Saturday, 21 January 2017

In At The Deep End

In At The Deep End

Penelope Janu

In at the Deep End by Penelope Janu

Reviewed by Helen

This is a story about two strong willed people who both have strong environmental views and both do what they can to help "save the world". Harriet Scott or Harry as she is known to her friends grew up travelling the world with her famous parents but when tragedy strikes when she is a young girl her life is turned upside down and she is cared for buy good friend and fellow environmentalist Drew whom she will do anything to protect.

Per Amundsen is a Norwegian naval commander he is a total control freak and when he meets Harry well sparks fly because the meeting is filled with lots of tension as he is trying to save her life in The Antarctic and when The Scott Foundations ship The Watch is lost well it appears that these two very different people are going to be thrown together in their journey to get funding for a new ship and a path to a HEA.

This story has a cast of characters that add to the storyline they are fun and there are some very moving parts in the story as Par insists that Harry learn to swim but this is a very hard task for Harry after the tragedy in Brazil and Par is nothing if not such a control freak but Harry is a spitfire and she stands her grown but does what she knows she needs to do. I enjoyed this one their path to a HEA is an up and hill one their banter will have you smiling and groaning (in a good way) at times and of course there is lots of sensual sparks to push them together a good fun story.

4/5 stars for a fun story

Expected publication: January 23rd 2017 by Harlequin

Sunday, 1 January 2017

I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben

Reviewed by Nas Dean

I WAS A BITCH by author Emily Ruben is October 2016 publication by Inkitt Publishing.

When Lacey Jones wakes up in a hospital bed, she is disorientated. But what she doesn’t realize at first is she was in a coma for two months so thinking that she has lost two months of her life at sixteen. Then she is told that she is eighteen and not sixteen. So where has the past two years of her life memories gone to?

There were two boys in love with her, who was her boyfriend from them both? Then she finds out all these little things about herself and knows that she was not a nice person at eighteen. But how can she move forward now?

I WAS A BITCH is an interesting read. It shows how our perspective in life changes without us realizing what we are doing. As Lacey realizes how she changed herself to take advantage of some opportunities in life, she also realizes that what she had done was wrong. Her whole outlook in life was based on lies.

Recommended read for teens and adults too for life lessons we get from this story. 


Monday, 6 April 2015

A Painful Ordeal by Aditi Chopra

Another piece of NRI (Non-Resident Indian) fiction from an NRI author.  Aditi Chopra’s fiction is incredibly simple and at the same time, incredibly deep. It gives an insight into the life of the Indian diaspora, particularly the US based NRIs.  This particular piece is not a romance, unlike the previously published works of this author.  It’s no less compelling, however.

Sexual harassment is very subtle and often imperceptible to those who are not the recipients.  This makes it extremely difficult to report and get justice for such incidents.  Only when the victims come together to raise their voice can there be any justice shown.  This is the message of this book.  I enjoyed reading about Namrata’s plight and the sudden twist that made it possible for her to seek and get justice.

Another extremely interesting and enjoyable piece of fiction by a writer whom I’ve come to admire a lot.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Get it here:  Amazon

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

    Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7)

Reviewed by Desere

Becky Brandon has stars in her eyes, why ? Because she's on her way to LA, her darling Luke has just landed the task of helping to manage the career of the one and only famous Sage Seymour.

Becky is 100 % sure she's meant to be Sage's new stylist, but then suddenly she joins the team of Sage's rival and dreads poor old , hard working , dedicated Luke's reaction.

I mean come on, what do you tell a A list celebrity when she leans your wife is working for her rival whist you're employed by her? Can you say mixed up ?!

This was my first time reading this author and it was quite the adventure. Afterwards I learned that this was a series, and I will say I felt a little lost in the read, as if there was some joke I missed, so word to the wise if you have not read the other books do that first before picking up this one.

Now even with my little lost feelings, I still very much enjoyed this read. It was one heck of a wild crazy adventure. I will also add that the book is not exactly overly intellectual, more of a just plain and fun read for the wild at heart, you know the kind that reminds you of a tv show that kind of goes from this looks exciting to okay so far so good to really did that really just happen?

The character of Becky was a little to selfish to my liking and I more than once wished I could climb inside the book and give her a good slap!

The character of Luke was really great, I very much enjoyed his spirit and spunk! The secondary characters were well written and the plot generally well messed together.

This is a read for those that love a little sparkle in life but with not too much seriousness.

4.5 star review
" Shop till you drop in LA they say, but what to do when the bomb drops instead?"

** Available at Random House Struik 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Reviewed by Nas

VIRGIN by Radhika Singhani is a Mills & Boon release for September 2014.

This is an entertaining and fun read all the way through. And the truth of being a young girl peeks out amid all the hilarity with honesty.

Ellie Kolstakis remained a virgin even after begging her high school date to deflower her. Now at twenty-one, she is the oldest virgin around and keen to lose it.

But she can’t find anyone to lose her v-plates to. Much hilarity ensues as she gets ready for dates. She is a girl on a mission. Would she manage to find someone she can trust and lose her virginity to?

VIRGIN is a fun read. I loved the way the author Radhika Singhani pulls no punch and tells it like it is. A must read for every girl and boy out there.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Close up by Kate Forster

Reviewed by Desere

This was one of the best mystery set in Hollywood books  ever!! The book centered around three main characters, each have their own set of issues and goals to try and meet.

And along the way they learn about life and just what it is they are really in need for instead of what they really want.

The author let it all really flow very nicely and there was never a moment that anything felt dragged out or like I wanted to yell at the author to get to the point already.

I have found that some reads in this genre feels like it takes too long to bring into focus the secret and this just causes me to get board and I want to skip to the end to just get it over with, so not the case with this book.

The journey of all characters was captivating and the author dropped just enough revealing information along the way to keep me on the edge of my seat and wanting more.

And best of all the book had loads of humor that had me holding onto my seat so not to fall off from all the laughing.

A truly stunning look into the lives of characters each so focused on what they want to happen in life, and how they listen to their hearts and finally realize what it is they truly need.

I highly recommend this read for all readers. It had the glitz and glam of Hollywood, the romance that makes you go weak at the knees, the characters that crawl into your heart and the totally WOW factor that brings it all together.

5/5 star review
" Close up means letting the world see the real you" 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Chick Lit Cook Book by Alicia de los Reyes

It’s a writing craft book.  And a delicious one at that.  What  aspiring women’s fiction author could ask for a more delicious treat than a writing craft book which treats the art of creating chick lit books to baking cupcakes?  It’s very inspiring and creative, crammed with useful tips for creating your magnum opus.  I felt all inspired and now I feel like giving fellow Irish woman Marian Keyes a run for her money.  Writing women’s fiction has never looked so appealing.

A perfect gift for yourself if you are an aspiring chick lit author.  Or for a friend who is one.

So when I clear my pending projects, I’ll be writing my chick lit novel.  And I shall dedicate it to Alicia de los Reyes.  Thanks for this super book, Alicia.  Would love to read more writing craft from you.