Saturday, 17 February 2018

Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

Isa Jones

Something So Irresistible (Something So, #3)Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Natasha not only has given me one of the best sport romances of 2018, I am now a big hockey fan! LOL

As with all of her books, Madison creates the perfect stage for an addictive storyline with the right amount of romance, sex and comedy.

Max is putting his past mistakes behind him and is determined to skate his way to the top this season. As a player on and off the rink, he has had his share of women but after one terrible faux pas he is now an outcast amongst his team but prepared to prove his worth. Oh how I love lady fate because his perfectly constructed plan literally melts after running into non other than Allison Grant.

Given the incredible pedigree among her extended athletic family, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to see Allison succeed in the world of Ice Hockey, not as a player herself but as a PR for the team. She wants to be taken seriously and is prepared to do everything to show everyone that she got the job by her own merit and due to her incredible work ethic. If only Max wouldn't have crashed into her and turn her world upside down.

They say there is one step between hate and love and soon Allison and Max are melting more than the ice around them, struggling to keep the feelings hidden for fear of the repercussions around them, they will have to prove that what they have built between them is solid and won't dissolve at the first sprung.

This books makes it the perfect Hat trick in the Something So Series and with the other two books is an exceptional read. BRAVO Natasha!

Thank You for allowing me to read another outstanding story!

5 STARS. Isa for Joandisalovebooks

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Broken by Willow Winters, Narrated by Muffy Newton and Jacob Morgan


BrokenBroken by Willow Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was seriously engrossing.

When Olivia stumbles upon a crime, she is sadly at the wrong place and the wrong time and is now the property of Kade.
Kade can't believe there was a witness to his latest crime, and now he has no choice but to take Olivia with him and make her his. But to his surprise, Olivia is nothing like the other girls, oh there have been others but all is not as it seems. He has to carry on with his plans push Olivia to his will and make her the perfect submissive. But as ruthless as he is with her, the more she pushes his buttons and he will stop at nothing until she is broken, sadly her spirit wont be the only thing that will come out in pieces and she wont be the only one.

WOW I just couldn't stopped listening to this Audio book. Yes I am a big fan of all things Jacob Morgan but he had to read a very dark book and he played the part beautifully. Willow is brilliant at writing this type of stories which have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, she enraptures the reader and delights them with the perfect balance of sex, love and dark elements.

5 STARS Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks

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Saving The Princess by Helena Newbury

Isa Jones

Saving the PrincessSaving the Princess by Helena Newbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book came into my hands (well my kindle) at a time in my life when I most needed an escape from the world. I would never like to take for granted an Author's work and regardless for being my escape this book was extraordinarily romantic and perfectly written.

Who didn't like reading fairytales growing up. Meeting a handsome prince and riding into the sunset?. Well this book was not that sort of fairytale. Instead Helena has given us an exhilarating, and explosive, rollercoaster ride, where the Princess falls in love with the rough but sexy as hell ex-marine gentle giant, and they find themselves fighting not only their mutual attraction but for their lives.

Garrett, a former marine, never imagined that he was going to find himself falling for a royal princess, but the moment he sets his eyes in Kristina he just can't seem to avert his sight. When he sees the princess in trouble, his battle instincts kick in and he is not going to stop until she can be safe once again. Falling out of a plane however is childs-play compared to the turbulent and alien emotions he is internally fighting when he is next to Kristina. He will stop at nothing to protect her and the more he is in her company the more he realises she is nothing like what he was expecting her to be.

Kristina is strong and beautiful. As a royal princess she has learnt the importance of responsibilities and the duty that comes with being a public figure. Her country has seen devastation, war and despair, and she has experienced first hand hatred from her enemies. Her country has risen and things seem to be back in order, but an attempt on her life whilst on a plane at thirty-thousand feet say otherwise.

Garrett and Kristina embark in the biggest fight for survival. Travelling across America, together they must find a way to outrun the enemy and bring Kristina back to the safety of her land. But when the enemy is within the chances are minimal. The more time they spend in each other company the hardest it gets to fight their feelings. Garrett only sees himself as a brute, useful for one purpose, but Kristina sees beyond his rugged exterior and she wants him badly. But when she has to choose between love and duty Garrett also has to decide between loving Kristina or protecting her royal highness.

I have had the pleasure of reading all of Helena's books and each has been so special, but I fell madly in love with both Garrett and Kristina. She is badass, smart and no-nonsense girl and Garrett is strong, handsome and has a heart that matches his big exterior, they are just a pair made in heaven and this was their perfect fairytale.

Thank You Helena for allowing me to read and review another masterpiece.

5 MAGICAL STARS. Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks Blog.

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Friday, 16 February 2018

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Micky Barnard 

The Great AloneThe Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

THE GREAT ALONE was the book I didn't know I wanted to read until I read a few pages and proceeded to devour it over two days. This book had a powerful, captivating story to tell as well as educating me on the struggles and beauty of Alaskan life and community.

Narrated over a few decades, THE GREAT ALONE focuses in the main on the growth from teenager to adulthood of Lenora (Leni) Allbright. She’s a teen whose dad is a broken man post-Vietnam POW experiences, he’s ill and abusive and her mother can’t stop loving him. They move to Alaska without any experience of that kind of environment. Their struggle to survive was absolutely gripping and tangible. The descriptions gave the environment and abuse high-definition quality with sight, sound and smells.

The themes of this book were difficult to read at times, I needed breathers and the occasional tissue. I would say that the love story between Leni and Matthew was subtle and yet powerful. I willed them together despite the risks, I wanted some joy in Leni’s life. I felt Leni’s emotions with regards to her parents so convincingly. The local community in their Alaskan village made for a developed character context, I loved so many of the side characters.

The book overall is so well written, considering the difficulty of conveying the setting and themes. I felt so many emotions reading this book and I am eager to try more by Kristin Hannah. The final wrap up of the storyline was a little fast but I was satisfied in the end result.

A copy of this book was provided by Jellybooks in return for my reading data, this by no means influenced my review.

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Tina Shobe 

The Smallest PartThe Smallest Part by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercedes (Mer), Noah and Cora have been friends since childhood. I love how this book was written. We're in the present and then re-visit the past and back and forth until the past meets the present. We get to travel along with them through all the twists and turns that their lives take. I think with the story written this way we get more of an insight of how they came to become the adults that they are.

Mer always puts everyone else's wants/needs before herself. She's even put her dreams on the back burner so she can protect those she loves.

Noah went into the military serving our country. During that time period through correspondence he fell in love with Cora. He is now a doctor and has a beautiful little girl, Gia.

I really struggled with Cora's character. Sometimes she comes across as self centered. Not really seeing or caring how her actions affect others. Through out their lives it seems like she has to go after everything that Mer wants. Then I got thinking about her childhood and the tragedy she has faced and realized she's broken. She doesn't know how to be happy as herself as she doesn't know who she is. I couldn't help but feel sad for her.

These characters are very well developed. When they faced challenges, tragedy, loss in their lives my emotions when along with them. Many times I had tears streaming down my face.

I was actually a little jealous of the deep friendship that Noah and Mer have.
Childhood friendship that is developing into something deeper and more meaningful. They always seem to connect on such a deeper level, soulmates.

The wonderful secondary characters I felt added an extra layer of depth to the story.

In the famous words of Abuela "In the end, only three things matter “Who He is. (meaning God)” “Who you are, and who your friends are.” I'm applying this to my own life.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Body and Soul by Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy

Isa Jones

Body and Soul (Twist of Fate #3)Body and Soul by Lucy Lennox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with any book from this magnificent duo this story was a complete page turner!

Oz escapes the hustle and bustle of his busy life. As a top model he has been in the spotlight for so long and realisation has hit leaving him changing course and following his first love, designing.
He runs to the mountains, well more like he drives in a very expensive and flashy car, where his friends, Xander and Bennett offer for him to use one of their cabins. Little does he know, his soon-to-be neighbour will become the object of all his fantasies. But his neighbour is sending all the wrong signals, not only is he very straight, he is as cold as the weather in the Rocky Mountains.

Jake has found a safe haven in the mountains. Away from the demons of his past he has learnt to live in a community who has accepted him and welcomed him no questions asked. Secluded in a cabin he is content with the solitude it provides. That is until the day he finds a gorgeous man on the side of the road in desperate need of help. He is completely taken aback by the beauty of the man in front of him, but there is so much more to Oz beauty and he can't seem to escape the man.

As hard as Jake tries to keep Oz at a distance, fate seems to keep intervening and throwing them literally in the arms of each other. The harder Jake pulls away the stronger those feelings come to the surface, and you know what they say, the heart knows what it wants, but Jake is straight right? or is he?

Lucy and Sloane know how to keep the reader engrossed in the story as well as they are masters at throwing curve balls and just when you think the story is going one way they bring new element which makes it even more entertaining.

The Twist of Fate series are one of my favourite books of all time and I can't wait to read the next book by these two masterful writers.

5 SOULFUL STARS! Isa for Joandisalovebooks Review Team.

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Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair

Isa Jones

Secret LuciditySecret Lucidity by E.K. Blair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read the Blurb for this story I was immediately captivated so I was  delighted to have been given the privilege to receive an ARC and review this book.

Heartwarmingly beautiful and poignantly real, Secret Lucidity was one gut-wrenching read. It left me breathless and in awe of the complexity of the writing yet it was simple in its fluidity.

When your world crashes down around you and the unimaginable loss has left you void of all emotion how do you manage to pick yourself up from something so strong.

Cam or (Camillia) is a normal happy seventeen year old with her bright and promising future in front of her. She is loved by her family, friends and admired by her teachers. She is just the perfect all round student. She excels at swimming and its passionate about her sport. When tragedy strikes and she looses everything, her dreams and goals are suddenly put on hold. Time seems to stand still and she falls faster into an abyss of despair and depression. With no one and nowhere to turn Cam suddenly finds herself being rescued from the depths of sorrow by an unlikely source.

Having being betrayed by loved ones, David has left behind the life he thought he wanted in search of loosing himself and forgetting that pain. After many years, he now believes he has put enough distance from everyone who serves as a reminder of what could have been. He is now happy working in a school and loves coaching. But when tragedy strikes and he is witness to Cam's sorrow he can't help but feel the need to protect her and bring her out of the darkness.

What begins as a simple act of kindness soon develops into something more and both Cam and Daniel are lost to their mutual attraction. But they both know their relationship is impossible. To the eyes of the world they are wrong for each other and will be braking so many laws and rules. Forced to remain hidden from prying eyes they find themselves fighting each day for a simple glimpse or an innocent touch to give them the strength to fight time and space.

I want to say so much more but I do not want to ruin the experience for anyone. I can only say, I had my heart in my throat many times in this book. The story deals with many critical factors, like alcoholism, depression and self-harm, and being privy to one of those in my life, I know of the ramifications and effects they have on a person and it can affect a whole family.
E.K. Blair not only talks about these factors but also makes the reader, in an indirect way, feel the pain the characters are experiencing, that is remarkable and for that I commend her.

I fell in love with both Cam and Daniel and their book and I would like to continue meeting more of Ms Blair's characters, so watch this space as they say.

Secret Lucidity is a MUST READ and in my opinion an unforgettable story.

5 STARS. Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks Review Team.

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Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

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