Book Review: Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published on August 2005 by Berkley
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Goodreads Summary

It's been years since her child's father dumped her, and since then Kara McMillan has kept men at bay - although every day she aches more for a lover's touch. But to get that, the hard-boiled journalist must become vulnerable - a feeling she vowed never to have again.

With his dangerous good looks, charm, and power, Senator Reece Sheridan could have just about any woman he sets his piercing eyes on. But he's intrigued by only one. This Kara, this gutsy investigative reporter, has a sensuality that arouses him to no end. If she's a firebrand in print, he guesses, she must be just as fiery in bed...

But this is no fling. A sudden political scandal - and attempts on Kara's life - could very well drive them apart. Or maybe, just maybe, adversity could draw them into a bond even more intense than their steamy sexual embraces.

My Review

Senator Reece Sheridan is future husband goals. I absolutely love, love, loved this book. I fell in love with the characters about 5 pages in and I'm ridiculously sad about the fact Reece, Connor and Kara won't be at the centre of the following books of the series.

Extreme Exposure was packed with amazing twists, a lot of which you won't see coming if you don't over-think whilst you read. It was refreshing to see a woman dedicated to her job because she wanted to create a better world for her son. I'm so used to the women in these types of novels that do what they do because they were raped or abused in their past so this was a refreshing backstory.

Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Sunday, 22 November 2015

November 9 November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published on November 2015 by Atria Books
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Goodreads Summary

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

My Review

I honestly never thought Colleen could write a book any better than Maybe Someday and Ugly Love but November 9 happened and I am a sobbing mess on the floor.

This book was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking and I don't have enough words to describe how Colleen Hoover successfully stomped all over my heart in 300+ pages. Also, the surprise visit of two characters who I shall not name was the very best ever and I was ridiculously excited about it.

Book Review: Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno, #2) Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published on May 2012 by Penguin Berkley
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Goodreads Summary

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.

My Review

I honestly loved this book so much more than the last one. The stakes were higher and I found myself truly invested in the outcome of Gabriel and Julia's relationship. Paul still remains an irritating little shit imo. Sorry bro, just because you're a nice guy and SAY you'll treat Julia right means jack all to me. Even though Julia and Gabriel's relationship is largely an unhealthy one, they have both grown and developed as people and have made the appropriate actions to make themselves better and in turn make their relationship a healthy one. Some of those I won't sleep with you until we get married conversations left a big question mark dangling over my head though ngl.

Nothing is more irritating in this book than the constant headhopping which is the only big pet peeve I have with this series. It's not great storytelling. Stick to one POV in a scene. I don't need to dance from head to head whilst these people are having a conversation.

And lastly, I lead a Katherine Picton appreciation life. This woman is absolutely golden and I hope to see more of her in the next book.

Book Review: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

Thursday, 29 October 2015

CreepCreep by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published on July 2011 by Gallery Books
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Goodreads Summary

Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.

If he can’t have her . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she’s finally engaged to a kind and loving investment banker who adores her, and she’s taking control of her life. But when she attempts to end the affair, Ethan Wolfe won’t let her walk away.

. . . no one else can.

Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancĂ© discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn’t resist—who is now the monster who won’t let her go.

My Review

This was pretty good. I wasn't convinced for over half of this book that Hillier would be able to pull it out the bag and make this book great but the last 5% saved it. One scene in particular had my jaw drop and may have been the only moment this book truly shocked me. It certainly shocked the person on the receiving end.

The scenes between Ethan and Tao fell slightly short for me after the *spoiler*. It wasn't particularly gripping or thrilling or put me on the edge. I was more concerned about Morris' opinion of Tao than whether anything "bad" would happen to her.

Jerry and Morris are the real MVP's of this book in my eyes. The banter and Morris becoming a little wannabe P.I. just to find his answers was fab. I want more of it in the next book.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: With Visions of Red (Book 3) by Trisha Wolfe

Monday, 5 October 2015

I am excited to reveal the cover for the third instalment of the 'With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds' series by Trisha Wolfe, a dark erotic thriller centring around Agent Sadie Bonds, the unravelling of her darkest secrets and desires and an obsessive killer that won't rest until he's got her. I highly recommend the series and you can find my reviews on the previous two books here and here. The third instalment of the series will be released on October 12th, 2015.

Who is the UNSUB?

For Agent Sadie Bonds, finding the answer to that question means the difference between life and death for someone close to her. The UNSUB’s latest abduction reaches right into the heart of the ACPD, forcing every member of the department to search within their ranks for the sadistic perpetrator.

Suspicion not only clouds the task force; it slithers into Sadie and Colton’s bond, challenging their love. Discovering the truth means facing their past together. Sadie’s connection to Colton has quieted her inner demons—but is she strong enough to confront the real monster?

All players take their places as the stage is set for the final scene. With the UNSUB manipulating the game, even Sadie and Colton fall victim, spiraling deep into the darkness that threatens not only their lives, but their trust. As Sadie navigates a tortuous maze, Colton will do whatever is takes to protect her—even if that means revealing his secret.

The truth will set you free. Only for Sadie, her truth will test the very fabric of her reality. She must silence the threat, or risk losing everything and everyone she loves.

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds (Book One)
Published May 2015
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My rating: 4/5 stars
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With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds (Book Two)
Published July 2015
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My rating: 5/5 stars
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TTT: Ten books to read if you like female assassins

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

(This is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish)

I opted not to go with the 'ten books to read if you like this author/book' and went with a type of character instead because if there is one thing I love, it's reading about female assassins. If you've read your own fair share of female assassin books that aren't on the list then please feel free to leave me a recommendation in the comment section below. The more female assassin books, the better.

Female Assassin books I couldn't get enough of

Female assassin books I'm dying to read

Book Review: With Visions of Read: Broken Bonds (Book 2) by Trisha Wolfe

Thursday, 24 September 2015

With Visions of Red, Book TwoWith Visions of Red, Book Two by Trisha Wolfe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published on July 2015 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Goodreads Summary

The UNSUB has made contact.

After a rapid string of grisly murders shakes the usually peaceful city of Arlington, Virginia, the sadistic killings of young women lull into a deceptive calm. Agent Sadie Bonds knows the terror isn’t over; serial killers don’t stop until caught.

And this sadist has targeted the profiler, revealing pieces of her dark past and weaving her secrets into each gruesome crime scene. Is the killer someone from Sadie’s past, her present? Or is he part of a fated future she brought on herself? The answer lies within the riddle of the copycat killings, ones mimicked after the infamous Blood Countess.

As tension brews in the department awaiting the UNSUB’s next move, Sadie’s more than on edge—her deviant cravings for the possible perpetrator have ratcheted out of control. She needs the feel of Colton’s ropes binding her, sheltering her from stark reality.

Only Colton Reed has his own twisted secrets that threaten to unravel not only Sadie as they come to light, but the UNSUB’s carefully constructed web now entangling both the profiler and her sexy bondage rigger.

Is Sadie too close to this case to be objective, or is the UNSUB closer to her than she ever imagined…

My Review

THIS BOOK WAS INTENSE (AND SERIOUSLY FREAKING HOT) BUT INTENSE! Gah. Everything really stepped up a notch. The UNSUB won't stop until he gets Sadie one way or the other and his tactics are seriously creepy. It honestly makes you question how he knows so much, so it'll be interesting to find out who he is.

The tension between Sadie, Quinn, and Carson really adds to the overall tension of the book. They're each keeping secrets from the other, hiding possible avenues in the investigation because they each have their own agendas and loyalties. Carson is an asshole with a capital A; the douchey move he made on Sadie honestly made me want to punch him in the dick myself. If I want anyone to be the killer working inside the police department then it would have to be him. I am 100% convinced that Quinn is madly in love with Sadie but in complete denial about it. It's adorable how protective of her he can get.

On the other hand, Colton's character constantly drifts between over-protective, sensual lover and hella creepy potential serial killer. We found out his not so secret secret in this one (which honestly wasn't much of a surprise). AND THE CLIFFHANGER (especially after that steamy hot couple of chapter)? Honestly, how am I supposed to wait patiently for the next instalment? I need to find out what happens, like, yesterday.

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