Monday, 15 May 2017

Merry Christmas Eve

Author: Suzie Jay
Genre: ChickLit/Comedy/Romance
Book Rating: 8
Personal Rating: 9

This book was amazing, no stupendously amazing.  It started off well.  The setting was clearly given: women obsessed with Christmas trapped in an airport lusting after the hot guy who set of the detectors.  All the makings of greatness.  I was hooked right from the beginning.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Christmas Chaos


Author: Pailin Jay
Genre: LGBT
Book Rating: 6
Personal Rating: 5

The opening of this book was nothing short of spectacular.  Can't lie, I was hooked.  Dark brooding forensic photographer on his way to a local crime scene, the setting matched his mood just so much win.  After that, it slowly went down hill.

The main character picks up a clearly distraught man at the scene, obviously close to the vic, and takes him lunch which is fine.  But then it just didn't hit the levels of heavy the book seemed set up for. We've got a lead character here that's brooding over his life as an orphan, talking to a complete stranger who just lost his best friend about well, stuff.  I was just waiting for that emotional waterfall to happen but it didn't quite get there.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Beyond The Friend Zone

Author: Multiple
Genre: Short Stories/Romance/Drama
Book Rating: 7
Personal Rating: 7

This book was almost amazing.  Like I wanted to fall madly in love with it but ultimately couldn't. Two stories didn't quite stick to the theme, and others had awkward plot devices.  Each story gets a review, so this is going to be long and may contain plot spoilers.

Mechanics of Love

This could've been a five.  The chemistry between the leads Nora and Olly was good.  The story moved at a decent pace.  But the ending.  Didn't even read it.  The moment it was like yes the big payoff has arrived.  Then... Drama, a fight for no reason, and so on.

The Mutt

Author: Kasia Bacon
Genre: Short Stories/MM/Romance
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7

This was a short fun read.  Set up was good.  Dark brooding object of desire.  Unrequited love.  All the makings of steamy awesomeness.  The ending was good too.  The characters were easy to understand and follow.  Only thing is that it just didn't leap off the pages.  It felt like closer to the end it just sorta ended.  It didn't have enough info to read like a good short story.  Maybe five or so more pages in the middle.  I just didn't quite connect with the object of desire in this book or fall in line with the relationship that begun.  Basically, there wasn't enough begin with it.  It just sorta happened and I didn't have enough time to get on board and invested in the romance.  Even though I knew it was coming.  There was no yeah! and awww, and when's the next kiss.  They just didn't have enough time together to set me up for how this will pan out in the next instalment.  Especially with a pretty perfect ending/cliffhanger to the short.  Other than that, this is a light and entertaining read and if you want to kill an hour or two of your time, and actually enjoy said time, I recommend this book,

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Everybody has a story.... These are ours


Author: Audrey N Lewis
Genre: Short Stories/Anthologies 
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7

This was not what I was expecting and that's what makes it awesome.  It was very well written.  And mostly, it felt real. Without all the extras that people fluff their stories up with these days.  These are the types of tales that stick with you long after you'ver read the last line.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Master

Author: Catherine Taylor
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Erotica
Book Rating: 10
Personal Rating: 10

I honestly couldn't could this book down.  Action, suspense, steam, fight scenes muscles.  Oh, and the writing was good too.  If I could pull Jahn right out of this book I would but alas fantasising over fictional characters gets you nowhere in life.

At first, I was a little annoyed.  Damsel in distress, man comes to save her, erotic scenes to tease the pallet.  All well written but typical fair for this type of genre.  But as the plot thickens you start to realise the wonder that is Master.  Everything fell into place just at the right moments.  The motives that drove the characters were relatable.  The characters themselves lovable and the writing excellent.