Happy Birthday

It’s a little difficult to categorise Happy Birthday. I’m not a massive proponent of the books needing to be categorised – if you enjoy them then what does it matter? Besides which, whatever it is, Happy Birthday succeeds at it beautifully. Phoebe Bowler has had better times. After being jilted at the altar by her long term boyfriend she barely has the means to keep hold of what was once their shared flat. Just as she finally seems to be getting her life back on track she finds out that she is living next…

On the Surface

I’ll start this review with something of a disclaimer – I love hockey. I only recently started to go and see my local team but it has turned into what you could call an obsession and since I started going I have been diligently looking for hockey based romance. That might not seem like much of a disclaimer, but I will say that it’s difficult to find one that gets the balance between the romance and the sport right as well as being well-written. On the Surface delivered on all…

OIshinbo

BOOKISH NEWS Hi, and welcome to our news feature in which we highlight some of the stories which have been big in the bookish world this week. Manga Does Politics Popular manga series Oishinbo has come under fire after it’s storyline linked a character’s nosebleed to their visit to Fukushima. This claim caused the president, Shinzo Abe, to respond by saying that there is nothing to suggest and certainly not to prove that anybody’s health is adversely affected by visits to Fukushima and any possible exposure to radioactive substances. Reports…

The Most Dangerous Animal of All

BOOKISH NEWS Hi, and welcome to our news feature in which we discuss some of the stories that have been big in the bookish world this week. Gary … I am Your Father Although most people would deny any relation to a serial killer, a new book penned by Gary L Stewart describes how the engineer’s search for his roots led him to the conclusion that the Zodiac Killer is his father. The Zodiac Killer was never caught or named, although his connection to five deaths in the 1960s ensured that…

Perfect Plans

NEW SERIES ALERT Perfect Plans (Perfect Plans Part 1), C.J. Wells (31st March 2014) Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon UK/US He’s the ultimate fantasy crush. You’ve seen him on the big screen – the fantasy man you cheat on your husband with; the man you never expect to meet… But what if you did? Perfect Plans, the first of a two-part series, takes you through this possibility. Every woman fantasizes about ‘what if’ at some point in her marriage; lost in dreams of something MORE. Abigail Ryan takes…

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BOOKISH NEWS Hi, and welcome to our news feature, in which we highlight and discuss some of the news that has been big in the bookish world this week. Amazon.com Deliberately Slow US book giant Amazon are being accused of being deliberately slow in sending out books published by Hachette for ‘reasons of their own’, as a number of books by that publisher are taking at least a week to be delivered as opposed to the usual couple of days. Amazon and Hachette are currently in the midst of renegotiating…

Captive

NEW SERIES ALERT Captive (New Life #1), Lavish Publishing Llc (15 March 2014) Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon UK / US To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering? Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairytale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson:…

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