Review: This is Who I Am


 

Read from March 2-4, 2017

Synopsis: When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’.

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay.

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares. Continue reading

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Review: The Shadows


Read from February 23rd – March 1, 2017

Synopsis: Grace Knox is about to turn seventeen, and the world of Victorian New York society should be opening to her—a time of dances and parties and boys vying for her heart and her hand. Instead, Grace’s world is closing in: the family business is gone; her brother is drinking and gambling away whatever is left; her widowed mother cannot cope; and her grandmother is slipping into madness. And now Grace is having disturbing dreams of ancient battles.

Grace’s only hope is to marry Patrick Devlin and let his fortune save them all. But she isn’t sure she loves Patrick, and she doesn’t share his passion to free Ireland from British rule. Why look to Ireland when there is so much poverty and despair here?

Then Grace meets Diarmid, an Irish stableboy. Being with him means losing everything. But the secrets and mystery surrounding him are too compelling to ignore. Soon Grace is drawn into his world of legend and heroes, magic and prophecy—the world of her dreams—where her own choice between faith and fear holds the greatest power of all. Continue reading

AWW Review: Leap of Faith


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2 stars

 

Read from January 29th – February 2nd, 2017. Recommended for: Horsey people

Synopsis: The highly anticipated new novel from beloved Australian writer Fiona McCallum.

Jessica Harrington is a promising horse-rider who dreams of representing her country. But the recent death of her father – her coach and mentor – has left her doubting her ability to continue in the sport. When she fails at the Adelaide International Horse Trials her fears are confirmed – and her world begins to fall apart.

Unable to bear seeing her well-bred, highly trained horses languishing in the paddock, she makes the snap decision to sell. She’s broken her own heart, but can’t see any other way – now she will just have to focus on a life without them. Her husband Steve and best friend Tiffany, however, can see through her bravado.

Jessica is dismayed when Steve brings home a horse from a clearing sale, a horse so skinny and forlorn he just couldn’t leave it behind. Unwilling to be drawn back into the world of horses, she’s reluctant to get involved. But when a summer thunderstorm brings on a life-or-death emergency, she finds she underestimated the heart of one little horse. Can Jessica put her trust in Faith? Continue reading

Review: Nocturnal Voyeur Series


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Read from January 17-18th, 2017. Recommended for: dark paranormal erotica lovers

Synopsis: Fiona had resisted giving in to her nightly sexual fantasy of an amorphous shadowy lover. But not tonight. What she finds on the other side of waking changes everything. A dream is not always just a dream.

Touched by nightmare, Fiona discovers her own power, an insight into the sexual fantasy worlds of others.

Can she learn what it means and to control it before it controls her?

Will her monstrous paramour return and want more?

Can Fiona find a way to keep her sanity?

Maybe if she could only find someone who understood the dream realm, someone who could teach and protect her… Continue reading

2016 Reviews completed!


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I’m finally caught up to 2017 reviews… and it’s only July!

In 2016, I read 50 books.

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Of those 50, I only rated two books 5 stars. Happily they were both Australian women writers! Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat and The Orchid Nursery by Louise Katz.

The rest of the break down went like this:

  • I rated 16 of the books 4/5.
  • 23 of them 3/5.
  • 7 books got 2/5 stars.
  • I rated one book 1/5.
  • I couldn’t finish one book.

How did you go in 2016? Are you trying to challenge yourself with a reading challenge this year?

Stay tuned for my 2017 reviews coming soon.

Review: Rebecca Royce Bundle


Rebecca Royce Bundle by Rebecca Royce

3 stars

Overall I rated this bundle as 3/5.

Bookish things: 43 pages, the cover is just a collage of the four short story covers. Apt, but a little boring.

Where to buy: This collection is no longer available to buy.

My overall review: 

Overall this bundle consists of four short shifter/biker stories. The pace of the stories was fast, the characterisation minimal for the most part, and the backstory almost non-existent.

I liked some of the stories, but others I really disliked. The feel of the bundle was rushed and unfinished, unlike Rebecca’s other polished series, this one leaves a bit to be desired.

Things I noticed:

Unwanted Mate:
12% – …at the very top of least (left) breast…
16% – …are you going to put it (in) my…

Bar Mate:
42% – His (He) adored her with his eyes.

I also reviewed each of the stories within the bundle. Continue reading