Friday, May 26, 2017

Review- Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by Micheal Gerber


Barry Trotter is 22 and has never left the Hogwash School of Magic - there's been no need; after all, G.K. Rollin's books about him have made him a millionaire, and Barry is perfectly happy to while away his days as a perpetual (loaded) student. The hoardes of Muddles who hang around outside Hogwash desperate to see him, touch him, are a bit of pain but he can deal with that. But then comes news that Hollywood is planning a film of Rollin's first book about Barry. And they all know what that means: loss of creative control; cheap merchandising; millions more Muddles swarming over Hogwash. Barry agrees a plan with Bumblemore: the film must be stopped. BARRY TROTTER AND THE SHAMELESS PARODY is an incisive and hilarious parody of the Harry Potter phenomenon. There are slyly affectionate digs at the books themselves but Gerber's main scorn is directed at the monster that the Harry Potter franchise has become. The book has a creative energy all its own introducing characters and a hilarious take on magic that even J.K Rowling might appreciate. 

Release date: 2003
Published by: Gollancz
Page numbers: 276


I have one word to describe this book- STUPID. Honestly, I expected Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody to be hilarious because well, it's a parody. But instead, it turned out to be intolerable, unnecessary and straight up stupid.

Barry Trotter had been lying on my shelf for so long that I finally decided to give it a go. I remember browsing through this book back when I was a teen and my world revolved around Harry Potter (to be honest, it still does). Names like the Dork Lord, Bumblemore, Serious and Snipe fascinated me back then but anything even mildly going against Potter was on my oh-no-you-didn't list. When I saw that book much, much later at a books sale for a very cheap price, I had to buy it and what a waste of money and time it has been!

I admit that I did laugh hard once or twice during the book, but that's it. Laughing once or twice during a 273 pages long book doesn't make it funny. I personally feel that this book has been cheap, cheap publicity and the author was probably jealous of Queen JKR and thought he'd get something by taking her baby and giving it his own ridiculous and extremely pathetic twist. And okay, the book might be all right, but the writing! My God! This writing was horrible.

Going a little ahead, I have two words for you- STAY AWAY. This book does not deserve the money or time of any Potterhead and please learn from my mistake and save those two for all those good books out there.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Excerpt Reveal- I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

A feisty beauty must choose between winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.


Bradley froze when he saw her, and she was pretty sure she saw the urge to turn and run flicker across his face.
Again she felt a stab of disappointment. In him. And in herself for apparently having misread him. She’d thought he was better than this.
Bradley’s eyes moved between her and Nick, and though he didn’t look all that surprised at seeing them bickering, his gaze grew hard as he saw Nick’s hand on Taylor’s face.
Nick, naturally, took his sweet time removing it, and she resisted the urge to kick his shin.
“Morning, Bradley,” Taylor said, pleased that her voice sounded calm and friendly. As well it should. She’d had plenty of practice over the better part of a year pretending that she and Bradley were nothing more than colleagues.
Other than a few close friends who knew they were dating, they’d done a mostly decent job of hiding their romantic relationship from coworkers. Better than she and Nick had done hiding their antagonistic one.
“Hey, Taylor. Nick,” Bradley said.
He entered the room and reached for a coffee mug, turning his attention toward the other man. “Didn’t realize you’d taken on another assignment. What for?”
“Not sure,” Nick said, checking his watch. “Have a meeting with Cassidy in a few to find out.”
“Here’s hoping it’s an offsite gig that takes you far, far away. Maybe he needs someone to cover Siberian winters,” Taylor said to Nick, even as she watched Bradley out of the corner of her eye.
“Don’t need to travel to find severe winter. It doesn’t get any chillier than right here,” Nick retorted, waving his hand over her head in a storm cloud gesture.
She shoved his hand aside, her attention still on Bradley, who was determinedly avoiding her gaze.
It was going to be darn hard to get him to see reason when he wouldn’t even make eye contact.
Nick, ever too perceptive for his own good, noticed the tension and gave a quick look between her and Bradley, his gaze turning speculative.
She shot him a warning look that clearly said, Dont.
He shot an answering smile that clearly said, Watch me.
“Bradley, don’t suppose you’re in the market for a roommate?” Nick asked, his voice deceptively casual.
Bradley’s head snapped up, and finally, finally his blue gaze collided with Taylor’s. Dammit. Why did he have to be so beautiful? He was like a mischievous angel, all twinkling blue eyes, dimples, a sexy cleft in his chin, dark blond wavy hair . . .
“What?” he asked Nick distractedly, still looking at Taylor.
“Taylor here wants to share her original crown molding with someone.”
Bradley winced, and Taylor felt a little surge of gratitude toward Nick. He couldn’t have known it, but it was the perfect jab. She and Bradley were both into prewar architecture—had eaten up the broker’s description of all the building’s original elements.
Taylor should be sharing that crown molding with Bradley. And he damn well knew it.
His eyes met hers in silent misery—an apology that she wasn’t quite ready to accept. Heck, she wasn’t even ready to acknowledge it, because she had no intention of being dumped. Not by him, not by any man.
Taylor ignored the guilt written all over Bradley’s face as she held his gaze. “Yes, it seems I unexpectedly have a free bedroom and more rent than I can afford. If either of you knows anyone looking for a roommate . . .”
Bradley’s handsome face twisted regretfully, and he set his coffee aside, taking a step toward her, apparently forgetting—or not caring—that Nick was still in the room.
“Taylor. Damn it. I told you—”
“Actually, I do,” Nick said, interrupting.
Taylor forced her gaze away from Bradley’s pleading face toward Nick’s smug one. “You know someone who needs a roommate?”
“Yup.” He crossed his arms and watched her.
She made an impatient gesture with her hand. “Who? It can’t be one of your ex-girlfriends—I don’t want to inadvertently hear any gross details about you. And not one of your frat-boy guy friends—my living room isn’t cut out for Call of Duty.”
“Yeah, because that’s all I do all day.”
She rolled her eyes. “Okay, for real, who is it?”
His grin was slow, sly, and the very definition of trouble. “Me.”

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #200

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017


Don’t date your bodyguard. 
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet. 

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth. 

He is certified American royalty. 

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated. 

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca's other novels.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am for Damaged Like Us. I am SO looking forward to this!

What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #73

Teaser Tuesday is weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! 



The place where dreams fade and hope dies. 

That’s what it’s meant for the five years that Garrett has been behind bars. But now hope is on the horizon and he’s daring to dream again: small dreams, small hopes.

Getting his GED would be a start. If only his prison-appointed teacher Miss Ella Newsome wasn’t so damn sexy.

As Garrett and Ella start to play a dangerous game, the price could be higher than either of them have guessed.

What are you currently reading? Link me to your teaser. :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review- Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert


All Sloan O’Malley ever wanted was a simple life—and now she’s finally got it. She’s left everything behind in Boston—her family, her money, even her name—and set herself up in a tiny seaside town in Oregon. What she doesn’t plan for? Her mysterious and painfully attractive neighbor, Jude.

Jude MacNamara has been many things in his life—pampered son of a prestigious family, only surviving heir to a lost legacy, hit man—but now he’s out for revenge on the man responsible for the death of his father and brothers—Colm Sheridan. He’s tracking Colm’s sister when he encounters Sloan living with her in her beach house. He’s a patient hunter and he’s willing to sit back and wait for his prey...he just doesn’t expect for this woman to give rise to emotions he hasn’t felt in years.

He doesn’t want to see Sloan hurt, but in order to protect her, he will have to turn his back on the one thing he’s spent his life pursuing—revenge. Even then, there’s no guarantee either one of them will make it out alive.

Release date: May 30th, 2017
Published by: Forever
Page numbers: 336


Forbidden Promises is the fourth book in the O'Malleys series. I have been following this series from the beginning and though its not like I love this series to bits and pieces, I do enjoy it from time to time. Some books have definitely been more likable for me than others. I think I'm gonna have to put Forbidden Promises in the less liked category. It was a slightly above average read for me.

This is Jude and Sloan's story. We'd met Sloan in the previous books and she has always been the timid and shy sister amongst the O'Malleys. At first, I thought I would like Sloan and I did but not as much as I thought I would. It was because as soon as she met Jude its like she had a total personality change. At the rate at which these changes happened were so damn quick that it was very unbelievable for me.

Then we have Jude. Jude is actually a hit man. His quest in life has been for revenge against the Sheridans because they practically destroyed his family. When Jude meets Sloan he knows she's hiding things. Soon he finds what her connection is to the Boston families but by then its too late. He's already fallen for her. I liked that Jude was protective of Sloan but other than that I didn't find anything super special about him.

Sloan and Jude made for an unlikely pair. They were complete opposites on paper and their personalities. I usually love that but I didn't see the connection between these two here. There is no friends to lovers or taking their time. Everything happens within a week and soon they are on the run from their enemies. I found this really hard to believe and that decreased my enjoyment of the book.

We also get glimpses of the remaining O'Malley siblings and I'm looking forward to Aiden's book next. Dmitri Romanov is an interesting character and there is definitely something brewing between Keira and him. I have a feeling they'll get a book sooner or later. Forbidden Promises has action and people trying to get their own way but somehow it didn't really click for me. This was an okay read.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway- Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti


Title: LETHAL LIES      
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers, #2
On Sale: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD

“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and danger come at the protagonists from several directions.  Zanetti's brilliance at storytelling is on full display...When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don't get better than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti’s stories are always woven with vivid detail and a breakneck pace. As a reader, there’s really no time to draw a peaceful breath until the story ends. Lethal Lies is another winner.” –Heroes & Heartbreakers on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of Zara and Ryker's lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that's sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE

“Budget your time, readers, because this is one that's hard to put down.” —Heroes & Heartbreakerson DEADLY SILENCE

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.


I love Rebecca Zanetti's writing so I was super excited to read Lethal Lies. Lethal Lies is the second book in the Blood Brothers series which is actually a spin off of the Sin Brothers series. Of course, each book in the series can be read as a stand alone but there are recurring characters so I would highly recommend reading them in order. I really enjoyed myself while reading Lethal Lies. 

So this is the story of Heath and Anya. Let's start with Anya. Anya is a professor. She thinks she has her life together but a serial killer is out hunting her. After her sister gets brutally murdered by the infamous Copper Killer Anya vows to put an end to it. Like all Rebecca Zanetti heroines, I ended up really liking Anya. She was a perfect mixture of feminine and vulnerable but she had a core of steel. She is determined to find the Copper Killer even if it means putting herself up as bait.

Then we have Heath. Heath and his brothers have enough problems on their own. But Heath has always had a soft spot for women and animals. He can't help but get involved in the Copper Killer case. Heath obviously likes his control over everything in life but Anya makes him lose it. I loved Heath. He was a great guy. He only wanted to protect Anya and his brothers. 

Anya lies to the press stating that Heath and she are engaged to bait the Copper Killer exposing the Lost Bastards in the process. Heath and his brothers have multiple enemies on their trail but he is determined to bring all the victims of the Copper Killer justice. I loved Anya and Heath together. They made for a great pair who understood each other. They were both a bit stubborn in their own way but they worked so well.

I loved the way Rebecca Zanetti weaves her stories. They are chock full of action and romance and bonds of friendship and brotherhood. I enjoyed the main romance but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Zara and Ryker and Denver too. I can't wait for Denver's book which is next for it all to culminate. The villains definitely have it coming for them. Lethal Lies was a great read.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


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She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”
“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.
She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”
“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’reconsidering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”
She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.
Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”
Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”
He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”
“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.
“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he saidsmoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”
A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”
“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.
Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.


Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review- The Morning After by Kamini Patel

The Morning After on Goodreads


One for heartache Two for boys Three for cocktails Four for joy Meet the fabulous four, Neha, Sanya, Lara and Palak-Young women, who love their drink as much as they love each other! Neha doesn't care much about her career and is not sure if she even fancies her clingy, judgmental boyfriend. Will she ever find true love? Luscious sex goddess, Sanya-- a man-eater with a hard as rock heart. But what will happen to her when her heart's defences are breached, and by a man who isn't worth it? Lara, engaged to the love of her life, but trying desperately to survive her monstrous in-laws to be. Will her marriage break even before it happens? Step-by-step life planner Palak is in a perfect, almost dream-like relationship. But will her promotion and transfer shake the very foundation of her life and love? In Goa to sort their heads out, the girls realize that there's nothing a little chocolate, cocktails and margaritas can't cure!

Release date: June 8th 2012
Published by: Penguin Metro Reads
Page numbers: 224


Author Kamini Patel's The Morning After is a book about four high society Mumbai girls who are trying to find love. Neha, Palak, Lara and Sanya have been the closest of friends since forever and their friendship is everything. From discussing boys to getting drunk to gossiping; they're always doing it all together. A very fun, quick and exciting read, this book is also very difficult to believe because of the very obnoxious and tipsy portrayal of most of the characters.

The Morning After goes from Neha's point of view, who is the main protagonist, but her friends Palak, Lara and Sanya play just an important role because we get to know everything about them and their lives as well. The friendship between these girls was very strong and that made the book very fun and interesting because when there is so much drama happening, it's difficult to put a book down. The way these girls grow up emotionally and mentally together was portrayed in a lovely, although sometimes unbelievable, manner.

Coming to the characters, Neha is a simple girl who lacks ambition and confidence, but she's happy where she is and doing what she is doing. A very conscious yet clumsy girl, she takes a long time to find her perfect match, but when she does, she is just normal and raw it's hard not to appreciate and relate to her. Palak is a very determined and extremely well put together girl who is also very emotional. Lara is honestly the most relatable of them all because she is calm, cool and will do whatever it takes to keep the ones she loves happy. Sanya, contrary to all her friends, is a free bird who lives life on her own terms. She screws up but she puts herself back together which makes her very strong and likeable towards the end.

While it was fun reading about the four main girls, some of the side characters were portrayed as extremely pathetic and not a frequent traveller, nor very knowledgeable about the South Bombay or SoBo scene, it was difficult to accept them for who they were because honestly, they were just plain dumb. The girls' guys, however, were all dreamy and nice. It, of course, took them long to find their perfect guy, but once they did, it was all roses.

The stress on marriage, the subtle hints of sexist realism and borderline alcoholism made the book slightly frustrating at times, but because it's all very subtle, it's easy to overlook it all; especially for the normal eye. Overall, an extremely fun, fast-paced and frolic read, The Morning After is a nice one-time weekend read that keeps the reader engrossed.

Buy the book: AMAZON