Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

June 6, 2019 - 9:22 pm No Comments

One of my missions is to read more of my books that I have had on my kindle for a while. Whilst this may be an endless task, I will slowly chip away at my reading list.

Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

Published by Live and Love the Fantasy Publications on 13th October 2016

166 pages

You only have to turn on the TV, flick through magazines or even scroll through your social media, and you can see how obsessive some people are with their looks. Untitled Beauty is a story about Grace or more commonly known as Eleven, a young adult who has lived in a world that was controlled by their looks. The higher your score the better life you had.

Grace was rare in the middle of the look gauge, she was what they call a potential. She could get prettier if she had the right buyer.

As you follow Grace, you think her life could not get worse but as she lives with her new family, she is treated more like a pet and her only friend, Reese, a trainer seems to have alternative motives. But as more is known Reese, you can understand why is paying so much attention to Grace. The treatment of her “family” was barbaric and I did wonder whether she would have been better off living back in isolation.

Luckily for Grace, she is very strong-willed and even when she is humiliated or battered and bruised, she gritted her teeth and survived.   

The story is a fast-paced read as there was always something happening. The last third of the book was non stop and whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger, it did leave me wanting to carry on with the series and as it is on kindle unlimited, I am looking forward to carrying on with Grace’s adventure. This is a dystopian book with a difference and it was a pleasant change to read a story which did not involve the ending of the world. This story is perfect for teenager or adults who are looking for a story that will make you think about how we view society      

Thread of Hope (book 2 of the Choice and Consequences series) by Rachel J Bonner

May 7, 2019 - 8:16 am No Comments

I knew straight away that I had to be on the blog tour for Thread of Hope, the 2nd book in the Choice and Consequences series, written by Rachel J Bonner.

At the end of my blog is a great giveaway for you to enter:

The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?


Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Here are my thoughts of the 2nd book in the Choice and Consequences series

Thread of Hope by Rachel J Bonner

Published by Isbin Books on 2nd May 2019

245 pages

Following straight on from book one, Leonie has run away, after Prospero had proposed to her.  This story was full of adventure from page one. Leonie is used to caring for herself and is still struggling with the notion that she has people who care for her.  Whilst she enjoys living with the monks, she is still very independent and struggles with the fight or flight response when situations get too much for her. At those times it shows still has vulnerable she is.

Leonie and Prospero’s backgrounds are important to this story and as you read, you learn just how horrific some of Leonie’s upbringing was. Whilst Prospero had a pleasant childhood, he had his own demons to overcome, as he grew older. As with book one, there are hints to how important Leonie’s ancestry is to the country and whilst a bit more is found out, there is still more to know. New characters are introduced and through them, we learn more about Prospero.

As two-thirds of the book is set in the monastery as before the other monks are important and through them trying to help Leonie, you learn why they came to the Order and there will be some surprises about certain member’s background. One of my favourites is still Brother Edward, who when he is asked to create a new outfit, he is like a kid in a sweet store, his excitement is infectious and strangely has a calming effect on Leonie.

The pace quickens over the last third of the book as Prospero and Leonie venture out and there is some heart in mouth moments as you read and if like me you read quicker to find out what is going to happen.

As before it is written from a 3rd person POV, with different characters telling their side of the story. This is a good blend of Romance and Fantasy. Finishing on a cliff-hanger, I am glad that I don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series.

Purchasing links Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T

Google books https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Thread_of_Hope?id=bMCSDwAAQBAJ

Other e-book retailers https://books2read.com/threadofhope

  During the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p, Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99

Strand of Faith Purchasing Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF/

Google books https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Strand_of_Faith?id=bQyBDwAAQBAJ

Other e-book retailers https://www.books2read.com/strandoffaith

Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Social Media:

Website http:// http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/

Blog: http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/blogofweek.html

Twitter: http:// https://www.twitter.com/racheljbonner1

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/racheljbonnerauthor

Newsletter: http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/newsletter.html or https://www.subscribepage.com/o8x8t3

Giveaway to Win Signed copies of both Strand of Faith and Thread of Hope, plus bookmarks and business cards that match each book, and one of the Holding Crosses that the monks and nuns have.  (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

April 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm No Comments

Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

Published by Isbin Books on 15th November 2018

239 pages

In preparation for the release of the 2nd in the series, I read Strand of Faith, the first book in the Choice and Consequences series.

Set in a world where some people have psychic gifts, a monastery is set up to help the young students to use their talents. Brother Prospero an exceptionally gifted monk, he had had difficulty controlling his powers, but now highly trained, he used his skills to help others. Leonie, an orphan hides in the monastery to try and control her abilities. But with the Abbot having strange dreams is Prospero and Leonie needed for greater things.

Brother Prospero had found a sanctuary, having struggled with his gifts when he was a young boy, it enabled him to help others, whether it was teaching them to control their powers or if they required medical attention. However, having Leonie close sees him grappling with his beliefs. There is not a lot known about Leonie and there are only snippets known about her life before she joined the monastery, but we know she had it hard.

Being the first in the series, we get introduced to the main characters and get an understanding of their world. With each chapter labelled with the character and written in 3rd person POV enables you to understand the characters, whether it’s following them as they do their duties, the emotional turmoil they have with each other or learning more about the background, you get involved with their story. Although Prospero and Leonie are the main characters, the other characters play a big part in telling the story.

Whilst this is a fantasy read, it has a historical feel to the book, because of the monastery setting I had Cadfael running through my mind. The romance elements play a big part in the story and I had to keep reminding myself that Prospero is only a few years older than Leonie, although I did feel sorry for him as he struggled with his beliefs and what he had to do for the best. I actually stayed up to finish this book as I wanted to know more about Leonie and I am glad that I do not have to wait too long to carry on her story and to see what her involvement is in the Abbot’s plans.

This is a perfect book for teenagers and adults and if you enjoy fantasy and romance, and want to start a new series than this is a good book to get.   

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.  

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

January 20, 2019 - 7:49 am No Comments

Early this month for LGBTQ+ Month in Horror Ginger Nuts of Horror ran an interview with Carmilla Voiez. http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-horror-month-author-interview-with-carmilla-voiez?fbclid=IwAR1xySuvoa6j-df48j9HL6aggCEwAfElvimD570OfSBlyTRqyWkfnwhRF58

Here is my review of Starblood

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

Published by Vamptasy Publishing 11th December 2018

273 pages

Steve or Satori to his friends loved magic. Having split up with his girlfriend Sarah (Star) all he could think off was getting her back. Using his research, he calls upon a demon to give him extra power to get Sarah back. However, in steps Lilith succubus, serpent, temptress of Eve, first wife of Adam, dark mother.

Satori was infatuated with Star to the point that it was an obsession. He was overconfident with his powers which made him come across as arrogant and cocky. Star was the complete opposite, everyone wanted to mother.

With a handful of characters, you get to know about each in depth. Raven likes to be in charge, the leader of the little group. Freya after a tragic loss gravitates to the group and Donna best friend of Star wanted more than friendship. Their friendship was strong which helped them cope with the prejudice of some people due to their Goth lifestyle. 

As soon as Satori casts the spell, you are drawn into a tale of love and betrayal. Whilst the love between Satori and Star used to be there and you sense how desperate Satori is. However, when Star was with Lilith you sensed that their love was real. It was sensuous with a hint of danger. However, I got the impression that Lilith was playing with Star’s emotions as a cat plays with its prey.

Scenes were described in detail and I enjoyed reading about the night outs which were very similar to my clubbing days. The kill scenes were graphic and showed just how brutal a woman’s scorn can be, whether it was out of protection or a jealous outburst. The sex scenes added intensity to the story as, as a reader, you had the facts at hand and knew that both Satori and Star would be angry when they found out what the other had been up to   

Whilst this story did not finish on a cliffhanger, I am curious to know what happens next. With its mixture of horror and romance, this will please dark readers.