Friday, 15 December 2017

Review: The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson

The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson
Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 26th December 2017
My rating: 4 stars  

Running in five-inch stilettos is an art form. Leaving your fiancé at the altar on live television is a disaster. Lexie Kowalsky thought she was ready to get married in front of millions of people, but at the last minute she fled the set of television’s hottest reality show, Gettin’ Hitched. Wearing a poofy white dress and a pair of five-inch sparkly shoes, Lexie hopped a float plane for Sandspit, Canada. She figured no one would find her there. But she was wrong. Sharing her flight was the Seattle Chinooks biggest star, Sean Knox. Lexie wasn’t just a reality-show runaway, she was his pain in the butt coach’s daughter. She was chaos and temptation and definitely off limits, but getting her luscious body out of that wedding gown, he couldn’t resist getting her in his bed for one amazing night Then a photo of Sean and Lexi breaks the internet—and suddenly they’re both swept up in a crazy plan to spin the whole story. But you can’t run from love.

Reading a book by Rachel Gibson has been a long time coming and now after finishing The Art of Running in Heels, I feel like kicking myself for not trying her books sooner, as this book was such a delight to read. I’ve always been a fan of sports romances in books, but lately with books featuring hockey I’ve been devouring and I’ve kind of become hooked to these big hockey stars prowling around everywhere. And with The Art of Running in Heels, Gibson gives us an excellent mix of sports romance and fake relationship trope. It really was done well, as aspects of Lexie and Sean’s scenes I wasn’t sure if it was all an act or actual genuine emotions that the characters felt for each other. Yes, Lexie’s original plan of getting together was so that it would improve her reputation, but I loved the way that things actually played out. I also kept forgetting at times that both Sean and Lexie only really knew each other for such a short period of time, but Gibson really made their relationship believable and their feelings really realistic. What I liked the most about Lexie’s character was that a lot of people assumed what she was like, and their judgement couldn’t have been more wrong, Lexie really had a lot to deal with especially with the spur of the moment decision she made to leave Pete from reality show Gettin’ Hitched on their wedding day, of course this would bring about a lot of backlash for Lexie, but I admired her strength, to try and bring her reputation back any means necessary. Also, she had a business which was on the brink of success, which she couldn’t let it go down the toilet, with all her hard work. Lexie really made this story for me, her extensive lists and escapades had me totally eager for more and wanting to know how things would go down. Also with a super hot hockey player roped in her plans, I knew Lexie’s adventure would be a lot of fun! Gibson was also able to give us wonderful secondary characters in Sean’s mom and Lexie’s father who honestly had me laughing so much. Like Lexie’s whole situation was serious enough, who knew what repercussions she would have to deal with, but I enjoyed the humour that Gibson bought along the way. There was one thing later on which I wished hadn’t gone down, but I think it was completely necessary for a certain someone to realise that they were making one of the biggest mistakes ever. This is my first book in the Chinooks Hockey Team series, but after reading The Art of Running in Heels, it certainly won’t be my last! I need more hot hockey players and swoony romances in my life!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop

Hi there! I'm taking part in Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by Valerie @ Stuck in Books, and I'm giving away a $10 Giftcard at either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble or up to $10 at The Book Depository.  The giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. See below for participating blogs or click HERE.

For this hop I'm featuring a few of my favorite holiday/winter season reads:

The Rancher's Christmas Song was a super sweet holiday romance.  Mean Streak is one of my all-time favorite Sandra Brown! Christmastime Cowboy was an emotional second chance romance! Setting up a wine tasting room to open during the Christmas Season was beautifully described, and made the story all the more enjoyable. A true Winter Wonderland!

 $10 @ US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble or up to $10 @ The Book Depository.  This giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.  Click HERE for list of countries.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Review: Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2) by Rachel Caine
Publication date: December 12th 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
My rating: 2.5 Stars
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Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

My Thoughts:
Melvin Royal is out and on the hunt for Gwen and the kids.  Keeping safe and hidden is almost impossible with Absalom assisting Melvin at every turn.  So, Gwen and Sam decide to go on the offensive, while leaving her kids, Lanny and Connor with Javier and Kenzia to keep safe.

There’s no doubt that Killman Creek was an exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of read, I read this in one day because I couldn’t put it down.  I can’t really say I enjoyed it, though, because it was gruesome in parts and pretty intense.  Also, I wasn’t happy with the characters.  Evidence conveniently surfaces that again casts doubt on Gwen, was she Melvin’s Little Helper after all? Instead of waiting to see if it was fabricated, there was an immediate rush to judgement.  After all they’d been through in the last book, their quick loss of faith in Gwen was super disappointing. 

I don’t know if I could’ve forgiven Sam for what he did in the end.  It was a complete betrayal that was just swept under the rug in the end.  To me, there should’ve been a lot more talk on the subject and a lot more groveling, maybe I could’ve come to terms with it then, but the way it was quickly shoved aside and forgotten didn’t sit well with me.  Gwen was amazing, but I thought she accepted that crappy treatment way too easily. I suppose it was from the lingering guilt of feeling like she should’ve known what her ex-husband was up to when he was killing all those women, but still.

There’s a third book coming in the series, not sure what it’ll be about since things are wrapped up here, but I would like to see Sam, Gwen and the kids in the future. Maybe some of my lingering disappointment with the characters actions and reactions will be put to rest then.  It’s hard to rate this since I had big time issues with the characters, but I can’t ignore that it was a compelling thriller, one I didn’t want to put down.  I think it’s somewhere between 2-3 stars for me. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Review: So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader

So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: December 4th 2017
My rating: 4 stars  

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels.... Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless. Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual. That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

Meader once again gives us a sizzling follow up book in the Chicago Rebels series with So Over You. I thought I had read it all with Irresistible You, I had a new favourite crush in Remy and the romance between him and Harper was off the charts. But then comes along Vadim in So Over You and I’m a complete goner (just imagine Gleb from Dancing with the Stars, which I did every single time *swoon*). I love it when characters have a history and then are forced to deal with each other again. When Harper decided to sign Vadim to the Rebels team, I really didn’t think too much about it, but then when we were given little hints that there was a past between Vadim and Isobel, I was completely intrigued, what had gone on between them? Of course, it wasn’t anything that I ever would have imagined, there was so much that had gone on, with interference from multiple parties and miscommunication that made me want to shake sense into people. But I was hoping that now with Vadim and Isobel having to work with each other, this would give them the perfect chance to sort everything out, despite the constant denial from Isobel that nothing could happen between them. 

Once again just like with Harper and Remy, Isobel and Vadim’s relationship was a tough one, Isobel was co-owner of the Rebels, but also acting coach for Vadim, he hadn’t played much since his knee injury, so Isobel was enlisted to coach him back to fitness one on one. I loved the early interactions between Vadim and Isobel, both characters were so stubborn thinking they knew what was right. But once they were able to overcome this, the heat and passion between them was super hot! Meader once again worked her magic with their relationship wonderfully, the build-up was slow burn much to my liking, but then once we reached that point where Vadim and Isobel couldn’t get enough, the romance was sizzling! I really liked this relationship between Vadim and Isobel, because it had spanned a few years, so the depth of their feelings was totally realistic; we had the side which was totally swoon worthy, but also a tender and vulnerable aspect of their relationship too, as mistakes had been made in the past, and because their feelings ran so deep. Like I already said, their relationship was beautifully done, it was also tinged with some heartache and betrayal, which really did make my heart hurt, but I think it was needed for certain characters growth along the way. 

So Over You, wasn’t just full with a wonderful romance, but it featured some great side stories too, we had Vadim’s family, Isobel still attempting to build on her relationship with her sisters and the Rebels trying to make the play offs. There was so much going on in this book, but I loved it! There’s still so many characters that I feel like we have so much to learn about and to explore that I’m kind of gutted that there’s just one more book to go, but 2018, can’t come soon enough, as I need to be back with these wonderful characters as soon as possible.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Weekly Wrap Up #18

Hi everyone. Jasprit is feeling a bit under the weather, so it's just me, Rachel, here this week sharing the last couple of weeks worth of reading and activities, and linking back to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.


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I listened to The Mountain Between Us, and really enjoyed it, but I could've done with less flashbacks.  George Newbern's narration was fantastic! I really want to see the movie now, but I'll have to wait for the DVD because it's not playing anywhere close to me now.  Both Darkness at the Edge of Town and The Lullaby Girl were second books in a thriller/mystery series that did not disappoint! I'm looking forward to the next mystery in each case! Fantastical wasn't as quite as good as The Golden Dynasty, but still really good. The Love Experiment was hot and fun! The Outpost was also a pleasant surprise from a new-to-me author.  Of course Once Upon a Christmas Eve was a pleasure; Elizabeth Hoyt is always wonderful!


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I can't tell you how excited I was to get approved for a copy of This Fallen Prey!  I love Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series! Final Siege promises action, suspense, and a second chance romance. I hope I love it!  I really enjoyed Lauren Smith's A Gentleman Never Surrenders so when A Scottish Lord For Christmas popped up I couldn't resist.  I read MK Schiller's A Girl by Any Other Name some time ago and loved it, so I'm hoping Kiss the Sky is good.  It sounds adventurous and suspenseful, climbing K2 while trying to evade a killer.


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I love Robyn Carr and her Sullivan Crossing series has a special place in my heart since it's set in a sort of backpacker's stopping place between the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail for "thru hikers".  I can also add to this list with books that don't have a cover yet, but I'd kind of like to wait until my adds have covers. :)


 I started up on Justified again this week and I still hate Raylen's ex-wife, but damn, its good!  I watched Beautiful Creatures today and actually loved it! I read the first and second book about a million years ago (more like 2011) and didn't remember much about the book, but the movie was very atmospheric and the cast was excellent! I doubt there's a 2nd movie since this one was made in 2013.  That's unfortunate.


I have been soooo busy with real life lately! I didn't have a turkey dinner until last night and my husband and I worked our asses off to make it happen. I'm still so tired, but it was fabulous and I'm high off the carbs!  Thanksgiving weekend I was hard at work renovating our family's vacation home in Central California.  It's been a long time coming and a lot of hard work. Glad it's done, but seriously, I'm tired! I barely made it out of my PJ's today and I've only been reading or lounging at the TV! I'm happy in my new occupation as a vegetable today. :) 

 So, what have you been up to?

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