Christmas at Thornton Hall

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What it’s all about

Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!

When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!

So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.

The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.

But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?

As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!

CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.

My bit

What could be better than a book that reads like Downton Abbey. OK so I know Downton isn’t a book but you know what I mean, right?

So although this reminds me of Downton it is a modern book. So I better lay that out there straight away. What I really loved about the book was the mix in characters. And the whole ‘see how the other half lives’ aspect. We get to see the ‘monied’ characters upstairs in their realm and then we get to witness the goings on downstairs with ‘the help’. Like I said, if you love Downton then this is definitely the book for you.

Some characters you will fall in love with, others you won’t be able to stand. That is good though – you don’t have to like them, it is OK to hate them. The problem comes when you don’t feel anything for them. Luckily though Lynne Marie Hulsman does her job well and there isn’t a character in this book that you don’t feel something for, be it good or bad.

Christmas at Thornton Hall made me laugh. That in itself is a massive plus. I don’t do comedy. You know the type of book that is meant to be funny – well I don’t laugh. SO when I do laugh at a book you know that its because it is naturally humorous. It’s not forced.

Now I did see it mentioned that this plot has been done before. SERIOUSLY??? Girl has heart broke, meets boys, falls for boy. Isn’t that like EVERY chicklit book out there? Isn’t THAT why we read them? Of course the plot has been done before.

Oh yeah, have snacks to hand. Lynne Marie is going to make you hungry while reading this!

I Found You


What it’s all about

Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them

What I thought

Earlier this year I read the Jane Lark book Illicit Love and I really liked it. I was even surprised at myself. So when I sat down to read I Found You I expected the same style of writing. I was blown away. This was by Jane Lark but it was like reading a brand new author.

I Found You is an amazing book. It is dark and edgy yet flirtatious and even made me laugh. Its such a combination that made me not want to put my kindle down at all. It is that kind of book that gives you a knot in your stomach because you are anticipating what is going to happen and either you really really want it to happen or you really really don’t. I think Jane portrays the characters fantastically and she takes her time to delve right in under their skins, she doesn’t just hit you with an overload of information right away. Which in turn will make you use you imagination – trying to figure it all out for yourself. That’s what reading is all about, right?

At the end I just didn’t feel like the story had finished. However a quick tweet to Jane Lark herslef (who I might add always responds to tweets) told me that I need not worry – not only will there be a second book but a whole series of them. I do believe the Bitch herself is getting a story too! Who is the bitch? You will see just as soon as you have read it.

To read the first chapter of I Found You simply click on the image at the top!

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Annie Reviews Unbearable


What it’s all about

How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn’t love you…until it was too late?

How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most?

How do you survive the person who won’t let you go?

How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew?

How many secrets are too many?

How can you say no, when your body screams yes?

How can you deny a love that has no boundaries?

Slade and Samantha’s story continues…

Annie’s Review

Unbearable is the second book in a series by Shantel Tessier. Picking back up right where Undesricbable left off, Shantel Tessier left the reader in no doubt as to what had happened, no stone was left unturned and no question unanswered.

Like many others I assumed we were getting Josh and Courtney’s story. I figured Slade and Sam were done! I was wrong – something I don’t easily admit to!.
When you delve into Unbearable be ready. You will find yourself immersed with lust which in turn leads to sex – lots of sex, secrets which can only mean lies. Lets not forget the drama. Oh the drama!

Sam spent her whole life feeling unloved; her mother, the one person who is supposed to love you unconditionally bailed on her. By the time Sam realises that you can’t always take things at face value, that they aren’t always what they seem – its too late. Sam doesn’t know how to forgive herself for not trying harder to see things for what they truly were, but how could she when all she was faced with was LIES! How can she grieve for someone you already let go? Sam struggles with accepting life and pushes away Slade, her handcuff loving sex god of a boyfriend.

Slade has his own past. No matter how much he has changed his whoring ways, the skeletons continuously keep coming out of the closet. How can he build a relationship with Sam when people keep interfering?

Unbearable brings us back into the lives of the characters from Undescribable and introduced us to some more. Not least, Tate, hot and smoldering sexy Tate.. WOW! He is a whole lot of sexy, I am pretty sure Shantel plucked him directly out of my fantasies! If the Gods are good Shantel will give him his own book. What do ya say Shantel?. However as wit life you cannot have the good with out the bad. While it’s lovely to have the same characters in this book, some of the bad just came back badder. They are like a bad case of crabs and they just won’t go away and cause nothing but pain and suffering. I seriously wanted to jump inside the book and put a smack down on a couple of them!

Unbearable was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was an amazing read that never had a dull spot! I would give it a 4.5 Star.

Checking Inn – Emily Harper Launch Day Tour

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Welcome to the Launch Day Tour for Emily Harper’s new novel Checking Inn!

The book is officially released today so why not start celebrating the upcoming festivities with a fantastic new read nestled in your stocking . . .


What they say:

‘Kate Foster runs the Summerside Inn (and her life) by well-organized checklists.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00025]Make sure the caterers don’t serve devil’s food cake to the Christian Women’s Alliance– check.

Tell my mother that having a séance to get rid of any unwanted spirits in the kitchen during dinnertime is not okay- check.

Send a friendly reminder to all staff that the pens are colour coded for everyone’s enjoyment, and therefore it is not a good idea to put them all in one jar in order to “spice things up” as was anonymously suggested– check.

But, when an acclaimed hotel critic dies at the Inn, just before she’s about to publish a scathing review that would ruin the business, Kate’s life and checklists are thrown into disarray. And it doesn’t help matters that the detective assigned to the case is messy, unorganized, and too charming for his own good. Now Kate has to prove her innocence and save her Inn, or else the only thing that she’ll be organizing is the prison’s next bake sale.’
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emily-harper-head-shotAuthor Bio:

Emily Harper has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!

Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son, and a very naughty dog.

Emily is also the author of the funny and charming novel White Lies, which has proven to be a huge hit with fans. The book will even be appearing on The Marilyn Denis Show as a giveaway next month! For more information on the book please visit or


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Praise for Emily

‘The story bounces along, sweeping the reader up along with it, and has a feel-good factor that makes it both unputdownable and downright fantastic’



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Annie reviews Sex Snob

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What it’s all about

Sex Snob is a spin-off of Pieces of Perfect but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Twenty-nine year old wild, carefree, and brutally sarcastic Amanda Bishop thought her three rules for dating would weed out unworthy suitors. And they did. Until she met Shane Reed, her smart-ass, sexy-as-sin CrossFit coach who pushes all her buttons. He’s the man she loves to hate. But when the hate begins to ebb away, and is replaced by feelings she can’t handle, Amanda hides behind her rules. Will the electric chemistry she feels with Shane allow her to get beyond a painful past, or will she push him away with her rules? Rules that make her the ultimate Sex Snob.

What Annie thought

Holy Wet Panties and Orgasmically Sexy Scenes. Sex Snob is an amazingly fun read. Elizabeth Hayley brings that all to the table and then some. Elizabeth Hayley is actually the coming together of two friends – Elizabeth and Hayley and they are my favourite Indie authors for the year. Without a doubt.

Amanda Bishop has been burned one too many times. She is not going to let it happen again. So she makes up rules. Her 3 rules to prevent her from heartache.

1) Have sex with a guy by the 4th date.

After all who wants to waste more time with someone if they are bad in bed.

2) The guy must earn as much or more than her.

Ever heard of a scrub. She is no one’s sugar momma, and some guys just can’t handle a more successful woman!

3) No kissing in bars…

… or in public at all. Who wants to see someone swallowing someone else’s face while trying to have a fun time? Gross!

Some rules are however meant to be broken. No one tests those rules more than Shane “The Best Dicking Ever” Reed. Shane is a personal trainer at CrossFit, and loves to make the ladies sweat in and out of the bedroom. He is a cocky, crazy douchebag with a rocking hot body.

Amanda and Shane love to hate each other. The problem is they hate to love each other too. They can fight hard and make up even harder.

I loved the storyline in this book. The girls did an incredible job. The characters were so real I had to remember that they, well weren’t. As for the humour- well it literally had me peeing my pants cos I was laughing so hard. No joke, I did actually pee my pants ;p

Breaking Brandon Book Blitz


I would like to thank As the Pages Turn for inviting me to take part in this Book Blitz Tour.

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What’s it all about?

Fate is a Moreno Brothers spinoff series.

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy’s little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she’s even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There’s a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction.

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart’s desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

My bit

Today I am taking part in the Book Blitz for Breaking Brandon. It swifty moved right up there with my top books. I just love him. More than I ever thought I could have. I even found a little picture that just sums him up for me. Wanna see? It’s a good thing I was taught to share!


What do ya think?He’s HOT, right?

I have decided to share some other things with you today. An excerpt, a couple of teasers and a few facts about Regina and Brandon.

Teaser 1


An excerpt

She was as sure about herself as he’d expected her to be. Of course he liked what he saw, and of course, no matter how strong of an effort he’d put into trying to hide it, she already knew it and probably had from day one. “Ms. Brady—”
“Uh, uh, let’s not go back to that,” she said, tracing his lips with her fingers. “Call me Regina.”
Parting her legs, she brought his hand down to her inner thigh. The warmth of the soft flesh against his hand had him straightening out. “Regina, you’re under the influence of—”
The second her luscious soft lips touched his again he took her face, cradling it in his hands, and kissed her wildly, eating up every inch of her mouth, feeling on the verge of madness. She moaned in delight, spreading her thighs further, and he gave up resisting, lifting her skirt up until he realized she wore no panties. He pulled away and froze, staring in those huge brown eyes that sparkled with anticipation.
“You know you want me,” she said with unabashed confidence as she rubbed his hand over her warm hot wetness.
He was so hard for her it pissed him off. As much as he’d like to, it was impossible to deny it. He buried a finger in her as he watched her head fall back. “You want more,” she said with a moan.
“I do,” he finally admitted.
“You wanna fuck me?” she purred, smiling smugly.
He stared at her as he felt her hands undo his pants’ top button and begin to unzip him. Lowering his own hand, he stopped her just as her soft warm fingers had begun to pull him out of his underwear. Shuddering, he squeezed his eyes shut but held her hand firmly in his then opened his eyes slowly. Her big brown eyes stared back at him, anxiously waiting. His eyes dropped down to her lips, those lips he’d yearned to taste for too long and tasted just as divine as he’d imagined.
He licked his lips and lifted his eyes to meet hers once again. “I want more.”

Sitting up in a hot sweat and with an aching erection, Brandon glanced around panicked. He wasn’t still in Regina’s room on her bed. He was in his own bed, and his alarm was going off.

5 fun facts from Regina and Brandon, with a few extras thrown in from Elizabeth
Brandon and Regina gives us 5 Fun facts about each we didn’t know about
Regina smirks digging her teeth into her bottom lip as she glances at Brandon then clears her throat and sits up all no nonsense like.

“Ok counting down fun facts from number five. You might not know this about Sergeant Billings,” she winks at him with a grin as he stares at her lifting a brow.”Or maybe you did if you were paying close attention…. He sleeps in the nude.” She leans over and kisses him lightly on the lips whispering. “And of course now he has me doing it, too.”

Brandon appears undaunted by this but doesn’t take his eyes off her even as she pulls away giving her that unreadable stare only he can do so well.

Number four fun fact,” she continues. “Most won’t be surprised but as um… particular as Brandon can be about most things. He’s very good in the kitchen,” she grins at him sinfully. “And I don’t just mean with me on the counter.” Brandon’s eyes shoot open obviously not expecting her to share that with us. Regina laughs but continues. “I mean he’s a very good cook and still can’t get over how much I lucked out meeting someone this hot, this sweet, but who can also cook the way he does. Talk about feeling like a pampered princess.”

We get a little smile from Brandon this time as he straightens out in his chair. *Whispers* Did I mention he’s in his fatigues and looks too damn hot for words!

Number three,” Regina smiles big leaning into Brandon. “That last one just reminded me of this. He’s adding another tattoo to his collection that reads Princess Billings.”

Now we get a glimpse of that full beautiful smile. Regina giggles kissing him again a bit longer than last time. This time Brandon brings his hand around her neck pulling her closer for a much deeper kiss and as much as I’d like to sit here and watch dreamily… it’s getting hot and my note cards I’m using to fan myself are not big enough for the heat I’m beginning to feel! *Ahem!* Thankfully Regina pulls away a bit embarrassed though Brandon’s serious expression offers no apologies.

Rubbing his thigh with her hand she smiles. “Fun fact number two. For someone who puts on such a tough act, barely ever smiling, I’ve now seen Brandon laugh almost to tears.” She giggles and Brandon actually chuckles shaking his head. “Okay so it’s only certain people in my family that bring it out in him but still. He’s laughed to the point he was holding his sides more than once now.”

After whispering some stuff and laughing some about it Regina clears her throat and continues.

Number one fun fact about Brandon is something new for him and I’m so happy about this by the way .” Brandon peers at her curiously. “When I first met Brandon he was all about no attachments. Obviously he made an exception. Anyone whose read our story will know this,” she says smiling sweetly at him. “But he’s continued to make exceptions. He may not admit it openly but he’s embraced my family whole heartedly even becoming very close with my brother-in-law, the kids and a few others. So the number one fun fact about Brandon is he’s now embracing making attachments of all kinds. In love and in friendship.”

She squeezes him hard and kisses him again only this time they keep it short. “Okay you’re turn,” she smiles playfully.

I now get to ogle.. err.. focus on Brandon legitimately and for good reason. He has the spotlight.

“Alright I’ll do them backwards like she did,” he informs me with that serious stare and already I can feel the sweat beading around my forehead and upper lip.

I nod nervously. “Go ahead Mr.— Uh Sergeant Billings.” He smiles at me!

“Fun fact number five and I mentioned to Regina even she wouldn’t know some of these,” Regina stares at him half smiling. “She murmurs in her sleep.”

Regina’s mouth falls open. “I do not!”

“Yeah you do,” he says very smugly. “Most of the times I can’t make out what you’re saying,” we’re indulged once again with another very satisfied smile. “But a few times I have and it’s very interesting.”

Regina begins grilling him in a hushed voice but I hear him tell her he has to move on to the next one. He turns back to me still looking too smug.

“Fun fact number four,” he glances at Regina for a moment his expression changing—going a bit serious. “She can surf.” He stares at her for a moment, raising an eyebrow. “A little too well for someone who only spent one summer doing it.”

“It really was only one summer,” she insists.

Suddenly the playful Brandon who spoke of her murmuring is gone and Sergeant Billings is back in the room. “Fun fact number three,” he says all humor gone from his eyes. “She’s been refilling the empty tote in my closet.”

“Brandon!” she says bringing her hand to her flushing face.

“That’s all I’m saying about that,” he assures her. “Fun fact number two,” he continues quickly. “She and her baby sister think no one is on to them trying be sneaky about getting her older sister hooked up with—”

“That’s not true!” Regina protests.

“Babe, you’re not sneaky. It’s pretty obvious.”

“I meant we’re not being sneaky,” Regina smiled. “I didn’t realize you thought we were trying to be.”

“Good to know because everyone knows what you two are up to.” He squeezes her leg and takes a deep breath. “Number one fun fact about Regina?” he looks back at her going from playful to serious to almost nervous and we actually see him gulp. “She’s taking a home pregnancy test when we get home.”

Regina and I both gasp. “Brandon that’s supposed to be a—”

“By the time this is posted everyone will know babe.” He winks at her and as playful as he attempts to look he’s lost some facial color. “Trust me.”

I’m speechless but have no choice but to thank them for joining me and wrap it up. On to interview Elizabeth Reyes!

We asked Elizabeth two choose some of her favorite lines from Breaking Brandon. In no particular order she gave us her list but being the tease that she is she’s made very short comments on why she chose them then said she’d just let you the readers figure it out. She CLAIMS she doesn’t want to spoil anything for the reader. Hmph!

So let’s examine these. Up first is this one.

He finally understood what his father had meant all those years. That kind of deep emotion—the kind he felt suffocating his heart at that moment—was sacred. It was something that should remain deep inside. No one had a right to know you were feeling it but yourself.

Her comment was this sets up how much it will take to Break Brandon. Hmm..

Next she chose this one.

Regina: You’ve obviously made some kind of assessment about me, yet you know nothing about me.”
Brandon: “That’s right. I don’t. And I’m sorry that my lack of desire to know more upsets you.”

Ouch! Reyes only gives us a smug smile. Tease!

Another one of her favorites:

“Sir, I can explain.”
“Yes, you can and you will,” Brandon said, his tone hard and full of authority just as he’d been trained by the very best. “Only not here, not like this.” He got right in Rodriguez’s face. “I want a full report on my desk tomorrow morning, explaining why you ignored a direct order from your superior. I wanna know exactly what you were talking to her about when you’ve been instructed to stay away from her entirely. And also want you tell me why the hell I shouldn’t write you up.”

Reyes comments is, “One of the very first signs of breaking down and he knows it.”

On to the last one she

“What I was doing before you . . . Baby, I may as well have been dead. My life now with you compared to what it was then . . . I was dead.”

Here I only comment about this one was a “Sigh!” and a big smile.

I think it’s time now for a second teaser, don’t you?


About Elizabeth Reyes

Elizabeth Reyes

USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she’ll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self published books as well.

To read my previous review of Breaking Brandon click here. To read an interview I did with the fabulous Elizabeth Reyes back at the beginning of this year click here.

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Elizabeth is offering up (3) winners, signed copies of Breaking Brandon. The giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/06/2013.

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Finally, can I just say. If you only read one more book this year, make it this one!

Happy holidays 🙂

Gabriel’s Redemption

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

About Sylvian Reynard
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

Now it’s all about me…

OK OK. Let me start with saying I am telling you very little about this book. I couldn’t possibly even begin to without losing the run of myself and ruining it for you.

When I read Gabriel’s Inferno it was because everytime I looked and my Goodreads recommendations it was there. Eventually I gave in and bought. That day was a good day. No it was a great day. That was the day I met Gabriel Emerson. Its not a short book but I ate it up. Then I realised it was a series and was thrilled when Gabriel’s Rapture came out. I remember after finishing it reading that there would be no more. This would be the end. I also remember the day I saw the post on Sylvian
Reynard’s webiste that he had given in to peer pressure and that yes he would, for his fans, write Gabriel’s Redemption.

After a wait that rivaled no other it was finally here. I got my review copy of Gabriel’s Redemption. I also had to wait for my new kindle to read it. Imagine sitting with this book and unable to read it for two weeks. Pure sickening I can tell you.

I have learned alot more than I ever bargained for reading these three books. Of coursre I have heard of Dante’s Inferno and learned about St Francis of Assisi in school. Though I am not sure I remember anything. I must admit that especially in the beginning I felt in a bit over my head with all that in the back ground. Though I kept reading it. I was tempted to skip parts of the Dante stuff but I was too afraid of missing how it was relevant to their own relationship. That bit I found interesting. Plus, you never know when this stuff might pop up in a table quiz!

I read Gabriel’s Redemption in record time. I had to. Though I was glued to it anyway. It has no shortage of love, romance, angst, drama and tension. Oh and sex. We love the sex. And sex with The Professor – well does it get any better than that? Oh and emotion. It was definitely emotional.

If you haven’t yet read them yet then I think you are in for an even bigger treat. You get to start at the beginning and read them all in one hit. I wish I was reading for the first time again!


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Humble Pie

OK guys, here I am sharing with you another blog. It’s a blog I am part of and its a few reviewers who are sharing a few short stories of their own. This latest is one of mine.

After Dark, Before Dawn...

How does an evening go catastrophically tits up. An evening that Adam had planned to a T. Everything in it’s place and perfect, him a bundle of nerves pacing waiting for Sophie to come home.

As the minutes ticked by he grew even more nervous. “Did she know what I was planning? Was she avoiding coming home?” He was muttering to himself. He had spoken to her just an hour before she left work. Having forgotten her phone today she called him from work to see if they needed anything collected on her way home. She sounded happy, so  surely he was barking up the wrong tree.

Two hours later and dinner is ruined. The candles have burned down and Adam didn’t know if he was more pissed off with her or upset that his meticulously planned evening had been ruined. He grabbed a Corona, fuck the lime. Slugging back…

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12 Days of Christmas with Jane Lark

12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.

After signing with publisher Harper Impulse, Jane, author of the smash-hit Marlow Intrigues series, has decided to end 2013 with a bang! She’s gathered together some of the industry’s best authors to create one enormous Christmas giveaway.

The huge prize is made up of more than 30 books, a combination of signed paperbacks and eBooks, and two gorgeous book bags. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for any bookworm and all you’ve got to do to win is feast your eyes on the details below and enter via the Rafflecopter . . .

To kick off the prizes, Jane is giving away copies of her much loved The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and its highly anticipated follow-up The Passionate Love of a Rake


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Jane’s books have been a huge hit with fans, leading to an ever-increasing fan base and comments such as:

Jane Lark has an amazing talent to draw the reader in from the first page onwards.”

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And to celebrate her upcoming December release of NA novel I Found You, you could also win a unique rucksack.

The book is already causing excitement among readers and looks set to be the must-read NA of 2014.


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But that’s not all folks! As if Jane’s books weren’t enough, check out the other amazing books included in the prize pot, you’re sure to find one or two of your fav authors getting involved . . .

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Entry to Jane Lark’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza is easy, just follow the authors on Facebook or Twitter, plus maybe give the comp a shout-out tweet (or two) all via the Rafflecopter below and you’re golden. But don’t forget to keep your fingers crossed too!


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To read my previous review of Jane Lark’s Illicit Love click here

All the Pretty Lies


All the Pretty Lies

Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.
How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

What I thought

The only other books I have read my M. Leighton are those that make up The Bad Boys series and well we all know what I thought about those. Heineken anyone? So for me, this book had a lot to live up to. I was really excited to start reading it. As soon as it became live it took up residence in my bookshelf. It took me a few days to get round to reading it and unfortunately it has taken me this long to review it.

It took me slightly longer to get into. I was suffering a massive book hangover and hadn’t read in a few days, you know how it is. Now when I say a little while, I mean a couple of chapters. When it got a hold of me though, it did not let go. I knew the whole way through the book that they both had secrets. Michelle threw us crumbs, just enough to have us guessing and almost speed reading to get to the answers. Just enough to keep us interested. I of course was trying to piece everything together, and even at times found myself zoned out trying to make sense of it all. I didn’t know enough though to piece it together but that didn’t stop me. The anticipation was brilliant. And I was wrong of course. Which is amazing. It means that the book wasn’t at all predictable. Especially that end bit. I was sure I knew what the cause would be, but nope I was wrong. You know when you read a book and you say I knew before we were told…. well that isn’t this book.

Haven’t read it and don’t have a clue what I am talking about? Well that’s cos I don’t want to spoil it for you. Want to find out what this waffle was all about? Click here

All the Pretty Lies is a great book. It has mystery and suspense, romance, angst and of course sex. We love a book with a bit of sex here at After the Final Chapters. I also love the fact that the book is told from Both Sloane and Hemi’s points of view. I love to know what is going on inside of the heads of the characters. How they each think about the same situation. How they can both be thinking the same or totally opposite. Things we wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. What else do I love about this book….

The balls. And I don’t mean Hemi’s, though…. No I mean Sloane’s. She has been mollycoddled ALL her life by 4 over protective males. She has decided NOW is when she starts to live her life. She isn’t afraid to go toe to toe with whoever gets in her way.

My favourite line in the book

“Who’d make that shit up?” “I don’t know. The mafia. The devil. Obama.”

I was on the bus and I started laughing out loud. I got funny looks. I thought mmm Michelle must’t be a fan lol. Its one of my favourite book lines.

Its sexy, without being in your face. Sometimes its the anticipation that makes your exercise those pelvic floor muscles. There was plenty of that in this book. Anticipation that is, no comment on the pelvic floor exercises..

That there is more to come…Oh yea baby!