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Review: “Amour Amour” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

October 18, 2017 Book Review 0

Review: “Amour Amour” – Becca & Krista RitchieAmour Amour by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: December 12th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 347
Series: Aerial Ethereal #1
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story
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Love is a circus.

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

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My Thoughts

I’ve been massive fans of the Ritchie sisters for a while now and must have reread their Addicted series about a million times (ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme. More like 999,999 times!) But for some reason I never tried out their Aerial Ethereal series. Well now I have and boy have I been missing out!

“I’d help you every day so that you could see a better tomorrow. I will never give you less than that.

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Review: “Sick Fux” – Tillie Cole

October 12, 2017 Book Review 0

 Review: “Sick Fux” – Tillie ColeSick Fux by Tillie Cole
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Published on: October 9th 2017
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 314
Genre: Dark Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.

The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.

Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.

Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood. Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.

As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go. With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.

One at a time.

Each one more deadly than the last.

Tick Tock.

*Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.*

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My Thoughts

Before this book Tillie Cole was already the Queen of Dark Romance, after this book I think she’s made it up there to God of Dark Romance (or Goddess!). If you are not a fan of Dark Romance then this book is definitely NOT for you, if you’re not sure if you’re a fan of Dark Romance then I going to tell you right now, this book is probably not for you either! But, if you love having your mind blown and questioning just how black your heart is after following a very effed up couple doing some very effed up things… then this is definiltey the book for you!

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would become a mighty stranger”

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There’s No Place Like Home…

October 2, 2017 Blogging 4

So as you’ve probably noticed I’ve been kinda MIA for the past month, and well I’ve been a lot quieter this whole year than I have in previous years. I’ve been blogging for 4 years and my blog has seen me through a lot… graduating, being unemployed, depression, new relationships, new jobs, starting my MA, ending a relationship, loosing my grandad…no matter whats been going on in my life my blog has been here and I’ve always had it to fall back on.

This time last year I had a lot going on. I was working full time, just started a Masters part time and my Grandad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and moved in with us. For 2 months I tried to juggle work, study, caring for my Grandad, being a girlfriend, blogging and just general life and it was such a massive struggle. By the time it got to the new year I was mentally exhausted.

Although I have been blogging this year it hasn’t been to the quality or quantity that it has been in previous years and it took 8 months before I finally sat down and thought about if I still wanted to do this. I had 2 months off from studying and the blog and just enjoyed my summer and my reading without having to worry about silly things like highlighting the best quotes or marking pages that I would need to write my review. I took all the pressure away and just read for the fun of it, and it was the best decision I could have made.

The past 2 weeks I’ve found myself starting to jot down notes for reviews again, and I have a whole page full of ideas for posts. I still feel passionate about blogging, and although I definitely needed the break I am not ready to stop yet.

So here I am!

I’m back with a clearer head but the same amount of passion and hopefully I can get Broc’s Bookcase back to where it was this time last year. So thanks to all those who have stuck with me whilst I stumbled through the last year, and to all those who left … you’ll be back soon!

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Bookish News – A Veil of Vines

August 29, 2017 Bookish News 0

I have EXCITING news to share with you all today… ‘A Veil of Vines’ by Tillie Cole is now available on Kindle Unlimited!

If you haven’t read this book yet then now is your chance!

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Synopsis

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946.
But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more. And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille. And everything changed.

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My Thoughts on AVOV…

This book gifts us with a kind and thoughtful heroine and a shy, dedicated and honorable hero. I know Alpha males are very popular in romance at the moment, but for me there is nothing better than a sweet and vulnerable man (who also looks great with his top off!). I thought Tillie’s choice of dual POV was the right one due to the fact that Achille is not a man of many words, so being able to read from his POV added a lot of depth to the character which wasn’t immediately obvious from Caresa’s POV at the beginning of the story.

“Cinderella could keep the jewels, the carriage and the prince. I wanted the vineyard, the faded jeans and the golden touch of a beautiful winemaker.”

Their romance is not an easy ride but it will totally steal your heart. It’s a forbidden love story, but is pretty low on drama for the most part and I could see how things would work out between Achille and Caresa but still enjoyed seeing them slowly fall for each other despite the factors going against them. It was exactly the right amount of fluff, and was a great mix of sweet and steamy.

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Excerpt

I opened the window beside me and stared at the illuminated entrance. I swallowed hard and placed my empty glass on the bar. Metal groaned, breaking through the twilight, as the massive black wrought-iron gates began to open. The limo slowly pulled onto the property’s lane, and I drank in the thick forest that shielded the estate. I inhaled the freshness of the lush green trees. The unpolluted sky was thick with stars—not a single cloud in sight.
A few minutes later, the thick woods cleared, and I gasped. Acres and acres of gold and green vineyards covered the landscape. The scents of plump grapes and damp soil permeated the warm air. I closed my eyes. It reminded me of being a child. It brought me back to the days before I was taken to New York. I could still feel the heat of the Emilia-Romagna sun on my face, the deep smell of olives, grapes and flowers drifting in the breeze as I ran around our Parma estate.
I smiled a nostalgic smile and allowed my eyes to drift open again. I rested my arms on the window and leaned my chin on them as the limo drove on. There were several small villas peppered over the landscape, their lights twinkling in the distance. They must have been the winemakers’ residences. It was not only the Bella Collina merlot that was made on this land; other reds were too—particularly the Chianti from the region’s finest Sangiovese grapes. The Bella Collina olive oil was also up there with the best. But nothing compared to the famed merlot.
The limo turned right, and my breath caught in my throat. I lifted my head and stared disbelievingly at the property ahead. Bella Collina was a veritable Palace of Versailles tucked away in the Umbrian wilderness.
“Mio Dio,” I whispered as I took in the imposing stone structure, the sweeping steps and the vast number of windows set in the building’s walls. Large pillars of red-veined marble flanked the entrance. Cypress trees framed the estate as if it were the shining star of a fine Renaissance painting. Sculptures of famed Savona monarchs of old stood proudly on the manicured lawns, and strategically placed lighting illuminated the sheer perfection of every piece of topiary.
As a child, I had been to the Palazzo Savona in Florence. It was widely regarded to be one of the finest estates in all of Italy, if not western Europe. But this . . . this . . . there were no words. It was perfectly placed, as if it had always been there. As if it had grown naturally from the Umbrian earth just as sure as the vines and woods that kept this architectural treasure hidden from view.

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About Tillie

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel. Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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Bookopoly – Chance Challenge #3

August 28, 2017 Bookopoly 0

I hope every one is enjoying the challenge so far and managing to tick off the reading challenges. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still tons of time as Bookopoly takes place ALL YEAR! You can check out what Bookopoly is all about and sign up here.

Time for the 3rd Chance Challenge of the year!

This is something that I have wanted to do myself for a very long time. I’m forever seeing posts from people who have found a little note in a book they have just bought or borrowed and it looks like such a cute thing to do!

Put a sticky note with a heart next to your favourite quote, or an ‘OMG’ next to the big twist moment, or why not just put a little note at the beginning of the book telling the person you hope they enjoy it. It literally could be anything! Just keep it positive, kid-friendly (no swearwords!) and bookish!!!

You have 5 days to complete this challenge! This challenge will end on Saturday 2nd September at 11am (GMT).

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My 33 favourite quotes from books I’ve read so far in 2017

August 22, 2017 Reading 0

I love book quotes! I have a quote wall in my bedroom and it grows more and more with every book I read. I have read some fabulous books this year all of which were crammed with deliciously powerful (or funny) quotes. Check out my 33 favourites…

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“I think people fake that they’re having fun a lot of the time in photos, because they want people to think they’re having fun. Well, that’s not life, is it?”

The Memory Book (Lara Avery)

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Review: “Our Dark Duet” – Victoria Schwab

August 9, 2017 Book Review 2

Review: “Our Dark Duet” – Victoria SchwabOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
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Published on: June 13th 2017
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 528
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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The Story
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The world is breaking. And so are they.

Kate Harker isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

August Flynn once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

The war has begun.

The monsters are winning.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

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My Thoughts

I’ve never been one for duologies. Two books in a series just sounds weird to me plus there is never enough in two books. I always need more. Three is a much better number…a trilogy. I was surprised when I heard that Monster’s of Verity was only going to be two books. For me, a fantasy world this amazing deserved a trilogy and I was really worried that I was going to get to the end feeling very unsatisfied.

Well, I can happily say that I was wrong!

I know it hurts,” she said. “So make it worth the pain.

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