30 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #34

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books We've Read So Far in 2015.

I love lists like this, where I can just think back about the awesome books I've read already, although sometimes it brings up memories of the not-so-good ones too. This was particularly hard as I read the whole NETBA shortlist in January this year and they were all excellent.

So here we go, in order read:
  1. In Bloom by Matthew Crow
  2. Say Her Name by James Dawson
  3. The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
  4. The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Cafe by Jenny Oliver
  5. Slated by Teri Terry
  6. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  7. The Fearless by Emma Pass
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  9. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  10. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
This list made me smile so much, some fantastic books on here! What was your ultimate favourite this year?

29 June 2015

Review: Temptation by Robin Covington

She needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.


5 Words: Fame, love, family, press, music.

I wish I'd known about this book sooner, as I freaking loved it. The moment I finished it I went and bought the second one, despite having been sent a review copy of it. BECAUSE IT WAS THAT AWESOME. And I have the third pre-ordered.

You know when you just get sucked right into a book? You're so wrapped up in the storyline that you can't take your eyes off the page? Can't put it down? Go over on your break at work because of this and get into trouble from your manager? Yeah, this was that book.

Kit is an extraordinary character living and extraordinary life and I love how she and Max collided.

I have very high hopes Ms Covington. Temptation has set the bar exceedingly high.

20 May 2015

Review: Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...


5 Words: Politics, scandal, love, family, rumour.

If you know me, then you know I've got a soft spot for Chanel Cleeton. And if you've ever read any of her books then you know there's a reason for that. She's the author who restored my faith in New Adult, showed it could be more than badly rewritten sex scenes and regurgitated plots. And in Flirting with Scandal she keeps up the good work.

There is passion and intrigue and right at the centre a fantastic character in the shape of Jackie, someone who was simultaneously incredibly strong to everyone around her and vulnerable just in front of the only one who really knew her. Or thought he did. Because this plot has some fantastic twists.

There was something about her, something that felt like a burst of color in a sea of gray.

The whole story was very fluid and natural in the way it played out. And even for someone who knows nothing (absolutely nothing) about American politics it was never overwhelming.

19 May 2015

Release Day Blast: Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton


Flirting with Scandal 
by Chanel Cleeton



The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...


EXCERPT

He moved forward, just an inch, but enough that his hand reached out, circling my wrist. We both froze the instant he touched me. His eyes widened, almost as if he were surprised by his own actions.

We both looked down at the same time, our gazes glued to the spot where our flesh met.

His hand was tanner than mine. It was easy to imagine him outdoors—sailing, maybe. Maybe he still played lacrosse. He looked so masculine, and physical, and something about the sight of his hand—long, tapered fingers, neatly trimmed nails—was enough to make my breath catch. His hands, like everything else about his body, were big. With him arched over my chair, it was impossible to not feel like he dominated me.

We didn’t look at each other, instead we both watched as he turned my hand over, palm up. For a second I forgot to breathe. Everything around us, the sounds of glasses clinking and deals being made, fell away. I forgot that I was at the Hay-Adams, forgot everything but the image of his hand, so male, so strong, so capable, encircling mine.

I waited. It must have been only seconds, and yet it felt like an eternity. Waited until I felt it, the brush of his finger, featherlight, on the inside of my wrist—stroking, teasing, tempting—unraveling me with the slightest touch.

I went completely still, my body anchored by his. The fire alarm could have gone off and I wouldn’t have moved an inch. My eyes closed, savoring the feel of his hand on my bare skin.

It was the kind of touch that was nothing and everything at the same time. It was an invitation, a proposition, a claiming, possession. With one finger, the power completely shifted.

My eyes fluttered open, unable to resist the urge to watch. His fingers stroked the inside of my wrist, lazy patterns and swirls that somehow looked like art. Each touch sent a shiver through me, my nipples tightening, heat flooding my body. I’d never been so turned on in my life, and all he’d touched was the inside of my wrist.


 THE WORD ON THE STREET


Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal. 
I loved this book!
- New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
- New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 
- USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

Chanel Cleeton knocked it out of the park with Flirting with Scandal. The banter was refreshing, the political storyline captivating, and the sexual tension was through the roof. Smart, emotional, romantic, and sizzling hot--this book is fantastic!
- Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

Chanel Cleeton delivers again! Featuring a strong heroine, a steamy romance, and juicy dose of political scandal, Flirting with Scandal is completely engrossing. Clear your calendars--you won't be able to put this one down! 
- Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo

An emotionally satisfying page turner, deliciously steamy and set against a complex political backdrop that yields satisfying plot twists and a hefty dose of scandal.
- Lia Riley, author of Upside Down

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Top Ten Tuesday #33

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Tuesday Freebie.


This is probably the hardest list EVER. I mean, how am I supposed to pick not only a top ten, but the subject for that? Eek. So I have decided upon...

TOP TEN UKYA AUTHORS

Now, I love UKYA. It is my longest book-lover, my one true bookish love, my novel-soul-mate. UKYA is what properly got me into reading, it's what's kept me reading, it's my addiction. The majority of the books I read each year are UKYA.

And now I think I should explain a little.

Simply put, UKYA is United Kingdom Young Adult. Looking a bit deeper is does have a few different definitions. Some are that it has to be a UK-born author, writing stories set in the UK while living themselves in the UK. For me, as long as the book was written by an author who currently resides in the UK then it counts. I'm not fussy. It's all awesome.

UKYA has it's very own feel, a certain tone to it that when you pick up the book for the first time and start reading, you just know. You know it's UKYA. And yet the books themselves are all so very different. So, here are my Top Ten UKYA Authors, the ones I read again and again and again.
  • Kevin Brooks
  • Melvin Burgess
  • Kate Cann
  • Teri Terry
  • James Dawson
  • Keren David
  • Holly Smale
  • Leila Rasheed
  • Anne Cassidy
  • Sarra Manning