Saturday, 21 July 2018

#BookReview ~ Innocent Indiscretions (Unrivalled Regency Book 7) By Jackie Williams #Regency #Romance @wackyjackyful


Innocent Indiscretions (Unrivalled Regency Book 7)
By Jackie Williams


Can a gentle kiss beneath the mistletoe seal your fate? Especially when given by the deliciously handsome but ostracized, Lord Jeremy Rookwood. 

Probably not. 

But a kiss is a kiss, even if meant in innocence. And an indiscretion seen in public can only lead to disaster, destruction, and desolation. Especially when Elisa Rowallan’s newly announced fiancé is not the giver of the kiss, but an evil, money grabbing murderer with only one object in mind. Her!

Five years after first meeting one fateful night, Jeremy is still smitten and Elisa clearly in love, but desperation turns their happiness into instant despair. With her life in peril, and danger lurking behind every shadow, has Jeremy’s innocent indiscretion sealed Elisa’s fate, or can they outrun the malevolence that pursues them into a frosty night?

Innocent Indiscretions is the 7th book in the Unrivalled Regency series of Regency mystery romance. While each book is a standalone story, the series is best read in order due to the reappearance of previous characters and places. The book is suitable for anyone age 16+ due to some sensual scenes and adult language. 



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If it wasn’t for Jeremy, goodness knows where Elisa Rowallan would have ended up. She had a lot to thank him and his friends for. However,  it was more than thanks she felt for Jeremy. Unfortunately, it has been five long years since last she had seen him. She could only conclude that her feelings for him had not been returned.

For five years, Jeremy had kept his distance, but he cannot stay away from Elisa any longer. She is the love of his life, and by the look in her eyes, he dares to hope that he is the love of hers. However, dark and dangerous forces plot against both Elisa and Jeremy. They must keep their wits or risk losing each other forever.

I was so excited when I heard that there was another book in the Unrivalled Regency series, and I could not wait to get my hands on it. Innocent Indiscretions (Unrivalled Regency Book 7) by Jackie Williams was everything I hoped it would be and then some. Mis Williams brought the glamour of the Regency era to life, and, as with all her books, I fell into the story.

I adored the characterisation of both Elisa and Jeremy. Their romance is so sweet, and their love was very believable and real in the telling. The story itself was filled with many twists and turns. I feared for our brave protagonists lives at one point. This story certainly kept me on the edge of my seat!

If you are looking for a sweet Regency Romance with a fast-paced plot with plenty of action, then look no further than Innocent Indiscretions. This book is part of a series, but it stands very well on its own. However,  I do recommend picking up the other books in the series as well because they are fabulous!

I Highly Recommend.


Jackie Williams

I was born in Essex England during the mid sixties but I missed all the fun. Being only young, I assumed that all Beatles were six legged creatures and Flower Power was something to do with the vigorous way my mother kneaded the bread dough.

My wonderful parents brought me up with a huge love of books. We read anything and everything. Bedtime stories were a treasured time of adventure and mystery. My sister and I sat wide eyed in wonder and to this day I worry about Dinah and Dorinda being pricked with pins because they grew so fat, and I never pull faces at the a waning moon (or was it a waxing one?) just in case my chops stay that way . (The Wind On The Moon)

I began reading romance while still at school. The fuel for many a teenage fantasy leapt from between the covers of wildly romantic books and my passion still lingers now for all those dark haired heroes.

My own beautiful teenage daughter persuaded me to write my first romance. She was only fourteen at the time and between books for children and adults. She couldn't find anything that ticked all her numerous and particular boxes and so she asked me to write a book, with all the exact ingredients just for her. Though not just a book for teens, she enjoyed the resulting tale so much that she shared it with her friends and I eventually published A Perfect Summer as an ebook on amazon.

But I have discovered that writing is not easily stopped once you start. It has turned into a grand passion that I just cannot hold back. The fingertips start tapping the keys and ideas suddenly come flooding, far too many for just one book and so I began another and then another, and I am still nowhere near done.

I hope you enjoy all of my efforts and I look forward to your comments and reviews.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

#BookReview ~ Finding The Fountain of Youth (Shattering the Effects of Time Book 1) by C.A. King


 

Finding The Fountain of Youth

(Shattering the Effects of Time Book 1)

By C.A. King



The Shinning boys have always followed the straight and narrow path through life - never deviating from the course for the greater good, but never fully applying their abilities to fight for it either. That all changed the day their younger sister became the victim. 


The problem: the villain they have to face to save her is time itself.

The only possible solution: a handful of myths about artifacts believed to have the ability to reverse the grip of time.

Their one lead sets them on a quest to find an ancient civilization of Mermaids to unlock the secrets of the Fountain of Youth. What they discover along the way is more than they could have ever anticipated. The three boys will come face-to-face with their own demons as they are forced to make a choice. What price are they willing to pay to save their sister?

 

Jessie and his brothers would do anything to save their sister’s life. Anything. There is a whispered rumour about a Fountain of Youth. They must find it, if their sister is to survive.


Nadine’s grandmother was legendary. Unfortunately, there was no chance of Nadine following in her grandmother’s footsteps. She is clumsy, awkward, and does make friends easily. So when she meets Jessie, whose smile makes her heart flutter, she doesn’t quite know what to make of him.


Jessie and his companions have an ancient box, and that box is filled with maps and coded writing. They cannot decipher it. They need Nadine’s help. This is her chance to live up to her grandmother’s legacy. To finally be someone.


I am a huge fan of author, C.A King and I simply adored The Portal Prophecies series, so when I found out that C.A King had written a spin-off series, I could not wait to get my hands on book  1.  Finding The Fountain of Youth (Shattering the Effects of Time Book 1) was everything I expected and then some. The story has the same intensity as The Portal Prophecies series. It is a real page-turner. I became so engrossed in the story that I lost all track of time.


It was great to be back with some of the characters from The Portal Prophecies series, and it was also wonderful to meet some new ones. I thought Nadine was portrayed very well. She came across as very real in the telling. Her story was intriguing and above all interesting. Likewise, Jessie was a well-rounded character, whom I cared for very much.


I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!

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C.A. King

The 2017 Platinum – 1st Place winner for the Best Local Author category in The Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards.

The recipient of the 2017 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Fiction - Short Story/Novella genre.

"Hmmmmmm,
Who am I?…Who am I?
Silence…chews pencil…
Who am I?…Who am I?
Hmmmmmm,
I am…
a daydreamer…a hopeless romantic…an optimistic pessimist…a psychic…a childish adult…an animal lover…an over-emotional wreck…an adventurer…an artistic fool…
Aha!
I am…A Fiction Writer!
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About the author!

I was diagnosed with clinical depression after the loss of my mother, father and husband within three years of each other - to cancer. The years of 24/7 in-home care, coupled with the loss I felt, left its mark on my psyche.

Depression takes up a lot of my life. Reading and writing are the only things I have found that help (in connection with regular medication), even if only for a short time. To escape to a different world can make a big difference in my mood in real life.

To put things in perspective, when I was at my lowest point, I couldn't open mail, talk on the phone, or even drive to the store. Walls of sadness surrounded me. As they closed in, tears would fall, There didn't need to be a reason or trigger.

People ask me why I started writing. My answer is simple: I wanted to create a world other people could escape to. I wanted to share the place that had helped me for many years.

I read books as well as write them. I have visited the worlds many different authors have created. Those worlds make me feel better and give me strength to face real life again. I want to thank everyone who writes - I want them to know they are making a difference.

I always said that as long as one person finds a little bit of happiness out of my books, I am, in my opinion, an accomplished author. The same is true for every writer out there. Please don't ever let anyone tell you different.

Friday, 6 July 2018

#BookReview ~ Not Quite Eden by Dominique Kyle


Not Quite Eden

By Dominique Kyle



Eve isn't one to take things lying down (males please note!). But she never expected to have to step in to save the life of that annoying idiot next door, Adam Quinn. And she only did it because she's reserving the right to kill him herself! 

Adam Quinn and Eve McGinty have been bitter rivals for as long as they can remember. When they both apply for the same job as a trainee car mechanic only one of them can get it, and Eve is finding it hard to convince the misogynistic men who work there of her suitability for the role. Then Eve's younger brother, Jamie, is invited to join the rock band that the irrepressibly flamboyant Quinn and his friends have formed. But unfortunately the members of the band have made some dubious decisions in their eagerness to get a recording deal. When things turn nasty with the local psychopathic night club bouncers and drug dealers, Eve feels she has no option but to step in to prevent her brother being dragged down with the rest of the boys. As the consequences spiral out of control, Eve is forced to spend a lot more time with Quinn than she ever really wanted to





Eve hated Adam Quinn. She had hated him since that terrible day he had decided it would be funny to cut off her plait. So what if that was a long time ago, she still remembered. And she still wanted revenge. But now her little brother has gone and formed a band with the detestable Adam. What had he been thinking?

Adam knew that Eve hated him, at one point he had hated her too. But it was different now, the feelings he had for her no longer felt like hate. They felt a lot like…

OH, MY DAYS! Not Quite Eden by Dominique Kyle is one of those books that you say you are going to read one more page and then end up reading another two chapters. Talk about not being able to put a book down!

Not Quite Eden deals with a lot of things that young adults can accidentally find themselves involved in and Eve and Adam certainly know how to mess things up for themselves and their friends. They seem to fall from one disaster to the next. This book deals with many issues, underage sex, drugs, knife crime, the law, I could go on, but I have to commend  Ms Kyle for her honest portrayal of what life is like for some of our young adults. It is a complicated world that they are growing up in.

I thought that Eve and Adam were very well drawn characters. They came across as very real in the telling. I must admit, sometimes I found myself shouting, “What are you doing?” at my kindle at some of the things they did. But then that is teenagers’ for you. I think this book is a marvellous addition to any young adults library.

I Highly Recommend.


Thursday, 5 July 2018

#BookReview ~ Soul Tracing: Taboo by Ifraah Samatar and Irsha Akbar


Soul Tracing: Taboo
By Ifraah Samatar and Irsha Akbar

Yasmin Khan is everything an imam's daughter should be: faithful, respectful, and veiled. Behind the cloth lies nothing but darkness and loneliness. She longs for the freedom to speak her own mind and escape her mundane life, but above anything else, she wants to be just like her friend, Noor. Dean Thynne-Edwards Walker is battling his own demons from the past. Abandoned on the doorstep of a Catholic orphanage at birth, he endured years of unspeakable abuse and cruelty. He now blames God for the nightmares of his stolen childhood and will stop at nothing to seek his revenge against religion. He doesn't see her face on that fateful day, but he does see her beautiful eyes. An instant desire sparks within him, a desire to corrupt this woman and sever her ties with God. Can he do it? Can he seduce a devout Muslim and add her to his list? As for Yasmin, could this silver-eyed, beautiful stranger be her salvation? Might he be a savior that will release her from the shackles of her cultural obligations? Or will he be the cause of her damnation?




Dean sees women as conquests. The chase is his thing. Once they surrender, he leaves them and goes onto the next. Now he has his eyes set on the timid and veiled, Yasmin Khan. He is determined to corrupt her and spit in God’s face as he does so.

There are some books that really grab you from the opening page and do not let you go until the end. Soul Tracing: Taboo by Ifraah Samatar and Irsha Akbar is one of those books and then some. I was utterly drawn into the word that these very talented authors have created. I found myself really rooting for these two fabulous protagonists. Yasmin has such a gentle soul that I could not help but adore her. And as for Dean… Dean seems like this arrogant rich kid, who has everything he ever wanted, but that is just a façade. His harrowing childhood torments him. This story is as much about his recovery as it is about Yasmin’s yearning for freedom.

The story itself was heartbreakingly beautiful. This forbidden romance was wonderful in the telling.  This is a book that captured my heart and many times I found myself reaching for the tissues. I have to admit I did fear how this story would end. I am not going to give away any spoilers, but boy did the authors throw in a massive curveball that I did not see coming.

If you are looking for an emotionally gripping read that will have you holding your breath, then this is the story for you.

Fabulous storytelling. A truly wonderful book.