Contemporary, New Post, Reviews

Christmas Romance Novel Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis


“Maybe I’ve already died and gone to heaven.”

She lifted her hand with a smile. “You think this is heaven?”

“You’re touching and kissing me,” he said. “So yeah, I think this is heaven.” 

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If she has her way …

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her …

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him …

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice …

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work …

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #2
Pages: 384
Genre: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, 
Publisher: Avon
Sessions: 5
Time Taken to Read: 3hr 37m 50s
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The Review

Holly Bells!! Christmas is here… 

This Book has gotten me so excited for Christmas this year… it’s that good. So this was on my list of one of the books I wanted to read this month, but I honestly didn’t expect this level of Christmas & Book Joy. 

 

Firstly, let’s start with the characters. Willa was an unbelievably kind heroine. She had been dealt a bit a tough blow when it came to parents but made up for it when he came to friends.  . She was also hurt when she was younger but the Hero Keane and was understandably cautious. 

The Hero:

Keane was gorgeous. oooo baby! I loved him. He was so sure that he didn’t care about anything and yet he quickly got attached to the cat, his aunt, Willa, and the house. To be honest, I loved his subtle Alpha tendencies, whilst not full caveman, were endearing and beautiful. 

Secondary Characters: 
I understand that the other characters in this book get their own story told so I could understand the authors need to create amazing secondary characters. Their interactions were funny, they were a proper family, and it gave a cozy vibe. 

The Animals:

The cuteness was just an overload. Pita the cat, was a character all of her own. she was sassy, naughty, mischievous and totally stole some of the scenes. with her antics.   Jill Shalvis had done her research especially when it came to the doggy wedding and the general care for the animals. 


You’re the most unforgettable person I’ve ever met.

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The story itself was engaging, and funny throughout. The inner and outer conflict (mostly the animals, and secondary characters) was perfect because it wasn’t conflict for the sake of conflict. 

HUGE joyful 5 out of 5 Kisses!!!!

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Contemporary, New Post, Reviews

Romance Novel Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver


You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.

one day in december by josie silver

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Pages: 432
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penguin
Sessions: 4
Time Taken to Read: 4 hours 2m 32s
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The Review:

Firstly, Laurie. I liked her. she was a great heroine. She was funny realistic, emotional and kind. Jack, I wasn’t too keen on. He wasn’t the typical Hero in that he was the alpha male that  I am used to reading about. He seemed a bit weak. 

What I did adore was that the story was very British and I could relate to everything! Josie Silver has an amazing way of pulling the reader in and describing the surrounding so incredibly well. It is like you are sitting right there on the bus or the sofa with Laurie or the fun fair with Jack! 

Well, If I am honest I didn’t like the book as much as I thought. It had echoes of One Day by David Nicholls.  and although I loved the setting and the Laurie, I couldn’t stand Jack, he wasn’t likable enough for me, plus I wasn’t keen on the friend Sarah. 

A Solid 4/5 Kisses. 

 

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Book App Spotlight: Bookly

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Attention Bookworms!!!!

I have found the Mecca for Book Goals.. The ultimate App designed to help you smash your reading goals once and for all!! – and even more perfect, now available on Andriod!!

** I have not been paid to provide this review, I just think the app is amazing and want to share that!

*** this is the review for the Andriod Version

What does it do??

LOADS!!!

  • Searches online for the book you want to read
  • Let you manually add a quote from your book or snap a picture of the page.
  • Lets you add thoughts/word as you go along
  • Countdown option
  • Allows you to create a Monthly/yearly Goals. – Yearly= Number of Books and Monthly = Number of Hours
  • Overall Reading Stats, including; pages read, reading speed, Reading streak.
  • Badges!!
  • Room to organize your books into collections.

Have a look at the screenshots if you don’t believe me!! 

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How much?

You can add up to 10 books and use all the features completely FREE, however for £4.99 a month you can totally add as many as you like. In my eyes, this is totally worth it!!

To Conclude:

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kirsten

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Podcast Review: Read Me Romance

Two authors, Three people, Free Smutty Audiobooks and a Bundle of laughs. These Ladies will definitely be on Santa’s naughty list.. and my wish list!!   

NY Best selling authors, Alexa Riley and Tessa Bailey, host a Podcast featuring an original AudioBook. Each episode is uploaded every weekday, with another section of the Novella.

Each Book has their own professional Actors who perform the novel, and the episode can be about 20-30 minutes long.

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Alexa Riley and Tessa Bailey each present the episode with their hilarious quips, and stories. I was laughing so much listening to them, my sides hurt.

The first book Closer by Alexa Riley, has two chapters each episode, presented over 5 nights. Personally I binge listened to these because I know how I get for Alexa Riley novels!! I never want them to end!

The idea behind this is completely original and of course FREE. The ladies have an amazing list of authors coming up in future podcasts that I cannot wait for.

Season One Looks like this

Read me Romance

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5/5 Kisses of awesomeness

 

BTW the theme tunes gets in you head!!

Read me Romance
Read, Read me Romance
Read me Romance
Read, Read me Romance
You can take a look in a book that’s fine
Or you can sit back relax and unwind
Read me Romance
Read, Read me Romance
Read me Romance

kirsten

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“Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like-waves, slowly chugging my organ”…Bad sex awards 2018

It’s that time again.

The Bad Sex award 2018 nominees have been announced, by the Literary Review This year they are all male and honesty some of these have the worst metaphors I have ever heard!!

The above quote was from Scoundrels: the Hunt for Hanscalpp by Major Victor Cornwall and Major Arthur St John Trevelyan.

My Ejaculation was violent and repeated. again and again, semen poured from me, overflowing her vagina, turning the sheets sticky… Yuzu slept deeply through it all without making a sound, her breathing even.

Killing commendatore by haruki murakami

Don’t know why but the word semen isn’t very sexy at ALL. not to mention, she’s asleep?? seriously, not too sure why that isn’t a rape scene, but its one of the nominees…

In his mind he pictured her neck, her long neck, her swan’s neck, her Alice in wonderland neck coiling like a serpent, like a serpent, coiling down on him. she had found a way through his clothing and her fingers lightley touched his cock. 

The paper lovers by gerald woodward

His pubic hair is red. His erect penis is a surprise although I had imagined what they would feel like, read about them, seen them represented on toilet walls and magazines. I didn’t see it before he entered me, but afterwards, it is small and sticky and amusing. I want to touch it but I don’t dare. I don’t know the etiquette. 

Grace’s day by william wall 

Ah, well… I’m a little shocked really. its quite blunt and a little disturbing description of sex. 

They stay in this position for a long time, Anna sucking and slurping with the same lazy persistence you’d use on a gobstopper or a stick of rock

Kismet by Luke Tredget

Cum inside me. Cum inside me. cum inside me. Blinding breathless shaking overwhelming exploding white God I cum inside her my cock throbbing we’re both moaning eyes hearts souls bodies one. 

Katerina by james fey

To be honest this seems like a lot of words just added together with next to no grammar. not only this, but I feel that it uses most of the correct words I would expect from an erotic sex scene but , it seems disjointed and out of context. not the worst, yet not terribly great either. 

And the winner is…

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Christmas Reads, December book goals and NaNoWriMo

December 2018

Happy December Readers!!

Can you believe how quick this year has gone? It seemed like only yesterday I started my diet only to crash it the next day!!

NaNoWriMo –> 2018

I Failed. Big time. I managed to get the first three chapters of my book done. This month has been particularly difficult. I am currently working in a very stressful environment. I don’t wish to go into much detail, but I found myself having to take a break from a lot of things, just to get through. needless to say, my novel went to the back of my mind, and I focused on self-care, which was just as important.

Christmas Reads

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Once upon a time Kayla loved Christmas

Now she’s more dedicated to her job than decking the halls and can’t wait for the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to be over.

Until she arrives at the enchanting Snow Crystal ski resort, determined to win gorgeous owner Jackson as a marketing client.

But wooing Jackson professionally quickly turns personal as they spend flirty festive nights in this glittering winter wonderland.
With snowflakes swirling and sleigh bells ringing…could Jackson be the one to make Kayla fall back under the Christmas spell?

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The Season to Sin – Claire Connelly
Bad boys are her weakness…
When bad-boy billionaire Noah Moore storms into psychologist Holly Scott-Leigh’s life she is immediately tempted to sin… But he’s her potential client, and she’s never crossed that line before. This festive season Noah will show Holly how good it feels to be on the naughty list!

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love, at first sight, doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

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Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and an immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness

December Book Goals

Goodreads Book Challenge

I have 12 books to read by the end of the year. It should be a piece of cake, the weather is pretty bad and I am pretty dedicated this time of year to reading Christmas themed Romances – (I’ve already read 3)

Finally, I’m aiming to complete 25 in 5..

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Christmas is such a magical time of year, and I love listening to carols whilst reading, especially with an advent candle each evening. Perfection!

kirsten

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Review: Taking Her Turn by Alexa Riley

ARC received in exchange for an honest review 

Mina and her Husband Kingsley have the perfect marriage… except that Kingsley  is afraid he will hurt her if he releases his full alpha on his wife. Mina decides to take a little control, to unleash the beast within. 

She’s the most important thing to me on this earth and I have to protect her. Even from Myself

Perfect for fans of over possessive alpha males, Alexa Riley short Novels are great to satisfy my dirty mind. This is the second(?) time that AR have written about an already married and happy couple. 

I’m done trying to pretend I’m not an animal for you. I’m done forcing myself to be calm when all I want to do is mount you on the nearest surface and rut.

AR novels have this bluntness about the heroes that I love. There’s not Bullshit about them. Me Tarzan you Jane. So hot! 

I love a sassy heroine, and Mina is a virginal wife with a dirty mouth.. gets her in trouble.. yum! 

5/5 stars.

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Review: The Problem of Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Series: Standalone
Pages: 474
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,
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“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

After 4 years of homeschool, Mallory Dodge is attending her first year of high school. Tired of not being normal and trying to hide from the past, she discovers that the past is sitting in the seat next to her.

“We’ve been separated. But we had never really been apart.”

I have read JLA before with her Wicked and Torn books and I loved her writing style. She completely immerses the reader into the story from beginning to end. told in the first person, Mallory Dodge is a character I could relate to, that I think everyone could relate to. That is part of JLA magic. Her characters feel real.

I am familiar with New Adult books, and I was at first worried. I don’t always expect a HEA. they can go each way, and sometimes I just need a feel-good book. Not one with a really tragic ending, but I hoped JLA hadn’t let me down.

I didn’t want another literary Broken Heart.

  “Hoping never really got us anywhere, did it?”

Mallory Dodge was a flawed character, but she was so kind and thoughtful character that I loved her instantly. She was an outsider to everyone in the world except Rider, and for the last four years, she hadn’t known him.

Rider Stark was a character who put Everyone before him. He took risks with his life because he felt he didn’t deserve to have a great life.

“The past never went away and it was not designed to do so.
It would always be there, and it should be acknowledged.”

The past between the two of them was heart-wrenching, and as the pair begin to sort through their emotions and trauma, you get flashbacks. They are all set from Mallory’s point of view and it is often the unseen that makes the most impact.

Purchase From:
AMAZON UK ♡ AUDIBLE ♡ KOBO 

Creative Writing, New Post

Reasons to chose a Pseudonym and why I have one…

Pseudonym

Noun

a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name

Are you thinking about becoming an Author?? I am. It’s one of the most difficult things I want to do, but I am going to make it as fun as possible… Writing is about creating an entire world from your imagination, and for me that starts with a Pseudonym.

I have one.. and I’m going to tell you some reasons why I think you should get one too.

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Above: Alexa Riley is the Penname of 2 authors!!

Reasons to use one..

  1. Multi-Genre If you plan to write more than one Genre. Maybe, you want to write ‘Chick Lit’ but may also want to write something historical. If either one comes first, that name will be ‘known’ and will be synonymous with that genre. Depending on the audience, this may be frowned upon.
  2. Privacy You may have a full-time job, be a pillar of the community or simply don’t want people to find out you write for whatever reasons, like family squabbles for one.
  3. Uniqueness Let’s face it, if your real name is Jane Austen or John Grisham or Anne Rice, your books may be confused with other authors work. This can cause angry readers, who leave angry reviews.
  4. Brand some authors name themselves to be remembered within the genre. E Knight writes Historicals, etc
  5. You may sell more books, unfortunately, the publishing world is still very gender biased. Crime novels are usually brought because they are written by men, and arguably Romance novels are preferred to be written by women. There are of course exceptions, but these are rare.

 

Why I am using a Pseudonym

I’ve always thought I would write Multi-genres, and even though my name is pretty unique, I, at some point would love to write erotica.

So there are definitely some benefits to having a pen name when you write.

Will you take a Pen name.. let me know in the comments.

kirsten

 

 

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Hygge: The Ultimate lifestyle for Bookworms

Hygge: A Danish and Norweigan word for a feeling of cosiness and good wellbeing.

About two years ago, this word was everywhere in the UK. People were Hygging (?) left right and centre. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking was in every major supermarket.

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If I’m honest, I wasn’t that into it, thinking ‘God this is like avocados- it’s just a phase’ I may have been wrong about both. I won’t be buying any avocados soon ~(yuk) but Hygge, may have stolen my heart.

I’m sure you can tell from this blog I am a bookworm, (I prefer Book Unicorn, actually. I am NOT a worm) so I going tell you why I think Hygge is perfect for all Book Nerds…

  1. Books go really well with drinking, tea/coffee/Hot Chocolate/mulled wine.
  2. Hygge is about slowing down, making time to read
  3. Candles– Who doesn’t love lighting their favourite Book scented candle
  4. Creation of a cosy atmosphere- Blankets, cushions, comfy chairs etc.
  5. Build relationships – Book Clubs, online and offline communities.
  6. Leaving the Drama in the Books…
  7. Gratitude to the amazing authors, publishers, reviewers, Bloggers, Fans, creators of Book Merchandise.
  8. Finding your Tribe- Most Bookworms are Introverts, they are not overly fond of big crowds. Find 1 or 4 people to chill with, reading listening to music is perfect.
  9. Comfort food– Okay this is a personal one. I love to munch on popcorn, or gummy bears or cake when I am reading

I am here to be your hyggespreder. I am starting a new section of my Blog all about Hygge, including some recipes, seasonal tips, Cosy Room ideas, relationship building, and tips on how to make time for all of this..

Summer doesn’t really feel like the time to be cozy, but IT is about relaxing and enjoying the moment… In a few days I’ll publish a post about Hygge in summer, and why it is almost as important to get cozy in the summer as well as the cozier of seasons..

 

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Audiobooks: KOBO vs Audible

It’s a showdown, people!!!

I love audiobooks. last thing before bed for about 20 minutes I love to pop on some fairy lights, have a hot drink, lie back in bed, and be carried off to another world.

I always feel so relaxed and refreshed when I wake.

That being said, audiobooks, individually purchased are really EXPENSIVE. you are talking at least £10-£25 for each book. Not purse friendly.

BUT Audiobook subscriptions make it possible for me. There are two contenders for these Audible- an Amazon based company and KOBO – a Ratuken company.

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How do they work?

You buy a credit each month which can be exchanged for 1 audiobook, no matter the price individually. you can then play these via the app on all smartphones, laptop, and computers.

Subscription Price

Audible: £7.99, per month for 1 credits. £14.99 for 2 credits

Kobo: £6.99, per month for 1 title

Availability of titles

Honestly, it’s about the same. I search for titles that appear on Audible and Kobo and they were identical.

App

Kobo

The Kobo app contains eBooks & Audiobooks. The home page I felt was a little underwhelming, BUT the reading activity page made me a happy little reader. I love reading about stats, especially my own. With stats like ‘hours per book’ and ‘pages turned’ I was a happy little book bat.

There are also rewards like the social butterfly, witching hour (wow) and Deep thinker to be won. I do love challenges.

Overall 🦇🦇🦇🦇

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Audible

When you open the audible app it takes you straight to where you left the app the last time you were there. In my instance, the Library. I like that for two reasons, 1) no-one is trying to sell you more books. 2) the bottom of it has the last played book player, so you can just continue where you left off.

There is also a stats page with reward badges which were quite similar to KOBO, it does give you a ranking depending on how long you listen to them.

Overall

🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

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Other Services

Audible:

  • Although the Audible app does not have the ebooks in the app, you can switch between the eBook and Audiobook, if you have purchased both. If you already own a Kindle book, chances are you will get an offer price on the Audiobook at a really reduced price. you can then switch between the apps, and continue on the eBook, or the audiobook when needed. it will keep your place.
  • Audible has a free service called ‘Shows’ which are like podcasts but by authors and famous people. (Stephen Fry’s one is very good. )
  • Finally, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you can only get the series on audible. although it links to JK Rowlings own Pottermore Website.

 

Verdict

You need to way up how serious you are about audiobooks. If you are starting out I would recommend KOBO, if you are not sure how much time you would have for it. It’s cheaper and easy to use.

If you think you want more credits at a better value for money, the hands down you’ll want Audible. Three extra credits can be purchased for £17.99 So if you feel you need the rest of a series you started listening to you can.

Audiobooks can be addicting. I have 457 Audible titles. (I’ve been with Audile for about 8 years)

KOBO website ♡ Audible Website