Sunday, 30 September 2012

Two weeks worth of new books and an epic amount of bookmarks!


I didn't show off my new books last week, I had a reason but I can't for the life of me remember why I think life just got in the way so this is an EPIC two weeks worth of books.
 
I won this from Lauren Dane for review and it's signed!
 

I love, love, love Lauren Dane's books they're so naughty but with a heart. Lauren was giving away an arc of Tart for review so I thought I would enter and did a little jig when she emailed me and said I had won it. It's massive! It's A4 size with all the line numbers down the side (I'm assuming this is for the editor and author to mark revisions???) Lauren has even signed it for me!!!
 

For review
 

 
Falling Ash by Karen Mahoney
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Noughts & Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross by Malorie Blackman
 
I caved in and bought
 
 
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
It was £10 in Waterstones on release day so I just caved and bought it!
 
Kindle books
 
 
White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert, Defying the Odds by Kele Moon (review to follow) and Creed by Kristen Ashley (loved it! review to follow)

 From Net Galley
 

 Love Unscripted by Tine Reber
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
 
and
 
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
More Gideon Cross!!!!!
 
Epic amount of bookmarks from one of my favourite authors Jennifer Estep
 
 
I've got enough bookmarks for a gigantic giveaway now!!
 
and loooook!!!!

Jennifer signed a whole set just for me and sent me a little card *grins happily*
 
I do apologise for the over use of the exclamation mark in this post:)
 

 

Thursday, 27 September 2012

After Fifty Review: Taken by Kelli Maine

taken
Taken
Kelli Maine
Publication date: August 2012
Reviewed by Kristi

Where to start with this book? Let me preface by saying, I am brand spanking new to the whole kidnapping concept and I honestly wasn't too sure how I was going to feel about it. However, once I got there, it's all good! The whole premise of being kidnapped scares me to death. But when you throw in a hot man that really just wants to give me everything in the world including himself, I may just be okay!

Rachael DeSalvo is our leading lady. She is pure vanilla without a doubt. She is one of those gals who takes care of everyone else. Her wants/needs are constantly being pushed to the side. She turns down a fantastic job with Rocha Enterprises because she can't leave her mom alone. Rachael's father has passed and her mom has become dependent on her. There are points in this book where Rachael's character is tough and stands strong. Then there were times when I was screaming at her because she was just too flaky!

Enter Merrick Rocha, a sexy misunderstood billionaire. This dude has some serious issues. He is a obviously a bad boy to a certain degree, but not in the typical sense. Granted, it's not cool to kidnap chicks just because they turn down your job proposal, he is a conflicted man. He reminds me of someone that is so brilliant in the business world, but the everyday common sense stuff just seems to escape him.

Merrick really can't understand why Rachael turned down the job to renovate a hotel and private island that he owns. Let the stalking begin. He watches and learns about Rachael's daily life. Merrick is the type that his money has gotten him everything, but it didn't get him Rachael. The kidnapping is really a very small part to the book, so don't let it sway you not to read it! The relationship that follows is mind-blowing. Their daily interactions and then of course the sexual tension - HOT!!! How can there be sexual tension with some random guy that kidnaps you? Believe me it's there and well done!

I loved this book! And seriously, I am shocked about it. I stayed up late to read just because there was never a good stopping point. Every time I thought, I am going to turn my Kindle off and go to bed, that little switch just magically turned back on! This book was a definite winner for me.
 

After Fifty rating: 5/5 for sure!
Misunderstood billionaire with emotional baggage
Sexual tension GALORE


 
  





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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

My keeper shelf's new reviewers Kristi and Rebecca


A few weeks ago I finally put up a "help wanted" sign for a guest reviewer or two to join me at My keeper shelf. It was one of those things I had been pondering about for ages and ages. Like most bloggers I get way more review requests than I can possibly keep up with and to be honest I had got to the point where I was finding blogging really hard work on my own.

Personally, I've always maintained that blogging should be fun not a chore. Ultimately, I figure I'm only talking about books for goodness sake! And really my little blog is just a tiny insignificant little thing in the general scheme of things. However, it is kind of like my baby, and I have put a lot of work into it and, through blogging I've met (in a virtual kind of way) loads of really fab fellow bloggers so I decided I wanted to continue but would chillax a bit. I figured I would ask around and see if anyone wanted to help out with reviews but fully expected that no one would contact me. I was therefore beyond surprised that I had quite a few willing victims volunteers.

So, this is me officially welcoming Kristi and Rebecca to My keeper shelf.

Rebecca will be joining us over the next few weeks as our resident YA expert, she's also a beauty blogger so I'm hoping she can also sort out my wardrobe and maybe give me some makeover tips along the way.

Kristi has been devouring review books already! She loves a good "After Fifty" book as is therefore clearly a woman after my own heart.

In Kristi's own words here's a little about her...

"I am very soon about to celebrate the second anniversary of my 20th birthday! Which I am not too sure how I feel about that?! I am a mother of two wonderful boys and having an awesome husband who supports my reading obsessions! In my professional career, I am a registered nurse. Of course, my dream job would to be an author!"

Kristi's very first review will be up on le blog tomorrow so make sure you check it out!
 
 

My book boyfriend- Cole from Playing to Win by Jaci Burton


Hi everyone welcome to another week of book boyfriends co hosted by yours truly whilst Missie @ The Unread Reader is studying hard for her final semester of school.
 
I ADORE Jaci Burton's Play-by-Play series, she writes the most fabulously hot sports romances and her heroes are always very deliciously alpha male-ish.
 
Her latest book is Playing To Win, now, look at that cover what's not to like about that book? I have a large postcard of the cover in pride of place in my office. I may have actually licked it once or twice and have spent a large amount of time looking very closely at the groin area *winks*
 
Anyway, the hero Cole is a wide receiver with the Traders (being Scottish I don't actually know what that means but I don't even care) he's a bit of a bad boy hot head with a reputation that screams I am not a team player, so when Savannah is sent to work with him as his image consultant sparks obviously start flying.
 
I picked a few Cole quotes that may tempt you:
 

Savannah's first glimpse of Cole pretty much sums up how gorgeous he is: 
"Lord have mercy, but Cole Riley's photos and videos did not so the man justice.
In person he made a woman go weak in the knees. Savannah was glad she was sitting down, because she understood the mystique she'd read about in the tabloids and all the articles about him as a lady killer. Sure, she'd seen all the photos, and he certainly was pretty. Great body, beautiful dark hair...He was perfect and delicious. About six foot one and 215 pounds of sex on a stick would be her guess."
 
 As a professional footballer he's not exactly lacking in self confidence:
"She met him outside the locker room after he took his shower.
"You still here?"
"I am." She followed him down the hall. "You had a great practise today. You looked amazing."
That got a twitch of a smile from him. "Honey, I am amazing."
"Your modesty touches me."
 
 Despite all his bravado and stubbornness when he says words like this, I just melt into a puddle of goo:
He took her hand in his. "I'm in love with you. I don't take those words lightly, Peaches. And with love comes commitment. I'll always be here for you. I'm not going anywhere. I'm never going to leave you."

*Le sigh* hot cover and hot sports hero who made me laugh and drool, Cole Riley is definite book boyfriend material.

My book boyfriend is a weekly meme created by Missie at The Unread Reader. To find out more check out Missie's introductory post here. To show off your fictional boyfriend link your MBB post below. Direct links only please.

 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Joan Swan interview and giveaway


 
 My keeper shelf is the latest stop on Joan Swan's Blaze blog tour, Joan has kindly answered some questions about her Phoenix Rising series and there's a little giveaway for US/Canada followers too.
You can check out the other stops on the tour here

      Hi Joan, Blaze is the second book in the Phoenix Rising series can you
      tell us a little bit about it?

In the Phoenix Rising series a mysterious explosion at a military warehouse injures a team of seven hazmat firefighters, killing one. The contents of the building—classified chemicals used by the Department of Defense--have inflicted the team with various paranormal abilities which the government wants to study and the team wants to understand and expose.

Each book in the series focuses on different members of the team and their struggle with the aftermath of the explosion. As the group delves deeper into the incident and uncovers pieces of the puzzle, their personal issues are complicated by a powerful enemy trying to keep its secrets.
 
In FEVER the Phoenix Rising team makes the first deep crack in the enemy’s fa├žade. FEVER shows just how powerful their enemy is, how far and how deep they can reach and how desperate they are to keep their screw-up’s a secret. The love story in FEVER is between the two people in the book who should trust each other the least, but when its right…
 
BLAZE is all about discovering just how bad a situation can get. In BLAZE both the team and the enemy up the stakes and expose and even greater breadth and more twisted depth the existing conspiracy, things the team never imagined possible. Complicating this scenario, the love story in BLAZE is a reunion between two tortured and damaged members of the former team who were torn apart in the aftermath of the incident, but who haven’t been able to move on.
 
What was the first scene or character that came to you when you started plotting and writing Blaze?
The opening of BLAZE is a Jonestown-Waco-type siege in the Nevada dessert where Keira and Luke have responded for different agencies and meet again for the first time in three years.
After a bomb explodes inside the ranch house and nearly blows Luke and Keira off the roof, they find the boy Keira had come for and escape via military helicopter. They’re rushed, with other victims, to a local trauma center where Luke and Keira are able to really talk for the first time without bullets flying and explosions blasting.
This is the scene I played over and over in my head when I was thinking about BLAZE. And, as always seems to be the case with me, it didn’t turn out anything like I envisioned. But it did turn out better. J
How many books should we expect in the Phoenix Rising Series, and how far ahead do you need to plan when writing a series?
I’ve contracted with Kensington for two more books in the Phoenix Rising series. RUSH, book 3, comes out October 2013, and book 4 comes out April 2014.
I could easily envision 7 books in the series. Mitch, Seth, Kai and Cash all definitely need a book and new and fabulously complex characters keep popping up in each book that make me think…hmmm, he’d be a good hero.
Owen, an antagonist in BLAZE, is one of these characters. In the book I’m writing now, RUSH, he discovers he’s been kept in the dark about what was really going on in these black projects and is not happy about all the lies or the human testing. Owen takes some very heroic actions in RUSH that make me all soft inside. When I start going mushy, you can pretty much bet, the guy is going to get his own damn book.
Whether these books come under the Phoenix Rising series or whether I create a new, spin off series to accommodate them, I’m not sure yet.
I had a bit of a crush on Teague Creek the hero in Fever, what qualities does Blaze's hero Luke Ransom (great alpha male name btw) have that would make him a worthy book boyfriend and who would you like to play him in a movie?
Oh…I’d venture to say that Teague may get nudged to the back seat when you read BLAZE. Luke is rather irresistible.
I think my early reviewers and Keira herself describe Luke best…
Early reviewer on Luke:
“…all charisma and wit, a capable agent with a big bad side of get-with-the-program-or-get-the-hell-out-of-my-way. Underneath all that swagger, though, is a man who has never gotten over the love of his life and is willing to give up just about anything to see her safe and happy... even if it means living the rest of his life in misery.” --GraveTells
Keira on Luke:
Same intense blue eyes. Same long legs. Same wide shoulders. Same commanding presence. Same Luke.
He hadn’t had a haircut in months, hadn’t shaved in at least two days, hadn’t been using enough sunscreen. And he looked . . . amazing. Absolutely mind-numbingly amazing.

And Paul Walker would play Luke Ransom in a move J.
Blaze hits the shelves today, do you read reviews?
I can’t believe it. It felt like such a long time coming and all of a sudden it’s here!
I read good reviews. I skim others. I don’t read anything under 3 stars, but I take note of who left them. There is usually a pattern.
Your bio mentions you write what you like to read: romantic suspense. As an author, do you ever get book envy where you wish you had written a book you've loved reading?
Not so much subject matter – although when I heard the premise for Dexter (a serial killer who kills serial killers) God, it just kills me! Why didn’t I think of that??? – but writing style and characters and plot twists…okay YES! Yes, sometimes I wish I’d written the book, dammit! I admit it! J
Finally, please put me out of my misery is Mitch next?????
Sorry, Mitch isn’t next. You’re all going to ditch me as soon as you get Mitch’s book!! J But I do ***think*** Mitch’s book with be book 4. I still have to lay the ground work for that in book 3, so it’s tentative. J


Blaze
Pheonix Rising #2
Joan Swan
Publication date: 25th September


The hotter they come, the harder they fall…

With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…

 

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

After Fifty Review: Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

Taming the tycoonTaming the Tycoon
Amy Andrews
Publication date: August 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews is another fabulous little kindle bargain that I took a chance on and ended up loving to bits.

Nathaniel Montgomery is a driven workaholic property developer, his plans to bulldoze St Agnes's Victorian rose garden to build expensive property on will finally take him to billionaire status but is met with fierce local opposition. Whilst addressing a rowdy community forum/protest Nate finds himself handcuffed (fluffy pink handcuffs of course) to one of the "tree hugging, placard-waving hippies" Addie Collins a health food store owner who herself found the roses at St Agnes's important whilst fighting Leukaemia.

When her publicity stunt ends up with him in hospital Addie decides she wants to "pay it forward" and show Nate that there's more to life than billion pound deals and wants to help him to really smell the roses (preferably the roses at St. Agnes's). Realising that Addie isn't going to be easy to shake off Nate agrees to take her to his grandmother's 80th birthday weekend where the sexual tension between Addie and Nate explodes off the charts.

Taming the Tycoon's characters totally worked for me. Yes, Nate is another aloof gazillionaire but he's seriously hot, his family is adorable and despite being the kind of person who sets his goals years in advance he finds himself falling for Addie and has no clue what to do. Throughout however, I was never really certain that he was actually capable of sacrificing ambition for love.

Addie however, understands how fragile life can really be and although she knows it's wrong to lust after "the evil tycoon" she also really wants Nate to appreciate life and when she convinces him to spend just one hour a day slowing down and appreciating what's around him. This results in cute but hot little mini dates and of course nights in bed. Their couple chemistry was A-MAZ-ING and what started off as a light and breezy opposites attract kind of romance left me in the end crying like a baby. For me, that's the sign of an engaging, romantic and sexy story.


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After Fifty rating: 5 out of 5
Hot driven gazillionaire Thumbs up
Sexual tension and sizzling chemistryThumbs up
Made me cry (but it was worth it)Thumbs up



Wednesday, 19 September 2012

My book boyfriend: Nathianiel from Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

 
Hi everyone welcome to another week of book boyfriends co hosted by yours truly whilst Missie is studying hard for her final semester of school.

Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews is another one of those delicious little kindle bargains that I'm powerless to resist. Nathaniel Montgomery is a workaholic property developer one deal away from becoming a billionaire. First though he has to bulldoze St. Agnes's Victorian rose garden and get out of the pink and fluffy handcuffs he finds himself attached to at a local protest. When the heroine Addie Collins's handcuff publicity stunts goes a little bit haywire and results in Nate ending up in hospital Addie decides she wants to help "the evil tycoon" who also happens to be smoking hot see what's really important in life. Can Nate possibly sacrifice ambition for love? 
 
Taming the Tycoon had me laughing, crying (near the end I was wiping the tears away!) and had some very spicy scenes to keep the adrenaline running. Here's some quotes: 
 
 I loved Addie's first glimpse of Nate:
"Addie Collins lost her breath for a moment. "Is it wrong to lust after Evil Tycoon?" she whispered to her fellow protest organizer, Penelope of the loudspeaker.
Penny looked down at her friend, outraged. "Yes," she hissed.
Yes. Right. Of course. But he looked utterly magnificent. Like a feudal prince looking down his patrician nose upon his serfs. Which really should have annoyed her. But somehow, pulled her into the sticky web of his very tangible charisma, it didn't."
 
Her publicity stunt was hilarious: 
"He raised a haughty eyebrow at her. "Fluffy pink handcuffs? Seriously?"
Addie could hear the derision lacing his voice despite the noise around them. She stood her ground. "Worried pink trim will ruin your image?"
"Not at all." He shook his head. "Are they yours?"
The suggestive tone in his voice slipped down her spine like a bead of warm water. She shrugged, trying to be nonchalant and pretend she wasn't locked into a set of sex-shop handcuffs with the devil personified. "Well that's for me to know and you to find out."
"Indeed," he murmured, his voice low. "And trust me in private I'm sure you and I could have a lot of fun with these. But now that you've had your moment in the sun and have your front-page story for the morning tabloids, could you please unlock me?"
 
Addie agrees to attend his grandmother's birthday weekend as his pretend girlfriend to placate his mum and gran who are desperate for him to settle down. They end up sharing a bed and the whole pretend boyfriend/girlfriend thing gets a little out of hand:
"Addie?"
She opened her eyes to his husky question, gratified to see the clench of his jaw, the strain in his neck muscles, his hands gripping the sheet beside him.
"Are you drunk?" he asked.
She rocked into him, meshing her gaze with his and smiled. "Just drunk enough to be very, very easy."
Nathaniel gave a half laugh. "Having sex with a fake girlfriend would be very..." She watched his eyes shut as she ground down hard. "Very bad," he muttered, opening his eyes again

I gave Taming the Tycoon 5 out of 5 my  review will be up tomorrow. I totally fell in love with the characters and bawled my eyes out towards the end. You guys need to read it.
 
My book boyfriend is a weekly meme created by Missie at The Unread Reader. To find out more check out Missie's introductory post here. To show off your fictional boyfriend link your MBB post below. Direct links only please. 


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Giveaway: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson




I decided to have an ickle giveaway of Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson just because it was sooooo good. You can check out my review here.

Here's the details:

To enter all you need to do is enter the rafflecopter thingy below.
There are extra entries but they are of course optional.
The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country.
The giveaway ends on the 30th of September.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

1stFull Blooded
Amanda Carlson
Publication date: 11th September 2012
Reviewed by Lesley

Wow! Full Blooded definitely is an amazing start to what looks like a fantastic new urban fantasy series. Recommended for fans of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs when I saw the volume of 5 out of 5 reviews all over Goodreads I knew I had to reshuffle my TBR pile and read it fast.

Jessica McClain is the daughter of the powerful US werewolf Alpha. In this world only men are werewolves, Jessica's birth made her one of a kind and with a looming prophecy that a female would result in the end of the werewolf race she has had many critics her entire life. When at puberty she didn't shift Jessica was able to assume a new name and identity and carved a life for herself outwith the confines of the pack as a private investigator. When at 26 Jessica turns into a werewolf she becomes the only female werewolf in history and thus secures a HUGE target on her head not just from some of her own kind but from other supernatural beings.

I loved Jess's character straight off, she's gutsy, brave and determined but also vulnerable trying to find her her feet (or paws I suppose) with her new werewolf status. I liked her internal debates with her inner female wolf and her new very unique werewolf powers and found myself reading faster and faster as the action and tension mounted. I wanted even more about her Alpha father and her brother Ty and I loved the scene with her pack mate and Alpha's second James. It was goooooood.

Without being too spoilery Jess has another love interest. For me, it went quickly from potential enemy to protector to mate- I'm not saying I didn't like it as he is very intriguing, but coupled with all the action it seemed to progress really fast.

Overall, I loved the story it was action packed and pacey and it left me with the feeling that it's just the beginning of an amazing wider story. The minute I finished I was straight on Goodreads trying to find out when the next book will be released that's how good it was! Full Blooded reminded me a little of Rachel Vincent's Shifter Series, which as one of my all time favourites is a good thing, with side characters so deliciously good that I would be blissfully happy reading their own books. I really hope Amanda Carlson can write fast! 

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

New books and other stuff

 
 
Hey everyone, here's what new books I got this week:
 
For review
 Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Blink Once by Cylin Busby

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I actually had Poison Princess pre-ordered as I absolutely LOVE Kresley Cole. This is her first YA book so I'm beyond excited to see if I'll like it as much as her other books.
 
 

 Taken by Kelli Maine
Redlisted by Sarah Beaman
Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
 
I haven't been accepting review books recently as I have waaaaaay to many books to read of my own. I'm also a bit fussy, I feel that if I'm going to take time out to read a review book the blurb has to be pretty interesting and worth the time investment. I really liked the sound of these 3 books.
 
From Net Galley
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
I've thought about buying this before but never really got round to it so when I saw it on Net Galley I thought I would give it a go. Has anyone read it? Is it worth reshuffling my TBR pile for?
 
I bought
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
I've read some really amazing views about this and as it's set in Edinburgh I need to read it.
 
 
Audio book
Hidden by Sophie Jordon
I enjoyed the previous two books and I'm a bit of a sucker for dragon books right now however,
I need to finish my current audio book Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan (which is also about dragons- go figure!)

I read
 For the second week in a row I've hardly had the time to read anything. What I did read was AMAZING!!!!
Last week's comments about Full Blooded had me reshuffling my TBR pile immediately. It was so worth it. I loved it to bits and need to write my review once I calm down a bit.

I want to see what books you guys got so leave me a link:)
 
 


Friday, 14 September 2012

Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath
(Lies Beneath #1)
Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication date: 12th June 2012

Lies Beneath just didn't really do it for me. I really liked the idea of murderous mermaids, that's what caught my attention about Lies Beneath but the actually story never really grabbed me and neither did the characters. All in all, I lost interest pretty early on and wanted to skip parts to get to the end (which is never a good sign). Not for me.

Even though it wasn't for me there are loads of good reviews of Lies Beneath out there:

Making the Grade
I Heart YA books
Starting the Next Chapter



Thursday, 13 September 2012

After Fifty review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

The Mighty StormThe Mighty Storm
Samantha Towle
Publication date: 24th August 2012


"Look at me," he says, firmly.
I pull my eyes to his.
"Don't go to him, Tru, please."
I sigh. "I'm sorry ... I have to"
He rubs his thumb gently over my skin. I'm lost to his touch again. I close my eyes, revelling in the feel of his skin on mine.
"You don't have to. Just go out there and tell him the truth, baby," he says, voice low, soft. "Tell him you're with me now ... then we can get out of here. Just you and me. We can go anywhere in the world you want."

I'm not entirely sure it's possible to explain the array of emotions I went through reading The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle, I had to physically put my kindle down on two occasions in a kind of I'm so desperate to read it but I can't stand the tension kind of way. It really is a roller coaster of a book filled with tension and apprehension galore, guilt, lust, jealousy, love, regret and fear and very very worthy of a 5 out of 5 rating.

Jake is the lead singer and all round brains behind the most famous group in the world The Mighty Storm, he's a tattooed bad boy rock star with a reputation as an all out womaniser. Tru is sent by the magazine she works for to interview him not knowing if Jake will still recognise her. Best friends up until the age of fourteen when Jake left the UK for the US, Jake is the boy Tru has always loved and although she's followed his career since he became famous she's never got back in touch with him after he stopped replied to her letters and broke her heart as a teenager.

When Jake realises its his girl Tru that he loved as a teenager coming to interview him he sets out to ensure he doesn't loose her again. The chemistry between Tru and Jake is as hot as hell, at the start they dance around each other never admitting how they felt about each other as teenagers. However, there is one enormous problem Tru already has a boyfriend Will, a nice guy that she actually loves.

I thought It would be pretty cut and dry when I read The Mighty Storm, I don't like cheaters and I never sympathise with a character who cheats. I still don't, but there was just something about the whole story that had me thinking differently. Tru is so swept up in Jake and not in a kind of he's a rich rock star and I'm off to the shops to spend all his money kind of way. He's the boy she's wanted for over a decade, he's as sexy as hell, has a magnetic personality and wants her so bad. Yes, she knows what's she's doing is wrong, she knows that she's throwing away everything she had with Will for him but when he tells her "It's always been you, Tru. Always" she wants so much to believe him. I really felt for Jake too, yes he has a reputation of a ladies man but he does love Tru and wants her to finish with her boyfriend so that he can tell the world she's his. At the start Tru doesn't know if the thing with Jake is just a one off, she knows he's a womaniser and has no idea why he would want her. When she realises that Jake wants her she prolongs the agony by deciding she will tell Will it's over but she has to do it face to face because he deserves better. Her twisted logic is that she's doing the respectful and right thing by Will but is she really?

I was absolutely enthralled by The Mighty Storm, it never went down the predictable route and when I thought I was going to finally get my HEA it took me back on that roller coaster again. You have to read it, but you'll have to lock yourself away for a few hours because I guarantee you won't want to put it down.


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After Fifty rating: An EPIC 5 out of 5

Hot tattooed rock star Thumbs upThumbs up
Couple chemistry Thumbs upThumbs up
Drama and make up sex Thumbs up
Guilt, lust, love and tension Thumbs up