Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the book tour for Act Your Age,Eve Brown written by Talia Hibbert, hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours. Eve Brown releases today and you can purchase it from your local bookstores & online retailers- links to some of which are mentioned below.Continue reading “BOOK TOUR | Book Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert”
Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, published by Quercus Books(UK) on June 30th. The first book I read and loved by Moreno-Garcia was The Gods of Jade And Shadow. Mexican Gothic proved to be even more of a captivating and stunning book.Continue reading “Book Review: Mexican Gothic, written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”
From #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Sylvia Day comes a hotly anticipated and passionate new love story.
Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.
Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.
He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.
And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.
– My Thoughts –
“I’m tired of hurting,” he says softly. “You remind me that my body can feel things other than pain.”
I remember reading Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and it was sexy as hell. That is why I was interested in this novella.
Butterfly in Frost is related to the Crossfire novels and Eva, the heroine of Crossfire series, does make an appearance in this novella. The story is about Dr. Teagan Ransom, a cosmetic surgeon who’s recently divorced. She’s heartbroken as a result and isn’t ready to move on just yet. When a new guy moves in their neighborhood, Tegan’s carefully laid foundations are shaken to the core.
There was a great story in here but I felt it was not covered in great detail. I loved the plot twist and it would have fared better if this was a full length book.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you are a Sylvia Day fan and are looking for a light and easy romance novel.
Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
– About the Author –
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, #1 Sunday Times, #1 Globe and Mail, #1 Der Spiegel, and #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than forty countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in twenty-eight countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print.
Thank you for reading! Have you read the Crossfire books or will you be reading this novella? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.
The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.
Trigger Warningsinfertility, motorcycle accidents, hospitals, death of a loved one
Should You read The Friend Zone?
“I’m a woman. I can go into a bar penniless wearing sweats and a questionable rash and come out with leftovers and a buzz.”
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez is the author’s debut novel where we see an unlikely romance bloom between Kristen and Josh but it had its problems. Let me explain…
there are some spoilers, so proceed with caution
The Friend Zone starts with Kristen’s car being rear-ended by Josh’s. Later, we find out that Josh is fresh out of a relationship and is also the best man in his best friend Brandon’s wedding. As luck would have it, Kristen is the maid-of-honor in her best friend Sloan’s wedding to Brandon!
It seems that from the beginning Josh and Kristen have an attraction to each other but Kristen has a boyfriend, Tyler, who’s currently deployed overseas and is going to return home soon. However, Kristen has other problems like her uterus, which is faulty. Kristen has fibroids embedded in her uterus which leads to irregular period, pain and problems with fertility.
When Kristen needs a carpenter for her business, Josh volunteers and as days go by, he and Kristen start becoming good friends. Except Josh knows that he wants more than friendship with Kristen but he knows he can’t; what Josh doesn’t know is that Kristen is starting to like him too. Later, Kristen finds out that Josh comes from a big family and wants kids of his own someday. He even emphasizes that one of the reasons he broke up with his ex-girlfriend was that she didn’t want kids. This is where Kristen decides that even if she broke up with Tyler in the near future, there would be no Josh and Kristen. Here’s when I start to get confused and irritated with the story. I could glean from some lines that Kristen feels lonely as Tyler, her boyfriend is deployed almost all the time. She loves him but there isn’t passion in it. She starts comparing Tyler with Josh and yes, they are different in so many ways but it felt like we were hurtling towards the moment when Tyler would say that he’s reenlisting with the military which would break Kristen’s heart and Josh will be there to comfort her. Yes, I do mean that literally. For me, the sex between Kristen and Josh was too soon for comfort and I would have liked for the tension between them to continue for a few more pages. Sure, I could see their obvious attraction in their banter, Josh’s way of caring for her when her period pains were too bad..even though, there was no cheating(if you want to be technical)..I still think those characters deserved to grow more and have some breathing space.
phew! I had to get that out *wipes sweat*
Kristen and Josh don’t immediately fall in love but they remain friends with benefits as Kristen feels guilty because she can’t give more to Josh and getting his hopes would be too cruel. Soon, a terrible incident occurs which forces Kristen to re-evaluate her decisions.
Let’s talk about some things I loved. I’ve never seen such an open discussion of periods and infertility as I saw in this book. Even Josh is unfazed by periods as opposed to most other heroes who get turned off or just plain ignore it. I also loved that upon learning Kristen’s condition, Josh was fine having her in his life because he just couldn’t imagine a future without her. I LOVED THIS.
Since this is a romance novel and I know you might want to know if this has a H-E-A(Happily Ever After) ending and how much steamy -on a scale of 1-10- is this book. I fully expected to be a typical H-E-A but it wasn’t and the twist which is the incident that shall not be named broke my heart into several pieces. Just to be clear, there is an HEA ending but it was somewhat bittersweet. I would rank this a 3 or 4 in the scale of steaminess. Some of you will have trouble reconciling with the ending but I’ll say yes, it can happen. I don’t want to offer any more spoilers but Kristen’s outcome is a very possible one and I know it because my sister went through it. You will know what I’m talking about when/if you read the book. Sure, the author could have written an alternate ending but she chose this one because it’s possible too.
I won’t say I am biased but I’m so glad that a book dealing with infertility is out there because Kristen’s condition is quite similar to my own, and furthermore, I wholeheartedly agree what the author said: We’re not defined by our ability to have children, our worth goes beyond the state of our uterus.
Overall, I highly recommend this romance novel if you love reading contemporary romances with a bit of a twist. There are lots of funny moments and banter between characters, sexual tension and there’s a dog called Stuntman Mike who’s a very good dog😌😍
|Thanks to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.|
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WHY SHOULD YOU ABSOLUTELY (without any question) PICK UP “THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE” NOW?
First impressions: “OMG, this is almost 900 pages. How am I going to read it and then write a coherent review of it? ” *Also wonders* “This’ll make a really good weight, my arms need a workout.” “This’ll make a good weapon too”
The Priory of The Orange Tree has been on mine and many other book lovers’ list of anticipated releases of 2019. I went in with zero expectations as I do when books are overhyped but I was so wrong… This BOOK IS BLOODY BRILLIANT !
THE PRIORY is about a divided world, a Queendom without an heir and an ancient enemy whose awakening may just bring about the destruction of the world. The story begins like the calm before a storm, a man walking out of the water. Nobody will realize-not even the woman who rescues the man- that the storm has almost arrived.
“The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey.The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon
Okay, I use the word ” storm” hypothetically . Just to be clear .
The story follows four narrators – Ead, Tané, Loth, and Niclays – each of whom has different beliefs defined by where they live. The EAST and the WEST are divided over their religious opinions. While the EAST reveres dragons as Gods, the WEST abhors and fears dragons due to their past history involving mayhem caused by The Nameless One, an evil dragon.
A wyrm. A monstrous, four-legged wyrm, close to two hundred feet long from its snout to the tip of its tail.
This evil dragon -the VOLDEMORT- of this world a.k.a. The Nameless One has been locked away in the Abyss for thousand years now and it is said that as long as the Berethnet matriarchy lives on, the dragon will not rise.
What is below must be balanced by what is above, and in this is the precision of the universe.
Fire ascends from the earth, light descends from the sky. Two much of one doth inflame the other, and in this is the extinction of the universe.
I know what you’re thinking now. Of course, “that thing” will happen and that disastrous but momentous event is the trigger that will send our characters on missions that require them to deal with pirates, mythical beasts, magical trees, deadly assassins. This book has everything from lots of action, beautiful and malicious dragons, female/female romance and friendships to court politics. This fantasy celebrates women; you’ll see instances of where powerful women are wronged, erased off of history but they take back their power again. The Priory is brimming with excellent dialogue, spectacular worldbuilding, and a plot that will keep you guessing till the end.
I didn’t want to leave the world of Priory even though it kept me up all night. Some stories never leave your thoughts and The Priory of the Orange Tree is just one of those few for me.
|I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.|
Verdict: 5 out of 5 glowing stars.
Author: Connect with Author Samantha Shannon here .
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
- Publication Date: 26 Jan 2019
- Paperback: 896 Pages
Have you read The Priory of the Orange Tree yet ? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll buy it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!