Random Acts of New Year – #10 The Random Series by Julia Kent

REVIEW

What a wonderful way to see in the New Year.  If you are a fan of Julia Kent and have read even one of the Random Series books then you want to read this.  Laugh, cry and cringe your way to the Ball Drop in Times Square.

This story is focused on Liam and Charlotte, don’t worry though because all the gang is here,  which means nothing is going to run smoothly.  Liam has something very special on his mind and big ideas for New Year’s Eve.  Will his well laid plans go smoothly or will some Random Act of Crazy happen?

I don’t think I have laughed so hard whilst reading a book in long time (well, probably since Feisty!) I love Darla and although this story wasn’t focusing on her she still managed to steal the limelight with Joe’s ‘issue’ and Mavis’s choking.  It’s amazing how this band stays together with all the arguing and bitching  but,  they do and we all very grateful.  Charlotte shows a new side to herself – literally! And both Liam and Charlotte find out that there’s more to their parents than meets the eye.

This book is being released on New Year’s Eve.  Grab it, read it, and let yourself have laughter-filled new year!

ARC courtesy of Julia Kent

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

New Year’s Eve. Times Square. I booked the room over a year ago, with the view of the ball dropping. I’ll propose to Charlotte and drop to my knee at the stroke of midnight.

At least, that’s the plan.

But nothing in my life ever goes as planned. Between a last-minute gig that takes me away from her, a blast-from-the-past boyfriend of Charlotte’s, and the resurrection of Esme the blow-up doll, I have to fight for my right —

To make her my wife.

Charlotte. Not Esme. Because that’s just gross, man. What’s wrong with you?

(https://www.prosaicpress.com/jkentauthor/books/the-random-series/random-acts-of-new-year/)

Miracle on 5th Avenue – From Manhattan with Love #3 by Sarah Morgan

REVIEW

I read the first two books in this series earlier in the year, but knowing that this was set at Christmas time I wanted to leave it until the season was right and I could get the full experience of it. I am so glad I did.  Curled up on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate, while festive decorations adorn the room and the feeling of holiday spirit is in the air is the perfect way to enjoy this book.

Eva Jordan is a life-long romanticist, she believes that there is someone for everyone and, even if you have found them and lost them, then someone else could be the one.  Christmas is her time. The decorating, the cooking, the feeling of closeness from family and friends. This year, however,  she is struggling with the lose of her Grandmother, fortunately she has a job that will keep her occupied and friends to keep her from falling apart.

Lucas Blade hates everything about Christmas. The joy, happiness and get-together’s couldn’t be furthest from his mind.  Holing himself away for the winter on the pretense of writing his book, Lucas delves into a world of misery and suffering over the death of his wife. When an unexpected house-guest arrives he knows there is more to her than meets the eye.  With the weather worsening, Lucas has no choice but to allow Eva to stay.

Can an overly enthusiastic, Christmas loving woman be what Lucas Blade needs to thaw his wounded heart or will the season of good-will be nothing more than cold and miserable.

I adored this book. I think out of the three girls, Eva is my favourite. She is a hopeless romantic with such a positive outlook on life. She knows her faults and is not afraid to own them.  She feels empathy for those around her and although it may appear that she lives in a bubble where nobody can do wrong, she is not completely naive about the world. Her passion and loyalty are something that Lucas needed to see and grab hold of because that type of love certainly does not come around very often.  Mitzy, Lucas’ Grandmother, is an awesome character. Devious in her plans to get Lucas out in the world again and seeing the potential that Eva can bring to her plans…naughty Mitzy!

Christmas must read!

Rating 5/5

Miracle on 5th Avenue

 

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Synopsis

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28590927-miracle-on-5th-avenue)

Fateless – Stateless #3 by Meli Raine

REVIEW

Thrilling conclusion to the Stateless series.  So much is revealed with shocking outcomes.  I have been glued to this book since I received it.

Kina and Callum are fighting for their lives but this time they have new team mates in the form of Drew, Lindsay, Silas, Jane, Duff and Lily.

Kina is plagued by fear for the children of Stateless, as the world that they knew starts to crumble.  Finding a way to keep the children safe is Kina’s main priority, keeping Kina safe is Callum’s.   The pair now have to rebuild their lives and retrain their minds if they are going to put an end to the power struggle that is going on around them.  When Kina has to enter the lion’s den in the disguise of her sister, Callum must save her from the unthinkable.  Destruction, deceit  and death follows…but who’s?

The intriguing mind of Meli Raine has delivered another fantastic series that intertwines with her previous books and brings all our favourite characters together. As well as the ones mentioned earlier there are several other familiar names which appear, and as information is shared and stories are retold, the pieces are put together to from the bigger picture.  Every person has their part to play, pawns in the massive game of chess,  pieces that are manoeuvred at the will of others.  Fighting back is their only option.

ARC received courtesy of Meli Raine. Release date – 26/12/19

Rating 5/5

Synopsis 

The future isn’t real.

The past isn’t real, either.

Only the present is, solid and full, flying at our faces, our bodies, our hearts and souls at breakneck speed as we work to take it all in.

As we work to protect others.

And, finally – ourselves.

We’ve started to break the bonds of Stateless, a system as rotten as the one it seeks to destroy. But systems are organisms with one brutal goal: to survive, whatever it takes.

Kina has to do the unfathomable to save a different system, one she created out of empathy and love for children we rescued from the only home they know.

She’ll use her mind, her body, her spirit — and her ultimate weapons: love, and —

Me.

(https://meliraine.com/books/stateless/fateless/)