I’ve been playing catch up on reviews this week after my blogiversary celebrations last week. A whole week with no reviews left me really backlogged!
My Facebook Group is slowly growing. If you are one of my readers who loves romance please come and join us!
Thanks to everyone who entered my Blogiversary Giveaway. Congratulations to the three winners:
Anne Danielle Lindsay
This month’s TBR Topple results are in and with a massive 64% of the vote the winner is Magesign by Alan Baxter, I’m super excited about this one, I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it many many moons ago and I’ve been caught up with other books and haven’t kept up with this series as I should have. I’ve popped Magesign onto my reading list, it’s a bit choc-full at the moment but I should get to it in the next few weeks so look out for a review early next month.
Fun fact for you Alan and I used to write for an online metal magazine along with Steffanie Holmes whose book I have reviewed this week (see reviews below)…it’s a small world eh?!
The poll will be back on May 1st with new books for you to choose from.
This was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, Hettie and Alexander are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.
Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.
Second chances. New Beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…
I won a copy of A Bed of Brambles quite a while ago and after winning my TBR Topple poll in March I dove in. I haven’t read book one so I had some concerns about diving into book two but I took the risk.
Hettie returns from South Africa to Alexander the two of them bonding and trying to build their relationship while hitting some bumps in the road. This is a couple who have both made mistakes, but Alexander is one of those self-absorbed men who have one set of rules for himself and another for her.
As the book progressed I liked him less and less hoping that Hettie would find another man to take his place, someone who would appreciate her far more and help her with her business venture not just frown, moan and sleep around. I loved that this was very much centred around stables and horses. That wonderful country feel as you read is all-encompassing and the people in the book are reassuring and friendly.
I found some of the transitions between scenes a little abrupt, and it was sometimes a little slow going but overall this is a really enjoyable romance.
Book & Buy Links
Title: A Bed of Brambles Series: Draymere Hall #2 Author:Sam Russell Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance Publisher: N/A Publication Date: 3 March 2017 Review Format: Paperback Other Formats: eBook Pages: 381 Buy:Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)
First I want to send a huge thanks to the five bloggers who have taken part in my blogiversary celebrations this week. I am super grateful for all the time you put into your posts. Thank you so very much each of you.
As a result of those posts this week in review is slightly different as there are no reviews and I want to ensure these guest posts are seen by everyone.
I also launched a Facebook Group this week as part of my celebrations. It’s called BLB’s Love Shack and it’s to particularly celebrate the romance side of the blog. Please do come over and join for lots of chat and fun…authors if you are interested in doing a takeover in the group be sure to let me know!
Finally today is your last chance to enter my blogiversary giveaway to win one of THREE $10/£10 Amazon Gift Cards so don’t miss out! Head to Rafflecopter to enter.
What I’ve Read
Bought / Freebies
On Monday I was joined by Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea who did a Tea and Genre Pairing post which I highly recommend! I love tea and am often found drowning myself in tea while I’m reading!
On Tuesday I was joined by Drew from The Tattoeed Book Geek who gave me a thorough roasting like only Drew can with his Brizzle Guest Pizzle!
One Wednesday I was joined by Kaisha from The Writing Garnet who talked passionately about bullying, a topic we all know I’ve had a good rant about recently as well.
On Thursday I was joined by my very good friend Jay from This Is My Truth Now who wrote one of the kindest posts I’ve ever seen, it really did move me deeply. Jay’s second book has just been released, he’s a wonderful writer so I advise you to head over to the post and check out not only what he wrote but the links to his books as well!
I’ve been struggling with the increase to my Lithium dosage, the side effects are treating me badly, but I am battling through and doing the best I can.
I finished the amendments to version four of book one. These were based on feedback I received from a publisher after I had submitted it, so I am hoping once it’s through editing I will resubmit. If it is rejected again I will go ahead and self-publish. I’ve just started the first round of edits on book two after getting all my beta feedback in which is invaluable, thank you to all the betas who helped me with this. If there are others out there who are writing and would like some moral support I’ve started a facebook group for this purpose so come and join us.
Finally, next week will be a bit different around here. It’s my third anniversary as a book blogger so instead of book reviews and the normal order of service I have invited five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts and join me for the week to celebrate. I will also be giving away three £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers in a Rafflecopter Giveaway to say thank you to you all for supporting me for the past three years. This isn’t the biggest or best book blog out there but those of you who support me are amazing and loyal and I count you all as friends.
I had such high plans for my reading this week but it all went a little pear shaped!
On Tuesday I went to see the rather wonderful Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes with my Mum. I’m a huge fan of Matthew Bourne’s contemporary ballet work, if you get the opportunity to see one of his ballet’s I highly recommend it. They are very modern, the dancers highly skilled and always exquisitely executed.
On the way home though we received a call that my Nan was very unwell so diverted to her house where after packing my mum home in a taxi, I waited with her for an ambulance then on to the hospital where I stayed until 3am, when they decided she was staying the night (of course it was one of those times I was wishing I had taken my book to the theatre!).
My Nan is OK and I spent all day yesterday at her house with her but I’m completely out of sorts and playing catch up with sleep, life, and reading! It was lucky all my posts for this week were pre-scheduled or the blog would have been a ghost town!
In good and interesting news, last night I took part in the Grimbold Books podcast The Grimcast. The focus was on book bloggers and the book blogging community so I will definitely let you all have a link to tune in when it goes live!
So, onto my update this week…
What I’ve Read
So I hit my personal TBR threshold on the number of books I can have before I stop buying and requesting books on NetGalley (unless they are by a favourite author of course) until I’ve brought the numbers down a bit…so in theory this section should be empty…of course, it’s not!
I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!
Fantasy author, J.C. Kang stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.
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