Monday, 26 January 2015

Release Day Blitz: The Summer Series Box Set by C.J. Duggan | Plus Giveaway!

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The Book

Summer Series Box Set
C.J. Duggan

Summer #1-3

Published January 26th 2015

Purchase:
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Enter a world of sweltering Aussie summers, fabulously addictive characters and sweet intoxicating romance in C.J Duggan’s SUMMER SERIES.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER
After first shift disasters, rude wealthy tourists, and a taunting ex boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come from working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer, and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love, and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.
It will be a summer she will always remember.

AN ENDLESS SUMMER
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

THAT ONE SUMMER
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
About the Author

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C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Review: Dating Trouble by Anna Katmore

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Dating Trouble
Anna Katmore

Grover Beach Team #5

Published January 15th 2015

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Trouble has never looked so hot…

Sue wants Ethan, and Chris wants Sue.

Drawn to Ethan and intrigued by Chris, Susan Miller finds herself caught between identical twin brothers at her school. When both of them start wooing her at the same time, she only has to take her pick. Right? Wrong! Ethan is reluctant to kiss her, and Chris wants her for the completely wrong reasons.

Nothing like his obliging and sweet brother, Chris Donovan has trouble written all over him. He changes girls like other guys change t-shirts, and the next trophy on his little list is Susan. That’s the last thing she wants, yet she finds herself responding to all the goodnight texts and other cheeky messages Chris sends. The guy has a way of getting under her skin like no one ever has before.

How long will it be until Susan falls for his smooth charm and gets herself into more trouble than she can possibly handle? And where does that leave Ethan?

My Review

To say that I was excited for the release of Dating Trouble is an understatement. I bought and read the book the day that it came out - my binge reading at its worst. I think what had me most excited is that the novel is about Susan, the character I (and probably most other bookworms) related with most in the earlier books.

Dating Trouble is probably the longest of the Grover Beach Team series, being more a novel than a novella. This meant that you get more sweet and funny moments, which is always a good thing. Now that I think about it, as the series has progressed, the books have gotten longer and had more depth to them.

During one scene, I totally felt that Katmore missed a golden opportunity when Susan finally worked out that Ethan has a twin.
“To avoid another disaster, I stopped in my tracks, spun around, and walked back to the guys. Hunter was laughing, but Chris still had his eyes on me. I must have made quite the impression. Not a very good one, I was sure.

As I stood in front of him once more—and boy, the brothers did look incredibly alike—I fished a pen from my schoolbag and reached for Chris’s arm. Explaining myself wasn’t going to help me much, I supposed, so without a word, I shoved the sleeve of his white sweatshirt up to his elbow and pulled his forearm to me. Then I scribbled my number on him.”
Up until that last sentence, I really thought that she was going to write "CHRIS" on his arm so she could tell the brothers apart. I personally think that would've been hilarious, and if I'm being honest, something that I have done before ;) However, I do understand why she did it the way that she did, since it prompted a necessary scene later on.

There was really only two things that bothered me about this book. Susan never works out how to tell the twin apart. I know that they are identical twins, but I have known identical twins and there are always small physical differences between them. With the amount of time that she spent with the brothers, you'd think that she'd be able to tell them apart. I guess that's something she'll have to work on in the future...

The other is that it didn't seem to bother Chris that he was effectively trying to steal away his brother's (kinda) girlfriend. I mean, they shared a womb! And like most twins, are really close to one another. Even more strange, was Ethan didn't seem to care? I don't know, it confused me. Little niggles in the grand scheme of things, but niggles all the same.

Basically, I loved Dating Trouble, and it's probably my favourite of the series so far. It's sweet, witty, and funny as you would expect for the genre, plus also having a serious side plot. Now I just have to impatiently wait for the next installment to come out... I think that I read somewhere that the next one is Dating Trouble told from Chris's POV... I think I feel a squee building up in me.


opopo
4 out of 5

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

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Between the Lives
Jessica Shirvington

Published May 1st 2013

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Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?

My Review

I bought a copy of Between the Lives way back in mid 2013 when it first came out here in Australia, but I had kept putting it off - dying to read it, but terrified of it at the same time. Why? Because I read and LOVED Shirvington's The Violet Eden Chapters (Or the Embrace series as it is known in the US) and was really worried that this book wouldn't live up to the high expectations I had - especially considering the stark contrast between the genres of the novels.

Oh, how little faith I had in Shirvington! I'm a little ashamed, to be honest, because, guess what? I loved it!

I finally ventured to start reading the book while I was at the beach with my friends. I became so engrossed in the novel that I didn't notice my shade moving and ended up getting absolutely roasted! My lily-white skin plus the Australian summer sun, does not a good couple make. Even though I look like a tomato right now and it stings like a b*tch to touch any part of my body - it was totally worth it!

Between the Lives did not turn out to be the story that I expected from reading the synopsis - which made the ride all the more enjoyable for me. I really felt for Sabine - she had gotten herself up sh*t creek without a paddle, but I got to see her grow and evolve as I devoured pages, and after some gut-wrenching turns near then end, I got to see her shine and become more comfortable in her own skin.

Then there is Ethan, and he just melted my heart. I could gush and tell you all the reasons why, but we'd be here too long, and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for you.

So if you haven't caught on by now, basically I'm saying: READ THE DAMN BOOK! It has a unique story that you don't often see, and once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down - I have the sunburn to prove it!


PS. If you're living in the US (and possibly the UK - not entirely sure...) Between the Lives was published under a different title, One Past Midnight. I'm not sure why they keep doing this with Shirvington's books, but it is what it is, I guess.


opopo
4 out of 5

Review: Play with Me by Anna Katmore

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Play with Me
Anna Katmore

Grover Beach Team #1

Published December 8th 2013

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What if you had to do the one thing you hated most to get the guy you loved to notice you?

Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Lisa Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten kindle reversefrom soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Lisa craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school… Ryan Hunter.

My Review

Play with Me is a really cute read that you can suck you in and not let you go until the last page. It wasn't really what I thought it would be, but that, in no way, means that I wasn't pleasantly surprised with the novella. It is the kind of book you would read when you're feeling a bit down and the only remedy is a cute love story that will always workout better than your own.

I particularly love the character dynamics and how Shelly managed to write a book around soccer but made the main character, Liza, hate it with a passion. It was a fresh and welcomed surprise and added quite a dose of comedy to the plot. And then, of course, there is Ryan Hunter. He's sexy, witty, caring and if he suddenly took an interest in me, I wouldn't be questioning a higher power why. I was seriously concerned about Liza's mental state when she didn't see the appeal of Hunter.... but then again, she was in love with her best friend, Tony. I can't really blame her for that, I mean, who can honestly say that they have never had feelings for one of their guy friends before? I can't.

Even though I really enjoyed Play with Me, it lacked one important thing - a depth to the story. I was quite superficial and I felt more information could've gone into story, possibly more scenes between the love interests to build the foundation better for their relationship. But I suppose that it is only a novella and adding these kind of things would've made the book too long.... All-in-all, a good book with the potential to have been great.


opopo
3 out of 5

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sale Blitz: Summer Series Box Set by C.J. Duggan | Plus Giveaway!

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The Book

Summer Series Box Set
C.J. Duggan

Summer #1-3

Coming January 26th 2015

Purchase:
iBooks | B&N | Kobo
Amazon US/UK/AU

Enter a world of sweltering Aussie summers, fabulously addictive characters and sweet intoxicating romance in C.J Duggan’s SUMMER SERIES.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER
After first shift disasters, rude wealthy tourists, and a taunting ex boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come from working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer, and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love, and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.
It will be a summer she will always remember.

AN ENDLESS SUMMER
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

THAT ONE SUMMER
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.


About the Author

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

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