Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Try Me * Olivia Cunning

Try Me by Olivia Cunning

For the five sexy rock gods of Sole Regret, finding love is easy, keeping it is hard.

Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer.

Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.

By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock star, but as the sexiest man she’s ever encountered.

Strangely attracted to his hidden tattoos and body piercing, she wonders what it would be like to spend a night with a bad boy.
Gabe is more than willing to show sweet Melanie there’s more to him than meets the eye. All she has to do is try him. Will they only share a single night of passion? Or will their hearts entangle as quickly as their bodies?

For Melanie Anderson going to gigs is not her style. Much less if it's a rock concert with men covered in tattoos and piercings whilst wearing ripped jeans and leather jackets. She would much prefer to stay at home and study until the early hours.

But her friend Nikki is different, she's a wild child with an attitude and a string on casual one night stands. Melanie has been dragged along by her best friend in order to follow her favourite band Sole Regret. A mean looking rock band, to which Mel is quite scared.

Having been frightened and cornered by a gang of horrible, tattooed and smelly bikers when she was thirteen, they has said vulgar and vile things that they would do to her. Scaring her for the rest of her life, she could never see why anyone like Nikki would be attracted to such filth and horror.
But that was before she met Gabe, a good looking man who had lots of secrets and mysteries to uncover, but when he pulls back his cap and pulls his top up to reveal tattoos on his head and stomach, and a fiery red Mohawk. Not to mention he's the drmmer for Sole Regret. Mel still doesn't change her mind.
Though Gabe has a secret, something that his band mates don't even know. Why is his nickname actually Force? Is it because he's great in the bedroom? Or is it something more?
Following a night of passion and romance, more so passion. Gabe and Melanie hit it off into a passionate affair that soon blossoms into a relationship. Though Gabe soon has to go back on the road and when Melanie can't go with him what will happen?
Join Gabe, Mel and the rest of the band as they journey into the unknown of Sex and Rock N' Roll.
Try Me by Olivia Cunning is the first book of the erotic series Sole Regret. The book follows the band of five as they journey through the world of Rock N' Roll whilst trying to find love along the way.

I'll be honest, I've been trying to find a book like Fifty Shades of Grey, though one that I could actually stand to read rather than get to chapter 3, cringe all the way through at the poor writing skills and then close the book. Hiding it away on my bookshelf never to be opened again.

And I've tried to find other books to read but there all just spin offs of Fifty Shades of Grey, just under slightly different titles. But they still bore the same old high expected man, who's rich and fabulous and always a CEO. Followed by the young woman, who can't control herself because she is emotionally unstable and way to young.
But Try Me is completely different, I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was more on the rock music and musician side of things, in a way I felt I could relate to the whole being in a relationship with a musician at the moment, cause I am. And it is tough not been able to see him sometimes.
But it was just well written compared to all the drool that's been coming out in the erotic books at the moment. It was different and the characters actually seemed real, unlike uptight.
I do recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something erotic but doesn't want to go for the obvious Fifty Shades of Grey. Let's put it this way, if you want a short erotic read, that's well written and doesn't make your eyes close on the first page. Grab this book!

I will give this book 9 out of 10

Monday, 17 June 2013

The Greatest Love Story of All Time * Lucy Robinson

The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson

It's Fran's thirtieth birthday and things are good . . .

She's bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job and her outlandishly handsome and talented boyfriend Michael is escorting her to the Ritz with a bulge the shape of a ring box in his pocket.

But something has gone wrong. Very wrong. By the end of the evening Fran is howling in bed with a bottle of cheap brandy and one of Michael's old socks.

In her quest to figure out why her life has suddenly gone down the pan, Fran comes up with a failsafe plan: live like a badger, stalk a stranger called Nellie and cancel her beloved Gin Thursdays in favour of drinking gin every night. But then Fran's friends force a very different plan on her and it's nowhere near as fun. How could eight dates possibly make her feel better?

But eventually she agrees. And so begins the greatest love story of all time . . .

What do you do when you're having the time of your life on your birthday, with the man you love who's about to propose to you. But then decides that he needs some time apart, and decides to give it three months with no contact between the two of you without an explanation of why he's done it?

You go to bed of course! Spend all day in bed for weeks, crying your heart out and drinking Gin and Tonics like your life depends on it. Well, it does if you're Fran. 

When her beloved Michael Slater wants a break for a while, Fran does exactly that, hibernating in her bedroom in a swarm of groggy tissues and Michael's old socks, drinking cheap Morrisons brandy from the bottle and crying to her best friends, Leonie, Dave and Stefania. 
Trying to get over the devastated state that she's in, her best friends make up a game for Fran to play. The Eight Date Deal. This meaning, that Franny has to sign up to an online dating agency and go on a total of eight dates before she can see her beloved Michael again. Though reluctant to this deal, Fran doesn't want to, she just wants to stay in bed and drink herself to death by Gin and Tonics.

When upon hearing the deal that Michael can be her eighth date, Fran agrees to go on them, even though she won't enjoy them one bit. The first bloke has a massive saggy bottom, the next doesn't care and rants on about his ex down the phone in the middle of the date, the one after that dresses like a cowboy and there's more to come.

But when Fran hears about Nellie, Michael's secret lover, a whole  new world kicks off as Fran goes on one massive stalking mission, which has no limits to try and find just what on earth is happening, with her boy.

Though Dave and Stefania strongly disagree, they are trying there very best not to let anything come between Fran and Michael, by trying to find out all the evidence they can to prove it and to keep her going on her eight date deal.

Dave the big massive, Glaswegian "tough as fuck"  man as Fran says, is as lovable as a big friendly bear and one of Fran's closest mates, he knows what Fran wants and where her head really needs to lie. And as for Leonie, Fran has known her since nursery, growing up with her through Primary school, secondary school, college and even university, and even though she wanted to be an author, her dreams have faded away to the point where she is a charity worker on the streets. Not to mention brewing up a secret love affair with Michael's best friend Alex, much to Frans disapproval.

Then there's Stefania, Fran's lovely foreign friend. She's quirky and different and always manages to get her words mixed up, but she's as loyal as they come. Plus she looks after Frans cat Duke Ellington and sends her cooked dinners through the cat flap so she doesn't die from alcohol.

Frans father lives far away in sunny Spain and her mother lives at home, with a very bad drinking problem. She needs help, and Fran hopes to help somehow. But when the press get ahold of her, at the biggest moment in everyone's life, who will Fran turn to and who exactly ratted her own mother out to the press.

And with the only man out of all the eight dates apart from Michael, Fran finds someone who males her smile and likes her for who she really is. But is he closer than she thinks?

The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson is a wonderful book! It made me laugh so much and I could relate to it as well, just like the other one. I really do hope she writes more as I really really enjoy them.

This made me laugh out loud so much, I loved the Character of Dave ever so much, I  just loved the way he was created and even his foul language. I honestly know someone like Dave and he's just like him. It was honestly like reading a book in his point of view.

And Stefania was such a lovely character, reminded me of one of my friends from the Ukraine. The character was friendly and different, made me giggle with her accent and she was just portrayed very well. Was nice to create an image of what she would be like

I even liked just the way of life of all three friends, like Gin Thursday's like just smoking weed (I myself have never done it and don't intend to) But I just like the way how there life was so chilled out. I loved the story line as well, it was one of those where you're certain you know who she's going to fall in love with, but as it starts to get more into the story you think "Oh hang on, I may be wrong"

All and all, the story line was marvellous, the character's we're great, made you think and it was the greatest love story of all time. Also I loved the name Duke Ellington for a cat. Think I might use that one day! Haha

I will give this books 10 out of 10

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Welcome! To Kobo Mini

Welcome to the family
So following the last post I put on about one of these. I got paid and finally caved in and bought one.

I'm quite happy with it to! To say it was only £30 and the first one I have bought I am well chuffed.

The Kobo Mini is extremely light and also very small (who would of known!) It's lovely and compact and I love it, it's well worth the money and for anyone who is thinking on buying one, I recommend you buy this one if you're not sure. Therefore you can see how it feels, looks and just how it is to read on it, and not spend so much on it.

I really did want the Kobo Glo though, but decided in the end that I didn't want to pay about £100 for something that I may not enjoy. But I'm so happy I got this one instead.

The battery life is approx 1 month, that's If you don't go on wi-fi with it. So we shall see! I have a bet with Sam at the moment with this haha. I'm sure it will survive, and it can take 1,000 which is good.

The back is also changeable, with a range of different coloured snap backs, which is quite awesome! I love the idea of that, just need to understand how to take the silver one off without breaking it! Haha, has a lovely pattern too!

Though don't worry, I have not converted to technology completely, I will still be reading my beloved books, as there's nothing quite like it.

Have bought a lovely little purple case too to keep it safe! Haha I know, I'm strange. The last photo is to show how thin the actual eReader is, you might not be able to see how thin, but it is haha. Though it has a lovely feel none the less, and I'm ever so happy that I bought it.

If I am now reading a book that was an ebook I shall tag it in the book review :)

- Emma :)  

Monday, 10 June 2013

A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger * Lucy Robinson

A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson

Charley Lambert has worked hard at creating a perfect life. She has an aspirational flat, a job of international significance and a very good pair of legs, thanks to a rigorous health and fitness regime. Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years' hard flirting and a covert fumble in a mop cupboard.
Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and - horror - is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy. Charley, a certified workaholic, fears that she will go mad.
Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers she's not who she thought she was.
But can she turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger?
Charlotte Lambert is a workaholic, she aims and thrives achievement in her busy and scheduled life. Weather it be for her family or friends, but most of all it's for her high standard, high paying job at Salutech. Being the director of communications is the love of Charley's life at the moment, she has a job that she loves and can't thing of anything else she would want to do.
Other than be the lover for John McAllister. Her strong, dark, handsome and downright dirty boss. Who she's been in a love tiff with for nearly seven years. And not to mention the 'man of her dreams'.

Then it all goes down hill, literally, as Charely soon wakes up in hospital with a broken leg in three different places and a broken pelvis to go with it. Panicking about her job, Charley tries to force John to let he carry on working. But he is having none of it and soon requests Margret to take care of things. Much to Charley's horror.

Sam Bowes on the other hand is Charley's best friend, and also her flat mate, her smelly, childlike, womanising flat mate. He was the kind who sulked off to his bedroom with a bag of bread and a jar of Nutella and would stay there for hours. But she loved him none the less.

Following boredom taking over herself and a recent read in the newspaper, Charley sets out to make a new business, First Date Aid. Her very own dating site, which soon becomes famous for a couple called Shelly and William. Here's how it went, Charley was a ghost writer, helping other people find love and time to write to there chosen men.

Though when she teams up to work for and with Shelly Cartwright, a busy, bossy business woman like herself. Lambert soon realises who she's become and doesn't like it. Slowly falling in love with Shelly's chosen man. Charley starts to worry as she spirals into a loving tiff with William. Who happens to be some one she is quite close too. But doesn't know it yet.

Soon First Date Aid kicks up a storm in many peoples lives, including Charley, Sam and even her best friend Hailey's. Spreading the love is harder than it looks, especially if you the one behind it all, trying to sort everyone else's relationships out, and your own at the same time.

Follow Charley Lambert, as she falls in love over emails from a stranger, has fall outs with her best friend's, romps with her boss and a love for her family that make the whole book magical.

A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson is a wonderful book. I know I say this often about books that I like, but this has got to be now one of my favourites books, one that I will read over and over again. It's hilarious and I laughed out loud so much, I felt I could relate to this book quite a lot, not with the whole loving you're boss part, But the part in which falling in love with a friend.

Her relationship with Sam is a lot like mine (With my boyfriend Sam, who was my best Friend before) and it was just a lovely and pleasant read. It made me giggle and smile so much, her grandmother, granny Helen reminded me of my own nanan which I loved even more.

I love books that I can relate to and this is one of them, the book is well written and I love the story line, it made me giggle, laugh, smile, grin and was also really shocked to some degree in some parts.
This book is a real pager turner with some great twists in, I will definitely be reading more of Lucy Robinson's stuff when it comes out.

All in all it's a great read which you can really relate too. With some laugh out loud hurmor, tales of friendship and family and even some saucy bits.

I will give this book 10 out 0f 10

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

To get an eReader or not? That, is the question!

Afternoon everyone, hope you are all well!

As you can see by the title of this post, and possibly the photo. Yes, I may have possibly, been brainwashed into getting an eReader. 
I know that I've said on here at some point, and always to myself that there isn't much point in it, and that most books are pretty much the same price. I'm starting to think this isn't the case anymore, which in some ways sucks to a degree. 

I mean, don't get me wrong, I love to read actual books, physically. As there's no greater feeling like that with a book and when reading. To actually feel the book in your hand, to turn the pages and to see how far you have got left until you finish it, and counting the chapters left. I love that so much

But at the moment, I feel like if I could get one of these, it would help me out a bit. Cause let's face it, even at the moment when I'm at work, but finish it all off in about two hours since I've arrived and I'm just not busy at all. It's going to look bad if I just get a book out and start reading. I don't fear at all that I'll never buy a book again, or that I'll start to enjoy reading ebook's more, cause I simply won't and that's a fact that it will never happen. 

But with going away and wanting to take books with me, it would be a great thing to invest in, also I have the Kobo app on my phone at the moment. Which I'm sure some of you are thinking, why don't I just read them on there instead of buying one?

And that would be because, for one: It is running my charge on my phone and my Internet usage down loads so much so that I have to wait so long till the end of the month for my next top up, and I've only just got that data about a week ago. And as for my charger, I'm suddenly charging it back up within an hour or so after getting to work. 

A plus side to this would be those problems up top being resolved, and also reading on a phone or Kobo. Doesn't make me feel sick and dizzy whilst on a bus or on my travels in general. But having an actual book does! Which is a pain in the arse. 
Though if I got one it would be a second hand one as I wouldn't want to spend too much on one if I hardly used it, I've seen some for £20 and that's the most I would go for them. 

All in all ladies and gentlemen, I just want to know what you're verdict would be on this situation. Have you been in the same boat questioning about them? Or do you perhaps have one? If so please do leave a comment in the box about it, it may help me! Haha

And if you haven't got one, would you ever buy one?

Cheers guys!

- Em xx