Monday, 29 August 2016

❤ In My Arms Tonight ❤ Sasha Clinton ❤


What if you cant help but hurt the person you love?

Kat Cullen has it alla staff writer position at the New York Times, beauty, independenceuntil she finds herself alone on the subway at night with a rapist. Saved by Alex Summer, a democratic candidate running for mayor of New York, she develops an unexpected friendship with him.

Alexs chaotic past is the kind of juicy scoop every political reporter dreams ofwhich is why he keeps it hidden. But as he starts falling in love with Kat, he opens up to her about his darkest secrets. What he doesnt know is that Kat already knows all about him, and shes on an assignment to expose his history.

Caught between truth, love and ambition, two people must figure out the politics of the heart. Coming August 27th (available on Kindle Unlimited.)

Copy received from author for an honest review

Remember that movie from the 90's, The American President, where the President falls in love with a lobbyist, and it could be detrimental to his career?

That was the vibe I got from In My Arms Tonight.

Mayoral candidate Alex and political journalist Kat Cullen's relationship didn't start off in the normal way, and from that moment on it was on like Donkey Kong.  There is so much spark between them, but both of them know that it can't be.  They know what being together could do to both of their careers, but also know that what they feel doesn't come along every day.

I adored the push/pull between them.  And not just between them, but also in each of their minds.  

I wanted them to be together, I wanted them to say stuff it, let's do this.  I wanted them to take that leap, to take a chance on falling in love.

I felt for Kat when she had to make decisions about doing what she knows she has to do and protecting the man she is falling for.  

I did feel though that when things happened, they were all wrapped up a little too nicely and a lot to quickly for my liking (but this may just be me).  I wanted more anger, more angst, maybe some begging and pleading!  Don't get me wrong, I wanted them to have a HEA but I wanted them to fight for it.  I kind of felt that things were a little unfinished (again, this could just be me).

I am not going to lie - it did take me a while to connect with both characters, but Kat more than Alex.  I think what we got of Alex at the beginning helped with the connect.  It also took a while for me to feel the connection between the pair, but once I did it was quite palpable.

This is my first Sasha Clinton read, and I will read more in the future.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

✪ An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malley Series #3) ✪ Katee Robert ✪

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .

ARC received for an honest review

This is my favourite book in the series - so far.

An Indecent Proposal reads a bit like a Shakespearean tragedy. Star crossed lovers, feuding families, death and mayhem all around.

Cillian O'Malley is struggling after events in the previous books ( you don't have to read them as you get enough information in this one, but why miss out?) and no one really sees him.  

Then there is Olivia.  She sees more than people expect, more than Cillian likes.  And she knows more about the life he is in than he could ever imagine.
But boy oh boy is there something between them.  I loved that Olivia wasn't all over Cillian like a rash from the get go. There was a slow burn to their relationship, giving themselves and the reader time to really connect with the characters.

Olivia is strong, independent and oh so feisty.  I want to be like her when I grow up.

I felt that An Indecent Proposal was a darker, grittier story than the previous books, with the families balancing on a knife edge between peace and war... though is there ever really peace when it comes to mob families.

There was a bit of a set up for the next book in the series, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpas knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.