Books
0 Comments

What happens when you don’t get married

Future Ex-husband Book Cover Future Ex-husband
Jillian Quinn
satire, humour, romance
Penn Publishing
(23 April 2020)

I, Harley McQueen, do not take Nathan King to be my husband…

I wish I could say no to this wedding. But to save our fathers’ company, my ex-best friend needs a fake bride to bail him out of his latest scandal.

Nate has a reputation with women.
I want the promotion my father has denied me for years.

Together, maybe we can make this fake marriage work.

As long as I don’t fall in love with him…

Again.

This was a fun book/story and I’ve learnt a lot of new vocabulary! [not being of the generation portrayed] Still the whole drink until you’re trashed scene did detract from the story as I thought it might encourage some more impressionable people to copy.  It happened too often in this story and gave the impression that it was a good thing to do.

I liked the setting in the Gamer world but thought that more could have been made of this. Overall, I am giving it a 4 star with some reservations.

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

Stand up girl!

Daisy Does it Herself
Gracie Player
Romance
TRM Publishing, BooksGoSocial
Pub Date 28 Mar 2020

Sometimes, the last place you intended to go is exactly where you need to be.

When 26-year-old Daisy's life in London comes crashing down around her, the only thing she can think of is getting away - far away. That's how she found herself stumbling off a train in England's picturesque Peak District - 150 miles from home, with no idea why she'd gone there and even less idea how she intended to get home.

But as Daisy explores the gorgeous village of Upper Finlay, she glimpses the possibility of a different life. The Derbyshire Dales offer up new friends, new opportunities, and a distractingly dishy object of attraction in the form of local bookstore owner Alex (and his bumbling Great Dane.) When Daisy discovers Alex’s business is in trouble she steps in to save the day.

But London's Calling - literally. The life Daisy ran away from is calling her back. Why then, is she so reluctant to heed its call?

Daisy's got a decision to make: Will she play it safe, and return to what she knew? Or is she brave enough to take a leap of faith and create a bold, new life for herself in the last place she'd ever expected?

Daisy Does It Herself is a heartwarming, feel-good romantic comedy in the vein of Bridget Jones's Diary, Diary of a Shopaholic, and Big Sexy Love. Fans of warm and witty romantic comedies with a guaranteed happily-ever-after will be entranced.

So there is Daisy. Not well educated but eager and happy to learn after a series of temping positions. And then she finds programming and loves it and teaches herself lots of interesting stuff.
But she still doesn’t have any qualification and so when a promotion comes up at her current temping job, despite the fact that she has done brilliant work with their social media, the job is given to a new hire.
And then there is Daisy’s long term relationship with a rather controlling male. Who takes her lack of formal education and social nous and makes her feel small and encourages her to depend on his opinion about everything. Until.
And Daisy has to find her own way in the world - and finds a bookshop to hang out in - and romance blossoms.
So far, so genre.
What rescues this story is the writing style It was fun and amusing and empathetic. And thus enjoyable to read, without grammatical errors and not in need of either editing or proofreading.

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

The Worst Always Happens

Plan for the Worst Book Cover Plan for the Worst
The Chronicles of St Mary's #11
Jodi Taylor
Fiction
Headline
April 14, 2020
512

The eleventh book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. I would have trusted this man with my life. Until a couple of days ago, anyway. You know what they say - hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Max is quite accustomed to everything going wrong. She's St Mary's, after all. Disaster is her default state. But with her family reunited and a jump to Bronze Age Crete in the works, life is getting back to normal. Well, normal for St Mary's. And then, following one fateful night at the Tower of London, everything Max thought she knew comes crashing down around her. Too late for plans. The worst has happened. And who can Max trust now? Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'

So Jodi, I mentioned the yellow puddles to my husband- he wanted to know Why I was giggling_and the answer came back: Liquid dynamics;
pressure flow; pipe diameters and drips. So there you have it.
 I have read every book in this series so the beginning confused me.
I had last read of Matthew being grown, so to have him back as a child was wrong. However, I soon got back into the swing of reading, giggling, and sheer amazement at the characters' behaviour and pickles they find themselves in.
 I should point out though, that the flu pandemic mentioned about Paris, was no doubt COVIDI9.
 Just not recognized in this version of history.
 This is not the book to start the series though, and it really isn't standalone. There are too many characters who appear tangentially and too many past adventures.
 I love this series and the madcap weary disasters and  the strange romances between unusual characters. 
History is explained in a very readable form and thus the books are educational too! And very very funny, but with bathos and pathos, and sadness too.

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

Steeley?

Seduced By A Steele (Mills & Boon Desire) (Forged of Steele, Book 12) Book Cover Seduced By A Steele (Mills & Boon Desire) (Forged of Steele, Book 12)
Brenda Jackson
Fiction, Romance, Womens' Fiction
HarperCollins UK
March 5, 2020
192

A notorious heartbreaker is about to meet his match... When the “thief” caught driving his stolen vintage car turns out to be a stunning runaway heiress, Mercury Steele is conflicted. On the one hand, Sloane Donahue triggers the billionaire playboy’s protective instincts. But she also triggers red-hot desire

Well I thought that these weren’t the first in the series about the Steele family, and checking on Amazon I find that they are books 12 and 13 in the series...
But that in the Kimani imprint (African American novels only) there is a number 89 in the series! So the story goes on...
These 2 novels take on the romances of the 2 youngest of the 6 sons of the family.
Whilst I thought these 2 books were reasonable for their genre, with gentle humour and nice story-telling, I found them rather short. But then if Brenda is turning out the numbers of books she is, she can’t write a longer length novel each time. And it may also be the norm for this imprint.
This left me wanting more depth from the characters and the stories.
Adequate but not exceptional.

Share This:

Books
0 Comments

‘Gone Away: Call back sometime’.

Gone Gods Book Cover Gone Gods
Gone Gods World
Ramy Vance (RE Vance)
Fantasy FairyTales Folklore Humour Urban
Keep Evolving Studios

The gods are gone. All of them.

Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first, no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.

Creatures once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on Earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever they're not very good at being mortal.

The following are just a few of their stories ...

LADY GAGA MUST DIE
The one who calls herself Lady Gaga must die.

Lady Gaga must be destroyed, killed—erased. Her insult is too great, her proclamation too inordinate, her aplomb too brazen to be ignored.

Lady Gaga must die because of the claim that she—a mere mortal—is to marry the Night! She proclaims this in song and poetry—just as any houri would do when preparing for battle.

This obscenity cannot go unpunished!

MIC THE LEPRECHAUN
Murtagh the Leprechaun hates his mortality.

Death, in his modest opinion, is just no fun.

Then again, so much about living in the GoneGod world isn’t fun. But such is Murtagh’s lot—not much you can do when the god Manannnan Mic Lir boots you to Earth and closes Mag Mell on a whim.

Who would have thought of such a thing? Heaven closing? Well, not Heaven Heaven, but the earthly paradise that was Murtagh’s home. That place was supposed to be forever, just like Murtagh was supposed to live forever.

Now forever has an expiration date, and for Murtagh … well, the life that’s left in his bones may expand centuries yet, but it, too, has an expiration date swiftly approaching its shelf life.

So Murtagh does his best to live healthy, not get into fights, look both ways before he crosses any street and generally doesn’t do anything that could cause an early demise.

In other words, Murtagh is bored, bored, bored.

This is no life for a leprechaun.
Set in the same universe as Mortality Bites & Keep EvolvingHouse of the GoneGod Damned! follows the lives of the Others as they struggle with their mortality. If you like Linsey Hall, Shannon Mayer, CN Crawford, Ilona Andrews, AL Knorr, or Patricia Briggs, you will LOVE House of the GoneGod Damned!

The Gods have taken a hike! Yes, all the Gods.
Except it turns out- the God of all Insects - and that causes trouble later.
This series, new to me, by Ramy Vance AKA RE Vance_ who sometimes write together- don't ask- posits a new Apocalyptic world. All those mythologies were accurate. But as soon as the Gods decide they've got bored and have moved on, magical creatures all become mortal. And appear on Earth. Often in a rather unexpected manner. And all at the exact same time. Angels fallout of Heaven. Demons fall out of Hell. Of all religions. Fairies, elves, pixies, dwarves appear. The Monster under the Bed is real, every mythological creature; from every culture becomes mortal, and has to find somewhere to live, and away to pay for food and lodging.
This multibook series of series about the GoneGodworld is rich in mythical creatures trying to adapt to a Human and mortal world.
There are heroes and Heroes. Heroines, villains and villainesses. Evil Doers to be vanquished. Great Deeds to be Done. And set in a modern world across different, but mostly north American, scenes, expectations and situations.
I have binged read these books and cannot wait for more to be written_ of all series. Kat. Jean-luc Ela or Dragon Girl. And I rather suspect that Marc will have a series too in the future. Each main character brings something new to the story, and can be read as standalone series or combined. Your choice.
5 stars for originality. Humour.Tristesse. Empathy.Snark. And sheer addictive fun.

Share This:

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com