Second Chances

– by A.E. Radley

 

Another GEM from A.E. Radley! “Second Chances” is a resounding MUST-READ! I couldn’t put it down. I made a mistake (or maybe not depending on how one looks at it!) of starting my read whilst I was knee-deep in work bollocks. Alas, I was so engrossed in the book and the story, my day job was summarily abandoned, if only for a few hours. Oh, sod it! I was singularly focussed on Rosie, Alice and Hannah!

This story wasn’t a typical age-gap romance. Not at all. And this superbly crafted and weaved story is testament to that. I’ve never read anything like it at all, not under the age-gap romance trope. In fact, this story transcended age. It’s just a number, innit? Read it and judge for yourself.  I must admit the effects of exploring and experiencing the story about a young single mother doing her absolute best to provide for her 5-year-old gifted child whilst trying to make ends meet and a very observant and eager primary school (Year 1) teacher trying to help provide the best possible ways to foster the child’s astonishingly high level of intelligence way beyond her age, have made a mark in my mind. A truly marvellous story written and told with reverberating effect. One with a lasting, memorable impression that I won’t ever forget. Thank you, Ms. Radley!

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Chosen

– by Brey Willows

 

Just read Brey Willows‘ “Chosen.” Firstly, it wasn’t what I expected…in a fantabulous way, I can’t even! Yes, I went in preparing meself to read and feel about all the ghastly horrors of climate change (which I was dreading because of the knowledge that we’re actually heading that way IRL, what with all the horrifying signs and evidence of it already!), with the usual depressing, doom-and-gloom dystopian, post-apocalyptic atmosphere suffocating the air everywhere, violence and brutality signifying human decay, the lot. But that wasn’t the case!! At least it didn’t give me that expected feeling of hopelessness, which delighted me to no end! Me heart and mind literally did a little happy jiggle! Thank you, Ms. Willows, for smashing me awful preconception (I blame me past experience!) to smithereens, good and proper, renewing me faith in your brilliant story ideas and creativity!

Ok, before I start gobbin’ off, I must mention that “Chosen” was vastly different than the “Afterlife Inc. Trilogy.” What I mean is, this book, compared to the Trilogy, had a more deeply enriched and solemn “voice” from the start. Obviously because of its subject matter. So it wasn’t a surprise so much as it was a delight, like hearing a fresh sound that really sparked me interest right there and then. It’s like “Afterlife” was “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Chosen” was “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Both fabulously executed but for different occasions and emotional levels. Anyway, me mind wasted no time adjusting to the tune change with eager anticipation. And whereas “Afterlife” was a hyperactive, 100-mph mad dash of a perfectly executed roller-coaster-thrill-type piece, “Chosen” was much quieter and calmer, more deliberate, unhurried, presented at a decidedly restrained pace. And I appreciated Willows for that, for having the understanding that telling this story had to have a solid footing in every step of the journey, so the reader is grounded at all times.

As such, I had time to absorb every word and expression voiced out, ponder their meanings and contemplate the implications of every description of the circumstances that Willows deftly laid out in a world where the climate was earth and humanity’s grim reaper. Willows’ character elaboration was what I was looking for – detailed, nuanced, and had implications of what their choices, paths and journeys were to be as the story progressed, be it as the “chosen” ones (a group of scientists and highly-skilled specialists of certain targeted fields who were basically rounded up by the government/military to be shipped off to a brand new planet, whether they chose that path or not! Pfft! Chosen my arse! Pretty ironic to use that word, innit? I see what you did there, Willows! I’m on to ya, you genius!) or the ones left behind.

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Hooked On You

– by Jenn Matthews

First off, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a generous offer from the author of this book to read it before its release date sometime in February with no review obligation. After communicating briefly with Jenn Matthews, new author of Ylva’s and the architect of this book, “Hooked On You,” I was intrigued. I promised that I would give it a go after I finished the 3 books that I was reading then. Nonetheless, the story which captivated me from the start has inspired me to decide on commenting about it.

It IS ironic that the book has the word “Hooked” on its title because…!!! Ok, ever the curious one, despite being busy reading several books simultaneously and carrying on with me day job, I just thought I’d read the first pages of Matthews’ debut published novel just to get the gist of her writing tone and style. There was a Prologue. Good, so I dove in. Oh. My. God. Bloody hell! I instantly suspended all me other reads then so I could dive into this one! Needless to say, I was instantly HOOKED! From the Prologue alone! Whaaa?!

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Thorn

– by Anna Burke

A holiday gift surprise fell onto me lap whilst I was on holiday, courtesy of the very kind and generous Salem West of Bywater Books! (Ta, mate!) Yes, it was in the form of a book (me fav form!)!

Thorn” by Anna Burke.

Never read anything by this author ever before.

Wow. To say the book captivated me was an understatement. I was hooked, lined and sinkered. From the first paragraph. Literally.

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A Wish Upon A Star

– by Jeannie Levig

Once again, Jeannie Levig blew me away. This time with her latest, “A Wish Upon A Star.” Already psyched to read it after breezing through its excerpt because of how the story started, what was entailed in it and the flow was already pulling me in even with just a couple of chapters, I couldn’t believe me luck when I finally got to read the entire story! It was simply divine. I couldn’t ask for more. Levig crafted an utterly compelling, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, heartwarming story with characters who immediately entranced me from the get-go, hooked me in and I was addicted. Having read Levig’s other books previously, I knew I would be captivated by her characters and her storytelling style. Only this time, apart from all the attributes that I’ve come to love and enjoy from Levig’s work, this time, she also awarded me a story (and all its components) that was truly refreshing to me. I never read anything portrayed and/or told like how Levig did in this book. Continue reading “A Wish Upon A Star”

The Sex Therapist Next Door

– by Meghan O’Brien

Finished Meghan O’Brien‘s “The Sex Therapist Next Door” and I’m…just….😳😵 Speechless. Just when I thought O’Brien’s erotic romance writing genius couldn’t get any more 🔥, BAM 💥! She turns the notch way UP in this one! PHWOAR! 🔥🔥🔥

Mind. Fckn. Exploded. 🤯

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Black Ridge Falls (Above & Beyond Series Book 6)

– by Jody Klaire

At. Long. Last. After a long, torturous wait for the release of Book 6 of Jody Klaire‘s phenomenal Above & Beyond saga, “Black Ridge Falls,” (BRF) finally arrived, and I was beside meself  with utter excitement!! And, obviously, I went through it at lightning speed! Saying that “BRF” was a page-turner is a major understatement! Crikey! I was practically panting for breath after the last page was turned (swiped) and realised that I’d been holding me breath the entire time I was reading the final act! Bloody hell! My adrenaline levels were still off the charts I was literally bouncing off the walls from all the excitement, the thrills, the crushing feels, the…too much to list!, hours after I finished reading it! I’m still reeling from it now! Needless to say, I was completely and utterly sated!

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