Monday, May 12, 2014

BOOKLIGHT #3 - TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry

Hi Everyone, As I'm taking part in Bout of Books (which you can up to date with my progress through Twitter here and Instagram here) this month for the first time, I'm not going to be around to review very much until after the 18th... So I thought I would post the latest from my new feature Booklight, spotlight my most anticipated reads being released soon. This week I have a excerpt from one of my favourite YA Contemporary authors, Katie McGarry with her latest in her Pushing the Limits series, Take Me On. As you can see I'm currently reading it and absolutely loving it! Without further ado I bring you West...

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MIRAInk/Harlequin
Release Date - May 27th 2014

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honour. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping him fighting for her is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault her family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


I ASK WHY MORE THAN I SHOULD, some days I regret the decisions I make and most mornings I wake up on edge. The three don’t often combine, but today I hit the shit trifecta. Leaning against an aging telephone booth, I withdraw the envelope from my coat pocket and ignore the chill of the evening wind. The University of Louisville logo stands out in red across the top. I snagged the envelope yesterday before my parents figured out it had arrived. They’ve been stalking the mailbox, desperate for news that isn’t bad. 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

REVIEW - NASH (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover

Nash (Marked Men #4)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - Harper
Release Date - April 24th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 


Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down... and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
Previously only reading Rome in the Marked Men series, I was completely hooked and addicted. It really doesn't matter where you start because each man and woman is defined by their tattoos and their past and together bring an epic tale, of love, lust, loss and undeniable passion.

Each Marked Man is defined by their tattoo tied to their own history. Abandoned by his father, treated badly by his step-father and worthless towards his mother, Nash is thrown into the deep end to the beginning of his novel. Phil, his mentor, his role model, his manager and finally his biological father, is diagnosed with cancer. Nash's whole world collapses when he finally realises that the man who brought him up his whole life is in fact his father.This sort of reminds me of Star Wars "Luke, I am your Father". Whilst Nash is perceived as the bad ass with the ink and muscles, he is the opposite, the best way I can describe him is that he wears his heart on his sleeve and only a handful of people can see it. Whilst the pain of death and loss robs at Nash's mind, Saint becomes the stormy-eyed focus of Nash's distraction.

On the other end of the hospital, you have Saint, a stormy, red-headed, shy woman with a passion to help people, and a huge passion or crush on a certain visitor of her patient. Whilst on the end of the needle and medication she is faced with her first crush and her first broken heart. Nash was the person, who saw her, smiled at her and then crushed her when talking about her behind her back. Saint, is a workaholic, she has not time for herself or social life, but why does she seem to connect with him so much? Amongst her own life, she is stuck between the divorce and emotional impact of her mother and father's divorces alongside her pregnant sister.  At first I couldn't quite get to grips with Saint's character, she was a very complicated and closed person to really get connected too, but as we progressed throughout the novel we really saw a different side to her, a happy Saint when she was with Nash.

Between the two of them they really are 'opposites attract'. But they really do suit each other to a tea. Jay Crownover, creates the beauty of art and realism in life and of love. She doesn't want people to judge them by their looks which is proven by Nash's kind and true nature and Saint's feisty persona. What I enjoyed about this novel, was the quirkiness of the character's names, namely the female ones. We have Saint our main character, that certainly lives up to it. Royal, Nash's neighbour and cop and finally Salem, the new artist on the block and the focus of the Marked Men's next adventure, Rowdy. Although, I enjoyed it overall, I felt that in the beginning I was going backwards, there was no real meet and greet, or flirtiness towards each other, it was rather abrupt which slowed my pace a bit and the pace of the relationship. It was quite a interrupted and disjointed flow to their relationship especially between their perspectives.

Despite having a rather slow and average start to the book, I really enjoyed Nash's character and story toward the Marked Men series, but I think for me out of the ones I have read, their really isn't anything on Rome so far.. If you enjoy the works of Jessica Sorenson and Cora Carmack then this series is for you...

Rating - 3.5-4