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 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.

Illusions of Love – Michelle Betham

Illusions of love

“Hollywood movie star India Walsh is moving on from her past. Or so she’d like to think. But, as she prepares to start shooting her new movie in Las Vegas – a movie which is to be directed by her ex-husband, Michael Walsh, the man responsible for making sure a great deal of India’s past needed to be left behind – her decision to make this movie means that those around her aren’t too sure that she can truly leave the past behind…

Dominic MacDonald is talented, insanely handsome, and Hollywood’s hottest property. With a habit of dating most of his leading ladies he has a playboy reputation that precedes him, but, as he prepares to head for Vegas to work alongside India Walsh on a new romantic comedy, he’s well aware that she’s one leading lady who may not be so easily swayed. But he’s determined to try. Because he needs to get close to India for a reason…

Meanwhile, India’s best friend Charley has finally moved on from a past she’s fought hard to put behind her. Now a successful beauty salon owner she loves her new role as an up-and-coming businesswoman. She’s happily married to Las Vegas hotel owner and movie producer Vince Maine, they have a beautiful daughter, and a life Charley adores. Until the past she’s tried so hard to forget catches up with her in a way she hadn’t even begun to imagine. A past that puts her bright new future, her marriage, and even the lives of everyone around her in terrifying danger…

As emotions take over, and more mistakes are made, events in all their lives slowly merge together, leading to one shocking and terrifying night that none of them will forget…”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.90), it is the sequel to No Matter What which I reviewed here.  I was looking forward to finding out more about India’s life and I couldn’t wait to see where her crazy celebrity world would take me this time.

The prologue was dark and clearly indicated that someone wanted revenge – I came up with a few ideas as to who it might be and in the end it turned out that one of my ideas was correct (I do love being right :)).  The author then refreshed my memory of all the main points from the previous book and this meant that I quickly fell back into the storyline.  I was excited to find out what each of the characters were doing now, it kind of felt like I was catching up with old friends.

Dominic was an interesting new character, he had a secret that I couldn’t wait to be revealed and when it was I can’t say that I was too shocked because there had been a few hints.

The main characters were all taking part in a new movie which was being filmed in Vegas and the scenes on set made me laugh because it seemed that everybody was keeping an eye on everybody else – Michael was watching India, Reece was watching Michael watching India and so on.

The whole Jimmy Cash nightmare brought huge amounts of tension to the storyline and as that tension grew I felt more and more nervous about what his plans might be.

As with the first book India had lots of men who wanted to be with her, she was a very popular lady but throughout both books there was one particular man who I hoped she would choose – and yes I admit that I yelled at my Kindle on a few occasions willing her to choose who I felt was the right man for her.

A confrontation that I had eagerly anticipated since the first book didn’t go as I had expected and once again I found myself gasping in shock at what happened.  When the showdown finally did happen it was everything I had hoped it would be – intense, dramatic and emotional.

Towards the end I was holding my breath waiting to find out what had happened at the party – it was all revealed in the epilogue and let me tell you, it was very exciting!  The final few pages were perfect in my opinion and I actually shouted ‘YAY’ out loud causing my dog to start barking like crazy :D, it was a wonderful ending and left me with a big smile on my face.

The authors writing style was comfortable and captivating.  Michelle did a fantastic job of keeping me guessing, there were just so many twists and turns that kept me turning page after page.  I think this would work as a standalone read but I would recommend reading the first book to give you a more complete picture and a better understanding of the characters and their actions.  I could definitely see these books on-screen, whether that be as a movie or television series.

This book contained strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn’t for you.

Filled with high drama and deception, this was another rollercoaster read that captivated me from start to finish.

To find out more about Michelle Betham visit her blog

No Matter What – Michelle Betham

“India Steven is an ordinary English girl from an ordinary English city, until a chance meeting with major movie star Reece Brogan catapults her into a new and extraordinary life that takes her from the streets of North East England to the glamour-filled world of Hollywood. 

From legal secretary to movie star almost overnight, she’s living the dream. In a relationship with her drop-dead gorgeous, and incredibly sexy, co-star Kenny Ross, a house on the beach, and more money than she could ever imagine, it seems as though nothing can spoil her wonderful, new, glamorous life.

But hidden secrets, bitter jealousy, and a dangerous obsession are set to turn her incredible new life upside down, in ways she can’t even begin to imagine…

No Matter What is an epic, sexy, rollercoaster of a ride through two decades in the glamorous – and sometimes not-so-glamorous – lives of people who, due to circumstances thrown upon them, or just fuelled with a desperate need, will do anything – anything – it takes to get what, or who, they really want. No matter what…”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.97).  I have also read Too Much Trouble in Paradise by the same author, you can read my review of this here.

I wasn’t sure what was going on in the prologue but it really sparked my interest with talk of India’s journey and telling the truth, it ended with her looking at something/someone she wished she hadn’t and this made me very keen to read on.

After the prologue it went back to where India’s journey began (before she was famous) and certain things started to make more sense.  She lived every girls dream by becoming a movie star in the way she did but there were times when it was more of a nightmare for her.  India’s friend Charley felt incredibly resentful about her new-found fame and things started to go downhill from there.

India managed to charm more than a couple of men, they all seemed to fall head over heels for her without her even trying and although I liked her character most of the time, there were times when she really annoyed me, particularly towards the end.  She made some very surprising choices and I often felt like she made life far more complicated than it needed to be.

There were many lies and secrets throughout the whole book – some I was able to predict and some I wasn’t.  There were so many ups and downs that after I had finished I felt like I had been on an emotional rollercoaster ride, I had laughed, cried and even shouted at this book.  It reminded me of a soap because of all the drama, glitz and glamour.  The book was incredibly long (over 800 pages) but I felt that it was appropriate for the story and it managed to hold my interest throughout.

I couldn’t predict how it would end but I did have hopes for how I would like it to end, unfortunately it didn’t happen how I had hoped it would but the epilogue did wrap everything up nicely so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I look forward to reading the follow-up book Illusions of Love, which is waiting patiently on my Kindle, to see if my hopes for India will finally come true.

The book contained some strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn’t for you.

This was a fascinating and emotional read, a real page-turner.

To find out more about Michelle Betham visit her blog here.

Too Much Trouble in Paradise – Michelle Betham

“Molly Parker is a DWAG – a darts wife and girlfriend. Or rather, she’s an ex-DWAG after divorcing Paul “Bad Lad” Parker after catching him aiming more than his arrows in the direction of more than a few very willing glamour models. 

So, leaving her life – and her ex-husband – behind in their native North East of England, she moves to the Canarian island of Tenerife with her best friend Fran, putting the past behind her, determined to start a whole new life abroad.

Within months of arriving on the island she finds herself engaged to her Spanish boyfriend Antonio and with their whirlwind wedding just weeks away she’s the happiest she’s been in a long time with a great job at a Timeshare complex, fantastic friends, and a lovely little home in a country she’s fallen completely in love with. 

But what Molly didn’t bank on was her ex-husband turning up out of the blue declaring his undying love for her and begging her to come back to him. His unannounced arrival turns Molly’s new and seemingly perfect life upside down as she suddenly has to face up to feelings she’d thought were long gone.

Does she stay in Tenerife and marry her wonderful, romantic, drop-dead-gorgeous Spanish fiancé? Or does she give the man she’d once loved but who’d treated her so badly another chance?”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon.

From the outset the descriptions of Tenerife made me feel warm which was perfect seeing as it was a cold, rainy day outside my window.

Molly and Fran moved to Tenerife for a fresh start, they made some lovely new friends and seemed to enjoy their new lives.  Molly was even engaged to a gorgeous Spanish man who treated her like a princess but for some reason she couldn’t get her cheating ex-husband out of her mind. When he arrived in Tenerife it threatened everything she had built for herself since she left him and I was yelling at my Kindle wanting her to be strong and tell him where to go!

I found myself getting annoyed with Molly when she was going back and forth trying to make her mind up – it irritated me that she would treat Antonio (her Spanish fiancé) in that way because I liked him, he was much more understanding than he should have been.  Clearly I disliked Paul (her ex-husband) although there were a few times when he did something that made me warm to him a bit.

Darts is really not my thing but I actually found it all completely fascinating to read about, my husband often watches darts on TV and this gave me a behind the scenes insight which I enjoyed.  It was the same with the timeshares – I found myself really intrigued by it all!

This book was like reading a soap, there were so many ups and downs, some that were predictable and some that really weren’t.  I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next and which way Molly would decide to go.

If I’m honest I would have preferred a different ending, even though it was quite romantic I had just hoped for something else.

This is a sunny, enjoyable read, perfect for the beach!

To find out more about Michelle Betham visit her blog here.