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Book Review – The Professional

Published 25/04/2014 by leannecrabtree


Name: The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica/BDSM

Release Date: 6th May 2014

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

As a huge fan of Kresley Cole and her Immortals After Dark series, I was interested to see what this new book would be about since it was a contemporary romance.

From the first chapter I was fascinated by Natalie and her “manalyzer”, managing to figure out every guy in the bar just by watching them for a few seconds. That is, apart from Sevastyan who she can’t read and instantly catches her attention. Things quickly move along after this and she get’s spirited away to Russia to meet her family, but not without a few hot–and I do mean HOT–scenes between her and Sevastyan.

One thing I did like about the book was that the author didn’t do the typical Mafiya man as Natalie’s dad. In fact, I quite liked the man that was described; he seemed like a nice guy who had a love of clocks and family.

For the first half of the book it was kind of serene, everything was going well. Okay, that’s not quite true. There’s a sexual tension between Natalie and Sevastyan that despite the distance they’ve put between them is only growing and I have to tell you I couldn’t wait for it to blow.

I feel about now that I should mention that I’m not the hugest fan of erotica; I tend to get bored of the continuous sex. Depending on what’s going on and how much I like the characters is how I judge the scenes between them. I happened to like both Sevastyan and Natalie and the sex between them but the dirty talk while in bed always had my eyes rolling. That, I’m not a fan of.

After the half way point it seemed to concentrate more on the sex and the BDSM lifestyle, which I found a little boring after a while. BDSM is not one of my favourite things to read about and in small doses I don’t mind but it took up a fair bit of the book.

With about 15% to go, I got a little excited as some information came out that had me wondering what Natalie would do with it. Relationship difficulties coming to a head I wanted to know how it would all play out. And after another round of sex, we found out some things about Sevastyan’s past.

I’m glad I read this, simply because Kresley Cole is a great author and I was interested in reading something of hers that wasn’t paranormal. I read books for the romance and like to see it happening on paper/screen. The first half was great, it just wasn’t quite for me with all the sex and BDSM themes running through. If you’re a fan of it, then I’d check this out.

Next review(s): White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Review – The Texas Cowboy

Published 07/03/2014 by leannecrabtree


Name: The Texas Cowboy

Author:  Katheryn Lane

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 4th December 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the problems.

When Vicky flies into Texas, she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However, her wealthy Dallas cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.

Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses—that is, until he meets Vicky. However, Vicky isn’t the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn’t always alone and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.

Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy’s past is about to destroy his future.

Once again I was attracted to the cover. Attractive guy. Cowboy hat. (I seem to like cowboys in stories, so I was sorted!)

The thing I feel I have to mention first is Laura. She is so annoying! She’s so reliant on image, it’s unbelievable. I wanted to smack her several times throughout the book.

Then I’ll mention Jack. That first meeting of eyes across the street, the wink and his words: “I’ve never been to England, but they say it’s real pretty. Welcome to Texas, Vicky. Give me a call sometime and I’ll show you the sights. I might even be able to show you a few things that your cousin doesn’t know about.” He gave he another broad wink and tipped his hat.” I liked him right then.

And as for Vicky. Good for her for wanting to go out with Jack, even while her cousin disapproves! As an English girl myself, I was cheering her on. Who doesn’t think about cowboys wanting to sweep you off your feet? Okay, probably not everyone but I like the idea.

The storyline seems to follow a series of unfortunate events between Jack and Vicky where they miss each others calls or see the other with someone else and jump to the wrong conclusions. When it all got resolved it was all very sweet and romantic.

It was a short read, just over 100 pages, but it was quite romantic when they finally got together and I liked it. If you’re looking for a short romance or a nice cowboy read then you should give this a try.

Links to book:

Amazon UK: The Texas Cowboy

Amazon US: The Texas Cowboy

Next review(s): N/A

Book Review – Broken Beauty

Published 10/12/2013 by leannecrabtree


Name: Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas, #1)

Author: Chloe Adams

Genre: Contemporary, Abuse

Release Date: 22nd September 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.

When socialite party girl Mia Abbott-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night — except that she is naked…hurt…terrified. Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants: the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father’s political ally.

Mia wants and needs justice. Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.

Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.

Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she’s left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.

This is a novella length story,  the first of six, and deals with the aftermath and issues surrounding rape. It was a tough read at times but a good strong story.

I felt sorry for Mia. Being brought up in a political family and then being raped…and her father wants to glorify it to get more voters so he can win his election. How twisted can your life get? Her family do and say things to get voters, whether it’s helping Mia cope or not–mainly not–and I wanted to scream and shout at them in her defence.

And despite all that, some people do care. Dom, the policeman that found her in the first place, tries to help her realise that the only way her attackers will not get away with it, is to tell the truth and stop following her family’s wish to let it drop. He’s so nice and gentle with her. Her friend, Ari, tries to do whatever Mia wants but seeing how she’s struggling…what can you do?

It’s an emotional and sometimes tough story to read but after finishing this, I’m looking forward to the next part in the series to see what Mia does next. I hope she’s strong enough to go against her family.

Next review(s): Forever, Jack or Addicted to You

Book Review – Offside

Published 05/12/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Offside (Barker Triplets, #1)

Author: Juliana Stone

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Release Date: 28th September 2012

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie’s talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their ‘men’s club.’

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters.  The townsfolk.  Her friends.  And yet, the only person whose opinion she cares about doesn’t seem to care much at all.  Logan Forest, the man who broke her heart when she was eighteen and the man she now shares the bench with every Friday night.

She’s got a lot to prove and though Billie Jo Barker scores on the ice, will this girl ever score with the man of her dreams?

It’s been on my kindle forever (it’s a freebie!!) and I thought it was about time I read it, and you know what? I enjoyed it. It’s the kind of contemporary romance I like.

Though how those triplets are related, I’ll never know. They’re always arguing and b*tching about one thing or another in each others lives and it drove me wild whenever they were together in the same room. I get sibling rivalry, but jeez, they were vicious!

As for the romance between Billie-Jo and Logan, I really liked it. It was slow and sweet and had me sighing at certain parts. As the story progressed and we saw hints about the past, I wasn’t expecting one thing that was revealed (though them being triplets, how did I not figure it out?!)

I liked the storyline, a female ex-professional ice hockey player playing on an all men’s team and showing them that she’s good enough to do it and in most cases better than them.

The bits we saw of Bobbie-Jo kinda made me like her, though I’m sure I’ll come to like her fully when I read her and Shane’s story. As for Betty-Jo, she seemed like a bit of a b*tch with what she did to Billie in this and at present I’m not a fan.

Bobbie-Jo’s story continues in Collide and Betty-Jo’s continues in Conceal.

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Finally decided…

Published 08/11/2013 by leannecrabtree

…what books to take. And here they are!


So these are the four lucky books I’ve chosen to take away with me. I always seem to do better reading the Morganville Vampire series when I’m abroad so books 13, Bitter Blood, and 14, Fall of Night, are coming with me. Then Blood Red Road is coming because I quite like a dystopia novel every now and then and finally my signed copy of Eversea just to add a bit of none paranormal/sci-fi to the mix.

I have been known to devour books in the down-time between outings while on holiday so you never know, I may end up coming back with more than I went with ;D

I’ll also be taking my notebooks with me, because with no laptop, that’s where my writing happens and hopefully San Francisco will give me plenty of ideas/inspiration for me to get on with books 0.5 and 3 in my Shifter Romance Novella series.

Cover Reveal – Storm Warning

Published 01/11/2013 by leannecrabtree


Name: Strom Warning
Author: E. Lee & C. Quinn
Release Date: December 12th


Sometimes you don’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and privileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret.
One has a crush.
One has been lying.
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.




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About the Authors

Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol’ dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly, or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one another, “Y’all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series,  Broken Heartland.

What books to take…?

Published 31/10/2013 by leannecrabtree

Is it strange that I’m already thinking of what books to take with me to San Francisco when I don’t go for another 11 days? I’m having a kindle vs paperback war, but considering I wont be taking my kindle charger with me, maybe it’s better to go for paperbacks. Plus, I have quite a selection to choose from. Now it’s just which ones to take…hmm?

Would you recommend any of the following?


Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Dystopia

Rising Darkness

The Maze Runner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

Confession (David de Morrissey, #3)

Eternity (David de Morrissey, #4)

The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1)

Touching Darkness (Midnighters, #2)

Blue Noon (Midnighters, #3)

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)

Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4)

Night Star (The Immortals, #5)

Everlasting (The Immortals, #6)

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, #13)

Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires, #14)

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

Adam (Nightwalkers, #6)

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

Until I Die (Revenants, #2)

If I should Die (Revenants, #3)

Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)

The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4)



Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3)

The Nearly Weds

Eversea (Eversea, #1)

(Un)like a Virgin

The Dark Side of Desire (Mills & Boon Modern)

Back in the Headlines (Mills & Boon Modern)

The Girl He’d Overlooked (Mills & Boon Modern)

One Perfect Summer (One Perfect #1)


Pictures of Lily

Crash Into You (Loving on the Edge, #1)

Melt Into You (Loving on the Edge, #2)

Love Potions

Going La La


Can’t Read

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) — Don’t have book 1 yet

Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, #4) — haven’t read book 3 yet

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (Kitty Norville #5)

Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, #8)

Nocturne — hasn’t arrived yet

Fallen In Love: New Tales From The Fallen World (Fallen, #3.5) — haven’t got 2 or 3

Book Review – Dance for Me

Published 16/06/2013 by leannecrabtree


Name: Dance for Me

Author: Helena Newbury

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Release Date: 24th June 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is about Natasha, a dancer–ballet being her favourite–who goes to an audition for a role in an advert but gets distracted during the audition by someone running into the room. Darrell, the distractor, is captivated by her and the ballet she performs and asks her to dance for him as his muse so he can figure out a way to make his latest project work.

Darrell was rather intriguing from the start and I liked how we saw him from Natasha’s POV first before seeing how he came to be at the audition from his own POV.

Helena must have done ballet at some point or this is one really well researched book.

Several chapters had me wanting to look online at the moves Natasha was performing with how well they were written; how beautiful it all sounded. Maybe it was Natasha’s feelings at those points in the book that made them seem so charged and captivating. And this coming from someone who has never had an interest in ballet.

I liked Clarrisa. And Neil. And Jasmine. I liked everything!

Would recommend you read this if you like a nice love story. It certainly had me captivated from early on.

Next review: Full Blooded (I think)

Book Review – Crossing

Published 20/05/2013 by leannecrabtree


Name: Crossing

Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: 8th May 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll start by saying I was intrigued by the name and back cover. Crossing? Crossing what?

Well it all makes perfect sense when you read it! Which I highly recommend you do if you want to read something different but highly emotional and romantic.

It deals with many issues in this book–which is what I like about the genre–including body image and how others judge you based on what you look like/dress like. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for you.

The story centres on Dani, a twenty year old student who’s attending Acting I at college in the hopes of becoming an actress or something similar. On her first day of class she is paired with Liam, an attractive 22 year old guy, who likes to work behind the scenes. The story, based on true events, tells us of their friendship which then turns into a relationship–and a romantic one at that.

I think it’s fair to say I fell for Liam around the 45% mark, maybe sooner if I was being honest. Probably about the time he chose to be friends with Dani instead of the stick-thin bitchy girls. Dani was fun and I found myself relating to her.

If you’d like to read something a little different, then I highly recommend this.

Next review(s):  Undeclared