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Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, one shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.

L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company’s hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.

They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.


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Dirty Deeds Excerpt

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Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf. 


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Review: Saving Grace by Kristen Proby

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Title: Saving Grace
Series: Love Under the Big Sky #2.5
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sparks fly like snowflakes when a klutzy but gorgeous novice crosses skis with a hot resort owner in this tempting tie-in to New York Timesbestselling author Kristen Proby’s popular Love Under the Big Sky series!

Grace Douglas is on a practice run for her friend Cara Donovan’s bachelorette party ski weekend in Aspen. The problem is, despite living in rugged and picturesque Cunningham Falls, Montana, Grace is the clumsiest person ever born. To prepare for the trip, she is taking lessons at a local ski resort. She just prays that they have an ambulance on standby.

Sexy hotelier Jacob Berkley is ready to play ski instructor, but he quickly discovers that the best place on the mountain for Grace is in the lodge with a hot toddy. Her sense of humor and easy laugh quickly pull him in, and soon he’s determined to help her get off the bunny slope for a fun vacation with her friends. He just didn’t expect their steamy chemistry to trigger an avalanche of desire straight to his heart.


Saving Grace is utterly adorable and perfect to get you in the spirit of the season.

The time frame of this story is between Seducing Lauren and Falling for Jillian in which we have briefly encountered Grace and Jacob in all their love-fest glory.

Both Grace and Jacob have been shaped by events in their childhood. Although Jacob’s trauma is tragic it was Grace I identified the most with. Although she is generally a ray of sunshine and happiness, her insecurities run deep. Loving, caring and giving, Grace is completely selfless putting others first at all times, making her an excellent teacher. She has never been looked after or pampered in her life, she has seriously lacked nurturing and cut ties from her toxic parents, making your heart squeeze for the girl she had to be in order to thrive. Thrive she most definitely has :) Creating a life for herself surrounded by wonderful friends and a rewarding career, the only thing she has lacked is passion and romance.

Gifted a weekend at the local ski resort, fate crosses Grace and Jacob’s path where sparks literally fly. Under no assumptions of forever, Grace and Jacob explode with the chemistry between them for the duration of Grace’s weekend stay.

While it is easy to dismiss their mounting feelings due to the fast paced nature of their time together there really is no denying their enviable connection. The stuff romantic fairy-tales are made of (the adult kind anyway) :)

As with any novella, Saving Grace is a quick read; you will devour Grace and Jacob’s story and if you are anything like me, immediately set about re-reading the other books in the series. Saving Grace is a beautiful addition to the Under the Big Sky series.

Random Ramble: Book Buying Decisions


I made the decision to put myself out there a little bit more rather than focusing on the positive aspects of reading. I’m not talking about attacking the books, the writing style of the author personally just the decision to stop purchasing certain books for a variety of reasons.
Well kind of – urghh I don’t think my brain is fully functioning on a Monday monring :)

I wanted to talk about  making the decision to stop buying books by particular authors. This maybe for a number of reasons:

  • Not engaging with their particular writing style – which is fair – not everyone can like everything
  • Not agreeing with the direction the author has taken – again a good reason to stop purchasing the books
  • Feeling taken advantage of as a reader

It is the last one that I want to focus on – Feeling taken advantage of as a reader.

I have a particular author in mind, whom I am not going to name obviously. What I will say is I actually really love this particular authors writing, the characterisations and the feelings portrayed in the  books. However, for every new book released there were subsequent novellas (some completely unecessary to the development of the main story for the characters) and I’m not just talking one, but three possible four. Followed by a sequel or 2 which lead in to spin-off books for the peripheral characters, leading to the inevitable novellas; and thus the circle continues.

Being a fully fledged member of the working poor, the amount I spend on books is limited and I have to choose carefully how to spend my money. As much as I love this particular author the fact is the novellas could probably be combined into a full length novel. Instead of costing approximately £1:99 each (four novellas would be the equivalent of £8) cutting the cost to £3:99. A huge difference to someone who has to watch every penny.

I know authors need to earn a living also and I’m not begrudging that in the slightest. However, personally it makes me feel as if I’m being taken advantage of as a reader. If I love an author and their stories I tend to read anything and everything they write, so to make the decision to cut ties with an author I enjoy is not one I make lightly. Especially when I see beautiful new books that I would love to read but will not purchase for the reasons stated.

How do you feel when faced with this situation – are you happy to continue to purchase the stream of novellas and spin-offs even when they are painfully short??

Review: The Savage Kingdom by Simon David Eden

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Title: The Savage Kingdom
Author: Simon David Eden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Everyone has the potential to change the world, but some are born to do it

When Drue’s beloved cat Will-C goes missing, she’s unaware that his disappearance is the start of the greatest global conflict the world has ever known. The animal kingdom has declared war on mankind, and now domesticated creatures must choose who to fight for: Man or Beast.

Cast into a world full of danger, but determined to rescue Will-C and bring him home, Drue starts out on a quest and makes an astonishing discovery: an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, who have lived in the shadows since the dawn of time, are about to play a key role in shaping the future – but can they save mankind? And what role is Drue herself about to play?

The Savage Kingdomis an unforgettable tale about courage, hope, loyalty… and the unbreakable bond between a girl and her cat.


The Savage Kingdom is very detailed and has a lot of descriptive sentences for characters and loads of beautiful interpretations of scenery and buildings, some of which are famous landmarks.

The characters in the book are very peculiar in the fact that they aren’t the usual stereotypical characters as the lead character is a scrawny teenage girl who is a vegetarian and has an abandoned three-legged cat, called Will-C, who is also a very important character in the book. Will-C was the character I related to the most, even though he is a cat I can still empathise with his feelings and emotions that are displayed in the text. I think that the scenery I related to the most was that of the countryside which is regularly mentioned in the book as the main characters are set in the vast countryside. I live in a grass filled setting and can somewhat relate to the greenery and the trees. All the characters in the book are important in their own way and all that are named and mentioned are important in the story and the plot.

The plot was strange and it depends of what you think of as ‘believable’, if you think believable means an ancient race of people with a special gene that gives them a special ability (which is later explained in the book) and most of the animals on the Earth team up and  cause an apocalyptic war between humans and animals, then this book would be very believable. However, some of the descriptions in the book persuade me that there is a possibility that this story could be true.

At the end of the book a fact is shared between the lead role and another important character which is very brief and is unexplained which didn’t really make much sense, I don’t know if it will be explained in a sequel book but I didn’t really understand the point that the author was trying to create. Another point about the ending was that it was very fast and it wasn’t as detailed and descriptive as the main body of the book. I think the ending was very unexpected and I thought all odds were against the things that the characters managed to achieve at the end.

The Savage Kingdom reminded me of the ‘Hobbit‘ as there is fantasy creatures,  a great journey to achieve resolution at the end.

I think the author, Simon David Eden, has created a very good piece of literature ; his hard work shines through the piece of writing. However, there are some mistakes that the editor has failed to pick up, such as the error on  page 51 when it states ‘The Gryfalcon’ and on the same page it states ‘The gyrfalcon’. This is a spelling and capital letter error. It’s the little things that stand out 😉

Recommended for anyone who likes action, animals and adventure.

Review: All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

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Title: All Unquiet Things
Author: Anna Jarzab
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: Jan 2010
Source: Gifted
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

A riveting thriller set at a California prep school!

Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.


All Unquiet Things is a murder mystery with thriller elements incorporated throughout the story. The plot focuses on the murder of college student Carly Ribelli. Carly is found shot to death in Northern California. Enzo, Carly’s Uncle, who was an alcoholic was convicted of the crime. However, one year later Audrey, the daughter of Enzo and cousin of Carly, turned up to school and is convinced that her father is innocent. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey contacts Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Neily Monroe, who was also the person who found Carly’s body.

The story is told from the perspective of Neily. Neily is a teenage boy who is in his senior year at Brighton day school college. Neily’s first friend, and girlfriend, was Carly. Carly was sweet, smart and self-destructive. She knew dark secrets about the students of Brighton. Secrets that got her killed.

Everything was going smoothly for them both. Until, when Carly’s mother dies of cancer, unable to cope she started hanging out with the wrong crowd. She started hanging around drug dealers – Adam and Cas. Neily began to think that that maybe Enzo wasn’t so guilty after all. So, Neily aids Audrey in his search to find the true killer in order to prevent an injustice occur, but their search forces them to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they failed to save.

The plot of the story has a lot of twists that hold the reader’s attention. It is like a rollercoaster of thrills and excitement. But who will the killer be and will the search be worthwhile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!