Friday, August 17, 2018

Review 'The Royal Treatment' by Melanie Summers


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36102255-the-royal-treatment
Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2017
Series:
Crown Jewels Romance #1
Genre:
Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Pages:
281
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I am one of those people who really love royals. Here in the Netherlands we have a royal family too and I just love them. And obviously I love the British royals too. So it was around the time when Prince Harry and Megan Markle got engaged when I saw the cover of this book and just knew I had to read it. So I bought it and was super excited to start reading.

In ‘The Royal Treatment’ we meet Crown Prince Arthur. Arthur is arrogant, and has always gotten by on using his charms and looks. But when the Royal Family is about to lose there hold on the throne. Arthur knows, he must do something drastic to win back the hearts of his nation.
Meanwhile Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog is doing her best to let everyone know how much she thinks the royals are money digging people who don’t care about their nation at all. As a blogger Tessa is gaining more and more followers. So when Tessa receives an invitation by Prince Arthur himself to stay at the palace for two months to let her see what it is they do all day, she is very surprised but obviously can’t say no.

Everything I expected ‘The Royal Treatment’ to be, definitely came true. This book was filled with humor, romance and definitely some teary eyed moments too. ‘The Royal Treatment’ was the perfect relaxing fun read before bed and I easily got lost in Melanie Summers writing.

Although Prince Arthur was definitely an arrogant ass of a man, especially in the beginning, you could see there was more to him than we got to see at first. And I loved his character and getting to know him more. I especially loved the way he was with Tessa.
Tessa was a character I definitely loved. Her character is easy to relate too. She is still searching for her dream job, is really clumsy but still doesn’t let that stop her for doing what she wants. I just loved her. Her family was rather horrible if you ask me though.

The romance between Arthur and Tessa definitely made you swoon. And I loved the way we got to read this story to both there point of views. This definitely made this book even more enjoyable.

Yes, ‘The Royal Treatment’ was a great read I really enjoyed. I definitely need to get my hands on the second book in this series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Melanie Summers made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published eight novels and three novellas. She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

Melanie Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and the cutest one-eyed dog ever. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house.

Melanie also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.

Melanie is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women’s Writing Guild.

For more information about Melanie please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Favorite.. Birthday Memory



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

This one was definitely easy for me. I’ve never been the celebrating big kind of girl. So usually I only do something with my husband and parents. But one year was definitely the best so far: August 13th 2015. That year my husband surprised me with a day trip to London. It was amazing. I didn’t expect a thing, and before I knew it I was sitting in a plane going to London. If that wasn’t amazing enough my husband arranged a tour through the Little, Brown Book Group with one of my contacts. I was in complete awe. It was such an amazing trip. (You can read more about this trip on my Surprise Trip To London post.)

The day ended a little strange though.. we missed our flight home due to our train that had to stop in the middle of a field for over an hour. But in the end we were able to find a place to sleep with family who lived in London at the time. So we had an extra day in London which wasn’t bad at all. I love thinking back to that trip. It was so great and romantic. Definitely my favorite birthday memory. 

What is your favorite birthday memory?

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review 'Infinite' by Cecy Robson


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40387468-infinite
Hale Wilder, aka the Anaconda of Wall Street, spent his childhood fighting to be the best to win his father’s love. He was the best student and the best athlete, who grew into a successful businessman and took the finance world by storm. Want to retire before you’re forty-five? He’s got you. Need your millions to be billions? He’s your man.

Young, rich, and powerful, Hale was unstoppable, until a company scandal
destroyshis reputation andthreatensto bring down everything hesbled for.

Becca Shields is the kickass public relations goddess spinning scandals to gold and launching has-beens into superstardom. She never expected to see Hale again—not following the humiliating night when her family caught them on the beach, barely clothed.

When Becca discovers Hale is in trouble, she can’t turn her back on the boy who was once her world and the man she never forgot.

Hale never thought he’d have another shot at greatness or with Becca. Now that he has both, he won’t let either go without a fight.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2018
Series:
Carolina Beach #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
362
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘Infinite’ I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love romance stories and this one just sounded so good. So I requested an ARC as soon as I could and I was super excited when I got approved to read this one. Although ‘Infinite’ is the third book in the Carolina Beach series, it can be read as a standalone.

In ‘Infinite’ we follow Hale Wilder and Becca Shields. Hale and Becca both had a pretty hard childhood but they always had each other. But years ago their friendship changed drastically and they lost touch. Now Hale is big guy on Wall Street, and Becca is the best in her field of public relations. When Hale finds himself in trouble, Becca is determined to help him. But will Hale be able to trust the one woman who broke his heart.

‘Infinity’ is my first Cecy Robson book and I must say I really enjoyed it. I love a good romance story and this story is definitely filled with lots of romance and chemistry. Hale and Becca are both very interesting characters to read about. I especially loved that they weren’t only romantically involved, but they were friends too. It was definitely so much fun to read about. And I soon felt like I’ve known these characters a lot longer than only from this read.

There were moments in this book were I thought time went way to fast. For example the moment Hale and Becca finally came together. The next moment it was several weeks later. But this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just enjoyed this book so much I wouldn’t have mind reading more and longer about these characters. It did feel a little sudden to me at times.

If you like romantic stories with a lot of chemistry than this book is definitely for you. From the very first chapter the moments between Hale and Becca are filled with chemistry. And Cecy Robson definitely gave us some very hot and sexy moments. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

For more information about Cecy please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



I received this ARC from Caffeinated Services in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review 'Bayou Born' by Hailey Edwards


Her beginning may be our end...

Deep in the humid swamps of the Mississippi bayou, a mysterious, half-wild child is dragged just in time from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in strange markings, the meaning of which no one is able to decipher. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him into the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny…



The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 17th, 2017
Series:
Foundling #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Pages:
329
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately. Not for any particular reason other than the fact that I’ve been in a romance mood for the last couple of weeks. But when I was looking for another book to read and my eye caught the cover of ‘Bayou Born’, I decided it was time to start reading this one. Don’t you just love that cover?

In ‘Bayou Born’ we meet Luce Boudreau. Luce Boudreau was found fifteen years ago, half-wild, and with no memory of where she came from, in a Mississippi swamp. The policeman who found her adopted her and now fifteen years later Luce is a police officer herself. Even though she still has no memories of her past, and has no idea where she came from, she is working hard to make something of her life. But when a young woman is found in the same swamp she is determined to finally get more answers.

When I started ‘Bayou Born’, I definitely had no idea what to expect from this read. A fantasy, and a story about a girl who was found in a swamp.. Yes.. My imagination was running wild thinking about this book. After struggling a little through the first view pages, I soon found myself completely fascinated with this story. We don’t get a lot of answers and throughout this read you get more and more questions. Although I do not always like that, in this case it made me want to keep on reading and before I knew it I couldn’t stop. A lot is happening  in this book and even now I’ve finished it, I still can’t stop thinking about it. There is so much yet to learn about this one. Hailey Edwards definitely did a smashing job writing this book.

The main character Luce is a little bit strange, but I liked her from the start. She is very mysterious, but that’s because she doesn’t know where she came from or what those strange striations on her arm are. She also is very tough. And reading about her interactions with her co-workers and her new found friends made me laugh several times.

The fantasy in this book is definitely exciting and I love the fact that it’s so intertwined with ‘real-life’. I still have a lot of questions, as well as Luce herself, so I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. There’s also a little bit of romance in this book. And I didn’t expect that, but loved it even more because of it. Hailey Edwards definitely made me love fantasy again!


My Rating:

About the Author:


Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds. 

For more information about Hailey please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. 

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Favorite.. Thing I Wish I Would Be Good At



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

There are so many things I wish I would be good at. I for one would have loved to be musical. I’ve tried to learn to play the guitar a little while ago.. but I don’t have the patience or the talent for it really. I also can’t sing at all. 

I also would have loved to be an amazing cook. I can cook, and I love it. But I definitely can’t cook without a recipe. Wouldn’t it be great to just be able to make something tasty just by trying stuff? I would love that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95FBb9MxfeI

But my favorite thing I wish I would be good at would definitely be being creative. I would love to be able to paint or draw or something other creative. I always envy people who are able to paint or draw something beautiful. I’ve tried many times, I even did a course when I was in school but I just have no talent what so ever. I tried other creative things like knitting but that was definitely also not for me. Too bad really.

What is your favorite thing you wish you would be good at?

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Audiobook Review 'Crave Me' by Cecy Robson


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33392351-crave-me
In Crave Me, it’s time for the sole sister in the family to discover love.

Wren O’Brien isn’t your typical female. As the only girl from a loud Irish family with seven siblings, she prefers fast cars to lip gloss and bad boys to good men. It’s the reason she’s nursing a wounded soul and keeping her distance from a dangerous ex.

Evan Jonah is running an empire and just moved from the lavish thoroughfares of London to the gritty streets of Philadelphia. When he walks into the nearest dealership, he’s expecting to find a reliable vehicle to handle the brutal winters, not a sexy female car rep with killer legs.

Wren doesn’t know why “Hotness in a Suit” asked her out. She doesn’t expect a great time or a night of passion that knocks her on her ass. But that’s exactly what Evan shows her.

She also never counted on how hard and fast she’d fall. But men like Evan—good men with even better hearts—don’t desire tough-talking Philly girls for long.

Evan has never met a woman like Wren. But he’s up for the challenge and ready to prove her wrong.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
July 3rd, 2018
Series:
The O’Brien Family #3
Narrator:
Tara Langella
Length:
8 hours and 54 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:


Ever since my maternity leave started I’ve been on a reading spree. And I’m so happy with that, because I lost my reading mojo for a while. Not only do I enjoy reading a lot again at the moment, I also enjoy listening to audiobooks while I’m busy preparing for the arrival of our baby girl. So when I saw the sign up for ‘Crave Me’ I knew I just had to request an audiobook for this one. And thankfully I got it. ‘Crave Me’ is the third book in the Family O’Brien series but can be read as a standalone. 

In ‘Crave Me’ we meet Wren O’Brien. Wren is the only girl from a big Irish family and she has always been surrounded by her brothers. Wren is definitely what you call a tough girl. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and she takes care of the people she loves. But Wren holds a secret about her ex-boyfriend. And now he is trying to make her life miserable. Thankfully Wren soon meets Evan Jonah a handsome and rich businessman who just moved here from London. And he is the perfect distraction. From the moment Wren and Evan meet there are sparks flying everywhere. And although Wren tries to stop it, soon she just can’t deny her feelings anymore.

‘Crave Me’ is my second Cecy Robson book and I must say I’m totally loving her stories. Although, as with all audiobooks, it took me a little while to get into this story, I definitely loved both main characters Wren and Evan. They were just so fun to get to know. I loved how feisty and tough Wren was. And the stories she told made me laugh out loud many times. And Evan.. well I just adored him. He was so sweet to Wren and I loved the way he was so open about his feelings for her. 

Like I said, the beginning of this audiobook took me a little time to get used too. The narrator Tara Langella talked with this accent when she spoke as Wren and I always need to get used to that. I honestly wasn’t really sure I was able to enjoy this book because of that accent. But thankfully the accent started to grow on me, and before I started the third chapter I loved this audiobook and the narrator. Above all I loved the way her voice altered between Wren and Evan. It definitely made me want to keep on listening. 

The romance between Wren and Evan was really good. Cecy Robson definitely did a great job with that. There was a lot of chemistry, mystery and plenty of toe-curling sexy moments. I still would have loved this book if there were a little less sex scenes, but I guess this fitted the characters. 

‘Crave Me’ was definitely a very enjoyable and fun audiobook for me. And it made me want to check out the other books in this series. I just have to know more about those O’Brien brothers.

My Rating:



About the Author:


Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

For more information about Cecy please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  


About the Narrator:


Tara Langellla was trained in classical and contemporary theater at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.
She has lent her voice to ad campaigns for such brands as The Anti-Violence Project, MAC Cosmetics, Oncology TV and Underdog Entertainment.

Tara can be heard as the voice behind many video game characters, including Mara in Overload from Revival Productions, Commander Elsa Young in Space Pirates and Zombies 2 from Minmax Games, Ashryn Evota the elf in the upcoming Distant Kingdoms and she is currently working on the upcoming fantasy RPG, Possessions.

For more information about Tara please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter.

I received this audiobook from Caffeinated PR Audiobook services in exchange for my honest review. 


 
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