Rebel teenager Hartley finds herself spiralling out of control with her drug problem and her emotional connection to Jaden, the perfect girl. With Hartley’s reputation and the Argentinian society view of two girls in love, Hartley and Jaden face many a challenge on their path to happiness.
This was a very simple, fast paced, romance with a lot of angst and drama. The story had a sweet premise of Hartley being deeply flawed in a way but head over heels in love with a girl she worries she can never have true happiness with because of external influences. I didn’t know what to expect from this story but I found myself moved by the demons and troubles Hartley faced.
Jaden faced her own struggles in loving Hartley too. When you have a character like Hartley who is battling so much, the effect on the other person can be devastating. Jaden epitomises that in this story and bears many a burden that she shares with Hartley in the hope they can find a way to have the life they want and support one another.
This is a busy story with a lot going on very quickly but I enjoyed the pace and the way the story was told leant well the neurotic experiences Hartley and Jaden were going through. I think it worked really well as a debut novel and is a story you will enjoy if drama and angst are what you are looking for.
Farrah embarks on a mission to assassinate the man responsible for taking everything from them and to do so she seeks the power of the gods but it isn’t without complication. Encountering many challenge along the way, Farrah and her team of allies end up learning much more than they originally bargained for when they have to seek help from a pirates daughter.
Adventure with everything you could want; battles, mystery, and really heroic acts. You can really tell that Gabrielle has put her heart and soul into creating a magical, mystical world where literally anything is possible and you quickly learn to expect the unexpected. I loved all they endured along the way, gripped by every minute of everything the team did. It had me intrigued from the very beginning and once I was invested in the characters mission, I was definitely a part of the adventure with them.
The introduction of Feras and the questions of feelings and emotions shared between all the characters made for interesting dynamics and built in conflict of a simpler nature. When you think about who and what the characters were dealing with on their adventure, their confused feelings for each other along the way were trivial in comparison. That said, they provided and interesting level of excitement, tension and uncertainty between all the characters.
I loved the way Farrah and Feras were though. Both strong, independent, leaders they faced many a challenge in working alone and together so they had a lot of work to do in understanding one another and coming to terms with the emotional connection they shared. I hope this will be further explored if there are future stories created for this series because that will be the most exciting part!
A super exciting, action packed, mystery filled adventure that has left me wanting more. I am excited for the future and what it holds in store for Farrah, Feras and the rest of the team.
Jenny is desperate to come home so tries to convince her brother she is no longer drinking. When she gets her own way, she is convinced she doesn’t need anyone but her family until she runs into Lydia, a past acquaintance. When Jenny finds herself living in the same house as Lydia her attraction to Lydia and their connection complicates things. Lydia then worries that Jenny’s return to her life will threaten all the carefully made plans she has.
A very emotional and moving story about characters who have very similar experiences but different views and outcomes following their battles with addiction. The story was sweet and rather than focusing on the darker elements, touched them lightly and sensitively to build connection between the reader and the characters whilst exploring the characters own growth and self-discovery.
I didn’t know what to expect from the story but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. Catherine has written one of those stories that I just really revel in and enjoy. The conflict is not only between the characters but self-inflicted, which leaves room for development, growth and that sense of self-discovery characters embark on that you can immerse yourself in to. You really feel like you are on a journey with them through the ups and downs and learn to appreciate the mistakes and life lessons the characters encounter on the way.
This is part of a series but what is nice is the story is completely standalone, so you can enjoy it without having to have read any of the other stories. I really enjoyed the story and found it most addictive so hope that Catherine will bring future stories with Lydia and Jenny.
An edgy, unexpected and slightly different romance with highly charged emotional moments, cute moments, and heart-breaking moments that will leave you feeling emotional. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more stories from Catherine Peace in future.
Layla gets the opportunity of a life time to have her books transformed for the silver screen. To her surprise, Rix Reardon, her new director knocks her off her feet. Rix a woman of many talents, is also fundraising for her local LGBTQ centre and finds that the soul mate she has been yearning for might just be one of her favourite authors when they have an instant connection but when she gets to know the real Layla, Rix starts to fear her dream relationship may not be possible.
Such a sweet story with all the Hollywood glamour of a celebrity type romance. Both Rix and Layla are well known in their industries but they were very down to earth for people in the public eye. I loved that built in conflict that explored the difference between who they were in the spotlight and who they really were behind closed doors. It made for an interesting dynamic, especially when Rix and Layla already had an impression of what they expected from one another.
It was, as expected, not plain sailing for them. They instantly had an amazing connection and the attraction was undeniable but when their true wants and desires started to surface it made for quite the drama. Layla had a lot of decisions to make and some of them were drastically going to change her life, so she was definitely right at the centre of a moral dilemma when it came to her career and Rix. The tension between them when these issues surfaced was intense and I was captivated by the decisions both Layla and Rix were going to make.
I really enjoyed the story and thought it had many sweet and cute moments interlaced with racy and exciting scenes that added to the atmosphere of a charged Hollywood romance.
Cassandra Reilly is in the middle of translating two manuscripts when she finds herself in several complicated situations. A publishing dilemma leads her to a meeting with a publisher only to discover that she is now caught up in the mystery of a death when a body is found. Stuck in a foreign country, unable to leave whilst the suspicious death is investigated, Cassandra decides to do a little digging of her own in an attempt to solve the mystery and get home.
A great story that eluded to mystery and delivered something exciting and different. When I started the book I didn’t expect the intense story that unfolded. Cassandra although a translator by trade had a unique set of skills that meant she had a talent for uncovering pieces of a mystery that without her help I am not sure would have been solved.
This is part of a series of which I haven’t read any of the other series but I didn’t find that detracted from the story at all. Barbara Wilson gave enough information to get to know Cassandra’s character and provide a perfectly good standalone mystery. Cassandra was one of those complex, strong characters who I think if you have read other books in the series you might know a little better but I am intrigued by her and now interested to read more of her mysteries.
A thrilling mystery with many twists and turns to keep you on your toes, humour, and a touch of surreal calmness that made for a most exciting read.
Guin has been supervising Miriam as she works off her debt to the Drace but when the connection between their world and Earth is threatened, Guin and Miriam are forced to work together. With their relationship already strained and the uncertainty of the situation causing chaos on Earth, Guin and Miriam head out on a mission that could change everything forever.
Such a great story to follow on from Fianna the Gold! Guin the Emerald is the second book in the Shift series and even if you haven’t read the first book, is a great adventure I feel is enjoyable as a standalone story. However, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the Draca and wonder and magic of this story, I recommend reading the first book before you embark on this adventure.
I love Guin and Miriam relationship, especially as being Draca means it’s not just as simple as Guin dealing with her emotions about what Miriam did and the conflict she feels in caring for her. That push and pull between them really made the story for me. Watching them overcome the past for the good of the Draca and to do the right thing was great. I really felt them not only developing as characters but as a partnership.
The Shift series is such an imaginative one, and I have never read anything quite like this before. I adore the magic of the series, and how creative Louise Kelley has been in creating the worlds, characters, and their little quirks that add just a touch of humour to the fantasy. This was a truly magical adventure that I won’t forget, and it also leaves me excited for what will come next for the Draca in this series.
I highly recommend this wonderful, enjoyable, fantasy and hope you’ll feel all the magic and excitement of the story too!