Friday, 17 October 2014

Blog Tour: Made in Nashville by Mandy Baggot | Review


The Book

Made in Nashville
Mandy Baggot

Coming February 6th 2014

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An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?

Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?

Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?

When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent?

Join the country scene to find out!

About the Author

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Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads.

Represented by Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency she is also a contributor to writing blogs, magazines and short story anthologies and regularly takes part in fiction festivals and literary events.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, Corfu, shoes and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

My Review

My keenness levels were high for Made in Nashville simply because I'm a bit (read as a massive) country music fan. It also makes reference to the TV show Nashville, and even features some of the actors from it - which is just awesome.

So, the thing that you're all dying to know: Jared is one smexy beast. He has this confidence and sureness about himself that made me kind of envious of him and made him hell attractive. He operates on his own set of moral codes, that may or may not necessarily align with those that are socially acceptable . . . now that I'm thinking about it, he is kinda violent (but only in a prudent sort of way, not a beat-a-man-half-to-death-for-kicks kind of way). My favourite part about Jared? The way that he rocks his country/rock style. Totally the best of both worlds.

Then on the other hand, there is Honor. If I'm being completely honest, she kinda annoyed me, how after she was attacked, she choose to 'victim' to be her new career for 10 YEARS. I get she had trauma and all that, but sticking your head in the ground for that long is a bit excessive. But all is not lost folks! Jared some managed to snap her out of it and, I must say, I liked her a lot more after that. She was still a little damaged, but she was pushing forward with her life - way more health and productive.

Overall, I really enjoyed Made in Nashville - except the last about 15-20%. Things kinda took a crappy turn and Honor became annoying to me again. I mean, I understand that it was a logical and necessary path for the story to take since it was set up earlier in the novel - BUT that doesn't mean I have to like it. However, Baggot managed to pull things back together for me and tie everything up in a nice, neat little bow for the closer of the book.

Made in Nashville is a book I would recommend to lovers of country music (however, not a necessity). It is a book about being true to yourself and dealing with what life throws at you - and if you happen to find love along the way, all the better.

3 out of 5

Monday, 6 October 2014

Cover Reveal: #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

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Cambria Hebert

The Hashtag Series #1

Coming November 3rd 2014
Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

HOP Giveaway: Books to Movies

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Books to Movies Giveaway Hop
October 2nd to 10th
Co-hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Bookhounds

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Review: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone

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Forever Kinda Love
Clara Stone

Lovelly #1

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

My Review

I found out about Forever Kinda Love when Stone sent me a tentative message on Twitter all, 'wanna review my book?' I'm very picky when it comes to agreeing to review requests, wanting to be sure that I'll enjoy it - because no one wants to be reading a book they're not enjoying. So I got myself a sample of the book and gave it a squizy before replying. It only took 3 chapters to have me hooked. I got to the end of the sample and I was like, 'I MUST HAVE MORE!' I have to thank Stone for her quick response and emailing me her novel within 15 minutes. This made me a very happy little book worm. I finished the book that night.

The novel is written in a switching POV of Ace and Heath. They both have a distinct voices and personalities that made it feel as if you are getting two stories for the price of one. It's full of usual high school drama you expect from a story about a cheerleader and star athlete, however it was refreshing for sport to be lacross rather than the usual football.

The writing I found to be engaging, however I found myself confused from time to time, unsure of what, exactly, was happening in the scene. I think it might've had something to do with information occasionally just been thrown at the reader without any preamble, making me feel off-balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Forever Kinda Love. However, there is one this that really bugged me. Heath's and Carrigan's nicknames are never explained. Never. I mean, I could understand that if they'd been like 'Carry' or somthing - but 'Iceman' and 'Ace'? An explanation would've been nice. Just sayin'.

Forever Kinda Love is a heartwarming story of best friends, love, and loss. Stone manages to find the perfect balance between humour, aww-moments, and serious real-life problems.

4 out of 5

Monday, 29 September 2014

Binge Reading

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So, I'm currently day 7 into my mid-semester break. What I love about it is FINALLY being able to catch up on all the reading that I can't manage to fit in between assignments.

So far, I have read 7 books this break.

3 of those were in one day . . . That's something that I don't think I've managed before.

The problem with me doing binge reading like this is that I just jump from one book to the next, too caught up in my excitement to remember that I need to write reviews for at least SOME of them.

Which leaves me sitting in front of my laptop 3 days and 2 books later trying to write a review, and I can't remember what I wanted to write about anymore. I think I need to aim to write reviews right after I finish reading the book and BEFORE I start reading another one...

Does anyone else have this problem?

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