Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

I absolutely loved the start of Emergency Services series by Lisa Henry and I am super eager to read more.

The setting for Two Man Station felt like a character itself and I loved the small town vibe and isolated feel of the novel. The heat, dust and cicadas were vivid. Gio was such a great character. He’s so over everything and has barriers up before he’s even started his new job in the middle of nowhere. His past has been turbulent and heart breaking, so I think Jason’s attitude initially surprises him as he’s expecting a more aggressive welcome to his new position.

The tension between the two is built beautifully and I think if you’re a fan of the slow build, as I am, you’re in for a treat. I did expect a few more fireworks and passion, but I think as I re read this that Gio in particular is so worried about being hurt, so maybe there are are more emotional obstacles to overcome.

I loved the secondary characters, Jason’s son in particular, the small town dramas and insight into a rural cops life were also super engaging to read. I loved this book and I cannot wait to read more in the series. Hoping I won’t have to wait an age!

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Favourite Reads from 2017.

I had some great reads this year and my love for YA continues. I also picked up a few fantastic contemporary reads, sci fi and some fantasy.

If I had one wish for books, I would love to see some more urban fantasy out there. It is one of my favourite genre to read and other than Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, I haven’t really come across anything this year that made me super excited.

I also found reading and blogging was tough from around October onwards, as this is a busy time of year for me. I think learning to be ok saying no to stuff has been a learning curve. Because saying no to books seems a bit mad!

It has been so incredibly nice to just sit around and read these past few weeks over the holidays. I have had some fab reads in December, added a bunch of 2018 releases to my Goodreads tbr and finished a few books that have been languishing on my shelves. Bliss.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you!

January
Pretty Face (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
February
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
March
The Hating Game: A Novel reread by Sally Thorne
April
What Matters: A steamy rich girl meets bad boy romance by Gracie Leigh
May
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
June
Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) reread by Santino Hassell
White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews
July
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
August
Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Flame in the Dark (A Soulwood Novel) by Faith Hunter
September
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
October
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh
November
Fence 1 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
December
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter
Fence 2 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Deal Maker by Lily Morton

Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

I loved this so much! Venom is one of my favourite characters and it was so good to finally read his book. He’s such a good fit for Holly, and there chemistry was off the charts. A bit of a slow burn and I’m a complete fan of the love\hate vibe.

While the cascade was there in the background, the focus was more on tying up some loose ends for Holly and her heroine journey. Liked it. Brilliant read, this series is a total winner. AND OMG more hints about Aodhan and Illium. I need their book yesterday!!! 😁💕 Sigh. Check out the Guild Hunter series, it’s magic.

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Giveaway!

The Long Past is out! This is a fab collection of queer alternative history wild west SFF, is out now! To celebrate there are 6 days of awesome #bookstagram photos hosted by some awesome accounts!

Check out my post on Instagram and the following hosts and be in to win.
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Tour challenge: comment on any of the host photos & use the hashtag #TheLongPastTour, tag the daily host, the author @ginnhale and A Novel Take PR @anoveltakepr and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

***Giveaway details: up for grabs: 2 e-copies of THE LONG PAST. Winners chosen by 10/13 and contacted about their prize via the instagram account they used to enter.***

Book description

1858 – Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world.

In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission.

A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world.

At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen.

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September wrap up.

I think I read a few less books this month. Work was a little crazy and I’m not sure it’s going to get any better before Christmas. Ughh. I do love my job though, but I do think full time reader nerd would be a super fab profession.

Read in September.
A- ~ Rule Breaker by Lily Morton. I loved this! Definitely picking up more from this author. I love her voice.
C ~ The Summer of Us by Lily Morton
A ~ Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan. Scooby and cute.
B ~ Lumber Janes by Noelle Stevenson. Funny!
C ~ First and Goal by Kata Cuic
C ~ The Fifth Postulate: A Sherlock Holmes Story
B ~ The Rule of Luck by Catherine Cerveny. I really liked this! I’ve downloaded the 2nd book. 😊
~ Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Omg. Love. Buy it!!!!
C ~ Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.
I reread also read Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg. Love these two books! The pic is of my haul this month and my current tbr. I finished If there’s no tomorrow this afternoon. Ohhhh, the angst!!! I hope you’ve had some fab reads this month too!!!

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