Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review: The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White

The Lullaby Girl (Angie Pallorino #2) by Loreth Anne White
Publication date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Berkley
My rating: 4 Stars
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Angie struggles to maintain her sense of identity—if she’s not a detective, who is she? Then a decades-old cold case washes ashore, pulling her into an investigation she recognizes as deeply personal.

Angie’s lover and partner, James Maddocks, sees it, too. But spearheading an ongoing probe into a sex-trafficking ring and keeping Angie’s increasing obsession with her case in check is taking its toll. However, as startling connections between the parallel investigations emerge, Maddocks realizes he has more than Angie’s emotional state to worry about.

Driven and desperate to solve her case, Angie goes rogue, risking her relationship, career, and very life in pursuit of answers. She’ll learn that some truths are too painful to bear, and some sacrifices include collateral damage.

But Angie Pallorino won’t let it go. She can’t. It’s not in her blood.



My Thoughts:

Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first book.

The Lullaby Girl takes us back to the life of Angie Pallorino, and after the events of the last book her career as a detective is in jeopardy.  She’s being accused of excessive force in taking down a serial killer!  Really?  I sort of thought this was ridiculous, and even if she did fire off a bunch of rounds into him, hello, he was a really bad guy and deserved it!  This is important to Angie, but she’s distracted by her own mystery, and getting to the bottom of her identity; what happened the night she was abandoned at the hospital takes precedence.  She remembers blood, gun fire, and lullabies sung in Polish.  

Maddocks has his own hands full with the bar code girls; girls forced into sex work on the Amanda Rose. All evidence is pointing to organized crime, and Maddocks is trying to find the responsible parties so no other girls will suffer or die.  Angie’s past and this current case have some disturbing things in common, and it soon becomes evident that Angie is in danger.  The ending wrapped up with some exciting and tense moments and had me on the edge of my seat!

All this is taking place while Maddocks and Angie try to navigate their new relationship.  I was afraid Angie was going to get skittish and push Maddocks away for good, but thankfully that wasn’t the case.  She did have her moments, but she did think things through and thought of the big picture before ruining things.  Maddocks was a prince! I just loved this man! He realizes some of the reason Angie’s in hot water is because she was trying to protect him and his daughter; it touches his heart that she put herself on the line for him like that. He also is pretty understanding that Angie has issues because of her past, and cuts her a lot of slack.  I know these two have what it takes for the long term! They just sizzle and spark every time they’re together!

The Angie Pallorino series is captivating and thrilling, with flawed, but likable characters.  It’s must for anyone who enjoys a well written police procedural, but truly, the romance is my favorite part, and I hang on every interaction between Angie and Maddocks! I’m anxious to find out where Loreth Anne White takes Angie and Maddocks in the next book, especially with how things turned out here!




 
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #17

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.


WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 

Jasprit:
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I'm super shocked by how many books I was able to finish this week, I've still been devouring all the New Adult and Adult books and they still seem to be working for me so far. I really enjoyed the second book in Frederick's Gridiron series Jock Blocked, it's probably my favourite of the series so far, whereas the rest have just been okay evs for me, but I still can't stop reading these books. And I'd read the first book in the Kate Daniels series a few years ago, but lately it had been popping up on my feed so much, that I realised that I really wanted to get back to this series once more, I started A Questionable Client and was completely hooked, that I've requested books two and three from the library! 


Rachel:
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So it seems I read a lot, but not really for two weeks.  Falling Into You was a mixed bag, gosh, so many issues! I LOVED Golden Dynasty! The audio book was amazing! The Rancher's Christmas Song was so wonderful as well. Perfect holiday read.  Monster in the Closet was a total bust and way too long. I feel like I'm coming home every time I pick up Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, and Redwood Bend was wonderful.  Someone to Wed was just oh-so-lovely! I highly recommend Mary Balogh to historical romance fans!

BOOKS RECEIVED 
Jasprit 
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I was lucky enough to meet Krista and Becca Ritchie this last week at the Four Book Brit Fest and despite giving their books a go a while back, I felt like I wanted to jump back into more of their books, so got myself a copy of Amour Amour.


Rachel:
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I was seriously creeped out by The Hatching series! Who wouldn't be with smart spiders taking over, seriously! I can't wait to find out how the human race does in this final installment! I'm a long-time fan of Lisa Gardner's mystery/suspense novels, and Look For Me promises to be an on-the-edge-of-your-seat-type of read.  I loved Chanel Cleeton's Wild Aces series, so I'm seriously excited for Next Year in Havana! Katie Ruggle writes some amazing romantic suspense so I was thrilled to get a copy of Survive the Night.

NEW TO MY TBR
Jasprit 
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Did you all hear about Hafsah Faizal's debut book We Hunt the Flame coming out in 2019? When I read about it last week, I was super excited, it sounds so good! You can read more about it here


Rachel:
  I'm going to leave this blank because I already have too many books to consider above. :) I'm sure you'll hear all about them in the coming weeks.  

  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

Jasprit  
 

Finally Riverdale has got back on track, I wasn't really feeling the first few episodes, but last week's episode just about destroyed me, and I can't wait to see how things will go down this week. 


Rachel:

I went and saw Murder on the Orient Express this last weekend. It was pretty but I think the previous adaptation did a better job. Still a great movie.




EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Jasprit 


Last week was my week off, but it so didn't feel like it, I tried to catch up with everything and then I had a trip to Monday Night Raw, we decided to do the tourist thing of Manchester and we didn't back until really early morning, I was absolutely knackered, about lost my voice, but it was such a wonderful experience. 



I was also able to attend the Four Books Brit Fest in Manchester I was able to meet with authors Claire Contreras, Becca and Krista Ritchie and one of my all time favourite authors Mariana Zapata, for once I wasn't a mouse when meeting her, and she was absolutely lovely, we were talking about our favourite fictional crushes from her books and she said we both had similar tastes as we both liked jerks! I was able to attend this event with my good friend Allie, we had a massive food crawl leading up to the event. I was also able to meet up with Siiri, she's been one of my friends for the longest times, so it was great that we were finally able to meet up! 





How was your week?

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 7th November 2017
My rating: 5 stars.


She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com. When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark. Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

An Ex for Christmas was a delight to read, I’ve always enjoyed Lauren Layne’s books in the past, but this book just had that extra special something, maybe it was the Christmas theme, or amazing friendship between Mark and Kelly that bought about a flurry of butterflies in my stomach, I just had the best time reading this book. Our MC Kelly, is a believer in fate, horoscopes matching up and is known for asking her magic 8 ball all types of questions, so when catching the train one day and a random lady tells her that she’s already met her true love, she makes it mission to track him down before Christmas. Why would Kelly listen to a random lady you ask, well she also happened to make a passing comment on Kelly’s parent’s 30th anniversary cruise, which not any random person would know about. Kelly of course took this lady’s random comment to mean that her true love was one of her ex’s. It was so much fun watching Kelly compile her list of ex’s and trying to track them down and see if they would pass her mistletoe test that she had come up with. 

I try not to re-read the summary of a book before I pick it up, I guess I always want an element of surprise? And I’m glad that this was exactly the case with An Ex for Christmas, as I’d naturally assumed that there was the chance that Kelly would find the one in her list, that maybe they had missed their chance long ago, but now was the time to be together, so when sparks started flying with Mark, I was absolutely delighted! The perfect guy was basically in front of her all along! I was a bit worried though, that as Mark and Kelly had been best friends for so long, that may be them taking things to the next level, could ruin the friendship that they had, but with the casual build up, I knew for sure that I wanted something more to happen between them, forget the risks and what ifs. Also, Mark was such an amazing guy! (definitely a contender for my top ten fictional crushes of the year), he always had Kelly’s best interests at heart, even though she didn’t realise it at times, he was charming, one heck of a cook, had that growly thing going on, that had me weak in the knees and was hot! I know Kelly wanted to complete what she had started with her list, but things started getting heated between her and Mark and I wanted to shout forget the bloody list, open your eyes and look at the fine specimen of a man that you have standing in front of you! This minor issue aside, I still adored Kelly’s character, she was such a bubbly character, she was funny and like any other person, had her doubts that she had to deal with, she really was a person that I could relate to in so many ways. 

With the reading slump, I was in An Ex for Christmas was exactly what I needed and so much more, I kind of wished that I had saved it for Christmas, with the Christmas setting it had going, but I know I’ll just have to read it again, during my Christmas break! An Ex for Christmas, was one of my favourite reads by Layne so far, I’m glad that I picked it up, because it truly had everything going for it; a beautiful friendship with the potential to emerge into a fantastic relationship, many laugh out loud moments and vivacious characters and swoony scenes that you’ll want to read over and over again, this is one book readers definitely don’t want to miss out on!



Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Someone to Wed (Westcott #3) by Mary Balogh
Publication date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Berkley
My rating: 5 Stars
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold.

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .

A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . 



My Thoughts:
Oh, this book! I just loved it so much! 

Since Wren has lost her aunt and uncle, Wren has been lonely.  She wants a marriage and hopes for all that comes with it: respect, trust, affection, and children.  As a wealthy woman she sets out to buy a husband, since she doesn’t think she could acquire one any other way.  She’s heard of Alexander Westcott’s predicament, inheriting the title of Earl of Riverdale with the massive estate of Brambledean, long neglected, and in need of a mountain of money to repair and restore.  So, Wren makes Alexander and offer of marriage.

Alexander Westcott always thought when he married it would be for love, but that was before he unexpectedly inherited the title of Earl with Brambledean, its people and properties dependent on its prosperity.  He doesn’t have the money to restore it the way it should and if he doesn’t take a bride for money it will be years of struggling to get the estate back on course.  Wren Heyden’s offer is practical, and he feels like he could respect and eventually have affection for her, but Alexander’s afraid by the deep pain he thinks lies under her surface.  Could she get past that to truly let him in? If not, would he be content such an emotionally remote marriage?

Wren had so many barriers at first, I wasn’t sure a romance between her and Alex could be possible.  They start off as so practical without the promise of love, it was a little depressing, but oh, things change and progress, and I fell in absolute love with their emotional journey!! Once their course was settled the romance was slow steps, but always going forward.  No ridiculous, dramatic setbacks. 

Wren didn’t have any family to speak of, so I was very moved that Alexander’s family stepped up and gave Wren the support and friendship she needed.  It was impossible to feel lonely with his cousins, aunts and uncles by her side, but I most appreciated Alexander’s mother and sister welcoming her into the family so warmly.

Mary Balogh’s writing stirred up so many emotions, had me tearing up here and there with all the feels! She brought Wren and Alexander to life, to the point they felt real that I was genuinely touched by all the trials they overcame to find their HEA!  Someone to Wed is tied as favorite in the series with Someone to Hold, the previous book, and now I can’t wait for the next one!



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