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Review: The Unexpected Gift by Nicole Casey

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The Unexpected Gift by Nicole Casey 3/5

6tag_111217-072240He’s a billionaire in Seattle. I’m practically a nun. Nothing is going to happen between us. Right?

I only return home from my missionary work in Moscow for one reason: collect the cash donation for the starving children from my wealthy brother, Matthew.

I didn’t expect to meet my brother’s best friend and business partner, Nick again.

He’s more mature now, with broad shoulders, perfect abs and a gorgeous face.

And when I get to know him more, I am surprised to find that I’m absurdly attracted to his attentiveness and generous heart.

Is falling for him the biggest mistake of my life?

And what if he finds out there is an unexpected gift for both of us for Christmas?

Review:

The Unexpected Gift is a quick read that can be finished in one sitting.

Eva’s character complemented Nick’s, so the natural chemistry and relationship development felt natural and believable. However, for a nun about to take her vows she was easily swayed… as in no resistance whatsoever. It was hardly a case of Nick having to put in any effort. I guess that whole element to the storyline felt a little contrived to me.

Despite him being a money-greedy jerk, her brother Matthew was an interesting character. I would have liked to have seen more of him in the narrative.

The mix of sad and happy moments throughout the short narrative appealed to me, but the ending didn’t quite cover it. I wanted to know a little more. I am assuming there is/ will be a sequel to this short story.


 

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Review: Tipsy by C.J. Hunt

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Tipsy (The MacAllisters #2) by C.J. Hunt 5/5

6tag_031217-205617When old secrets and new passions come home to Rivers End…

LUCAS HEYES is a man with a plan. Move back to Rivers End. Fix his broken relationship with his ex-brother-in-law Isaac MacAllister, and be a good uncle to his niece Sara. Oh, and open Higher Ground—the coffee shop he’s been dreaming about for years. There’s only one hitch: Shannon MacAllister—Isaac’s younger sister—is back in town too, and living across the hall from him. Apparently, his time away did nothing to temper his feelings for her. After what happened five years ago, he’s sworn never to keep secrets from the MacAllisters again. Will Shannon convince him to break that promise and keep what they have between them a secret?

SHANNON MACALLISTER has one wish: to get kissed on New Year’s by a man nothing like her fiancé—make that ex-fiancé—before she tackles a new chapter in her life back in her hometown. She gets her wish. But along with it comes a whole whack of complicated. Her body wants Lucas, but her mind can’t help pointing out that while he’s sexy as hell, he’s a liar, and she’s not about to go back to that place. It’s bad enough that they share a family as well as an apartment building. The MacAllisters went through hell once before because of the Heyes family. Will Shannon trust enough to open her heart and risk trying again?

Review:

I am now a huge C.J. Hunt fan. Book One, Silver Bells, was not just a fluke of narrative. I utterly enjoyed Tipsy and plan to catch up on the rest of Hunt’s books as a result. It’s great to find a romance author I totally dig. The writing is believable, and the character arcs handled well. Insta love doesn’t feel like insta love, and happy ever afters are hinted at. I love a good happy ever after.

The backstory between Shannon and Lucas was touched upon in book one, so their blossoming romance is far from out of the blue. The awkward beginnings are true to book one and make the whole ‘getting together’ all the more worthwhile.

If you haven’t read any C.J. Hunt books yet, and are a romance fan, then what are you waiting for?


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Review: Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt

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Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt 5/5.

6tag_291117-063918Isaac MacAllister’s life revolves around building his business and doing his best to give his daughter Sara a strong sense of family. Over the years he’s had to learn how to keep their little family together on his own, but this Christmas Isaac is going to have some unexpected help.

Christmas blogger Jenna Murphy has one goal for the holidays this year: to get far away from anything to do with Christmas. Her website sale is done, and after 1,825 posts about the big C, it’s one “season” she never wants to celebrate again. She’s ready to start a new life, and the Big River Lodge seems like the perfect place for her to figure out the details. The lodge is isolated, she has her own private cabin, and no one in her family will know where she is.

But she didn’t plan on the highly distracting presence of Isaac MacAllister. Is Jenna going to let one sexy dad and his sweet kindergartener derail her plans for her holiday … and her life?

Review:

This is the best Christmas novella I have read in a long time. The characters, setting, and narrative made me feel so festive, and everything simply fell into place for a potential happy ever after.

Who doesn’t like the idea of a hunky, single Dad taking care of you when you’re injured and alone? Even better when he has the hots for you. Isaac was an endearing character, and I could visualise his lifestyle with his daughter Sara and the small town they live in where everyone knows everyone. Despite her lifestyle before, Jenna’s character made the easy transition into Isaac’s world, and I could well believe the ending. That brother, though. Some people are just assholes.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I highly recommend this read to any romance lovers looking to get in the Christmas spirit.


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Review: Hawaiian Heartbreak by Libby Cole

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Hawaiian Heartbreak by Libby Cole 3.5/5

6tag_251017-060703.jpgWhen do you admit a holiday fling is so much more?

Kayla’s always been scared to push her boundaries and take a risk. But it turns out all she needed was a scumbag ex-boyfriend to send her running to Hawaii, hoping to pull the shattered pieces of her heart back together while sunning herself on a white sand beach.

What she hadn’t planned on was falling for someone new. Especially someone tall, tanned, and distractingly sexy. Soon sparks and puns are flying, and Kayla is introduced to a whole new way of appreciating Hawaii’s beautiful scenery. But what starts out as a fun holiday romance turns into a full-blown love affair, with neither wanting to admit the clock is ticking until Kayla has to return home.

Review:

Kayla holidays solo to fulfil her ambition of embracing life after her break up with her long term boyfriend. Little did she know she’d fall into the arms of a handsome tour guide.

This is my type of romance read: blossoming romance, steamy scenes, and characters to root for. Both Kayla and Jay are relatable, and as the fling turns into something more, you can’t shake that pang in your chest for the moment the holiday is over. I was a little apprehensive to reach the conclusion. Will it end when Kayla has to go home?

My only niggle was the abrupt ending and lack of conclusion. I’m all for cliffhangers, but this felt like neither cliffhanger nor a conclusion of some sort. It just left the reader in the middle of an unresolved row. Readers have to read the next in the series to get a conclusion for book one.

If you like swept off your feet, holiday romances, and don’t mind explicit sex scenes, then I highly recommend this novella.


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Review: Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green

Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green 3/5

00Blurb: Feeling sorry for herself, Cassie Williams plays sick to skip out of her family’s Christmas Eve gathering. She loves her family, but on the heels of a divorce and her ex’s new engagement, an evening of togetherness is the last thing she wants.

Long-time friend, Sam MacLane has been in love with Cassie for years, and he isn’t about to let her have her pity party. There’s a blizzard on the way, and Sam shows up on her doorstep—bearing gifts….

Review:

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle at Christmas 2015 and hadn’t managed to squeeze it onto my reading list. This is a short story; a read in an hour type. I have to admit that I thought it would be a light hearted, sweet, Christmas romance, and I was right about the romance, but it is an erotic romance. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.

There was little time for character development in this 28 page short, but we did learn the history of the main character Cassie and her childhood friend Sam before they got down to business, but the business happens quickly and doesn’t let up. If you’re into erotic romances, and want a free book that only takes an hour to read, then this is your book.

The prose was well written, and the narrative was sweet, but steamy to boot. A quick, saucy read.


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EVO Nation: Book One

Shameless Self-Promotion: EVO Nation

I’m not one to shy away from self-promotion. I do, however, try to be tactful about it, but hey, tact doesn’t equal awareness in all cases. So, my plan is to dedicate a post to my self-published eBook with reviews and all the other bumf that goes with it, and let my shamelessness reign supreme…

EVO Nation Series Book One: EVO Nation by K.J.Chapman

Summer Reading List Evo NationThe government tortures her, her own kind uses her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO; a world about to be blown wide apart.

EVO are the next link in evolution, but with that title come the dangers of capture, torture, and experimentation. And with that threat come the need to survive, and a breed of EVO who are set to not only thrive, but rule.

Teddie has the fate of the EVO and Non-EVO world resting on her shoulders, and now, the reclusive teenager who couldn’t get upset without her unruly ability causing destruction, has to somehow embrace her gift to save her new friends and her new love.

Will the actions of one man fuel a suppressed, supremacist cult’s desire for war and vengeance, or will Teddie be strong enough to stop him?… Should she stop him?

Reviews: 

Sarina over at Cookie break read and reviewed EVO Nation recently. Check out her review: here

Amazon reviews:

‘Brilliant. Loved it – so much so I’ve read it twice now. It’s energetic, fast paced, romantic, come-uppance story line interacts well with the sci-fi futuristic theme throughout. It is definitely a teenager/young sci-fi readers book. Being past that age group has not stopped me loving the book. I enjoy sci-fi/futuristic books, and this one is well worth a read for anyone who enjoys these style of books, no matter the age. The author explains who is who and what they can do without taking up whole chapters, you get drawn in and at each twist and turn just when you think you’ve got it sussed there’s something else. Got to the end and wanted to pick up the next book straight away, hence read it twice, which has only peeked my interest even more for the second book. So please get on and finish the next book. Well done for your first book and I hope there are many more to come. Everyone out there who enjoys this type of genre (no matter your age) should read and recommend to anyone that they know.’ – Kaz

‘I absolutely love this book!!! I could not put it down and read it in two sittings. The author has created believable characters; you will fall in love with them and you will hate them. (My favourite is Golding). The narrative throws you some curve balls to keep you in suspense and on you toes, but still grabs your attention in its unpredictability. The target audience would be teenagers, but this did not stop me from enjoing every page. The author’s writing style is straightforward and easy to read. This book has the power and the sci-fi element of X-Men, the sheer brutality of The Hunger Games and the political message of V for Vendetta. I cannot wait for the next instalment.’ – C.M.Bain

Facebook reviews:

‘Anyone that knows me, knows I hate reading but this book is so catchy it’s unreal, catches you in the first few pages, it’s so good! I’m still reading it, even though I can only get through a few pages at a time but it’s a story line that just doesn’t leave your head! Completely recommend! Go and read ‘EVO nation’ search it on Amazon.’ – J. Billing

‘Just had the pleasure of reading EVO nation. The illiterate part of my brain was screaming WOW! The higher functioning part was screaming too many big expressive words for me to keep up with lol. But seriously what an amazing book. Right away you’re sucked into a roller-coaster storyline filled with characters you can’t help but relate to and love.. But also one you love to hate and can’t wait to see them get a damn good comeuppance! And oh what fantastically satisfying comeuppances K, Chapman dishes out!! EVO Nation is the sort of book that makes you want to abandon every day life in favour of a comfy chair and silence (and the book of course!) , the kind of book that makes you read till your eyes feel like they’re going to shrivel up! A sassy, addictive read! Can’t wait for the sequel! If you haven’t already read it, get on with it!’- L. Carter

You can purchase EVO Nation for 99p on Amazon Kindle: here

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