Friday 16 November 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

I used to but it just got in the way of actually reading the book so I stopped.
I found it jarring and it was causing a disconnect between me and the book.
I know that I blog about books, and post reviews, but I'm not a professional reader.
I'm a recreational one who shares her thoughts.
I care more about the impression a book left on me and whether I was entertained than critically analyzing a text page by page...
I limit myself to just highlighting quotes as I read now and then writing a rough review once I'm finished which I'll spiff up a bit later before posting.

Monday 12 November 2018

Review: It's a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

One night will change their lives forever…

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

*ebook received via Netgalley*


Full-length novel

First Person

Nope, it's a standalone.






It's a Wonderful Night is a modern take on the movie It's a Wonderful Life... Or, I think it is. I haven't actually seen the movie (don't throw things at me!).
Georgia Bailey is named after the main character in the movie as her mother was obsessed with it.
Leo, Georgia's love interest, owns a coffee shop titled It's a Wonderful Latte thanks to his father's love of the movie.
See where this is going?

Like in the movie, one night, Georgia (who would be kinda in the role of movie Clarence) stops Leo (who would kinda be in the role of movie George) from jumping off a bridge in his lowest moment.
I don't know if that's where the similarities between the book and the movie end as, as I said, I've never seen the movie but it's constantly referred to throughout the novel and for fans of the movie I guess that would be a plus but for me, it was a bit, well, irrelevant. And slightly annoying... Like I was constantly missing the point or something.

The book is a little bit different from your usual fluffy Christmas fare as literally having to talk someone down off a bridge is not exactly light reading material. However, despite the heavier circumstances, the book still manages to be delightfully festive as Georgia sets out on her mission to save both Leo and the local high street with the help of Leo, whether he wants to help or not.
There's festive coffee flavours, talks of holiday shopping, window decorating, town decorations, Christmas light switch on ceremonies, hot chocolate, and Christmas tunes.
It was delightfully British with all the chatter about Woolworths and various Christmas traditions, and quirks, that anyone born and raised in old Blighty would relate to and it made me smile as did the collection of wonderful secondary characters.

It would have been an easy 4 star but... I had an issue with Georgia and Leo which made me flip back and forth between 3 stars and 4 like a yo-yo.

The relationship between Georgia and Leo was sweet, it was intense and it felt like they were made for each other. All good things, right? I was rooting for them, I was but... Georgia was lying to him. This sweet, vulnerable guy had no clue that Georgia was the guardian angel who talked him off that bridge and he didn't know because she lied. I understood why she initially concealed who she was and I understood why as time went on she felt like she couldn't come clean but the charade - no matter how well-meaning - grew tiresome quickly as did the escapades required to maintain it.
I hated the deception and wished that it was resolved much much earlier in the story and because it wasn't, my enjoyment was tainted with annoyance that I couldn't squash no matter how much I wanted to.

All in all, I ultimately enjoyed the book.
The festive elements worked for me and - ignoring the deception thing - Leo and Georgia were a wonderful couple.
It won't become a festive favourite but I'm glad I took a chance and read this and if there are any more books set in this fictional town with this motley assortment of characters you can count me in!

Oh, I love the cover. It's sweet, romantic and beautifully festive.


Thursday 1 November 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Unleashed by J.L. Drake

I was so happy to get a place on the blog tour for Unleashed! I loved the first two books in the series and I couldn't resist jumping on for the finale.
Below, I share my thoughts on the book as well as a little bit about the author and the author's release giveaway!


Tess was under the Devil’s watch while I suffered behind bars with my demons…

The ace in my pocket brings power, and the temptation to flip overwhelms me.

I’m playing chicken with the reaper, and it’s only feeding his thirst.

The smell of blood is a drug. It fuels me. Consumes me.

I am lost.


The Devil stole me, but I refuse to belong to someone else.

I’m a fighter.

I will do whatever it takes to get back to my family.

Treachery and betrayal surround us.

The only way out is to turn the greatest loss into the greatest victory.

*Arc received as part of the blog tour*


Full length novel

First person, alternating.

Yes, I wouldn't read this without having read the other two books of the trilogy.



Yes, lots.

Unleashed is the final book in the Devil's Reach trilogy and after the awesome ride of the first two books I was expecting a lot.
Maybe too much.
Unleashed was a really enjoyable read but it didn't leave me as giddy or excited as I expected it to and I can't quite put my finger on why...
It could have been any number of irksome side-lines which detracted from the Trigger and Tess action. Lets see, there was the annoying 'club-whore' antics which got old real quick, there was an ex-clubwhore side plot that twisted up my insides and not in a good way, then there was the weird familial revelations that just screamed, wt-actual-f. Oh, and let's not forget Trigger letting someone else mete out punishment against the big bad in the end rather than doing it himself. (Bit of a huge personality shift there!)

That said, I loved the action, I loved the dynamic between Tess and Trigger. I loved how Tess grew into the position of Trigger's old-lady and became a badass to match him. I loved how Trigger reached a point where he could reconcile Nolan with Trigger and give Tess the love she deserves. I loved the sense of brotherhood between the guys and I even loved how deliciously twisted everything was. All the plot lines were resolved and everything was resolved in a way that was ultimately satisfying.
I really enjoyed it. I just wanted... More.

Devil's Reach is an MC romance series that is suspenseful and takes you on one hell of a rollercoaster. I am gutted that it's over but it'll be a series I re-read when I'm in the mood for a dark and gritty ride. I'll miss these characters and I'm ever hopeful that we'll get more books in the world... After all, Devil's Reach is a large MC!


Looks like Trigger but I could honestly do without the big bushy beard. 😐

J.L. Drake

Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. When she's not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.

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