Maid for the South Pole – Demelza Carlton

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Hotel maid turned meteorologist Audra is determined to make her mark on the world without a man getting in her way. Seizing the chance to join an expedition to the South Pole, she thinks all her Christmases have come at once.
Until she returns to the research station and meets her new roommate.
When Jean-Pierre’s wife broke his heart, he swore off women, vowing to spend his holidays in Antarctica for one final season. He didn’t count on sharing a room with an Australian woman who hates him for something he can’t even remember.
Will the heat of a South Pole summer be enough to thaw two icy hearts?

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A taste of what’s in store in Maid for the South Pole:

Ice, ice and more ice unfolded below, until the blocky buildings of Davis Station came into view, sitting on the only patch of rock in a sea of white. Eric brought the helicopter down behind the buildings, beside what he said was a lake and the station’s water supply.

Jean began to help Eric unload his gear, but Eric waved him away.

“They heard us arrive, and I radioed ahead to tell them I have their special Christmas supplies. Give it five minutes and I’ll have more volunteers than I know what to do with, helping me unload. Go report to the station leader for your accommodation assignment before he knocks off for the day.”

Armed with Eric’s directions to the station leader’s office, Jean headed inside, out of the cold. He found the office occupied by a woman – definitely not a he. Cautiously, Jean knocked on the open door. “Hey, I’m looking for the station leader?”

She gave a tired wave. “That’s me, for my sins. Who’d have believed we could have a water shortage while we’re surrounded by ice? Even with shorter showers, it only stretches so far. I’m Ali, by the way.” She extended her hand across the desk.

Jean shook it. “Jean Pennant, climate change biologist from the University of Washington. Here to finish my PhD research out at Heard Island.”

Ali stared. “Jean? Spelled J-E-A-N? We all thought you were a woman.”

Jean made a show of patting down his chest, then his groin. “No, definitely not a woman.” He grinned. “If it makes you feel better, I was told the station leader here was a man. I guess it’s hard to tell when we’re all dressed alike outside.”

“True.” Ali reached for a folder on her desk and cast her eyes down on the contents. “You’re here for your accommodation assignment, yes? It looks like you’re in luck. You’re housed with the summer Met team in SAM, the Summer Accommodation Module.” She pulled a page out of the back of the folder and marked it with two crosses. “You’re here. Your sleeping quarters are here.” She tapped the paper with her pen. “That’s Living Quarters, where we do pretty much everything else except work and sleep.”

“Sounds pretty simple,” Jean said, craning his neck to look at the map.

“Here.” Ali handed it to him. “I’ll let you get settled in today. Tomorrow, one of the training officers will take you through all our station procedures, so you know what’s what. They’ll schedule you in for the next round of survival training, too, before you go on your expedition. Have fun.”

That sounded like a dismissal to Jean, so he thanked her and headed out.

His boots crunched on the grey gravel road as he trudged up to his temporary home, a big, red barn of a place. As long as it was warm inside, he didn’t care what it looked like. The sleeping quarters were easy to identify because they had people’s names on the doors. Two to a room. He hoped his new roommate didn’t snore, like the geologists he’d shared with on Heard Island last year. If he did, Jean would requisition some earplugs from Stores tomorrow.

Just like on the map, his room was right at the end of a corridor. Jean knocked cautiously, but he received no response from inside, so he cracked the door open. Light flooded through the window, revealing an empty room. Empty of people, at least, seeing as his roommate had already claimed the top bunk and half of the available storage space. A closed laptop sat on the desk, beside a box of tampons.

Jean’s bag thumped to the floor. He knew a few marine biologists who used tampons in their waterproof camera housings to absorb moisture, but Ali had said he was rooming with a meteorologist, not a marine biologist or a photographer. An amateur photographer, maybe?

Jean checked the door. His name was definitely on it, below one that looked vaguely familiar: Audra Zujute. Where had he heard that before?

An image of Doug came to mind. That was right. Doug had talked about someone called Audra. It wasn’t exactly a common name, so it was probably the same woman Doug said had nursed him aboard the icebreaker last year. Probably best to take the crewman’s advice and thank her, then, in case she remembered him later and thought he was an ungrateful asshole. Maybe if he saw her, it might jog his memory of the days aboard the ship. Hey, it was worth a shot.

In the meantime, he decided to check his email, seeing as Ali had given him the station’s wi-fi password. Perhaps Louis had sent through some new corrections on the chapters Jean had emailed him from McMurdo. Sure enough, he had – enough to keep Jean busy for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

He lost track of time, reading comment after comment and making the required changes. The light coming through the window faded to darkness without Jean taking his eyes off his tablet.

It wasn’t until the door handle rattled that Jean’s thoughts strayed from anything that involved penguins. He leaped to his feet, smoothing down his shirt. The last time she’d seen him, he’d been badly injured and probably incoherent. He wanted to make a better impression this time.

As the door swung open, Jean marched forward, sticking his hand out. “Hi, I’m Jean-Pierre, your new roommate. You must be Audra. I believe I owe you for what you did on the Aurora Australis last year.”

Her already large eyes widened as her face paled. “Shit,” she said, before she turned on her heel and strode off

Crash by Sloane Murphy

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When I reviewed Descent I said that I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next (see review here: Descent) and I was not disappointed. The second book in The Immortal Chronicles follows straight on from where the last one left off, which is exactly what I wanted. We see the same varied and interesting cast of characters, plus we’re introduced to a few more supernatural creatures who I suspect will feature a bit more in the next book or even possibly get their own spin off story (well, I hope).

The demon Cole, who has kidnapped Addie, has her tortured daily and obviously wants something from her, but what? This book digs deeper into who Addie is and just why she’s so special. But can Addie accept the truth about herself? How will she cope with the war that’s brewing inside her?

I really like how Sloane opened up the perspectives in this book, interweaving more characters so that we saw more than just Addie and Xander’s point of view. I especially liked Olivia and Logan, and I enjoyed seeing the conflict and challenges they faced as her former friends. I wasn’t a massive fan of the rivalry between Xander and his brother, but that’s just a personal preference, love triangles aren’t my thing. I also felt like it was just another thing to add in as if Soane had a checklist, which she doesn’t need because there’s already plenty going on in the story.

It’s really hard to review this without giving the storyline away, because there are lots of little twists and turns that you need to experience for yourself. I’ll just say that it’s fast paced, action packed and I read it all in one sitting. I really enjoyed finding out what happens next in the series and so it’s another four stars for Sloane Murphy from me.

 

Author Spotlight: Lizzie James

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Author Bio

Lizzie James lives in the valleys of South Wales, UK with her family.
Working full time for her local authority keeps her busy but her free time is spent in her favourite pursuits of writing, reading, listening to music and travelling.
She is passionate about her writing and cooperatively works with a team of dedicated bloggers through CLiK Book Blog and Facebook Group to advance and promote not only her own work but that of other aspiring Indie Authors.

 Links

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlizziejames

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The Tangled Web Series

Tangled Web – Book 1: 

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Tangled Lies – Book 2:

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Tangled Web (a Tangled Web novel: book 1)


In the cutthroat world of London business, two families rule. The Walker Family and the Johnson Family. Their business dealings with each other are not just competitive, they border on all out war. When Chloe, the baby of the Johnson family, returns to London from Paris, she’s thrust into the middle of the long running family business feud. Chloe’s attraction to the suave Nathan Walker is absolutely forbidden by both families but their chemistry has other ideas. Nathan Walker craves Chloe just as much, and what Nathan wants, Nathan gets at any cost. Can their relationship survive the manipulations and machinations of not one, but both families or is it doomed to fail from the start. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”

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Tangled Lies (a Tangled Web novel Book 2)


For Chloe Johnson and Nathan Walker it was only a one night stand… A bit of fun… That’s all it was meant to be! That is until things got serious. That one night was never going to be enough between them. Not in his wildest dreams would Nathan have imagined wanting so much more with Chloe.

Moving forward into a real relationship, Chloe and Nathan must overcome the scheming and plotting by both their families, in order to save their future. Can they stand strong together? Will Chloe be strong enough to stand up to their interference and that of her so called friend?

When the whole world is against you, what would you be willing to do? Would you give up your world for the love of your life? Or would you sacrifice the love of your life just to return to the world you know?

When secrets and lies are exposed, who will survive them? And more importantly, will Chloe and Nathan’s relationship survive the fallout?

Oh what a tale of tangled lies

Deceit and treachery well disguised.

Without loves faith our hearts demise,

With trust and honour, love will reprise.

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Professed by Nicola Rendell


This was my first book by Nicola Rendell and it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed Professed, it was fast paced, steamy and pulled you in like a good book should. The book centres on the whole teacher/student taboo which is one of my favourites.

Naomi and Ben meet at a secret society sex party, and hit it 0ff instantly. Insta-love is very popular in the romance community and it’s easy to see why, it makes the storyline move much quicker – meaning that all the saucy bits happen faster. I love the idea of this wild sex party being thrown for university students and someone invites the new teacher but it didn’t actually feature much in the story. It was almost redundant, it could have been any sort of masquerade party. I think something more could have been done with that.

Naomi and Ben have such great chemistry, they can’t stay away from each other and that’s something that makes the story addictive. However, it also has the downside that their relationship is a little too intense at times. I wasn’t always sold on the instant love/desperation to be together. The romance community may love it, but I’m always a little skeptical. The supporting characters were also great in this novel. The interfering Osgood added some much needed humour into the situation and even though you were meant to dislike him a little, I couldn’t help but love him! I found Naomi’s father an interesting character too and I enjoy getting a glimpse into his life. I loved the supportive, rich best friend, Lucy and I can’t wait to read Confessed which is her story.

Not a lot actually happens in regards to the storyline and there isn’t much drama other than the teacher/student conflict but I still found myself sucked in and rooting for Ben and Naomi. Overall it was a short, sexy read that flowed easily and that means it’s a four stars from me.

 

Killmore by Martha Sweeney

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This was the first book I’ve read by Martha Sweeney and I must say I really enjoyed it. When I started it I was easily drawn in by Laurie and her previous life, so much so that I didn’t want to put it down! My interest wavered a little when Aiden came onto the scene, and I found that the story line slowed in pace. Overall it was a little predictable, but that’s okay because I liked going along for the ride.

There were a few things that affected my enjoyment of the book though and I feel like I’m not being honest if I don’t mention them. First off, I’m not a huge fan of anyone who uses ‘lady needs’ – just ask Ash, I frequently still rant about E.L.James and Anna’s ‘inner goddess’. I also found Aiden to be too pushy, and Laurie to be too weak when dealing with him considering she was meant to be this badass but the way she often gives in to him made want to shout ‘No. You said no! Stick to it woman!’

I found the almost constant references to masturbating a little off putting. Aiden, to me, felt like a horny teenage boy who couldn’t control himself instead of the 30 year old Federal Agent he was. I would’ve been fine with it a few times, but there was quite a lot of it going on and Sweeny used words like ‘beat off’ which just made me cringe a little. This is a personal preference though, and if this kind of thing doesn’t bother you then you’ll love Killmore.

The storyline was well thought out, I found it to be well written and interesting. The scenes that included the gang/mob storyline were actionpacked and my favourite because I felt that these scenes were when Laurie really came into her own. I loved her as a character overall, she was sassy, independent and prepared for anything which is why I think Aiden annoyed me so much.

I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy this book – but I did! I will definitely be buying the second one and I’ll be taking a look at Martha’s other books because her writing style is easy and hooks you from the start.

The Juliette Society by Sasha Grey

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I, unlike a lot of the reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads had no idea who Sasha Grey was before I started reading this. When I looked her up, I must admit I understood a little better. Sasha used to be a porn star, now that doesn’t phase me but it explains some of the language she uses in the book. I did enjoy this book on one level, but on another I was left disappointed and confused. It had the potential to be so much more, but there seemed to be no clear story-line and lots of issues.

The novel is about a student, Catherine, and her induction into a secret sex club called The Juliette Society, at least I thought it was. The Society doesn’t actually feature all that much in the story, but what Grey does is shed light onto the seedier side of the sexual underworld which I found interesting. She introduces us to characters and situations which look at exploitation, porn and blackmail, and Grey doesn’t shy away from being explicit about it.

Catherine spends  a huge chunk of the book fantasising, about strangers, her teacher, her best friend and her boyfriend. It starts to blur the lines between fantasy and reality, and it’s not always clear which is which. At times it’s really steamy and sexy, at others it’s like a porno aimed at men which I found less sexy as a female reader.

I found all the inter-textual aspects a little much, I’m not stupid – I have a Masters degree in English Literature, but it felt like she wanted me to feel thick so that she could brag about how intelligent she is. It also randomly broke up the narrative which I found unsettling as a reader, and honestly it was a little boring in places.

Overall I can’t say I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, sexy read but instead I’d maybe recommend it to someone looking for something a bit more complex as it needs unraveling, and at times serious concentration.

Diamonds Fall by Rebecca Gibson

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Annabel Maria Hoddington is a lady born into wealth with her marriage and future arranged in a way that befits her station. She never wants for anything and is spoiled, selfish and a little bit empty headed. On her 18th birthday, her world is turned upside down as she’s kidnapped and taken to an isolated village in the woods where everyone seems to hate her and what she stands for. But not everyone shuns and abuses her, as she makes friends with three siblings, each scarred in their own way by their father. Annabel must find a way to survive in her new position in poverty or die.

This is Gibson’s first book and I must say, despite the slow start I really enjoyed this novel. There were a few predictable moments, the ending for example and the love story for me, felt unconvincing. I needed more build up, more ‘moments’ between the two before they took their relationship to the next stage. Certain parts of the book were also rushed and others dragged out which for me was a bit strange because I flew through some parts and waded through others which marred my enjoyment a little.

That said, I DID enjoy it overall. It was interesting and sweet, I felt like Anna grew up a lot through the narrative. I also liked how Gibson wasn’t afraid to shy away from the grime, poverty and abuse aspect. I liked the darker side to the story and felt like this is what set it apart from a typical historical romance.

Teaser Tuesday: Life’s Gateway to Happiness by Anne Stone

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Stone has been a fan of romance since reading Katherine by Anya Seton her senior year of high school. In college, she penned her first novel which ended up at the bottom of a desk drawer after being rejected by a publishing house. She’s constantly dabbled in drafting stories but her career always seemed to get in the way. Anne decided to take the plunge and self-publish. Self-publishing allows her to write the kind of book that she enjoys reading and doesn’t put a limit on her creativity. Originally from St. Louis, Anne currently resides in Wisconsin with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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New Release: Life’s Gateway to Happiness by Anne Stone

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SYNOPSIS

Kelly Samuels is dedicated to her career and has received several promotions in her short tenure at Lattice Works. Kelly’s family is shocked when she returns home unemployed and without an explanation.

Alec Alvarez, a pediatrician from a family full of doctors, is focused solely on his career. He’s declared his bachelor status for life and has no desire for love, marriage, or babies. When Alec finds Kelly stuck on the side of a snowy road, neither of them are prepared for the feelings they begin to have for one another.

As Kelly and Alec grow closer, he wants to know why the once happy-go-lucky Kelly is hesitant to his touch, while Kelly just wants to find purpose to her life again. After Kelly tells two conflicting stories as to why she lost her job, Alec steps in to discover what truly happened. Can Kelly come to terms with what happened to her and move on with her life? And can Alec love enough to give-up his bachelorhood status for good?

Life’s Gateway to Happiness is the second book in Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.

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