Quick Book Reviews

You may have already seen that I’ve been posting quick book reviews over on my family blog (V Family Fun). Well, I’ve now decided that they would be a better fit here on Me, My Books and I so I’m moving them over and any future quick reviews will be posted here.

These quick reviews are always for books that I’ve purchased myself and they include a star rating and a line or two covering my overall thoughts of the book in question.

Here are all the quick reviews I’ve posted so far:

Wow, just wow! This left me desperate to know what happens next, it was full of danger, excitement, witches, magic and a dash of romance.
5 stars from me!
 
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This was a fun, funny and sexy read that had me flipping through the pages – I couldn’t get enough.
5 stars from me!
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This was a dark, dangerous read with an underlying hint of romance, another hit from Meg Cabot.
5 stars from me!
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 This was an enchanting read which had mystery and intrigue oozing from every word!
5 well-earned stars from me.
 
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Charade Nyrae Dawn

This book had a young feel to it and took me on an emotional roller coaster. Full of raw feelings and personal struggles.

 An easy 5 stars from me as I couldn’t put it down!
 
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Chronicles Of A Lincoln Park Fashionista
This was a feel-good read that was impossible to put down – likeable characters and a great storyline.
5 stars from me!
 
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This was an intriguing and original storyline but the pace was a little slow for my liking.
I give this book 3 stars.
 
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Another addictive, laugh out loud read with fantastic characters from this author who quickly became one of my favourites. What a ride!
An easy 5 stars from me.
 
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This was a fun and summery read, perfect for anyone who spent their teenage years dreaming of pop stars!
I give Bon Voyage 4 stars.
 
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Firewalker
Firewalker was a breathtaking mix of suspense, unexpected twists and romance. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next book.
There’s only one rating I could give this book – 5 stars!
 
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This quick review is a little bit different because it’s for a whole series (or the whole series as published so far).
I got the first book, Becoming Alpha, when it was available as a free download on Amazon and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t resist moving onto the next book in the series. It didn’t stop there – as each book ended I found myself wanting more and, seeing as there were 5 books already published, I gradually made my way through every available eBook!
Book 6 isn’t due to be released until May 2016 so unfortunately I’m forced to wait to find out what happens next (waiting for book releases is pretty much the bane of a bookaholics life).
So in the meantime, here is my overall opinion of the series so far:
Alpha Girl Series
The Alpha Girl series is exciting, magical and dangerous with a thread of romance running through it. A supernatural roller-coaster!
An easy 5 stars from me.
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The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

The Definition of Icing
Published in May 2015.

“Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.
All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.
So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.
Or is she?
Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.
But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I’ve always enjoyed Aven’s books (reviews here) so I was keen to get started, especially as this one contained a sexy ice hockey player!

I wasn’t too sure about Kenley to begin with, I guess I found the whole ‘I’m too pretty to be taken seriously’ thing slightly annoying. Nate on the other hand was an instant hit and not just because he was hot but because he had a heart as well. He arrived on the scene at a crucial moment and pretty much saved the day like a true hero.

Kenley ended up being a character who I grew to care about as the story progressed. When she made an embarrassing messaging mistake I couldn’t help but cringe on her behalf – the first sign that I was beginning to warm to her.

Sometimes I felt Nate was a little too perfect and I found myself waiting for something bad to happen, something that would throw everything up in the air and cause some chaos. Both Kenley and Nate were on a journey, they needed to learn to trust again and take a risk with love. The author captured their feelings and hesitance beautifully, creating a story which was as emotional as it was sexy.

CiCi (Kenley’s mum) was actually my favourite character and made me laugh in every scene she was involved with, she definitely added the comedy factor to this book!

WARNING: The Definition of Icing contains talk of delicious chocolate. Being on a diet whilst reading this book meant that I was practically dribbling all over my Kindle as I read the descriptions of all the wonderful chocolates and goodies – yes, even the curry flavour! My name is Kate and I’m a chocoholic.

A lovely ending finished the story off nicely, it wasn’t my favourite from this author but still a great read.

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Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

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“Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer. Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and fears not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option. 

Or does it? 

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger guy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this encounter. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to live in the present? “

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I read and reviewed (here) Aven’s first book Connectivity which I thoroughly enjoyed so I couldn’t wait to get started on this one – the title really has the smile factor!

The storyline began with Kylie as bridesmaid for her brother’s lavish wedding, sadly she felt uncomfortable and out-of-place because she was the kind of person who preferred her own company.  She certainly didn’t seem to have much in common with most of the wedding guests so I could see how she would feel strange about it. On the brighter side, the wedding led to her meeting Harrison for the first time and I have to say I particularly loved the way they met.

Kylie and Harrison had fab chemistry, there were many moments between them that made my heart skip a beat – it was very easy to see what she saw in him because I personally think he was kind of perfect.  The effect that Harrison had on Kylie was lots of fun to read especially when she was trying to avoid facing her feelings. Later on their kisses were electrifying, they almost sizzled off the Kindle screen at me!

The author’s comfortable writing style made this so easy and fun to read, the references to Connectivity added some familiarity to the book and I really liked that.  I also liked the way Aven brought social media into the storyline, for me it made it so current and relatable.

This was a unputdownable, feel-good read that held my attention throughout.

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Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis – Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tours cover reveal blitz for Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis.

And what a gorgeous cover it is!

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Coming in 2014 – Publisher Soul Mate.

“Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.  

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course.  And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down.  But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present?  And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author PhotoAven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

AUTHOR LINKS

Connect with me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1 

Talk to me on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/AvenEllis 

Visit me on the web:

http://www.avenellis.com/index.html 

Check out my pins on Pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/avenellis/

Check out Connectivity, Aven Ellis’ debut novel:

Connectivity

“Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…”

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Aven Ellis has featured twice before on Me, My Books and I – read her author interview here and read my review of Connectivity here.

GIVEAWAY

The giveaway on this blitz is 1 x ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry (when it is published) and 1 x ecopy of Connectivity.  Open Internationally. Click the link below and follow the instructions to enter.

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Connectivity by Aven Ellis

Connectivity

“Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry. 

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family. 

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process. 

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Aven about Connectivity and her writing, you can read the interview here.

Right from the start I found this an easy book to read, Mary-Kate’s attraction to her new boss William was obvious to me and it certainly made for some interesting reading and laugh out loud moments. Romance wasn’t one of her priorities in life though and I found this a refreshing change in a character.

Life didn’t always run smoothly for Mary-Kate, she was rather clumsy and often found herself frustrated by her situation.  Thrown into that mix was an irritating sister who seemed to think she could boss Mary-Kate about as she planned her wedding, I was willing Mary-Kate to stand up to her.

The author created an intense sexual tension between William and Mary-Kate, I could almost feel the butterflies that she experienced whenever they were together and this kept me flicking through the pages – I simply couldn’t stop reading!  Some of my favourite moments included: a binding disaster, a tea service catastrophe, a lovely Valentines Day and a romantic ride on the London Eye.

The issue of choosing between a career or love was an important feature of the book and towards the end Mary-Kate had some big decisions to make.  I can honestly say that I had no idea which direction she would take.

This was a wonderfully romantic read that I couldn’t put down, I look forward to more from this author!

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Aven Ellis – Author Interview

Today I’m delighted to welcome Aven Ellis to Me, My Books and I:

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Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. Although she wanted nothing more than to be a novelist, she also knew if she wanted to eat she would need a professional writing job. So she left Dallas and studied communications at a large Midwestern university, then began careers in journalism and PR writing. But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends, so Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and a new adult romantic comedy will be published next.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, she enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

To find out more:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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Hi Aven,

Where did the idea for Connectivity come from?

Believe it or not, I was watching my very first episode of Sherlock on American TV and was transfixed by Benedict Cumberbatch’s hair! I couldn’t get over how wavy it was. And as I watched Benedict, suddenly the hero for Connectivity formed in my head: William Cumberland. Connectivity was completely developed because I was watching TV and liked an actor’s hair, LOL.

How did you come up with the title?

I knew I wanted William to be a social media mogul. So I started scribbling down company names on a piece of paper for a place where people would form social connections—and then I thought, Connectivity. The name makes sense for a social media network, but also for the relationship between William and MK (the heroine), as they become connected on a personal level as well.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

Oh, that’s a tough question! But I would have to say it would be William. I want to see him run an empire in person. And I would want to meet him so I could stare at his wicked wavy hair up close.

Is any part of Connectivity based on your own personal experiences?

Yes! Like MK, I actually work in television for a sports network. So I know the world of sports television very, very well. I am also an avid cook like MK, too.

What do you hope your readers will learn from Connectivity?

I hope women will walk away with the idea that you don’t have to choose between a career and your personal life in order to be very successful. That the right person will not hinder your career or distract you from it, but rather help you grow and blossom as a well-rounded individual.

What is the hardest part of writing a book?

Knowing you have a specific amount of time to write but your mind is a virtual white board of blankness…

What is the easiest part of writing a book?

Character sketching. I love creating new people, all the way down to what perfume/cologne they wear or what they like to do for exercise. My sketches are very detailed.

What are you currently reading?

Roasting In Hell’s Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay. I am obsessed with chefs.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love cooking, shopping, working out, reading fashion magazines, chatting with friends on social media. I’m a talker—give me a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and good conversation and I’m a happy woman.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?

Sunscreen. I’m super pale.

FUN QUESTIONS

Paperback or eBook?

Both! Why limit where you can read?

Hot or cold?

Ironic, since I live in Texas, but I love when it is cold enough to wear a sweater.

Dogs or cats?

Cats! I have two of them and would have loads more if people wouldn’t accuse me of being a crazy cat lady…

Telephone or face-to-face?

Face-to-face. I love being around people.

Laptop, desktop, or tablet?

I kick it old school with a desktop.

Any last words for your readers?

I know you have many choices on how to spend your free time…so thank you for spending some of it with my characters and reading their stories!

Thank you so much for being here today Aven, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your unusual inspiration for Connectivity :).

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Now check out the book:

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“Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming.  Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…”

Connectivity will be released by Soul Mate Publishing on 23 October 2013.