Blogging / Book Review Question

I have been thinking a lot recently on ways to improve my site. One think that came to mind is the order I have the synopsis and review.

On my site I always have the synopsis first, which I generally get from Goodreads, followed by my review, however I often feel that maybe people see the synopsis but don’t scroll down to actually see my review.

Would my site work better and be more user friendly if I had the review first?

Any thoughts and opinions on this or any other ways I can improve, please comment.

Thank you.

Angels Fall – Original Sin #2 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Sometimes angels fall. 

Maddie doesn’t really owe drug lord, Carlos Castillo, money. So she hadn’t taken his threats seriously. Until now. He wants it, whether she owes it or not. And if she doesn’t have it in six weeks he’s gonna take her as payment instead. 

Tyler would save the world if he could. That’s a fight that lasts forever. And if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s fighting. So if Maddie thinks she’s gonna deal with an insane drug lord on her own, she’s crazier than he is. 

She’s got a debt she can’t pay. He’s got more money than he needs.
She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens. 

They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet.
Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need.

Good thing you don’t get to choose.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38521449-angels-fall)

REVIEW

I fucking love Tyler! His bizarre sense of humour, his quirky outlook on life, and the fact that he loves Maddie and really does try his hardest to respect her wishes even if she doesn’t see it that way.

The funny one-liners and sarcastic retorts that Tyler just can’t keep to himself.  The Angel/Devil arguments that Maddie has with herself. The inner monologues that send both of them into fazed out moments where the world ceases around them.  All of these are brought about by the genius writing team of Huss and McClain, and that’s just the tip of the story iceberg.

This book had me all over the place, emotionally speaking.  Maddie is still in debt to Carlos and has Logan breathing down her neck.  Tyler, with the help of some friends – old and new, finally becomes what Maddie needs.  There are a few happy surprises along the way and the pair are finally finding some clarity in their lives.  You know when you get to that stage in a book when everything is going right and you think…”ok, story can end now, all is good”…but no, the writer/s just keep on going. There is that defining moment for me in this book, and guess what?  Yep, the writers just kept on going!

No spoilers but if you get as involved with the characters as much as I do, not just the main ones but all the side characters that make the stories come to life, then I would suggest that you have some tissues at the ready.

The third instalment of the Original Sin Series, Flesh into Fire, will be released on 17th April 2018.

At the time of writing this review I know that Johnathan McClain is not well so I would like to send my best wishes to him and hope he Gets Well very soon.

EOBS – Personal note to Julie – I was at the book signing in London and have the photo to prove it!  And I can confirm that your readers do all love you and support you 100%.  I just hope that being in the UK I get to see The Company when it is aired.

Big Rock – Big Rock #1 by Lauren Blakely

It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too. 

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I’m an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind. 

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252659-big-rock)

REVIEW

One of the funniest yet sweetest friends to lovers book I’ve read in while. It’s so nice to have a male lead who is not pretentious but knows what he can offer a woman.

This story is told from the POV of Spencer Holiday. Spencer loves his family and wants to do what’s best for them and, although it may not be the brightest idea he’s come up with, getting engaged to his best friend Charlotte seems to solve his playboy problems. Charlotte is more than happy to play along with his plan for her own benefit.  They already share a deep connection that just grows stronger when they pretend to be engaged but they still try to fight their attraction for fear of ruining their friendship and working relationship.

An entertaining love story with some hot, hot, sexy moments.  I will admit that it did take me a while to start reading as I had a few problems getting past the front cover! 😉

Looking forward to reading the rest in series, especially if they are all as fun as this one.

Luke – The Callahan Brothers – Callahan Brothers #1 by Emily March

DEA agent Luke Callahan has suffered one loss too many and a fishing trip with his brothers is just what his broken spirit needs to heal. What he doesn’t need is a gorgeous stowaway harboring secrets and running from killers. Never mind that he does his best work undercover… 

Maddie Kincaid is accustomed to trouble, but she’d hoped to leave it behind when she settled in peaceful Brazos Bend. Who would have guessed that helping a gentle old man would land her in the middle of an attempted murder—her own? Now she’s running for her life—straight into the arms of the infamous Luke Callahan. 

Lucky for her, he’s deadlier than the men chasing her. Unfortunately for him, protecting her means breaking a vow he holds dear. When the nights heat up and the secrets start to spill, Luke faces a brand new danger—losing the woman he loves. What’s a mad, bad, and lethal Callahan man gonna do?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22922284-luke—the-callahan-brothers)

REVIEW

Exciting story with some interesting twists and turns.

When his quiet break with his brothers is interrupted by a strange and stubborn woman, Luke Callahan tries his hardest to not get involved but his inherent need to solve a mystery gets the better of him.  Maddie Kincaid is the source of the mystery, as much as she wishes she wasn’t. Being in close quarters with Luke can be very bad for a woman.  Not only is he terse, unapologetic and often rude, he is also sexy as “Sin”.

The pair make an interesting match.  Maddie with her fiery, red-headed temper and Luke with his cool, bad-boy attitude, although his soft side does come through on occasions (Oscar springs to mind).

I enjoyed the twists the story took along the way. The pace was well set and kept me interested with the action and adventure that the pair found themselves embroiled in.  The romantic connection between the two was exciting and there are a few steamy moments that will get the pulse racing.  I will admit that it was different hearing a steamy sex scene read out in a deep male voice instead of how I normally sound in my own head when I enjoy these moments. It wasn’t bad, just different.

I listened to this book via Audible, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.  It was well read and the voice fitted well with the image I had of Luke and I loved the way his voice went higher for Maddie’s parts.  Would definitely listen to another book by this author and narrator.

 

 

Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck: The perfect springtime romantic read – Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples

Ellie Browne is looking forward, with her partner Max, to hosting Christmas Day lunch at The Dog & Duck, but heavily pregnant now and with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan.

After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max’s country mansion Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can. When she’s asked to help organise a summer wedding for one of her best friends it’s only natural that her mind turns to her own, non-existent, wedding plans! 

With Max decidedly lukewarm on the whole subject and other family complications threatening to disrupt life further, Ellie fears there’ll never be wedding bells at the Dog & Duck after all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36320756-wedding-bells-at-the-dog-duck)

REVIEW

Funny and heart-warming continuation of Max and Ellie’s story at the Dog and Duck.

With the imminent arrival of their first child Max wants to get married but for reasons of her own, Ellie does not.  When assigned the role of wedding planner for her best friend, Ellie finds herself surround by all things romance and soon feels the bug, however Max seems to have gone right off the idea.

Ellie and Max are such a wonderful couple.  They are not massively into personal displays of affection and even moments of jealousy and soon brushed aside.  They are definitely a couple who will stay the distance, even if the bells are not ringing for them this time.

A feel-good story full of laughs, romance and caring with a few surprises along the way.  This book is just what you need when the sun is shining on a chilly Spring day.

Save Me – Corrupted Hearts #4 by Tiffany Snow

Computer genius China Mack may be the former head of Vigilance, the government’s clandestine spy program, but she can still be knocked off balance. And two back-to-back personal blows have thrown her into a tailspin.

While her relationship with tech billionaire Jackson Cooper is on the rocks, China is testing the boundaries of what she feels for man-of-mystery Clark Slattery. But when China learns that her mother’s death sixteen years ago wasn’t an accident, she can’t rest until she knows the truth. And China’s own father, an elusive ex–CIA agent, might have been the killer. To avenge her mother’s death, she needs help, and both Jackson and Clark step up to the plate. But when her investigation is linked to a decades-old international plot to hack the New York Stock Exchange, putting both of the men she loves in danger, China must make an impossible decision to keep them safe.

As the three of them are plunged into a far-reaching conspiracy, China’s notions of love and trust are turned upside down. For China, this final case couldn’t be more personal—or more dangerous.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36506382-save-me)

REVIEW

Oh WOW! What an ending to this thrilling ride we have been on with China, Jackson and Clark.  Tiffany Snow has done it again and brought to life characters that will stay with me for a very long time.

Action and intrigue dominate this series with revenge and betrayal hot on their heels, and emotions run high throughout this final book in the saga of China Mack.  Jackson and Clark are back to help China in her hunt for vengeance against her mother’s death but the more time they spend together the more China’s feelings are sent into turmoil. What is a girl to do when she has two extremely sexy men vying for her affections?

I was very much Team Clark through the majority of this series, I do think that was in part due to the fact that his character is very similar to my absolute favourite book boyfriend – Kade Dennon, and as such I have a soft spot for him.  As this story progresses it becomes harder to determine who is best for China but I do think that the right choice has been made in the end.

Word of warning….tissues will be required.  I cried! I’m not afraid to admit it.  This book made me cry! Several times in fact.  There are some extreme heartbreaking moments for China but also some very happy ones as well.

Thank you Tiffany Snow for bring some wonderful characters to life and letting us share in the world you have created.  Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

This was an ARC courtesy of Netgalley

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29437949-behind-closed-doors)

REVIEW

A chilling tale that will send ice through your veins.

If a man ever appears to be too good to be true then the chances are he probably is.  There is, however, a difference between not perfect and completely psychotic!

This is the first book I have read by B. A. Paris and I was really impressed.  The suspense is prevalent from the beginning and increases as the story progresses.  I liked the way the story switched from past to present until the two caught up with each other.  It kept up the intrigue and had me wondering what would happen next. There were some heart-thumping moments for Grace and I will admit that I had some of Jack’s plots guessed before they were revealed – it is at these times when I am telling the character (Grace in this case) to not be so stupid. They never seem to listen though.

Jack Angel is handsome, charming and wealthy and when he meets Grace he knows he has found the one.  Grace is sweet, caring and financially stable. She is loving towards her younger sister, who has Down Syndrome, and intends to look after her when their parents are unable – more like unwilling – too. Poor Grace is lured in by Jack’s enigmatic personality and charisma but when he shows his true nature she will do anything to protect those she loves.

An exciting, edge-of-the-seat book that makes me glad that I am not looking for a new husband!