Tag: damaged heroines

Blog tour: Magic Man by Ashley Hastings


Book: Magic Man

Series: a standalone, but earlier books feature the same characters.

Author: Ashley Hastings

Release date: 10 September 2018

Main characters: Millie Carter, single mother and horse whisperer. Maxwell – her new boss, and the man determined to make her his.


Trauma. Two broken souls. And a chance at love they didn’t see coming.

Millie is a single mom who doesn’t have the time – or the trust – to date. After experiencing a violent assault as a teen, she’s determined to move on and stay focused on what’s important. But when she meets the mysterious Maxwell, Millie starts to rethink her priorities.

Maxwell is her enigmatic boss who always seems to know exactly what Millie’s thinking. No stranger to trauma himself, he’s spent his entire life alone. Until he meets his new employee, Millie.

With one look, Maxwell knows she and her daughter are his one chance at happiness. Driven and determined, he wants to give Millie everything she ever wanted, along with the love she didn’t know she needed.

Millie will have to choose between the safe world she has created and the chance to build a new life with the man of her dreams. But can she trust Maxwell with her heart or is he running a scam?

Can two individuals overcome their traumatic pasts and find love?

Don’t miss Magic Man by Ashley Hastings. If you like steamy romance with a dash of darkness, then this book will have you staying up late to finish reading Maxwell and Millie’s love story.

Find out what happens when two broken souls discover something they never knew they were looking for…

Why you should read it: This book is super cute. It’s my first Ashley Hastings read and I enjoyed the narrative –  the relationship between mother and daughter was sweet, and touching. Millie is a good mum who is desperate to give her daughter the life she deserves. She’s had a rough start in life, but by sheer force of will, she’s managed to get her life in order, which is quite inspiring. The chemistry between Millie and Maxwell was a slow burner on one hand, insta-love on the other. Maxwell seems to know what he wants, whereas Millie has to try and keep her feet on the ground for her daughter’s sake, if not her own. Overall, the book had very little drama – it was a straightforward, low-angst read. Man meets woman, man gets woman, it looks a bit shaky for a moment when man does something to upset woman, man and woman reconcile.

What you may not like: As I’ve mentioned, it was a truly sweet read. So sweet, that at times I was a little nonplussed by it all. The magical elements in the book didn’t work for me 100% and the grand gesture near the end gave me toothache. It’s not the book, it’s me. I can’t do too much sentiment. I’m a cynical Brit! These reasons notwithstanding, it’s a lighthearted, cute read. If you want a break from your usual, angst-ridden, dark romances, give this short read a try.

Rating: 3/5 – likeable characters, some sexy times that were very hot, and some good ole fashioned romance!


Control by Laura Marie Altom

controlBook: Control

Author: Laura Marie Altom

Series: (A Shamed novel #1)

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica


Basic story: Ella Patton (who also goes by the name Julie Smith) has run away from everything that was wrong with her life, and she intends to keep running from her abusive husband Blaine, until she’s on the other side of the country. Working in a snack truck in a Walmart, she plans her future carefully. Stay for a few more months and she’ll have enough to leave the state. She’s best alone, has no need to put her faith and hopes in another person.Trusting people only gets you hurt.

The night she meets Liam Stone, she is amazed that she feels something. She had thought Blaine had destroyed every last part of her. But one thing remains: desire. The pair struggle with their mutual spark, neither wanting to take risks and dive in, but both unable to resist.

Liam Stone is in town for a couple of days until his vehicle is repaired. A dot-com billionaire and founder of Zoogle (imaginative, right?) he has the world at his feet. When he sets eyes on ‘Julie’, he knows he has to have her. The usual shows of wealth fail to impress her and she brings out his long-buried insecurities. He is resigned to making her leave with him. The only question is how…

Why you should read this: This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to admit that it was different to the usual. There was high drama, plenty of angst and lots of chemistry between the pair. Where this deviates from other billionaire and beggar-girl stories is that Ella has known wealth too but she chose to walk away from it.

What you might hate: Ok, I’ll be honest. I don’t think I would have carried on reading had I not committed to reviewing this book. I found it really depressing. I found the constant arguments and misunderstandings between Liam and Ella gave me whiplash. I didn’t really connect with either character on a deep level and I just wanted it to be over. Abuse is a serious issue obviously, but I have read better versions of this trope. The heroine is damaged and I can totally understand that, but her propensity to run at the merest hint of trouble grew really tiresome! And the crying – all.the.time…

Rating: 2/5 for me I’m afraid. Not a fan of the characters and unfortunately, I’m not curious enough to see what happens in book two Possess, which is out in December. If you do read it, let me know what you think.

Control is out now.