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Introducing: The Haunting of Elmwood Manor by Pamela McCord – A Middle-Grade Mystery Novel

Introducing: The Haunting of Elmwood Manor by Pamela McCord – A Middle-Grade Mystery Novel

Ghost-stories are so much fun! This is just one of the reasons why I decided to feature The Haunting of Elmwood Manor by Pamela McCord, even though I usually do not share Middle-Grade books on this blog. But because this novel is so absolutely well-written, […]

A Steampunk Book You Should Not Miss: Introducing Heart Of The Colossus by Nicole Grotepas + Giveaway

A Steampunk Book You Should Not Miss: Introducing Heart Of The Colossus by Nicole Grotepas + Giveaway

Do you like Steampunk novels – and free ones to boot? Well, then you really should join Kindle Unlimited so that you can get your hands on this newly released Steampunk novel by Nicole Grotepas: Heart of the Colossus – the third installation of the […]

Book Review: The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan – A Dark, Twisted Romance

Book Review: The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan – A Dark, Twisted Romance

book review, erotic novel, romanceBook Details:

Title: The King’s Captive

Author: Amber Bardan

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: Feb. 13th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Erotica

 

My Thoughts: 

If you are a long time reader of this blog, you will probably already have heard me rant about how much  I dislike the first person, present tense narrative, that was made more popular by the 50 Shades of Grey books. I just recently reviewed Ida, which was an example of one of the books that did it wrong.

The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan is one of the very few books that has done it right. Despite the chosen narrative, the Author managed to entice me and keep me interested, because the main character – whose voice and thoughts and presented –  more often than not –  during this book is rather interesting and likable, despite her situation and actions. It is easy to connect with the story this way, and even more so important when the Author chooses to carry a book in narrative style. I have to be able to connect with the characters and their thoughts, otherwise, why would I want to spend any time in the head of a person I don’t care about, no matter how interesting the plot is?

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We do spend some time with the male main character as well – in the head of King – and it brings a unique point of view, that I don’t want to elaborate on because The King’s Captive’s plot is easy to spoil.

Speaking of plot, the storyline of The King’s Captive is equally as interesting and captivating as the person it is centered around. I was intrigued by all of the major and minor characters, as well, as their choices. What I did not expect is the twist, that is presented about ¾ way into the book – so brace yourself for that.

Keep in mind that The King’s Captive is classified as an erotic novel, even if it does not contain as much graphic sex as others in this genre do – it is still explicit and may disturb those who do not expect it. I personally would rather choose to call it a dark romance, with a high heat factor, but then I am used to the sometimes overly graphic nature of today’s contemporary romance novels.

If the heat does not bother you, and you are interested in a romance novel that does not fall into the standard form, then I highly recommend The King’s Captive is for you.

Book Rating

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

Book Summary:

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King.

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.
Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his.

Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous.

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too.

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.

I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.

Author’s Bio:

Amber is a #1 Amazon Bestselling, award-winning, author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.
After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fuelled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.
She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

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Book Blitz: Seven Ways To Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt – A Fast-Paced New Adult Romance

Book Blitz: Seven Ways To Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt – A Fast-Paced New Adult Romance

Opposites attract in Seven Ways To Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truit, a newly released New Adult Romance,  that has already found a lot of love from many book reviewers. Enjoy the excerpt below for a taste: Title: Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart Author: […]

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

Hi, everyone! As you can tell from this book blog, my taste in reading is rather diverse, with only a very few genres and book types I tend to stay away from, simply because I think most books are cool, and there is something to […]

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman – A Engaging, Practical Self-Help Memoir

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman – A Engaging, Practical Self-Help Memoir

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia RomanBook Details:

Title: The Joy Plan

Author: Kaia Roman

Genre: Self-Help, Memoir

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publication Date: July 14th, 2017

Note:

I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.

 

My thoughts on the book:

I have been surprised by a lot of books this year, more so than over the last few years, and I hope this will be a continuous trend, as – in my opinion, books, no matter what genre or subject – should make you grow from the experience of having read them. The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman is on that ever growing list.

This quick to read self-help book is a raw, emotional read that is a lot more practical than what I first envisioned it to be. I can relate to her sentiment of finding it liberating to discover one’s true nature hidden under a heap of accumulated trash. Been there, done that – hope to have learned that lesson, as much as the Author of this book has. Her journey from anxiety and depression toward a positive, and happy person was moving, and inspirational. I am not usually a fan of “memoir” style books but this book asks you to take action, and not just merely read a story of the Author’s life, which makes it probably the most practical memoir I have ever read.

Her take on practicing mindfulness using her senses, specifically taste, was nicely confirming what I have found true and valuable in my own daily practice. What brought this book home for me most, was the practical exercises that allowed the reader to create their own joy plan. It was very action-oriented, detailed and positive.

The Joy Plan is a very inspirational (and entertaining) self-help book, which I am unlikely to forget.

Book Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she co-founded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing-and lasted much longer than the initial month long project.

In this uplifting and eye-opening memoir, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, The Joy Plan is Kaia’s step-by-step guide to how she, and everyone else, can ditch the negative and plan for the joy in their lives.

 

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Book Review: Invisible by Hanos – A Transformational Book That Changes The Way You Look At The World

Book Review: Invisible by Hanos – A Transformational Book That Changes The Way You Look At The World

Book Details: Title: Invisible – The Hidden Reality Of Our Lives Author: Hanos Publisher: Sazmick Books Publication Date: July 8th, 2017 Genre: Self-help, Transformational My thoughts: I like books that surprise me, and lately, I have been confronted with a few books, fiction as well as […]

Book Review: Success – The Psychology of Achievement by Dr. Deborah Olson

Book Review: Success – The Psychology of Achievement by Dr. Deborah Olson

Book Details Title: Success – The Psychology of Achievement Author: Dr. Deborah Olson Publisher: DK Publishing Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017 Genre: Self-help My review: My first impression of Success – The Psychology of Achievement was that I was surprised and happy about the sheer […]

Guest Post: A Letter From An Author by Kirstin Smith

Guest Post: A Letter From An Author by Kirstin Smith

Guest Post by Kristin Smith:
A Letter From an Author
 
Dear Fabulous Reader,
Chances are, you don’t know me. You probably have never heard of me or my books. But I’m sure the cover has intrigued you somewhat, and so here you are, reading a letter from an author you know nothing about, and probably care nothing about. But that’s okay. I’m here to introduce myself.
My name is Kristin Smith, and I’m the author of Catalyst and its sequel Forgotten. To start off, there’s one thing you need to know. I always dreamed of having a book baby, of holding it and flipping through its pages. But nothing can prepare an author for the thrill of people loving their work. For readers reaching out and declaring that the Deception Game is their new favorite series. It’s like a Hallelujah Moment with angels singing in the background. It’s seriously the coolest thing ever.
But on the flip side, I know some people aren’t going to love it. Maybe the ending isn’t for them, or they’re not excited about the love interest (I haven’t heard that one yet, but you never know!). Whatever it is, it all comes down to one thing—publishing is subjective. I may love one book and you may despise it. Every time we read a novel, we are bringing all of our own “baggage” to the table. Certain things we’ve experienced can be like triggers, causing us to have different reactions based off our different experiences. And you know what the great thing is? We’re all entitled to our opinion. We can CHOOSE what we like and what we love and even what we hate.
When I first set out to write Catalyst, I had no idea I’d end up here. I mean, I’d hoped this would be “the one,” but there was no guarantee. Once it was finished, though, I knew I had something pretty amazing. And like an uncut gemstone, I polished and polished that baby until it shone. Am I proud of what I’ve created? Yeah, I think I am. Do I think everyone should read it? Of course! It’s a great story!
But then again, I AM a little biased. 🙂
                XOXO
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The Sheikh’s Forced Bride By Leslie North – A Review

The Sheikh’s Forced Bride By Leslie North – A Review

I hope you guys had a wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Day. I spent my evening reading some steamy romances, one of which I wanted to share with you today. I am so glad I have not given up on Leslie North, after the last series. […]