Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: The Substitute Wife @CherylYeko @char_chaffin

TITLE: The Substitute Wife

SERIES: Brides of Little Creede Book 1
AUTHOR: Cici Cordelia
RELEASE DATE: May 9th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Once his fortune in silver mining is secured, Harrison Carter finally sends back home for his fiancĂ©e. It’s been four years since he’s seen Jenny.
But it’s Retta Pearce, Jenny’s sister, who arrives by stagecoach with young daughter Adeline in tow. When this lovely, soiled dove brings devastating news and a written plea from Jenny to marry and care for Retta and little Addie, what’s a good man to do?
RETTA . . .
Fulfilling her dying sister’s request, Retta travels across dangerous territory to marry a man she barely remembers. But the hard miner who meets her at the stagecoach surely isn’t the same one her sister claimed was kind and honorable, a gentleman who’ll embrace her and her daughter as if they were his own. Has she made a mistake she’ll pay for, the rest of her life?
Thrown together in shared sorrow, Harrison and Retta struggle to forge a life in the brand-new state of late-nineteenth-century Colorado

CiCi Cordelia is the pen name for the writing team of BFFs Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko.
Published authors in their own right, they share a love for well-written stories infused with their favorite romantic genres: paranormal, suspense, and erotica. Both are fans of Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.
As a writing team, they bring a solid know-how for accomplishing the foundation of what makes a great romance read: a strong story, a passionate romance, fascinating characters, and a happy-ever-after ending.

CiCi can be found at: WEBSITE GOODREADS

Individually they can be found here:

Cheryl Yeko:

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Retta and her daughter will travel to live and begin a life with a man who was waiting for her sister. After four years, marrying her fiancee's sister is not what Harrison was expecting but he will follow her last wish. And so a story about learning to love and protecting your family begins.

The Substitute Wife is an enchanting, easy to read and sweet love story. The tension between the main characters is understandable, neither of them wanted to marry the other but life is not always what we want.

Retta's loves for her daughter is admirable and she is a strong and likable character. Harrison is the typical gentleman, with a sense of honor and respect that makes him totally attractive. Their relationship seems quite natural and given the circumstances it flows and grows into something special. And of course, the little Addie is extremely sweet.

The plot has all the elements of a historical romance, the setting is well portrayed and the bad guys have fun messing with other people's lives.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Racer (audiobook) @authorkatyevans

TITLE: Racer
SERIES: Real #7
AUTHOR: Katy Evans
RELEASE DATE: September 28th 2017
PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster Audio
FORMAT: Paperback, Ebook & audiobook
SOURCE: Audible


A bad boy with something to prove. A woman with a mission. The race of their lives. The love of a lifetime.
I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.
He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep...but his smile sends me to my knees.
The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss....
This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation...or your curse.
He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone. 

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 10 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world. 


I wanted to love it, I wanted to crave more and more but above all, I wanted to read it fast (or hear it in my case). I'm so sorry it wasn't what I expected, I'm sorry Racer didn't live up to his father's expectations. I loved the first two books by Katy Evans but then I lost track of the series, but I know you can read the books as standalone so I decided to give it a chance to Racer, and besides it was about Remy's son, come on... it had to be sexy.

It took me too long to hear it, even though the guy who reads it has a really sexy voice. My problem was the story it felt like a repetition of another story and there wasn't any big surprise. The characters sounded fake and shallow. And also he being Remy's son we can expect some mental illness throw into the mix but still, it sounded forced.

I do have to clarify that the sex scenes and the chemistry between the main characters are quite hot but not even that could save the book for me.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Strange Secrets @strangebookseye

TITLE: Strange Secrets
AUTHOR: Mike Russell
RELEASE DATE: February 8th 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. 'It can't be real.' 'But it is.' Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell's third short-story collection. 

Mike Russell is a British author best known for his books 'Nothing Is Strange', 'Strange Medicine', and 'Strungballs'.

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories.

Mike Russell's latest book 'Strange Secrets' is now available.

Mike Russell is one of the authors I always say YES without blinking because I love that he brings something different to the table. His books always play with my head and leave me feeling odd in my body (I actually don't know how to explain it). So, I had to read his latest book Strange Secrets. This time we have 7 stories and each one is unique, strange and somehow magical.

My favorites stories were Missing Persons and Maps, even though the other stories also got me hooked from the first word. What happened with Missing Persons and Maps was that they defied my concept of reality and made me think about how I see the world and why do we see it that way. They provoke a movement in me, not only in my mind but also my emotions and feelings.

Mike has a changing writing style, it is always unique but sometimes is repetitive, sometimes is mysterious but it is always EXCELLENT. I will continue reading his books as long as he keeps writing them.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: The Trouble with Unicorns @dtdyllin

TITLE: The Trouble with Unicorns
SERIES: Team Unicorn Talia #1
AUTHOR: D.T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: April 30th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Tik Tok Press
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: a complimentary copy


Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …
Talia White does what comes naturally to a unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.
Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.
That’s the trouble with unicorns … they’ll accomplish their goal one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to do it.

D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.
D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.

Talia is a unicorn, yes that's right a magical and beautiful creature but it's not all rainbows and cupcakes for her. An optimist at heart she has to use her powers to chase demons. And on her thirtieth birthday, her father figure/guardian is leaving her and a new guardian is coming to protect her.

Since Bryn comes into the picture tension is in the air. Imagine a sexy dragon for a guardian for a girl who has to stay a secret in order to survive. Their relationship escalates in a rush and the fire between them almost burnt my reader. And some scenes were toooooo hot, but I love them.

The story is super fast to read, the action is always present and Talia is super fun to read. Also, it was really cool to read about some of the characters that first made me fall in love with Dara and her writing.

I cannot wait to read the next book, I'm loving this new paranormal world and Talia is definitely one of my favorites heroines.

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