Review: 30 Days (Morgan Family Series #1) – J.L. Leslie

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*****

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

“I had a plan when I was nineteen. I would strip only until the bills were paid and I knew my sister and I wouldn’t be thrown out on the street. We would be financially stable. That was my plan. That was also three years ago. I’m still stripping.
I keep telling myself my life will change. I won’t do this much longer. I won’t need to. I don’t even believe that anymore. I still have bills. I still have a deadbeat mom. No idea where my father is. Or who he is.
Now my sister tells me she screwed up. Her future is at stake. One we’ve both worked hard for. There’s an offer for me. One I’ve refused twice now, but my resolve is slowly slipping. It’s just a job. He just wants to buy me for a little while.
He can buy me. But he’ll never own me.”

Have you ever heard of the movie Pretty Women? Well imagine Pretty Women, but with a hell of a lot of sex!!! Well, at least at first that is what was brought to mind for me and it was a little distracting, but then even the book, or the author herself even took a slight nod to this by mentioning the film. The similarities at the beginning, or at least the first half or the book, made me wonder if that movie was the authors inspiration for the book. The similarities in the initial job roles with the main characters, the female lead character who works in a role that is very revealing, (prostitute/stripper) and the male lead who works in a more higher classed job (lawyer) and has money. That he buys her for a certain amount of time, for whatever reason that is, and so on. . . I was just constantly being reminded of the film. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because I love that film, but I didn’t think that I could separate the two. But thank God I was wrong.

This book then turned into itself and became its own book, with its own storyline, with its own characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So this was so easy to forgive, even if I couldn’t forget it at times, by how great and how much I enjoyed the story. The story was different to what I was expecting it to be like, has I expected the whole book to be about those 30 Days, but it was about so much more. This story really began and opened up after those 30 Days and what happened to each of them after experiencing what happened and now trying to figure out, what is going to happen now. After all, can you really spend this amount of time, doing what your doing and not develop anything? Any feelings. A want for more. A need for more. Or self loathing for allowing this to happen to you. Either way there are going to be some feelings that need to be expressed.

The characters in this book were very believable, which is what make this book so great to read. You have the two main characters, Cameron and Memphis, and the story is told through both of their perspectives. We have Cameron Morgan, who is the son to the Morgan empire and works for one of the best law firms in the US, and goes to the Ecstasy one night on a stag do and happens to see Memphis there working. He immediately becomes infatuated and that is where the story begins. Memphis has been working as a stripper for three years to help support both herself and her younger sister, who is currently studying in NYU. Let’s just say that Memphis’ mum has never been a mum, so she has had to ensure that there was an income coming in to support and protect herself and especially her younger sister Anniston. When Memphis get’s an offer one night from Cameron, she doesn’t even think about it, it’s an immediate no, but when her sister calls to tell her that the University has called her scholarship due to poor grades and she will have to leave, then Memphis, like always, realises she will do anything to protect and support her sister.

This is just the first book in the Morgan Family series, so even though the next books aren’t going to be centred on these two main characters, if J.L. Leslies, follows on like she has with her other books and her other series especially, this won’t be the last you’ll see of these particular characters. Even if they only end up making little cameo appearances’ in the other books, after all, it is the Morgan Family series.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I did initially think that I would be giving this book a lower rating, because of the whole Pretty Woman thing, but then I carried on reading it and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how much it changed my mind. Giving it anything less than five stars would be bad on me because of this reason. And like I said before, I love Pretty Woman, so Pretty Woman with sex is even better 😉

Review: 30 Days – J.L. Leslie

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I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

“I had a plan when I was nineteen. I would strip only until the bills were paid and I knew my sister and I wouldn’t be thrown out on the street. We would be financially stable. That was my plan. That was also three years ago. I’m still stripping.
I keep telling myself my life will change. I won’t do this much longer. I won’t need to. I don’t even believe that anymore. I still have bills. I still have a deadbeat mom. No idea where my father is. Or who he is.
Now my sister tells me she screwed up. Her future is at stake. One we’ve both worked hard for. There’s an offer for me. One I’ve refused twice now, but my resolve is slowly slipping. It’s just a job. He just wants to buy me for a little while.
He can buy me. But he’ll never own me.”

Have you ever heard of the movie Pretty Women? Well imagine Pretty Women, but with a hell of a lot of sex!!! Well, at least at first that is what was brought to mind for me and it was a little distracting, but then even the book, or the author herself even took a slight nod to this by mentioning the film. The similarities at the beginning, or at least the first half or the book, made me wonder if that movie was the authors inspiration for the book. The similarities in the initial job roles with the main characters, the female lead character who works in a role that is very revealing, (prostitute/stripper) and the male lead who works in a more higher classed job (lawyer) and has money. That he buys her for a certain amount of time, for whatever reason that is, and so on. . . I was just constantly being reminded of the film. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because I love that film, but I didn’t think that I could separate the two. But thank God I was wrong.

This book then turned into itself and became its own book, with its own storyline, its own characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So this was so easy to forgive, even if I couldn’t forget it at times, by how great and how much I enjoyed the story. The story was different to what I was expecting it to be like, has I expected the whole book to be about those 30 Days, but it was about so much more. This story really began and opened up after those 30 Days and what happened to each of them after experiencing what happened and now trying to figure out, what is going to happen now. After all, can you really spend this amount of time, doing what your doing and not develop anything? Any feelings. A want for more. A need for more. Or self loathing for allowing this to happen to you. Either way there are going to be some feelings that need to be expressed.

The characters in this book were very believable, which is what make this book so great to read. You have the two main characters, Cameron and Memphis, and the story is told through both of their perspectives. We have Cameron Morgan, who is the son to the Morgan empire and works for one of the best law firms in the US, and goes to the Ecstasy one night on a stag do and happens to see Memphis there working. He immediately becomes infatuated and that is where the story begins. Memphis has been working as a stripper for three years to help support both herself and her younger sister, who is currently studying in NYU. Let’s just say that Memphis’ mum has never been a mum, so she has had to ensure that there was an income coming in to support and protect herself and especially her younger sister Anniston. When Memphis get’s an offer one night from Cameron, she doesn’t even think about it, it’s an immediate no, but when her sister calls to tell her that the University has called her scholarship due to poor grades and she will have to leave, then Memphis, like always, realises she will do anything to protect and support her sister.

This is just the first book in the Morgan Family series, so even though the next books aren’t going to be centred on these characters, if J.L. Leslies, follows on like she has with her other books and her other series especially, this won’t be the last you’ll see of these characters. They will make little cameo appearances’ in the other books, after all, it is the Morgan Family series.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I did initially think that I would be giving this book a lower rating, because of the whole Pretty Woman thing, but then I carried on reading it and it was just so good. Giving it anything less than five stars would be bad on me. And like I said before, I love Pretty Woman, so Pretty Woman with sex is even better 😉

Have you read any of J.L. Leslies books? Have you read anything that just completely reminded you of something else? What are your thoughts? Comment below 🙂

 

Review: Finding Dawn (Book 2) – J.L. Leslie

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*****

I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This is the second book in this series and picks up from a certain part of Let The Waves Come In and continues with Drew and Vella story. But as this is the second book in the series, and i don’t wish to give any spoilers away for Book 1, I am going to include the Goodreads Description of Finding Dawn:

“Moving to California is the best decision I’ve ever made. I no longer work for my ex-fiancé’s father. I’m hundreds of miles away from my ex-fiancé. And I met a woman who completely intrigues me. Dawn. No last name.

Yeah…moving to California was a great idea.

Only I can’t seem to get Dawn out of my head. The way we met. The way she acts. The night we had together. Now she’s just gone.

She bailed on me. But I don’t give up so easily. I’ll find her.

I just wasn’t expecting what I’d find…or who…

**Due to mature language and strong sexual content this book is intended for mature audiences only.**”

This book could be read as a stand alone, as there is necessary information from the previous book mentioned and included in this book as a little background information, especially if you have forgotten what has happened between the release of the two books. However, I would defiantly recommend reading Let The Waves Come In first, as you get a better idea and a much wider character development of all of the characters, including the two main characters in this book and the subtler ones mentioned as well. The great thing about these books is that they’re only short, so doing this won’t take you that long to do this, as they are fast paced and a quick read and never a disappointment.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I loved reading it as a sequel. How it picked up from the previous book, and how it all blended and put was together and how it all worked out. We already knew certain aspects of each of the characters that were mentioned in this book, if you read Let The Waves Come In, but with this book, it goes into a great deal more detail with Drew and Vella’s characters. I loved how it included sectioned of each of their past, as they just mixed and blended so perfectly with each their storyline of the present time.

This book is told from two different peoples, or rather two characters, perspectives; from Drew’s character and from Vella’s character. This book took me by complete surprise, which is something that should not be happening anymore with J.L. Leslie’s writing and books. From the cover of this book, I expected this book to be something completely different in a way from what it was. But then again, this cover fits this book perfectly in another than I was expecting. The characters are so believable, and there is so much history and depth just hidden within them both and how this is expressed, it’s just done so well.

You get some drama and action, from both of these characters lives, which is again to do with their past and how it now links up with their futures and where they are now and especially where they are now with each other. Just when you think that everything is done and sorted, something else pops up and bang, another surprise that you weren’t expecting. This is just one of the reasons I think that this might be my favourite book out of the two, that if I had to choose. But overall, I love them both, even though I do have to admit that Drew has got to be my favourite character from these two books.

I definitely recommend this book, but highly recommend that you read it as a series and not as a stand alone. It’s only two books, live dangerously and read them both 😛 and see what you think. Check out my review on Let The Wave Come In as I give them both a massive 5 out of 5 stars for them both! Comment below 😀

Review: Sunset Reads: William and Cristina (Sunset Reads #1) – D.C. Triana

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I received a free version of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book, after being approached by the author.

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this book and if I’m being completely honest, judging by the title, for some reason I thought it was going to be something completely different. “Sunset Reads” reminded me and sounded like the name of a hotel or motel, so that is what I was expecting the storyline to be based around. I was definitely wrong. Wrong in a good way. This storyline is way better than I could ever have imagined.

Cristina Cruz is the bestselling author for Sunset Reads Publication’s, being on the New York Bestsellers list multiples times, with oh so many of her books. William Jameson, has just become the new company’s CEO, after his mother has sadly past away. William wants to shake up the company and bring it into the modern days, using technology and of course, it’s number one bestselling author! He may be hot, with the most amazing blue eyes, but Cristina and Williams, first meeting isn’t the best and they both have stubborn and fiery personalities. Can they get over their first impressions, hidden pasts and see what everyone can see?

Wow! This book really took me a little bit by surprise. I really didn’t know what to expect when reading it as I went into reading it blind, which is something I love doing because then you get outcomes like this. Sometimes descriptions ruin the book, like trailers with movies. So this book is written and told from two of the main characters point of views, Cristina and William. It doesn’t fully separate and highlight whose point of view they are telling the story from, e.g. this chapter is from Cristinas perspective and so on. It just skips back and fore in the story, from one person to the other, but it does hold onto one person for a long period of time, then switch to the next, depending on the story. I may not be explaining it well, but I really liked how this was done. It worked really well with the story and rather than having the reader wondering what William was thinking while we were still in Cristinas section of the story, I didn’t have to worry because I was told. I loved it.

By doing it this way I was able to get a really good grasp on the characters in this book. Especially the main two characters. They were very strongly developed, they both had pasts that created depth within each of them. William more of a developed backround, in my opinion, as we saw further back into his life and knew the reasons for certain choices in his life, and how hard those decisions were on him, without giving away too many spoilers. We see regret after his mother dies, as he believes he should have done more and been around more, especially after we uncover their past. With Cristinas character, I was still left with some questions at the end, one in particular. Her character development was good and we get to know her as a character, her character traits and even seeing her develop as events occur. But I will explain in the storyline aspect. There were some great secondary characters that just made this book fantastic and altogether, made this book brilliant, each possessing their own personality. This even includes the character of Cristinas dog Obi, which I believe is named after the authors actual dog, Obi Wan, which I love that she put in the book and when I found out just made me smile.

The storyline of Sunset Reads was something that didn’t have to be and didn’t feel forced. It felt genuine and realistic. The relationships. The feelings. The reactions. Ok, it did seem a bit over the top that they did happened to meet everywhere, e.g. The house party, but that just added to the story. It wasn’t just a story where the main characters feel in love with each other with “love at first sight”. Like I said, there was an actual story, a story I’ll try not to ruin by giving away spoilers. Now, I did say I’d explain a lingering question I had left. Throughout the book there was this thing when it came to Cristina, a past. We know from the beginning, the first chapter I think, that she had trouble with an ex boyfriend as he threaten her at a party, but it doesn’t really go much more into that, unless I bypassed it without realising it. It was also mentioned that she’s having a difficult time, which I assumed was because of her ex boyfriend, which was why I was waiting greatly for it to go into further detail, especially when she bumps into him again at a second party, but no more is said. Again that could have been me. It also briefly mentioned that she was the one who found the body of the deceased owner, who was like a mother to her. So this just left me with questions about her and her ex boyfriend.

The ending is well thought through and it all came together nicely. After everything that had happened throughout the book, I was glad to see the ending that there was. This is a fantastic debut novel for D.C. Triana for her first book and I definitely recommend it. There were some editing mistakes, which were nothing in comparison and very easy to ignore, which you could come to expect, but I didn’t even take them into account when it came to my rating and am only mentioning them as I promised an honest review.

*It is advertised as being an erotica book, but there isn’t that many sex scenes in this book, maybe just a couple, which actually just added to the book.*

I do recommend this book and give it a strong 4 stars out of 5.

Review: Let The Waves Come In – J.L. Leslie

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*****
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

Aubrey Somers has slowly gotten her life back on track after what happened two years ago. She may take an anti-depressant every day, see a therapist every other week and still lacks the confidence to drive, but that’s okay. She has her dream job, even if it comes with a “bitchy” boss, a fantastic apartment and she’s still in touch and very close to her best friend from childhood, Drew, even if they do live in different cities to each other and their closeness is constantly being brought into question. Then on a night out with the girls, a blast from the past comes back to Aubrey, but does it bring back good memories? Only time will tell… 

WOW! I have to say that this is one of my favourite storylines from this author, and I have been lucky enough to have been able to read and review each and every one of her books in advance. There were parts that I could completely relate to and empathise with and I believe that many people may also be able to. Maybe that’s what makes this book so great, its relatability, but also because of how great its storyline is. There were parts where I had tried to guess what was about to happen and was actually a little shocked when something else occurred in the book, in a good way. There were other parts when, without giving away spoilers, things were mentioned a little too much, that I wasn’t too surprised when the book took a turn and Aubrey was faced with yet another decision to make.

Just like J.L. Leslies’ other books, you get to see this story told from the two main characters perspectives, Audrey and Declan. I love this aspect of the book. I love it when you get to see multiple characters perspectives in books, knowing exactly what each of the characters are thinking, feeling and what’s happening. You get a clearer picture of who the character truly is, in my opinion, compared to just a first person narrative, where they could have a biased opinion of a character, providing you with a judged or biased character picture. The characters are also another great part of this book. They are so strongly developed, especially for a book that’s only just over 100 pages. We get to see some of the characters developing and growing up over and through different times and periods in their lives. From 2010, 2014 and 2016, the major events that occurred during their lives. We see strong relationships developed, not just with the two main characters  as you would expect but with so many more. You can see the strong and extremely close relationship between friendship, the relationship between brothers, between brothers in arms and the complicated relationship you just want to scream at.

I then got to the end of this book and was glad to get the ending that I wanted and finished reading it with a massive smile and with no disappointment whatsoever! In fact, I even got some exciting news. What I thought was just a stand alone book, turned out to be the first book in a series and there’s going to be another book :mrgreen: The second book is going to be following one of the other characters, who we have met, Drew, called Finding Dawn! That’s all anyone knows so far. So I am super excited for the second book, after enjoying this one so much.

I loved this book and I read it within hours, never putting it down once I started reading it. I loved the characters who just seemed so real and engaging and dealt with some everyday issues, such as problems at work with a boss you hate, plus a question that has always baffled me, “Why can’t a man and woman be just friends?” I’ve never understood why people always question that. This book also dealt with mental illness, which is linked into the title, in a way that never discriminated against it. It mentioned it as an everyday thing and the treatments are a thing that were necessary for the character, never once considering never taking them, or going against them. She saw the benefits of them and actually looked forward to certain parts, such as her therapist appointments. It was good to see this because I would say that the majority of people are diagnosed or hiding a mental illness, so it’s nice to see it included in this way.

J.L. Leslie was the first author whose book I first read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, giving her feedback on her book, which also prompted me to set up my blog. Looking back on her first book, Demons From My Past, which was a stand alone book, it’s amazing to see how great her books have come along. Her books have just gotten better and better. Check out some of my other reviews of some of her other books.

Definitely a 5 star rating and I highly recommend you give this book a read and that you check out some of her other books, especially the Zane series. *I do warn you that they do contain mature content*

Have you read any of J.L. Leslies books? If so, what have you thought? Comment below ☺

Review: Cold – Melissa Silvery

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I was sent an unedited beta copy of this book to read in order to help the author, in exchange for my honest review and opinion of the book so far, keeping in mind that it is an unedited beta copy.

The description of this book was full of mystery, which of course, instantly intrigued me and drew me in to the book. My love of mystery won me over once again!. I needed to know what this book was about, especially when all the author was saying was, “this book is full of secrets, so much so that I can’t really tell you much about it” and then there are other little hints, such as, you must be 18+ to read it. So how can I review this book, without giving away too many spoilers?

This is a story told from one persons point of view, Arabella Nelson, a 28 year lawyer, living in New York. Arabella suffered a loss before she was born, a loss that she has spent her whole life building towards putting right, no matter what the cost might be. Vengeance must be paid. But does it all go according to plan when she first meets Nikolia at a bar?

I know, I know. That’s not a very detailed description, but I don’t want to give anything away, especially if the author herself doesn’t want to give anything away! I liked the fact that this story was told from just one point of view, as it’s been a while since I’ve read a story with just one persons perspective and it was actually quite refreshing. I did find myself wondering what the other characters were thinking, wondering what they were thinking, but that just made it better for me, drawing me into the character more, as I was able to feel for her more, not knowing what the other characters were thinking or feeling.

This story contains so much and it isn’t just a romance or erotica book, but it has action, crime, excitement and even revelations in it, that can take over the main theme of the book. 

It did need some more editing, which I knew before reading it, so I didn’t take that into account. When I finished reading this story, I did have one or two questions left unanswered, which I have expressed to the author and as this book is still in the editing stages, there may be time to still answer these questions. They are only small questions, but still questions that left me wondering and yearning for answers.

There may be a lot of romance and erotica books out there and coming out nowadays, especially after 50 shades, but I like how this one was different and stood out, for me anyways. It possessed elements that I haven’t read, combining together to create this piece of work.

The copy that I received was 111 pages long, but once editing is done and it is released, I can’t tell you how long it will officially be, but I do recommend that you give it a read. After all, if this sounds like your type of book, will 111 pages take you that long to read? Plus a book read is never really wasted time 😉 So even going into this book blind, I really did enjoy it. That is why I am giving it 4 stars out of 5. I would’ve giving it 5 out of 5, but I did have questions at the end that were left unanswered, which I dislike with a book, a film, or anything.

Review: Tease Me (Zane Series: Book 3) J. L. Leslie

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*****
I was sent a free ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review of the book.

This is the last book in the Zane series, and in my opinion, the author definitely saved the best book until last. This book is about the last of the Zane siblings, Lennon Zane, the younger sister of Stellan and Dylan. This book picks up where the second book left off and the aftermath of Zoes article on the Zane siblings and everything that happened they suffered during their time spent in foster care. This time around, it is Lennons turn to meet somebody, and we get to read about the unlikely connection between Lennon and Swift in this final instalment of the series.

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is by far my favourite out of the entire series and what a hell of a way to finish the series. I thought that after not reading the series for a bit that I may not enjoy this book as much and that I wouldn’t be as invested in the characters as I had previously been, reading the previous two straight after each other, but I was definitely wrong and so I was glad to be wrong. Since reading the first book, I was so looking forward to reading Lennons book and finding about her story, that I thought that by the time I finally got to the book entirely dedicated to her, it would be a let down from how excited I’ve been and the build up, but again I was wrong. I like being wrong.  Lennon and Swift are by far my favourite couple, and Swift is 100% my favourite character throughout the entire series (which I can now say as the series has now ended), which is what made this my favourite without a doubt. There was just something about him and how sure he was about himself and regardless of everything he had been through, he wasn’t afraid to push through all of that fear to get what he wanted.

The author did an amazing job with how she wrote the characters in this this book and if you, like me, have read the entire series, you can see how her work has just gotten better and better over time. The first one I think originated more as an erotica at its core and then threw in its story, and there’s nothing wrong with that, hell I gave it a 4 out of 5 because how it was done was still done good and still outshone a certain other well known erotica series that flew off the shelves, that barely gets a of star from me. But, her second and third book, the storyline and characters improved massively and they were explained first and stuck to before including the erotica element into the book, which works a lot better and comes across so much better, for me any way, which is why I gave them both 5 out of 5 stars.

There were certain things that were mentioned, certain surprises that completely took me, well, by surprise. I’m not going to spoil anything but OMG! I’m not easily surprised, but there was a moment that stopped me reading and had me wishing that other people were reading this with me so I could’ve asked them if they saw that coming, from an erotica book!! And that’s coming from someone’s whose read all of these books. Completely dumbfounded me.

There are some really romantic moments, that had me smiling my way through the entire scenes, some erotic sex scenes that just made them closer has a couple and a lot of things in between that believe me are worth reading. There’s s much that I could tell you and talk about with his book but I would just spoil it and give to much away and I try not to do that. However, I will say one thing which may spoil something, that is if you haven’t read the first book, so if you haven’t, you may want to skip this quote. Towards the end of this book, the author includes a sentence that I thought was really nice as it was a little reminder to the readers and fans of this series, just how far their journey has been together, both the Zane family and the readers who took the journey with them; “I look down at my sister-in-law and can’t believe this all started with me hiring her as Stellan’s housekeeper.”.

Now for my recommendation. You could possibly read this book by itself if you wanted to, all of the necessary information that you need is included in this book, so you wouldn’t miss anything, but then you also wouldn’t gain the extra character developments that are spread out throughout the other books. You’d lose all of that depth and some of that understanding. I highly recommend these books and recommend you read them as a series so you take everything and everyone as they are supposed to be. They aren’t long stories, so it’s not going to take you long to read them and are fantastic! A massive 5 out of 5 stars!!

Who else has read this series? What was your favourite book, favourite character and why? Agree or disagree with me. Comment below.