September 15, 2014

Rock Addiction. Nalini Singh

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Rock Addiction
Nalini Singh
Publisher: TKA
Date: 9th September 2014
Format: e-ARC
Genre: Contemporary romance
ContemporarySource: TKA Distribution via NetGalley
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A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be… Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
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Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh is the first in a new series  - a change of pace into the contemporary genre.  I have only read her paranormal and urban fantasy books, and am so addicted to them.  I jumped at the chance to read this book.  I have to say I am very much on the fence  or more aptly split on this one. I have just noticed that the Romantic Times labelled this one a Scorcher and I'd agree!!  Authors write obviously for an audience - I think I don't fit there sadly.  Sadly, because I did care about the characters and do want to know about their stories.

There was much that I liked about the book.  Molly was a quiet librarian, scarred by her rise to 'fame' in her teens when her father got himself into a compromising situation with a young girl.  Molly now above all wants to avoid media interest.  I liked her quite a bit, at times I wanted her to show more strength but in many ways she does show she is made of strong material.  Through the story she grows as a person and is able to overcome her fears, fears that would make her totally the wrong person for Fox.  

Fox too has been scarred by his past, yet he has already risen above it, and with Molly he discovers something that has always been missing in his life.  He likes to portray a 'hard rocker' image, but in actual fact he is caring, loyal and wise.  David, Abe and Noah his band mates know this side of him. I also enjoyed being introduced to these last three, they all are going to take their turn in the limelight. 

This book is well written - I'd expect that from Nalini Singh, I loved the two settings - New Zealand and USA.  The exploration of the harm some people can do to make money from the publishing of inappropriate material wrongfully gained added to this book.  I also liked the counter balance of the power of the fan world for good.

However what has me decided that this series isn't for me is the HEAT of this book, it is up there on the barometer.  If you like hot and sexy, then this book is for you.  This book had way too many sex scenes for my liking.  It felt like 50% 'in the bedroom' and 50% everything else.  I am sure that is an exaggeration - but just saying that's how it felt to me.  It's why my personal rating for this book is down.  I can understand how others who love this kind of book will rate it higher. 
3.5 stars

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This past week I was delighted to win a prize for Gone Reading from Shellyrae at Book'd Out, who was celebrating her blog's four year blogoversary.  It took me awhile to decide, however I have made my choice and it is on the way. Possibly will have a pic next week if it arrives by then.

In the past week I read:

Loved it. Due out end of September.

Follow up book to Keeper of the Light.

At present I am reading:
Far From Perfect by Barbara Longley

Up next:
Possibly Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
It will depend on the mood!

September 14, 2014

The Biscuit Witch. Deborah Smith

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The Biscuit Witch
Deborah Smith
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Date: 2013
Format: Kindle
Pages: 130
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Own book

Welcome back to the Crossroads Cove where new loves, old feuds, and poignant mysteries will challenge siblings Tal, Gabby, and Gus MacBride to fight for the home they lost and to discover just how important their family once was, and still is, to the proud people of the Appalachian highlands.

Tallulah MacBride hasn’t been back to North Carolina since their parents’ tragic deaths, twenty years ago. But now, Tal heads to cousin Delta Whittlespoon’s famous Crossroads Café in the mountains above Asheville, hoping to find a safe hiding place for her young daughter, Eve.What she finds is Cousin Delta gone, the café in a biscuit crisis, and a Scotsman, who refuses to believe she’s passing through instead of “running from.” He believes she needs a knight in shining flannel.

When a pair of sinister private eyes show up, Tal’s troubles are just beginning.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Biscuit Witch.  I read The Crossroad Cafe in 2011 and really liked it. In fact I must do a reread some time.  I was a little nervous that I wouldn't remember that story, however it didn't really matter as this book and the two that follow can easily be read apart from The Crossroad Cafe.  However if you haven't read that one, please do - fabulous story.

I really liked Tal and her daughter Eve.  They are on the run from Eve's father who has the intent to claim his paternity for all the wrong reasons.  They detour into Tal's cousin's home town.  Delta is not there, however there is a community of people ready to provide support for them.  As they come into the town Tal and Eve meet a very persistent black bear - Tagger.  He has a very sweet tooth.

Doug, the local vet, helps out with the Tagger situation, as does a few women from a farm that is also a women's refuge.  Doug comes with an amazing array of animals.  He has  a goat that sleeps on the bed and thinks crayons are a special treat.  He also has piglets, cats and dogs.  Eve quickly finds herself at home with all these animals and is soon wanting to stay.

Tal has a special talent for baking biscuits, but also she has a way of picking up scent off people that tells her so much about them.  Doug and Tal soon hit it off well with each other and romance is in the air.  Normally I don't like romances to be instant, however this one is well written, whimsical and humorous with just that slight touch of magic.  Loved it. It  won't be long before I will be picking up The Pickle Queen, which is the next novella in a set of three.
4 stars

September 12, 2014

Book Blog Walkers Check In 12 September

This challenge is organised by Felicia over at the Geeky Blogger's Book Blog.

Saturday:   35 min walk
Sunday:      35 min walk
Monday:    30 min walk 
Tuesday:     30 min walk 
Wednesday:  rest day
Thursday:   30 min walk
Friday:         rest day 

Happy with the week and I'm enjoying seeing how I can add in those extra fitbit steps. So even though today Friday was a rest day, I still got in just over 5000 steps which is good.  

The discussion in our staff room has been all about sugar lately! We had a great programme on TV in NZ recently and I became more aware of the problems that sugar may be causing our general population.  More aware now as I watch labels to see what sugar has been added to products. I do not want to become obsessive about sugar, however I am taking a hard look at it. 

The weather has been great, very spring like. Feels like winter was hardly a blip on the year.

I have started listening to What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty while I walk and really enjoying it.

September 9, 2014

Keeper of the Light. Diane Chamberlain

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Keeper of the Light
Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Mira
Date: 2012 (first published 1992)
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Source: Own book

Dr Olivia Simon is on duty in a hospital emergency room in North Carolina when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the effort to save the woman's life, Olivia realises who she is – Annie O'Neill – the woman that Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with. When Annie dies on the operating table, Olivia, Paul and Annie’s husband, Alec, are left to pick up the pieces.
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Keeper of the Light is the first book that I have ever read by Diane Chamberlain. I must say I liked it very much and will be seeking out other books that she has written.  About ten years after writing Keeper of the Light, Diane Chamberlain went on to write two more books and it became a trilogy. I will be seeking out these books at some point as they follow on and include a couple of the characters that I really liked - teenagers in this book, Lacey and Clay O'Neill. 

Most of the characters in the story have a past.  Olivia has a terrible upbringing, with a mother who was an alcoholic and brothers who let her down at a time when she needed them most.  At fourteen she runs away from home to one of her teachers.  She is very confident in the emergency room, but not so confident anywhere else in her life.  She has married for love, but lately her husband has shared about how entranced he is by a woman - Annie O'Neill.   Annie is married to Alec who is utterly devastated by Annie's death.  Annie too has had a difficult past, she is the child of rich parents who really saw her as a nuisance, someone to throw money at but never gave her time or love.  So it was important for Annie to know she was loved.  She loved to give, and was known locally often as Saint Anne.  Did she have any shadow side to her?  Well that's what makes this book so interesting.

Annie's death not only throws Alec, of course Paul - Olivia's husband is also grieving.  And then there are Annie's two children Lacey and Clay.  Clay seems to be managing but Lacey is really finding it difficult and the behaviour she engages in says it all.  The only problem her father is so wrapped in his own grief he doesn't notice.  How I felt for Lacey when her birthday passes unnoticed.

Another important character is Mary, once the wife of the lighthouse keeper.  She is very much part of the twisting and turning of the plot.  She does in fact provide the final details that bring a surprise for some of the characters.  

I liked that we get viewpoints from most of the main characters, it helped me be sympathetic towards them, even if they were less likeable because of their actions.  

My favourite character was Olivia, I liked the decisions she made, I liked how she reached out to others, especially Lacey.  I liked how Olivia grew into herself more and made more decisions for herself as the story unfolded.  

So happy I will have the opportunity to catch up with some of the characters again - and soon!
4.5 stars
Kiss River Trilogy
Keeper of the Light

September 8, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

In the last week I read:
Interesting - my first by this author

Enjoyable if a little confusing.
River Road was an audiobook
Enjoyed it.

At present I am listening to:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

At present I am reading:
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

Up next:
The Difference a Day Makes by Barbara Longley
I am trying to clear some of my TBR from my Kindle in this part of the year!  Trying to close my eyes to new books coming out.  Difficult!

September 6, 2014

Country at Heart. Mandy Magro

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Country at Heart
Mandy Magro
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Date: 1st September 2014
Format: e-ARC
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The Army, protecting the country he loves, and his dearly beloved explosive detection dog Indy are Dean’s life – he can’t imagine doing anything else. But life has other plans for Dean when he and Indy are wounded in action in Afghanistan and sent home to his family’s seaside horse property, Whispering Meadows, to heal.

Free-spirited Summer has agreed to spend one last holiday with her parents at their luxurious vacation home, despite her father’s resistance to her plans for her career. But events take an unexpected turn when Summer and Dean meet and discover that love at first sight truly exists.

But can they overcome the very real challenges of coming from different sides of the tracks? And when Summer has to face the unpleasant truth about an old friend, as well as come to terms with the after-effects of a bewildering assault, she has to make a heartbreaking decision about their relationship. Can Dean’s love ultimately sway her?
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Country at Heart is set in rural Australia as well as partly in war torn Afghanistan.  

Dean, soldier and farmer I rather liked.  He is an experienced soldier, caring of his family and has an affinity with the animals that he works or has worked with in the past.  The animals helped make this story heart warming.  Dean is deeply affected by his close mate being killed in the line of duty.  He has values and he lives by them.  The scenes in Afghanistan and with Dean and his family I enjoyed very much.

Summer - I found it somewhat difficult to like her.  She believes in yoga and good health and a little of what I would call woo - woo.  She has a bad encounter with a guy called Marcus and chooses to keep it under wraps - this comes back to bite her later on.  When things go pear shaped she bails out. Okay it all works out, it is a HEA, but if she loves Dean, why doesn't she face up and talk it out first?

When Dean returns for a three week furlough he meets Summer and there is insta-love happening. Ashley over at Nose Graze had an interesting discussion on this aspect of some books, asking why it still exists  and I couldn't agree more with her point of view more.  I found this falling in love straight away a little hard to swallow. 
3 stars

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