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Wednesday, August 31, 2016



~ * ~ GIVEAWAY from Sofia Grey – ebook + Amazon GC ~ * ~
Walking through my memories

When I first wrote Perfect Stranger, my world was very different. It was the late 90’s, and I worked in Manchester, a bustling and vibrant city in the north west of England. Already, the city was changing. A terrorist bombing ripped out the centre of it, just two years earlier, but as everyone said at the time, they didn’t take the heart of the city. They rebuilt.

 I wrote the first draft while working in the IT sales industry, and populated it with characters inspired by the people I knew. Friends, co-workers, they all helped to shape my story, as did the city itself.

 Wind the clock forward eighteen years, and my memories of Manchester are just that. I now live thousands of miles away in New Zealand. My job is completely different. Very little about my life is the same. When I settled down to re-write Perfect Stranger it was like looking back through an old photograph album. The pubs where I hung out with my colleagues, the shops I went to, the very essence of Manchester coated every page. It felt like meeting up with an old friend.

 The finished story is different now. The secondary characters Jenny, Rob and Cade, play a more significant role than in my first draft, and the technology has been updated. After all, who uses flip-phones any more?

The locations I write about exist in real life. The Quayhouse pub. Dukes 92 bar. The Trafford Centre. And the house Kate moves into? That too, and there’s a whole other story about that, but not today.

~ * ~ GIVEAWAY ~ * ~
To celebrate the launch of Perfect Stranger, I’m giving away one e-copy to a lucky reader, along with a $10 Amazon giftcard. To enter, leave your details here.

The giveaway will stay open until 4 September.

P.S. Want to know what Dukes 92 looks like? Check out my Pinterest album for pictures. Pinterest

P.P.S. I have a Spotify list too, for the music that inspired the story. Listen along while you read: Spotify

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An irrational fear that she might leave when I was in the shower nagged at me, but she was still there, waking up. She squinted at me, unfocused, when I emerged from the bathroom, a towel around my middle. A second later, she snapped her eyes closed again and tugged the sheet over her head. Cute. She’d seen me in all my glory last night, yet was embarrassed about watching me dress? I shrugged into a fresh shirt, found clean boxers and socks, and selected another pair of suit pants.

While Kate continued to sleep, I called room service, checked my phone and email, and knotted a tie around my neck and put on my shoes. A glance at my watch confirmed the ugly truth. I couldn’t stay any longer.

I figured that level of drinking wasn’t usual for her, and she’d most likely have a headache this morning. I dug out some painkillers and a chilled bottle of water, and placed them on the bedside cabinet. Inching the sheet lower, to see her face, I couldn’t hold back my smile. She was irresistible.

“Morning, gorgeous.” I dropped a fleeting kiss on her lips, and she opened her eyes. God. What I wouldn’t give, to climb back into bed with her. “I’m really sorry, but I have an early meeting, and then I’m straight back into the conference.” When she tugged her eyebrows together in a hint of a frown, I added, “I’ve ordered room service for you, and it’ll be here soon.”

“Mmm, ‘kay.” She stared at her hands, where they lay tangled on the bedclothes. She wouldn’t meet my gaze.

Did she think I was ditching her? The idea made my heart pound. “Hey.”

She glanced up at me and then skittered her gaze away again.

“Last night was amazing. You were amazing.” I captured her cheeks with my hands and claimed her mouth in a deep kiss. Hot damn. I wanted her all over again. Pulling back a fraction, I found my voice. “I’ll be free by seven. Meet me for dinner?”

There was a long pause. My gut churned with an unfamiliar sensation. “Uh, huh,” she muttered, and then burrowed back under the covers. Okay. So she felt awkward about morning-after protocols. I was never sure about them either, but one thing was crystal clear—I couldn’t wait to repeat the experience with her.

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.

Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

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Friday, August 26, 2016


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

***Please note,  ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

This was exactly the kind of read I needed. Come at me with a Houston boy, southern drawl and all and you are GOLDEN! Brownie points right out the gate! One night stands that turn into a great big love story typically bores me to death. Simply because it has literally been done, you guessed it, to. death. Perfect Stranger however slaps the reader with a heavy dose of reality that strips away any preconceived notion of 'fluff'. It ain't all rainbows and unicorns ladies!

The first half of this book was perfect and that's not something I say lightly. Jordan, Kate, their meeting, their chemistry, everything just fit so perfectly. All the while, another side story began brewing that had my full attention as well. I found myself fully invested in each and every character and how they were all connected in some way, shape of form.

The twist, however, created a shift for me. It wasn't the twist itself, or the fact that I saw it coming a mile away. It was the character reaction to the twist that caught me off guard. Jordan didn't quite make sense and Kate all but floored me. It felt a bit out of character for both, given what I had come to learn of them up to that point. Once I got over that aspect of things, I was able to go back to drooling over Jordan. Poor, stupid, he's no idea what he's doing, Jordan. God love him. Heavy swooning occurred, not to mention some teary eyes...

The side story that I mentioned above was that of Rob, Jenny and Cade. I was extremely disappointed that the rest of their story played out off screen. When the ending came and all the storylines were wrapped up with a pretty bow on top, I felt cheated. That trio deserved their own book. Even though I know how things ended, I would still go back and read their journey. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 21, 2016


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Symbol of Redemption is book #2 in the Symbols Duet series by Nataly Orekhov and is a continuation of Alice's story and struggles. Just as with book #1, Symbol of Treason, the story telling is very vivid and imaginative. In most cases, this is a great quality but with this installment, the lyrical writing style confused me a bit by not only making it hard to know who was talking but also what era they were in. Logan comes across as ancient. I could easily see his character in say, a historical romance or even paranormal where the gorgeous twenty-somethings are actually hundreds or thousands of years old. He and Alice both, their way of speaking is just too similar to one another. It would have been nice to have the chapters labeled so I knew whose POV was about to take place. In some cases, it was noted but not always. It should be noted that I received the PDF copy so the final cut may perhaps take care of this issue. Even so, the two leads way of speaking is just too similar for my taste. Something else that would have been beneficial? A recap of book #1. Most of what took away from the story was my inability to 'keep up'. This series has multiple characters and without some type of backstory refresher, I found myself almost halfway through before things really started to click.

It was also at around the 50% mark that things really picked up and carried the type of pacing I'm most fond of. A lot was happening all at once yet the author managed to keep it clear and concise. The ultimate 'showdown' was nicely done. I'm not the biggest fan of Alice I'm afraid or maybe it's her interactions with Logan. I much preferred her scenes with everyone else. I liked the dynamic between she and Lex , not to mention, Gabe. Speaking of Gabe, the reserved, brooding, machine. He's easily my standout character and while I do hope he gets his own book in the future, I'm a bit nervous about that as well. For me, don't go there unless you're willing to go. there. What has so far been revealed about his past is dark, disturbing and brutal. Symbol of Redemption has violence, sex, etc but on a limited exposure basis. Not quite fade to black but it's more of a PG13 approach to an R rated situation. A scene or two is fine but when the entire series and character(s) background is dark, you gotta be willing to show that darkness.

At the end of the day, Ms. Orekhov is a talent with a vivid imagination and fluid storytelling. For me, I saw growth and a bit more grit in this installment and if Gabe is next (and I do hope he is!), please, rip open the hearts of your readers. Go. there.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"How about this: we're a couple because we fuck like freight trains, and there ain't nobody else around can handle us."~Isaac

^ This.

Hells bells did I enjoy this book! It was recommended to me a long time ago and I'm now kicking myself in the ass for waiting so long to get around to it. I only have 4, yes, FOUR lines of notes on this one. Not that there wasn't PLENTY to note. It's simply because I couldn't be bothered by pausing long enough to pick up a pen. I do love me some MC romance but this, this was in a league all its own!

Right out the gate, such an emotional prologue. It truly set the tone for our heroine, Lilli's, background and personality. She is bold, badass and you had best stay out of her damn way. Thankfully, Isaac likes it rough, and so it goes...

I'm just gonna blabber on for a few minutes so please bare with me. I LOVE how the cliché's are kicked to the curb here. Isaac is the EPITOME of alpha male. He's dark, gritty, crass and passionate almost, ALMOST to a fault. He has no manners, LOL and to be honest, you just cant take him anywhere! Not that you would even want to leave the house but I digress. He's not some slick, bare chested 20 something on a bike. While I'm not really a fan of hairy men, I have to applaud the author for all that is Isaac. GASP!  A man who doesn't wax or shave his chest? No real man-scaping to note? And what do you mean he's 39 years old?!


Both of these characters are questionable at best and extremely rough around the edges. Neither trust easily, for good reason, yet someway, somehow, they manage to look beyond all the grey matter. I can't even address my favorite scenes as it would require a basic copy/paste of a good 3/4 of the book! When they love, they love hard. When they fight, duck! Isaac is delicious and Lilli, as bat shit crazy as she can be, is one of my favorite heroines to date! This isn't your typical love story. It's dark, raw and touches on subject matters that may generate triggers in some readers. It isn't all roses and unicorns jumping rainbows. You will laugh, cry and blush a few times over. Bottom line, read this book. In fact, I'll give ONE away right now! Kindle version...who wants it?


My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

***Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

***Slightly spoilerish***

I wanted to love this book, like really REALLY love this book. Dante was a stand out for me in book 1 of the Guardian Archives series and I couldn't wait to see how his story would unfold. Unfortunately, his appeal didn't carry over.

The intro was stunning. Loved every single word of it. It wasn't Dante though, it featured the prince and his queen and it was perfection. I settled in and couldn't wait to dive further. Then there was reference where Dante viewed another particular character as a 'little sister'. Gut. Punched. Even having finished this installment, I still say a HUGE opportunity was blown here.

Having said that, it wasn't the cause for my chosen rating. Firstly, I didn't like Dante. For me, his appeal was all but gone at the word go and it never really recovered. His constant gushing was annoying and so syrupy sweet that I needed him to just stop talking. He fell to the background and took Gio with him. I didn't care for her either. Then there was Maddox, who was basically a cartoon. Granted, it's hard to invest in a book where you're not fond of the main couple. Thing is, it didn't really feel like it was their book. Yes, there is a part 2 but if it's Dante's book, I need him to shine throughout. On a side note, barebackin' it with some dude you know zilch about, simply taking his word for it? No. The excessive use of the term 'feed' when it comes to sex was just entirely too much, overkill.

Speaking of sex, the backstory of the Gods and the descendants was fascinating. I wanted to know more and more and more but omg, the sex was endless. I mean literally at every turn to the point where I had to start skimming. Unfortunately, it helped kill the story for me. The supporting cast, did however, have my full attention. Ki and Thia? YES PLEASE.  Resiayanna and Sabrael? YES PLEASE. Christoff and Jade? YES PLEASE and I have to say, Zaqar and Myrrine were EVERYTHING!!! Alas, there was simply too much going on yet not enough of what really mattered. Not turned off to the point of tossing the series, yet not intrigued enough to jump straight into the next installment. I'll pick up Dante Part 2 sometime down the road.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Tell me to stop," he chokes out. "Tell me not to touch you."~Ronan

Hells bells. A, Zavarelli is KILLING ME and I'm loving every minute of it. This is a new to me author,  that I already gave the first installment, Crow, 5 stars (you can read my review HERE and now yet ANOTHER 5 stars for book 2? That just doesn't happen.

We met the tall, brooding question mark of a man in book 1. Ronan, aka Reaper, is...gah, I feel like broken isn't exactly the right word to describe him. He's a machine and has been since he was very young. What he knows, he knows well, everything else though,...basic, simple, human emotions and interactions are completely lost on him.  He's always dressed to the nines and his child like brown eyes shine through black rimmed glasses. And then...he blushes. Done. I was totally and completely done for.

He's nicknamed Reaper for a reason and again, what he does, he does well but it's brutal and mindless and in the back of his mind, he thinks that maybe, just maybe, he's worth more, ready to come out of the basement. And of course, there's a girl. The love story that plays out is stunning, raw and beautiful. The development was flawless and the chemistry is off the charts. White hot sex scenes that will both break and melt your heart simultaneously. While really impressive, it's his relationships with other characters that earned 5 stars from me.

Lachlan, aka Crow, from book 1 is his brother, in every way that matters. He can get through to Ronan in a way that no one else can. Crow has a good handle on how to keep Ronan level without robbing him of his pride. I love their interactions, each and every time. The backstory on how Crow and his mother came across Ronan...sigh, have your Kleenex ready.

Then we have Ronan's very reluctant friendship with Mack. This is where I fan-girl'ed the hardest. These two couldn't be more opposite. She's like a hyper little Chihuahua biting at his ankle but one that he doesn't have the heart to take to the pound. She annoys the ever living shit out of him and yet she has a soft spot for him and even though she doesn't know his background, she wants to help him find his happiness and in many ways, his child like interactions with her are heartbreaking yet you'll have a giant smile on your face the entire time.

Sigh...I just love this series, this author, can't wait for more!

*This is a dark read that may be difficult for some readers, various 'triggers' throughout.



I have never read a book about Astral projection and I loved every minute of the world K.J. McPike has created. I've read many paranormal books and this was a breath of minty freshness! 
I need the sequel, and I needed it yesterday. I was skeptical, sad, shocked, angry, annoyed, with a few laughs in between......let's just say if you ever find yourself able to astral project, don't flap your wings like a chicken to fly around! LOL

Lali is your typical teenager living in a rural town, except her loving mother suddenly just left her, her 4 siblings and father dumbfounded. Just a few weeks before Lali's 16th birthday too. Now they're all trying to navigate their lives while trying to live with the fact that their mother is just gone. 

Midnight on Lali's 16th birthday is when her life was twisted even further upside down....and suddenly Lali is having some crazy "dreams".

Enter Kai. I wasn't sure how to feel about Kai, initially I felt his story was a little too coincidence for him to show up and need Lali's help..I was quite skeptical but Lali was too blinded by the promises he made...eventually he had me hooked and damn it, I needed them to kiss already! But alas, technically this is a YA book and no hanky panky. He had me, oh he had me with his chiseled muscles and his relentlessness for find someone he loves, he lost me for a bit and I wanted him to burn but in the end I just wanted to cry for him. 

There is 1 scene that get's Lali into quite the pickle.....and as she's building up to this I'm just screaming noooooo
Lali's sibilings, oh goodness, those are some characters! I cannot wait to see what is in store for them. 

The 2 characters I didn't much care for, were Lali's best friends at school. They were pretty much terrible friends and I felt like they weren't much needed in the story at all. It felt almost like they were secondly written in. I couldn't stand Paisley or her shadow twin chick. Nelson was a weiny. lol.

The cliffhanger! Ugh.....not the worst cliffhanger I've ever had but damn it......WHERE'S THAT SEQUEL?!

Monday, August 8, 2016



James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate - an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former Pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can't resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.
Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock the dormant Succubus instincts within her – an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.
Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and… wickedly seductive – his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.
Will Katya’s passion be able to conquer the darkness within his soul or will James let her go?
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