Weekly Round-Up – 31.08.14

Rather unexpectedly this week I took an entirely unplanned break from book blogging. It was absolutely lovely but I’m very excited to be back! I’ve had lots of lovely book post this week, along with a bit of luck in some book giveaways. I’ve so much wonderful reading to do now.

This coming week, the beginning of September, welcomes the beginning of ‘NetGalley Month’. The aim being to clear through some of your NetGalley reading list and increase your percentage on there with feedback and reviews. There will be plenty more going on too and I hope to write a blog soon all about it!

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And so, on to the books I have received this week:

BookBridgr:

None

 

NetGalley:

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Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns (Ebook) – Published 26th August 2014
Dark Child (Covens Rising): Omnibus Edition by Adina West (Ebook) – Published 28th August 2014
Second Chance Ranch by Cindi Madsen (Ebook) – Published 15th September 2014
First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology (Ebook) – Published 25th August 2014
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Ebook) – Published (originally) 28th January 2014
To Catch A Star by Romy Sommer (Ebook) – Published 25th September 2014
The Face Transplant by R. Arundel (Ebook) – Published 1st May 2014

 

Goodreads First Reads:

Seeking Blue by Andrew Kensley (Signed paperback)

Fear Itself (The Doorway: Book One) by S.M.R. Cooper (Signed paperback)

 

Street Teams:

Brit Babes – None

Shoshanna Evers – None

 

Competition Wins:

Via Bottles & Books Blogaversary:

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Series: ‘Romance and a…’ – Complete collection (And bonus novel: Sea of Love – Bachelor Billionaire #1) by Sharon Cummin (Ebook)
Unlit Star by Lindy Zart (Kindle Ebook)
Miss Taken by Cleo Scornavacca (PDF)
Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel (Signed paperback)

 

Via Kristina Lloyd’s ‘Kinky Cocktails and Digital Drinking’ blog tour launch for ‘Undone’:

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Holding My Breath (Carried Away #2) by A.M. Hartnett (Ebook)

 

Other Giveaways:

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery via The Book Corner
A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher (Proof Copy) via Mily @TheYANightstand

 

Books Received for Blog Tour:

I Am Ella, Buy Me by Joan Ellis

 

Books Bought:

The Star Thief by Jamie Grey (77p – Kindle Ebook via Amazon)

 

Accepted Unsolicited Review Requests:

Dispatches from the Dating Zone by Kirsteen Yates

 

Blogs Posted:

Cover Reveal: Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page – 29th August 2014

So there we are for another week. I think I’d better get my head back in a book sharpish!

See you next week for my first round-up for September x

Cover Reveal: Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page (& Giveaway link)

Today I am absolutely delighted to introduce to you the cover for Cassandra Page’s debut novel; Isla’s Inheritance. It sounds like a spiffing read and I’m so looking forward to reading it!

 

Title: Isla’s Inheritance
Author: Cassandra Page
Publish Date: 9th October 2014
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

Goodreads summary:

Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.

SHE IS NOT DEAD.

Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.

Interested? Excited?
You can add Isla’s Inheritance to your Goodreads To Read list here!

And now for the gorgeous and very intriguing cover…

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A bit about the author:

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Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — which is ironic, as she’s allergic to cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D (Advanced Dungeon’s and Dragons). Because who said you need to grow up?

You can find Cassandra on her Blogspot, Goodreads, TwitterFacebook, Google+ and Pinterest pages!

 

And as an added bonus, Cassandra is running a Giveaway! The prize: A $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift-card (Winner’s choice).

Take me to the giveaway!

 

This blog was brought to you by JennyBee’s Book Blog with many thanks to Cassandra Page!

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Weekly Round-Up – 24.08.14

Welcome one and all to my first weekly round-up! I’m introducing this weekly post in order to record what has been happening on this blog and what books etc I have received. Goodreads First Read wins and other competition wins will be recorded the week they are received rather than won.

I’ve definitely received some fantastic books this week although with the read-along this bank holiday weekend Red Rising by Pierce Brown (published by Hodder & Stoughton) is currently topping my list!

So, are we all set to begin?

 

BookBridgr:

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Currently reading! Red Rising (The Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown (Paperback) – Published in paperback on 25th September 2014

 

NetGalley:

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Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann (Ebook) – Published 1st October 2014
Magisterium: The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (Ebook) – Published 9th September 2014
Saving Grace by Jane Green (Ebook) – Published 25th September 2014
Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson (Ebook) – Published 6th January 2015

 

Goodreads First Reads:

Mirror of My Soul, Sanctum of My Heart (Signed paperback) by Jasmina Agrillo Scherr & Mirror

 

Street Teams:

Brit Babes – None

Shoshanna Evers –

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Take the Heat ARC (Anthology) by Shoshanna Evers, Skye Warren et al (Ebook) – Published 9th September 2014

 

Competition Wins:

2 x $5 Amazon Gift Card

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Desire (The Seductors Series Volume 1) by B L Wilde (Ebook) and Plastic Confidence (The Good Bye Trilogy #1) by Alisa Mullen (Ebook)

Books Bought:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Paperback – 39p from charity shop)
Sandstorm (Sigma Force #1) by James Rollins (Paperback – 39p from charity shop)

 

Blogs Posted:

Whipped by Sabrina York (Ebook) – 18th August 2014
Cover Reveal: Hemlock Veils by Jennie Davenport – 19th August 2014
Shared by Lily Harlem (Ebook) – 21st August 2014
Bank Holiday Read-along: Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 23rd August 2014

 

Phew! Well, that’s all for this week – see you next!

JennyBee x

Bank Holiday Read-along – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Here in the UK it’s a bank holiday. For those outside the UK it means that there is a 3-day weekend – Saturday to Monday. All banks are closed and the day is generally viewed as a public holiday. Shops are either closed or on reduced hours, schools are closed and the majority of people are off work.

So, my sincerest apologies readers but I interrupt your normal broadcast to inform you that I will be taking place in a read-along this bank holiday for the novel ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown.

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From the back cover:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

 

I received my copy this morning thanks to the amazing people at Hodder & Stoughton via BookBridgr and I’ve started reading already!

You can get your own copy of Red Rising now on Amazon in Hardback or Kindle format. Or, if you’re a NetGalley user you can request it here now. As the page says:

For this Bank Holiday only, we’re making Red Rising available to everybody who requests it. Read along with us and join in the conversation on Twitter using #RedRisingBook.

So join us on Twitter with the hashtag #RedRisingBook and tweet along with @Hodderbooks , @Hodderscape as well as the author @Pierce_Brown . And of course myself – @lizzydreamer

See you there!

Review: Shared by Lily Harlem

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 16th June 2010 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc
Price: N/A
Date Read: 21st August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Shared for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

 

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (MFM) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

 

Ariane has run away from her job, friends, home and entire life with only the clothes on her back and whatever was in her small handbag after finding out that the boss in the midst of seducing her is extremely corrupt and stealing money from the company. Originally an artist by trade, Ariane runs to Cardiff, wanting to hide away for a while somewhere safe from her now ex boss. Hoping to find a flat, Ariane is shocked to find out how little she can afford and ends up circling and ringing the only newspaper advert that doesn’t contain a price; Room to let, shared, girl wanted. Going to see the flat she finds a penthouse and an amazing place it is – well out of her price range. Liam, one of the owners convinces her to stay and the attraction is immediate. Allowing herself to be coddled for a while, Ariane stays and soon meets Quinn. Unknown to Ariane, Liam and Quinn – both professional, successful and busy men – have decided that since they have so little opportunity to meet women and especially don’t have time between them to each have a girl, they will share one. By no means gay, their friendship is strong and they won’t get jealous. Will Ariane consent to the terms of the let?

I really enjoyed the story and found the premise to be intriguing; not one I had come across before. I found the characters to be interesting and well written with good points and bad points which made them all far more human than words on a page often are. I loved the controlling Quinn giving up some of his control to Ariane and Liam being willing to tell Ariane his secret.

This is an erotic romance and there were a lot of sex scenes and I found these to be extremely hot, sexy and evocative. It was all very well described and I loved it! The story was around 100 pages shorter than The Silk Tie (also by Lily Harlem) and i was surprised by how much fit in, although not in any hurried way. It also contained an element of thriller fiction which I guessed at but very much enjoyed.

Lily Harlem has also written a follow-up titled ‘Shared Too’. Having enjoyed the ending of this book, i’m not sure if I will read book 2. Right now I don’t want things to change from the way this book ended, especially having read a few teaser reviews of the story of Shared Too. Maybe in a few months I may feel differently.

Shared is another fantastic story from the pen of the very talented Lily Harlem and I can’t wait to read more by this author – The Glass Knot awaits impatiently!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Review: Whipped by Sabrina York

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 19th August 2014 by Three Twenty-One, LLC as part of the ‘Brought to His Knees’ anthology.
Price: N/A
Date Read: 18th August 2014

 

Note: I received this review copy of Whipped by Sabrina York for free through NetGalley in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please note if you’re looking for this on Amazon: Whipped is published for a limited time as part of the ‘Brought to His Knees’ anthology but it will later (apparently) be published as a novella.

 

Whipped is a relatively short story at around 50 pages but I certainly enjoyed it!

Mourning the loss of his best friend (to marriage, not death) alpha male Dane takes solace in the arms of a hooker for a night while in Las Vegas for the bachelor party and wedding of said best friend. Unfortunately, the ‘hooker’ is actually his best friends sister, Tina. The morning after, with no knowledge of who the mystery woman really was, Dane is shocked to see her cosy-ing up to the bride and even more disturbed to find out he’s broken the bro code (a few times!) with his best friend’s sister – a massive no-no if ever there was one. Unfortunately feelings start to come into the matter and Tina and Dane find themselves unable to stay away from one another or stave off the jealousy when they see the other speaking to someone else when they’re apart. Will Dane give in and confess his attraction – and maybe even love –  for the out-of-reach sister of his best friend since childhood?

Overall this was a decent short story and the genres that fit it best are, I believe, contemporary fiction and mild erotica. I found the characters to be well written and introduced and their personalities really came through the authors writing. I would have loved a longer story with more in it but for the length it was good. As an enjoyable but quick read, I can imagine that this would be a great addition to an anthology.

 

Rating: ♥♥♥ – I liked it

 

Review: The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem

The Silk TieSource: Lily Harlem via Brit Babes
Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 2nd August 2014 by Lily Harlem
Price: N/A
Date Read: 15th August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of The Silk Tie for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (MMF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

The Silk Tie is a (very) erotic threesome romance with massive lashings of each. Unlike many erotica books, this one doesn’t feel like smut has been put in for the hell of it. In fact I found it a very romantic and loving story with wonderfully developed and developing characters. The sex is a big but fantastic part which certainly got me a little (ok, very) hot under the collar.

Hayley and Gabe are a very happily married couple living in London. Both lawyers, though working at different firms, they love their jobs and try to get justice for their clients. Gabe’s latest client is Brent; a testosterone-filled and rather muscular man trying to divorce his cheating wife. In the midst of meetings and conversations, including one about Brent’s previous relationship with another man, a friendship between Gabe and Brent quickly develops along with an unspoken attraction on both sides. This attraction is noticed by Hayley who after much soul searching finds that she doesn’t mind and in fact ends up encouraging Gabe to seduce Brent and get the attraction out of his system, in the process doing a LOT of fantasising about male/male relationships. Gabe however finds it hard to come to terms with the attraction and breaks down when confronted by Hayley, professing that he isn’t gay. Once the decision is made though and the truth comes out, one weekend isn’t enough for Gabe and Brent – and not for Hayley either who finds that she is feeling attraction to Brent too. Will either Gabe, Hayley or Brent be able to move on or will a new norm be found for the three?

You’ll just have to read this fantastic book for yourself to find out.

I found the writing style of this book to be perfect for me. There was little knowledge or description imparted that I felt could have been left out – all seemed to move the story along at a gentle pace, enlarging on the characters, their interests and the relationships between the three characters. I was surprised how much the relationships between the three characters changed but was delighted by the progress and how the author put across the worry of losing a husband to another man, the attraction to someone a character shouldn’t be attracted too and so much more.

This is an erotic book though and I can safely say that the sex scenes were aplenty and scorching hot with good (and very detailed!) descriptions. I only felt that there was a little too much profanity in the form of the word ‘F**k’ during these scenes which got a little tiring in the end. I didn’t find it too away from those moments however.

I can’t wait to read more by this author – this is the best erotic romance book I have read so far and the only threesome book I have loved (and finished!).

Rating: ♥♥♥♥½ – I loved it (Note: This is rounded up to 5 where ½ is unavailable)