Author Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.
My name is Melodie and I’m in love with a guy, but he doesn’t know. He walks by every day, I catch him staring, listening to me sing and play my guitar. I don’t even know his name. Crazy I know but I can’t stop thinking about Office Guy. That’s what I secretly call him, Office Guy. We’ve never even spoken to each other, but then one day he walks up to me and…
.•My Review •.
Finding Melodie is a short and a very sweet book.
Melodie is a pink haired Pixie, she loves music and helping “lost causes”, she’s a bartender and a busker, she lives in London with her two gay roommates. In the past she has always picked the wrong guys, she’s been hurt more than once, but she can’t help falling for the wrong ones. Even after that she still believes in love and romance.
Melodie busks in London, in a popular area and as she still by, she makes up her own stories about them and their lives. Some people even have their own names; like Office Guy. She has quite the crush on him and has often fantasised about Office Guy being her dream man. One day he approaches her and asks for help. He asks Melodie to play a certain song whilst he proposes to his girlfriend. Melodie is kinda heartbroken and a little bit jealous, but she puts a smile on her face and agrees to help him.
Office Guy is a real geeky nerd, he’s a bit of a workaholic and the off shoot of that results in heartache but also in an unsuspected friendship and adventure.
Then she watches as things take an unexpected turn and decided that she has to help Office Guy.
This book focuses on Melodie and Office Guy’s friendship and follows their journey.
I’m not going to discuss the plot further for fear of giving too much away.
The characters are incredibly endearing, I couldn’t help but feel like a part of their story. The character show depth and realism, they interact well together.
The book was a pleasure to read, it is packed full of laugh out loud moments, emotion and a little bit of hotness too. During the plan to win back the woman Office Guy loves, each of them discovers more about themselves, their friendship grows, and their feelings change.
Laura’s writing style makes it is very easy to get caught to win the characters’ lives and their feelings. The emotion contained within its pages consumed me as I was reading this. Finding Melodie is a tale of unexpected love, it shows that you can find love, even when you least expect it.
Italy, the mistress that Brooke can no longer compete with was consuming her husband. He changed when he was there, and she wasn’t sure the Band Aid she’s placed over their fractures was man enough to hold.
There was something about Italy that was both loved and hated for very different reasons by Brooke and Robert Stone.
For Robert, Italy was in his blood, she ran through his genes, tantalising, calling to him constantly.
After a month apart, Brooke and Robert are reunited and it isn’t all smooth sailing. Devastation, pain, and more hurt than the couple could ever imagine is to be endured, but can they walk hand-in-hand from it this time?
Does Italy and the change in Robert become too much for Brooke to cope with?
A tsunami had washed through my family. A typhoon, tornado, and hurricane all rolled into one had rocked the very fabric that held us together. We survived, of course, we survive everything—Well, some of us did.
I don’t think I’d ever cried so much. I’d sobbed alone into my pillow at night, and I’d wailed onto the shoulders of my friends and family. The one I needed, I wanted, whose absence made my heart and chest physically ache was missing. My body hurt, my throat was permanently sore from the shouts and screams lodged in there. I had to keep my profanities, my anger, inside for the sake of my son. He had lost as well, and I had to remind myself of that on a regular basis. The bitterness that constantly bubbled in my stomach in the form of acid was beginning to rot me from within. I found myself constantly taking medication. I doubted the copious amounts of wine helped the situation.
During the day I smiled, I went about business as normal, or as normal as my life was at that point. I’d spent many a minute lying in the footwell of the car as we exited the house to dodge the fucking paparazzi and the constant flashes against the darkened windows of the Range Rover. Every time I blinked, I saw flashes of white light. I kept my son indoors for the longest period of time for fear of telephoto lenses capturing his tears and sorrow.
Security was so tight, I couldn’t breathe. I wanted it and I loathed it in equal measure. I switched from anger to sadness to resentment, and then to understanding like a swing in a strong wind.
I spoke to him, regularly. At first, all I could do was curse and shout. Then it was tears and explanations. I was still angry, I was still sad, but I understood, and there was a part of me that actually didn’t like myself for understanding. I was a ball of confusion. I craved normality, knowing that was never going to happen.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Day: October 25th 2018
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
A perfect marriage? A beautiful home? Things are not always as they seem.
To everyone they knew, Ginny’s life with Blake Daniels was perfect. When Blake’s job takes them away from home and the friends Ginny has known since childhood, things start to change. On their own, in an isolated house, the man who held Ginny up through her mother’s passing is no longer the kind, supportive man she thought she’d married. In his place now resides a cruel beast whose only desire is to control her. Ginny’s life as she knows it, becomes indelibly marked with every bruise he leaves on her, and every callous word he sends her way.
When the unthinkable happens, Ginny is forced to find the strength she needs to leave and rebuild her life without Blake. Yet nothing could have prepared her for what was still to come. Ginny believed the nightmare was over, but it was only just beginning. Her husband is back, and there’s only one reason he’s here.
I honestly have no idea how to put my thoughts on to paper for this review!
It’s taken me a few days to process my thoughts enough to attempt this review. Even now I’m not sure that my review is actually going to do this book the justice it deserves!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of R.G, I devoured her other two books and have been waiting eagerly for her next book. When I was offered the chance to read this as an ARC I jumped at it.
Finding My Fight is powerful, emotional and addictive. The book captured my attention immediately and the more I read the more I became lost in the pages and the story that was unfolding.
Finding My Fight deals with a sensitive subject but R.G has written it extremely well and with considerable care, making it a very emotional and unputdownable read.
The characters are well thought out and they each play key roles throughout the story. No one is portrayed to be perfect, everyone has flaws and that makes each one more endearing. These characters have managed to climb their way into my heart and will remain there for a very long time. It’s so easy to love these characters.
R.G’s writing style is as epic as I remembered. R.G has created Ginny and Nate’s world seamlessly. Her writing style grabs a hold of your attention and pulls you right into their world and keeps you there until the very end, even then getting to the end will not sever the ties between them and you. The emotion that R.G has put into her writing is palpable and it will take you on a roller coaster ride that you will not want to get off of!
I waited patiently for this book and now I’ve read it I’m not ready for it to be over!
If you want an emotional roller coaster ride that will tug at your heartstrings, then I cannot recommend this book enough!
I’m not going to lie this book broke me!
✫.•° About the Author °•.✫
R.G. Corr is a mum of three who has had an overactive imagination for many years. A discussion with a friend at a soft play area, amidst the noise and mayhem of toddlers, finally convinced her to put pen to paper and create her first novel.
R.G. lives in Nottinghamshire, England and although Sherwood Forest is just down the road, she prefers the sight and sounds of Holywell Bay in Cornwall to provide the inspiration she desires. It has become one of her most loved places.
When R.G. is not working or writing, you’ll find her nose deep in her kindle swooning over her latest book boyfriend.
A Princess’s Duty (Of Fire and Frost #1), an all-new Dark Fae Romance by Sloane Murphy is NOW LIVE!
✫.•° Synopsis °•.✫
Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the first book in a new paranormal Fae series, A Princess’s Duty.
Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.
When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.
Years later, she has fallen in love with a Hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.
If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself…
I finished reading this book about 3 hours ago. When I finish reading it I just sat staring at my Kindle in shock! Let me just say, I did NOT see that coming!
OK, so that I give nothing away I’m going to dive into reviewing everything not plot related, I can’t post spoilers!
A Princess’s Duty for me was fantastic. It starts off with a gentle pace but picks up speed as it progresses. This story is full of twists, turns and a whole heap of emotions too. The story flows smoothly from page to page.
Characters have charm and characteristics that will grab a hold of you and suck you right into their story. It makes you feel a part of everything; all the good and the bad. I felt the emotions coming from these characters as though it was my own. Each of them has a unique knack that will make you love or loathe them, some in equal measures.
Sloane’s writing style once more captured my attention and held it until the bitter end; and what an end it is! It’s so easy to see and feel the world that has been created for these characters around yourself as you read. I felt like I could have reached out and touched everything as I was reading. There’s a natural feeling flow to Sloane’s words, it’s almost as if it’s been effortless to write.
I’ve enjoyed reading A Princess’s Duty and I cannot wait for book 2.
Is it finished yet Sloane?
✫.•° About Sloane Murphy °•.✫
My name is Sloane, but people call me a variety of names, particularly after they read my books. If you’ve read them, I’m sure you can use your imagination to work them out. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and cities ever since.
My husband, Chris, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. Living my dreams, with him by my side and our crazy fur baby creating chaos.
At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and sales jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else, despite always wanting more.
I’d been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of about 11, but my love of reading has always been strong. In 2012, I got my first kindle and discovered the works of Samantha Young, Addison Moore, Amanda Hocking, Tijan, A.E Murphy and many many more.
In 2015 I stumbled into the indie world by accident. I emailed a certain indie author after falling head over heels for her books, and she became one of the best friends I will ever have. She’s a gladiator! But she pulled me in, and took me to my first book signing. She encouraged me to start my blog. She encouraged me to put my art out into the world, first with teasers & covers.
Then when I finally told her about my stories, she encouraged me to put them out there. Between her and the one I love the most – thank you, Lauren Rowe – (my twinnie, and my best friend) I found the confidence to put myself out there, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A new school
A new start
And a new bully—Arnold.
Eloise hated everything about the horrid boy. So much so she named him Awful Arnold.
But he wasn’t any old bully… he had secrets… and Eloise and her new best friend, Monroe, set out on a mission to find out exactly what he had to hide!
This story is aimed at children’s aged between 5-9! With lots of fun, adventure and humour, your little ones are sure to love this heartwarming story about friendship and acceptance ❤️❤️❤️
You can now order your PAPERBACK copy of The truth about Awful Arnold here-
Hiding who I really am isn’t easy, but I do it, I have to – not just for me, but for the guys.
Letting them down isn’t an option for me.
Having the father I had growing up, forces me to keep my mouth shut. The world doesn’t except people like me easily, if at all.
But what do you do when you fall in love with not one, but two people?
I continue to keep it a secret.
Sacrificing my happiness for the people who have given me everything, is nothing in my eyes.
It’s only when the lines start to blur and I can no longer hide behind rose tinted glasses… I can’t keep pretending that I’m the male whore of my band Syren.
My heart beats for her and for him.
I’ve hid who I am for far too long and my secret is about to be splashed over every magazine and newspaper for the world to read, I’m about to let down the only family I’ve ever really known.
I just hope they understand because this could be the end of Syren.
I’ve always been the life and soul of the party, the happy go lucky person my friends turn to when they need cheering up.
Meeting him changed something in me, he brings the real me to the surface. I know he’s hiding something from me and I’m about to get the shock of my life.
Only it doesn’t make me run, it makes me jump in with both feet, firmly on the ground.
I know who and what I want.
But do they both want me?
Being in the background is what I love the most about my line of work, you get in and get out.
That was until I laid my eyes on the one man who fulfilled all my fantasies.
Working for these guys was supposed to be a fill in job, only I can’t give it up. I can’t give him up.
His heart is divided between the two of us, but so is mine.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him or her.
He was supposed to be just a job and I never saw her coming until it was too late.
They say life works in mysterious ways.
There’s a storm coming our way but will we all survive?
Jennah Thornhill is a mother and a wife, she lives in a small town called Stoke-On-Trent with her husband and 2 children. She’s always been an avid reader but due to a health condition she could no longer go into a work place. So one day she had this bright idea to write about four cocky but very sexy rockstars. That’s when the Syren Series was born. Syren’s Angel her debut novel was released in April swiftly followed my Syren’s Heaven & Hell in July 2017! Jennah has now released 5 books and is working on more
The Bathory Academy series by internationally bestselling and award winning Young Adult author, Katie M. John, promises you a darkling romantic adventure that lovers of Twilight, Vampire Academy, Vampire Girl, and A Shade of Vampire will fall in love with.
HE’S A NEWLY EMERGED VAMPIRE. SHE’S THE DESCENDANT OF THE MOST PREDATORY VAMPIRESS IN HISTORY. WILL THEY BE EACH OTHER’S SAVIOUR OR DOWNFALL?
Alexander Augustine’s secret has been revealed. He nearly killed a human girl. Now there’s no choice but to run, and there’s only one place to go…
Bathory Academy, home to the next generation some of the world’s most notorious vampire families, is a college like no other. It offers Alexander both sanctuary and a very different kind of education; a place where he can truly be.
As Alexander begins to slowly accept his supernatural life, and all the needs that go with it, he is drawn towards the beautiful, but potentially deadly, Scarlett Bathory, soon discovering their history is as tightly knotted as their present.
With revolution, bloodlust, and desire for vampire world domination taking hold, Alexander starts to fear he’s nothing but a pawn in a very dangerous game.
Enter the world of Bathory Academy and find yourself enchanted under the spell of the vampire.
This is only the second book of the Katie’s that I’ve read. The first was The Crow Man.
I’ve got to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Because of my love are vampires and the supernatural I was more than a little excited to see this released! I read it in about 6 hours too.
Bathory Academy is the school/college supernaturals, Bathory is no ordinary college, it has been home to some of the most notorious vampire families in the world. Now it has become the home of Alexander Augustine.
Alexander is there because he’s only just emerging as a vampire and had an incident with a human that meant he had nowhere else to go. He was taken to Bathory by his grandfather. Bathory has everything he needs to complete his emergence into the vampire world.
The plot, I thought was good, it flows seamlessly through every scene. I love the idea that there is a school/college for the supernatural. But it’s not just the supernatural, there are students there that aren’t quite supernatural, but they identify with being supernatural, for example:
“The rest of the academy, which is made up of
approximately a hundred students, are vampeers, those who identify themselves as vampires, or otherkin, those who identify themselves with other supernatural beings. They are sons and daughters of the night; they all have extraordinary creative, technological, scientific or sporting talents; empaths, artists, poets, alchemists, athletes, creatives–those who see beyond the boundaries and limitations of being human. In most cases, there is some distant familial vampire blood connection, but not enough to fill them with the same vital needs as true vampires.”
Katie M John has set up this world extremely well. Within the walls of the Bathory Academy, there is an entire world. There appears to be a very clear divide between the students; they appear to be divided into groups and each group appears to have its own structure that is respected.
Each character has their own role to play and the more of the story I read the more I discovered about them, they interact well together, and the relationships are very realistic, easy to identify with from when I was at school (many, many years ago)!
Alexander, for me, was really easy to identify with. I’m sure most of us have been in a situation or 3 where we felt completely out of place, or where we don’t really belong, to me that’s how Alexander came across. Not only is he trying to find his feet is a vampire but also within the Academy too, not an easy feat.
Katie M Johns writing is fabulous. She has set the scene well, she has given each of her characters complex and realistic personalities. I love how the more I read the more I discovered about the families, the characters and their backgrounds. I felt as though I was being led through the story by a breadcrumb trail.
Vampire Hearts sets up the beginning of this series well, it gives the detail that is needed to allow the reader to create a firm and clear image of the story and its characters. It is a great start to this series and I think it will get better with each book.
I cannot wait for book 2, and to see what is in store for these characters next.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Married to a handsome giant and mummy to a two foot mud-fairy, Katie has been writing stories and poetry since childhood and has always been away with the woodland fairies.
She is author of the Amazon UK Best Selling YA Fairy Tale Romance series, ‘The Knight Trilogy’ www.katiemjohn.com and a dark, Gothic paranormal detective novel called ‘Beautiful Freaks’
She has a love of writing weird and wonderful short stories and can be found ‘visiting’ writer friends’ anthology collections.
Katie likes to keep it varied and pinning her down to a particular style or genre is hard; she mainly writes for YA and NA and in the Dark Fairy Tale Genre. However, she also dabbles in more adult works of horror and issue-focused work.
Katie often draws on her ten year experience of teaching in a London Comprehensive school in her work.
TERRORIST ATTACK. A ROGUE SOLDIER. A RELENTLESS HUNT FOR THE TRUTH.
Sam Pope was one of the UK’s finest soldiers, serving over a decade as an elite sniper. After a near fatal shooting brings an end to his career, Sam returns home to his family and a potential new career in the Metropolitan Police. When disaster strikes and his bond with his family is broken, Sam takes a job as an archive officer within the Met, hunting down criminals that have beaten the system and delivering his own brand of justice.
When a terrorist attack at the London Marathon shakes the city to its core, Sam decides to open his own line of investigation. Venturing into the world of organised crime and police corruption, Sam soon finds himself as the number one target…and faces a race against time to expose the truth.
Fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn who are looking for their next action hero, will be thrilled by The Night Shift.
I finished reading this book on Tuesday, now it’s Wednesday and I’m trying to write my review. This is going to be a hard review to write!
This book totally blew me away. It was amazing from start to finish! The plot flows from scene to scene with ease. Sam Popes past and present are all intricately woven together throughout this story. The Night Shift is extremely well written, it was clear to me Mr Enright has put a lot of time, love, energy and research into the details and events in this book.
The style of writing that the author uses to show the past events works well and adds to the overall plot, it helps to create a level of understanding about how Sam’s past is affecting his present. Mr Enright’s writing style allows me to create a very clear image in my own mind of the scenes that I am reading. It is very easy to feel like part of the story, as though everything is unfolding around me. I love how Mr Enright manages to create a world which feels so realistic.
The characters are all well developed and multidimensional, they all interact and grow as the story progresses. All the characters in The Night Shift play key roles in the story. Sam Pope has survived so much, and his life just seems to get more and more complicated. I cannot even begin to understand how he has survived and come through the other side of the things he has endured.
I have thoroughly loved every single page, I am incredibly pleased that Mr Enright gave me the opportunity to read this book before the rest of the world. I cannot wait to see what is in store next from Mr Enright.
If you want a gripping, thrilling, action-packed story, I strongly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of the night shift.
The Night Shift has been an emotional, action-packed, thrilling and engrossing book from the very beginning.
Well done Rob and thank you for giving me this opportunity!
A huge 5 stars from me.
✫.•° About Robert °•.✫
Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).
After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!