Careless by Cleo Peitsche# Review

Title: Careless

Author: Amy Ewing

Series: Bisexual billionaire #1

Publisher: Smashwords

Source: Ibooks

Release Date: December 11 2013

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CARELESS is an erotic romance novella of 16,000 words. Includes m/m and m/m/f with BDSM elements of dominance and submission.

 

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After being forced out of his company, Nelson returns home a billionaire with a hole in his life. When he meets Kimberly and Samuel, he decides he’ll have them both.

 

But Kimberly and Samuel aren’t a couple, and Samuel’s the one holding things up. He hasn’t dated a woman in five years, and even though it’s plain he loves Kimberly, he agrees to Nelson’s threesome on the condition that it be only one night.

 

Kimberly would marry Samuel in an instant if he asked. He’s just not interested. But a single night to satisfy her curiosity is better than never knowing Samuel’s kiss.

 

There’s no way for Nelson, Samuel and Kimberly to all get what they want. One careless moment of weakness has the power to destroy them.

 

This tale contains explicit sexual content and graphic language that may be objectionable to some readers. Includes multiple partner interactions, sexual dominance and submission, male/male and m/m/f scenes. New adult. For adults only.

 

My Thoughts

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The Cover: The cover really stood out for me as I was flicking through the top free books on IBook’s. I love Ménage stories and seeing the two men and one women on the front drew my eye instantly.

The Gist: two best friends madly in love with each other lust after a yoga instructor who convinces them to have a wild night together.

The Story: Samuel and Kimberly have been friends for years but nothing has ever eventuated to more. Nelson is filling in for the usual yoga instructor when he is talked into going to dinner with both Samuel and Kimberly. There is tension between Samuel and Kimberly who hope that one night will not ruin their friendship.

My Review:

OMG I am really starting to love Cleo’s books, this is the second that I have picked up while browsing Ibooks. Although short it is a new take on the ménage storyline. Samuel is bisexual and in love with his best friend Kimberly, Kimberly is also in love with Samuel but he has never shown any interest in being anything more than friends. Along comes Nelson the sexy yoga teacher that has them both hot and bothered. Nelson is also bisexual but has a thing for couples. He can see the tension between Samuel and Kimberly and helps them explore it.

I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series. I highly recommend for any Ménage fans.

 

 

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing# Review

Title: The Jewel

Author: Amy Ewing

Series: The Loan City #1

Publisher: Walker books

Source: Ibooks

Release Date: 21 August 2014

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Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess. Imprisoned in the opulent cage of the palace, Violet learns the brutal ways of the Jewel, where the royal women compete to secure their bloodline and the surrogates are treated as disposable commodities. Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises, Violet enters a living death of captivity – until she sets eyes on Ash Lockwood, the royal Companion. Compelled towards each other by a reckless, clandestine passion, Violet and Ash dance like puppets in a deadly game of court politics, until they become each other’s jeopardy – and salvation.

 

My Thoughts

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The Cover: The cover drew my attention, the girl in the ball gown really reminded me of The Selection series, but it was beautiful enough for me to read the Synopsis.

The Synopsis: What more could you want from a book? illicit affair, star crossed lovers, glitz and glam, Handmaids tale and the selection all rolled into one. It had me so I brought it on Ibooks.

The Story:
Violet has grown up in the marshes, the poor part of her “country” but for some reason the royal families in the Jewel “The elite families” Can no longer have children, so they test children from the poorer areas for signs that they have powers called Auguries. These special children are then locked away in holding facilities until they come of age and then they are auctioned off to the rich so they can be come surrogates, the girls don’t get a choice in this life and some are horribly treated at the hands of the families.

My Review:

Yes pretty glittery dystopians have been done to death lately, but Amy Ewing brings a new gust of life into the genre, Amy doesn’t really focus on the growing up part of Violets life as most do, although she is upset to leave her family.
Violet is thrown into the glittery world of The Jewel, world of wealth and excess and horrible people. Violet grows up knowing that she is special and will become the surrogate of the royals, so it is no surprise, what is a surprise is that some of the surrogates start to die, because the royals are jealous or just vicious.

Through little acts of rebellion Violet becomes noticed, she is told that she can be saved but she must fake her death, but during her time as a surrogate she falls in love, This part of the story would have been nice to do more in depth as we didn’t really get a chance to have a strong attachment to Ash, the lover.

I really enjoyed the book, more love would have been nice, Violet is a great heroine that is the right mix of rebellious and submissive.

I highly recommend this book, it ended on a cliffhanger so I am hanging out for the next book.

 

The Last Girl by Joe Hart # Review

Title: The Last Girl

Author: Joe Hart

Series: The Dominion Trilogy #1

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Source: Supplied by Netgalley

Release Date: March 1 2016

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A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women.

Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades, she’s been isolated from her family, treated as a test subject, and locked away—told only that the virus has wiped out the rest of the world’s population.

Captivity is the only life Zoey has ever known, and escaping her heavily armed captors is no easy task, but she’s determined to leave before she is subjected to the next round of tests…a program that no other woman has ever returned from. Even if she’s successful, Zoey has no idea what she’ll encounter in the strange new world beyond the facility’s walls. Winning her freedom will take brutality she never imagined she possessed, as well as all her strength and cunning—but Zoey is ready for war.

 

My Thoughts

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The synopsis of this book really drew me in as well as the cover, I am a sucker for a good dystopian, unfortunately it kind of fell flat for me, although I still found the book enjoyable it is not going to stick too much in my head, it is kind of a read it and forget it kind of deal, well at least until the next book comes out.

Joe Hart has created a world where female babies have stopped being born, any girl babies that are born are taken in and brought up by the government in an institution. our Heroine Zoey has been taken from her family and raised with the other last females, everything is fine until zoey starts questioning what they are really there for and why can’t they be part of the outside world.

 

 

 

 

The Veil (Devils Isle #1) by Chloe Neill Review

Title: The Veil

Author: Chloe Neill

Series: Devils Isle #1

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Supplied by Publisher

Release Date: 14 th April 2016

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Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

 

 

My Thoughts

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I really enjoyed reading the Veil, and even though it was a post apocalyptic novel, It did not really feel like it.  There is so much going on in this novel that at times you have to back track a bit to find your self but it is non stop action.

Claire has a secret she is a sensitive , which means she has special powers, unfortunately since a magical war happened seven years before, all sensitives are captured and locked up. lucky for Claire she has some good friends that can help her out and keep her hidden.  While secretly fighting a battle to stop the Veil from reopening.

the world building is a bit tricky I believe that around the Veil where the war was they live in strict rules with containment the major government body and law enforcement. but during the book it hints that outside that area the world goes on like nothing happened. which I find curious, why would you live in that area if you were sensitive or even not. because everything is rationed and hard to get in the area.

 

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book the characters were amazing and only a hint of romance with most of the plot focusing on Claire’s powers and the veil which is a refreshing change, and most importantly no love triangle!

I am really looking forward to reading the next book and continuing the story.  I recommend this book for anyone who loves urban fantasy.

 

Feature and Follow Friday #1

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Since I am blogging again, I decided that I would love to find some new blogging friends and some new blogs to follow, and I have always been a fan of feature and follow Fridays.

So Hi to new friends, please follow me on blog lovin.

This weeks Post Prompt:  Favourite bookish memory.

I use to work in Kmart, Australia my favourite day and most bookish memory was the days when the Harry Potter books would drop, not only would I make sure I got my copy but I would see the long lines of eager fans waiting for the doors to open in the morning to rush in and buy a copy. Then I would spend the whole day dashing between the bookstores in the centre to keep the price the same.

So many happy and excited people would come on those days and they are the best retail experience I can remember no one was cranky that day.

 

 

Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis # Aussie Review

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Author: Maria Lewis

Series: Who’s Afraid #1

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Supplied by Publisher

Release Date: Jan 12th 2016

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Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi’s journey as she’s thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies – this is the start of a series – and a world – you will fall in love with.

My Thoughts

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Who’s Afraid was a great eclectic mix of culture and genre, If you are after a book that is a bit different then pick this one up!

First off the cover is amazing, It really stands out from the shelves and with the bright blue eye catching cover, I wanted to read this book without even reading the blurb.

Tommi is different from your usual softly spoken prim and proper heroine, Tommi has bright blue hair, she is from New Zealand but lives in Scotland. After her mother dies Tommi decides that she will look for her estranged father in New Zealand.

Tommi gets more than she bargained for with her found family in New Zealand they are a different and a whole lot creepy, after a terrifying encounter, and finding out her father is dead, Tommi heads back home to Scotland and tries to put her family behind her except she can’t , she learns that her family are Werewolves and not nice ones either and now her powers have been triggered so she has to learn to control her werewolf side as well as finding out who followed her back from New Zealand and who is murdering people.

There was a hint of romance but not full in your face romance, more focusing on the mystery and Tommi as a person which is refreshing in a urban fantasy novel. Tommi is a lovable strong and intelligent character she is flawed which I love since most heroines are all perfect people to begin with now in books.

 

I am really looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series by a talented Australian writer and I highly recommend it for those who want to read a Urban Fantasy without all the love and mushy stuff thrown in.

Inside the Wall by A. Lotus# Review

Title: Inside The Wall

Author: A. lotus

Series:The war in the wall #1

Publisher:Lotus Books

Source: Supplied by Netgalley

Release Date: July 28th 2015

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What if everyone just stopped caring? What sort of world would we create for future generations?

Letha and Nathan were best friends just as were their mothers before them. Soon, however, two dictators overthrow the city, take the children captive, kill the opposing parents and then brainwash, train, and sculpt these children into soldiers. At first, Letha rejects the new life she leads, staying strong only to protect those younger than her. She is then given the ultimate task: kill Nathan; If she does not, everyone, including herself, will die.

In a world where no one cares, Letha struggles against herself to do the right thing. Ultimately, she has to make a choice, save herself or drown in the codependency of one young boy who has become brainwashed and hardened into the dictator’s web. No matter what choice she makes, she will have to lose someone that she loves.

 

My Thoughts

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Letha and Nathan were best friends when a war broke out, and they find themselves on opposing teams.

I found this book confusing and disappointing I love the Idea of what happens when people stop caring, but I did not find this really incorporated through the novella.

I would have loved more details on why the war happened and why they are using children as soldiers. and what is over the wall?

These questions may be answered in further novellas in the series which would be interesting to see if the books can be improved upon, which I do realise it is hard in novella form.

I found myself drifting more often than not when reading this book, I usually love dystopia novels and especially where there is a new theme such as lack of empathy and emotions.

I would probably read the next in the series but if it doesn’t improve I will probably shelve this series.

 

 

 

A bit Late but 2016 Challenges

I started off this year of reading with low expectations, last year was a bad year for me and I didn’t  get much blogging or reading done. but so far this year has seen me get back into reading and reviewing so I decided to give some challenges a go.

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I have a few series that have gotten away from me in the last year so I really would like to catch up with them, Anita blake and Black dagger Brotherhood are just a couple. so this challenge will really be good for me. I will also add a page just for these books so that it is easy to see.

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I wouldn’t be an Aussie Blogger if I didn’t take part in the Aussie Author Challenge 2016!

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As my fav genre I have to add it into my Challenges for the year.

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So excited for this one.

don’t forget all pics are linked to the host web pages.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday : Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton

I know that I have fallen behind on this series, which is horrible because it is my Favourite and it was released last year. Anyway I am hoping to buy this book soon and get it read it is book #24 from the Anita Blake series.

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed…

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With Malice by Eileen Cook # Review

Title: With Malice

Author: Eleen Cook

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: June 7 2016

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A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

 

My Thoughts

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With Malice was extremely engaging, Jill has everything a full ride to Yale, money and she is looking forward to heading to Italy for an educational experience through a student program. Simone is beautiful and popular she is also Jill’s best friend, when finding out Jill was heading to Italy she decided to join as well.

Unfortunately for the girls, a horrible accident occurs. JIll wakes up in a hospital with no memory of her trip to Italy or the accident.

The story is focused on Jill’s recovery and her trying to remember what has happened, as the world turns on her and rumors start flying, Jill cant refute the claims since she can’t remember what happened, all she knows is that she never would have hurt Simone, she loved her as a best friend.

You really feel for Jill she has lost her best friend and she can’t mourn her because the media is blowing up saying that she is a murderer. We get to follower her small triumphs as she has regular therapy and rehab to regain her memory and mobility.

You really feel drawn in to the story, and Jill is so sweet that you know she is the wronged person in this whole mess, but with circumstantial evidence the Italian police are trying to extradite her to Italy to face charges while her parents and a lawyer try to clear her name.

I loved the story and the characters, the only thing I found disappointing was the ending, it was left some what blurry. I would really have liked a solid conclusion.

other than this I highly recommend With Malice as a great read.