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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.

 

PREORDER LINKS:

Amazon ➜ http://smarturl.it/sesamazon

iBooks ➜ http://bit.ly/sesapple

Nook ➜ http://bit.ly/sesnook

Google Play ➜ http://bit.ly/sesgp

Kobo ➜ http://bit.ly/seskobo

Goodreads ➜ http://bit.ly/somebodyesgr

Ever So Madly by J.R. Gray

esmBook: Ever So Madly

Author: J.R. Gray

Genre: Science fiction romance

Release date: 30 August, 2016

Main characters: Jocelynn (heroine and member of the elite) Madden (hero from a much lower order and the planet Harden)

BlurbLove is for peasants; nobles marry for power. These are the rules Jocelynn has lived by. She is expected to be the poised and perfect vision of relentless power. Set to inherit the House of Akillie, she was bred to rule, and no man has ever turned her head—until now.

Madden achieved the impossible, the first in over a century to escape the life of hard labor and earn a place among the elite. With the chance for a fresh start, he has to stay focused, not damn himself by falling for the one girl forbidden to him.

Madden was Jocelynn’s experiment in freedom, and she didn’t mean to fall. But now she can’t live without him. He’s worth running from everything she’s ever known.

With no other options, Jocelynn turns to a formidable group of rebels to escape her fate. But with a war to be won, the rebels have their own agenda. Drowning in a game of power and politics, Madden and Jocelynn can’t trust anyone if they want to make it out alive…

Why you should read it: This is quite a departure from J.R. Gray’s earlier work. It’s quite a big leap into not only another genre, but setting the action on another planet is a completely different offering to what is currently out there. The characters of Madden and Jocelynn can be summed up as star-crossed lovers. They’re never meant to be together – it goes against the established order of their society and the rules governing the neighbouring planets. Despite the weight of the impossible situation, the pair are drawn to each other and cannot bear the thought of life without the other. Their love for each other was fervent and palpable and came across loud and clear in the narrative.

“I love you. Across a million miles, and thousands of worlds, I will never feel like this again.”

“And I love you, like I have never loved anyone before. I can’t lose you.” Hearing her say those words filled me with hope. It was nourishment for my soul. It gave me hope, and hope was all we had.

What I struggled with: I’m really not a fan of sci-fi to be honest. I prefer stories set in this realm, so for me, it took a while to get into the mindset of this dystopian universe and to just go with it. That said, I can’t fault the story or the narrative – the planets were well described. I could smell and almost taste the grit and dust of Madden’s home planet. My main problem was the back and forth between Madden and Jocelynn at times. Their love for each other switched to mutual distrust and then back again. It was very angsty and I wanted to shout at them to get their heads out of their posteriors at times!

Rating: 3/5 for a brave new world painted by a talented writer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn’t really captivate me so I couldn’t throw myself wholeheartedly into the story.

True Love Story by Willow Aster

TrueLoveStoryBook: True Love Story

Author: Willow Aster

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic story: Sparrow Fisher is a good girl – she’s the apple of her parents’ eye. The Pastor and his wife want her to have the life they’ve had – married at nineteen to a pre-approved, suitable boyfriend. The only problem is that despite her polite demeanour, Sparrow is not going to have her life planned out for her. She likes her boyfriend Michael very much, but when he proposes, her fight or flight instincts kick in. She continues with her plans to attend school in New York with her best friend Tessa. Before her departure she meets Ian Sterling, a well-known and respected musician whom she has admired for years. He is visibly bowled over by her on their first meeting and so begins a love/hate story that spans five years. They fall for each other rapidly, only it becomes clear than Ian has secrets and seems unable to love Sparrow the way she loves him. After secrets emerge and betrayals are uncovered, Sparrow has to decide whether true love is enough to fix a shattered heart.

Why you should read it: This is a roller coaster of a story. It spans five years of a relationship, told in flashback. The suspense at times killed me; (which is why I demolished the story in less than 24 hours) the passion between Sparrow and Ian is dramatic, touching, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing. There are some sexy times too which are hot but not over the top. I felt it was pitched perfectly. This is also a stand-alone book – so you get closure and an enormous sense of well-being at the end of the story.

What you might hate: Ian does go a little bit mad after losing the girl – you’ll see what I mean, and at times it does feel a little bit melodramatic. However, the likeability of the characters and the fact that you’ll be rooting for both of them kept me engaged to the very end of the story. I know a lot of you out there hate cheating too, so it will be interesting to see what you all think.

Rating: 3/5 – an impressive debut from Willow Aster. I really enjoyed her narrative style and her gentle humour. I’ll happily read more of her books in the future if she continues to write heroines like Sparrow and heroes like Ian. What can I say, I can never resist a musician!