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5* Review: Beyond Grace’s Rainbow – Carmel Harrington

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 Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is the deeply emotional and poignant story of young single mother Grace Devlin. With a wonderful cast of supporting characters and plenty of charm, this will have you laughing and crying at the turn of a page.

 My Review

‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ is an amazing read and I wish I’d read it sooner. It’s a story of courage, friendship, forgiveness and love.

Grace is an ordinary woman who finds hidden strength to cope with the lightning bolts life throws at her. A single mother, she has a close-knit, eclectic group of friends and family who love and support her through the difficult times. Liam, her son’s father a recovering alcoholic reappears in Grace’s life when she diagnosed with Leukaemia. He wants to try again and has been alcohol free for over a year but can Grace trust him with her son’s happiness and in the circumstances does she have a choice?

The quality of the characters ground this story; give it a realistic edge which stops it being overly sentimental. That said it is a poignant read with characters that are easy to empathise with. It will melt even the hardest heart as Grace fights to survive for her son.

‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ is a well paced read with lots of humorous scenes to temper the drama and a well thought out plot with unexpected twists. It’s a feel good,memorable read. Well worth the tears.

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5* Review: The Life You Left – Carmel Harrington

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Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.
Paul

It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love

 

The Life You LeftMy Review

‘The Life You Left’ is a charming, compelling book with a distinctive ethos. Full of memorable characters, you don’t want to say goodbye to. This multi layered story melds mystery, romance, paranormal and suspense together beautifully.

Paul abandons Sarah and her three small children after ten years of marriage. His communication method is cowardly and she believes he is ill but this is only  the tip of the iceberg. The problems Sarah faces are realistic and her courage in facing up to her crumbling world makes her a heroine worthy of your support.

The emotional trauma Paul’s leaving engenders forces Sarah to accept she has an unusual gift which she uses to help those around her. She also reacquaints with two important people from her past who are instrumental in her future survival.

A distinct Irish culture defines this story, which I loved. Beautifully drawn, believable characters ensure your empathy or ire depending on their role. Intricately woven with mystery and suspense providing poignant plot twists ‘The Life You Left’ delivers much more than you can imagine from the title or blurb and is well worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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3* Review: Wolf Sirens – Forbidden – Discover the Legend – Tina Smith

My Friday Read a couple of weeks ago was the first of the Wolf Sirens books by Tina Smith – Forbidden – Discover the Legend.

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This is a paranormal romance aimed at young adults with elements of romantic suspense.

The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure … of Hunter & Prey
Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment – Shade High. But she can’t begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her.
The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school. Reid’s stunning friends – including icy top dog Sam – invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention, she lets down her guard and answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.
Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader’s off-limits boyfriend, Sky. Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs. Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle. Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her…
Inspired by the legend of the femme fatale goddess, Artemis.

Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens, #1)

My Review

Written for young adults ‘Forbidden’ is the first in the ‘Wolf Sirens’ series. The legend of the Angel and the Wolf intrigues me but the preface’s description of the legend’s effect on Shade is too detailed. This interesting information would be better drip fed into the story through the characters, making it easier to absorb.

The first half of this book didn’t compel me but I persevered and found the second half more to my taste. I appreciate this book is aimed at young adults and first love and this definitely came across when Lila is torn between two potential lovers. The first person point of view limits the potential of this story because we only see things through Lila’s eyes and I would like to know what the men in her life were thinking and the mysterious Cresida.

There were some interesting twists in this story which made it suspenseful and I liked Lila. I would love to see how she progresses into her destiny.

If supernatural wolves are your thing and you enjoy reading about popular paranormal themes you should read this. I am hooked enough to try book two in the series ‘Wolf Sirens: Fever.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Forbidden: Discover the Legend by Tina Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Do I Really Look Like That?

As part of the production process for my next book-The Revenge Masquerade I needed a new head shot for my author bio. So I stopped procrastinating and asked my daughter to take a few photos of me in our garden.

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The photos were all in focus and beautifully staged but I didn’t recognise myself.

Even when I was younger and (passably attractive) I always dreaded having my photo taken unless it was in a really natural setting like the one on my  Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google +. 

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I debated whether to use my head shot from last year when The Dragon Legacy was released.

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My lovely son came in and said he liked my new photo best. Definitely an ah moment. 🙂

There was an amusing anecdote to accompany this tale of woe, which I will share with you. 🙂

It was Sunday afternoon and sunny even in England  our neighbours were barbecuing. As I decided between my photos I noticed a really strange smell. My daughter and I decided they must be burning rather than barbecuing the food and thought no more about it. Until I realised I was boiling new potatoes for tea and had completely forgotten them. Oh dear. The awful burning smell was in fact my potatoes. The smell drifted into the garden via the extractor.  Oh well  it seems I becoming forgetful too.

🙂 Happy Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jazz is 10 Today

 Jazz is ten years old and to celebrate I thought I would share his day so far with you.

 The day started early… A 7am walk in the sunshine.

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I saw lots of lovely wild flowers.

Some new foals too.

 

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When is it present time?

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 At last time for my present 🙂

Oby got one too!

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 Happy Birthday Jazz

 

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The Dragon Legacy – All Romance Ebooks – Sale Today $2.39

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When emotionally fragile Fleur Curwen decides she wants excitement in her boring life she signs up for a Murder Mystery Weekend in the wilds of the English Lake District. She enters a paranormal world where danger and death are common occurrences.

Demon slayer Lukas Draco is a loner. He lives by two simple rules: No emotional entanglements and duty must remain his first priority.His beliefs are challenged when he’s inexplicably drawn to Fleur, a human woman with an unusual psychic aura. Sparks of sexual attraction ignite threatening both his search for the dragon’s egg he buried a thousand years ago and Fleur’s life. Under the cover of a murder mystery weekend an apocalyptic hunt begins’
 

Excerpt

Fleur stole a sideways glance at Lukas as he conversed with Jasmine. His impressive physique exuded an aura of power personified by a fit, muscular body and long, lean limbs. Filled with suppressed sexual excitement, she half closed her eyelids, leaned back against the headrest, and continued her secret study of him. His face was the epitome of masculine beauty, characterized by well-defined angular cheekbones, covered with pale, almost translucent skin. Its apparent delicacy did not detract from his masculinity; he looked like a fallen angel. A tell-tale blush stained her cheeks rosy. A rush of heat pooled between her legs. Fleur shuddered. Shocked at her impulsiveness, she sat on her hands and admired the sleekness of his fashionable long, straight hair, which looked like silk. Neediness overpowered her cautious nature as her gaze feasted on its remarkable black color, reminiscent of an exotic bird or reptile with highlights of metallic turquoise and blue woven through it. Fleur stole another glance at Lukas from under her lashes. He stared back. Horrified, she blushed unable to avoid his inquisitive gaze. She waited for the smug look or the double entendre. Lukas’ smile hid a myriad of emotions. The fire in his heated look betrayed him, luminescent and golden, in stark contrast with the dying afternoon light.

Lukas slanted a glance at Fleur. The look of rapt absorption on her face stilled his breath. She looked at him hungrily, as if he was a delicacy she would love to taste. His blood echoed in his head as it thundered through his arteries. Arousal exploded in every inch of his body, highlighted by the uncomfortable tightness of his designer jeans, a testimony to his body’s readiness to act. He stopped talking in mid-sentence. Jasmine looked at him through the rear view mirror. His body leaned into Fleur’s, attuned to her hot gaze’s invitation. No. He couldn’t, not here or anywhere, with her. Lukas sensed the exact moment Fleur noticed him. He disguised all signs of his arousal. He hoped his expression revealed none of his inner turmoil.

The truck turned into a concealed driveway. Calmer, he resumed his light conversation with Jasmine, who didn’t remark on his recent distraction. Fleur stared through the window. Moments later, the truck stopped with a shudder. Lukas smiled at her hasty retreat. He sighed as the truck door shut behind her. His lack of control bothered him. His mission needed all his attention. A dalliance with a pretty human was not on his agenda. It would jeopardize the dragon egg’s safety.

“Welcome to Hallow House.”
Jasmine walked around the truck for their luggage. The grey, windswept house stood hidden among the hills. Paint peeled from the window frames and moss grew along the grey stone walls. A wave of coldness swept through Fleur. She shuddered. “It’s so atmospheric, perfect for a murder mystery.” She looked across at Lukas. He seemed preoccupied. A woman appeared at the house’s front door. Lukas’ face lost its shuttered look. He smiled.

“It’s lovely to meet you both. I’m Grace.”
“It’s lovely to meet you too,” Fleur smiled at the older woman, reassured by her kind smile.

“I’m delighted to meet you.”
Lukas shook Grace’s hand. Her gaze widened as their physic auras merged. Lukas controlled his response; his face remained devoid of expression. Jasmine frowned and touched her mother’s shoulder. With one last puzzled look at Lukas, she said,
“I’ll show you to your rooms. Afternoon tea is at three. The conservatory is at the back. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the other guests there.”
Lukas smiled. He sensed her interest and strength. They’d met once, years before. She owed him, and he needed her help now.

Fleur unpacked her bags in her shabby-chic room. Her mind strayed to Lukas’ surprising effect on her. Vivid recollections of his strong embrace and the hardness of his muscular body bombarded her. She splashed cold water on her face in an attempt to cool the burn from her inner heat. Why did she crave this man’s touch? Intimate images danced through her confused mind. She sprayed perfume on her heated skin. Nothing in her life prepared her for this tangle of conflicted emotions.

Perhaps she’d hidden away too long? She needed excitement. Her ex-lover didn’t understand her grief after the premature deaths of her much-loved parents. Instead, he chipped away at her self-esteem. Lukas saw through her layers of self-protection. He noticed her. The heat in his stare scorched her deep inside. She needed this man. She blushed at her wickedness. The alarm on her mobile sounded, almost three; time to go. She took a deep breath, determined to dampen her aroused state. With a final check of her appearance, she retrieved her bag and headed downstairs.

Fleur stood inside the conservatory until her eyes adjusted for the brightness. She walked further into the room and scanned the occupants for Lukas, but he wasn’t there. Disappointed, Fleur looked around the room. Jasmine’s companions drew her gaze. Something set the unusual men apart from the other people there. She saw a familiar face. Grace was deep in conversation with two of the older guests. She looked busy, so Fleur didn’t disturb her.

The designer-clad men recaptured her interest. The dark-haired man appeared fascinated with Jasmine. His face darkened as Jasmine interrupted his diatribe.

“You’ll have to excuse me. I need to welcome Fleur.”

Jasmine headed in her direction. Without Jasmine’s vivacity, the conversation between the two high-powered men lapsed into silence. The younger man looked bored and distracted. The delicate rose patterned china tea-cup appeared awkward in his large strong-boned hands. He ran his long fingers through his shaggy, platinum blond, almost silver, hair. It masked the paleness of his silver-colored eyes. He looked handsome. Fleur waited to see if her heart flipped. It didn’t. Her stomach lurched at the implications of her discovery. Her attraction to Lukas was based on something deeper than eye candy.

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5* Review: Wanton Wager – Christy Carlyle (Whitechapel Wagers Series)

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 Set against the backdrop of Victorian London’s dangerous East End, a young woman’s disappearance brings together a wounded war veteran and the one woman who can see beyond his scars.

As a probationary nurse at Whitechapel’s Samaritan Hospital, Ada Hamilton is required to remain unmarried and devote her energies to helping those in need, but when her sister goes missing, she becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of her disappearance. A menacing aristocrat may hold the answers, but it is his friend, scarred Afghan War veteran William Selsby, a man with questionable intentions and haunting grey eyes, who may hold the key to her heart.

William Selsby returned wounded and broken from Afghanistan to find his betrothed married to another man. Eight years later, desperate for a woman’s touch, he accepts a wager from a debauched nobleman, winning the chance to take the man’s mistress off his hands. But the woman he encounters in Whitechapel overturns all his expectations and may be the one person who can see something worth cherishing in the man he has become, wounds and all.

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Wanton Wager: A Whitechapel Wagers NovellaMy Review

‘Wanton Wager’ is the second novella in the Whitechapel Wagers series. Set in Victorian London at the time of the ‘Ripper Atrocities’ it succinctly conveys the seedier side of nineteenth century Whitechapel and the underlying danger from a serial killer who terrorizes its inhabitants.

The wager which Will Selsby reluctantly agrees to and wins leads him to a vibrant, if slightly sordid public house in Whitechapel. Will is war-weary and mentally and physically scarred. Ada lives above the pub and works tirelessly as a probationary nurse at the local charity hospital. She is at her wit’s end searching for her missing sister. Ada and Will’s unconventional meeting at the pub reveals surprising attraction and empathy between them despite Will’s questionable motives for being there.

There are some lovely touches in this novella like the sinister quality of Lord Frederick Ashdowne given that there is a serial killer on the loose. Ada and Will’s sizzling chemistry and the couple’s sensuous love scenes.

The vivid mannerisms of the secondary characters give the story ambience and depth. You can hear the unruly characters in the pub and feel the disdain of the heartlessness aristocrats.

This is a romantic love story of two characters that are easy to like with an interesting plot and atmospheric setting. It is definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 Read my review of the first book in the series Scandalous Wager

Wanton Wager: A Whitechapel Wagers Novella by Christy Carlyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Breaking A Bad Boy – Susan Arden (#6 Bad Boys Series)

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Bad Boys Series ~ Western erotic romance.
Breaking: Take one spunky tattoo artist, a hardcore badass cowboy, and watch the sparks ignite into a firestorm when one wants to get married and the other is holding out for screaming hot sex.
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One scorching kiss too many and Sommer sets her sights on breaking Rory McLemore. Her personal bad boy with his infuriating rule about no sex before marriage is about to go down. All the way down.

Rory gives Sommer a teasing taste from his spank bank, and suddenly there is no stopping them from exploring each other…wherever and whenever.

From holding out, Sommer is ready to give in. On the verge of saying ‘yes’ to his marriage proposal, Sommer is threatened with covering her dad’s gambling debts. When she gets an offer she can’t refuse out in L.A. and the means to make some serious cash, she heads for the coast rather than risk involving Rory in her rapidly imploding life.

As these two hardheaded lovers are forced to the edge, their love is put to the test.

Now it’s up to Rory to stake his claim in Tinsel Town and prove to Sommer, he’s the ultimate bad boy and she’s not going to end up as the girl that got away.

WARNING: Filled with badass McLemore cowboys, spunky bad girls, a few variations of hardcore rocker Romeos. Be advised~Breaking gives a new definition for hot-off-the-charts sex.

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Breaking A Bad BoyMy Review

Breaking A Bad Boy’ is another fabulous story in the ‘Bad Boys’ series. Sommer is a bold, feisty heroine and Rory is such a sexy, principled cowboy. Light the touch-paper and stand well back as this dynamite couple battle their way towards happy ever after.

Rory and Sommer’s romance is the antithesis of Brandon and Mia’s love story, not a collar in sight but there is plenty of scorching heat in this erotic romantic tale.

Rory wants to marry Sommer and won’t give them both what they want until she agrees. Despite his edict about no sex before marriage this story about the youngest of the McLemore men and his ink artist girlfriend Sommer is erotic and brimming with sensual tension. Sommer persuades her honourable cowboy to love her every which way he can without compromising his values.

Ivy and Vince are notable secondary characters. Love to see more of their love story in another book.

In a story of rock stars, gangsters and a taste of Hollywood glitz there is danger lurking for Sommer and the town of Annona when organised crime rears its ugly head.

Can  the infamous McLemore family loyalty save Rory and Sommer’s romantic dream?

A sexy, page turning read and a wonderful addition to the Bad Boys series

Breaking A Bad Boy by Susan Arden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Letters Home – Rebecca Brooke

Synopsis

Life is all about the jigsaw, right? Finding the different puzzle pieces to complete your very own picture. A career you love, a house to make a home, a lover to complete you, and keep you warm at night.

Danielle Renton has a life, and she loves it. A recent law school graduate, she’d been floored when her boyfriend, Nate Lewis, enlisted during their sophomore year of college. At the time, she’d been concerned with what that meant for them as a couple, but in the years that followed, they’d learned to adapt to the logistics of an army relationship.But when life throws her a curveball, how will she cope? Can she pick up the pieces and make her picture beautiful again? Or does she realize that, sometimes, the pieces can be too broken to fit back together…

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My heart beats for you and you alone. I know there will be hard times, times when you’re away and I wonder how I’m going to do it, but I promise to always let my love for you help me through those times—knowing that while I’m here missing you, you’re somewhere missing me.

The kiss seemed to last forever, but it came to a point where I had to end it for fear of never wanting to leave. The tears in her eyes as I stood up to walk to the door broke something inside of me, something that wouldn’t be fixed until she was back in my arms again.

His tongue parted my lips and slid into the warmth of my mouth.

Testing.

Tasting.

Teasing.

My feet shuffled backwards until the back of my legs hit the bed but Nate didn’t stop moving. It wasn’t until he’d pushed me down onto the bed and covered his body with mine, did he lift his lips.

 

My Review

 I expected ‘Letters Home’ to be poignant and it is but it’s also story of courage and friendship. This romantic tale was a little different from what I expected but I found it a real feel good read.
The first quarter of the book focuses on Dani and Nate’s romance and it’s clear they are so in love. The pacing in this section is gentle but it sets the scene for what happens in the remainder of the story beautifully.
The plot is interesting with more than one surprising outcome. Well written supporting characters enhance the story’s main characters perfectly. This book has an easy style which draws you in. I read this in a few hours and I didn’t want to put it down.
Dani is a courageous woman who has everything to look forward to. When her partner Nate, makes a unilateral career decision she accepts this because she loves him. When her life disintegrates only her friends and family hold her together but it’s a stranger who helps her to live again.
Sensitively and realistically written heart breaking moments define this story but its underlying theme is hope and positivity reflected by a lovely romantic ending.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves watch SOA, TrueBlood, and The Walking Dead. She is also the author of the Forgiven Series.

 

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5* Review: The Second Time I Saw You – Pippa Croft

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It’s the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English aristocrat, Alexander Hunt, became too hot to handle – and now she’s determined to keep her distance.

Her resolve is shaken when Alexander appears on her doorstep – he’s been completely torn apart by some devastating news. Lauren knows that she should stay away, but their chemistry is undeniable and she soon finds herself back in Alexander’s arms.

Can Lauren handle the drama that comes with Alexander Hunt? Or will she have to sacrifice the most exhilarating passion she’s ever known .

My Review

‘The Second Time I Saw You’ is a continuation of Lauren and Alexander’s passionate love story. Read book one of the series to gain an understanding of the characters and what happened in Lauren’s first term at Oxford. This allows you to concentrate on the plot’s twists and appreciate the nuances of Lauren and Alexander tempestuous relationship.

Term two starts with a traumatic event which brings the ill-fated lovers together again. Alexander’s guilt and anguish draws him to Lauren because of her ability to make him feel free and forget. The contrasting settings reflect the lighter and darker sides of the story. The upcoming boat race provides a colourful backdrop.

An unwilling confidante Lauren’s compassionate nature forces her to work against Alexander and risk his fragile trust.

The sensual side of the couple’s relationship heats up as their interdependence grows. Secondary characters introduced in the first book threaten their closeness.

This fast paced story makes easy reading. The characters are memorable and easy to empathise with or hate depending on their role. I read this book in a few hours and can’t wait for the conclusion of this addictive series.

I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.