Quick Book Review – A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

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Publisher: Speak

Publication Date: 20 March 2012

“When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.”

My Thoughts: This was a captivating read that was incredibly difficult to put down. Full of mystery, danger and a dash of sweet romance, I devoured the words eagerly.

This gets an easy 5 stars from me.

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Castaway in the Caribbean by Janice Horton

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“Vacationing on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, Janey Sinclair is persuaded by her magazine editor boss to do a quick island hop in order to supervise an impromptu photo-shoot for the front cover. With no flights immediately available, Janey is directed to the harbour.

Captain Travis Mathews hates tourists, although he’s not above making a bit of money off a prissy and sharp tongued young British girl when she’s desperate to get to the neighbouring island of Tortola. After striking a deal, they set off together in Travis’s weather-beaten old boat. When the vessel comes to a sudden full stop in the sea, the mismatched pair end up as castaways on an uninhabited island.

In this fast moving romantic adventure about a vacation that turns into a tropical nightmare there’s more fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest review. The blurb on this one really caught my attention and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

By the time I reached the end of chapter one I was captivated. Janey’s relationship with her boyfriend seemed a little off but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was that bothered me about it. Janey was soon sent off on work business so I didn’t really get the chance to explore their relationship fully but I soon realised that my sense of unease was justified.

I thoroughly enjoyed the moment Janey first met Travis – I just love it when characters don’t get on, I think it makes the storyline more entertaining. Reading from Travis’ point of view was great because he was just so charming, I wanted to know exactly what was going through his mind when he was laying on that charm. Janey was a wonderful character, she seemed to blossom before my eyes and I loved that about her. Apparently danger was the key to her finding her own strength.

Unusually for me I actually chose to read this book at a slower pace purely because I wanted to savour it for a bit longer – I was enjoying it so much, I didn’t want it to finish. There was a point in the storyline where I thought the end was just around the corner, but to my delight the full adventure was only beginning!

If you’re tired of the dull, damp weather outside then this book is just what you need. The authors words will transport you to the beautifully sunny and warm Caribbean where a tray of ice-cold refreshments (and maybe the odd pirate or two) are waiting for you. But then you stop reading and realise its raining outside again. Oh well, back to the book then – it truly is the perfect book to escape with.

Castaway in the Caribbean is an exciting adventure which takes you on a rollercoaster ride of pirates, danger, treasure, kidnapping and even explosions – utter mayhem in beautiful surroundings!

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The Pleasures of Autumn by Evie Hunter

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“When museum curator Sinead O’Sullivan is charged with stealing the Fire of Autumn, a dazzling ruby with a history of violence and treachery, bail is set at one million Swiss francs. Investigator Niall Moore is hired to stop her fleeing and to find the jewel. 

Their sexual chemistry is electric but logic says to ignore it. Desperate as she is to convince Niall of her innocence, Sinead cannot reveal everything she knows. And the feisty red-head’s improbable tale tells him that she is not to be trusted. 

Yet it’s impossible to ignore the carnal heat between them. Niall, an expert interrogator, uses every trick of the trade – and every weapon in his erotic armoury – to get at the truth. Sinead, a fast learner, counters his every move with one of her own. Thief and thief-taker fight for dominance and there can be only one winner. 

But what happens in their red-hot game of cat-and-mouse when criminals chasing the precious jewel come after Sinead … and the stakes become deadly?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I am a big fan of The Pleasures series so I couldn’t wait to get started on this one!  You can read my reviews of the previous books here.

The prologue gave me a clear insight into Sinead’s character, I felt as though I knew her well after just a few pages.  Niall had appeared in The Pleasures of Summer so I was looking forward to finding out more about him.  To begin with I was surprised by how quickly things happened between them but I soon discovered that it wasn’t going to be all smooth sailing and what followed had me on the edge of my seat.  Sinead’s secret was an interesting one and I couldn’t wait to see what reaction she would get when she revealed all.

The whole criminal cat and mouse chase completely reeled me in, I felt that there was the perfect mix of dangerous and sexual scenes – there certainly wasn’t time to get bored with the non-stop action involved in this book!

I loved the strong connection between the characters, this made them feel real and likeable to me.  I was left with a few questions about a couple of the characters so I’m hoping they might feature in the next book.  The lovely epilogue finished the book with a rather romantic conclusion which I really enjoyed.

These authors have once again managed to inject a special brand of magic into their writing which captivates me as a reader entirely.

This was a sizzling, exciting read that held my attention throughout.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Evie Hunter is actually two authors, Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley, who met at a creative writing workshop in Dublin in 2010.

On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends. In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an American publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger.

Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching THE PLEASURES OF WINTER, saying ‘Never again’ … until the next time.

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The Pleasures of Autumn can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Also available by Evie Hunter is the erotic short story A Touch of Autumn which I have waiting on my Kindle to read and review soon!

A Touch of Summer – Evie Hunter

A touch of summer

To protect….. and serve
 
Bodyguard Flynn Grant has problems keeping his hands of his latest client – wayward airline heiress Summer O’Sullivan. She’s already tried to seduce him, but he doesn’t mix business with pleasure. After spending a week with her in a remote Scottish safe house, Flynn is in danger of changing his mind. 
 
He’s already chopped enough wood for several winters and he badly needs to let off some steam before the sizzling sexual chemistry between them catches fire. An injured team-mate provides the solution. Flynn and Summer are invited to attend some very special highland games.
 
Just how much trouble can Summer get into, surrounded by the most elite operatives in the body-guarding world? Flynn is about to find out, when they embark on a highland fling.”

I got this eBook novella when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price 77p).  I have read and enjoyed other books by Evie Hunter (reviews here) so I was looking forward to this one.

A Touch of Summer is set in the middle of The Pleasures of Summer during Flynn and Summer’s time at the croft.  They took a trip further north to an island for some kind of military competition which meant that Summer was surrounded by soldiers (not a bad thing in my opinion ;)).  Flynn, however, began to regret his decision pretty much as soon as they arrived – I loved his jealousy, it was great to read and created some very heated moments between the two of them.

I really enjoyed this extra glimpse into Flynn and Summer’s relationship, I think it would be a good little taster for the main book but I would recommend reading The Pleasures of Summer first purely because it gives you the full back story.  I feel that having the knowledge of what went on before this made it easier to connect to the characters in this one.

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

This was a quick, sexy read that filled the gap before The Pleasures of Autumn which is due for release in October 2013!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Evie Hunter is actually two authors Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley who met at a creative writing workshop in 2010.  On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends.  In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an online publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger.  Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching The Pleasures of Winter, saying ‘never again’. Thankfully they soon forgot the agony and The Pleasures of Summer is the result of their second marathon writing adventure.

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The Pleasures of Summer – Evie Hunter

The pleasures of summer

“Summer O’Sullivan is rich, beautiful and in mortal danger. Her father has made powerful enemies who are targeting his precious daughter. Until the threat passes, Summer needs a bodyguard – someone to protect her and, she expects, to treat her with the reverence she’s used to. 

Into Summer’s gilded cage comes former ranger, Flynn Grant. As far as Flynn is concerned, this is the assignment from hell, minding the spoilt daughter of a multi-millionaire. Summer and Flynn are poised to hate each other on sight. Even his devastating looks do not make up for how Flynn’s rules cramp Summer’s style. Unsurprisingly, the sparks fly between them. But when Summer breaks the rules one time too often, Flynn teaches her a lesson that leaves them shattered – and bound together in a way that astonishes them both. 

In their remote hideout, the two start a battle over who is the tamer, and who is the tamed. It’s a duel that stretches their minds and bodies beyond every limit. And in time their hearts begin to surrender too.

But when the dark forces that have been stalking Summer finally track them down, the battle is no longer a game, but a matter of life and death …”

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers Penguin Ireland for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I previously read and reviewed The Pleasures of Winter and A Touch of Winter both of which I really enjoyed so I was definitely looking forward to reading this one.

The prologue was tense and full of action, it set the scene well – I was immediately thinking of questions: Who was the guy in the van? Why was he after Summer? What happened next?  It was clear even from that point that I would be hooked by this storyline!

Six months later and Summer was still facing security issues so her father put his foot down and demanded that she have a bodyguard.  I had a bit of a chuckle as Summer proceeded to get rid of a string of bodyguards one by one using some very sneaky tactics.  Then came the sexy and powerful Flynn, someone who was not going to be quite so easy to get rid of.

I have to admit that I wasn’t too sure about Summer to begin with, she seemed too spoilt and manipulative for my liking – I just couldn’t relate to any side of her at the start.  I soon realised though that her attitude and rebellious streak was mostly a front put on for other people’s benefit and inside she wasn’t half as confident.  Her initial curiosity into the world of Doms and Subs got her into a dangerous situation which put her off a bit but not completely, it was obviously a desire that was deep-rooted so I knew it wouldn’t be long before the issue came up again.

I absolutely loved the feisty chemistry and battles for power between Summer and Flynn, they were definitely well matched and this made their time together fun to read (they were very entertaining and I found myself laughing quite a few times when they clashed).

The writing style was captivating, it drew me in so that it felt like I was part of the book too.  These authors certainly know how to write good erotic fiction because once again the sexual parts were sizzling hot but I didn’t feel like they overwhelmed the actual storyline – this is important to me when reading this genre, it has to be about more than just the sex!

I was utterly gripped by the action-packed events leading up to the end, it was so exciting and really got my heart pounding.  This will be added to my one-day read list because I just couldn’t put it down and I can easily say that Evie Hunter’s books are so much better than the Fifty Shades series thanks to the fantastic storylines and wonderful characters.

Warning: The Pleasures of Summer contained strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn’t a book for you.

This was another sizzling read with an exciting, dangerous twist – I would definitely recommend it!

The Pleasures of Summer can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Also available by Evie Hunter is the standalone erotic short story A Touch of Summer which I have waiting on my Kindle to read and review soon!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Evie Hunter is actually two authors Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley who met at a creative writing workshop in 2010.  On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends.  In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an online publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger.  Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching The Pleasures of Winter, saying ‘never again’. Thankfully they soon forgot the agony and The Pleasures of Summer is the result of their second marathon writing adventure.

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