Thursday, 17 August 2017

Blog Tour: Jodi Ellen Malpas's "Forbidden."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Jodi Ellen Malpas's "Forbidden."


Synopsis:

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he's forbidden.

Review: Surj & Jo 

Jo:  OMG!! This book was bloody fantastic, compelling, addictive and full to the brim with heat, passion and risk. I couldn't put it down, reading it in two days. The only reason I put my kindle down was to charge the battery. Lol! Jodi Ellen Malpas has weaved her magic yet again with a book that is going to get everyone talking and you will want to read it so you don't miss out. "The Forbidden" was a story that took my breath away.

"I made a promise to myself, Annie. I promised myself if the 
fates brought you back to me, I wouldn't let you go."

Surj: I couldn't agree more Jo. "The Forbidden" is a book that is definitely going to have those tongues wagging but of course we couldn't possibly tell you why. If you haven't read the synopsis, then we would definitely say, don't. Go in blind like we did and let Annie and Jacks story take you by complete surprise, it'll be worth it we swear.  There are so many parts that left us shocked and gob smacked but it was "that" part (you'll know when you get to it) that left us feeling like the air had quite literally been sucked out of our lungs and our hearts had stopped beating. You know that saying "Go big or go home?" Well Jodi Ellen Malpas went big. She went big and she went "there." 


My heart is begging him not to go. But my head is
throwing him out and telling him to leave me alone.

Jo: You are so right, Surj. I have always loved a tale of forbidden love, so I knew that this was a book for me, but what I wasn't prepared for was how much Annie and Jack's story would shock me. The way in which their story was played out was not what I expected at all and I loved that Jodi was able to surprise me. I totally agree with Surj, do not read the synopsis. The best way to read this novel is to go in completely blind. I would also recommend having someone to buddy read with. You will want someone to share your thoughts with as there are so many OMG moments. I was continuously messaging Surj. I was just in shock throughout the entire story.  


Because no matter which way you look at this, what I'm doing is wrong. 
What Jack is doing is wrong. How we're feeling is wrong. 

Surj: "The Forbidden" was a book that had us questioning right and wrong. Was it as simple as things being black and white or was there a murky grey bit in the middle? We can imagine everyone will have their own opinions but for us, our moral compasses were definitely put to the test as the many layers to the characters and the story were revealed. We love that this author wasn't backwards in coming forwards when it came to how Jack and Annie's story unraveled. She made the situations the characters found themselves in realistic and their behaviours and reactions to those situations believable (as frustrating as that was at times). This ensured we felt every single emotion the characters went through and then some. 


My world isn't slowly falling apart. It's crashing down around me,
and I feel like it's out of my control. 

Jo: As well as the forbidden element there was also a hell of a lot of drama that unfolded throughout the story that kept us gripped. I cannot believe how much happened in just a standalone read. There was never a dull moment in Jack and Annie's life which in turn kept me on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. I was fully invested in what was happening and rooting for Jack and Annie to find a way to make their relationship work. I firmly believed that they should have been together, despite the situation that they were in. Although thinking back there was a few occasions where I questioned Jack's behaviour and left me wondering if he was to be trusted. However, deep down they made an amazing couple with so much chemistry between them that it was impossible not to be caught up in the excitement of it all. 


"I was always yours. Even when I didn't know you. And you were always mine. 
It just took us a while to find each other."

Surj: So as you can tell, we absolutely loved "The Forbidden." The story, the writing, the characters... the whole bloomin' lot. We honestly couldn't recommend this standalone enough. It had everything we want from a good romance and ultimately, it was unputdownable and that really says it all. So for us, this was a ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️  It couldn't be anything less!!!!! 


About Jodi: 

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. 

Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction. Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time. With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017. 

All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world. Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers

Movie News: bit.ly/JEM-Movies

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Release Blitz: Pepper Winters "Thousands (Dollar # 4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz for Pepper Winters "Thousands (Dollar # 4)."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2i1lY7X
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2vzpyv7

Synopsis:

“Love had been stolen from me for reasons entirely my fault. But then a miracle happened, and Pim gave me something I thought was lost forever. She gave me a love I’d earned. Love that ruined me. Love that made me hopelessly hers…”

Once upon a time, I didn’t think I’d ever be normal. 
Now, I’m talking and trusting, and it’s all thanks to Elder. 
He gave me my life back, and I gave him my heart, but love stories like ours are never simple. 
I did something to protect him. 
He did something to survive me. 
We screwed up. 
And now, it’s no longer just about us. 
It’s about safety, sanctuary, and sin.

Review: Surj

Oh Pepper Winters, you have absolutely slayed me. I've got to start with the ending of "Thousands" because OMG, that was explosive, it was epic, it was crazy, it was just ... wow. I don't think my heart will be returning to it's normal rhythm any time soon. Holy cow, such an expected turn of events that has me so excited and so giddy yet so nervous and anxious too!!!!! I'm sorry I had to start my review with this but trust me, when you get to the last few pages, you'll understand why I feel the need to scream and shout about it!!!!! 


My ugly truth was out, and this woman treated me as if 
I was so, so strong for surviving it. 

Okay, so now on to the main body of my review for "Thousands." This 4th instalment in the "Dollar" series was such an emotional rollercoaster ride of a read and my heart truly hurt for both Pim and Elder. Pepper Winters continued to use my vital organ as a punch bag time and time again and just when I thought there was light at the end of the tunnel, that my emotions might get a reprieve, she'd deliver another blow leaving me devastated. 

 In "Hundreds," we got to strip back the many layers of Pim and Elder and  really got an insight into each of them as individuals. We saw each of their characters develop and change and we were really able to get a handle on their hopes, dreams and fears. In "Thousands" we saw a continuation of this , with both characters trying to come to terms with the people they had become as a result of circumstance. Pim really came into her own in this book, embracing her new found strength and feistiness and to be honest, out of the two, she really was the stronger one. She knew exactly what she wanted and had every intention of getting it. 


She was no longer my prisoner- she was my jailer, and I would happily
remain sentenced to her for the rest of my godforsaken life. 

Elder continued to be a tough nut to crack. He felt like he was consumed with grief and guilt. It appeared his life was ruled by obsession, addiction and obligation and there just seemed no way of overcoming it. It was like ground hog day. Two steps forward, two steps back and start all over again. He was dealing with so much it felt like he was drowning at times,  the weight of his demons crushing him. 

When it came to Elder and Pim as a couple (or not as the case may be), god did I feel the intensity of their struggle. With so much baggage, so many demons and so much fear, I felt their desperation of wanting to be together but equally the fear that was tearing them apart. I willed for things to work out between the couple but I knew that Mrs Winters was not going to make it so easy. She was going to make my heart bleed before she allowed it to be glued back together. 


This was pure fucking love, and I sank to the bottom
of it and I didn't care if I drowned. 

There were a number of revelations that came to light in this book which meant a number of big questions I'd had were finally answered. But of course this is Pepper Winters so be prepared for more twists and turns because as you already know, this story is definitely straight forward. And with the past and present inevitably colliding, be prepared for those heart stopping, jaw dropping moments that will steal your breath away. 

I will hand it to this author though because I definitely felt like a kid on Christmas morning, being spoiled as I came face to face with characters I'd grown to know and love from previous books. Oh ho my heart did a happy dance!!! 


She was the opposite of me. She was everything good, and the more I 
fell for her, the worst I dragged her into my world and made her bad. 

"Thousands" was such an intense, emotional read with Pepper's words ensuring that every word, every emotion was felt down to my very soul. But I gotta say, I need "Millions" like yesterday!!! Seriously, I need the ending. I need that HEA!!!! 

I rated "Thousands" ❤️❤️❤️❤️



About the Author:

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years. 

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Blog Tour: EK Blair's "Crave (Crave # 1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for EK Blair's "Crave (Crave # 1)."

Amazon.com:      http://amzn.to/2wTKb2X
Amazon UK:       http://amzn.to/2w2aypS

Synopsis:

Kason and Adaline.

From the moment they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop would be, though.

Loving Adaline was all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel, forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.

Review: Surj 

When it comes to EK Blair, the only books I've read of hers are the "Black Lotus" series and "Author Anonymous" both of which were as crazy and as f**ked up as you can get. Mind blown doesn't even come close so I guess when I read the synopsis of "Crave," I was expecting something along the same lines. Well what a surprise this was because "Crave" was nothing like those books, nothing at all and to say this author did a complete 180 when it comes to her writing would be an understatement. I've got to say though peeps, the story I got as a result of this change in direction was phenomenal and yes, it absolutely blew my mind. 


My truth is so unworthy of the girl my heart has started attaching itself to. 
When I think about how pure she is, it only reminds me of how dirty I am. 

"Crave" was an unexpected read that I'm dying to talk to the world about it but I can't. There is so much I want to say but I feel there is a reason why this author chose to be vague in the synopsis. She wanted to give her readers that element of surprise and boy did she do that. From the sub genre to the characters, from storyline to the twists, I loved what felt like such a natural course for Adaline and Kason's story. But as much as I've said this hasn't followed in the same footsteps as some of this author's other books, please don't think this will be a walk in the park kind of read. Hell no. This story played on my mind so much so that I found myself wide awake at 3am thinking about the characters and desperate to know how it would all end. 


"This feels like a dream. You feel like a dream."
"Then lets never wake up."

In terms of the characters, it was difficult not to love each and every one of them. They were full of so much heart and soul and they weaved their way into my affections so very easily. I felt their joy and sorrow, their anguish and heart ache, their insecurities and vulnerabilities, their guilt and shame, their highs and lows, god did I feel such an overwhelming melee of emotions. And then when it all went tits up, I felt like my heart would never beat again, that feeling of being on a knife's edge a constant. 


The two of us stare into each other's brokenness, and I swear I can
feel him breathing through the holes of my wounds...

I love the way this author covers subject matters that are... let's say "unique" for want of a better word and she definitely did that in "Crave." She absolutely put her own stamp on the subject matter that's for sure, making this book as unique as they come but also making it unpredictable so amen to that. 

Another job well done EK Blair. The writing as always was impeccable  the words stamping themselves on my emotions. The visuals ensured I felt like I was a fly on the wall experiencing this book instead of just reading it and the story line, well what can I say other than there was so of meat on the bone and plenty to sink my teeth into. I absolutely loved "Crave" and cannot wait to get my mitts on the final instalment in this duet. Hands down a ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

She understands me when I don't even understand myself. 
She's forgiving when I refuse to forgive the things I've done. 
And she gives me hope in the eye of hopelessness. 



Author Bio:

E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word. 

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath. 

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between. 














Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review: Diane Albert's "Falling for the Groomsman (Wedding Dare #1)."


Synopsis: 

Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast.Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they’re trapped together at a destination wedding, she’s going to get her revenge.

Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine’s arms had felt right…until he realized what he’d taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she’s making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away. 

With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time’s up, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…

Review: Jo 

I picked this book up as it was on sale and it sounded like my kind of read. "Falling for the Groomsman" got off to a promising start and I found myself enjoying what I was reading. The premise of the story was a good one and I was intrigued to know more. Tyler and Christine once upon a time had a one night stand together that they each found impossible to move on from. Skip a few years and now the pair were given a second chance after finding themselves in the same place at the same time. It seemed like fate was giving Tyler and Christine a little helping hand. 

"All this time he’d been telling her he wasn’t looking for a relationship. And now? 
He couldn’t think of anything but being in one with her. 
Only her. She had to be his forever."

I liked how this story developed and the characters were also easy to root for, however there did come a time in the book when the constant push and pull between Tyler and Christine began to drive me a bit loopy. I really wanted to bang this couple's heads together in parts. I'm all for playing hard to get but you can only do it for so long before the reader becomes frustrated. I did think about giving up at one stage, however because I felt invested in Tyler and Christine, I decided to continue. I truly wanted to see this crazy pair work things out because when things were going well between them, they made a lovely team. I wanted Tyler and Christine to grab the second chance that they had been given and find their HEA.

"I didn’t want to want you so badly it hurt to breathe without you. 
But that’s what I got.”

"Falling for the Groomsmen" turned out to be an okay read so it gets 3.5 hearts from me.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Review: Ellie Cahill's "I Temporarily Do."


Synopsis: 

Days before she's set to move across the country and start a prestigious graduate program, a con artist leaves Emmy with no where to live and less than zero dollars in her bank account. But her day doesn't seem quite so bad compared to Beckett's--his fiancĂ©e called off their wedding just days before they tie the knot. Now he's single and ineligible for his place in married student housing. 

So what are a girl without a home and a guy without a wife supposed to do? A quickie wedding in Vegas will solve both their problems. It's a business arrangement, and no one even needs to know. They'll just get an annulment in a few months. What could go wrong? 

Only Beckett forgot to mention his new apartment is a one-bedroom. And neither of them counted on their new friends at Middlesex University thinking they're a great couple. 

The platonic newlywed game might be harder to play than Emmy thought. Especially when it starts to feel less than platonic. 

Review: Jo 

After reading and loving Ellie Cahill's previous work, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book and I was not disappointed. The synopsis sounded like a fun and romantic tale and that is exactly what I got. This friends to lovers story was the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. I loved "I Temporarily Do." 

"I could live without breathing, surely, if he would just keep kissing me forever." 

Following two extremely unfortunate events, Emmy and Beckett found themselves needing one another to solve the predicaments that they were both in. What followed was an entertaining read that I highly enjoyed. Emmy and Beckett's romance was very much a slow burn, but not the frustrating, I want to throw my kindle at the wall kinda slowness. It was a beautiful build up of love and lust that kept me turning those pages. Once Emmy and Beckett had taken their relationship to the next level, the pace picked up and my pulse rate quickened. The last half of the story was my favourite. Emmy and Beckett's passion kicked up a notch and the story was filled with heat, heart and an unpredictable twist that completely took me by surprise. 

"He smiled wide enough to make my heart melt before he kissed me. 
A perfect, movie-ending kiss for all the world to see. 
No secrets. Nothing fake. Just us." 

With fantastic characters (Especially Beckett who was so lovely), brilliant writing and an ending that was truly perfect for Emmy and Beckett, this was a book that I enjoyed every minute of reading and left me with a huge giddy smile on my face. It was well worth the read and I didn't want it to end. 

"Temporarily I Do" gets 4 hearts from me.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Review: A Meredith Walters "Exploited (Zero Day # 1)."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2htdmqI
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2vyn2Gk

Synopsis:

In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

Review: Surj 

I absolutely love A Meredith Walters as an author and the synopsis of her latest book "Exploited" definitely had me intrigued. The plot sounded unique and I was excited to see where this story of cat and mouse would go. Unfortunately it guts me to say that the execution of this one was a little hit and miss for me. 

It was easier to lie when you didn't care. And that was the problem. 

"Exploited" was a slow burner of a story, too slow at times and I did find my attention waning. I do think that (in part) this is why I felt very little for the characters. I didn't dislike them but equally, I didn't love them either. I was hoping things would pick up when Hannah and Mason got together but unfortunately, as a couple they didn't excite me at all, despite the secrets, lies and motives. Even the ever thickening plot wasn't enough to keep me captivated. I wanted more. I needed more. 

Truth is a liar's plaything. Those closest to us are the biggest deceivers. 

Fear not peeps, I finally got more. Things definitely picked up pace in the second half of the book and by the end, "Exploited" was unputdownable. Holy moly, I couldn't read fast enough and was desperate to see how things would unravel. This really was quite the ending and one that I couldn't have predicted in a million years. Will I read the next instalment in hannah and Mason's story? Hell yes. There is so much I need to know and so many questions I need answering. 

I was building a false fairy tale on a bed of lies. 
And it was beautiful. 

All in all, "Exploited" was a book of two halves and gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Review: Lisa Renee Jones's "Damage Control (Dirty Money #2)."


Synopsis: 

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

Review: Jo 

I loved the first book in the "Dirty Money" series, it was one of my favourite books from last year, so I was itching to get started on this second part. "Damage Control" started off brilliantly, continuing with everything that I loved from Shane and Emily's story. The first few chapters were fast paced, exciting and full of passion. I was once again hooked and couldn't read it fast enough. 

Unfortunately, once I had reached the thirty percent mark, things started to go down hill for this story and I found myself beginning to lose interest. For me, I felt as though the second half lacked the same heat and intensity and I also felt dizzy with everything that was going on between Shane, Emily and their families. There was so much drama surrounding the couple that it affected the flow of the story and the direction was moved away from Shane and Emily's relationship which meant that I was missing the romance element. Despite my feelings, I did continue with the book, hoping to see a return of the passion, however I was left disappointed as my pulse rate remained at the same steady pace. 

I had high hopes for this book and I was truly gutted that it didn't meet my expectations. 

"Damage Control" gets 3 hearts from me.