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REVIEW: Violent Delights by Jessica Hawkins

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Series: White Monarch #1

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Release date: 19 March 2019

Main characters: Natalia Lourdes King Cruz, beloved daughter of cartel kingpin Costa Cruz, who wants nothing to do with the life she was born into. Diego de la Rosa, advisor to Costa, in love with Natalia, but with secrets of his own. Cristiano de la Rosa, back from exile and ready to reclaim his rightful place.

Plot: Natalia Cruz loves her father dearly but is adamant that she does not want to live the life of cartel princess, where to be in danger is the daily reality. Instead, she has made a quiet life in California, studying and hoping that she and Diego can be together. Her childhood was marred by violence and grief and she is desperate to escape her nightmares. If Diego and she can be together, all will be right with the world. Fate has other ideas however, and Natalia may not have a choice about her future.

Cristiano de la Rosa has spent a long time away from the life he knew, but now he’s back. No longer a foot soldier, he is the epitome of power and chaos. His objective isn’t clear, but he’s back with scores to settle and an offer that nobody will be able to refuse…

Why you should read it: Oh boy! Jessica Hawkins has embarked on another epic trilogy that I think will drive us all crazy! This first book was a slow-burning, introduction to the world of  organised crime and life on the edge. Natalia is young and idealistic, eager to remove herself from a life of stress and danger. She believes all she needs is Diego’s love and life will be perfect. I have the feeling she’ll do a lot of growing up in this series. Much like Lake did in the Something in the Way series. There was plenty of slow-burning passion in this book – Diego loves Natalia and Natalia loves Diego. Simple, right? Hmmm, maybe, until Cristiano shows up. He’s older, crueller and everything Diego isn’t. What’s his agenda? We don’t quite know, but it’s clear there’s no love lost between he and Diego.

What you may not like: I don’t know how you feel about books set against an organised crime backdrop. I don’t read them often but I do like to dip my toe in every now and then. I enjoyed it thoroughly, it is fairly violent – and if that’s not your bag, fair enough. I don’t see it getting less violent as the series progresses to be honest, but it certainly wasn’t gratuitous. Warm and fuzzy it is not, but an engaging and exciting read it certainly is. I need more!

Rating: 4/5 for a really exciting start to the trilogy – not sure I can wait until June for part 2, but I shall try!

 

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Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

Compliments of the season to you! I hope you had a great time whatever you did over the break – and most importantly, that it involved a good book or five!

I read this book over the holidays (which released 28 December 2018) as it’s written by a good author friend of mine – the very talented Jessica Hawkins.

Book: Right Where I Want You

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Release date: 28 December 2018

Main characters: Sebastian Quinn, hotshot Creative Director of men’s magazine The Modern Man, whose creative midas touch has turned to brass. Georgina Keller, the consultant brought in to clean up the staff’s reputation and revive the magazine’s fortunes.

BLURB
There’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office.

Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller.

But after a confidence-shattering breakup, she’s determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around—least of all the brooding creative director, a “bad boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1.

Sebastian Quinn’s taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career.

Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she’ll have to start at the top—and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her.

Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she’s going down.

Why you should read it: I will always read anything by this author – she truly is a good soul who is able to weave vivid stories that are varied, full of heart and surprises along the way. This story will be a hit with animal lovers and romance fans alike – Georgina has a lot on her plate and cares for her dog with all the care of a good mother. Her interactions with Sebastian are fraught and snappy, slowly evolving into a deeper, more intimate relationship.

Sebastian is a dude’s dude – or that’s what he’d have you believe. Deep down he’s more complex, more respectful of women and relationships than his public persona would have the public believe. He’s on thin ice professionally, and dealing with serious issues personally. How can this pair possibly work together without letting their guards down?

What you may not like: Ok – full disclosure. I struggled to get into this book. Usually, I’m hooked from the first page and dragged into the author’s world immediately. This didn’t happen with this one and I’ll explain why. Firstly, after a promising start, the focus was very much on Georgina and her dog. In fact, it felt like a love story between the heroine and her dog. Nothing wrong with that per se, but…she didn’t actually get close to the hero until I was 60% through the book! I love a slow burn but, come on!

Also, Georgina was understandably gun shy after a bad previous relationship, but it really did cast a shadow over her whole life – and she mentioned it A LOT in her internal dialogue, which began to wear on me after a while. So, all in all, I wasn’t crazy about the story – it had its moments – there were some really nice one-liners and banter between George and the staff members of the magazine, but for me – too much emphasis on being a pet owner and not enough time with the hero, alienated me a bit from the main story.

Rating: 3/5 for a gently paced tale – it’s worth a look, but for me, it didn’t set my holiday alight. I think I needed more angst and sexy times!

Cover reveal: The Bad Boy Issue by Jessica Hawkins

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Title: The Bad Boy Issue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: By Hang Le
Photo: Nomi Ellenson
Models: Jonathan Cannaux & Romane Recalde
Release Date: November 28, 2018

The issue with bad boys? I’m not one -but I’m not about to put a stop to the rumors. My taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women helped get me to the top of a leading New York magazine known for its tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top masculinity. But after an industry exposé maligns me as a womanizer, the reputation that made me is suddenly threatening to end my career. Damage control comes in the form of a pretty, pint-sized “fixer,” but from the moment I meet Georgina Keller, I can’t help thinking she’s eager to land the final blow—and maybe even my job.

The issue with bad boys? They run right over good girls like me. But after a confidence-shattering breakup, I’m determined not to let anyone at my new workplace push me around – not even the brooding Sebastian Quinn, who’s made it clear I’m the enemy. I’m ready to help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but to do that, I’ll have to start at the top . . . and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction is going to distract me.

Because it’s true what they say—there’s a thin line between love and hate.

And it cuts right through the middle of our office.

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Cover reveal: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

I’m so happy to be sharing my super-talented book pal’s newest release Somebody Else’s Sky. It’s out on 22 May 2017. If you read and enjoyed book one,  Something in the Way, then you’ll know it ended on one heck of a cliffhanger and I am anxious to find out what happened next…

So here it is!

Photo: Perrywinkle Photography  and Cover Design by  R.B.A. Designs ©

Blurb:

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them – all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine – even if it would be for somebody else.

 

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Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins – Author Q & A and review

Hi!

jessicaIf you follow this blog, you’ll know how much I like and admire Jessica Hawkins. She’s awesome. So when she announced that she was releasing a new book (kind of surreptitiously actually – she never wants to make a big fuss) I was super excited. She’s done the odd standalone, but she really is a serial kind of woman.

Something in the Way will be a trilogy (trilogies I can handle – 5-parters and I start to tire!) and I was quite curious about this series so decided to ask a few questions (and basically be a bit nosey).

Me: Jess, hi. It’s been a while since we’ve spoken – you’ve been busy and written 3 books since I saw you in June! I have a few questions…

1. When you had the idea for Manning and Lake did you know it was going to span 3 books?

Jess: I knew instantly, yes. The story grew so large and so fast in my head that there was no way it would ever fit in one book. Book 1 was the tip of the iceberg as far as I’m concerned…

2. What kind of timescale will this trilogy cover?

Jess: I don’t want to give too much away, but it will happen over a long period. Many of my other books span weeks or months — that won’t be the case with Something in the Way. It’ll be years…

[Ooh – interesting…]

3. Did you have any qualms about the age difference of your main characters?

Jess: No qualms. I love a good forbidden story, and I’ve always been interested in exploring the teenage girl’s “crush” mentality. I always thought it would be a teacher-student story, to be honest. I worked very hard with my editor to make sure Manning and Lake’s relationship was right for the story. In terms of their physical relationship, I quickly learned that I didn’t need or want to cross a single line to tell this because the story was so much better without it.

4. Was Lake’s dad based on anyone real? – because… he’s kind of an asshole!

Jess: Maybe! Definitely not my dad, who is extremely supportive and who, in fact, patiently talked me through the various legal scenarios toward the ending. However, my brother went to USC and 3/4 of my family is cultish about it (me being the 1/4 who isn’t). 🙂

Review

sitwBook: Something in the Way book #1

Release date: 28 February 2017

Main characters: Manning Sutter, building contractor and seemingly without a family. Lake Kaplan, obedient daughter about to embark on a  future that’s already been mapped out.

Blurb: It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

Why you should read it: The writing in this story is beautiful. The dialogue, the evocative sense of a certain period in time was spot on. The writing flowed and it accurately depicted both the mindset of a teen girl and a young man. It set the scene for the series and also gave a good sense of the characters. Lake is quite immature by today’s standards – but it’s part and parcel of her sheltered upbringing. Her parents have clearly overcompensated with Lake, since their ‘failures’ with her older sister, Tiffany. This series is going to be a nail-biter and heavy on the angst, but if it’s done as well as in this book, I don’t think it will be too much.

What you might not like: As I said before, we’re dealing with first love and a main character who, although intelligent, is severely lacking in any street-smarts. She’s sensible for the most part, but inevitably, the moment she decides to cut loose and do something a little out of character, all hell breaks loose! This provides much of the drama, and I guess we’ll have to see how the story unfolds.

Rating: 4/5 for a promising start to a series that will cover a significant amount of time! It does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, so note that book 2, Somebody Else’s Sky isn’t out until May 2017.