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Review – The Executive Floor By Belinda Wright

Ebook Published January 25th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
Length – 178 pages

Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Ratings on Goodreads – 2.92 out of 5 stars (24 reviews)
Amazon ratings – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)


My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Review

Book downloaded via Netgalley for an honest review –

I was just scanning around Netgalley and came across this book, thought it looked and sounded like my sort of book to read so downloaded it. This is the first time I have read anything by Belinda Wright.
I will admit the book hasn’t had the best ratings however there are not that many reviews given, so I don’t feel it is the best base to be judging.

My first impression of the cover was professional looking. As it is a romance it was nice to see that there wasn’t a couple on the front but instead a professional suit image…. fitting for the title “The Exectutive”.

When it comes to bachelors do not believe everything said in the news…. that stands true in this book.
The book is extremely fast paced, they meet and sleep together all in the same day/night. Have to admit that was very fast and I think it prevented a build up for me. Most Romance/Erotica I have read likes to build a sexual tension between both the main characters. This book lacked that tension.

Chantelle had a rough start to her teenage years. Chantelle’s parents died in a car accident when she was 11, she then has no money but shows determination in her career pursuing finance, therefor moves to the UK. Whilst in the UK she shares a house with a landlord who becomes more of a peeping tom (Neil), but what else can she do, money is tight. Chantelle then faces the end of her intern ship with no plan forward.

Granger a typical playboy/bachelor, doesn’t want the commitment and becomes a workaholic. Until he meets Chantelle.
I found the speed in which they got together extremely fast, and I don’t believe a man can change his mind in a couple days about his way of life. However I found myself reading this book in a couple hours.

The ending was too fast for me, I wish the back story for Granger was used throughout the book rather than one chapter.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it kept me engaged throughout and willing me to read more. I will always rate a book well if it can keep me engrossed throughout. Definitely a short, light hearted romance.

Currently £2.99 on Amazon

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Ghost Files #1 – By Apryl Baker – Book Review.

Cherry blossom lipstick: check 
Smokey eyes: check 
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check 

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. 

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. 

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. 

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… 


Review

Genre – Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Young adult.
Available in – paperback + kindle + Audible.
My copy – Kindle.

Length – 284 pages

First of I want to start by stating I should have read this book before Homecoming (I found Homecoming confusing). This book was the series prior to The crane diaries. And trust me everything is now clearer about Mattie.

The plot of this book kept me turning every page. Apryl Baker has made an amazing, creepy story. Even I was shivering a little bit with some of the gruesome details. For a young adult, paranormal book I was shocked and intrigued with the amount of spooky details and gore. Not one detail was missed.
The gradual build up to the end left me wanting more, each chapter added new gifts, new ghosts with an added adrenaline rush in the final few chapters.
It has been a long time since a paranormal book has excited me like this.

The characters were kept simple. Mattie and Dan are the main characters portrayed in this book.
The Ghost Files follows Mattie’s life coming to terms with the fact her mother tried to kill her and then committed suicide, now she can see ghosts.
However after spending years in the foster system, as well as trying to avoid ghosts Sally disappears and Ghost boy arrives, sending Mattie into a string of hospital visits, which she can’t explain to her foster mother….. But she can with Dan.

Raising the knife once more, she pushed it deep into her own throat before pulling it out. She collapsed beside me, her face inches from mine. I had to lie there and watch her die.

The back and forth banter with Dan and Mattie was the best. Dan was like an over protective older brother at first with the need to protect Mattie even outside of work. Mattie decides to confide in Dan when it comes to her gift but cannot understand why – what has this random guy in her life got that her boyfriend doesn’t, and why is she slipping up with her words around him.
All these new ghosts, and with the help of Dan and a new doctor Mattie begins to understand her gift, and begins to trust in the spirits knowledge.

I never felt I was reading from the point of view of a teenager, Mattie comes across as a grown woman, troubled past but now stronger than ever and ready to kick ass.
There was nothing I disliked about this book, and I have already added the rest of the series to my TBR.

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Homecoming: The Crane Diaries series – Book Review.

New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to. 

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved. 

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?


Review

Copy – I have the paperback and Kindle edition (161 pages).
Published – 11/12/18
Published by – Limitless publishing.

It has been a while since I have read YA fiction. This book was sent to me for a promotional post and it caught my attention, I love ghost stories, so why not check this out. I also have to admit I liked the cover chosen for this book, it’s unique and extremely eye catching.
I found the reaper at the beginning of each chapter was a little childish, I know it is a YA, however that little detail could have been left out.


This is the first book I have ever read by Apryl Baker, her series ghost files is widely loved on Goodreads.
Emma is such a strong character growing up in foster care, with the abilities of a reaper. If that wasn’t tough enough she nearly died last year reaping a particularly difficult ghost.

I found it hard to read this book because there was obviously a bigger event in Emma’s life that I have not read. I think there must be a book prior to this one but I cannot find it unfortunately, if you can please comment below so I can add it to my review for others.

I have grown to really like Emma, she is a strong, persistent young woman, not letting her abilities prevent her from achieving a degree in psychology, with the added perk of being able to communicate with the dead effectively.

The haunting in this book is creepy and very well done. I really enjoyed the references to actual TV shows, for example Ghost adventures was used a lot. I found Apryl grew the plot throughout, gradual but effective. The description, twists, and investigations are fantastic.

I enjoyed the friends family dynamic, all there for each other through thick and thin. There is never a dull moment, each chapter revealed something new in Emma’s life as well as in the ghost investigation…… Doc isn’t just a close friend after all and with her half brother suddenly turning up, everyone becomes extremely suspicious.

Even though the book was very well done, I enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t hooked. Perhaps It is because it is not like my regular books. I would still recommend this book. And I may look into her much loved series the ghost files.


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About the Author

So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Because I Love you – Book Review.

Two years ago, he took my innocence and ran,
Luckily for me, he’s a slow runner.
He doesn’t know that he gave me the most beautiful gift in the world – my son. 
I’m going to give him a gift too – revenge! 
And if he’s thinking he can get me and my son…
Well, he can go take a walk!

She’s my best friend’s little sister. 
I should never have touched her. 
But I did.
She was hot. She was fun. She was begging me for it.
So I gave it to her… all night long.
I told her I loved her. I promised her the moon and stars. 
I meant every word.
Then I vanished. I couldn’t tell her why. I still can’t.
We haven’t talked since.
But I saw her yesterday. She’s still hot enough to stop traffic,
Even with a kid.
She’s got secrets, but so do I. 
I know she still wants me, but she’s not begging this time.
This time she wants me to beg. 
But I don’t beg. I take. 
And I’m taking Jessi. Secrets and all.


My Review –

This book took me a while to get my head into. I loved the story line, curvy Jessi making a successful career in the modelling industry ( very positive image to put out), and Chris a choreographer, very different to the normal suited business man I read in Romance genre’s.

I loved the empowerment by using a curvy woman for the main character, this is rare I find in the Romance/Erotic genre.
The cover however niggled me. The story brings you a confident curvy mum taking over the modelling industry, yet the cover shows a “normal” sized woman. I wish the author secured a curvy woman to empower other women, and show some diverse covers out there.

Because I love you was definitely steamy, imaginative and juicy. Amy Brent has captured a dramatic, romantic, very saucy novel in one. Once I was about 30% of the way through I was hooked. The revenge plot and karma was well done throughout. The story line never felt rushed and Amy definitely kept me wanting to find out more about Chris.
Jessi was an open book to the reader, but Chris was mysterious not only to me but to the main character Jessi……. Why would he leave her when they were so in love.

The sex scenes are very descriptive and always different. These two characters are on fire consistently throughout.

I became Like Jessi’s friend Megan in the end, I was getting so frustrated that this man he obviously loved didn’t yet know the truth. Proof the author did well.

This was better than a light hearted romance, the complicated relationship made the couples dynamic more realistic. I like some drama in my books and this his the nail on the head.
A must read for all you Romance lovers out there.

I gave this book 4/5 on Goodreads, mainly because I found myself struggling to get into it from the first page. But once I was into the main part of the story I was hooked. I will be looking into more of Amy Brent’s books in the future.


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My Least Favourite Books Of 2018

Hello all and Happy New year. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy start to the year.
I have set a target to read 30 books this year, and to get my blog to 1,000 followers….. I currently have 584. I am so keen to get this blog going this year and want to get a post up 5 days a week.

I only managed to read 16/20 books this year but it has been a manic year. So lets show you all my 3 least favourite books of 2018….

Sorry folks if this was a favourite of you. This just wasn’t for me, it felt very slow paced. I gave it a good go but I had to put it down. Check out my full review here – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/01/20/close-to-home-by-cara-hunter-book-review/

I gave this book 2/5 stars.

I completed this book with a love hate relationship. The book started off strong and then went down hill, I was expecting more from the story line, and a little more drama. Instead I found a selfish woman who wanted it all and had two amazing men she was dragging along.
Full review here – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/06/15/in-between-book-review/

Gave 3/5 stars.

Another book I had high hopes for. I really liked the change in time from when they were younger to now, however I felt each chapter just repeated itself just in a different time zone….. Could have been so much better.
Book review – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/09/21/let-you-go-book-review/

Gave 3/5 stars.

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Troubled Spirits – Book Review

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Synopsis

Jody has been a conduit for ghosts her entire life. Not only do they come to her for help, but at times she experiences what they feel when they die. This gift or curse comes at a high personal cost—especially when a child is involved. There’s not a man alive who is willing to compete with troubled spirits.

Jared, a wealthy and determined high-powered P.I., has lived without love his entire life. In business if he wants something, he goes after it with a vengeance and is usually not denied. His life experiences have taught him that believing and trusting in others is a dead end street.

But on one magical night Jared meets Jody, and they soon find themselves on the brink of falling in love. But will the spirits surrounding Jody relinquish their hold on her in order for Jared to stake his claim or will their love disappear in an ethereal puff of smoke?

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Review

I received an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

My overall thoughts of this book throw me back to the days of watching Ghost whisperer with Jennifer love-Hewitt.
Jody’s gift of seeing spirits with one last message comes across as a gift, however it is beginning to feel more like a curse, this story explores how a small 4 year old persistent spirit girl, called Fiona tests Jody to her limits.

For the first time in a while it was nice to see a female character have two close male friends who have stuck by her and wanted nothing more than friendship, I find this rare in most books.
Another refreshing part was reading how Jody and Jared built their relationship on trust  before they became involved.  Jody came across as a loner where as Jared came across as a possessive sceptic before he fell for Jody’s non profited gift.

I found the beginning of the book very descriptive, looking at the story from different character view points.  Even though this helped build up a profile on each character I do feel this brought  the book down, only because it made the beginning of the book so slow.  It took me until 40% of the way through before I felt I was getting somewhere, and Jared had not even shown up yet.

Overall I did enjoy this book, the beginning was slow but once I got halfway through I was stuck.  I couldn’t put the book down.  I wish there was a second to see how Jody gets on with her new life and gifts.  I can’t say too much because it would ruin the end.  Definitely give it a read.

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Heartless #1 – Book Review

Synopsis

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I’m warned that Carter Hayes is heartless.

He’s part of the screw crew.
He’ll just use you and leave you.
He’s ruthless and always gets what he wants.

Just look for the trail of broken hearts and dreamy sighs and you’ll find him.

“Hot as sin, Carter.”

I don’t have time to fall head over heels for any guy. Besides, he’d never notice someone like me. I have a three step plan. Get through college. Get a job. Get my sister out of the hell hole I left her in. That’s all I have time for.

That’s until I hear of the betting pool the guys started. Whoever screws me first gets the money. The moment Carter looks at me, I know it’s only because of the bet.

I tell myself our first kiss is only for show.
I hate my heart for falling for his irresistible charm.

For one foolish moment, I actually want him to be my first earth-shattering love. All it takes for me to give in is a little attention, a cocky smile, and a fake promise of a happily-ever-after.

When I’m surrounded by crumpled sheets and the smell of sex, I realize I let him have me for four hundred dollars.

To save what little pride I have left, I pretend it didn’t mean anything, that he’s just one last screw before we all leave college.

I’ve spent the last four years lying to myself. When I’m ready to take the final step of my plan, and save my sister, guess who walks through my front door?

This is a full-length, stand alone, unrequited love/second chance romance. 
Note: The book ends at 77% with samples of Predator and Protector. 

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Goodreads review – 3.76 star rating with over 1,600 ratings.
Amazon review – 4 1/2 star rating with 36 reviews.

Pages 219 – Available as a paperback or on Kindle/Kindle unlimited.
I received a free ARC copy for an honest review.

Review

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Carter Hayes and Della Truman, both go to the same college, but both in very different social groups.
Della is keeping her head down, working at a local diner to save up money to look after her sister after college.  Della and her sister lost their parents who sadly passed away when they were young.  Leaving Della to step up and provide the best life for her little sister.
Della is in her final year of college.  So far she has kept to her books, worked late nights, and gone home when she can.   She comes across as a protective girl, but tends to act first and think things through later, jumping to conclusions and impulsive, this doesn’t always work out how she planned, especially in her final year of college when she meets Carter Hayes.

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Carter is part of the “Screw crew”, well known for picking up girls and then leaving ASAP.  He has been labelled Heartless, mess with him and he is sure to get you back far worse than you dished out.
I found Carter to be a quiet man unless approached, however he has a very caring heart hidden under his tough exterior.
Della is having a hard time when part of the crew Rhett keeps hitting on her.  Rhett is known at the beginning of this book for never giving up when he sees a girl he wants.
After Della uses some smart ass remarks to challenge Rhett he is more intrigued.  Rhett decides to place a bet that who ever gets Della into bed by the end of the year will win £400, at this point Carter walks in willing to defend Della but she is having none of it.  Della become feisty and rude, this of course sets Carter off to the point he lets her know how he feels.

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Even though Rhett comes across as a jerk at the beginning, the screw crew are more like brothers and do actually respect women.  They help one another, and would never hurt anyone. They just happen to be a very attractive group of men that women throw themselves at, but not Della.  Well she thought she wouldn’t but Carter was different, more challenging and matched her.

Rhett- “You never use your strength against a woman.  You’re not fucking stronger to hold them down.  You’re stronger to protect them asshole”.

Della doesn’t realise the groups kindness and caring manner until she walks home late after work one night and two drunk men make advances at her.
She was extremely lucky that the 5 guys from the screw crew were driving by.  Once they see she is in distress and realise what the two men are trying to do, the boys jump into action.  Rhett and Carter protect her while the others sort the two men out.  After this Della becomes included in their family, against her choice of course.   The guys help her with her car and take genuine interest into how she is feeling.

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Throughout the book I enjoyed reading how Della and Carter fought.  They obviously were attracted to one another but refused to give in.  When they did they would both become defensive and show hatred.

After college 4 years later, a lot has changed for Della, she has had to grow up considerably and take over a diner left to her.  She was struggling but getting by.  Then she bumps into the screw crew and Carter!   Some big surprises are to come his way and they are both forced to face each other and their feelings head on, but this time they can’t think about themselves.

The whole book was amazing, i was kept on my toes and did not expect to read what happened when Carter and Della meet again.  These two characters are both strong in their own way and I fell in love with them both, they have both had to face a lot in their life but now they have to come together.  This book also gives the reader a chance to see the story from both their sides of life, by each chapter focusing on one or the other.

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Michelle Horst has definitely included fun, humour, erotica and overall a great page turner.  I will definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series.  They are all stand alone books but link into the series by following each of the 5 men.

 

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