Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: "Guardian of the crown" by Melissa McShane


Book 2 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow

I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) what a fantastic sequel :) it picks up right where we left off at the end of the first novel, and continue on the amazing story that is this fantasy series :) since this is the second book, and all three novels, because it will be a trilogy, follow around the same character, it is necessary to read all of them in order, I will have a spoiler free paragraph about the series in general, and then I will share my thoughts and feelings about this second installment, which will include some spoilers about that first part :) now that we have this explanation out of the way, let me jump into telling you a bit about our main character and the world in general :)

The saga of Willow North follow around our main character... yep, you think correctly, Willow :) at the beginning of that first story we meet her during one of her heists... because what I forgot to mention, is that she's a thief :) so one of her heists goes a little bit differently that she planned, and... well... she meets a guy ;) I am not gonna say anything else about their first encounter, but it was a fantastic scene :) they start a relationship after that and then BAM! we skip ahead a few years :) I was like *whaaaaaa????* when that happened ;) Willow and Kerish are no longer together and we have no idea what happened during the time jump... but you have no time to worry about that, because Kerish appears in Willow's home with the boy king with him... after an assasination attempt and a whole other drama and events, they have to run... and after that the best part of the story starts :) the whole series is set in the fantasy world, with magic and other... interesting abilities, including the one Willow has :) but I will leave that little gem to discover for you when you read the story :) we travel to different places and see different cultures but that is basically everything I can tell you guys without some major spoilers :) all you need to know is that these books are amazing and if you haven't already, definitely give them a try :)

Ok, now we are gonna get into my actual review of the second novel, which will definitely include spoilers about the first installment, so all of you who are not caught up, avert your eyes ;) like I mentioned before, there is no time jump between the books, so go back straight into action :) Willow is working with Kerish and his family to gather support of Eskandel for Felix and his rightful claim for the throne of Tremontane :) this story is filled with politics and intrigue and intricate relationships between different families in that country... and I absolutely adored it :) which is surprising, because I am not always the biggest fan of that particular plot in books :) but it was done really well here :) the shifts of power, how every conversation had many meanings... *sighs happily* it was very interesting to read :) not to mention that this particular installment was filled with strong women :) Willow is a phenomenal character... strong, but at the same time flawed, because she's human, and people make mistakes sometime... but I could understood her every action and why she made certain decisions along the way... but there were so many complex characters in this story besides her :) not to mention that this author in general writes adults who act like adults... which means they actually talk to one another and try to understand each others motivations, even though they may not agree with everything :) and that is not as common as one would want in stories :) I had so much fun reading this book... it was once again filled with adventures and surprising twists... and definitely a bit of romance :) with phenomenally entertaining writing style the chapters just flew by :) I already cannot wait to get my hands on the conclusion to the series because the ending... my oh my... the ending to this story will leave you wanting more ASAP :) so if you haven't checked it out, definitely do it now :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Cherish hard" by Nalini Singh


Author: Nalini Singh
Book 1 in series Hard play
Main characters: Sailor Bishop and Isa Rain

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this is the first book in Nalini's newest contemporary series, but it's also a spin-off / prequel sort of a story, connected to a book that is a part of yet another one of her series :) let me try to explain a bit better :) we first met Sailor in "Rock hard", which was a story about one of his brothers, Gabriel, and he was already with Isa in that book :) so this one is the beginning of a spin-off series about the rest of the brothers, but we start with a story that takes place before the events of the original one, if that makes sense to you :) don't worry, you can read this one without any addtional knowledge, because it works perfectly well as a standalone :) so fear not even if you are new to Nalini and her writing style and just dive in :) but first, let me tell you a bit more about this book in general :)

The prologue actually takes place even further back than we expect, when Sailor and Isa first saw one another... yeah, I haven't used the word *met* for a reason :) but then we very quickly skip ahead seven years, to their actual first interaction... which is much more interesting ;) Sailor is the owner of a small landscaping business, working hard to achieve his dreams... Isa is a teacher, aspiring poet and the daughter of a very successful and very rich parents... her family situation is very... complicated... yeah, let's go with complicated... with both parents busy with their companies and divorced, and a few step-siblings, her plate is pretty full... and I don't know why exatly, but I just couldn't relate to Isa as much as I would like to... or as much as I usually do with Nalini's characters... maybe it's just the mood I've been lately, and once I re-read this book in the future I will absolutely love her ;) but for now I only liked her :) although she did some small things that got on my nerves a bit, but nothing majorly bad... Sailor on the other hand... *sighs dreamily* I adored him completely :) he was very mature for his age, especially since he was a few years younger than Isa :) not to mention completely charming and swoonworthy :) theirs was definitely not my favourite type of relationships... cause I am not the biggest fan of those insta-lusts kind of situations... and definitely not in contemporary romances... it's somehow different in paranormal stories, where there is talk of mating bonds and some other supernatural connections and such ;) so that super sizzling hot attraction between them was a bit too much for me... nevertheless once there was more interactions between them, I got on board of that duo ;)

Nalini is definitely one of my all time favourite authors... I always enjoy her stories... even though some of them a little less than others :) I have a feeling that this particular novel, was just one of those cases... or again, maybe it's just this really weird mood I've been in lately... only time will tell ;) but I can easily recommend you guys this story... and all others she wrote ;) but since this is a review for a very particular book, I will stick with my opinions to this one :) I absolutely adored Sailor's family :) I mean... his parents, and by that I mean his mom and step-father, are amazing :) I have no words good enough to describe them :) there are two other people I want to mention and I'm not gonna lie... I would love to read stories about both of them in the future :) so we have Nayna, Isa's best friend :) and Catie, one of her siblings :) and that is all I'm gonna say about them :) as always, the writing style was delightful :) but that is no longer a surprise for me in Nalini's books :) so even though I had some small issues I still loved this story a lot :) ultimately I gave it 4,5 stars :) the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that this 0,5 I deducted is connected to my recent mood, but it's my opinion for now and I am sticking to it :) I definitely recommend you guys to give this lovely story a try if you haven't already :)





XOXO

A

Monday, November 13, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #85

Finally seeing "Thor Ragnarok"
I take it ALL back
And
That time I almost peed my pants

Hello helo my awesome people :) I hope you are doing wonderful on the day when you are reading this :) or, you know... however you want to feel, no pressure ;) I have quite a few interesting things / stories to share with you today... as you can see from those intriguing headlines, so how about we jump straight into them, in order this time, cause I'm sure you all are very curious ;) and even if you're not, don't tell me that and burst my bubble ;)

So I finally saw "Thor Ragnarok" :) well, technically when I am writing this it's still weekend, and I am going to see it on monday, the day when I will post this #RandomRamblings post, but I have to have everything ready before, cause I'm gonna be home late and won't have time to prepare anything when I get back :) I was supposed to see it a couple of weeks ago actually, but knowing my luck, I caught a cold... yeah... good times... :) so my family went to see it without me... they all claim it's awesome... and that's pretty much the only opinion I hear about it, so I'm pretty sure I will love it as well... :) edited to add my super short review after actually watching it: no surprises there, but of course I LOVED IT!!! :) so if you haven't already seen it, let's watch together the trailer once again ;) and since I can't decide, I will share with you guys two trailers :)



To fully understand that second line of the headlines you need a bit of an explanation... so long story super short, it's all about audiobooks :) now for the slightly longer version... ;) I was never a fan of audiobooks... I always thought they will be like listening to lectures and I would not be able to actually listen to the story... like when I was in college and professors kept droning on and on... I just zoned out sometimes ;) I'm not sure why I thought that audiobooks would be just like that, since I haven't actually tried one before :) but lately I've been thinking more and more about actually giving one a try... it's definitely a more convenient way to read a book when you are busy and have lots of things to do, because when you listen, your hands are free to do other stuff :) plus, I've been hearing from very trusted sources some amazing praises about particular stories... so I decided to try out "Beard science" by Penny Reid, which was my favourite book of last year... if you want, you can read my full review of it  right here -> CLICK ME <- :) I just started my first re-read of that story, and figured out that since I'm in the mood for it, why not make it my first audiobook? especially since there are chapters from both main characters perspectives, which means we have a male and female voice narrators... I am only just a few chapters in, but I can already say... I TAKE IT ALL BACK ;) how could I have ever said that audiobooks are boring?!?!?!? :) *sighs dreamily* I can wholeheartedly agree with someone who once said to me, that audiobooks are like your favourite characters whispering to your ear... :) I'm already melting and I haven't even reached the good parts... as in all the love confessions or something like that :) but I can already tell you all... I'm definitely gonna listen to some more audiobooks in the future :)

Last but not least, let's get into the last headline... this particular story is also connected to listening to something... :) do you see a theme here? :) it's just a mood I've been recently... but I decided to check out some podcasts... :) I've been slowing down with my reading lately, and I am super ok with that :) in fact, I have only like two more books I have to read this year... as in I have deadlines for my reviews, but they are both due in december, so there's no pressure :) and you have no idea how happy I am with that situation :) but back to my story :) since I've been looking for things to listen to, especially on my way to and from work, I asked a trusted source for some podcast recommendations... and the first one I tried was a total hit :) I listened to only one episode so far, but it was on my way to work, and I was laughing so hard I thought I would pee my pants :) it's definitely an adult humor, so not suited for everyone, but if you like that kind of stuff, definitely try My dad wrote a porno :) it's a podcast where one guy, with two of his friends read out loud an erotic novel his father wrote and comment on it :) it's absolutely hilarious... go on, give it a try and you can thank me later, if you haven't heard about it before :)

Ok, that's a wrap my lovely people :) I hope you enjoyed my #RandomRamblings post today :) I love connecting with you all, so feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Goodreads :) I check those every day :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: "Valen" by Kat Brewer


Author: Kat Brewer
Title: "Valen"
Book 3 in series Portal's gift
Main charactes: Valen and Elizabeth

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) I am a little bit sad at the moment, because we are at the end of the stories set in this world... at least for now, cause who knows what the future holds... ;) but as of today, this is the last book of a spin-off series of another series... :) I know, it sounds complicated, so I will explain everything below, share some general informations about the world and then tell you about my thoughts and feelings about this story :) but fair warning, it's definitely gonna be a shorter review than my usual ones, but since this is a novella, it shouldn't be a total surprise :)

So starting at the beginning, to truly understand all the connections and details about the world, cause it is a fantasy story... :) you should start with the original series: The chronicles of Erla :) each book revolves around a different woman who was transported through a transdimensional rift into a fantasy world of Jiva, full of kingdoms and queendoms, and all of them are connected to one another, especially because a lot of secondary characters appear throughout all of them :) after that one ended, we got a little bonus with Portal's gift series :) which consists of three novellas, telling a happy ending to certain secondary characters we met in that original series and fell in love with :) and this story, is the third and final installment in that second series :) and taking all that into account you can see there's really no way that I can tell you any details whatsoever about this particular story without spoiling some surprising twists and events from both series in general :) so let me jump into my thoughts and feelings about this one :)

What I think I love the most about Kat's stories, is that they are full of strong women :) and I don't mean that just in a physical way, although there are definitely some kick-ass warriors among them :) but there were also different type of strong women along the way, and each of them can bring something valuable to the table ;) and this one was no exception :) what I really loved about this novella is that we got to know a bit more about yet another new country in that world :) and even though the romance between our main couple was super fast... and you know me, I love when it takes some time to build ;) I liked the second big plot of the story... that I am not gonna spoil for you obviously ;) all in all, I gave this one 4,5 stars and highly recommend you guys to check out this author in general ;) her entertaining writing style and interesting characters always make such fun reads for me :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: "City of lies" by Victoria Thompson


Book 1 in series Counterfeit lady
Main character: Elizabeth Miles

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this was definitely a vey different read than what I was expecting... don't get me wrong, it was a good book and I liked it, but it definitely took me a while to reset my mind a bit :) cause what I expected was a romance, and what I actually got was... well... I'll tell you all about it in a moment :) this is the first book in a new series, but can be read as a standalone without any cliffhangers whatsoever :) this was also my first book ever written by this author and I will definitely go back to check out some of her other novels in the future :) so now let me tell you a bit more about the story and our main heroine and then share my thoughts and opinions about it :)

When I say that it's not really a romance I don't mean that there is none in the book... but it's definitely not the main focus :) let me explain from the start :) this story takes place in 1920s in United States, where we follow Elizabeth... she's very young... I wanna say 21 or 22, but don't remember precisely :) but she's very mature for her age... mainly because of all the things that happened in her life... because Elizabeth is actually a grifter, which basically means she's a con artist, and part of a bigger crew actually... the book starts when they trick a man into losing quite a lot of money... what they don't realize at the time, is that he's much more dangerous than they thought... so when something goes wrong, Elizabeth has to run... and since she's very clever, she decides to join a protest of women before the White House... and here's the biggest part of the plot in this book... a lot of things are revolving about women fighting for their right to vote :) so we follow Elizabeth and her journey with the women she meets and the romance is just a smaller subplot happening in the background... I don't really want to say any more details as to not spoil you on some twists and turns, so let me jump straight into my opinions about this story :)

You should probably know something about me as a reader before I get into my thoughts and feelings... I'm a romance reader... what that means is that basically I need a romance in a story to really enjoyed it... but recently I've been thinking about starting to broaden my horizons a bit when it comes to reading... :) and I think that this book was one of the reasons why :) I liked that Elizabeth and her actions was the main focus of the story... I didn't always liked what she did, but every time I understood her motivations... she was such interestingly flawed character... always concentrated on her survival, because that's what life taught her, I loved seeing her form new friendships with the women she met :) how they changed her and influenced her behaviour... the romance part was definitely in the background, and then it was resolved pretty quickly at the end... a bit too fast in my opinion... but the rest of the book was really good, that's why I gave it ultimately 4 stars :) I adored all the secondary characters in this story... as in all the women Elizabeth met along the way :) I am definitely very curious, since this is the beginning of a series, who will be the main heroine / hero of that second book... :) so if you are looking for an original read about strong women, and trust me... some of the things they had to go through in their fight... those scenes broke my heart... then definitely give this book a try :)

XOXO

A

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: "The Razvak hunter" by Arel B. Grant


Author: Arel B. Grant
Book 1 in series Razvak
Main characters: Aelwyd and Dalbran

I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this is a debut novel from a new to me author, and I quite enjoyed it :) it was a super quick read, so my review won't be very lenghty as well ;) so how about I start with telling you a bit more about the world and main characters, and then share my thoughts and feelings about it :)

This fantasy story is set in a different world than ours... we follow two stories, with two main characters... eventually those stories come together and the connection between them is explained... but that's all I can say about it without some major spoilers :) there are *before* and *now* parts as well, but again... no spoilers so no more details about that... ;) are you starting to see the theme here? ;) so what can I say... Aelwyd is the main character of the *before* part... a great warrior, very public figure, bound by a lot of rules connected to the thing that makes her so powerful... and by thing I mean a unique jewel... she is the symbol of light, so naturally, we have to have a symbol of darkness to balance things out... that's where the razvak comes into focus, because he is... evil is too small word to truly describe him, but let's go with it anyway :) he keeps coming back every time he's defeated, in what seems like a never ending cycle... and the *before* part, tells the story of one of those times... when it comes to the *now* part, the main character here is Dalbran, a young man who knows only his guardian... she raised him alone in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but cruelty and coldness on her side... this is definitely a much more mysterious part, with very little details, but I actually liked Dalbran much more than Aelwyd... and with that little sentence, let me jump into my opinions about the book ;)

So all in all, I liked it, I gave it 4 stars after all :) but I definitely had some problems... well, not exactly problems... more like personal observations and opinions :) we are thrown straight into the middle of action, with little to no explanation whatsoever... that can be said about both the world in general, and the characters... which makes it that much harder to connect with them... and don't get me wrong, it's not like I hated it, but it definitely took me longer to get to know everything and everyone... and there were still moments when some things / events were mentioned in passing and I was all like *no... tell me more about this... I need more details to care...* so you can see my dilemma... on the one hand I was intrigued by the world and the whole idea of the plot and the characters... and on the other hand... well... let's just say there is so much potential for more :) I'm hoping that in the next installment we will see more flushed out characters, get some more back stories about them, so that their behaviour will be explained more thoroughly... because again, there were moments when it was hard for me to understand why certain person acted that way and it threw me out of the reading vibe :) it's definitely a solid start to a series, and the writing style was really good, so I'm definitely interested to know more in the future :) I hope you will give it a try as well :)


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XOXO

A

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) november edition

Hello my awesome people :) we are slowly getting closer and closer to the end of the year... I mean, how is that even possible?!? ;) but before I go and start complaining about how time flies by ;) let us jump into the books I can't wait to get my hands on really, really soon :)


First we have the newest Penny Reid book :) "Nobody looks good in leather pants (or bowties)" started as a special little something she shared via her newsletter :) each month we would get a new part, and now in the upcoming month all of that, plus some bonus content, will be released as the first book in her newest series, Professor :) it's actually gonna have a different title plus a new cover, but since those are unavailable at the time I'm posting this, the cover from newsletter will just have to do :) to be honest, I have no idea what this book is about... like not a clue whatsoever :) nope, I didn't read the parts in the newsletter... because Penny is one of my all time favourite authors, and all of her books are auto-buy for me, I knew... I just knew that it will be good... so I knew that I would agonize between each little installments... so instead I am waiting for the full story :) so then I can devour it in one sitting ;)


Next we have Nalini Singh :) "Cherish hard" is the first novel in her new series Hard play, and it's sort of a spin-off from one of her pervious books, "Rock hard" :) the hero of that first novel had a few siblings, and if I'm thinking correctly, this whole series will revolve about his family :) and this first book will be about the brother that was actually in a relationship during said original book, so apparently we will go a little bit back in time with this one... on the one hand, I'm a bit disappointed, cause I wanted to see one of my fave couples together, and he still will be single in that installment, but on the other hand... I trust Nalini completely :) also, I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, so I definitely will be able to get to it a bit earlier than the rest of the world #SorryNotSorry #BookBloggerAdvantages ;)


Another amazing book going live very soon is "Guardian of the crown" by Melissa McShane, which is the second installment in her The saga of Willow North :) I mean, look at that gorgeous cover *sighs happily* :) this is the second installment in this absolutely phenomenal fantasy series :) I read the first one a few months ago and by that I mean that I inhaled it as fast as I could :) the writing style, banter between such interesting characters, the plot... I just couldn't put it down :) so I am very curious to go back into this world and see what's gonna happen next :)


Last but not least, we have "Kavanagh christmas" by Sarah Robinson, which is unfortunately gonna be the last installment in her Kavanagh legends series... there were plans to write more, but it's not happening at the moment... so instead we have this little lovely epilogue-ish novella to give as a conclusion all about the previous couples :) and I cannot wait to see what's waiting for them... :) fingers crossed it will be as good as I'm hoping... ;)

XOXO

A

Monday, October 30, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #84

Tiny book-ish haul
That TV show
And
Songs of the moment 

Hello my awesome people :) would you mind terribly if I would complain just a little bit? ;) but fair warning, I am perfectly aware that this is a #FirstWorldProblem, but it's saturday night (I know you're gonna read it later, but it is what it is right now), it's super cold and windy and raining outside, and I should be sitting in the movie theatre right now watching the newest Thor movie... what am I doing instead? I'm sick :/ yep, been fighting some stupid cold all week long, while still working because #AdultingSucks, and it's finally caught up on me... so I am sneezing my brains out and just being all around miserable... *sighs heavily* ok, enough of that :) I'm gonna still watch it in a week or so, and on the bright side... I am finally in the mood to write... at least a little bit... cause I was struggling with my blog-ish stuff for the last few weeks like you have no idea... so I am defintely gonna use that mood to write as much as I possibly can before it passes again :) so let's get into those headlines :) in order this time :)

So first I have like a tiny little book-ish haul... and by that I mean I want to show you guys my four new bookmarks... :) don't expect another book haul until at least like mid january, cause I am on a self inflicted ban... :) I have way too many unread books on my shelves to keep buying more and more... if you want to be specific and are looking for a number... it's 65... yep... take a moment and look at that number... I have 65 unread books on my shelves... and that's not counting the four I am currently reading... and that's just talking about actual physical books... don't even get me started on eARCs / ebooks in general I have from NetGalley, authors and publishers, cause that number is way higher than 100... so the earliest when I will buy anything is like after christmas... or maybe even later, we shall see ;) for now, let me show you all the pretty bookmars I got :)


So from left to right we have: "Owl keep your place" which cracks me up every time xD it's probably my favourite one out of all I have so far :) then it's "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" :) next one is "Just one more chapter" and finally "Curl up with a good book" with the cutest little hedgehog on it :) I love that I finally have enough of them to actually choose the ones I want to use with my currently reading pile :)

Next I want to share with you two trailers to one of my most highly anticipated TV shows of the year :) ever since I saw Punisher in Daredevil I wanted to know more about him... and know I will finally have the chance cause his own Netflix series is gonna be live in the next few weeks :) below I have for you both amazing trailers I saw :) let's watch them together... yet again ;)



Last but not least I have a few songs to share with you guys :) these four have been stuck in my head lately, so who knows... maybe you'll like them too ;)


Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed my #RandomRamblings guys and I will have some new reviews for you very soon :) in the meantime, I love connecting with you all, so be sure to reach out to me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: "Top shelf" by Kelly Jamieson


Title: "Top shelf"
Book 3 in series Aces hockey
Main characters: Jared Rupp and Sidney Frayne

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this story sat on my kindle for a few months before I finally got around to reading it, and now I am kicking myself for that, because I really enjoyed it :) it's the third installment in a series, but worry not if you are not caught up, because I haven't read the first two either, and it wasn't a problem at all ;) so either way definitely check it out :) and let me tell you why you should do just that... ;)

First of all, Jared, our main hero is a hockey player... I don't know about you, but they are my favourite athletes to read about... I have no idea why, since I haven't seen any game, live or on television, and I don't know the rules... ;) #TrueStory :) but there's just something about them that makes my heart melt :) and I know I can't be the only one :) anyway... he is a hockey plaey, but also owns a bar... and Sidney is a... well... a mixologist of sort... :) she helps improve menus and overall perofrmance of clubs, restaurants and such :) their first meeting, when she insults his bar without knowing that he's the owner is hilarious :) of course he hires her after that, because why not? ;) both of them are confident, although each of them have stuff they have to deal with... commitment issues and past experiences that still affects them... but they are both strong and know what they want... and let me tell you... they are explosive together :) the attraction is defintiely there from the start and I adored that they immediately acted on it... :) after that, she was actually the one who didn't want anything more between them... so he figured out a way to convince her to give them a try... and no, I'm not gonna tell you what exactly that was :)

When it comes to secondary characters... like I mentioned before, this story works perfectly well as a standalone, but all the mentionings of couples from previous books, or people who will or may get their books in the future will definitely get you excited to read all of them :) I for sure am definitely gonna go back to read those two previous books... or maybe I'm gonna read the next one first? I'm still not sure :) but what I do know, is that this was definitely not my last book in this series... cause I need more... :) I see a lot of potential in certain guys that were introduced... or maybe just introduced to me because they appeared in previous stories ;)

It was another book by the lovely Kelly Jamieson that I read, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it :) I gave it 4,5 stars, because even though it was really good, Sidney's reaction near the end of the story when it came to... well, I can't tell you exactly because it's too spoilerific :) I thought it was too much... I understand the knee jerk reaction in the moment, but I expected her to shake it off sooner... but besides that, I loved this story :) it was such a fun and quick read for me :) the interactions between our main couple were amazing, and I adored seeing them grow closer to one another :) the writing style was very entertaining and made me keep reading chapter after chapter... and before I knew what was happening, the book was over :) so I definitely highly recommend you guys to pick it up :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: "Soulbound" by Bec McMaster


Author: Bec McMaster
Title: "Soulbound"
Book 3 in series Dark arts
Main characters: Sebastian and Cleo Montcalm

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this is the third and final installment in this phenomenal series, and long story short... I absolutely adored it :) of course I will get into some more details about the awesomeness of this story, and series, in general ;) but it's gonna be tricky, since all the books in it are very connected, and it's one of those series that you have to read in order to understand everything that is happening... :) so I will try and do my best to convince you all to give them a try, without spoiling some important stuff... :) or I will just leave certain spoilers about previous two books for one paragraph, so all of you who are new to it, can just skip that one ;)

So first of all, let me tell you a bit more about the whole series and the world it takes place in general :) it's happening in the first half of the nineteenth century in London, but in an alternate version of our world... with magic :) that's why I'm always saying it's a mix of fantasy and steampunk-ish vibes... and I love it :) well, if we're being totally honest I love all Bec's books, but that's a topic for a whole another discussion, so for now let us come back to my current review :) this is a trilogy where yes, each book concentrates on another couple, but like I mentioned before... they are all very much connected with this bigger story arch that spans all three books, so you have to read them in order, or you won't understand what is happening... yes, there are small reminders about certain events and characters, but it's more to help people who forgot some details because it's been months since they read the previous installments... :) let's just say that I was definitely very glad for them :) number three is also very significant when it comes to the overall story... we have three books, three magical relics and three... well... you'll see when you read the books :) I don't want to spoil you anything but let's just say there is a prophecy... and leave it at that ;) basically three relics are necessary to get rid of a very nasty demon that has some sinister plans for our world... :) now that we have some basic informations out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about this third installment in particular and then get into all the reasons why I loved it :)

First of all, I'm not gonna spoil you anything from this third book in my review... I need to say one thing, that happened between Cleo and Sebastian in the first book, that can be considered a mild spoiler, but on the other hand it's in the synopsis of this story, so make your own decision about reading this next sentence of my review :) I was curious about Sebastian and Cleo ever since I met them back in that first story... especially since they had to get married because of the deal their parents arranged... :) since then I just knew that theirs will be my favourite installment... and I was right :) Sebastian is one of my favourite types of heroes... raised on the wrong side of the conflict... morally grey, tormented by things he did in the past... thinking he doesn't deserve anything good... I just wanted to hug him :) Cleo is another one of those types that I adore in books... kind and strong... much stronger that everyone thinks, including herself ;) I love women like that... :) stories about them always empower me, making me feel like there are still qualities in me that I can discover... :) so after finishing Cleo's book I felt like I could conquer the world :) theirs was a relationship full of this push and pull sort of interactions... there was definitely something more, but Sebastian was resisting that attraction, thinking he will only hurt her... so seeing them finally get together was so lovely... :) usually I'm not a fan of these types of stories, but I knew that I can trust Bec and her magical ability to craft an amazing book ;) yet again... ;)

It was another easily given 5 stars rating... which is not really a surprise anymore, when you take into account the fact, that I recently realized that Bec McMaster is definitely one of my auto-buy authors :) she has several series, all of them different, and yet all of them amazing and wonderful and just... *sighs happily* :) her writing style just *clicks* for me... every story she creates, every character, every world... I swear you guys, they are so different from one another, and yet I can't help but love them all... :) this particular story is a truly phenomenal conclusion to the series... all big questions are answered... the big issues resolved, but... :) and you have no idea how excited I am about it... there will be a spin-off trilogy :) *squeels with excitement* :) revolving around some secondary characters we met in these books, and some new ones... and I am soooooo ready for it... especially since at the end of this story there is a little teaser to show us who will be the main couple.... and after learning that... let's just say I need that book ASAP ;) of course I'm not gonna spoil you that information here... ;) but trust me, it's sooo good... :) this absolute gem of a book is full of so many surprising twists and turns, that it will make you gasp in shock many times... ;) I love that we see so much of the previous couples, as well as some of my favourite secondary characters in this series... all those glimpses just made me want to re-read this whole series again :) so if you haven't already, I highly recommend you guy to read this book, and this whole series in general... :) there's no time better than now, since all three books are available, you can just marathon your way through them... :) *sighs dreamily* I am a little bit jealous that you get to experience the awesomeness of them for the first time ever... :) I honestly hope you will give them a try... and then we can fangirl together ;) happy reading :)

XOXO

A

Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: "Bountiful" by Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen
Title: "Bountiful"
Book 4 in series True north
Main characters: David "Dave" Beringer and Zara Rossi

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this is the newest installment in Sarina's True north series but you don't have to be caught up on previous books to enjoy this one, because it works perfectly well as a standalone :) in fact... it's also sort of a crossover story... but I will get to that in a moment :) it was yet another great read from this author and honestly, at this point I have to stop being surprised by this :) her writing style just *clicks* for me :) so how about I will tell you a bit more about our main couple :)

Zara and Dave... :) we actually met Zara previously, but again... you get all the necessary informations about her in this book so don't feel bad if you haven't read the first three books / don't remember much about them ;) Zara works as a bartender / sort of an owner of a bar, who is technically owned by her uncle, but she basically runs it :) I don't want to say more about her, because she has certain connections to other characters that appeared in this series, and if you are new to it, I don't want to spoil you stuff :) but safe to say, one night she meets this guy... he keeps coming back and after a while, they decide to act on the chemistry between them :) and yes, I am of course talking about Dave... who just happens to be a Brooklyn Bruisers hockey player :) which is the name of the team, but also another series from Sarina :) but again, you don't need to be caught up on all the books in that series to enjoy this one ;) it's just the cameos from the other players will be more meaningful if you are familiar with other stories ;) so what can I tell you about them... they are definitely not relationship material... neither of them is looking for anything serious, so a few weeks of passion while Dave is in town works for them... until it turns out that he left something else behind him than just memories... which is when we skip ahead for about two years to see what changed... Dave is back in Vermont on another vacation and is definitely surprised to learn that Zara is now a mother... to none other but his own daughter... and from that moment forward we are witnesses to how these two adults who never were in a serious relationship try to navigate the attraction between them at the same time keeping in mind that their little girl is now the most important... :) I adored their story... which was a bit of a surprise, because usually I am not the biggest fan of these types of characters... Zara can be described as prickly... which is definitely a mild adjective for her... although I loved how tough she was and how she stood up for herself :) Dave is charming and sometimes a bit too honest, but I actually liked that about him :) both of them are definitely not looking for a relationship so seeing them fall for each other was such a sweet read :) I'm not gonna say more though, because you should read the book for yourselves to enjoy all of it :)

Honestly guys... it was yet another fantastic book from Sarina... I should just stop being surprised by her amazing writing style and from now on just expect that I will love everything she is willing to give me :) this book was once again written in 2 POVs, which means we got parts from Zara's perspective as well as from Dave's, and I have to say that is definitely my favourite way :) I love to be able to get inside the heads of our main characters to truly see what they feel :) besides a surprisingly lovable although grumpy main couple ;) we had several very interesting secondary characters... some of them couples from previous books, which just reminded me how much I loved their stories and made me want to re-read them :) but there were quite a few new ones... and from them Benito, Zara's twin brother was definitely my fave... let's just say I see soooooo much potential for future stories... :) I refuse to think that this was the last one... nope.... we all need more :) I have to say that I did not expect to love this story as much as I did... of course I knew I would enjoy it... it is one of Sarina's books after all ;) I liked our main couple from the start, but the further we got into the story, and the more I got to know them, the more they snuck up under my skin and the more I fell in love with them... not to mention that there were definitely some heart melting scenes with Dave and his daughter... *swoons* ;) I highly recommend you guys to check out this lovely gem :) start at the beginning of the series if you don't want to miss anything, or right here, if this story speaks to you the most, but either way, definitely go read something by Sarina... :) it's gonna be worth it :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: "The demon girl's song" by Susan Jane Bigelow


Standalone
Main character: Andin

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) this book has been sitting on my kindle for the longest time... I don't even want to admit how many months... but when it comes to fantasy stories... especially as unique and different as this one :) I have to be in a specific mood to really enjoy them :) so I'm very glad I waited for the right time to appreciate this novel :)

This is a standalone story that follows our main character, Andin... she is almost eighteen at the beginning of the book, and the whole novel takes place over the span of just a few months... at the beginning she lives in a small village in this giant empire, and has plans to leave it, to study at the university... what she doesn't know, is that her life will be much different than she expected... because one day, Andin gets a demon inside of her... and that is just the start of some crazy journey filled with surprises... :) there's not really anyting else I can share about the overall plot of the book, because it is filled with surprising twists and turns along the way and I don't want to spoil you anything, so let me jump into my thoughts and feelings about it ;)

I have to say that I quite enjoyed it ;) I didn't really expected that, so that was a nice surprise... :) Andid was a very interesting main character... yes, she started as this a bit obnoxious teenager, but I loved to see her growth and character development throughout the story... :) her interactions with the demon were very entertaining as well... not to mention that he also changed... the more time has passed, the more they merged together, influencing one another along the way... ;) even though I really want to say more about their adventures, I can't possibly do that without spoilers, so let's just say that don't be discouraged if you feel like the story is chaotic and a bit all over the place... it's all explained at the end... maybe not in as many details as I would like, but still ;) so don't get frustrated if not everything makes sense from the start and just go with the flow ;) the main theme of this book can be described with one word: surprising :) there were so many turns I did not expect, so many things that made me gasp in shock... I definitely enjoyed this story :) so if you are looking for a diffeent read, then give it a try :)

XOXO

A

Monday, October 16, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #83

THAT cover
THAT trailer
And
Still on sort of a break

Hello my lovely people :) it's been a while since I sat down and actually wrote anything here... but it's connected to one of the headlines, so how about we jump straight into them so I can tell you more ;) this time, we'll embrace the chaos ;) and start at the very end ;)

I am still on my sort of a break from blogging... well, it's kind of hard to explain... and even more so, I feel like I've been talking to you guys about it enough already, so to sum up the whole situation... I'm super busy with work and real life stuff, which leaves me less time to actually read, so I don't have to write as much as I used to... plus, I really needed a break to catch some fresh perspective on my blog and some other stuff... let's just say that I am in one of those a-lot-of-things-are-running-around-in-my-head-let's-change-some-things moods... ;) so I'm hoping to make a transition from the thinking phase to the actual doing phase soon :) in the meantime, there is just gonna be a bit less posts and reviews here, and we all just gonna have to find a way to be ok with that :)

Next we have a very exciting announcement... I don't know if you heard about it already, but Tahereh Mafi will release another three books in her Shatter me series :) *squeels with excitement* you may not know that about me, cause I read them before starting this blog, so I don't actually have reviews for them, but I adored the original trilogy... it's definitely one of my all time favourites, with it's whimsical writing... *sighs happily* :) so when I heard the news I was very happy, but also a bit apprehensive... I mean, the first three books are wonderful, an amazing journey about a girl who can't touch anyone, cause her touch is lethal... the writing is stunning, the character development absolutely fantastic, so I'm torn between being scared how everything after the original ending will go, but on the other hand I have faith that she knows what she's doing... :) nevertheless, we now have an official cover for that fourth book, and it's awesome :) so if you haven't seen it already, let's look at it now together :)


Last but definitely not least, I need to share with you guys the newest trailer for "Pacific rim uprising" :) *sighs happily* I don't know what is it with me and that trailer, but I have the same excited feeling about it, as it happened with "Mad Max fury road" a while back, so hopefully I will love the actual movie as much as I did that other one ;) not to mention, that the music from this trailer is super motivating and I listen to it in the mornings before going to work ;) so if you missed this gem, I have it for you right below :)


Ok, that is a wrap you guys :) I hope you enjoyed my little #RandomRamblings post :) as always you know how much I adore connecting with you, so be sure to reach out to me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account ;) and I will talk to you some more soon ;)

XOXO

A

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: "Abounding might" by Melissa McShane


Book 3 in series The extraordinaries
Main character: Daphne St. Clair

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this was another fantastic installment in this very unique series... :) I absolutely loved it, but worry not if you are not familiar with previous books or you just don't remember them, becuase each story can be read as a standalone :) since this is book 3, and they are loosely connected to one another, I will first tell you a little bit more about the world and our heroine, and then I will tell you all about how much I adored it :)

This is a historical / paranormal mix :) which means that the action takes place during the Napoleonic Wars but we have a very interesting twist... everything is very similar to our world during that time, but certain people have... I believe the word I'm looking for is *Talents* :) these are special abilities, and there are eight of them... I'm not gonna go into details about all of them, just give you some examples :) you can be a Scorcher, which means you can manipulate fire, or a Speaker, when you can telepathically communicate with people all over the world... Daphne, the heroine of this story, is a Bounder, which means she can teleport herself, along with people and things she can carry with her :) but wait, that's not all :) she's actually an Extraordinary Bounder, meaning she's even more talented... each of the book in this series... and there will be eight in total, will concentrate on a different woman, with a different Extraordinary Talent :) so on the one hand they are all related, because of the war and the confrontation with the Napoleon... because that is where we are headed... but on the other hand, you can read them as standalones, because you get all the informations in each book to fully appreciate the story :) so now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about Daphne and why I adored her story :)

Like I said, Daphne is an Extraordinary Bounder, and we actually met her in the previous book :) but again, no worries... yes, I adored her there and was super excited to learn she will be the next heroine, but you don't have to read that story to enjoy this one :) she wants to join the army to help serve her country, and she succeeds... which was not easy... unfortunately Daphne has... well... a certain condition... as in she faints at the sight of blood, so when she's Bounding all over the battlefield... you can see where I'm going with this... after a failed mission she is sent to serve in India, to Bound family members of one of the high ranking Officers to and from England... it is a waste of her Talent, but for the time being it is what it is... fortunately, things change soon... :) when Captain Phineas Fletcher, after meeting her during a bal, requests her help and assistance in a mission of his own... I'm not gonna get into all the details, because I don't want to spoil anything for you guys, but that's when the interesting part starts :)

I absolutely adored this story :) I am a huge fan of this series in general, because it's always a woman at the center of every novel... yes, there is a romance plot in each one, but it's never the main one... all of them show the growth and development of a different heroine and I love it :) Daphne certainly had things to overcome in this one... again, I don't really want to get into too many details, because I believe the less you know about it, the more you will enjoy all of it :) additionally, we have a beautiful, slow-building romance between Daphne and... well, you'll know when you see it ;) the witty banter between them was to die for :) I absolutely adored all their interactions... and yes, there was definitely swooning on my part along the way... ;) I enjoyed meeting new characters, including the heroine of the next story... you'll know when you meet her ;) one of the best parts of the story was actually the mystery they were trying to solve... this one took so many surprising turns I can't even count how many times I gasped in shock about what happened :) #TrueStory :) I highly recommend you guys to check out this gem if you haven't already :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blog tour + Review: "All or nothing" by Felice Stevens


Book 3 in series Together
Main characters: Adam Barton and Rico Estevez

Synopsis

A past he couldn’t forget 
Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him. 

A future he never imagined 
Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules. 

Rules are made to be broken 
Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) this was the second novel I read written by this lovely author and once again she hit me in all the feels... :) definitely don't be discouraged by the fact that it's book #3 in a series, because the first two... although it's more of a novel and a short story than two full lenght books, are about a different couple :) yes, they appear in this one, and there are hints here and there about certain events from the previous stories, but it's not necessary to read them, to enjoy this one :) I didn't and I still had such a blast reading this book :) so let me tell you more about it :)

Our main couple, Adam and Rico, couldn't be more different ;) Adam is a firefighter and an openly gay man... after some bumps at the beginning, he has a supportive parents behind him and even though there are some very dark moments in his past... *sighs* I so cried when he was telling that particular story even though I sort of knew it was gonna be something like that but don't worry, #NoSpoilers for you :) he feels pretty good in his own skin :) Rico on the other hand... my heart went out to him... he's definitely in the closet... he keeps to himself, going from one one-night-stand hookup to another and never looking for a relationship, because of his father... he's in politics and knows nothing about Rico's sexuality... and since he's the only close family he has now, after his mother passed away years ago, he don't want to jeopardize their relationship by telling him about being gay... it's of course a much more complex situation that what I am describing, but you're gonna have to read the book for more details :) from the beginning of this book you can tell that there were some small interactions between them in that previous story, but nothing that will ruin your experience right now if you haven't read it :) there's definitely a spark there, that's for sure :) which very quickly turns into a full blown fire ;) but since neither of them is looking for anything serious, they decide to just... well... become friends with benefits of sorts ;) of course over time both of them start to feel more for each other and... you just gonna have to read the book to see that beautiful story :)

I gave this book 5 stars... :) I definitely enjoyed the previous one by this author, but this one was even better... :) there is just something about her writing style... she hits me in all the feels... I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed myself :) there is no magical resolutions to some real and serious problems / issues our main characters face in this story... yes, we get a happy ending... and oh how lovely that epilogue was... :) but there are definitely still things we know will take time to fully be resolved... and that's amazing :) because it's so honest and real... :) like I mentioned before, we do get several appearances of the couple from that previous stories and they definitely made me want to read more about them :) after loving yet another book from this author I am generally in the mood to read more of her work :) so I definitely highly recommend you guys to check her out :) start here or with another one of her stories, but definitely don't miss out on her wonderful work :)



About the author:


I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Monday, October 2, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #82

Slowly coming back to life
A bit of a change
And
#TheStruggleIsReal ;)

Hello my lovely people :) once again I have a shorter #RandomRamblings for you guys, but there's a reason for it... :) and since all the headlines are basically connected, I'm just gonna have for you guys one longer-ish paragraph today, so let's just jump straight into it :)

So the last few weeks have been hard... if were being totally honest, I could say the last few months, but those recent couple of weeks were especially exhausting... I'm hoping that things will start to slow down a little bit / going back to normal, but I'm not sure how long it will actually take... so since my real life job is so demanding and I have so much stuff going on with my blog and we can't forget that I actually have a presonal / private life too... well... it's just too much for one person :) so I decided to make some decisions that will help me regain some sort of balance in life :) I can't quit my job, cause you know... I need the money to buy books ;) #Priorities ;) and I do like the fact that more responsibilities actually mean that I am moving forward and all that jazz ;) there is a project or two that I am really passionate about and that I want to definitely be a part of, so keep your fingers crossed ;) when it comes to my blog... to be honest, what I would love to do, is take a break for a couple of weeks all together, but I can't do that... I have a few obligations / promises for october that I can't / really don't want to break, but definitely expect less frequent posting... for example, my #RandomRamblings will now be posted every two weeks instead of every week... still on monday though ;) I'm hoping those little changes will help me catch my breath a little bit... :) especially since I tend to put my personal goals and plans at the very last place on my list... and I need to stop doing that... recent events, and by that I mean a truly horrible day I had recently at work when things just... *sighs heavily* it was just too much and I snapped... really showed me how important my personal being and mental health, along with the physical one, is... I don't want a repeat of that day... but the struggle is real people... cause I tend to put pressure on myself and then stress over that pressure and it's a vicious circle... *sighs* but I am working on it... it's just hard and slow... but hopefully it will get better :)

Ok, that is a wrap on my litte #RandomRamblings post for today :) I'm hoping that starting from next time, which will be in two weeks, I will have enough new things to talk to you guys about :) as always, be sure to connect with me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, casue I love talking with you :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) october edition

Welcome, welcome my lovely people... *sighs* I decided to post this one day earlier than I originally planned, because... well... it's been a long day... at the end of a very long week... at the end of a very long and hard month for me... and since tomorrow is my extra day off from work, I really need to reset and recharge... so I decided to write, edit and post this little monthly thingy tonight, and then have two and a half days totally away from work and blog related things... I do need to write some stuff on sunday afternoon for next week, but I will have plenty of time to just chill... so here I am, listening to Bruno Mars and writing for you about all of the books I'm excited to get my hands on very soon... especially since I'm gonna be lucky to get ARCs of them all *squeels with excitement* ;)


First of all, we have "Bountiful" by Sarina Bowen, the newest addition in her True north series... *sighs dreamily* those books... damn... ;) she's one of my favourite authors ever, cause she have an amazing talent to write books that combine romance, hilarious and witty dialogue and at the same time, they can be very emotional and include some serious topics... all the previous installments in this series... they work perfectly well as standalones by the way ;) were amazing, so my expectations are definitely high with this one :)





















Another one I am very eagerly awaiting is "Soulbound" by Bec McMaster :) it's the third and final story in her Dark arts series... I can't wait to see how this big story arch will end... because even though each novel focuses on a different couple, you need to read all of them in order to understand everything :) when I am posting this, there is no official cover yet, so what you see above is the teaser from the book and the covers of the previous two installments :) this one is a phenomenal mix of fantasy and steampunk vibes by one of my all time favourite authors and I've been dying to read about Sebastian and Cleo ever since I met them in that first story... not only that, but now I am hearing that a spin-off / sequel series is in the works? :) imagine the smile on my face... ;)


Last but definitely not least is "Abounding might" by Melissa McShane, third novel in The extraordinaries series :) this one is a very unique historical series with some paranormal mix in it :) this is one of those series, when all of the installments work as standalones... yes, they are all set in the same world, and sometimes characters make appearances in other stories, but it's not necessary to read them in order to enjoy each of them :) Daphne, the heroine of this story was one of the brightest, and definitely a personal favourite of mine ;) of the previous story, so yet again... I feel that it's the main theme of this post ;) I'm super excited to read a full novel about her :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Beg, borrow or steal" by Susie Tate


Author: Susie Tate
Standalone, but... ;)
Main characters: Jamie Grantham and Libby Penny

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) this was my first ever story written by this author, and what a wonderful start it turned out to be :) I really loved it and ultimately gave it 4,5 stars :) it's a standalone, but here and there you can catch glimpses about a possible couple in a future book... which is then confirmed in a sneak peek at the very end of this story :) but more about that in a second... because for now, let's concentrate on our main characters... :)

So what can I say to you about Libby and Jamie... :) Jamie is a doctor and a teacher / coordinator in one of the programs for medical students... there is of course a profesional term for all of that, but I don't want to mess it up, so we'll go with my simple explanation... ;) he comes from a wealthy family and seems to be a walking perfection... but don't be fooled by this facade, there's more to him... I'm not gonna spoil you certain details about him, but let's just say that not everything is what it seems... which is even more true when it comes to Libby :) *sighs* I loved her... yes, she was stubborn and there were times when I wanted her to act differently, but to be honest... both her and Jamie were awesomely flawed... is that even a word...? awesomely? oh well, we're just gonna go with it either way ;) she's one of the medical students in Jamie's program and she definitely doesn't make the best first impression on him when she falls asleep during one of his lectures... yeah... but when you are a single mother that is supporting yourself and your young daughter, things happen... I adored how tenacious and hardworking she was... I respected all decisions she made so she could take care of her little girl as best as she could... theirs is a relationship that builds slowly over time, and then it sort of explodes... :) I don't really want to get into too many details, but I definitely enjoyed them together... yes, both of them were stubborn at times and made mistakes... and sometimes were judgemental when they really shouldn't... *coughs* Jamie *coughs* but ultimately I forgave them for all of that, because they were wonderfully human in all of it... :)

Now when it comes to secondary characters in this story... oh, there were so many gems in it... :) I'm just gonna name a few, but much more awesomeness awaits for you within the pages ;) first and foremost... Rosie, Libby's daughter... :) she's about four years old and just... such a blast to be around ;) I mean, come on... her favourite plush toy is a spider named Alan :) and that's just one of many reasons why this little girl stole my heart... :) then we have Kira, Libby's crazy friend... I can definitely see a potential for her to get a story sometime in the future... but what I am most excited about is the couple from the next book from this author... Pav and Millie :) Pav is Jamie's friend and a surgeon... he's confident and charming and Millie is... well... at first she seems cold and distant... but there is a reason why she acts this way... and the more I got to know about her, the more excited I was that she will be the heroine of another book... especially with Pav :) *squeels with exctement* I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on that novel :)

All in all I was very pleasantly surprised by this book :) every time I try out a novel written by a completely new to me author, it's a gamble... even if it was recommended by a trusted source you never really know how you will feel about it :) but this one was a lovely surprise... the writing style was engaging and entertaining... chapters just flew by :) and that epilogue... *sighs happily* :) you are gonna love it :) definitely give this beautiful book a try :)

XOXO

A