Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Title: Batter Up
Author: Robyn Neeley
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date: 1st August 2014
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Rating: 3.5 stars

The Story: 
Emma Stevens inherited more than just her grandmother's bakeshop (just as an aside, I've never seen that word before, it looks like a strange melding of bakery and cake shop. Anyway...), she also inherited her grandmother's magical ability to predict who a man will marry. Every Monday night, the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls gather to find out who the next bachelor to meet his match will be.

When Jason Levine, a Miami reporter, finds out about this he is intrigued and sets to find out how an entire town could be duped by one woman and a bunch of cake batter. When Emma discovers what he's up to, she's determined that he won't discover her secret or put her out of business. Sparks inevitably fly and when Emma's arch-nemesis bids on Jason in the town's traditional Summer Fling bachelor auction, Emma finds herself bidding against. her. Will Jason be just a summer fling, or will the batter predict something more for them?

Batter Up is a fun, light-hearted read perfect for holiday reading. It's not going to demand too much of you as a reader, but, if you can accept the slight fantasy elements, the story will leave you with a lovely warm glow.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Title:  Fast Track
Author:  Julie Garwood
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Release Date: 1st August 2014
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for a review
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Crime

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Story:
Cordelia and her friends, Sophie and Regan, have been inseparable since they were 5 years old. Cordie has had a crush on Regan's big brother, Aiden, for almost as long, but she's long given up hope of him noticing her.

When her father dies suddenly, Cordie discovers that he hadn't told her the whole truth about her mother. Trying to find out about the mother she never knew leads Cordie from Chicago to Sydney, but it seems that someone would rather she didn't find out anything about her mother's family, and they're willing to threaten her life to keep their secrets.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Review: God is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster

God Is an AstronautGod Is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 19th June 2014
Source: ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia via Netgalley

Jessica Frobisher is a botany professor. Her husband, Liam, runs SpaceCo, a company providing private passengers the opportunity to travel into space and orbit the earth, for a suitable price tag. When the SpaceCo shuttle explodes on take off, the inevitable media circus follows Liam home and Jessica, and their children Jack and Corinne are drawn into the fray. When the SpaceCo PR team decide to allow a documentary film maker shoot the unfolding saga, Jess finds herself sitting uncomfortably in the spotlight.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A Groom With a View by Sophie Ranald

A Groom With a ViewA Groom With a View by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased from amazon.co.uk

A Groom With a View is the second novel by Sophie Ranald, a follow up to the very enjoyable It Would be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?).

Pippa and Nick get incredibly drunk at a friend's wedding and one of them, neither is really sure which, proposes to the other. And there the fun starts.

Nick takes on most of the wedding plans and wants to give Pippa her dream day, but Pippa's dreams don't quite match Nick's. Pippa finds herself a bit stuck - she doesn't want to hurt Nick's feelings by saying no to his ideas, but this wedding is turning out to be not at all what she imaged.

When Nick's overbearing mother, Erica, arrives for an extended stay and starts taking over the apartment, it's almost more than Pippa can bear. Fortunately, a work trip gives her the opportunity to escape for a bit, but will her going away send Nick into the arms of his ex-girlfriend? And if their ideas about the perfect wedding are so different, should they be getting married at all? Should someone who can't find a wedding dress even be a bride?

Friday, 16 May 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Take Me On
by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
You can purchase it at Harlequin Australia.
Pub date: May 27th (US - Harlequin Teen)
               June 1st (Australia - Harlequin Teen Australia)
Source: ARC kindly provided by the publisher.

This review also appears on Reading Lark

I must start this review with a confession – I am a total Katie McGarry fangirl and love everything she’s written to date. That might colour my review somewhat, so I thought it only fair to make that declaration from the start. J

Take Me On is the fourth novel in the Pushing the Limits series. While each novel stands on its own merits, there are characters and events that are shared between the novels and I would recommend reading them in order. Take Me On is quite closely related to the previous title, Crash Into You, which tells the story of Rachel and Isaiah. Take Me On actually takes place during the Crash Into You timeline, and tells the story of Rachel’s brother West.

After one fight too many, West is expelled from his exclusive school and is enrolled at the much less prestigious Eastlake High. With his father all but disowning him, West finds out just how tough it can be for those not lucky enough to have his privileged upbringing. After trying, and failing, to come to the rescue of a girl he sees being chased by thugs, West bumps into her at Eastlake and sparks fly.

Haley has enough to worry about without West getting in her way. She’s dated fighters before and there’s no way she’s going back there again, with West or anyone. But when West falls foul of her ex-boyfriend she has to train him to fight, or see him destroyed in the ring. Training West will make Haley face things she’d rather ignore, and resisting his charms may prove impossible.

Things I loved: Fan favourite Abby plays a sizeable role in the story, although she remains an enigma. Here’s hoping her story is told soon! The wonderful (and slightly interfering) Mrs Collins also makes an appearance. I want to be her when I grow up! The level of research that has gone into this book is amazing, I really felt immersed in the world of mixed martial arts (and I really want to be able to throw a punch combination like Haley).

Throughout this series, McGarry has dealt with some pretty heavy issues and Take Me On is no exception. Along with West’s guilt over his role in Rachel’s accident, issues of domestic violence, homelessness and infidelity are also addressed. McGarry is not heavy-handed in her approach however, and these issues are approached with sensitivity. The story never becomes preachy.

Take Me On is a wonderful addition to the series. West and Haley are seriously hot together and I just couldn’t put it down.

5 birdies.