I was hooked and putting this book down (for you know sleep and stupid shit like that) pained me. When it was over I felt myself lost, unable to bring myself back into the world of no Calla or Jax – and that just made me love this book even more.

I wasn’t sure about Calla after the last book, she intrigued me but I didn’t know if I was going to like her… Now I want her to be my bestie. I loved her inner musings and the way she was all quirky on the inside. I mean who wouldn’t want to have a daily convo with someone who says things like this:

“He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales.”

“great googley moogley”

Jax is one of the most incredible characters and I found that everything about him drew me in. Lynn is so good at creating characters that you feel connected to, girls you want to be friends with and guys you want to stalk while wrapped around their legs. Jax was one of those that you felt desperate to have in your life. I loved the way he saw past Calla’s scares and that he even had a few of his own.

“You know what else I see? A physical reminder of how fucking strong you are, Calla, how fucking brave you are. That’s what I see when I look at your back. A map of how brave you are, your strength and your courage.”

We get a visit from the other characters in the series and I liked seeing them interact from another POV. I’m interested to see if they play a part in the other books in the series but as long as I get more Jax I’m good. This was definitely my favourite of the series so far, and I can’t wait to see if Lynn can top it.

Check out my review for book 1 here, and book 2 here.

Be With Me by J. Lynn

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What it’s about:

After an accident Teresa Hamilton finds herself in limbo waiting for her knee to heal so she can go back to dancing, in the meantime she’s joined her brother at Collage. But that’s also where Jase  Winstead is – her bothers best friend and the man she’s been in love with for years . But they haven’t spoken since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss, so this may be her chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. The problem is, they both have some serious baggage and even though they get drawn together, that baggage might just be too much.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I love you like I love cupcakes.”

Wow, my heart just opened wide, let this book in and sealed shut for eternity… edit shelves… add to Favourites I seriously just lost a piece of myself to this book and I’m not asking for it back. From page one I was seduced by Tess and Jase’s and couldn’t put this book down.

I fell head-over-heels, madly in love with Jase. Even now, knowing that this book is over and I won’t see him again, leaves me in physical pain. What an incredible character! He’s everything a man should be but still flawed and imperfect. The way he treated Tess was tangible, I felt it in my heart, soul, hell even my toes. And Tess drew me in, I felt her pain so deep I wasn’t sure if it was hers or mine. I couldn’t believe what she went through and how well it was handled. How she got back up and carried on, even when it was in a depressed haze.

This story was so very well written, you really are transported into Tess’s world, you feel all of her emotions… when she laughs, you laugh, when she cries, your soul splits. I loved how the story played out and while some of the events were a little predictable, it didn’t take anything away from the book.

All the side characters brought something to the story making you want to read about them, and it was great to get Cam and Avery from another POV. I’m so excited that there are a few books planned for this series because I’m so invested in it that I must have more!