The Billionaire Needs A Bodyguard by Ravina Hilliard Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Alexandra “Lex” Granger is a private security consultant who had to go undercover to protect billionaire businessmen Michael Thornton pretending to be an escort. Michael does not think he needs a bodyguard, despite the death threats he has received from protesters against his takeover of a Danish company, but he does need protection against the predatory wife of the Danish ambassador. Lex knows that this assignment is dangerous, made more so because her client does not even know that he is being protected. She doesn’t know that he thinks she is a con-artist a gold-digger who takes rich men for everything that she can get. As sparks fly, and the attraction between the two go stronger, they face a deadly danger from an unknown assailant. Lex and Mike embark on a turbulent affair in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, with Mike realising that there is much more to the sexy seductress, her bewildering vulnerability evoking unfettered passion and feelings that he has never experienced before. Lex realised that she has committed the ultimate folly, that of falling in love with a man who despises her. Will she overcome the dangers to Michael to her breaking heart?
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Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland Book Tour and Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.
Local Belfast resident, Julia Matthews, joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.
Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?

Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland

Publication day: 21st May 2020

Genres: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers, Contemporary

Trigger warning: domestic violence, some sexual scenes and swear words

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book had me engrossed right from the very start that I managed to read it within one day. I find mystery thrillers so fascinating and they always manage to draw me into the story, especially when authors, just like Rose McClelland, are extremely good at writing and able to keep the reader turning page after page of their book wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

This story is made up of multiple POVs, which if you’ve been reading my reviews for a while now will know that that’s one of my favourite narratives. I really liked putting the pieces together from reading over everyone’s POVs.

Julia was one of my least favourite characters. I found her very naive and sheltered, she was quite a pathetic character and I found myself rolling my eyes whenever she said or did something questionable. However, towards the end of the book I found a level of respect for her. Kyle Greer made my blood boil and he also scared me whenever he interacted with another character. Kyle is a very manipulative abuser, I found myself frowning at my book when his scenes of the book happened. Kerry was a really interesting police officer, I really enjoyed following her story in this book. Hannah. Kyle’s wife. Hannah is the character that this this story is based around and I really felt sorry for her. I connected with her somewhat, she was hopeful and brave but unfortunately she became victim to some horrible scenarios in this story.

This is one of my favourite passages from the book, not only because of McClelland’s beautiful writing which captures the passage perfectly but because I can totally relate to it as I’m a bit of a nosey person myself: I saw a young woman walk past the house. She was looking in, watching us. I understood her nosiness. I loved this time of day, when it was too light to close the blinds, but you still needed to put on a lamp. If you took a walk, it was too easy to cast a furtive glance into people’s homes, to catch a snapshot of their lives, to admire their décor and make stories about their lifestyles.

It was difficult to read parts of the book at times as there are few domestic violence and sexual scenes which can be uncomfortable to read over.

I would have to say the downside of my reading experience of Under Your Skin was the formatting of the book I received, the book missed out what seemed like a couple of lines which I’m hoping didn’t miss out anything too important.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced mystery thriller and would definitely recommend you to pick it up today.

Purchase Link

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Under-Your-Skin-Rose-McClelland/dp/B087LWB619/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Your-Skin-Rose-McClelland/dp/B087LWB619/

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52966965-under-your-skin

Author Bio

“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!
Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.
She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.

Media Links

Website – http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/p/home-1.html

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805471.Rose_McClelland

Twitter – https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RoseMcClellandauthor/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rosiegirl2000/

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Dares, Lies and Geminis by Kat Alexander Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Two women, different as night and day. Tristana likes to keep to herself, devotedly working all day so she doesn’t think about all she is missing in life. Seraphina, shrouded in mystery, hunts at night, surreptitiously looking for someone good, noble, and honest, while proving to herself they don’t exist. Two men who won’t succumb to failure. After his brother’s death, Peter spends his days trying to build a life as far away from the accusatory eyes of his hometown. Nathan has a nightly obsession- Seraphina. The truth that everyone is afraid to whisper. As Peter starts to chip away at Tristana’s walls, one dare unknowingly releases something he thought he lost long ago. And as Nathan moves in on Seraphina, one lie breaks apart the foundation of everything he thought he knew. Meet the Geminis.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In this moving story two teens fall in love with just one minor complication – they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control – even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardise the possibility of a ling transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just it’s hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
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Reaper: A Horror Novella by Jonathan Pongratz Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of. That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by a monster. Now everyone is town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

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Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung Book Review

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I knew almost instantaneously after receiving the kind email from the author to review her memoir that I wanted to read it. No matter how much I love fictional books, non-fiction memoirs will always hold a special place in my heart. I find these books so moving and eye-opening, they really help to educate and expand my knowledge especially about world events and cultures.

A journey like no other that I’ve read about before, I was absolutely compelled by this book. I didn’t want to rush through it as there was a lot of information to take in. From her own memories, to memories of special loved ones who have had such a huge impact in Nhi Manh Chung’s life. Incredibly extraordinary.

This book made me both happy and sad, due to some of the events that happened. I teared up when learning about what happened to Chung’s family. I can only imagine how difficult those times must’ve been for her and her family.

I really love when an author puts a visually personal touch in their book, by including photographs, which is exactly what Chung did. You get to see photos of her family, colleagues and friends which I couldn’t help but find myself smiling at. I find photos are always such a wonderful way to help visualise someone’s mind whether that be to picture what a person or a place looks like.

Nhi Manh Chung, you are a brave, incredible survivalist whom I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity to read your memoir, so I thank you very much and wish you all the best.

Have you read Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): For generations, the Odonata have lived under the ever-present threat of attack from the Hawker Clan. The Hawkers were once a noble race of paladin-protectors, masters of Chama Fogo (fire magic), and sworn to defend their Odonata brethren. Then the Day of Corruption came and the Hawkers’ Basilica home was engulfed with Malala, a pollution that twisted and tainted the Hawkers within, turning them into cruel and vicious beings, revelling in torture and cruelty. When the Hawkers get dangerously close to uncovering what came of their Enchiridion, a powerful spell book seized by the Odonata’s Emerald Rangers long ago, Dax, a young scribe, is sent on a quest with the beautiful and deadly Emerald Ranger Yslana to find Ithios the Viajante, the Jracon’s devoted to hosing the truth about the Enchiridion at all costs. Can Dax and Yslana find the Viajante before the Tainted Hawkers do, or will Odonata society fall to the cruel and vengeful hand of the Hawker Clan?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is so beautiful and intelligent in the way that the author has written it. The flow of the writing fits really nicely with the theme of this book being about dragonflies.

Simmons must have a great deal of knowledge of dragonflies or has done a lot of research for this book as it’s very informative and had me looking up the different kinds of dragonflies on Google to be able to picture them as the characters within the story. An interesting concept as I don’t think I’ve read a book before where the main characters are animals before (that I can think of as a teen/young adult/adult book).

At first I thought it was going to be difficult to get into as there are a lot of words I hadn’t recognised or seen before, so it was definitely a learning process to begin with. After halfway through the book managers to pick up the pace and start the follow the story a lot better. I had found it difficult to connect with the main characters however I did enjoy learning about them and following Dax on his adventure.

I thought it was very clever how the book ended although it did en rather abruptly to keep the reader from wanting to find out what’s going to happen next and that’s exactly what it did to me! I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series to find out what awaits Dax!

I would recommend this book to fantasy adventure and fantasy action fans.

Have you read The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Whammy by Ted Akin Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): The trouble with small towns is that nothing of note ever happens. That has pretty much been the status quo for quite some time in Lily Grove, Texas, where the only two things keeping the town moving are farming and the oil field. But when an accidental death shakes up the oil patch, Klive Anderson tries to balance keeping some form of normalcy in his day-to-day life, while also trying to uncover exactly what the hell happened. You know, just in case the same thing could happen to him. Meanwhile, Stacey Karlisle has her own issues to worry about. Being the neighbourhood entrepreneur keeps the day moving, but after a while, going through the motions starts to wear one down. Whammy follows the two as they both try to navigate the rare ripple in their little pond in their own very different ways. Part mystery, part comic book adventure, take a drive out to the country and find out how to handle yourself when exciting things happen in your normally sleepy little hometown.
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Escape From Samsara by Nicky Blue Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He’s not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum. Barry’s been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he’s had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer and a raging inferno. What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? Where is The Before and After? Even more importantly, will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day?
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Invisible Me by Debbi Mack Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Military brat and albino, 13-year old Portia Maddox, has bounced from school to school, always an outsider. So when Denise Laughton, the most popular girl at her junior high, asks for her help in exchange for an invite to Denise’s big birthday party, Portia jumps at the chance to go. But there’s a catch: Portia must spy on Randy, Denise’s boyfriend, to find out whether he’s cheating on her. Portia’s spying, however, unearths a tangled web of duplicity, hidden agendas and family secrets. And when Portia’s budding friendship with social outcast Judy interferes with her plans to endear herself to Denise, Portia must decide who her real friends are.
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