Monday, 23 July 2018

Review: Amie Knight's "An Imperfect Heart."

Amazon.com:   https://amzn.to/2Lg2WrX
Amazon UK:    https://amzn.to/2uCm4pW

Synopsis:

The heart is exquisite.

You’ll never hear anyone wax poetic over an organ quite like they do the heart.

When you’re lost in the world? Follow your heart.

When your love for someone is unwavering, unparalleled and unprecedented? You give them your heart.

As a lead pediatric cardiac surgeon, I knew better than anyone that the heart is equally as powerful as it is delicate.

The heart giveth just as easily as it taketh away.

And until the day Kelly Potter darkened my doorway that was all just part of the job.

She rolled in like a slow evening storm, fierce and beautiful, fighting for the life of her unborn child.

It should have been business as usual.

I was a doctor.

Her child the patient.

But Kelly was more.

She was the one who got away.

I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

It didn’t matter what the rules were.

For once, I was listening to my heart.

Review: Surj 

I loved the synopsis of Amie Knight's "An Imperfect Heart" and absolutely adored the way the story was executed. This really was a cute, swoony romance with a side order of angst that cropped up every now and again. To be honest I was so invested in the budding connection between Doc and Kelly that I didn't need or crave the heart ache. It was an added bonus of course but it was this couple that had me all kinds of giddy. I mean come on ladies, who doesn't want to read about a sexy paediatric cardiologist who saves the day when it comes to a heavily pregnant soon to be single mom who's unborn baby needs a heart specialist? Oh and did I mention these two had history? Oops, my bad lol. 

She thought I didn’t remember her. The truth was, I couldn’t forget her.

I took to both Kelly and Doc like a duck to water. To be honest though, when I was first introduced to Doc, the first thing that came to mind was "asshole." However, within the space of a couple of minutes, I saw a huge change in his manner from complete (dickie bow wearing) dick to big softie with a heart of gold. Oh boy did he having me eating out of the palm of his hands!!! He was just all kinds of delicious and adorable, he really was. He just had a way about him that would make all the women sigh. I loved his little gestures and his nicknames for Kelly.... so cute. 

I thought my life was full. But in that moment, I was acutely aware of how 
wrong I’d been. I’d been missing her all these years and didn’t even realise it.

Now Kelly was a girl who was living her dream of being a musician. She was seeing the world and partying until suddenly she had a bun in the oven and had to grow up overnight. Kelly had snark and wit that made me smile huge but there was also another side to her. This was a woman who was was selfless, a woman who was willing to sacrifice so much for her baby. A woman who would go to the ends of the earth to give her baby every chance of surviving!!!! I couldn't help but be in awe of her. 

That was us. Together we were unstoppable. Apart, we were hopeless.

Told from the past and present and from dual POV, I loved getting into the heads of these two love birds and having a good rummage around. Chapters from the past added an air of mystery to the story because whatever had gone so horribly wrong for the pair after just one night had me intrigued!!! To be honest, like I said earlier, I was completely invested in this couple's connection and whatever had happened way back when (although had piqued my interest) wasn't really a deal breaker in terms of my enjoying the book. In fact for me, I don't think there was any need to stretch it out until the end. I'd have still loved the book had the revelation come sooner (much sooner). 

“The drums give life to music. And the heart, it’s the music of life.”

So all in all, a fab second chance, swoony read that I would definitely recommend. This one gets 4❤️'s. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

Blog Tour: Laurelin Paige's "Fixed Forever (Fixed Book #5)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Laurelin Paige's "Fixed Forever (Fixed Book #5)."


Synopsis: 

Hudson Pierce-

You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.

You weren't always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.

Does your wife know all your secrets?

Would she stand behind you if she did?

You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.

Sleep tight, you two.

-An Old Friend.


Check out this Hudson and Alayna inspired cocktail! Perfect for summertime!!

All of Me
The smokiness of Hudson’s favorite scotch meets Alayna’s signature tequila in the mezcal base of this drink to celebrate our favorite couple. Cherry juice reminds them of the blossoms they married under, while the tea is a comforting ingredient from mornings around the family table, representing just how far they’ve come from that first drink in the Sky Launch.

1 ½ mezcal
½ oz marashchino cherry juice
3 oz hibiscus tea 

Combine the ingredients in a tall glass, then add ice. Garnish with a cherry, an orange slice, and enjoy a drink with the one who has all of you.

About Laurelin:

With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. 





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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Blog Tour: C.D. Reiss's "Broken Edge (The Edge #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for C.D. Reiss's "Broken Edge (The Edge #3)."


Synopsis: 

You think you’d go far for love?

Think again.
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She really knows how to push a man.

She finds the cracks and she goes right for them. She’ll travel across the world just to break me apart, piece by piece, until every last secret is exposed and every weakness revealed.

I swear to God, I love her so much I’ll let her do it.

I’ll let her do anything.

But when she hurts herself to protect me?

That’s a line in the sand.


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About CD Reiss: 

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 


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Website: www.cdreiss.com


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Review: Amy Harmon's "The Smallest part."

Amazon.com:   https://amzn.to/2uwBtI4
Amazon UK:    https://amzn.to/2zxRWlh

Synopsis:

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie. 
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?” 
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too. 
So Mercedes lied. 
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down. 
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Review: Surj 

Peeps, Amy Harmon's "The Smallest Part" was such a wonderful surprise for me. I had no idea that the story was linked to two of my favourite reads of all time. I loved "The Law of Moses" and "The Song of David" and imagine my surprise when I started joining up the dots and suddenly Mose'  name popped up and then Tag too!!! If you could have seen the smile that spread on my face? It really was priceless. Don't worry though lovelies, despite the obvious link for people who have read the other two books, Amy Harmon has worked her magic to ensure that this can be read as a complete standalone without fear of feeling like you're missing parts of the puzzle. I promise you, in fact I implore you to pick "The smallest part" up because this story will just steal your breath away. 

”In the end, only three things matter: 
How much you loved, how gently you loved, 
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Mercedes, Cora and Noah's story was one that was multi layered and complex yet it was completely riveting and unputdownable. There was pain, sorrow and heart ache that ran quite central to the theme of the story but there was equally something rather uplifting about the characters journeys too. Told in third person and from the past and the present, I was given a tale about friendship and forgiveness, about  sacrifice, love and loss, each characters story's affecting me deeply. 


Just because something is meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now.

Amy Harmon has a real knack for giving us characters that are not your run of the mill heroes or heroines but in the same breath she writes them in such a way that we can't help but take to them, giving them a little piece of our hearts so easily. Mercedes was such a beautiful leading lady. This was a woman who (even as a child) had time and time again sacrificed so much in the name of friendship and never (not once) had regrets about it. She had always been so thoughtful and giving, always putting the needs and wants of others before her own. She really was selfless to a fault. Noah's character broke my heart. From his childhood to his adult life, to the challenges that presented themselves to him when he least expected them, this was a man who never faltered when it came to responsibility. This was a man who never faltered when it came to his unconditional, unwavering love. I was completely in awe of this brave, strong man who had a vulnerable side that just made him all the more relatable and all the more likeable. Now Cora, what can I say about her? I'll admit she wasn't the most likeable character (in my eyes anyway) but the more I got to know her, the more I understood the reasons for why she was the way she was. Tragedy had marred her life and it was something I doubt she ever got over. That doesn't mean I forgave her actions, just that I understood her better. 

Life wasn’t about getting what you deserved. 
It was about enduring what you didn’t and not letting it destroy you.

Despite being told in third person, this author's way with words ensured that I FELT the story that was being told. She ensured that I experienced all the emotions the characters went through and that I lived their journey right alongside them whether that was the good, the bad or even the ugly and that takes some doing to be honest because books written in third person aren't always my cup of tea. 

"I’m not going to let you go. I’m going to follow you over the edge."

So that's it from me. Kinda short and sweet because I'm not sure what else to say other than this author really does write some amazing books. The three that are mentioned in this review (including "The Smallest part") are definite must reads. If you like different. If you like heart felt, beautiful stories. If you like unconventional characters that may not be six foot tall with abs like slabs but will worm their way into your hearts and minds regardless, I implore you to pick these books up. 



“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”

"The Smallest Part" gets 4❤️'s from me. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Review:Helen Hoang's "The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)."


Synopsis: 

It's high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband - or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger's. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.

Faced with mounting bills, Michael decides to use his good looks and charm to make extra cash on the side. He has a very firm no repeat customer policy, but he's tempted to bend that rule when Stella approaches him with an unconventional proposal.

The more time they spend together, the harder Michael falls for this disarming woman with a beautiful mind, and Stella discovers that love defies logic.

Review: Jo 

It's not often that I read a romance that centres around an escort and his client. The only other book in this genre that stands out for me was Jane Harvey-Berrick’s “At Your Beck and Call" which I absolutely loved. So discovering that this novel had a similar kind of premise made me eager to read more and then throw in the refreshing twist and I was beyond intrigued to see this story play out. The book continued with a story that made me smile, swoon and fall in love. The hero and heroine of this novel were both brilliant characters and easy to root for. Stella was an intelligent and interesting kinda girl who had so many good things going for her. I loved Stella and when she started her relationship with sexy male escort, Michael, my interest piqued and I adored what I was reading. 

“When you love someone, Michael, you fight for them in every way you know how.” 

Michael was the kind of book boyfriend that we all fall head-over-heels for. Caring, understanding and patient. He was the perfect match for Stella. They shared many of the same interests and got along so well. I enjoyed their banter and the development of their relationship made me blissfully happy. The couple also had a ton of heat between them. The sex scenes were insanely hot! I had emoji heart eyes throughout the majority of this book. 

“I’m obsessed with you, Michael, I don’t just want a night or a week or a month with you. 
I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus...” 

This story was a sweet slow burn romance filled with gorgeous heart-melting moments. It was a story about embracing and accepting the differences between us and not having to change ourselves to find love. It was well worth the read. 

“She tightened her grip, and he squeezed her back. 
Palm to palm, two lonely halves found comfort together.”

"The Kiss Quotient" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Duet Review: Emma Scott's "Full Tilt."

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Amazon UK:     https://amzn.to/2m7e4cJ

Synopsis:

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch... 

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch. 

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Review: Surj 

In real life, I’m not a cryer. In fact my close friends go as far as to say I’m somewhat emotionally stunted. So why oh why are there a handful of books that have the ability to reduce me to a blubbering mess? Seriously, how do they do it???? 

“We may not have months or years, but we have moments. 
Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, 
seize it and wring it dry. Okay?”

Emma Scott is a new to me author and "Full Tilt" was the first series of hers I've read. The end result? Absolute devastation. There were tears. There was sobbing and there were all kinds of snot bubbles going on!!! I was inconsolable!!! Was it the story? The writing? The characters? I’d say it was all of those things to be honest. The story for sure was one that was thought provoking and poignant. It was a story that held so much beauty yet so much pain, anguish and heart ache. One minute my heart was full to bursting from joy and happiness, the next I felt like the author had smashed it into smithereens. The angst was like no other. 


"You can find beauty anywhere, even in the things that scare you the most."


What I will say is, a good story is nothing without impeccable writing and this author has got that  down to a fine art. Her words really helped bring this story to life in such a vivid and powerful way that it was impossible not to be affected by each and every character. Each page was filled with emotion, every chapter so moving.


“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.”

Jonah, Kacey and Theo's story really did a number on me that's for sure and I think it's also in part because I fell in love with each and every one of these characters so very easily. It was difficult not to.  I laughed with them and cried for them. Through the course of the duet, I really felt like I had become a part of their close group of friends, their story affecting me so deeply. 

I'm not sure what else to say other than try and go into the duet blind. Don't read the synopsis for either book and DO NOT be tempted to skip to the end!!! You will only ruin it for yourselves. This was such an easy 5 ❤️'s. I can only apologise to my book buddies (who have been willing me to pick up this author) for leaving it sooooo long!!! It won't happen again. Lesson learned!!!

"..... Instead of feeling bad that it ended, I'm just happy it happened. "

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Pam Godwin's "Buckled (Trails of Sin #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Release Blitz & Review for Pam Godwin's "Buckled (Trails of Sin #2)." 


Synopsis: 

I protect what’s mine.
The ranch, my family, our buried secrets.

Nothing will stop me from reassembling the life that went terribly wrong.
Not the law.
Not our enemies.
Not even Maybe Quinn.

The gorgeous, quarrelsome journalist shouldn’t have meddled.
I shouldn’t have let her stay.
But she’s hiding something in those deceptive blue eyes.
Something deeper than her thirst for a news story.

I make a deal with her to buy time.
To unravel her lies. To play with her. To satisfy my darker appetites.
When she buckles beneath my belt, I’ll send her away.
Unless I buckle first.


Review: Jo 

"We don't just love. We love hard, with every bone, sinew, and breath in our bodies." 

Wow!! This cowboy romance was insanely hot!! Sexy, steamy and full of secrets. "Buckled" contained all of the ingredients to keep me reading. There wasn't one thing that I didn't love about Maybe and Jarret's story. It had everything that I love from a good book. 

"You're it for me. Today, tomorrow and all the tomorrows after." 

I absolutely loved the two main characters from this novel. Jarret was so damn alpha and smokin' hot. He made this story into one that was hotter than hell. Reading it in the middle of a UK heatwave made me just about ready to dive into a freezing cold swimming pool, if only I had one available. Lol. Maybe was the cute and fiery character that stole Jarret's heart. Their romance was full of heat and also a ton of drama. The pair were on fire and I loved every minute of their relationship. They shared so much passion and the love that grew between them was the intense and forever kind of love.. I believed in that love. It didn't matter what obstacles Jarret and Maybe came across, I was sure that they would work things out. 

"You belong to me. I'll piss a circle around you if I have to.
 I'll move mountains and rearrange my entire existence.
 I'm not giving you up." 

This second instalment did not disappoint. Pam Godwin has delivered another fantastically written cowboy story that made this British girl want to listen to country music, put on a stetson and buy some cowboy boots. I was more than ready to climb on a horse and ride off to find my own alpha cowboy (Just don't tell my husband). 

"The whole damn world should stop on it's axis and take note, 
because no man alive knows how to love a woman like he does." 

If a cowboy series mixed with a some kinky BDSM sounds like your kind of read add this one to your kindle. Bring on the next book in the series, I can't wait for more.

"She's my serenity and my fire, my first and my last breath. 
Lying beside her is my favourite place, 
and for the rest of my life and into the next, she's all mine."

"Buckled" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me. 


Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Website → www.pamgodwin.com


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