WRAP UP || FEBRUARY 2019

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my second wrap up of 2019. I didn’t think I’d be able to read as many books in February as I did in January but I even surpassed it with one extra. All the while working a lot and even having 3 days less in the month. I had an amazing reading month and I can’t wait to let you know which books I read. That being said, I read a couple of arcs I was provided by the authors, I read some amazing others and even reread some favourites of mine. I read a total of 22 books in February in the span of 28 days.In February I read the following books, with a little thought on them and my star rating on them! Here we go, in order:

Needing Him by Kennedy Fox1. The first book I read in February was the second book in the Bishop Brothers series; Keeping Him told the story of brother Evan and omg was it a hot one. I loved the hatred between Evan and Emily, but loved the ending even more! I gave this book a solid 5 stars on the Goodreads rating!

2. The second book I finished was the incredible King of Scars by Leigh King of Scars by Leigh BardugoBardugo. I’ve been anticipating this book so much and even though it took me nearly a week to read, I LOVED it so so much. Of course this was another big fat 5 stars from me!

Chasing Him by Kennedy Fox3. After finishing King of Scars I continued on with the Bishop Brothers as I still had two of the books to go and I was excited to return to their Texas ranch. Chasing Him has one of my favourite tropes in romance books ever, the single dad/nanny trope and it was an incredible one. John is such a dreamy guy and I loved reading his story with the baby that was suddenly dropped in his life. Another 5 stars.

4. The last book in the series was Keeping Him and had another favourite Keeping Him by Kennedy Foxin it. The Childhood friends to lovers one is one that is either hit or miss with me. I loved this one, while I cursed out the characters in this book for being bloody stubborn, I flew through it. Do I even need to tell you how many stars this book got from me?

Checkmate by Kennedy Fox5. I did realize while reading the first four books by Kennedy Fox that perhaps I should’ve started with another series that did eventually tell the story by the brothers sister. I started the Checkmate series with This is War. Another hate to love story and it was so good. The first book got three stars from me!

6. My sixth book was the second book in this duet, namely This is Love it Checkmate by Kennedy Foxcontinues on straight after the ending of This is War. I loved reading this series as much as I loved the first four books I read by Kennedy Fox. This is War and This is Love are a best friend’s little sister series and you guessed it, I love that. I devoured these books so fast!

This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox7. Next up was the next duet in the Checkmate series, starting with This is Reckless. This book is the book that features Courtney, sister to the Bishop Brothers and I couldn’t wait to read her story as it is mentioned occasionally through the Bishop Brothers. This is Reckless received four stars, I loved Courtney so much, her stress baking and that she and Drew started out as friends/ roommates. But UGH did I hate Drew’s previous girlfriend.

8. This is Effortless is the second book in this duet and again it continuesThis Is Effortless by Kennedy Fox straight off from the point where the first book ended. These books are such quick reads and I liked it a lot. Courtney and Drew had a lot of hurdles to jump over before getting their HEA and I was there for them, cheering them on every single page throughout these two books.

This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox9. Straight on to the last duet in this series. This is Dangerous tells the story of Kayla and Logan. The main characters in these books are mentioned throughout the first two duets and I was rooting for them before even going into their story. Another single dad story, and I am a sucker for hot single dads (fictional ones at least). The ending to this book though, omg I was so happy I could continue straight on into the next one.

10. After the ending of the previous one, I couldn’t not continue straight This is Beautiful by Kennedy Foxon with This is Beautiful. I had to know what was going to happen next and to know if this was going to end in a good way. Heck I knew it was and still wanted to know what was going to happen. I am both sad and happy that these books had ended. For some reason I would’ve liked these books more if each duet would’ve just been a single book, I am not that keen on having multiple books for one couple (with exceptions here or there).

Huge Deal by Lauren Layne11. Whenever Lauren Layne releases a new book, I’m mostly there. Ever since first reading books by her back in 2016, I’ve been hooked and this 21 Wall Street series has been on top of that list. I think Huge Deal is the final one in the series, but I’ve loved the previous two and was SO happy for Kennedy and Kate to get their own story. They were very well hinted on in the previous two books and I couldn’t wait to find out more about them. Lauren Layne will always get 5 stars from me.

12. Next on this never ending list is The Risk by Elle Kennedy. If you ever The Risk by Elle Kennedywant to read a quick, but incredible read then make sure to pick up anything by Elle Kennedy. She is my go to author when I want to read something funny, laugh out loud and with incredible steamy scenes. The Risk was not an exception. Back in the day I devoured the books in the Off Campus series but these spin off; Briar U series I might just love just as much. Jake and Brenna were such an amazing couple. I would love to have my own Jake Connelly, can someone make that happen?

Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan13. Next up was Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Boyfriend for Hire. Nic was such a dreamy guy and while he was conflicted about wanting Elle or wanting to continue on with his job, being a top paid escort, I knew he was going to keep on falling for Elle and never look back towards his job. Although I will miss his lunches with the older lady, they were so cute and I felt like he needed her more than she needed him hehe. Boyfriend for Hire received 4 stars from me.

14. For over 3 years I’ve been devouring any book that Layla Hagen puts Image may contain: 2 people, textout into the world. First the Bennett family series and then straight on to the Connor’s. Only With You was gifted to me as an arc, I love being on Layla’s VIP list and being able to read her books before anyone (well besides other bloggers on her list) can read them. Only with You was highly anticipated by me as I couldn’t wait to read who Val would fall in love with, she needed someone to take care of her for once instead of her taking care of her siblings. I loved this so much, making it a solid 4 stars from me!

Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.15. I read a good amount of Whitney G books in 2018 but I still have some to go. When I was looking for a quick but incredible read to read after my previous book, I came across Thirty Day Boyfriend and dove straight in. Her shorter books are fun, easy to read but they pull you in none the less. My kindle app on my phone was making extra hours this month and I don’t mind one bit. I gave this book 4 stars and some incredible highlights if you ever want to check them out.

16. I felt the need to dive back into a world with familiar characters, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuirenamely the characters that properly got me into romance books back in the day. Beautiful Disaster was a book that I picked up randomly from an online story and devoured from the first pace. I think that I’ve read it at least 4 or 5 times over the last few years, the first time being in 2012. I loved meeting back up with Travis and Abby and my 5 star rating didn’t change. Maybe not because of the book, but more for the nostalgia I felt reading this again.

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.17. Maybe last year or the year before, my sister was reading the next book on the train and kept laughing and pointing out things in the books, but I had yet to pick it up. Over Us, Over You by Whitney G is a book that has been on my ereader for a while but I hadn’t picked up yet. After reading Thirty Day Boyfriend I was in the mood for another book by her and decided to finally give this a go. I am glad to say that I absolutely loved it, I was a little sad I didn’t pick it up sooner. As mentioned before the best friend’s little sister trope is one I love and this wasn’t an exception.

18. A few weeks ago I got an email from one of my favourite authors. Simply a news Hold On by Samantha Youngletter but it had a sign up for this arc blast for a new series that she was participating in. Hold On was the novella that she wrote in this series but it also had a sign up for other ones in the series. I loved her one, as it was a novella that could also be part of one of her series and I jumped on the chance to read it. Hold On tells the story of Killian’s sister (Killian is the hero in Play On) and I LOVED it so much. Three stars from me.

All Stars Fall by Rachel Van Dyken19. Next up was All Stars Fall by Rachel van Dyken. Also part of the same series as the one above. I had never read anything by Rachel but I absolutely loved this one and I will make sure to read more by her. I have heard a lot about her writing from people around Goodreads and other blogs and I was happy to finally read something by her and end up loving it so much as I did. All Stars Fall tells the story of Trevor and Penelope and yes is another single dad/nanny story. This one got a solid four stars.

20. The last one of the novellas that I received in this series was Wicked Wicked Force by Sawyer BennettForce by Sawyer Bennet. Sawyer’s books are a bit hit and miss with me but I really liked this one. The only downside to these being novellas is that everything is fast paced and that it’s over before I realised it. Wicked Force was such a cute but incredible story and I want more more more! I might just pick up the other ones in this series eventually. Wicked Force closed with three stars.

Surprise Delivery by R.R. Banks21. The next book I read in February was one that I picked up on a whim through a romance newsletter thing I receive through email and I ended up loving it more than I ever thought I would. Surprise Delivery by R.R. Banks was another first by a new to me author. I really liked this and hey, a hot doctor is always nice to read about haha. I will make sure to pick up more by this author one day and see if I’ll enjoy it as much as I did this one.

22. Lastly I read another favourite of mine. Preppy; Part One is an all timePreppy by T.M. Frazier favourite, or at least the author is. I loved Preppy all throughout the other books and when he got his own series of books, back in 2016, I made sure to read them. After rereading the first 4 books in the King series at the end of last year, I finally got to rereading the three books that make up Preppy and Dre’s story. Of course this received five stars from me as I will always hand Tracey my five star ratings, every single one of her books is better than the last.

And with that I conclude my February wrap up, how did you do in February? Did you end up reading what you wanted to read? Did you discover anything new that you ended up loving? Let me know and I hope to see you again soon with another post!
Love,
Daphne

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REVIEW || THE INNOCENT WIFE

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Title: The Innocent Wife
Author: Amy Lloyd
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Published on: 25 January 2018
Pagecount: 336
ISBN: 978 133 595 3735

 

The Innocent Wife is written by Amy Lloyd and tells the story of Sam and Dennis. Dennis Danson is the subject of a true crime series (a la Making a Murderer) in which the network tries to uncover the truth about the murder case he was involved in. Did he do it, or did he not? Sam follows the series closely and starts writing letters to Dennis, letters that start getting more and more intimate as they go on. She visits him in prison and starts fighting for him, eventually as his wife, to get him free of his Death Row sentence. When the campaign succeeds and Dennis is released, Sam starts doubting his stories. Is he really as innocent as he says he is, and what does Dennis really know about the girls that disappeared twenty years before.

It was that description of the book that got me all excited to read this. I wanted to read this book so badly because I hoped it would bring the same thrill that the true crime documentaries on Netflix bring me. I love watching them because I like researching and finding out if someone really did or didn’t do something. I like getting into the mind of a person, as well as that is allowed in these documentaries of course. I heard a lot about this book on Goodreads and my twitter feed. The book was blurbed as addicting and completely twister.

It’s been a while since I read this book, but when I watched the Ted Bundy documentary, I saw some similarities. For example how a young, handsome, charismatic man is being prosecuted for murder, is on the Florida Death Row. How someone is able to have a relationship whilst there. Of course it’s not exactly the same, but there definitely are some similarities. Ted Bundy married while in prison and even was able to conceive a child.

Sam is a 31 year old woman from England. She’s always felt really alone and felt the need to need something or someone to believe in. In Dennis Danson she finds both. It all starts when she sees the documentary; “Framing the truth: the murder of Holly Michaels”. The documentary is about Dennis, who is locked up on Death Row for the murder of a young girl. Dennis has always sworn that he is innocent and a large group of supporters tries to get him out and proof his innocence.

After seeing the documentary, Sam gets completely obsessed with the case. She can talk about it for hours with other ‘researchers’ from behind her computer screen. Together they discuss the case and other suspects and theories. Then she finds out that there’s going to be a new documentary about him and she writes him a letter…

The letters start getting intimate fast and I had the idea that there was supposed to be so much more in between that wasn’t there, which I found disappointing. I would’ve loved to read all of their letters, I am nearly ashamed that I was that involved in the book. I loved the first part of the book, but it seemed to freeze after a while and then start going in different directions. I wanted to find out how it was going to end, but even though the ending was a surprise, it was confusing and concluded too quickly. I don’t want to give anything away because I hate that with a passion but the entire book is a slowburner and the thrill is build up slowly. But when the final pages were quickly and explosive, I wasn’t too sure what to think of it.

I do recommend this book to everyone who likes shows like Making a Murderer, this is what you’re looking for! All in all I like this book a lot, you’re completely pulled into the story. The only thing that I didn’t like is that Sam would constantly talk herself down; she wasn’t pretty enough, she was too big, she was ugly. Other than that, GO READ THIS!

 

JANUARY WRAP UP

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my first wrap up of 2019. I’ve decided that I really really want to get this blog thing of the ground more than I am currently doing and I thought this might be a good way to start it off. I’ve always been a fast reader and normally read about 150 books a year. However I started off 2019 reading 21 books in just the first month. If I keep this up (which I do hope) I will be finishing the year off with nearly 250 books, which would be incredible but as my goal is set at 100 books now, nowhere near expected to be reached.

In January I read the following books, with a little thought on them and my star rating on them! Here we go, in order:

Run to Me by Lilian Monroe1. The first book I read in 2019 was the last book in a trilogy by Lilian Monroe. Run to Me was a book that I loved but I’m not really into the insta love thing. Therefore the book only received 3 stars from me!

Rinkeldekink by Martine Bijl

2. My second book of the year was a book I read for review. Rinkeldekink is written by one of my favourite Dutch actresses/presenters and tells about her stroke and her recovery from this. It was beautiful, but my review is already up so go read that if you’re interested! I gave this book 3 stars.

Rookie In Love by Sarah White3. My third read was a book I received through NetGalley. Rookie in Love was a book that I thought I’d absolutely love but wasn’t that at all.. Everything happened SO fast and I ended up giving it only 2 stars.

4. When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my tbr pile for at least two years When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menonand I finally picked it up after putting it on my PopSugar challenge list for 2019. I ended up liking it but not loving it as I’ve well and truly outgrown my YA comtemporaries! I gave it 3 stars, it was cute but I didn’t love it.

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen5. The Year We Fell Down was a reread for me, although technically I listened to it through Audible. Sarina Bowen is one of my favourite authors out there and I can never get enough of. I gave this audiobook 5 stars and dove right into the second one after finishing.

6. My sixth book was The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Another book that was on The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoonmy shelves for a long while but which I ended up not liking too much. Another YA book that yeah I’ve well and truly grown out off and which I will be donating as I don’t see myself reading it ever again. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen7. As said earlier, my next audiobook was the second book in the Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen, that being The Year We Hid Away. I LOVE this book so much, every single book by Sarina is able to drag you right into the story and I am in love with these characters so much. Another 5 stars from me.

8. Next up was a series that I started years ago but never finished, and boyCaptive Prince by C.S. Pacat did I regret not finishing this up! Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat starts off this series with a fictional bang. While I read this one before, I forgot so much about this book already and I am so happy I decided to reread this and not skip it and go straight for the second one. This got 4 stars from me.

Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat9. Of course I continued on with the series this time and it was Prince’s Gambit ’s turn for a read. I had not read this one before and omg do I regret it now.. this was already so much more intriguing than the first and it dragged me from the very first page. I was so excited to see what would happen to Damen and Laurent that I finished it in 2 days and dove straight into the third. 5 big happy stars from me.

10. Of course Kings Rising was next and boy was it a great one. This book will go down Kings Rising by C.S. Pacatas the book that I lost all my post it tabs on. There were so many amazing bits that I want to remember that my entire book is covered in tabs and all the colours! Another 5 stars and an enormous book hangover to boot.

Lingus by Mariana Zapata11. Lingus by Mariana Zapata was the book that dragged me out of said book hangover and had me laugh out loud so many times. The thing that I love most about Mariana’s books is that they’re such slow burners that by the end of it my heart aches for the release and I loved this one just as much! It got 4 stars from me, I read and listened to this book on and off ❤

12. Next was Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata. Can you tell that I love her Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapataalready? Dear Aaron is told mainly in emails, texts and IM messages and I am HERE for that. I love books that develop through emails, they’re so cute. I loved this book and gave it 4 stars.

Tangled Like Us by Krista Ritchie13. My review on GR for Tangled Like Us read as followed: Omg omg omg omg omg… Jane and Thatcher.. what did I just read.. and is it bad I already want to go for a reread? That was incredible! and I stick to that point. 5 stars from me for Jane Cobalt and Thatcher Moretti.

14. Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen is next, and guess what; I lovedOvernight Sensation by Sarina Bowen this so much. Heidi and Jason were so cute even though Jason resisted for so long haha. I had a clue about her dad from the very start and turned out I was right! Thank you so much Sarina, again, for the arc (through Nina of course) and I will be on the lookout for the next book!

The Wicked King by Holly Black15. The Wicked King by Holly Black was highly anticipated after reading The Cruel Prince last year. And boy it didn’t disappoint! I can’t believe we’ll have to wait more than a year before we get to read the next book! I can’t wait, and of course this got 5 stars from me!

16. One of my go to romance/NA authors is K.A. Tucker so whenever sheBe the Girl by K.A. Tucker brings out a new book, I will be the first one to read it. Be The Girl was no exception, even if it was a YA book instead of NA. I loved this book so much. Cassie’s character, was incredible and as someone who works with people on the spectrum, I recognized SO much in her. I definitely recommend this! I give this 4 stars

The Deal by Elle Kennedy17. Next up is another reread by one of my favourite authors, namely Elle Kennedy. The Deal is such a cute book. It’s not complicated but it’s sweet and you get sucked into the story right away. I first read this 4 years ago and I think i fell in love all over again. 5 stars!

18. The Mistake is the second book in the Off Campus series by Elle The Mistake by Elle KennedyKennedy and swoon I want my very own Logan. I don’t care if he’s flawed or whatever is going on with him, I want someone like him haha. Another 5 stars

The Score by Elle Kennedy19. Next up, The Score, which tells the long awaited story of Dean Di Laurentis and it had another swoon worthy guy in it. Allie and Dean are such opposites and therefore are so good together. I am so in love with this series and all these characters! Again, 5 stars.

20. And fourth one is, The Goal, after reading a little bit about Tucker and Sabrina at the end of the The Goal by Elle Kennedythird book, I couldn’t not dive straight into this. Mind that I was at home with the flu and while I wasn’t sleeping I was reading because these characters man ❤ Another big fat 5 stars.

Taming Him by Kennedy Fox21. The last book I finished this month, was Taming Him by Kennedy Fox. A new author to me but I read so much about them on bookstagram that I couldn’t not finally start this. I realized after finishing this that there’s other books that precede this one but I didn’t care as it is a stand alone series so it didn’t matter too much. I ended up giving this 4 stars.

I did start my 22nd book, which is King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo but I won’t be finishing that one in January, which is okay. I will wrap it up at the end of February hehe. If you made it through to the end of this book, you’re a trooper. Thank you so much!

Love,
Daphne

 

REVIEW || RINKELDEKINK

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Titel: Rinkeldekink
Auteur: Martine Bijl
Uitgever: Atlas Contact
Uitgegeven: November 2018
Aantal pagina’s: 128 pag.
ISBN: 978 902 545 3398

 

Rinkeldekink is geschreven door Martine Bijl, die we allemaal kennen van het Zonnetje in Huis en als presentatrice van Heel Holland Bakt. In september 2015 kreeg ze plotseling een hersenbloeding en ging ze een langdurige herstelperiode tegemoet. Haar herstel bracht ze door in een revalidatieoord, waar zij vrijwel alles opnieuw moest leren en daarna bracht ze nog een paar maanden door in een ziekenhuis waar ze behandeld werd voor een depressie. Haar taalvermogen bleef onaangetast. Over therapeuten, over welzijnstaal, de valklas en ergotherapie, over angsten en wanen, over hoe het voelt als iemand anders in je brein is gekropen en daar de boel dreigt over te nemen schrijft ze eerlijk, met wrange humor, zonder terug te houden en daardoor indrukwekkend.

Toen ik erachter kwam dat Martine een boek zou schrijven over haar hersenbloeding en vooral het herstel hiervan wilde ik deze erg graag lezen. Martine Bijl was samen met Simone Kleinsma toch wel een van mijn favoriete actrices van de Nederlandse televisie en ik schrok dan ook erg van het nieuws van haar hersenbloeding. Uiteindelijk mocht ik het boek ontvangen en heb ik het met veel plezier gelezen. Jammer genoeg was het boek echter maar 128 pagina’s, uiteraard voor iemand die net 3 jaar daarvoor een heftige hersenbloeding heeft gehad, hiervan is hersteld en vervolgens ook nog heeft moeten vechten tegen een depressie, is dit een grote prestatie.

Het verhaal van Martine begint dan ook bij het begin op het moment dat, in haar eigen woorden, er achter haar ogen een ballonnetje knapt. Berend, de man van Martine, hoort ze dan alleen nog haar naam roepen. Martine vertelt dat ze alles tot aan het ziekenhuis meekrijgt, echter voelt ze zich vredig en is er geen pijn. Bij aankomst in het ziekenhuis wordt er gelijk een operatie uitgevoerd. De komende vijf weken verblijft ze in verschillende ziekenhuizen voordat Martine verhuist naar het revalidatiecentrum om daar het lange proces te beginnen.

Het boek is zo rauw, maar vol zelfspot en humor geschreven dat je bijna naast haar bed staat. Het leven van Martine lijkt stil te staan na de hersenbloeding maar wanneer dit herstel goed op weg is en stagneert maar ook nog een depressie aanklopt, is ze overgeleverd aan de rest van haar geest. Ik vond het zo leuk om te lezen dat haar scherpe geest die je in Heel Holland Bakt mocht horen ook in dit boek terug kwam. Ze is keihard over haar medepatiënten maar misschien nog wel harder over zichzelf. Ze ziet de tekortkomingen van haar lichaam en ook dat het soms ontzettend moeilijk is om hier tegenop te boksen en er als winnaar uit te komen.

Ik denk dat het ontzettend moedig is van Martine om dit boek te schrijven over een periode die voor haar ontzettend moeilijk moet zijn geweest en hoogstwaarschijnlijk nog steeds is. Martine heeft besloten om niet langer als presentatrice naar buiten te treden en ik denk niet dat dit een gemakkelijke beslissing moet zijn geweest, iets wat je maar moet behappen na één gebeurtenis die zoveel impact heeft op haar leven.

Wat vond ik dit een ontzettend boek om gelezen te mogen hebben. Ik wens Martine dan ook niets anders dan alle goeds in de toekomst, wat een vrouw!

RELEASE BLITZ || HOTSHOT DOC by R.S. GREY

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, HOTSHOT DOC, is available now! Find out more about it below and pick up your copy today!

About HOTSHOT DOC

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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MY REVIEW

First off I want to thank Rachel for doing her magic and a. writing this precious book and b. making it appear on my kindle two days before it’s releasedate so I could read and review it for everyone!
If you know me, you know that I like easy going soppy romances, not always but I do love every single one of Rachel’s books and many more like it.

This one was no exception, the romance between Bailey and Matthew was there quickly and can I say that I simply love it when the heroine does something like taking care of younger siblings? I had that when I met Will in Slammed by Colleen Hoover and many more and I love it in this book as well. Bailey hasn’t had the easiest life and I believe that a fourteen year old sister won’t ever make it easier, let alone when you add in her job as a surgical assistant. A job I’d love to try for a day but I don’t think I’d ever be able to do!

Matt Russel seems like the horrible doctor in the hospital but Bailey quickly turns that around in her own way, a way that even Dr Russel doesn’t see coming and I LOVED that. The romance didn’t start right away but it started out easy and slowly before exploding quickly after and I read this book in nearly one sitting (had my own job not taken my time away from the book).

Rachel you have done it again and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Thank you so much for putting this book out into the world and for granting a bookworm like Josie a place in your books, because I loved her from the very start!

 

REVIEW || JANE (AUSTEN) VOOR IEDEREEN

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Titel: Jane (Austen) voor iedereen
Auteur: Anke Werker
Illustrator: Sanne van der Bruggen
Uitgever: Karmijn Uitgeverij
Uitgegeven: 22 November 2017
Aantal pagina’s: 102 pag.
ISBN: 978 949 2168 184

 

 

Jane (Austen) voor iedereen werd in November 2017 uitgegeven door Uitgeverij Karmijn en ja, ik voel me diep beschaamd dat ik m nu pas recenseer. Het boekje telt 102 pagina’s en al ben je geen grote fan van Austen’s werk, dit boek is pure magie voor iedereen. Je komt meer te weten over het leven van Jane, van voor ze haar boeken schreef maar ook wat er na haar dood gebeurde.

Anke schrijft luchtig en in woorden die voor iedereen gemakkelijk te begrijpen zijn. Ik ga heel eerlijk zijn en zeggen dat het me nog nooit gelukt is een boek van Jane uit te lezen maar ik ben verliefd op de kostuumdrama’s die er voort zijn gekomen aan de hand van haar boeken. De illustraties van Sanne maken het boek er ook nog leuker van. De illustraties zijn leuk en kleurrijk en laten de tekst uitblinken.

Buiten het feit dat we meer te weten komen over het leven van Jane, leren we ook meer over haar boeken, staat er een test in en ook nog recepten. Ik ga die pittige applecrumble zeker een keer proberen (al weet ik niet zeker of ik die gember toevoeg want daar houd ik dan weer niet zo van…)

In 2016 heb ik een tijd gewoond in een klein plaatsje genaamd Winterslow, vlakbij Winchester. In Winchester staat een kathedraal waar de laatste rustplaats van Jane te vinden is. Rondom haar graf staan verschillende verhalen afgebeeld die haar levensverhaal vertellen. Ondanks dat ik nog nooit een boek van haar las, vond ik dit wel heel interessant om te zien! In September hoop ik het Jane Austen House museum te bezoeken, te vinden in Chawton niet ver van Winchester.

Wil je meer te weten komen over het leven van Jane, haar familie, haar boeken, de films van haar boeken en nog veel meer, ga dan zeker dit boek lezen. Ik vond het zo leuk om door te bladeren en te leren over wie Jane nou eigenlijk was en waarom zoveel mensen van haar boeken houden!

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R&R || AS DUST DANCES by Samantha Young

 

The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both. AS DUST DANCES is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!

 

About AS DUST DANCES:
Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.
Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.
Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.
Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…

 

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About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

 

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My Review

As Dust Dances was one of my favourite reads this summer, yes that’s how I’m going to start this review off. Samantha Young has been amongst my favourite authors since I first picked up On Dublin Street back in 2015. After reading Play On I was so excited when I found out that Samantha was coming out with another book in the series.

As Dust Dances tells the story of Skylar Finch who after  tragic event in her life quite her band and music career and hides on the streets of Glasgow, making money with busking around the city. One day she’s approached by Killian O’Dea, who has recognized her and offers her a record deal with his label. Skylar was set on never returning to that world, but when she is robbed and hurt does she have any other choice but to say yes?

I loved this book, it had the usual amount of romance and wit that Samantha’s books carry and it made me fall in love all over again with another hot Scot. I flew through this and when I finished I wanted to read it all over again.

If you have the chance to pick up this book, please do, you won’t regret it!

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