Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and BoneTitle: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal/ Fantasy/ Demons
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Blurb:
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Review:
This is an incredible fantasy book and I bow to Laini Taylor’s impressive imagination. I loved the writing, descriptive without bogging the reader down in too many unnecessary details. The dialogue between Karou and Zuzana was very witty and thoroughly engaging and I got really invested in all the characters (except Kaz and Svetla, uughh, those two so belong together). I did struggle to get into it at the start and I felt it was a little bit slow-paced, to be honest I wasn’t sure if I was really going to like it. But boy did it more than make up for it and I got totally hooked, so much so that I didn’t put it down until I finished it. I loved loved the romance storyline, but then I’m a total sucker for compelling, gushing, swoony romance and I particularly loved how this part of the book was written. I have just downloaded the second book and can’t wait to get stuck in. Highly recommended.

Review: Miss Match by Laurelin McGee

miss matchTitle: Miss Match
Author: Laurelin McGee
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

He’s The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

My Review:
I freaking LOVED this book, read it in two sittings. Amazing.

This is an exceptionally well-written book that sucked me right in and held my attention the whole way through.

Andy is a thoroughly captivating MC – intelligent but goofy, snarky yet sensitive. I warmed to her instantly. Blake, on the other hand, was a total douche at the start. First off, I thought he was going to be a rehash of Christian Grey, but thankfully he wasn’t. Phew! As the story progressed, and as Andy started to break through his tough exterior, we got to understand the man behind the persona.

It really was a mutual journey of self-discovery and as they got to know each other they learned so much about themselves.

This book’s biggest asset is the witty dialog and the hysterically funny scenes between Blake and Andy. It wasn’t just laugh-out-loud funny, it was roar-out-loud funny. At least it was for me! I actually had to get up out of bed at 3 am because I was convulsing so badly with the effort involved in trying NOT to laugh. My husband was stirring in the bed beside me and I knew he’d kill me if I woke him up because I was basically crying with laughter at a book. That’s how funny this book is. Seriously. Cue lots of drama, shoe throwing, tantrums, foot stomping etc. Loved it.

There are plenty of steamy scenes in this book and enough romance to keep readers engaged.

I also loved Andy’s skill set – as an experienced HR practitioner with a background in recruitment I could relate to the role she performed and the skills she brought to the table. Made it that little bit more interesting for me.

The plot doesn’t hold any major surprises, or twists and turns; it’s fairly predictable. The beauty is in the sublime execution of the story.

Overall this is a fantastic read. Strong character development, steady pacing, funny dialog and excellent writing. If you love a good Rom-Com then this is the book for you.

I received an ARC of this book via InkSlinger PR and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

DreamlessTitle: Dreamless
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out. A ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

My Review:
Helen is forced to grow up really quickly in Dreamless as the consequences of her role become clearer. As one of the rare Descenders, she is tasked with travelling to the Underworld every night to try to locate the Furies and stop the terrible hold they have on the demi-gods.

Her wayward mother is back in her life though she keeps a low profile and I was naturally suspicious of what she was up to. Daphne tells Helen about her true parentage and it almost tears her apart. Forced to keep her distance from her true love Lucas she wanders aimlessly through her days and nights. His loss threatens to claim her sanity and it was heart-breaking to watch this tragedy unfold.

Her errant mother arranges for Orion to find Helen in the Underworld just as she despairs of ever making progress. Together they start to figure out things but then Helen’s health takes a turn for the worst and Lucas is forced into action.

The explosive scenes at the end, when they are confronted by Ares, were brilliant and nail-biting. Helen’s powers are really starting to come into their own now and her lack of physical ability / combat skills are becoming less of an issue.

In the main I really enjoyed this book but there were a couple of issues with the plot that stopped me rating it 5 Stars. Firstly, the whole Ajax situation was totally shady and how Lucas could buy it, as a gifted Falsefinder, was hard to believe. If my true love was taken away from me I would be trying to prove the veracity of the facts to make sure I’d been told the truth. That neither of them even thought to investigate grated on me a little.

Also, Daphne appears out of nowhere after years on the run and despite the fact that everyone distrusts her there is no concern over where she is or what she is up to. She was trusted far too readily by everyone, including Helen.

Then the author throws it out there that Helen’s lack of dreaming = dying, but then it’s resolved and forgotten about. It never felt like there was any real threat to her life, she barely passed any comment on it herself, and my view is that this should have been removed from the story or fleshed out more.

But the biggest issue I had was the introduction of Orion and how quickly Helen fell for him. I’m sorry – she has this EPIC love for Lucas and then Orion shows up and two minutes later she thinks she’s in love with him? No, not buying it. If he had used his gift to make her fall in love with him that would have been believable but he’s too honorable to take advantage of her, or any girl, in that way. And it’s not that Orion isn’t likable or lovable, it’s how both Helen and Lucas reacted to him that wasn’t realistic.

Despite these issues, I still enjoyed the book. It’s well written and a decent sized book which I love. I’m looking forward to the conclusion and I hope that Helen ends up with Lucas because I think I’ll cry if she doesn’t. ( V. mature 42-year-old speaking!)

Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

ScarletTitle:  Scarlet
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy
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Blurb:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner

My Review:

Talk about blowing it out of the water! Wow! What an amazing follow up to Cinder.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first one – the writing was vastly superior and it was action-packed and fast-paced from start to finish. I struggled to put it down.

When we rejoin Cinder she is incarcerated and awaiting her extradition to Luna. With the aid of handsome fellow prisoner, Captain (ahem!) Carswell Thorne, she manages to escape and sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. I really felt for Cinder as she grappled to come to terms with her new elevated status as Princess and Most Wanted Fugitive.

Kai has been left shell-shocked and confused by the revelations about Cinder, and he is also struggling to deal with Queen Levana’s demands and juggle the new world of global politics. His feelings for Cinder are pitted against his loyalty to this people and he really is in a difficult predicament.

Levana is a despicable character – nasty to the core. Ugh. Skin crawling.

I loved the addition of Scarlet and Wolf in this installment. Scarlet is in a tailspin over her grandmother’s sudden disappearance and she ends up joining forces with Wolf to try and locate her before it’s too late. I was initially conflicted over Wolf’s true motivations and I kept changing my mind. This part of the plot was expertly crafted and full of suspense and intrigue. I loved it! The burgeoning romance between Scarlet and Wolf was really sweet.

The only teeny tiny thing I didn’t like was the lack of romance. I kept hoping that Kai and Cinder would be reunited, but it never happened. Usually, I don’t like stories without a strong romance thread, but I’m happy to eat my words in relation to this book.

All in all, an amazing read and I look forward to reading more in the series.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Sidenote: I bought a paperback of Cinder in my local bookstore for €8.40, however, I went to Kindle for Scarlet and was SHOCKED at the price. £9.14 which translates to over €12 for an ebook. That makes no sense at all. Ebooks cost very little to produce when compared with a paperback or hardback. I almost didn’t download it, but I was desperate to know where the story was going so I swallowed the bitter lump in my throat and purchased it. This type of corporate greed makes my blood boil, especially when it’s already a massive bestselling series and the publishers are making a fortune. Half the target market are teenagers so it really sickens me that they are being exploited in this way. Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest. I’m seeing it more and more and it disgusts me. BTW, this is in no way a criticism of Marissa because she has no control over pricing. I just hate blatant corporate greed. (Stepping off my soapbox now)

Review Fall With Me (Wait for You #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fall with MeTitle: Fall with Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait for You #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

My Review:
So, Wow. This book is just…WOW. Did I mention how WOW this book is!!

As predicted, I stayed up all night reading this and now I feel like I need match-sticks to keep my eyes open. But it was so worth it.

This book is perfection on a page. I loved it in it’s entirety. I loved the writing, characters, plot and pacing. There is really nothing I can fault about it.

The writing: Breath-stealing and inspiring as usual. I absolutely adore Jennifer’s writing style and I devour everything she writes.

The characters: I already liked Roxy and Reece from ‘Stay With Me’ and it was great getting under the hood and understanding more about their lives. I really love how Jennifer writes her male characters. They are usually quite snarky and moody, hot as hell, strong and protective of their women. But they also see the strength in their girls and give them the freedom to express that, and there is always a little bit of emotional vulnerability due to something in their background. What I love is that they are able to express that and discuss it with their partners (sometimes it takes a while) but it’s a level of emotional maturity that I see in the current generation of men. I really feel Jennifer has captured the essence of the modern man (sorry for the cheesy line which I know sounds like I’ve ripped it straight from a men’s cologne advert, and maybe subconsciously I did!)

Reece portrays all those traits and he’s a really decent guy. So easy to fall in love with. Roxy has been in love with him since she was 15 and she has never let anyone else get close to her. She is dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event which essentially robbed her of her best friend and the guilt is threatening to destroy the future she should have. Reece is trying to encourage her to follow her heart and pursue her passion but Roxy is so caught up in guilt and fear that she is struggling to find her true path. This part of the plot really connected with me as I’m on a similar journey myself, and it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time! I could relate and I felt it was very well written. In summary, Roxy is an easy character to like and I was rooting for her the whole way.

Pacing: Spot-on. This book is a real page-turner and I didn’t put it down until it was finished (I tried several times but I just couldn’t do it.)

Plot: Anyone that follows my reviews knows that I love a strong romance theme mixed in with the fantasy/adventure/suspense and this book delivered by the bucket load. I adored how the romance played out in this one. Jennifer usually teases us with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but not so much here and I enjoyed how we got to see Reece and Roxy get together and gel as a couple. The suspense plot-line was awesome and it kept me guessing the whole way through. I had the culprit sussed fairly early on but then Jennifer threw out a few curve-balls and I kept changing my mind. It all culminates in a fairly explosive scene at the end and I was totally gripped.

I also loved that we got to see the couples from all the other books – this is the one thing that helps me stay engaged with this series, as I’m always curious to see what’s going on with the others, in particular, Cam & Avery, Calla & Jax.

All in all this was a fantastic read. Epic. JLA at her very best. Highly Recommended.

Review: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

StarcrossedTitle: Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

My Review:
Boy did this book suck me right in from the get-go. I totally loved it and it’s a fantastic start to a great series.

Helen is a shy, naive, inherently good sixteen-year-old girl, brought up by her single Dad on the island of Nantucket. She is really close to her best friend Claire and has been friends with Zach and Matt since they were little kids. Embarrassed by her height and stunning beauty, Helen can often be found slouching around the corridors of her high school, trying her best to disappear into the shadows. Life is fairly mundane until the Delos family arrive on the Island. Cue a lot of chaos and mayhem.

The mysterious newcomers are as drawn to Helen as she is to them; however, good girl Helen can’t understand the murderous rage she feels when she first sets eyes on hottie Lucas.

The newcomers are no ordinary humans either and gradually they introduce Helen to her true ancestry and she becomes part of their family.

There were shades of Twilight about this book in my opinion though it’s a different story and setting. I loved the strength of the familial bonds and how important family and friendship are to all the characters in this book.

As quickly as Helen and Lucas were at odds with one another, they do a full 360, and the deep bond they share is laced with centuries of history. I loved how they were with one another and the developing romance is really sweet.

The author has created her own unique take on the ‘Ancient Gods’ theme and it was fascinating and engaging. I can’t wait to see how it progresses over the course of the series.

There was some great dialog in this book and some very funny moments. I loved everything about it and can’t fault the writing, pace, plot, world-building or characterisation.

A really promising start and a must read for fans of fantasy stories involving Gods.

Cover Reveal: The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Today is the cover reveal for The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2)
By Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: late summer 2015

You can find The Duality Bridge on Goodreads

First book in the series:
The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)
By Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 2, 2015

Blurb:
What would you give to live forever?

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

When immortality is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.

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Susan Kaye QuinnAbout the Author:
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

CressTitle: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy
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Blurb:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Review:

Cresstastic.

Totally amaze-balls. Seriously freaking loved it. Actually, I think I want to marry this book.

Every book in this series gets better and better and I’m salivating at what Marissa has in store for us with the fourth book. Roll on December.

This book was action packed from the first-minute and it never let up the whole way through. I loved the addition of sweet Cress and her crush on Thorne was adorable. Thorne comes into his own in this book and we start to understand who he really is. Thorne tries to convince everyone of his brilliance and he’s full of bravado and swagger. But it’s all a front.

Cress hero-worships him and it’s through this developing relationship that we see Thornes vulnerabilities and self-esteem issues. Cress only wants to see the good in him and this actually forces Thorne to be honest with himself. He doesn’t believe he has any redeemable qualities but through his protective care of Cress, we come to realize that that isn’t the case at all. He is humbled in her presence.

Character development is really strong in this book and Marissa is very talented at creating likable though flawed characters who progress as the plot moves along. I loved all the different perspectives and I never once felt conflicted over the voice – it was always clear who was narrating. (Unlike, say, Allegiant where I often had to check if it was Four or Tris speaking.)

There was a good twist with the doctor that I didn’t see coming. Me likey.

Poor Cinder – she was really struggling with her heir-apparent responsibilities. What an impossible situation for a sixteen-year-old to find herself in.

The last quarter of the book galloped along and I swooned at the ending with Cinder and Kai finally indulging in some lip-locking. About bleeding time!

I stayed up half the night reading it because I literally could not put it down, despite the head nodding and eye flickering.

Totally epic read and I can’t wait for the next book.

Sidenote: I’ve received a recommendation to read Fairest but for some reason there is no Kindle edition on Amazon.co.uk. I went onto Amazon.com to see if I could download it from there – then I saw the price – $9.99 for an e-Novella. You have got to be kidding me. I’m not going to get on the soapbox again but let’s just say that I will not be reading Fairest now. I’m not that desperate to read about Queen Levana that I’d pay that extortionate price.

Review Stay With Me (Wait For You #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stay with MeTitle: Stay With Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J Lynn
Series: Wait For You #3
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

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 the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

My Review:
I didn’t really like ‘Be with Me’ so I was a bit antsy starting ‘Stay with Me’, but I needn’t have been because I loved it.

I really warmed to both Calla and Jax, and I loved how he was so protective of her and so accepting of all the baggage she came with. Not only that, he helped her deal with her demons and start feeling her worth.

Calla has a ton of insecurity as a result of all the scars she has from a childhood fire. In the main I felt this was really well written, though I felt Calla gave up the DermaBlend too quick. For someone who has been plastering herself in make-up (to hide a prominent facial scar)to give it up after only two weeks of knowing Jax was a bit unreal.He was very accepting of her scars, but didn’t pander to her insecurities and he helped her be brave. I loved him for that.

We get to see a good bit of Tess and Jase, Cam and Avery, which I loved. I’m also intrigued to read Roxy’s story next, as she appears to be a character with many layers.

The only part I was frustrated over was Aimee, with two e’s and one i. I wanted to bitch-slap her so bad, and couldn’t understand why Jax just didn’t tell her he was with Calla and get rid of her. Instead he allows her paw at him, and allows her into his home in the early hours of the morning. I cringed reading the scene where Cam & Avery, and Tess & Jase arrive into the bar to see Aimee all over Jax. I really felt Calla’s embarrassment and I wanted to throttle Jax for letting her down so badly. When Calla rightly got upset, he couldn’t understand it and threw her inexperience back in her face. I didn’t like that aspect to his behavior, and it felt out of character for him. He did that a few times when she got upset, and it was insulting to her intelligence. Just because she’s inexperienced doesn’t mean he has a right to belittle her feelings. I felt he was way out of line.

But he redeemed himself in the last few scenes, where he told her how he felt in front of her friends. Epic. “I fell for you before you even knew my name” he says at one point and I almost cried.

The story is evenly paced, and another classic JLA page-turner. Tons of swoon-worthy romance, witty dialogue and there’s plenty of the hot’n’heavy stuff too. Superbly written as usual. Highly Recommended.

Review: Know Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez

Know Your HeartTitle: Know Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Far North #2
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance

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Blurb:
He is the one she couldn’t remember. She is the one he couldn’t forget…

After being unexpectedly kicked off a movie set, her part given to a younger actress, Savannah Payne flees to her holiday house in Bounty Bay. There, in her little hideaway managed for her by her older cousin, she’ll be able to lick her wounds privately, and prepare for an audition of a lifetime in L.A. Only her cousin has rented the place out to an old friend for the next month. A friend whose knowledge of the law means she has no easy way to evict her stop-the-heart sexy tenant. He tempts her, challenges her, and sees to the heart of who she is with knowing ice-blue eyes.

Glen Cooper has woken up and smelled the decaying roses. Working in his father’s law firm is murder on his creative heart. A month in New Zealand’s sub-tropical Far North without the distraction of family and work is what he needs to finally complete writing the book he’s worked on for years. He hadn’t anticipated the woman who’d haunted his university days arriving on his doorstep, demanding her house back. But the distraction of her close by must stop. With a literary agent’s deadline approaching, he has to ignore his growing attraction to Savannah or his dream may never become a reality.

Something about Glen stirs Savannah’s blood and the slippery memories of a quiet young man she glimpsed in the background of her tumultuous teenage years begin to return. But how can they make the sacrifice love requires when she has one foot out the door—ready to walk away from him a second time?

My Review:
Know Your Heart is another amazing read from Tracey Alvarez and I’m happy to bring you my review today as it’s the official publication date. Happy Release Day Tracey 🙂

This book really appealed to my creative side as both leads are involved in the arts.

Savannah Payne is an accomplished actress who is going through a bit of a rough patch. Having lost a coveted part in favour of a younger model, she decides to lick her wounds at her newly-acquired holiday home in Bounty Bay. It’s only when she arrives that she remembers her cousin Nate has already rented the place to one of his old college buddies.

Glen Cooper was pushed into the family law practice though it’s not what his heart craves. At this point he is fed up with his life. A literary agent has expressed interest in a work of fiction he’s been penning for a few years so he takes time out of the rat race to focus on completing the book, in the hopes of pursuing his dream as a full-time writer. Now, I can totally empathise because I recently made a similar decision myself, so I was intrigued to read this story.

Glen is an obnoxious ass at the start and I really didn’t like his attitude towards his landlady. I was totally Team Sav. But as the story unfolds we learn there is history between the two, although Sav doesn’t actually remember. I quickly got on board the Team Glav train, and by the midway point I was rooting for them as a couple.

The addition of Glen’s teenage nephew Tom added depth to the story and how both mains related to him was heart-warming. Tom is dealing with self-confidence issues in part due to a fragile relationship with his father and the consequence of his parents recent separation. I enjoyed his character enormously.

We also catch glimpses of Lauren, Nate and Drew who featured in the first Far North series and I love when series do this. It’s always great to catch up with other familiar characters.

As is typical of Tracey’s writing style, both main characters are complex, with their fair share of flaws, though they experience personal growth as the story develops. Beautifully crafted. Fantastic dialog between them as well, with plenty of humour, and a healthy dose of romantic moments.

There is absolutely nothing I can fault in this book. I loved all of it – the writing, world building, characterisation, plot and pacing.

In summary: Another captivating read from the very talented Tracey Alvarez.

This review will feature on my blog on release day. http://myyanabookobsession.com

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.