Hex, Love, and Rock & Roll
Kat Turner

1 October 2020

The aspect of magic and mysticism juxtaposed against the modern-day world weaves together in a plot that delves into a dark, clandestine world of celebrity. The author knows her craft (if you’ll pardon the pun).

Helen is an imperfect heroine who is tough, and makes no apologies for who she is. I liked her straight away. Desperate to find inner peace, and all too quick to self-criticise, she faces each challenge to right her wrongs in a way that has you routing for her. The developing relationship between Helen and Brian is heartfelt and you feel every push-and-pull of emotion - the loneliness, and the barriers that go up because of it, together with a deep yearning for happiness and peace. The heat between them didn’t go unappreciated either!

I’m not usually a reader of paranormal romance, but I’m now hooked. The information regarding yoga, chakras, and the world of magic is captivating and cleverly done.

A fantastic read. I will definitely be reading more in this series and look forward to the next instalment.

 

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The Book of You
Claire Kendal

2 May 2020

I enjoyed this book having had it on my TBR pile for a while. The writing is engaging and I wanted to read on, however I did find the switch between 1st and 3rd POV slightly jarring at times. I liked Clarissa but I did have a little chuckle to myself when the author kept on about her hat, scarf and mittens. Couldn’t help but feel as if the writer was describing a child, bundled up against snowy weather, rather than a grown woman. No judgement, but I don’t know how many women wear mittens these days, but maybe that’s just me.

However, I enjoyed the increasingly claustrophobic feel of the book and felt for Clarissa in her struggles against Rafe. I found him truly repulsive, and completely unhinged and the latter highlights just how difficult it will be for Clarissa to rid herself of him.

This is quite a dark novel with descriptions of sexual violence, particularly during the trial, but you could skip certain paragraphs if it gets too intense without losing too much of the story, if you want. Also, the ending was not quite to my liking but that’s just personal preference. Overall, a good read.

 

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Unmasked
Stefanie London

22 March 2018

This is the first novel I’ve read by Stefanie London, but I don’t think it’ll be the last.

With tension crackling and an enjoyable play on the Cinderella theme, it’s easy to fall into the lives of Lainey, Imogen and Corinna. And Damian.

With plenty of passion between Lainey and Damian and a masquerade ball that allows them a night of decadent anonymity, we go straight to the heart of the story. Once their identities are revealed and despite promising not to, Damian and Lainey develop deeper feelings for one another. They’re cautious to hide them though, to protect their hearts – Damian fighting the demons of his failed marriage, making him fear the leap from friendship to relationship – and Lainey wanting all of Damian but fearing he might not feel the same. We need this kind of depth to really immerse ourselves but I felt, perhaps, there was a little too much focus here. We probably could have lost a good couple of paragraphs of these internal monologues and still have the intended impact. Nevertheless, it’s a small point and still an enjoyable journey.

The author has a punchy writing style, reminding me of Nora Roberts, moving us through the story quickly and effortlessly, imparting information in conversation without overloading with backstory. She has a knack for believable characters and locations that jump out from the page. The story is not too long and easily achievable in one sitting and has the ending we all want. I would definitely recommend this book and would read another novel by this author. I would also be interested to see how she would handle something a little grittier.

Thanks to Mills & Boon for providing me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

 

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Marrying the Rancher 
Roz Denny Fox

5th October 2017

Inheriting her late father’s ranch, Tandy is ready to begin a new life with her young son Scotty, leaving behind a failed marriage and a successful career in the US military to do it. But she hadn’t counted on Wyatt Hunt, a biologist who rents accommodation on her land, to awaken long forgotten desires.

Tandy is independent and capable, just what we need in a strong female character. She faces each hurdle head-on and refuses to bow down to the intimidation handed out by the local farming community for letting Wyatt stay on her ranch. Wyatt is strong, warm and dependable and stands by Tandy when she needs him most. Again, just what we need for this genre. The plot is well rounded and develops at a reasonable pace and I enjoyed immersing myself in the American landscapes the author describes well. As far as romance goes, it was pleasant. It has been described as a little old-fashioned in other reviews but, for me, it had more of a gentle tone to it rather than being old-fashioned. But it’s an area we could have lingered for a while longer perhaps to get a real sense of the deepening feelings between the two main characters.

The dialogue was a little unnatural in places and at times used to highlight information that we didn’t need. But this is a small point and it didn’t stop me from reading on. However, I did like the way the author switched between Scotty’s child-like voice and the adults.

Marrying the Rancher was a good read with a satisfactory ending that won’t disappoint. Everything is tied up nicely, with room for a sequel perhaps? Who knows?

Thanks to Mills & Boon for providing me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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