Friday, 24 October 2014

Review + Excerpt: Temper for You (For You #3) by Genna Rulon

Temper for You (For You, #3)Temper for You

Author: Genna Rulon
Series: For You
Pages: 312
Publisher: Genna Rulon

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

"Life is messy. Love is messier." -Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control. At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.

• Though Temper For You is a part of the For You Series, it can be read as a stand alone
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+

Review: 4  out of 5 stars 

Temper for You is the third book in the For You series and introduces us to Meg Adeio and Westly Black.

Meg is a character that I instantly adored, she hides a tragic past, is reserved for good reason and doesn’t give herself freely; she never feels that she is worthy of anyone or anything so she keeps to herself. I wasn’t Westley ‘douchbag lawyers’ biggest fan in the previous book but I was fascinated by him, he is a successful lawyer also with a mysterious past and sets his sights on Meg; she is reluctant but he is persistent and goes after what he wants.

Genna Rulon’s strengths lie in writing amazing, realistic characters that interact on a believable level; the dialogue is fun and witty and the banter had me giggling on many occasions. The mystery of Meg’s past had me intrigued and I couldn’t help but feel for what she had been through, life hasn’t been easy and her forced isolation was out of necessity not want, Genna Rulan bought all the elements of the story together nicely – romance, suspense and intrigue.

Temper for You is an engaging story filled with scheming, betrayal and forgiveness; the romance is written beautifully and the drama unfolded realistically; it was emotionally intense from the very first chapter.

Genna Rulon’s descriptive writing is fabulous and we are given many unexpected twists and turns that kept the pacing consistent and the story highly entertaining, Temper for You is told from both Meg and Wes’s POV and it worked out well as we get to see into their thoughts and reactions which I always enjoy. We also get to catch up with Hunter and Everleigh and Sam and Griffin who are wonderful friends and a great support network for Meg.
Though Temper For You is a part of the For You Series, it can be read as a stand-alone although I do highly recommend reading the first two books in the series as they are both brilliant and introduce us to some great characters.

Thank you kindly to Genna Rulon for the opportunity to read and review Temper for You.

Quotes: 

“What’s happening with us is special.  It won’t last forever, but it’s rare and undeniable.  I can’t make you any promises and I know you don’t want them.  Can we explore what we have until it runs its course?  I’m not done with you—it will take more than a few nights to get you out of my system, and I’d like to enjoy that time without a predetermined expiration date we arbitrarily set for ourselves.”

“You want to deny me and yourself?  I’ll give you that play—for now.  Let’s find out how much persuasion it’ll take for your house to fall.  What’s between us can’t be ignored, Meg, and don’t forget, persuasion is my bread and butter.  Make no mistake, it will happen, and when it does, I will enjoy every second. And so will you…All. Night. Long.”



“Megalicious, get your butt down here and have some dinner with us,” Sam called from downstairs.

After unburying myself from a mountain of books, I headed to the kitchen. Griffin was unloading an insane amount of Chinese food on the table while Sam brought over the drinks.

“I see you guys decided to order one of everything on the menu,” I laughed, only partially kidding.

“He’s a growing boy,” Sam teased while patting Griffin’s stomach.  “Plus, he needs to build up his energy…I have big plans for him,” she finished with a salacious grin directed at her man.

Griffin swatted her tush playfully in response.  “Your plans for me involve rearranging all the furniture in your bedroom, and not in the way I’d prefer.  Food may be the deposit, but that smile better be hinting at settling the remaining balance in more enjoyable ways.”

“We’ll see how much you complain about the rearranging, then I’ll make my decision on any tips,” Sam said.

“Lo, please…you can’t resist me,” he said with utter confidence.  “But don’t worry, I can’t resist you either—never could.”

I loved seeing them like this.  Sam had overcome more obstacles than any single person should ever have to face.  Life may have broken her, but she pulled herself back together— with the help of Griffin—and was stronger now than ever before.  She was the person I wished I could be: pure and brave, she was goodness personified.   I may be three years older than Sam, but I looked up to her, despite the fact that she regularly embarrassed me with her lack of filter and inappropriate over-shares.  Sam was Sam, and in her own way she was looking out for me.  She’d found her happily ever after, and now she was on a mission to find mine …even if she had to cram it down my throat.  I loved her for caring though.

Griffin captured my attention with a nudge and stage whispered, “How much you want to bet that after rearranging the furniture three times, she’ll decide to put it back in the original spots?”

“I’ll bet you five dollars you can distract her and never wind up lifting a bulging bicep,” I countered at full volume.

Sam’s eyes narrowed at Griffin.

“Dammit, Meg.  Stop foiling my evil schemes.  Now she’s onto me.”

Genna Rulon
About the author: Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author. 


During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Shimmer (Rephaim # 3) by Paula Weston

Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)Shimmer

Author: Paula Weston
Series: Rephaim #3
Pages: 393
Publisher: Text Publishing
Release date: 3rd July 2014

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim - a 140-year-old half-angel - whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.

It’s a race against time - and history. And it may already be too late.

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

** Contains possible spoilers from previous books

The Rephaim is one of my all-time favourite angel series and one that keeps getting better with each book; with a cast of memorable characters, a wonderful storyline and fabulous writing, I didn’t want this book to end and when it did I was left gaping.

Gaby is a character I absolutely adore, she still has no recollection of how her memories were stolen but piece by piece she learns about the person she was and continues to grow as a character; I have been anticipating the big reveal about the twins memory loss but it wasn’t to happen in Shimmer but the build-up to this point has certainly kept me entertained and fully invested in the characters. Jude slots back into the Rephaim fold easily but he is still a bit of a mystery and Rafa {swoon} despite being missing for the first part of the book still plays a pivotal role overall.

The plot is faultless, A lot of Shimmer is spent with the characters at the Sanctuary where we see the Outcasts reunite with Nathaniel’s supporters in the hopes of finding a way of rescuing Rafa and Taya from the magic room they discovered in Iowa; with Nathaniel delaying it is up to Gaby and Rafa to find a solution and save them from the hellions.

Shimmer is a book filled with angel politics, a wonderful romance and action aplenty, I am still left with so many unanswered questions which I am sure will be revealed in the finale Blaze which has an anticipated 2015 release date.

Amazing angel books are hard to come by but this is a series I highly recommended! My biggest grip is the wait until I can get hold of the next book.


Paula WestonAbout the author

I'm the author of the Rephaim series.

I'm also an avid reader and blogger, a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories, a closet comic reader and TV addict...and I'm borderline obsessed with the Foo Fighters.




Shadows (The Rephaim, #1) Haze (The Rephaim, #2) Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: Scratch by Rhonda Helms

ScratchAuthor: Rhonda Helms
Series: -
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 240
Amazon
Release Date: 30/09/2014

Synopsis:

The most painful scars are the ones you never see. 

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up. Like Casey, he's a senior. In every other way, he's her opposite. 

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can't fathom, he's intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable. He doesn't know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach - or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

Review: 2 out of 5 stars

The premise is what originally intrigued me about Scratch, a young girl with a traumatic past who puts her efforts into DJing and her studies whilst also finding an unlikely friend and eventual love but unfortunately it fell flat in execution for me and I was unable to fully appreciate the book.

The characters: Casey is a college senior with a tragic past; she isolates herself from everyone except her grandparents, her days are spent studying and some nights DJing at a dance club. Daniel is in Casey’s Philosophy class and inserts himself into her life much to her reluctance; he was an all-round great guy with bucket loads of patience.

What I enjoyed:


  • * The build-up to the mystery surrounding what had happened to Casey and her family – her stomach is covered in puckered scars, I was eager to learn what had happened to her.
  • * As a love interest, Daniel was a great guy – kind, calm, persistant and tolerant.
  • * The beautiful cover art.
  • * Casey’s amazing grandparents were a wonderful support.
  • * The believability of Casey’s anxiety and panic attacks

What I didn’t enjoy:  

  • * A heroine I couldn’t relate to or connect with.
  • * Insta attraction/lust & love.
  • * The writing seemed stilted and the dialogue made me cringe.
  • * I didn’t feel the connection between Casey and Daniel, too much seemed to happen between them too soon. They were chalk and cheese.
  • * I would have loved more page time with Casey and her passion for music and DJing – we only get a small aspect.
  • * Casey’s hot and cold personality drove me crazy! I constantly wondered why Daniel would stick around when she constantly pushed him away.

Scratch is a book that I feel has potential; it just needs a little refining.


About the author: Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Review: Prophecy (Calypso #1) by Julie Anne Lindsey

 

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Prophecy (Calypso, #1)Prophecy

Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Calypso
Pages: 280
Publisher: Lyrical Press / Kensington
Source: YA Book Bound
Release date: 6th October 2014
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Synopsis: On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Review: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Prophecy is a nice start to the series, it follows eighteen year-old Callie Ingram who hopes to gain a scholarship with her swimming, something she is passionate about but her whole life is turned around when the Hale brothers move in to the house next door.

We learn early on in the story that the Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who have been sent to the small town of Zoar, Ohio by The Fates to find their new leader.

The Characters: Callie was a great character, she is passionate about her swimming and is extremely close to her mother; her father is not in the picture – she was a strong willed character with a likeable personality. Her best friends are Justin and Allison, both wonderful and played an important role in the storyline, I especially loved Justin who was the perfect best friend & great boyfriend material and Oliver and Liam Hale, new in town with a reputation they are eager to escape. Liam is the love interest and was quite broody and sullen, I wasn’t initially interested in him at all; his hot and cold personality confused me but I’m eager to see how their relationship progresses.

What I liked:

** Likeable, finely honed characters; the dialogue was entertaining as was their interactions
** The mystery surrounding the Hales, what they were and their purpose in the small town was enjoyable
** The mythology parts were written well but I would have liked more details
** I liked the plot twists and turns, I was curious about what Callie was so this tidbit was especially interesting

What I didn’t like:

** Insta-attraction/love; it was pretty much right from the moment Callie first saw Liam and was quite off-putting
** The Kirk & Hannah side storyline, I didn’t feel it was needed and nothing really came of it – teenage angst and unnecessary drama.
** Callie accepted everything too easily, I would have liked her to have shown more resistance when it came to the information she was receiving
** Some parts of the book felt choppy, I was a little confused at times
** I would have liked to have learnt more about the ‘bad guys’
** I enjoyed the Norse mythology but would have liked to have more background details; I hope this is detailed in the next book

Overall, I enjoyed Prophecy. It was a nice start to the Calypso series.



Julie Anne LindseyAuthor

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s 

a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio 

with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day 

she plans to change the world.

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