Friday, 24 November 2017

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes


From Goodreads

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.      

My thoughts

I gave this an 8/10 or 4 stars. I enjoyed the story, sadly I saw the film before I actually got round to reading the book. So I knew the story well, if I'd not seen the film first the story might have scored higher. Note to self read the story first, then watch the film adaptation.

Lou was a breath of fresh air to the Traynor household, that appeared to have had life sucked out of it after Will's accident. The previously independent Will had returned to live with his parents in an annex, so that they could help care for him.

Lou was employed by Will's parents as a companion for him. Her colourful; clothing and outgoing personality it was hoped, would possibly help Will change his mind about his future.

As Lou gets to know Will it takes time for her to break down the barriers that he had erected around himself. As the two become better acquainted it's apparent that a battle of wills will ensue as both are determined individuals.

I enjoy Jojo Moyes's books and she has a knack of telling a darn good yarn. I can see why this was made into a film and I feel that the actress playing Lou was very well cast, I don't remember too much about the actor who played Will, what I do remember though is that he was very easy on the eye.

I am looking forward to finding the second in this series as it's hiding from me at the moment, and once found I will immerse myself in the continuing story.  This could be read as a standalone should you wish.

One Love, Two Stories new books by Amanda Prowse

Anna: One Love, Two Stories by [Prowse, Amanda]

Today was the day that bestselling writer Amanda Prowse decided to do a cover reveal for two new books.

In a Twitter, Facebook and media storm. Avid readers, reviewers and bloggers were asked to take part in a media frenzy.

Tweeting the following on her behalf.

Bestseller @MrsAmandaProwse presents One Love. Two Stories. First read #Anna a girl you’ll fall in love with then read #Theo a boy looking for someone to love. Two worlds, two lives, two novels that collide to create a masterpiece.

This sounds a fab premise and I for one am looking forward to reading the books when they become available next year in March.

They are available to pre-order now.,p_82:B0086DTS7Y

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Always Golden by Gina Dickerson


From Goodreads

Being a princess is both a blessing and a curse…

Growing up in a castle, Oriana was accustomed to the security of living within its walls…until the day an evil tore through the fortifications and shattered her perfect world.

Wanted by a ruler known as “The Collector” Oriana now has a battle on her hands to escape his clutches. With The Collector’s best tracker hot on her heels, Oriana is forced to fight for her freedom while trying to work out why she is so desirable to The Collector.

One problem is that Oriana didn’t expect her heart and head to also be at war. Will she do what’s right for the kingdom, or is she at risk of losing not only the realm but also her heart?

Oriana is about to discover life as a princess is most definitely not always golden…

'Always Golden' is a dark retelling of the French fairy tale, 'The Story of Pretty Goldilocks'.

My thoughts

Thanks to the Author via TBConFB for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this a 4 star or 8/10. I enjoyed this rather dark retelling of an original French fairy tale, known as The Story of Pretty Goldilocks.

Oriana is the central lead character, she is a princess with a mane of long golden hair. Her hair is her crowning glory. She has had all the privileges that someone of noble birth is born into, all that is about to change as someone has her in his sights.

As The Collector tries his best to get his hands on Oriana, the story takes us on a journey of adventure and magical happenings the outcome of which, you will have to read this for yourself to find out.

Well written I found this an enjoyable yet dark tale which kept me guessing and engrossed from start to finish.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Monk: Captured by Temptation (A Tales of Freya short story) by Sarah Dahl


From Goodreads

Captured monk Alistair is taken to a Viking farm as a slave. In the dead of night, he is disturbed by his new masters’ carnal reunion. The monk turns to fervent prayer, but soon he is interrupted by his alluring pagan mistress: Runa challenges him to break his vows …

Adult-content. All characters are over 18.      

My thoughts

My thanks to the Author via TBConFB for the opportunity to read this very short story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 3 stars or 6/10.

Whilst, this is set in Viking times it's quite a contemporary erotic read. The erotic passages are neither too graphic nor gratuitous and help to  move the story along. This is the final short story in the Tales of Freya series (for now). All the stories can currently be read as standalone reads.

To see whether Alistair the Monk succumbs to the temptations of the flesh, then you'll have to read this short story for yourself.

Aglow: A Christmas Fable by Bruce Ashkenas


From Amazon

Aglow is the story of twelve year old, Adam, a Jewish boy, who likes to visit his gramps in The Bronx. His best friend there is Rafe, a Catholic. The difference doesn't matter to the boys, even after they get involved in the biggest miracle to hit the Tri-State area in years. Over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend they help cause and then react to an event which uplifts the neighborhood and the city. Rafe has faith that what they did was right, Adam has faith in Rafe, and they both have faith in the best cleaning product ever made.

My thoughts

My thanks to the Author via TBConFB for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this seasonal themed read a 3.5 stars or 7/10. The story would be a great read for older children, but is also ideal as a short story read for Adults to read alone. It crosses many generations to be fair.

I enjoyed the story that centres around Adam, a young Jewish boy and his best friend Rafe, a young Catholic boy.

They set in motion something that turns into a miracle of sorts, that has far reaching repercussions that neither of them could have believed would happen in their neighbourhood.

Well written this is a lovely tale that was a joy to read.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Current: A Battle of Seduction (Tales of Freya) by Sarah Dahl


From Goodreads

Marked from the latest battle, Aldaith wants to recover by a stream. But instead of finding solitude, he stumbles on the fearless shield maiden Nyssa. The fierce beauty invites Aldaith into the water to engage in a very different kind of battle -- one for which his training leaves him unprepared.     

My thoughts

This is currently a freebie via Amazon and I was more than happy to give a 3 stars or 6/10.

This is the first in a series of short stories, that can be read as standalone reads. However, Aldaith and Nyssa are to return in another short story.

Due to this being a short story, we don't always get enough character development. The attraction between the battle scarred Aldaith and Nyssa soon developed into a sexual one and the two soon become one.

The erotic part is neither too graphic or gratuitous and helps to move the story on. I look forward to reading more in due course.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Dinner at the Happy Skeleton by Chris Chalmers

From Amazon

Dan is the kind of gay man for whom the Noughties might have been named. Warm, witty and serially promiscuous, his heart melts at the sight of a chocolate brown Labrador — but with men, it’s a different matter. He’s thirty-nine and as single as ever, not counting the couple he just met online. An arrangement that looks oddly like it’s going somewhere, until Dan gets fired from his job in advertising.

With time out and a payoff in his pocket, summer presents a world of possibilities; just as the memories surface of the ex he blames for the thinly-veiled chaos of his life.

From London to Ljubljana, a yen for closure sets Dan on the trail of the man who fed his ego into a shredder. Through an eerie encounter at the home of the Olympiad and a sleepover at the Dutch Embassy, run-ins with a fading porn star and the celestial manifestation of Margaret Thatcher, he ultimately confronts his past. Until, with his Big Four-O rapidly approaching, destiny beckons from where he least expects it.

My thoughts

I was given a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review from the Author via The Book Club on Facebook (one of the best kept secret Book Clubs on Facebook ~ lol).

I gave this a 4 star or 8/10.

This is a genre that I've not read much of before as it's a story that centres around relationships between men. It's a modern style rom-com between men, it also delivers more than that too.
Dan's life is turned upside down when he's fired from his job. Instead of looking for something straight away, he decides to take some time and reflect on his life. At the age of 39, he's single and looking for ... whatever he can get it would seem.

He's a serial dater and user of an online dating website, he's happy to hook up with more than one person at once. He's looking for Mr Right and sadly, he's been wallowing in the shadow of an ex. As memories of the ex come to the front and he appears to be everywhere that Dan is, he has to learn to step out of the shadow and move on, as one never knows when the next love of our life will appear.

Only fate knows this and only fate can set in motion the cogs that need to turn in order for Dan to meet his next love.

Well written, this is a quirky contemporary read. Hugely recommendable this is a great story to escape into.