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

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!

Grade B-
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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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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.

Set in snowy, western Montana, this new thriller from Nora Roberts really made for great, cosy winter reading.

Bodine Longbow, who runs the family’s ranch and retreat, comes back into contact with her childhood crush Callen Skinner. Callen has returned from Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home base. Their relationship develops against a backdrop of a large, close family the ranch, retreat and beautiful surrounding hills and trails.

One family member is absent however. Bodine’s Aunt Alice, who disappeared years earlier. The family had assumed she’d just run off, but she makes a startling reappearance after two murders take place.

I think because I’ve been listening to so many murder and crime podcasts at the moment, that this really hit the spot. It was a thriller that built slowly, and had me at times on the edge of my seat. Super creepy, with a nasty villain to boo and hiss at.

I think that I got so caught up in the crime aspect, that the relationship between Callen and Bodine took a back seat. This was definitely one of Robert’s ensemble cast books, with lots of well fleshed out secondary characters and that whole close family vibe going on. I think enjoyment wise, I preferred her last thriller, The Obsession, a little more than this one. Maybe it was just a little too much going on, and think I prefer something a little more stripped back in secondary characters and plots.

However, it was a solid read and I spent it tucked up in front of the fire and well engaged.
B

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Are you a library or book store user? 📚

Hey all! Are you a library or book store user? I use both, but I’d say I use the store more than the library. I’m really lucky where I am that the staff at our local city libraries are amazing and get a huge range of fiction, romance, YA, urban fantasy and sci fi. They also have a massive graphic novel and comic collection and DVDs.

There are a couple of great book stores locally. The Children’s Book Store looks after all my YA needs 🤓😊💕 But, the bigger bookstores in NZ do not carry a lot of romance. This really bugs me. Considering it is a genre that earns more than crime, thriller or sci fi and fantasy, I think NZ needs to catch up a little. 😁

I love having books on my shelves and in the last few years my consumption of ebooks has been huge. I am horribly impatient, so hooray for instant gratification and downloading a book when you see it. 😳The Book Depository is a bit of a godsend too, as shipping from the US is a mare.

I’d love to know where you get most of your books? And do you read more ebooks or paper/hard backs?

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