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Review – Surrendered Control by Anna Edwards @Anna__Edwards

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Surrendered Control by Anna Edwards
Publication date: October 24th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense

Surrendered control.jpgWhen unwilling erotic dancer Amy Jones was gifted a holiday to Lanzarote she had no idea how much it would change her life. Everything she knew was about to fall apart thanks to an encounter with a handsome blue-eyed stranger. He will show her truths and help her face her innocence, but can she live with his need to control and the reasons behind it?

Debonair businessman James North is running from his past. He refuses to face it, preferring to hide behind his rigid control. But when he meets a blonde haired beauty the volcanic eruptions of passion between them show him that life isn’t the black and white he was lead to believe.

Surrendered control is the debut novel of the author Anna Edwards. It tells of the fledgeling love between James and Amy and how their pasts twist and turn to tear them apart. The novel is set in London, but through business travels, it is given an international feel based on the author’s personal life.

Are you ready to step inside the world of Control?

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I really don’t enjoy writing reviews such as the one which is to follow.  Particularly when it relates to a debut novel.  What I will say, is that looking at the reviews, I am very much a minority voice, so if the synopsis intrigues you, I encourage you to read the book and come to your own decision.

There might have been the kernel of a decent story here.  Unfortunately, for me, the execution was sub optimal.

As the reader, I never really felt the connection between the two main characters, nor did could I really believe the correlation between the trauma in James’ past and the way it affected him.

That aside, I found that even the basic conversations between the two felt stilted and unnatural due to the lack of any contractions or everyday language usage.

Added to that, I’m afraid that the final trauma/conflict didn’t make me feel that there was any threat to the safety of the main characters.

This book simply didn’t work for me on many levels.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Ok, this is the bit where I have to sell myself. Why is it so much easier to write about sexy blokes! Anyway.

I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an Accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.

In 2015 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It was also around this time that I became one of the founding members of a dramatic/erotic/dark roleplaying group on Twitter. It was wildly popular with both English and American followers. The writing helped me to overcome my depression by giving me an outlet to channel my thoughts into and not sit around worrying all day about things that would never happen. I took over responsibility for management of the group and responsibility for the development of our storylines. As well as playing at least ten different characters in the group ranging from an innocent virgin, bloodthirsty assassin and even a male lover. The success of the role-play spurred me on to writing novels.

I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality. Surrendered Control, my first book released in November 2016, combines two of my favourite travel destinations. India is where I lived for eighteen months with my husband and two children. My young son was only six months old when we travelled there. It was a fabulous time for us all and they learnt so much about the differing cultures, as well as, much to my husband’s chagrin, spending lots of money in the silk shops. The Control series will feature lots of international travel.

I have always been an avid reader. Mainly murder mystery in the past but with Beautiful Bastard I discovered a whole new set of novels and I haven’t looked back since. I like my hero’s hot and hunky with a dirty mouth. My heroines demur but with spunk. And my books in a kick arse series.

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Review – Appetite of Envy by Amabel Daniels @amabel_daniels

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Appetite of Envy by Amabel Daniels
Publication date: 8th July 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance

YAppetite of Envy.jpgou can’t always get what you want.

Shy and sweet Lia Gardella has only wished to make her father proud. Dropping plates, spilling drinks, and missing orders, she’s never fit in at the family business. And after nearly incinerating the whole building, she ran from the stressful environment.

Want not.

As head chef of one of the city’s best eateries, Finn Newland seems to have it all. He enjoyed a youthful career in the MMA. Women worship him. After years of hard work, he finally has an opportunity to take over the restaurant he’s always considered his own.

Be careful what you wish for.

When Lia’s father summons her to supervise Gardella’s, instead of handing the reins to Finn, no one is happy. They don’t know how to collaborate on running the restaurant. Nor are they confident they can continue to deny their attraction to one another. But before they can attempt a partnership of any kind, they’ll need to find the culprit behind a trend of spiteful sabotage aimed at Gardella’s.

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I really found this to be a very enjoyable read from start to finish.

The author has, in my view, successfully delivered a book which manages to combine humour, suspense and romance in a very natural way.  Nothing about this felt as though it was a construct created solely for the benefit of plot advancement.

The characters were all well imagined and well written. It was fun to see Lia grow into her position, as well as seeing Finn just grow up.

Overall a tasty morsel.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Aspiring writer Amabel Daniels lives in Northwestern Ohio with her husband, and their young daughters. Their home is complete with a zoo of three mutts, and three cats. Although she has a graduate education in Ecology, Amabel’s true passion has always been books. As a child, she would tag along after her big brother, building tree forts and playing hide and seek. But if she wasn’t climbing a tree or exploring, she probably had her nose in a book, escaping into the wonderful world of fiction.

As an adult, she continues to satisfy her addiction to books, not only reading them, but critiquing and writing them as well. In her free time from working a full time job at a park district, and chasing after an ambitious and busy toddler, she is busy day-dreaming (brainstorming) her next novel.

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Review – Tinderbox (Flashpoint #1) by Rachel Grant @rachelsgrant

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TinderBox (Flashpoint #1) by Rachel Grant
Published by: Janus Publishing
Publication date: 14th February 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense

Tinderbox.jpgIn the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.

Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life. After a harrowing afternoon he safely delivers her to his commanders, only to find his responsibilities toward protecting the obstinate archaeologist have only just begun.

Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the Djiboutian desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to combust them both. For the Green Beret, involvement with the woman he must protect is a threat to his career, while for the archaeologist, the soldier is everything she never wanted but somehow can’t resist. When Morgan uncovers a mystery surrounding Djibouti’s most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her reaches the flashpoint. For Pax, protecting her is no longer a matter of following orders, and he’ll risk everything to bring her back alive.

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If you have read any of my other reviews of Rachel’s books, you will have gathered that I am something of a fan.  So when I learned of a new series, I was excited.  And obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to review.

I have a problem with this book though, and that is how to review it without sounding like I’m a gushy fangirl!

Where to start?  Well, let’s go with the characters.  We usually get strong characters from this author, and this is no exception – but I really enjoyed Morgan’s bite and confidence, and the fact that she was capable of saving herself – definitely no damsel in distress.  But the chemistry between Morgan and Pax was scorching.  And all the more fun to read, given how he tried to fight it.

Rachel can always be relied upon to deliver a novel which combines a decent suspense element with a good, solid shot in the arm of romance.  The only thing that stopped me from devouring this in one sitting is the body’s pesky need for sleep.  All else was put on hold.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.

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About the author

rachelFour-time Golden Heart® finalist Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web at www.Rachel-Grant.net.

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