Friday, 18 December 2015

Jessica Florence - Weighing of the Heart (Of The Heart, #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

The more I see the less I know for sure- John Lennon.

After living in peace for twenty five years Thalia Alexander’s life is about to change.

A black hair, grey eyed, sexy man shows up in her dreams, and then in reality. He looked like trouble with a capital T, but she couldn’t stay away. Something inside her called out for him.

Tristan Jacks is intense, and has a possessiveness for Thalia that she doesn’t understand. They just met, but it would seem like she has known him a lot longer.

Those strange dreams continue to stalk Thalia as her relationship with Tristan builds to be an epic love for the ages.

What do those dreams mean to her? Is Tristan the sexy, sweet, bad ass man he claims?

And when secrets are revealed will she be able to handle the truth?


So, Weighing of the Heart was a cover I had seen and heard of through the book world but honestly didn't know what to expect and having not read the blurb...I went in! 

So we meet Thalia, the main leading lady on her 25th birthday. We recognise that she has a good job she adores, nice apartment and the best friend she could ask for in Leander. But there was room for a man in her life, right?! Of course she would bump into the handsome stranger - who she couldn't help but feel more than the usual pull towards. 

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My life was good. I had the best friend anyone could ask for, and the best boyfriend anyone could want.
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But since meeting him, and even before meeting the handsome Tristan, she dreamt and dreams of him. But what does it all mean?

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I know your falling for Tristan...
But I wanted to warn you.  He isn't who he says he is.  You should stay away 
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From warning, to dreams of Egypt, gods and arranged marriages...where did she fit into it all?  Her confusion grows...

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Everything will happen as it is meant to.  In the meantime, just enjoy life, and love with all of your heart.  Love is the most powerful force in the world.
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Tristan loves her, undoubtedly. With his support, love and guidance, alongside her good friends she would discover more about herself than she ever imagined. These dreams would mean much more than she ever imagined.

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My heart, body, and soul will airways being to you...He had the face of an angel.
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But of course it wasn't all going to be straightforward. Someone who also knows of her history would literally come back with a vengeance. But would Tristan be able to find her?  

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You were always meant to be mine. Then he stole you from me. You and I were made for each other. It was decided by the fates.
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God the cliffhanger is killing me! But I can't wait to see what direction the next book takes.  
At one point I couldn't help but call it pink and fluffy...it was just all too good to be true but the last 30% when the answers began to come out about Thalia's history I really enjoyed it. I think it's a good basis for the rest of the books! I can't wait to read more!

3.5/4* rating


You can keep up with Jessica and news about her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Weighing of the Heart here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Krissy V - Sunshine at Christmas

**Review by Susan

Follow the Sunshine Girls as they go gallivanting on the Austrian mountains.
As always, with these ladies, the fun starts at the airport ...

We follow them as they learn to ski and manoeuvre the slopes ...
Along with the local heartthrobs they have for ski instructors ...
Will they take the meaning of ‘On the piste’ literally?

Who will lose their heart in Austria?

What trouble will our girls get
themselves into this time?

Stay tuned!

Step aboard the Sunshine tour!
Take a seat and lose yourself in Sunshine’s world!




I was so excited about a Christmas story with the girls...and this time we were travelling to Austria, right there with them the entire way.
Sunshine, India, Molly, Kat, Arianna and Sydney have their usual hilarious antics from broken suitcases to over indulging with flithy named cocktails and skiing lessons with a hunk! Because there has to be a guy right? We even get a brief look back to Sunshine's man, Xavier and his romantic gestures as met in the first book of the Sunshine Tours series!

Cole, the ski instructor and Arianna instantly feel a connection together. But between Arianna's commitments at home and Cole's job involving so much moving around they try to keep in mind this can only be a weekend romance.

Sunshine as ever, mummy of the group worries about Arianna getting hurt...

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I worry about her fledging relationship with Cole......I haven't seen her looking at a man the way she looks at him. I will have to have a chat with her later today.
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As the pair struggle with considering their goodbyes I'm waiting patiently on their happily ever after....but it seems impossible...cue my stomping feet Teehee.

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I can't believe I am begging, you've just barged your way into my heart and I'm not ready to let you go yet.
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But a misunderstanding would see Ariana leaving without a backwards glance. But with Christmas looming she has to move on. Or does she?

A brilliantly festive and lighthearted short story with the continuation of the Sunshine tours. I am already beyond excited for the next book in this series due next year....Sunshine in Amsterdam!
Krissy V has once again delivered a fresh, fun and giggle filled story for all to enjoy.

You can keep in touch with Krissy V and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Sunshine at Christmas here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

LA Cotton - Lucky Penny

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan & Stacey


I was his lucky Penny. He was my light in the dark, hope in despair. Our bond was one of survival, friendship... first love.

But then we were ripped apart and Blake Weston became the memory I turned to when everything else in my life fell apart.


Seven years later, a summer working at Camp Chance is supposed to be my fresh start. Beautiful scenery and the chance to better the lives of foster children - kids like me. But when my eyes land on him across the fire, time stands still and feelings come rushing back to the surface. I thought I'd moved on, tucked him away in my heart. One look into his soulful blue eyes and I know I'm wrong. Blake Weston can heal the broken parts of me. Restore my hope. Love me.


It's our second chance. A sign we are supposed to be together.


Isn't it?


I was twelve when I survived the accident that killed my parents. Fourteen when I survived the devil. And sixteen, when I survived a heartbreak of the worst kind.


But in my twenty-three years, Blake Weston might just be the first thing I won't survive.


Susan


"one summer, a lifetime of possibilities"

What a truly haunting story as we are thrown into the dual perspectives of Penny and Blake. Their bond although instant, would be forever more. Their time in foster care would push our characters until all they could think about was their freedom and escaping together when they were legally able to.


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You're my lucky Penny.  With you by my side, we can survive anything.
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But the turmoil and unexpected circumstances Blake and Penny find themselves facing would not allow them their happy ending when expected....


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...I knew better than to believe in second chances.  Life was hard and cruel and full of disappointment....
But my heart wanted to believe there was a reason for this.
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A book based around never forgetting or losing sight of your first love, overcoming every obstacle to be together and fighting for their freedom right until the very end. Their meh deserved happiness! 

A true heartbreaker and putter-back together story that never has a dull moment. I was constantly surprised at the directions LA Cotton pulled me down on this reading journey and I adored every second.  Her writing style between past and present, of recollected memories was so brilliantly done and I never felt lost or confused.  

Brilliant story, brilliant characters, brilliant ending....just brilliant! Another corker from LA Cotton!

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One single event didn't change me; it was series of intertwined incidents, and one way or another, Blake was a part of them all.
He was the other half of my soul.
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Stacey


I was really excited to read this standalone from L A after reading her Chastity Falls series.


Lucky Penny introduces a new host of characters and I warmed to Penny & Blake immediately during the prologue. Their story from the start was heartbreaking and it continued the whole way through, L A wrote the circumstances of their relationship and finding each other again so, so well.

I did have leaky eyes reading this, you know, just when you think everything is  starting to come together it all falls apart again and you are so upset because you were dying for it to happen! My husband said "It's a book, why are you crying?"... They don't understand!

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A single tear formed in the corner of my eye and rolled down my cheek.
And just like that, Blake Weston pieced together the broken parts of me, all while tearing them back down.
For the second time in my life.
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I liked the dual POV but that it was different, with Blake's dotted through the book starting from right back when they met in foster care heading right to the present day. To see the love and relationship from both angles.

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I didn't dare look at him. I wanted to cry, to let the tears building behind my eyes fall. I wanted to smile at him, to share this moment with him. But most of all, I wanted to lean into him and show him that I felt them same. That after all this time, my heart still remembered him.
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The course of true love never runs smooth and it certainly didn't for Penny & Blake, but you will have to read to see if they got their HEA! 5* from me, really loved this.

You can keep up with LA Cotton and news about her books on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Lucky Penny here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
We were sent a copy  of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.