Wednesday, 31 December 2014

End of 2014 Round Up

I can't believe 2014 is now over! I've really struggled to come up with a way to sum up 2014 without just listing all the books that I've read (because quite frankly that would take me far too long to put together, and far too long for anyone else to bother reading! According to Goodreads I've read 470 books which beat my goal of 1 a day (365 books) by a fair few, though I don't think I'll be increasing the goal for 2015, that would probably end badly! 

2014 has been a pretty big year for me actually! I graduated from University with a BSc in International Business and Modern Languages (French), passed my driving test on the first attempt, and received a publishing contract for Awakening, as well as getting a short story published in an anthology called Touched by Shadow Caressed by Light.

I completed one challenge this year, COYER Summer Vacation (or at least that's all I think I completed!) which is all I signed up for, though I have signed up a few more this year! And bigger than that I'm now hosting my own challenge alongside Michelle at Because Reading called the 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge!

So...the Books!

I thought it may be better to go via genre and pick out some of my favourite books of the year, that way all books have a fair (ish!) chance!


Romance is a genre that I only really got into because of blogging, before that I'd preferred to read more dysotpian and fantasy literature, but this year I read Vengeful in Love by Nadia Lee, which is a book that has definitely led me to an author that I love! Each subsequent book from Nadia Lee has also gained a review! A series that definitely needs mentioning here is Lynda Aicher's Wicked Play, which I read totally out of order but fell in love with none the less, book one is Bonds of Trust (you can find the others linked from the tabs at the top of the page). And also Sabrina Lacey as an author in general! I've loved her Hearts series (starting with Throbbing Hearts), I Love My... series (starting with I Love My Breakup) and her Stand Close series (starting with Stand Close 1). Finally the series that blew me away from book 1...No Weddings by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion, starting with a book of the same name, Hannah and Cade are quite possibly my favourite couple of the year! The stand alone book that DEFINTELY needs a mention is The Wright Brother by Marie Hall, which was one of the most beautiful and emotional books I've ever read.

Science Fiction/Space Opera 

Another genre that I haven't read all that much from before is Science Fiction (including Space Opera), and yet this is definitely one that I've been missing out on! A series that I've been introduced to and loved was D.I.R.E by Joni Hahn, book 1 of which is Agent I1 Tristan. Another Sci-fi book that really grabbed me was Star Thief by Jamie Grey, and the sequels have been just as good! Also worth a mention is the romance sci-fi series ES Siren, written by Mel Tescho, Denise Rossetti and Shona Husk (currently 6 books and starts with Yours to Uncover, Yours to Command and Yours to Desire). 


The Bionics by Alicia Michaels not only introduced me to a great new series but a great new author, whose books span romance and fantasy books as well (and I'm pleased to say I've read them all!) Breaking away from the YA dystopian formula was The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor, another book that definitely captured my attention! Another more adult dystopia is The Line series by Anne Tibbets (starting with Carrier). This is a book that actually made me cry due to the emotion and writing.


The Clean Teen Publishing tour that I did in January introduced me to a range of great books (some of which appear in other genres above and below) one of which was The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis, which I've now read books 2 and 3 (Red and War) both of which were just as good! One of my favourite writing duos released some fairy tale retelling novellas including Sleeping with Beauty, which the amazing Amos Cassidy even dedicated to me! The other new fairy tale retelling series I've been introduced to this year is Blood Prince by Jennifer Blackstream, which starts with Before Midnight.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

One of the best is actually a book that the review for hasn't been published yet, Luck of the Dragon by Susannah Scott, but other stand outs include Chronicles of the Uprising by KA Salidas, starting with Dissension, and Awakening by Jeanie Grey.

Historical Fiction

This isn't a genre I read all that much of, but there have been a few very good books from this genre this year! These include Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin and The Gladiator's Bride by Nhys Glover. The latter of which I very nearly passed over but am very glad that I didn't!

Obviously this is just a selection of the books that I've read! You can see them all by exploring the tabs across the top of the page! 

Good luck in 2015! Happy New Year!

Book: Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Denial is book 5 of Wicked Play.

For his entire life, Rock has hidden who he is, particularly from his strict military father. But that was until one of the male escorts who came to the Den each month caught his attention. Carter is close to the end of his contract with the escorting service and can't wait to get out, but when he is hired by Rock things take a different turn, especially because of the connection he feels with the man. While Rock is yet to come out of the closet, Carter has his own insecurities and making a relationship work between the two of them will take time and effort on both sides...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 End of Year Book Survey


Number Of Books You Read: 473 (unless I finish another today or tomorrow)
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Good question, probably romance but I don't think it will be by many!


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

This is too difficult a question...I'm going to go with No Weddings by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion, the book (and then the series) had me captivated from the very first page. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Big Girls Do It Better by Jasinda Wilder. Well I thought I'd really like it, then read Michelle's review and talked to her so was unsure. Ended up really disliking it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Gladiator's Bride by Nhys Glover, I picked it up on a whim to choose a new genre and was surprised to find I really loved it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Oh...well this was probably Books, Blogs & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom, though I'm not sure how many people have actually read it, but a lot one clicked it because of me talking about it (oops!)

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

 No Weddings by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion (series is the same as book one, then there is One Funeral, Two Bar Mitzvahs, Three Christmases and For Valentine's all of which have been fantastic). Best series ender has to go to Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher, that book had me in tears.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Where to even start with this one! Alicia Michaels, Lauren Nicolle Taylor, Michelle M Pillow, Sabrina Lacey...

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Gladiator's Bride by Nhys Glover 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Depends on the mood I was in at the time so I can't really answer this one!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Honestly, probably none of them, too many other books to read not because they lack awesomeness!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Sorry I chose 4...but that's not even 1% of the books I've read so that's not too bad!

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

 Cade Michaelson, never had a male character who has stuck with me quite so much but he was super sweet, cute and more than a little sexy! (From No Weddings)

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Hands down The Wright Brother by Marie Hall. Such a beautiful book.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 I'd probably go with Blue Rose by Sarah Daltry or Carrier by Anne Tibbets

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream...mostly cause it turned out I had it from Netgalley anyway... 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

From one of the I Love My... books by Sabrina Lacey (can't remember which one!)
We never know what's going to happen when we wake up in the morning, do we? I mean wow! There's no use in planning. Just ride the wave...that's all we can do. And tell our girlfriends about it, of course.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Wasteland Renegades by Kristene Perron & Joshua Simpson
Shortest: Danika's Surprise by Marie Hall

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher, the car crash in chapter one just got me. I woke up the next morning and my first thought was 'Are Kendra and Tyler ok?'

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Cade and Hannah from No Weddings, it is just so right.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Rue Calliwell and Jack Stone from Stand Close by Sabrina Lacey...nothing like sibling rivalry!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Anything from Terah Edun!

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 I don't really do this though...mostly others encourage me to read books that are already on my TBR list. Though I will be reading Cutlass solely based on other people's advice...oh wait there was one! Come by JA Huss.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

 Cade Michaelson. I need one of those.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Good question...I'll have to find which books I've read have been debuts! 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Wasteland Renegades by Kristene Perron and Joshua Simpson, the world building in that was just fantastic. Also, Alterra by Zachary Bonelli, he writes fantastic worlds!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The No Weddings series, I was laughing aloud and feeling the fun right along with them!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

 Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher, Carrier by Anne Tibbets, Blue Rose by Sarah Daltry, to name a few!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Throbbing Hearts by Sabrina Lacey...well and the rest of the Hearts series, they're brilliant and real!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Shattered Bonds in a completely good way, but those characters really got to me. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

 Books, Blogs & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

.The Babysitter by Dark Inferno. Mad in a very VERY bad way. Mainly because of how stereotyped it made the characters (20 year olds don't normally go Hello Kitty crazy either.)


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

 For the sake of a short answer...there are a lot!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 The review that I wrote for the anthology I was a part of, because it drove home that maybe I actually could do this writing thing!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

 My post about sex in books. I got a lot of frustration out in that post and it turns out a lot of people agreed with me!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

 COYER definitely! And the online blogging community that it created!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

 I had a moment when I realised that I was actually being noticed as a blogger. That would probably be it!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Shady Lady by Adrienne deWolfe (I think)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

There are a few, particularly when I've read a really good book!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Tsu, though I know it isn't a completely bookish site, that does seem to be what my network uses it for!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! Though only the Goodreads challenge (I set myself a goal of 365 books) and Summer COYER (my goal was 75) completed both as well!


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Oh there was one and I now can't remember what it was...damn.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I haven't really thought about this so much...I like seeing where the year takes me!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

The Heir by Keira Cass, definitely one I can't wait to see

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

I hope to accomplish running a challenge smoothly!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Hmmm not too sure on this front, For Valentine's was a great read but it's book 4.5!

Book: Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Desire is book 3 of Wicked Play.

When a sub gets badly injured at the Den, Seth can't help but feel more at fault than he should, taking Tyler to his own apartment to care for him. In the process he calls Allie, lawyer and friend to his business partners' subs, Kendra and Cali. Since going to the Den with her friends, Allie has been fantisising about Master Seth, but seeing Tyler's injuries makes her want to care for him. As time progresses it becomes clear that Allie is attracted to both men, and that they're both attracted to her...but more than that, they're attracted to each other as well. Will Allie run? Or can their unconventional relationship work?

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Monday, 29 December 2014

Book: Tea for Three by Kate St James

I received a copy of Tea for Three in exchange for my review.

Layla has never wanted to be a one man woman, but now she's found Gil she's seriously considering it. Gil knows that Layla has needs and wants to be the one that fulfils them...which is where Hunter comes in. Gil knows that Layla probably won't be satisfied by one man, and as he and Hunter have shared women before it seems logical to use him to give Layla what she wants. Layla can't believe her luck to have two sexy men giving her attention and makes the most of the situation...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Book: Taking Karre by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Taking Karre in exchange for my review.  

Karre steals secrets,  secrets that Divinity would rather stayed hidden. But when chance catches up with her, Karre gets caught and interigated, though she's taken on so many personas that remembering who she really is is more difficult than anyone thought. Dumped in Staria to become a bride, Karre finds a not unwelcome attraction to Sir Vidar, an attraction that is returned and he picks her to be his wife. Building a life together doesn't take the couple long,  and they both discover that feelings between them grow, by Karre doesn't like feeling useless and insists on helping, putting herself in danger in the process...

Link to Goodreads 
Link to amazon 

The Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post

Real Life

Only a short one this week because I've been away and only just really got back in time to sort this out (it's already late Saturday night here). I hope everyone had a good Christmas! Did you get anything good? I got a sat nav this year, because I've just passed my test, and a cupcake book! 

Also, thanks to Berls from Fantasy is More Fun for the Christmas Card! It arrived whilst we were away (either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday - we have two bank holidays over Christmas, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) so you needn't have worried about it being late :-)

Don't forget to sign up for Bookish Resolutions! The challenge hosted by myself and Michelle @ Because Reading. Check out the Kick Off post here!

Read This Week
Keeping Paige & Tangled Trust: Review Copies
Bonds of Denial: Amazon
 Bah, Humbug: Amazon
Zoo: COYER Secret Santa
The Quiver of a Kiss: Review Copy
 For Valentine's: Netgalley
Ecstasy: Netgalley/Review Copy
Taking Karre: Review Copy
Luck of the Dragon: Review Copy

Reviewed on the Blog:
 Christmas Curse: Amazon
Keeping Paige & Tangled Trust: Review Copies
 Agony: Netgalley/Review Copy
Bah, Humbug: Amazon
 Bonds of Trust: COYER Secret Santa

Other Posts: 
The Sunday Post #4
My Thoughts On...Virgin Sex Goddesses

Challenge Updates: 

Because Reading Is better than real life

Read: 9
Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow
Tangled Trust by Nova Raines
Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks
Zoo by Tara Elizabeth
The Quiver of a Kiss by Sarah Daltry
For Valentine's by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion
Ecstasy by Susan Kaye Quinn
Taking Karre by Michelle M Pillow
Luck of the Dragon by Susannah Scott

Reviews: 3 (see above covers for links!)
Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow
Tangled Trust by Nova Raines
Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Book: Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

I received a copy of Bonds of Trust from my COYER Secret Santa (because they're amazing!)

After years of an unhappy marriage, Cali has finally decided to do something about her desires and has become a member at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in the area. Both of Jake's business partners know that he's likely to up and leave the club at the end of the contract, but when Cali comes along they think that they may have the key to making him stay. All Cali's ever really wanted was to feel desired, cherished and loved, and when Jake starts to give her that they both start having feelings they hadn't expected. Things can always go wrong though, and one chance encounter at the club could change everything...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Friday, 26 December 2014

Book: Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

I read Dissonance for free on

Every choice is a what if, even accidents are caused by choices, and each choice creates an Echo unbeknown to the Key World. Del and her family are Walkers, people with the genetic ability to walk from Echo to Echo without being seen and to Cleave worlds and destroy them if there is a problem with their frequency. Del keeps seeing Echos of the same boy, Simon Lane, a boy from school that she's always had a crush on but has never noticed her, except now he has. While her best friend, Eliot, is pushed to the side, Del finds herself more and more involved in Simon, and in Walking, despite the fact that the Consort banned her...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Book: Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

MERRY CHRISTMAS (Yes I decided a review of a Christmas novella on Christmas Day was the best way to go!)

Having just moved to the neighbourhood, Alexis Anderson doesn't know that her next door neighbour is none other than Kyle Miller, her children's favourite author. When Kyle decapitates her Snowman, she becomes determined to fix his Christmas spirit, and in a few short days ingrains himself into Lexi's life. Kyle never expected that anyone would be able to get through his shell, but Lexi and her children seem to have something about them that he can't resist...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Book: Agony by Susan Kaye Quinn

I received a copy of Agony in exchange for my review.

Since delivering a mercy hit, Lirium has been going from bad to worse, and when a collection goes badly he can barely hold it together, causing his psych officer to assign him a mentor. When Ophelia turns up at his door, Lirium is immediately taken by her, and not just because of her beauty, but also the information that he can learn from her about collecting, and the buzz that can be created by boosting...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Book: Tangled Trust by Nova Raines

I received a copy of Tangled Trust in exchange for my review.

Having been left feeling alone and rejected after Kaidan called her the wrong name, Hayley can't seem to avoid him and his unnerving gaze. Agreeing to go to lunch with him doesn't sound like a good idea, but before Hayley knows it she's agreeing, and finding herself once more entwined with Kaidan Stone. But playing on the back of her mind is the fact that she is broke, until she can fulfill the condition to her father's will and steal back the diamond that he gave an ex-girlfriend, the same woman who is currently dating Kaidan's father...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Monday, 22 December 2014

Book: Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Keeping Paige in exchange for my review.

Paige has been an outcast from her people because of her visions, so much so that they have pushed her through a fairy ring. High on the potion that they forced on her, when she meets Aidan she's immediately taken into a highly sexual zone where she can't get enough of him. Aidan has been told that he has to take a wife soon or he'll be childless and wifeless forever, and can't believe his luck when he comes across Paige. Though Paige warms to him quickly, when she sees him comforting his dead friend's wife she fears thw worst and runs. Forced to be a part of the Breeding Ceremony, Paige worries that Aidan won't claim her again and that she'll be left to the whims of other Starians...

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

My Thoughts On...Virgin Sex Goddesses

Everybody loves a trope every now and again. Or at least I do...reformed bad boys, jaded sarcastic women, name it they're there and the best authors will make you forget that what they're using is a trope in the first place. But there is one situation in which I can not stand sex goddesses. (And you can blame Lexxie for this cause she got me thinking about them!)

Now I don't mind if a character is a virgin...I mean sometimes it's necessary, like in historical romance where she has to be a virgin or she's unpure, or something like in The Selection, where it is illegal for America not to be virgin. I have no problem with that, it's part of the story and doesn't necessarily make the character appear overly innocent (see Anne Boleyn in most books about her, or America for that matter). That is something that most authors seem to forget...being a virgin does not make you completely innocent or oblivious to men.

The thing that annoys me about virgin characters is when they suddenly become sex goddesses for no reason. No offense to guys everywhere, but no guy is good enough to make a woman forget she's a virgin and not notice the pain, it's just not going to happen. The unrealisticness is what makes this so frustrating. Even more so is when the virgin knows exactly what to do, she's now fully aware of what to do with her man to get him going and get him to orgasm...

Now the orgasms themselves...and this doesn't just apply to virgins. Ever notice how characters seem to multiple orgasm with new partners instantly? Especially virgins. My question is how?! After all surely it takes time to work out wht makes the characters tick and gets them to that point. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but please not so many orgasms.

And finally, the most annoying thing about book virgins. Have you noticed that I've been referring to the virgin as a she? Because it would be almost impossible for it to happen the other way around, for some reason the woman is a virgin but the man can be extremely experienced and then honoured to take that little bit of her. Why can't the woman have more experience? Why can't the man be the virgin? It's a stereotype that I'm really not sure how it came about.

Rant over...your thoughts?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Book: Christmas Curse by Michelle M Pillow

Megan thinks that she is cursed. If she celebrates Christmas then something goes wrong. Except this year the curse has happened early, and her boyfriend, Sean, broke up with her via letter as she sat in their favourite restaurant. Running back to her parents home for Christmas, heartbroken and alone. But Megan is surprised when Sean shows up, disappointed that she left without him and clueless about the letter, thinking he just told her that he couldn't make it and would call her later. Could fixing their relationship convince Megan that the Christmas Curse isn't real?

Link to Goodreads
Link to amazon

Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post

Real Life News

So Monday I wasn't in school this week because I had my driving test (and yes 22 is late to be taking it, in the UK you can take it almost as soon as you're 17), this was my first attempt and I'm happy to say that I PASSED, and then spent most of Monday still in shock! I only got three minor faults as well (the max is 15 and they don't really give out no faults) so yes that's all good!

In blog news...the challenge I'm hosting with Michelle went live on Thursday! So make sure you check out the 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge!

Brownies has broken up for the term so no news there! And work hasn't been all that hectic really, other than a couple of functions.

Baking wise I've had some fun this week! Not only have I been making lemon meringue for the pub but I spent the morning baking with my brother on Friday for my grandparents arriving. (He also wrote a letter to Santa in which he said he really liked baking with me). So we used some of my amazing mini cake tins that I got last Christmas to make minature Christmas cakes! (Some have toasted marzipan on top).

My grandparents came down on Friday for Christmas (because we're going away) and Santa came to our house early. Not only that but he's brought me an Apron! So I got what I wanted and it isn't actually even Christmas yet!

I'm also really excited to share the books that my Secret Santa from the COYER group got me!

Because reading is better than real life
This week has seen the launch of the first ever challenge that I'm hosting, the 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge. Check out the kick off post and join us!
Because Reading Is better than real life

COYER has also kicked off (yesterday!) and I'm very excited to be a part of it again! To keep up to date with my progress (as yet none) I'll be including it in my Sunday Post and it will be on my Challenges page!

Read This Week
(Linked to Goodreads)
So this week I've read the latest book from Melissa Foster, and they never fail to please, as well as Books, Blogs & Reality, which was an interesting read considering it was all about book bloggers, and it certainly gave me things to think about! I also got a little over excited by my COYER Secret Santa presents and dove straight into one of them (and then one of the other books in the series that I haven't read!)
Seaside Summers & Books Blogs & Reality: Blog Tour
Fighting Lady Jayne: Review Copy
Bonds of Trust: COYER Secret Santa
Awakening: Amazon
Bonds of Desire: Amazon

Reviewed this Week
(Linked to Reviews)
Quartz: Amazon
Taking Control: Review Copy
 Seaside Sunsets: Blog Tour
 Books, Blogs & Reality: Blog Tour
Fighting Lady Jayne: Review Copy
Firefly: Amazon
Bonds of Need : Amazon
Delirium: Netgalley

Other Posts From the Blog

Next Week on the Blog
My Thoughts On...
Christmas Curse by Michelle M Pillow 
Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow
Tangled Trust by Nova Raines
Agony by Susan Kaye Quinn
Bah Humbug by Heather Horrocks
Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

Books I'm Excited About This Week: 
(Books that I've got through Netgalley/Amazon or have landed in my inbox!)