Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart is out now. It was a different read for me and while I liked it, it was one that I put down pretty easily. It definitely reminded me of The Talented Mr Rilpley, obviously with female characters. Lots of sneaky twists and turns.

Description.
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry is out today. This is a super hot contemporary romance. Grace is working as a temp, hoping it will turn into a long term position. She has some pretty heavy responsibilities, and meets Callan while she is working. Callen is anything but responsible! But he is completely charming and Grace finds herself being slowly won over. This was a cute read and worth a nosey. Check it out at the links below!

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August Wrap Up.

This month has felt like a slower reading month than July for sure. I think I read 18 books and comics last month and this month I only read 10. Fatigue, work kicking my ass and having the kid plus his gf home again has meant life is a bit crazy at the moment. Nice, but busy!

I read more from Paper Girls, which I loved and also the fantastic Illegal Contact and a new Ellie Marney book. Hope you’ve all had a fab reading month. Do share your recs in the comments, I am always on the lookout for a good read!

A ~ Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell. OMG I loved this.
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A ~ Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. Great end to the series
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A ~ No Limits by Ellie Marney. I really love this authors voice
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A ~ Paper Girls V2 and V3. Beautiful, felt like the 80s and I just love it!
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B ~ Spectred Isle by KJ Charles. Good start to a new series.
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B ~ Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Beautiful prose, good start, but the pacing wasn’t always lively.
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C ~ Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
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D ~ Until it Fades by KA Tucker
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D ~ Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
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Fallen Heir by Erin Watt.

This was another drama fuelled episode in The Royals. I love the angst in this series, and some of the completely over the top characters and situations.

It did take me a little longer to get into this one. I love the character of Easton so much and he’s definitely got a lot of issues to work through. I found being in his head a little difficult at times and I wonder if this is more of a personal thing for me. I found I didn’t identify as much with him as I did with Hartley and I think it is because I prefer reading from a female POV. I know out of all the books, Paper Princess is my favourite, which was from Ella’s POV. The rest of the books have alternating POV, which I didn’t enjoy as much. Possibly just me I think!

Still, these books are completely addictive. I’m completely invested, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Grace C

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

If you’ve enjoyed Laini Taylor’s previous books, I’d say this should definitely be at the top of your to be read pile. The writing style is incredibly lush. I found it was something I wanted to savour and take slowly, rather than rush through. There are some truly beautiful passages in the book that make this a truly dreamy fantasy.

The pacing of the first third of the book was a little slower than I would have liked. I think I am used to a shorter format and cracking pace. There was a lot of set up with Lazlo, his obsession with Weep, his rather shadowy backstory and his interactions with the current ruling family where he lives. I loved the scenes in the library. Being a library fan, I was rather fond of his time there. I enjoyed the growth of his character. He has a quiet kind of strength, which I appreciated.

The time in Weep was fascinating and while some elements are telegraphed so there were not too many surprises, I found it incredibly engaging. Particularly the last third, which I felt was a little more tightly written. I am now rather impatient to see what happens next as we’re left with some things resolved, but more urgent matters we left hanging. Beautifully written.

Grade B+

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Illeagal Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. I’ve already re read it twice. It has all the elements I like in a contemporary sports romance and it hit all the right notes.

Gavin is a total grump, who I am quite sure just needs a few pats. He just wants to play football on his own terms and not be referred to as just some rough kid who’s made good. To him, this seems like no ones business but his own. He’s an incredibly loyal friend and it’s this that gets him in to trouble in the first part of the book. Plus a slightly crappy temper. When Noah comes into his life as a much needed PA, Gavin’s dealing with being housebound and admittedly seems to also be angling for jerk of the year. Noah however has some serious patience and begins to see Gavin has more than a few redeeming features.

Noah has a history of making bad decisions in his love life, and is pretty sure falling for his current employer would be a super rubbish idea. However, when he discovers Gavin might just be completely grumpy BUT kinda wonderful and bi, all bets are off and it gets incredibly hot, pretty damn quick. Omg. This book.

I loved Illegal Contact. This has some of my absolute favourite tropes, a grumpy hero, close proximity, bi representation, friendship, sport and romance. It was just perfect. Straight onto the keeper shelf, and I am dying to read the next book in the series.

Grade A

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Wildfire by Iona Andrews

This was an action packed final book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the resolution with Nevada’s grandmother, the big bads and there was also plenty of broody Rogan. One thing, they introduced some fascinating secondary characters… and I now want their stories too. I am hoping with fingers crossed that there is more.

Grade A-
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Bookish Candle Review.

Flick the Wick are the 4th lot of bookish candles I’ve ordered and they are by far my favourite.

As a company they were excellent to deal with. My candles were sent promptly and arrived in a relatively short period of time considering they were going from the USA to New Zealand. It was easy to pay, contact them and discuss anything too, which is not always the case as I have discovered with other sellers I have ordered from.
They all arrived beautifully packaged. All were in individual boxes and wrapped, which again is important if you’re shipping something halfway round the globe. All the candles were in perfect condition and exactly like what was represented on their site. The labels are really clear and are easy to read with great graphics.

The scents are beautiful. This was probably the most important aspect. Out of the set, my favourites are the Aelin candle which is the orange one pictured and the second is the Bibliophile candle. The rest are really good too, but these are heavenly. I highly recommend them! Do you have a favorite bookish candle seller?

July Wrap Up.

These all the books I’ve read this month. Just a few… Some fantastic reads!

I absolutely loved  Silver Silence, The Gentlemen’s Guide, Illeagal Contact and House of Cards. Hope you’ve had some fab reads this month too.

A ~ The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Epic. Loved it!!
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A ~ Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell 5 Stars. Loved it!! So damn hot. Longer review to come.
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A ~ Rat Queens Volume 1. Excellent first volume.
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A ~ House of Cards by Garrett Leigh. Save the chickens. Srsly.
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A- ~ Rat Queens Volume 2. Good… not as awesome as volume 1.
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B ~ Paper Girls Volume 1. Ok, some of the language used as a little meh.
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B+ ~ Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. Ok. Requires suspension of disbelief.
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B+ ~ Silver Silence by Nalini Singh. Epic start to a new series. She’s so awesome!
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B ~ Trust by Kylie Scott. Cute contemporary. Nice to see a heroine who is bigger.
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B ~ Monstress by Marjorie Liu. Liked it, be interested to see the 2nd volume.
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B ~ Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen. Cute LGBTQIA series.
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B ~ Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. The thriller with a extended family cast. Good summer read.
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B ~ Spun! By J. L. Merrow. Cute LGBTQIA contemporary series.
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B ~ Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh. Fantasy YA adventure, with romantic elements.
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C ~ Dating you / Hating you by Christina Lauren. Contemporary romance.
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C ~ Damaged like us by Krista Ritchie. Crazy sauce LGBTQIA romance. Requires much suspension of disbelief.
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D ~ Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow. Found this a difficult read. Not for me.
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D ~ The Watcher by Bella Jewel. Had some issues with male lead.
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