Book Review: Time by Samantha Darling

TimeTime by Samantha Darling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isobel Smith believes she is living her very own fairy-tale, until a bombshell shatters her dreams into smithereens. Newly married and pregnant with their first child, she discovers that her life as she knows it is about to come to an abrupt end.

This is a touching story which will stay with you for a long while after you’ve read it. The author has a rare ability to capture and portray raw human emotion with some very sensitive issues that many folk will have dealt with at some point or another. This particular novel struck a personal chord with me, as I’m sure it will with anyone who has had to deal with grief on such a close, personal level. I was also 8 months pregnant when I read this book, which had me crying and cringeing along with the heroine on the journey of her pregnancy, knowing that I’d have to go through the same as her when I reached the end of the gestation! The way the story was delivered made me think the author had actually written a journal of her own experience, it was that realistic.

If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching romantic tale to get lost in and set free any hidden emotions you’ve kept under lock and key, then choose this book. ‘Time’ will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and bring home how precious human life is, remind you of sadder times and encourage you to cherish the happier times.

A truly beautiful tale of loss, heartache, love, and a journey of self-discovery.

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Book Review: The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt

The Dragon LegacyThe Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t normally read books which travel into the realms of fantasy, unless it’s something to do with vampires, preferring instead to be transported by film or television. So when I read The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt, I was pleasantly intrigued.
Fleur is a shy woman with little confidence, and decides to partake in a murder mystery weekend with an alternative persona, in the hope of having herself some good old-fashioned fun. What she doesn’t count on is encountering Lucas, who has another persona all of his own, as he’s also a dragon with only one mission – to save the last dragon egg, which the fate of humanity depends on. In the wrong hands, the dragon egg might see the end of the human race. For Lucas, love isn’t on the agenda, nothing can be allowed to interfere with his mission.
The murder mystery weekend is a useful facade, while Lucas and his companions search for the prophesied dragon egg. The only problem is, the customary antagonist, in the form of a smooth, slimy italian guest Xavier, is hell-bent on ruining the mission for his own gain. Xavier also has his own internal mystical creature – and not one you’d want to meet in the woods or a dark, dank creepy cave. Or anywhere else for that matter.
Add into the mix the impossible-to-ignore chemistry between Fleur and Lucas, and the stakes are high for the mission’s failure.
From a personal perspective, I would have liked to see more dialogue between the characters, however Jane Hunt has a wonderfully descriptive way with words, bringing some fairly shudder-worthy images to mind when showing us the incredible world she has created. One particular creepy paragraph even had me cringing and yelping out loud.
The story is dark, the romance intense. If you’re looking for a different world to escape into, pick this book for a page-turning read.

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Book Review: Can’t Live Without by Joanne Phillips

Can't Live WithoutCan’t Live Without by Joanne Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Single mother Stella Hill wakes up one morning to find her kitchen on fire, which in no time at all has spread throughout the house and her home is up in flames. What isn’t destroyed by the fire is ruined by water damage and Stella loses everything she ever thought she couldn’t live without. What follows is an amusing account of her journey to put her life back together and the obstacles she encounters along the way, including some disastrous dates and a healthy dose of self-discovery.

This is the second self-published novel I have read and I am delighted to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has set the book in Milton Keynes, a town with which I am very well acquainted having spent a large chunk of my adult life living and working there, so it was good fun to read about settings so familiar to me.

The novel is cleverly written from both the first person and third person viewpoints, so you not only get to read the story through the heroine’s eyes, but Joanne effortlessly transports the reader inside the minds of the other main characters too.

The story arc itself is also very well constructed, with an adequate amount of enjoyable sub-plots; just enough to make you temporarily forget about the underlying love story until you are reminded in one of those ‘ooh yes!’ moments (a bit like the cliff-hangers you’re reminded of at the beginning of a program you’ve not seen for a week). All pending questions and loose ends are naturally and neatly sewn together for a pleasing and thought-provoking ending.

If you’re a fan of chick-lit, with dry humour, lots of inciting moments and an underlying romantic element, then try Can’t Live Without and support a very inspiring, hard-working Indie Author. Well done Joanne Phillips on a great first novel.

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Book Review: The Monster of Fame

The Monster of Fame (The Price of Fame, #1)The Monster of Fame by Aimée Duffy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first encounter with one of Aimee’s stories was with Isle of Sensuality, which I absolutely loved. Monster of Fame was equally a great read, with characters you can empathise with and vivid settings. The story centres around a talent show, similar to the likes of ‘X Factor’. Funnily enough I’m not a fan of these TV shows but Aimee’s novel follows the lives of one contestant and one of the judges, their backgrounds and their end goals and how these issues conflict with their journey during the contest and ultimately, their relationship. I know when a story has got inside my head, when I find myself wondering how the characters are getting on and picture them as though I’m catching up on a television series. Monster of Fame is the first in The Price Of Fame series and is a lovely heart-warming (not to mention steamy) story and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series, Never Say Never.

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