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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (The Ravenels #4)

Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4)

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It took me two tries to read this book (ah the powers of a book slump). On my first attempt, I got distracted and bored within the first two chapters.
Picking up on attempt two, I devoured this book.
“Hello Stranger” follows Dr Garrett Gibson, the only female doctor in England and her stalker friend, Ethan Ransom.
Ethan has been following Garrett around during her nightly visits to ensure that she is safe. It is not long before sparks fly between these two and they indulge in an intimate night together.
Ransom knows that his world- and him- are too dangerous for Garrett so they both decide to stay away from each other.
However Ransom’s enemies soon find out about Garrett and she is drawn into Ransom’s criminal world.
My favourite thing about this book was that Garrett was not a damsel in distress. She saves Ransom, Ransom saves her and throughout their relationship she is treated as an equal. She is never fazed by Ransom’s mysterious underground life and I loved that.
This was an incredibly well-written book and I am only sad that I did not read it sooner. Curse you book slump.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have had a really awful book slump and nothing I read seems to interest me. So when I saw that Amazon had the Kindle copy of “Mine Till Midnight” on sale, I absolutely had to purchase and reread it (as opposed to the many unread books I have currently on my bookshelves).
“Mine Till Midnight” is the first novel in the “Hathaways” series which tells the story of the eccentric and unusual Hathaways.
The Hathaways lived a regular, uninteresting life until a distant relative dies and they inherit his land. Suddenly the family is now a part of the aristocracy- something that they were never prepared for and somewhere that they certainly do not fit in.
The eldest female of the family, Amelia Hathaway is busy trying to help her sisters adjust to their new life while trying to stop her brother from drinking himself to death.
Amelia has decided that she will spend her life as a spinster, taking care of her family. And then she meets the enigmatic Gypsy, Cam (sidenote- who is also the hottest Victorian love interest in the world. NOTHING AND NO ONE WILL EVER COMPARE. And no, I am not just saying that because Cam was the first adult fictional character I fell in love with).
Cam is incredibly wealthy and has decided that he is going to go find his Gypsy family. However when he comes across mother hen, Amelia, he has second thoughts. Something about her appeals to him and he just can’t help hanging around her when he should be looking for his family.
This was a beautiful story with wonderfully unforgettable characters and an amazing storyline. It has been about 6 years since I read this book for the first time and even after countless rereads, it is still a difficult book to put down.
If you are a fan of romance or historical fiction, definitely give this a go.



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Fiction Friday: Thief by Tarryn Fisher (Love Me With Lies #3)

Thief (Love Me with Lies, #3)

Thief by Tarryn Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I actually cannot remember most of this novel (which is worrying considering that I spent so much time invested in this series).
“Thief” follows Caleb and Olivia in the aftermath of his divorce. Once again they are drawn together when Olivia and her husband start to have issues.
This was a sweet read that almost made up for all of the emotional strain the previous books put me through.
I especially enjoyed seeing how Caleb and Olivia have changed over the years. It is made clear that though they have made mistakes in the past, they have both grown from it.
This was a wonderfully emotional series that made me cry, rage and almost throw my cellphone across the room but I enjoyed it immensely.



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Fiction Friday: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

HuntedHunted by Meagan Spooner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yeva longs for the freedom of the forests. So when her father loses all of his money and the family is forced to move to an old hunting cabin, Yeva is secretly relieved.
She spends her days hunting food for her family while her father tries to track down a mysterious beast that he believes is watching them.
When Yeva’s father goes missing, she goes after him determined to capture the beast herself.
This was a really intriguing read that I finished in a matter of hours. I was unable to put this down and enjoyed this book thoroughly!
My only issue was that it fell a bit flat towards the ending. The last bits of this book was not really believable however I enjoyed that Yeva was not an ordinary “Beauty”. She is a skilled hunter and this is demonstrated throughout the book. I also enjoyed the stories and myths of the forests.
This is a great read for anyone who enjoys fairytale retellings.

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Fiction Friday: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot believe that it took me so many years and so many attempts to finally finish this book. I enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait for the next book in the series.
“Heir of Fire” follows Celaena as she travels to a new land in an attempt to figure out precisely what the King is plannng. Instead she is given a task- she can have an answer to all of her questions if she unleases her Fae side and her full Fae potential.
Meanwhile Chaol and Dorian are both mourning over Celaena’s departure and they are barely speaking. Chaol does not want to involved himself in magic while Dorian is finding it increasingly difficult to hold back his magic. It isn’t long before both of them are forced to choose a side in the upcoming war.
This was a really intriguing read and I could not get enough. “Heir of Fire” introduces new characters, new plotlines and new worlds. It was well-written with great world-building and I cannot wait to finish this series! If you haven’t started this series yet and you’re a fan of fantasy books, definitely give this a go!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones

The Opposite of InnocentThe Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lily has had a crush on Luke for years. Sure he’s almost twice her age and has seen her in diapers but no relationship is perfect and lots of girls get involved with older guys.
Here’s the thing, once upon a time I was a young girl with a crush on a much older guy. So I didn’t expect this novel to go down the way that it did.
When Luke returns from a visit to Africa, Lily is overjoyed. She is especially excited when she learns that Luke will be staying with her family. And when it appears that Luke might return her feelings, Lily is ecstatic.
Then he kisses her. Repeatedly.
Everyone who knows about Lily’s crush finds it harmless. However Lily’s friends are disturbed that a twenty-year-old would get involved with a fourteen-year-old. So Lily hides her new relationship from them.
But it isn’t long before kissing moves on to something more and Lily does not want more. She also does not want to lose Luke.
I read this book in one sitting and practically flew through the pages. I have never read a novel in verse before but I really enjoyed this one. This book had me heartbroken, horrified and in tears. It was an amazing rollercoaster of emotions which I loved immensely.
Definitely read this book.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (The Rules of Scoundrels #1)

A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the Marquess of Bourne was younger he engaged in a reckless game that cost him most of his property and land. Shunned by society and left with a few things more than his useless title, Bourne became a partner in a gambling hell and built himself up again.
Now, ten years later, Bourne is determined to retrieve his property and along with it, revenge. Unfortunately for Bourne, the only way to get his home back is to marry his childhood friend, the spinster, Lady Penelope.
Penelope is overjoyed when Bourne returns to society however he is not the boy she remembered. Bourne is cold and cruel and seems to see Penelope as nothing more than a means of obtaining his justice and revenge.
I’ve reached a point where I’m kind of sick of historical romances because I read them so often. However I was really drawn in by this one. I found this synopsis to be intriguing, the characters were witty and the plot was highly entertaining. This was a great read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides #9) by Valerie Bowman

A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides, #9)A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mark Grimaldi has dedicated his entire life to his career. When he is finally close to receiving his promotion, he gets some unexpected news…He needs to marry. Not too happy about the turn of events, Mark drags his wife out from the country.
Once upon a time Nicole was madly in love with her husband. But now things have changed and they live separate lives. When he turns up on her doorstep, Nicole seizes the opportunity to have the one thing she has always wanted- a child.
This was a beautiful book that I enjoyed immensely. Mark and Nicole have very clear chemistry and I mourned the end of their marriage with them. If you’re a fan of romance, this book does not disappoint at all!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher (Love Me with Lies #1)

The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Olivia discovers that her ex-boyfriend (and the love of her life), Caleb has lost his memory, she takes advantage of the situation to wriggle her way back in his life. However it isn’t long before Caleb’s girlfriend, Leah finds out about Olivia’s plans and decides to wreck them.
It took me over a month to read this book because the emotions were just too intense. This is a book about severely flawed characters who do bad things just to get their way. This was a pretty long read but I was really interested to see where Caleb and Olivia went wrong (and where Caleb and Leah went right). If you are looking for a compelling read with an intriguing plot and unforgettable characters, this is the book for you.

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Fiction Friday: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Girl Before” tells the story of two girls in two different timelines. Both girls, Emma and Jane have experienced tragedies in their lives that led to them seeking a new place to stay. Both girls fall in love with the same beautiful house. And both girls become involved with the house’s mysterious architect.
When Jane moves in the house she soon discovers that Emma had died in the house. If Jane is making the same decisions that Emma is, does that mean that she too will meet the same end?
I really enjoyed this book. I was not sure if it was Fate or someone else leading both girls to go through the same events. This book is well-written with a very compelling plot and characters that you cannot trust. Definitely pick this up if you are a fan of thrillers.

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