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 😉

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Review: Little Women part.1 – Louisa May Alcott 

*****

Over the course of my Book-A-Thon, I completed one of my goals and read a book that I have been reading and putting aside for a while, and that book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Now let’s see what Goodreads description of this book has to say;
“The timeless tale of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth – experiencing both hardship and adventure in Civil War New England. Though the March family may be poor, their lives are rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott created four of American literature’s most beloved “little women”.”

This description both sums up the book, but there is also so much more to this book. There is so much more to the characters, to the story, that this description is like a little teaser trailer before you dive in and read the book. 

I will admit right now, that my copy was part one, which I didn’t know until after I had finished reading the book, and this big spoiler that I was aware of that happens, although I didn’t know which character it happened to, didn’t happen! I assumed I had heard wrong or who I had heard it from was wrong, so I ended up talking about it with my boyfriend and googling it, and luckily my boyfriend took my phone off my and Googled and looked for me. He told me my copy was only part one and I didn’t have the completed version, that I needed to buy Good Wives to continue reading part 2 and that spoiler does happen. You still with me? But luckily, I have like 11 copies of Little Women, so I do have a completed unabridged version, so now I don’t have to buy the second part. So that is why this review is for Part 1 only.

I really enjoyed this book, and the reason I picked this book to read is for a silly reason, because of an episode of friends, long ago! Ever since then it’s been on my list of books to read. I’m so glad that it has been and that I have finally read this book, even if I’ve only read part 1 so far. The characters are the most interesting aspects when reading this book, as even though the four of them are sisters, they each clearly have their own personalities. You have Meg, the eldest, Jo the boyish one, Beth the shy and quietest one and Amy the youngest. I do have my favourites of course, but I’m choosing not to admit those, as my favourite also ends up dying and I’m always left in heartache. 

The story starts around Christmas Day, with the four “Little Women” deciding what was going to be happening with Christmas Day and with their money, deciding to spend it to treat their mother with Christmas gifts. We learn that their Father is away fighting in the war, so it down to their mother and the girls, whom some have jobs and earn their own money. This book ends, part 1, on Christmas Day, I think one year past, so this whole book takes place over the place of a year. During the course of this story, you get to see so many changes between the characters and so much happens during the course of a year. 

I am so glad that I have read and finally completed this book. Now I am definitely going to have to read Part 2, or better known as Good Wives now, which I believe takes place 3 years after the end of Part 1. This could be wrong. This is why I need to write reviews straight after reading the book and not do a Book-A-Thon and read like 4/5 other books after the book and write the review a week later. Sorry. 

I would definitely recommend this book and highly recommend that you try and get the complete unabridged version or buy both Little Women and Good Wives at the same time, otherwise you may be left devastated that you’ve got to wait for Part 2!!! 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read Little Women? What’s your thoughts? Have you read both parts? Did you go further and read Little Men and Jo’s Boy’s? Comment Below ☺ 

Review: Sing – Vivi Greene

Sing*** (3.5 Stars)

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

Have you ever been in love and then gone through and suffered a devastating break-up from the person who you loved so much, having your heart shattered? Now imagine being one of Americas biggest pop stars, like Lily Ross, with everybody’s eyes on you, watching your every move. No privacy to properly get over this devastating break-up, with everyone trying to see and be the first and to get the juicy story. So what do you do? You get your best girly friends and get away from it all for the summer. You go to a place that is a little less “Celebrity”, and go to a place that will just remind you of happy memories, and maybe even create some great new ones and maybe even find some inspiration and help to write some new songs. But this summer turns out different to how Lily intended, and by the end of summer, she has a decision to make. . .

I chose to request this book to read from Netgalley as I wanted something a little bit light and summery to read, and something slightly different from my usual type of books and this just sounded ideal. This book was definitely a good pick and fitted those two categories nicely. What makes this book fit more into those two categories, is both its writing and its content.

At the beginning of this book, I have to admit that I first found it hard to get into this book, and found the writing a little underwhelming. But the more I was reading this book, and the more I got into this book, the more I started to enjoy both the book and the way that it was written. It was both quick and easily written, kind of basic, which is perfect and ideal for summer, beach or holiday reading. I was able to sit and read this book within two day, and that’s with me having important appointments and physiotherapy, and being able to still fully enjoy this book. It was really nice having such a light and fresh book, but it did have its very own content, which also kept me gripped to this book.

We get to see the relationships between Lily and her friends, who have been friends since childhood; so before the fame. But we also get to see how her fame and stardom may have affected all three of their lives, as her friends do work for her, as they then get to spend and see each other constantly, but is that always a good thing? We get to see the relationship between Lily and her ex and her new summer romance, and how each of these men, change Lily and make her see the world and herself differently. We also get to see other characters, and my favourite has to be one that wasn’t in the book much, which was No els little sister Sidney. Ironically, I also have a little sister Cydney, but that’s not the reason why. I just felt like there was so so much more with this character, backround and depth and there was even humor, which was great, even more so because she wasn’t in the book that much. Definitely my favourite and I wanted more of her. Even her and Lilys interactions were heartfelt and gave up more understanding about Lilys past.

This book and the whole story in its entirety is told from Lily Ross’ characters perspective. We get to see everything that happens that summer, through Lily’s eyes; from just after after the break up and the aftermath of that, to the summer escape with the girls, to meeting a new man, and everything else that happens that summer. We get your typical surprise summer romance, especially after an heartache and promising be alone and swear off men and love. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I actually did enjoy this book and I did find myself wondering what she was going to do, as I was really into the book and the story. There is something stopping me from giving this book a full 4 stars, maybe it’s because it’s a bit basic and light for me, but that’s because it’s a Young Adult, Contemporary read and ideal for some Summer and Holiday reading. But it is better that a 3 stars, so that’s why I’m going inbetween and giving this book a 3.5 stars out of 5.

Now when it comes to recommending this book, it definietly depends on your type of book. If you’re in the mood for a light, holiday, summer read, then this book would be perfect. But if you want something a little bit more, then I would recommend picking something else.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? Comment below 😀

Fun fact: It’s believed that this book is about Taylor Swift. From what I’ve read from other people’s reviews and things of this book. Check some out and see what you think. The cover definitely adds to that theory. Or is cleverly picked by the author to make it looked that way in order to sell more copies as people, especially teenagers and Taylor Swift fans, will be more inclined to buy this book. What are your thoughts? 


 

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: The Reflections of Queen Snow White – David Meredith

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*****

I received this eBook as an Amazon gift from the author himself, in exchange for an honest and an unbiased review of this book. I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to David Meredith for this Amazon Gift. This is the first time anyone has ever bought me anything as a gift like this on Amazon, a family, friend, author or anyone to review a book for them 🙂 so that is awesome!!!

Have you ever wondered, or been curious, about what happened to some of your favourite fairy-tale characters after the ‘happily ever after’? Well, wonder no more, at least with the case of Snow White and her Prince Charming. Sadly however, their happy ending didn’t last, as this book begins with Queen Snow White being trapped, this time it is within herself as she is locked in a depression after the death of Prince Charming. Every part of the castle is bursting with people and full of reminders of life shared with her one true love that she has now lost and is not going to get back. Desperate for alone time, she enters a part of the castle that has long been shut off and forgotten about, as it was used by the old Queen and Evil Witch who cause so much pain to Snow White’s life. Here, Snow White discovers the Magic Mirror and this story really begins. . .

This is only my second every fairy-tale retelling story that I have every read, and I’m not sure if this book would really count as a re-telling, but anyway, I loved this book!! I never really grew up on reading fairy-tales and watching Disney films, my house and my family were not really that type of family, which has lead me to start watching the classic Disney films now. Yes, I was sadly 20 years old before I watched The Lion King and 22 when I first watched The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, which is now my favourite Disney film, so far. Snow White is the most known fairy-tale of all, in my opinion; with the magic mirror, evil queen, Snow White, seven dwarfs, poisoned apple, Prince Charming’s loving kiss awakens her from her slumber, and so on. I loved how this storyline allowed us to see some of the major important parts that have occurred throughout of Snow Whites entire life, even before she met Prince Charming, in a very strong, powerful and vivid way. We get to see how her life was while living in the castle with the Evil Queen and how she was treated and why she escaped. The way this storyline was created to allow for readers to discover the now Queen Snow White’s life, is amazing and I love how the Magic Mirror is used and added in to do this, and is the perfect way to also create an amazing story.

This book and how it is written is fantastic. The writing style is one of my favourite aspects about this book, as it is written so eloquently and David Meredith enables you to be able to imagine everything so clearly. It is so easy to read and you just don’t want to put it down, but to keep turning that page and discover something new about someone, who has been apart of your life since you were a child. This time around, it is like it is a fairy-tale, but targeted and aimed for adults, but a more realistic, real world fairy-tale!! But will this book have an happy ending? It so beautifully written, that I loved so many of the sentences and have highlighted them in my copy for quotes and things I can use, because they are just so amazing. I would love to just spend the day posting quotes from this book.

There were a couple of editing issues, but I mean only a couple. There may have been more, but I didn’t notice because I was so into the book and reading it, that I had just bypassed them. This is quite easily a one sitting read, as you just don’t want to stop reading and discovering the past and future of Snow White’s life, before and after the whole incident with the dwarfs and the story we all already know. I would therefore definitely recommend this book highly, regardless if you’ve read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (because I haven’t), and that’s why I have rated it a MASSIVE 5 out of 5 stars!!!

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 ☺