Benevolent by Leddy Harper

14 December 2014


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Summary:


Dane Kauffmann had always lived his life for others. It was something he had never even thought twice about. That was until one night, he met a green-eyed beauty that flipped his world upside down. She made him want to be selfish for the first time in his life. She had him wanting to put his own happiness before others.

This is the story of one man who must make the ultimate decision… Sacrifice everything and be selfish, or sacrifice himself and continue to be Benevolent.

Leddy is a talented writer and I liked her writing style. I really, really wanted to fall in love with this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I really, really tried, but it just didn't work for me. At first I thought it was the male POV but it wasn't that. I've read male POV books before and loved them.

It was the characters, I found it really, really hard to connect to them and care about their story. I just couldn't find my heart going around Dane, Gabi and Eden and their story and path through this book.

Like I said, the style of writing was lovely and Leddy is talented so with this book I think it just wasn't my style. I know looking at the reviews on Goodreads I'm in the minority here but sometimes books don't work for you and I think Benevolent is one of those books for me.

Christmas Giveaway | Win a Kindle Copy of Life's What You Make It by Theresa Troutman (@TheresaTroutman)

07 December 2014


To thank readers and bloggers for their support in 2014 and wish us all a Merry Christmas, Theresa Troutman is giving away a Kindle copy of the first book in the Love's Great Adventure Series, Life's What You Make It. 

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Summary:

“She’s everything I’m not and everything I want to be.”

Sebastian Iron’s life is spiraling out of control. Over the course of one week Sebastian witnesses death, runs away with his best friend’s girl, gets kicked out of his English prep school and is banished to America by his domineering mother to repeat his senior year of high school.

In America, Sebastian struggles to find self-discipline and a purpose to turn his life around. He meets Tess Hamilton, the only person to show him any kindness in his new school. Little does he know, she is the savior tutor hired by his mother to help him improve his grades. The two slowly begin to build a friendship.

As their friendship blossoms, Sebastian begins to have romantic feelings for Tess. She claims to only want a platonic relationship, but Sebastian feels the undeniable spark that sizzles between them every time they are together.

Forces beyond their control will either bring Sebastian and Tess closer together or tear them apart. Will Sebastian return to his old habits or find the strength to be the person worthy of Tess’ love.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway | Unlikely Venture by Kristen Luciani (@kristen_luciani)

28 November 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about Unlikely Venture by Kristen Luciani, my thoughts on the book and enter a giveaway.
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Publication Date: November 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Summary:

After learning Jessica's been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fiancé bolted out of her life as if he was on fire. She finds solace in her career--no distractions or romantic entanglements there!
But the universe has its own agenda.

Three thousand miles away from home and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Jessica meets Silicon Valley rising star James Callahan and her world is instantly turned upside down. Things go further awry when she encounters a ghost from the past. That one night of reckless abandon is back to haunt her and the control she fought so hard to regain is now in the hands of another.

Plagued by betrayal and guilt over his dad’s untimely death, James left Cambridge in search of a new beginning. With laser-focus, he built a cutting edge technology company now on the brink of financial success. Romance is the last thing on his mind…until he meets Jessica.

Fate brought them together, awakening their dormant emotions. But Jessica’s scandalous secret consumes her and threatens the very happiness she feared she’d never find with another man. Can James handle the truth about her past? Or did she pick the wrong guy yet again?

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After a chance meeting involving split coffee Jessica a young, successful woman meets James, a young tech company owner with a successful company. There's an instant attraction between them, but after buying Jessica a replacement dress they got their separate ways. However, the universe has other ideas for them and after another two run ins they decide to go out together. These two were really sweet together and I willed them to get together and when a case of misunderstood circumstances got in the way I could have screamed! 

While Jess and James' relationship is growing Jess is also trying to come to terms with her diagnosis of MS and trying to back a promotion at work. I really wanted her to get the promotion especially as her boss was just an arse, but Jess didn't let him get to her and fought tooth and nail for her promotion! I was 110% percent behind her and totally rooting for her to not only get it but defeat her boss once and for all.



Of course, there's your villain and boy was the villain a great one! I really could've screamed at them but they got their deserving comeuppance. 

All in all, this was a fun, quick read, but it was missing something that made it amazing for me, but nonetheless I enjoyed the book! 

About the Author:

Kristen Luciani

Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur with a penchant for Christian Louboutins, Silicon Valley (the place, not the show), plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion. No pun intended…


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Blog Tour & Giveaway | Work of Art: The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett (@RuthyWrites)

26 November 2014

Read on to read my review of Work of Art: The Inspiration, find out all you need to know about the book and how to enter a giveaway to win a small framed art print, a signed book and sketchbook.


Summary:


In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.

In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

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Review:


I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of Work of Art by Flirty Subs in exchange for a honest review. When I read the summary of the book I knew I wanted to read it, I've read Animate Me by Ruth and I love her writing style. You can tell reading this book that she has a background in art and I love how that shines through! 

When the book opens, Ava is working in a gallery helping out a man who is like a father to her but her true love is writing and through her job she meets Maxfield a talented artist who can come across to those who don't know him as an asshole. What Ava doesn't know is that a book is due to be written about Max and she is put forward as one of the contenders and Max is adamant she is the one who writes his story. 

What follows is an amazing story of push and pull. Ava trying to remain professional despite her huge attraction to the artist who is the subject of her book and the attraction to feels to the man behind the book, Alistair. Ava feels a great attraction to both these men and I loved reading the difference in her feelings for the two of them. How she interacted with them was great to read although I can say for sure I am 110% Team Max. The element of a love triangle brings a whole other level to this book and I just loved that. So often you just have the two main characters and there's no one else on the periphery but the fact there is in this book makes it so much more real. 

Of course, as you can probably tell, Max has issues and he see Ava as his saviour. He evens calls her his angel and you can see the change in him after he meets her and the more time he spends with her the more he opens up and you get to see the real him. The real man behind the art. It isn't until later in the book that we find out just how deep Max's issues run. You start the book thinking he just likes to sleep with anything that shows him attention, but it runs so much deeper than that. Max is a deeply hurt man who has put his everything into his relationship with Ava and can't cope when it crumbles. When you get to the scene between him and Ava where it all comes to a head you see such a destructive side to him and it made my heart hurt. In the small glimpse we see of his reaction you can just tell how much he needs help and how much he believed that Ava was the person to help. I think he's right, she is the one who can save him from himself. She is his angel, but I don't think it's going to be an easy ride.

This book is the first in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two installments and see if Ava can save Max from his own destruction and if she ultimately choses him or Alistair.  

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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24 November 2014

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Summary:

Dane Kauffmann had always lived his life for others. It was something he had never even thought twice about. That was until one night, he met a green-eyed beauty that flipped his world upside down. She made him want to be selfish for the first time in his life. She had him wanting to put his own happiness before others.

This is the story of one man who must make the ultimate decision... Sacrifice everything and be selfish, or sacrifice himself and continue to be Benevolent.

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Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. And to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. 



Blog Tour & Giveaway | The Truest of Words by Georgina Guthrie (@georgey_girl)

20 November 2014

Read on to find out what I thought of the final installment in the Words series, The Truest of Words by Georgina Guthrie and how to win eBook copies of all three books in the trilogy.


Summary:

With the end of term finally behind them, Aubrey and Daniel look forward to building a life together. A painful realization that they can’t truly embrace the future until they’ve come to terms with the past leads them to discover the healing potential of forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.

Like the first two books in the series, The Truest of Words is a romantic tale that blends witty banter with passion and drama.

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Before you read on please note this review does contain spoilers! 

*le sigh* Poppet and Sailor are back and better than ever *le sigh*

I guess the first thing I need to say is I could never, ever get bored of this series. I LOVE it more than I can adequately put into words. This book, the characters, the themes, the hawt scenes. It's all there...

In the third and final installment of the Words series, Daniel and Aubrey can finally begin to be a normal couple. They can go out in public without fear of reprisals or danger of Daniel's career being blown to pieces. There's a really sweet scene, where Aubrey and Daniel are sat eating together, and holding hands. You can just tell how much that simple act means to them and how much the enjoy their moment of normalcy. 

All through the book, these two were on fire, with their witty relationship and ways of communicating. Their once well used emails to each other come back with a force and I loved seeing those again! It really shows how well they know one another and can communicate like that. And let's just talk about the sex...

Oh. My.

Daniel is just...

Yea, I don't think I can articulate my feelings any better than that! There's one scene, at a family party ,where they head off and have sex against a bookshelf at Daniel's parents' house. All I can say is one thing: HAWT.

Every moment of this book was so enjoyable. I just loved it all and we finally started to get to see their relationship develop and it is beautiful to read and see unfold. They both really are perfect for each other and compliment each other. Daniel is there to support Aubrey and she supports him in return once she knows what is happening.

You see Daniel has a troubled past involving false allegations with a student when he was living in England. His emotions surrounding the subject came to a front in this final installment and the only way to confront them was head on. Daniel, for reasons he thinks are founded (and I can see where he is coming from), decides to fight this alone and head on by going straight to the source of his anguish. The girl who nearly destroyed his life. Nicola.

When the two of them are in London, he decided that in order to full move on and get on with his life he needs to talk to Nicola  and help her. This whole section of the book really shows Daniel for who he is, a genuinely caring man who just wants to help. He finds it in himself to help a girl who very nearly ended his career and I loved him even more for it.  

And while we're on false allegations, in this book there is a moment where you think Aubrey and Daniel's relationship is going to cause major issues. What is in fact going on is equally as bad. There are false allegations, but not aimed at Daniel, aimed at his father and his relationship with Aubrey. I loved how they faced this head on with Daniel's parents and beat it back to the ground and diminished the rumours. 

One of my other favourite moments in this book is when Daniel finally gets his slate wiped clean and can start the new school year without Nicola's allegations hanging over him. Not only does it mean his past can stay firmly in the past it also allows him to fix his relationship with his father.

 I also loved reading Aubrey starting to develop her career in writing and seeing Daniel's eventual support for her and her career. You could just see how much he wanted her to suceed once he got past his fear of her employer and the past he shared with Daniel's brother. Plus having Daniel going to gigs with Aubrey meant a return to Mr Hot Hobo and I'd missed him so, so much!

And then there were the final moments, where in front of every member of his family, Daniel asked Aubrey for her hand in marriage. It was spontaneous and unexpected and perfect. It just shows how far Daniel has come with Aubrey's help. He's managed to rediscover himself and he's so swoony. Oh so swoony. Plus, the ring, you could tell he knew this would happen one day because it tied in perfectly with other pieces of jewellery he had gifted Aubrey. 

Of course, this couldn't be a Words series review from me without mentioning Danie's amazing family! They are even better in this book and I loved that we got to see more of them. I loved Patty in particular and she was just a hoot to read as was Penny. In fact, they all were, I loved every single one of them and how they welcomed Aubrey to the fold with wide, open arms instantly seeing her as one of them.

I really, really did love this book and series. It has to be one of my favourite series ever and I will miss poppet and her sailor and sailor and his poppet.

I guess there's just one thing left for me to say:

*le sigh*

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Blog Tour & Giveaway | Bittersweet by Sunday James (@SundayJAuthor)

15 November 2014

Read on to find out what I thought of Bittersweet, all you need to know about the book and its author, Sunday James and how to enter a giveaway to win 1 $10 USD Amazon Gift Card and 1 $5 USD Amazon Gift Card.



Genre:

New Adult Contemporary

Summary:


When a TV production company decides Dogwood, Virginia is the perfect location to shoot their new teen series Bittersweet, the town is abuzz with excitement. But twenty-one-year-old local girl Cathy Johnson has too much going on in her life to waste time being star-struck. Her mother walked out on the family when Cathy was a young girl and her brother Carl was barely out of diapers. She’s always felt a sense of responsibility to help raise him, and skipped college after graduation following her father Joe’s life-threatening heart attack. Now three years later, she works full-time in the family restaurant to help make ends meet. Life hasn’t exactly been peachy, but Cathy is OK with it. She loves her hometown, and doesn’t want some fancy TV show coming in and changing everything. To her, ‘bittersweet’ is just the word that sums up her love life after her relationship with her high school sweetheart ended in disaster. But since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about romance – even the kind being played out in front of the cameras by twenty-something actors posing as teenagers.

But all that changes for Cathy when charming, intense, impossibly sexy outsider Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the Bittersweet cast and crew. She and the mysterious New Yorker have undeniable chemistry, but if Cathy thought she was guarded…? Greg blows hot (very, very hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. If she’s willing to drop her emotional walls, why can’t he? What is it in Greg’s past – or present – that means he’s keeping her at arm’s length?

One thing’s for certain: Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour.


If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…

Review:




I was kindly gifted an ARC of Bittersweet by Sunday James in exchange for an honest review. 

Bittersweet was one of the many holiday reads I devoured while I was away last month with my sister and it's a great holiday read. Cathy lives and works in the small town she grew up in. Nothing exciting happens but that all changes when the town is used as a filming location for the next big TV show, Bittersweet. The town is descended on by actors and crew but before most of them arrive Cathy runs into Greg, who she thinks is one of the crew but is really an actor in the show, and is instantly attracted to him and he to her.

The book follows the town being overtaken by the actors and through it you see Cathy and drew get together and fall for each other but it's far from plain sailing and I loved all the twists and turns for these two. Nothing was easy for them and being in a relationship with an actor is difficult for Cathy especially since his costar Bethany is hell bent on having him for herself. 

Cathy and Greg together was beautiful to read. They were just perfect for each other and really needed to find one another. There were numerous times where I want to whack them both over the head. Greg was soso hell bent on fitting in with his costars that he neglected to see the affect he was having on Cathy and there is one scene at the restaurant that Cathy works where I really wanted to hit him. And then there's Cathy, who constantly jumps to conclusions the moment something goes wrong and almost ruins everything. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and as the resident of a small town I started daydreaming about a TV show being made there and how cool it would be to fall in love with one of the stars. This book is every TV fangirl's dream come true. 

During the book, you get the sense that there is something that Greg is hiding and it really was not what I expected it to be and I really love that. Sunday went with something you wouldn't guess. 

I didn't realise when I signed up for the tour that this will be a trilogy and seeing how the book ends that makes sense. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

About the Author:

Sunday James is the pen name of author Sareeta Domingo, when writing the New Adult contemporary romance series BITTERSWEET. She lives in London and works as an editor at creative book packager Hothouse Fiction, squeezing writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends – but promises she has a life…

She loves all things American – literature, history, popular culture – so much so that she even lived and studied in California, but somehow missed out on being swept off her feet by a devastatingly handsome but mysterious actor while she was there. Luckily, writing BITTERSWEET has allowed her to live that dream.

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