Book Chick City - Urban Fantasy & Romance Reviews http://www.bookchickcity.com Urban Fantasy & Romance Reviews Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Weekly Roundup: 24th – 30th Aug 2015 http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekly-roundup-24th-30th-aug-2015.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekly-roundup-24th-30th-aug-2015.html#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:39:44 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62305 Weekly Roundup Banner

Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…


FEATURES & REVIEWS



CAROLYN’S ROUNDUP


A Little LifeThis week I finished the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I can’t say I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first book, and found the majority of it rather boring, until that is the last 50 or so pages. It then got really exciting, and I had not one but two plot twists I didn’t see coming! That in itself is a major feat as I always seem to see things coming. I will definitely be starting book three.

I also finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I have no words that seem adequate to explain how I feel about this book. I’m just digesting everything at the moment; collecting and organising my thoughts. Hopefully I will be able to write a review and do it justice but I doubt it. However, I will be doing a review at some point over the next couple of weeks. I will say that this book is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

On audiobook I finished listening to, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. This was a re-read (or listen) and it’s one of my all time favourite horror novels. I enjoyed the story as much as I always have but the narrator was rather slow so I had to speed him up which I don’t really like doing, but I had to in this instance otherwise I would have given up on the recording. Overall though a good listen, but if you haven’t read it yet, I would say categorically, read the book!

I am now listening to The Martian by Andy Weir. It’s ok but I’m not loving it, hopefully I will finish it over the next few days.

This coming week I’m hoping to read The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells, the 4th book in the John Cleaver series (which I love), and also finish up my audiobooks.


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WEEKEND READS: The Martian and A Little Life http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekend-reads-the-martian-and-a-little-life.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekend-reads-the-martian-and-a-little-life.html#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:34:34 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62309 What are you reading this weekend? Anything you think we should be reading, or maybe your current read is just a bit… bleh. Whether you’re loving or hating your current read, we want to know about it! We love to hear about books (as if you didn’t know).

Here’s a run down on what we’ll be reading this weekend:


CAROLYN


The Martian - Andy WeirThis weekend I’ll be finishing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. For the first 200 pages or so I dipped in and out of this book while I read other things, mainly because the size of it scared me a little (734 pages!), but since yesterday I have read nothing else as I’m totally absorbed in this story. I can’t read anything else, I can’t stop thinking about it, and so I’ve nearly finished it. I will be reviewing this one soon so keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks.

Once I’ve finished A Little Life, I know I will want to read something more lighthearted, so I’ll probably start one of my many contemporary romances. I’m not sure as to which one yet, so you’ll have to check back tomorrow when our weekly roundup post is published to find out. :)

On audiobook I’ll be continuing on with The Martian by Andy Weir. I tried this book last year when I was given an eARC but couldn’t get into it and after the first few chapters I put it down. So I thought I would try again but this time I would listen to the audiobook instead. The story is very science heavy, all easily understandable, but doesn’t really make for compelling reading (or listening). It’s full of long lists of things he has to do, or descriptions of tasks he has to undertake, all while with an injection of humour, that, to be honest, I’m not sure you’d have so soon after finding out you had been left alone on Mars. However, the narration is pretty good so I have a feeling that this time I will finish it. I’m intrigued to see where the story goes.


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MINI REVIEWS: Sunshine and Spaniels by Cressida McLaughlin & The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/mini-reviews-sunshine-and-spaniels-by-cressida-mclaughlin-the-last-hour-of-gann-by-r-lee-smith.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/mini-reviews-sunshine-and-spaniels-by-cressida-mclaughlin-the-last-hour-of-gann-by-r-lee-smith.html#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=61937 Mini Reviews Banner 1

There are times when we read a novel, short-story or novella, and we just don’t have enough to say for a full review, so we thought it would be a good idea to write mini reviews that are, well… mini. So, here you go. If you have any questions about any of the books we review here, then just leave them in the comments and we will reply as soon as we can.


The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith – Reviewed by Carolyn


The Last Hour of GannI found my review of this book recently. I thought I’d lost it but I’d actually posted it on Amazon. Anyway, because I loved this book so much I thought I would post the review here.

The Last Hour of Gann is dark, intense, romantic, sad, violent, suspenseful, and thought provoking. I could go on. It has everything. It’s a combination of science fiction and romance, and it works so, so well. The characters are amazing; some you love and adore, others you hate with a passion. The heroine, Amber, is strong and determined, and the hero, Meoraq, is a sexy lizardman, and although they are very different from each other, they worked well together, as well as individuals. I felt every emotion, every physical thing that happened to Amber and Meoraq; and a lot happens to them. Violence is prevalent throughout, with rape, beatings, and murder; definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s all relevant to the story. The alien world the author has created is vibrantly described, and the plot is well thought out and executed.

The Last Hour of Gann is an epic love story and one that will stay with me for a long time. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. One of my favourite reads of the year. (ed. 2013)

Rating: 5 Stars

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
Sci-Fi Romance
Self-Published (Sept, 2013)
Ebook: 1277 pages

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Sunshine & Spaniels by Cressida McLaughlin – Reviewed by Rebecca


Sunshine and Spaniels by Cressida McLaughlinThe second in this serialized novel series, Sunshine and Spaniels by Cressida McLaughlin resumes the adventures of Cat Palmer and her dog walking business, Pooch Promenade. In this instalment she meets excitable puppy, Olaf, and his struggling, single-parent owner, Frankie. She has two young girls and a baby boy to look after, so walking the dog is not the top priority in her daily routine. Offering to step in and lend her services at a reduced fee (or even for free), Cat tries to help Frankie as best she can, although it often comes across as interfering and I repeatedly thought that she was sticking her nose in when it wasn’t wanted.

In addition, Cat is still attracted to the handsome Mark, despite his aloofness and her not knowing all that much about him. She says she won’t be strung along, but in my opinion Mark seems to have her exactly where he wants her, and makes no secret that he wants to take things further. I’m holding out hope for her flatmate, Joe, who clearly has an interest in her and is not as surly as he makes out. I’m hoping it doesn’t take Cat much longer to realise the mistakes she’s making, and to perhaps choose her battles a bit better. She even seems determined to match-make her best friend Polly with the local ice cream shop owner, so I’m hoping that it doesn’t all end in disaster in the next instalment to Primrose Terrace.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance
HarperCollins (18 June 2015)
Ebook: 94 pages

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REVIEW: Grey by E. L. James http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-grey-by-e-l-james.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-grey-by-e-l-james.html#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:00:37 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62176 Grey - EL JamesGrey is the re-telling of Fifty a Shades of Grey from Christian’s point of view. I started it not knowing what to expect really, but to get more insight into the sexy and enigmatic hero of a trilogy, which despite popular criticism I defiantly loved and re-read at the beginning on this year.

There were parts where I was sucked in and parts where I had real mixed feelings about. Christian is an intrinsically complicated and dark man. We see this through Ana’s telling normally, but without Ana’s fascination and following her journey as she falls in love, Christian is laid bare. And I have to confess I didn’t always like him. Actually the words arrogant and a**hole sprang to mind during quite a few of the scenes. Even scenes I loved reading in Fifty Shades took a decidedly darker turn when read from Christian’s view. I would even go as far as to say that without Ana’s retelling and rose-tinted glasses the story was just not as good. Full stop.

Yet, I did enjoy reading the story from his view. I always loved their email conversations in the original book, always witty and they regularly made me smile and it was liked seeing them from Christian’s perspective.

The sex scenes were inevitably darker, Christian’s need to not only dominate but inflect pain made for more uncomfortable reading in Grey. However, many of the scenes were hot and Christian is delectable, how can you not see the appeal? His change from living an isolated, controlled life to falling in love was fascinating and the ending of the book the best part for me. So much so I went on to read Fifty Shades Darker as I become hooked by the story once more.

I read the book when I was away on holiday, away from wifi and any news. So as I write this review, I have no idea of what the outside world thinks of the story. But the more I began to read it, the more I became suspicious that just maybe it had been written by a ghostwriter and not James herself. Or not entirely by her at least.

If I could pin point the reason for my suspicions, it didn’t seem to have the same quirky writing style that we saw in the original trilogy. Perhaps the quirky style was down to Ana’s character, but overall the writing was slicker and tighter. Of course, it isn’t self published and would have been edited, which you cannot say for the original. I could be totally wrong here, but given the huge commercial success of the books and the film I have to say I am somewhat suspicious. Let’s face it this book is going to be a mega money turner for both author and publisher and good timing with the DVD release too.

If you loved the original trilogy then I would say read Grey. It’s a nice addition to be able to see things from Christian’s side. It’s not as good or as compelling as its counterpart Fifty Shades of Grey and it unearths some less than pleasant traits in Christian. Yet, the discovery of those traits didn’t detract or sour my view of the original love story. By the end of the novel I was fully sucked into the book and more than ready to read more. As to whether it was written by a ghostwriter or not… I am on the fence for the moment.

Rating: 3.5 Stars


Grey by E. L. James (Fifty Shades #4)
Erotic Romance
Cornerstone Digital (18 June 2015)
Ebook: 576 pages

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REVIEW: Come Away with Me by Karma Brown http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-come-away-with-me-by-karma-brown.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-come-away-with-me-by-karma-brown.html#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:07 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62162 Come Away with Me by Karma BrownA heart-wrenching and emotionally poignant novel, Come Away with Me by Karma Brown is all about love and loss, and how to carry on with life.

The book begins with tragedy, as heroine Tegan Lawson is on the way to a family party with her husband, Gabe. She is six months pregnant with their son when Gabe loses control of the car on a patch of black ice, causing a tragic accident. Tegan loses their baby, and with it any chance of ever becoming a mother again. She is understandably devastated, and has barely moved from her bed since it happened, finding it difficult to confide in Gabe as part of her will always blame him for the accident.

Their marriage is increasingly strained as Tegan is reluctant to accept help from a doctor, claiming that she doesn’t need pills and is adjusting to grief in her own way. However, when her warring emotions cause her to do something reckless, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of bucket-list-style wishes that they both wanted to accomplish during their married lives. He suggests that they each pull out a wish and go on a journey to make them come true, hopefully recovering their relationship along the way.

Although reluctant to make the trip, Tegan agrees and finds herself booking the first leg of their journey to Thailand. What follows is a series of adventures in Thailand, Italy and Hawaii, as Tegan and Gabe work together to accomplish some their shared dreams. A part of her might still blame Gabe for the accident, but she also knows that she loves him unconditionally and wants to get her marriage back. She needs to remember that he is grieving too, for the son he will never have, and that their life must go on together.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when beginning this book, as I knew about the tragedy but wasn’t sure how sad this book would be to read. Instead, I was met with an uplifting tale about Tegan’s journey through grief and finding her way back to who she wants to be. Yes, there are dark times along the way, but on the whole this book is about new experiences and discovering that it is okay to be happy again. The adventures across the globe are each exciting and different, highlighting a different aspect of Tegan’s personality in each setting. She is braver than she thinks, and with Gabe’s encouragement she finds that grief isn’t holding her back so much anymore.

I must admit that I was gripped and sympathetic to Tegan’s character from the very first chapter, as we are invited to share in her first person perspective and experience her emotional upheavals firsthand. We see her at her lowest, struggling to get out of bed and losing weight quickly, with her parents and Gabe desperately trying to engage with her and encourage her back into the world. She might feel like she can’t go on anymore, but over the course of the trip we see her begin to open up again and to rediscover her strength. Tegan finds that she can do far more than she bargained for, even surprising herself when she forgets about her loss for short periods of time.

Alongside the connection to Tegan are the flashbacks to how Tegan and Gabe met, and how they came to be engaged and married. These flashback scenes bring us even closer to Tegan and how she feels about her husband, not to mention demonstrating the devotion he feels for her. Their relationship has always been perfect, with Gabe being a true gentleman when it counts and determined to support Tegan in any way he can. His frustration at being unable to get through to her can be felt at times, which only makes him more human when faced with her accusations and blame for what happened to their baby. He doesn’t get much opportunity to express his own loss, instead trying to be the strong one for his wife.

I loved their marital relationship and all the flashbacks we are shown of their past, as this builds up a positive picture of them as a couple and made their marriage something I could really picture and get behind. They were stronger together than apart, and I was really hoping that the course of this book would help them both to remember the way they were before. Obviously they can’t go back, but I was hopeful that they would make their own way forward together, and could really see the positive message intended by this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was absolutely hooked from the beginning, and don’t think I’ve been taken on such an emotional journey for quite some time. I was very nearly in tears at one of the plot twists, so be prepared to have your heart wrenched as you read this amazing tale of self-discovery and self-worth. The descriptions of the foreign countries are beautiful and well-detailed, offering a different perspective to some of the usual tourist activities and the reminder that life always goes on. Tegan’s journey is poignant and heartbreaking, but also full of hope and optimism, and I feel like I’ve really taken a lot away from this book and hope that everyone else will too.

Rating: 4.5 Stars


Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
Contemporary Fiction
Harlequin MIRA (25 Aug 2015)
Ebook: 368 pages

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: 17th – 23rd August 2015 http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekly-roundup-17th-23rd-august-2015.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekly-roundup-17th-23rd-august-2015.html#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62169 Weekly Roundup Banner

Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…


FEATURES & REVIEWS



CAROLYN’S ROUNDUP


The Devil's Only Friend by Dan WellsThis week I finished Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis, the first book in her new contemporary romance series, Cedar Ridge. Sadly this didn’t really work for me. To start with there were inconsistencies in the first chapter than irritated me, and then in the last third of the book it dragged and became really repetitive. Such a shame as I loved the first two books I read from her Lucky Harbor series, but this one not so much. I’ll be reviewing it soon so keep an eye out for that.

I then picked up the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I’m about half way through it so far, and for the most part I’m enjoying it.

I’m also getting more into A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I’m around 200 pages into this 700+ page book and I am really enjoying it, even though it is very sad and has quite a sombre tone. There’s also not a lot of dialogue and the story is just being told, which can sometimes be very tiresome, but in this instance I’m finding the story very compelling and so I always want to keep reading.

On audiobook I’m listening to a couple of books. The first is a re-read (or listen in this case), I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. This is one of my all time favourite horror novels and I thought I would try it via a different medium. So far I am enjoying it but I’m not loving the narrator, he’s very slow and so for the first time ever I have increased the speed to 1.25x. I’ve never done this before and actually don’t really like it as it makes the voice sound unnatural, but I had to do something as this guys voice was sooooo slow!

The other audiobook is Sweet as Sin by J. T. Geissinger, the first book in the Bad Habit rockstar romance series. I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m liking it.

This coming week I’m hoping to read The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells, the 4th book in the John Cleaver series (which I love), and also finish up my audiobooks.


LAURA’S ROUNDUP


Bound by Flames - Jeaniene FrostLast week has been a bit of a ‘meh’ reading week for me. I haven’t had lots of sleep which isn’t helping with my reading mojo. I finished my biker romance Rain Shadow by Tess Oliver (Rainshadow #1) and I wasn’t really blown away by it. Also it had one of those endings that wasn’t really an ending – more like a pause in the story to get you to buy the next book. I always think books should be entire stories even if they must have cliffhangers – not a fan of cliffhangers at all. But there you go.

After some more deliberation and Kindle scrolling because I really couldn’t decide what I wanted to read next, I decided to go back to reading Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3). I have no idea why I stopped reading it, because once it got going it was an awesome book! I loved it and feel sad that the next one will be the last in the series.

Next I’m going to start the contemporary romance series, Lexi by T Gephart after really enjoying her Power Station series on holiday. I’ve noticed that Gephart has written a prequel to the series so I can’t decide whether to start with book one or the prequel. I guess it makes the most sense to go with the prequel, so I shall be reading Lexi first and then making my way through the series books in order :) .


HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?


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NEW VIDEO: August Reading Wrap Up (Part 1) http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/new-video-august-reading-wrap-up-part-1.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/new-video-august-reading-wrap-up-part-1.html#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:18:02 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62294 Today’s video is part one of my August reading wrap up. (It was one video but I felt it was too long, so I split it into two parts). Part two will be up sometime next week. I hope you enjoy it :)

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WEEKEND READS: Paranormal & Contemporary Romance http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekend-reads-paranormal-contemporary-romance.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/weekend-reads-paranormal-contemporary-romance.html#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:00:53 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62172 What are you reading this weekend? Anything you think we should be reading, or maybe your current read is just a bit… bleh. Whether you’re loving or hating your current read, we want to know about it! We love to hear about books (as if you didn’t know).

Here’s a run down on what we’ll be reading this weekend:


LAURA


Lexi - T. GephartAfter finishing and loving Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3) this week, I didn’t quite know what to go onto next. I always find it hard when I finish a book I love. I started it a few weeks ago and then put it on hold because Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley had been released and didn’t go back to reading it. I have no idea why I didn’t go back to reading it because it was honestly so good!

So I have decided to read the contemporary romance series, Lexi by T Gephart next, I did thoroughly enjoy The Power Station and didn’t realise at the time that the Lexi series was a pre-cursor to it. Gephart has retrospectively written a prequel to the series, Lexi, so I am going to start with that and go on from there.


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CURRENTLY WATCHING: Bates Motel… http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/currently-watching-bates-motel.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/currently-watching-bates-motel.html#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62203 We love a good TV show, especially if it’s a long running series, so we thought it would be fun to make it a bit of a feature here at BCC. Every fortnight we will be talking about the shows we are currently watching, whether they are re-runs of old classics or a shiny new series we’re excited about. This week, it’s all about Bates Motel


LAURA


Bates Motel season 3So I have finished Sons of Anarchy, and Carolyn is probably going to disagree with me on this, but I really didn’t like season 7 at all. I just don’t like how Kurt Sutter ended the series at all – so hard not to put spoilers in here – it was so Shakesperrean, unnecessarily violent at times, the paths that some of the characters took didn’t work for me. I particularly disliked some of the scenes between Jax and his Mum. I kind of actually wished I’d left the series at season 5 or 6, because the early seasons are just so awesome. So feeling at bit meh and a whole of a lot disappointed really.

Looking for something a bit lighter after the violent fest that was Sons of Anarchy I decided to catch up on the Bates Motel next. I’m a little on the fence about this show, I like it, but don’t love it like my husband seems to. The scenes between Norman his Mum are mega cringy – I know they are meant to be – it might actually help if I had seen Psycho – probably one to rectify! They are building the blossoming darkness in Norman brilliantly and the lengths this is driving Norma his mother is compelling. But I think it’s the cringe factor that puts me off sometimes.


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REVIEW: The Piano Man Project by Kat French http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-the-piano-man-project-by-kat-french.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/review-the-piano-man-project-by-kat-french.html#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62147 The Piano Man Project by Kat FrenchA romance novel with plenty of comedic twists, The Piano Man Project by Kat French caught my attention on NetGalley with its unique approach to finding the main character a date.

The novel begins in one of the most unconventional ways I’ve ever experienced, with Honeysuckle Jones and her two friends, Tash and Nell, in a sex shop discussing orgasms. Both of Honey’s friends are shocked to discover that she has never had an orgasm with a man, yet Honey claims that it has never been a problem for her before and that she still enjoys sex. Regardless, her friends won’t take no for an answer and decide that what Honey really needs is a piano player – someone who is good with their hands as well as being sensitive and caring.

So begins the great search for a piano player and a series of blind dates which Honey is less than enthusiastic for. Yes, she would love to find a caring partner, but she is preoccupied with a stressful situation at work as she is told that the old peoples’ home she works for is due to be closed in six months time. Honey works in the charity shop attached to the home and has built up a great relationship with the elderly residents, becoming determined to find a way to save the home and the people who live there. She is desperate to do the right thing, discovering skills she didn’t realise she had in her endeavours to increase the protest.

Her do-gooder nature extends to her new neighbour, Hal, who has just moved in across the hall. He is moody and stubborn, often ignoring Honey completely and turning to endless amounts of whisky to dull his emotions. A recent accident has left him blind, with his former life as a professional chef with celebrity clients and a beautiful fiancée now out of his reach. All Hal wants is to be left alone, but Honey keeps talking to him and attempting to break down the barrier between them. She wants to be his friend, but as they both open up to each other she realises that her feelings might stretch beyond friendship, and that perhaps a piano player is not the answer after all.

I loved this book and was pulled in from the very first chapter, barely able to put it down until I knew what would happen between Honey and Hal. Their relationship is so up and down that it keeps you on the edge of your seat and never quite sure what will happen next. Hal can be incredibly rude and solitary one minute, but then open up and show a more caring side the next. Honey is never quite sure where she stands with him, which might sound like a bad thing for a relationship, but this book makes it work with surprising abundance. The comedic exchanges between the pair are also what make this book stand out from the rest, as some of the quips they share left me laughing out loud.

As a heroine, Honey was entertaining and doesn’t take herself too seriously, always speaking first and thinking about it later. She feels able to tell Hal things about her day and her blind dates that she doesn’t tell her friends, with most of these conversations happening through his locked front door. This might sound like an odd way to conduct a relationship, but she can always tell that he is listening to her and that she is breaking through some of his barriers. She wants to show him that life goes on and that he doesn’t need to be alone, even if she does come across as an interfering neighbour. She even tells Hal about the piano man search and the reasoning behind it, much to her embarrassment, finding it easy to tell him about her life.

This is not to say that Honey relies on Hal, as she grows in strength as the plot goes on and comes to realise that she can achieve great things and make a difference to the world. It is this inner strength that Hal can see in Honey, as he often indirectly encourages her and tries to make her aware of what she can achieve. He might resent her for trying to bring him out of his apartment when all he wants is to be left alone, yet deep down he doesn’t want her to stop trying to save him. He has a lot of pent up anger about his former life and the things he can’t do anymore, and is content to spend the rest of his days alone with his whisky. However, we see him slowly start to change throughout the book, even if he does keep reverting to his hard and cold shell. He can be incredibly cruel to Honey, but he cares about her happiness and doesn’t think he could possibly enough to make her happy.

I found the relationship between them to be funny and heart-warming, two opposites that complement each other perfectly even if they don’t realise it. I was desperate for them both to take a step back and realise what they could have together, as they often react in the heat of the moment and say things they don’t necessarily mean. Honey is reluctant to rely on Hal for anything, but he always comes through when she needs him most, proving that perhaps he does want to return to the real world after all.

This book was addictive and funny and everything I look for when it comes to a romance novel. Admittedly, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about all the care home subplots, but the romance between Honey and Hal makes this novel shine and stand out from the rest. His blindness is never an issue for Honey, and the chemistry between them is electric and highly charged at all times. He could be the one to show Honey the meaning of passion, with each barrier between them broken down with particular finesse. The added humour throughout the book makes this a pleasure to read, and I can’t recommend this romance highly enough. I can’t wait to read more by Kat French, as this novel certainly took me on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of both characters.

Rating: 4.5 Stars


The Piano Man Project by Kat French
Contemporary Romance
Avon (30 July 2015)
Ebook: 400 pages

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NEW VIDEO: Mid-August Book Haul (Part 2) http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/new-video-mid-august-book-haul-part-2.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/new-video-mid-august-book-haul-part-2.html#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:00:42 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=62271 Today’s video is part two of my mid-August book haul (it was originally one video but I thought it was too long so I split it into two parts). I had some lovely Amazon deliveries – don’t you just love those?! 😀

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Aug Book Haul Part 2

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NAILS: Marks & Spencer Autograph Quick Dry ‘Taupe’ http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/nails-marks-spencer-autograph-quick-dry-taupe.html http://www.bookchickcity.com/2015/08/nails-marks-spencer-autograph-quick-dry-taupe.html#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:59:11 +0000 http://www.bookchickcity.com/?p=61664 autograph-nails

I love natural/neutral shades, especially as autumn is drawing closer. So while in Marks & Spencer’s I went to their beauty section and bought a few bits, one of which was this gorgeous taupe in their Autograph range.

First off, one of the best aspects about this polish is the brush size. It’s big. I have quite large nails and sometimes the smaller brushes make painting my nails more tricky, so using this larger brush was a delight. Another big plus was that I only had to apply one coat.

The downsides is that it has quite a thick consistency and doesn’t spread as effectively as I would like, and it seems to get fairly gloopy quite quickly. Maybe this is down to the fact that it’s meant to be a quick drying formula (I personally didn’t notice this).

However, even with the above issues I still really liked this polish. The colour is stunning and the overall look is lovely, especially with a top coat from Seche Vite, which is what I used as it’s my favourite. I will definitely look into buying more from this range.

Have you tried any of the Autograph polishes? Which one is your favourite?

*Originally posted on my second blog: obsessiveblonde.com

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