Reading Habits Book Tag

This is my first ever Book Tag. I’ve seen these on Blogs before, and I thought I would give it a go. Below are just the questions if you want to Copy and paste in your own blog. Don’t forget to credit me.

What do you read?

I read an awful lot of Romance novels. Mostly, contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi & Historical. However, recently I have discovered crime novels.

Where do you read?

Everywhere and anywhere. I read a lot in bed, and in my reading chair. I also read at work, cafes, during dinner.. anywhere.

Do you use Bookmarks?

Only magnetic ones.

Do you listen to anything whilst reading?

I have created several playlist on Spotify of classical music scores. These are often from TV/Movies adapted from books.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Yes, I love them, every Friday I listen to relax after a long week at work.

Paperbacks or eBooks?

I love reading the ‘real thing’. The smell, the weight in my hands gives the whole experience more muchness. BUT, some of my favourite novels are only available in eBook, so I enjoy them both.

TBR shelf or Cart?

I recently just brought a Pink cart. I LOVE it, I don’t know how I organised my reading before.

Bookstagram?

Yes, I love Instagram, and the book community on their is brilliant. Everyone is so nice, and supportive.

Do you keep a Journal?

I do keep a reading journal. You can purchase it here from Amazon.

Do you use any Apps to help you read?

Two. Bookly is an amazing time app. It times how long you read for, plus it’ll help you reach goals. I also use Goodreads when I’m book shopping. I tend to lose count of how many novels I have!!

Finally, Do you read Fanfiction?

I use to read Harry Potter Fanfiction, years ago. I always read Draco & Hermione Romances!

Katherine by Anya Seton

Pages: 500

Published: 1954

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Read: September 2010

This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

I read this after a recommendation as it is meant to be one of the greatest love stories of all time. John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.

When reading up on this book, it would seem that this book spawned many Historical Authors to write. Phillipa Gregory and Anne O’Brien is counted as the few.

I was hesitant at first given the age of the book. I find it really difficult to connect to a book that’s older than i am, especially ‘Classics’

I think I get this feeling that even if I hate the book I MUST like it because its a classic? Does anyone else get that?

Anyway, first lets look at the plot.. there’s about a good 30 years covered in this book, all from the protagonist Katherine Swynford’s portrayal. Katherine meets john through his first wife Blanche, but it isn’t till after she has died that John and Katherine start an affair. The children from this union would birth Kings and Queen of England and Europe for many ages.

Presently comfort came to him, and he thought the she had always given him of her strength though he had never quite realised it until now.
Glory had passed him by; fame too perhaps would not endure; it might well be that the incalculable goddess would decree ill fame as his due. Perhaps there might not be included in his epitah the one tribute to his knighthood the he knew he deserved “Ii fut toujours bon et loyal chevalier” (He was always good and loyal knight)
But whatever the shadowed years might bring, as long as life should last, he knew that he had here at his side one sure recompense and one abiding loyalty.”

It seems like a simple love story, but what’s love stories without a little conflict.. well hell I’ve never read a book with so many. Betrothals, war, Plague, famine, marriages, births.. you name it.

If I should never see him again—she thought, Blessed Mother, how could I live, and yet it was the fear of seeing him again which had driven her to this desperate haste. The fear that if he were there so near her she” 

I read ‘Katherine’ many years ago, but still i often think about the all-encompassing world that Anya Seton wrote and would love to read again soon.

I have brought Katherine on Kindle, and will read it again soon, but this novel also reminds me of a friend who hurt me very dearly, so I’m sure it’ll be therapeutic to re-read.

Il fut toujours Bon eat loyal chevalier

The Problem of Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout


Series: Standalone
Pages: 474
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,


♥ Add to Goodreads 

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

After 4 years of homeschool, Mallory Dodge is attending her first year of high school. Tired of not being normal and trying to hide from the past, she discovers that the past is sitting in the seat next to her.

“We’ve been separated. But we had never really been apart.”

I have read JLA before with her Wicked and Torn books and I loved her writing style. She completely immerses the reader into the story from beginning to end. told in the first person, Mallory Dodge is a character I could relate to, that I think everyone could relate to. That is part of JLA magic. Her characters feel real.

I am familiar with New Adult books, and I was at first worried. I don’t always expect a HEA. they can go each way, and sometimes I just need a feel-good book. Not one with a really tragic ending, but I hoped JLA hadn’t let me down.

I didn’t want another literary Broken Heart.

  “Hoping never really got us anywhere, did it?”

Mallory Dodge was a flawed character, but she was so kind and thoughtful character that I loved her instantly. She was an outsider to everyone in the world except Rider, and for the last four years, she hadn’t known him.

Rider Stark was a character who put Everyone before him. He took risks with his life because he felt he didn’t deserve to have a great life.

“The past never went away and it was not designed to do so.
It would always be there, and it should be acknowledged.”

The past between the two of them was heart-wrenching, and as the pair begin to sort through their emotions and trauma, you get flashbacks. They are all set from Mallory’s point of view and it is often the unseen that makes the most impact.

Purchase From:
AMAZON UK ♡ AUDIBLE ♡ KOBO 

Naked in Death by J D Robb (In death, #1)

I think I owe Nora Roberts an apology…

Series: In death, #1

Genre: Crime, Romance

Pages: 320

Read Time: 4 Hours 59m

Publisher: Burkley, 1995

Named by the social worker who rescued her as a child, Eve Dallas is now a New York City cop who lives for the job.

While recovering from her latest case, Eve is sent to investigate the brutal execution of Sharon DeGlass. A high-class escort and senator’s granddaughter, Sharon has been shot three times with an illegal gun and left naked and posed on her own bed,

All the evidence points Eve towards Irish billionaire, Roarke. With an instant sexual attraction between them, Eve and Roarke must work together to find a sadistic killer – but can Eve really trust a man whose past is as damaged as her own?

Rating:

Squweeee!!!

This was by far my favourite book of the 2019!! I was recommended this by a fellow Bookstagrammer. I hadn’t read anything by Nora Roberts before, plus, I never thought Crime Novels appealed to me. I am so pleased I was wrong.

This book was epic! To start with there is a serial Killer on the loose and the evidence points to Roake, an Irish Billionaire. Eve Dallas the cop in charge believes he’s innocent, but if he hasn’t killed them… who did?

“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”
Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”
“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “indications are we’re having a romance.” 

Naked in death, j d robb

I assumed this would be quite mild, given that Nora Roberts, prior to this novel only wrote Romance Novels… so yeah, I came to this novel with so many assumptions, I owe Nora Roberts an apology.

The fact that the novel is set about 60 years into the future only add to the fact that the talented Nora Roberts had to take conventional current criminal procedures, and bring them into another century and another time. It’s exceptional.

The plot kept me guessing right until the very end, plus the Romance felt as great as any full Romance novel.

This page-turning crime novel, romanced itself into my greatest read this year!!

J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. Leverage in Death, on sale September 2018, is the 47th entry in the series.

August: Nora Roberts Month!

I recently read my first Nora Roberts novel in the form of Naked in Death, her crime series. Now I am so addicted to her novels.

This month on Literary Romance is Nora Roberts Month, which means my Instagram and Bingo this month will be based on her Novels, Romantic and Crime.

To join in use the Hashtag: #LiteraryromanceAug19 so I can see your Photos.

I’ve sent up a Bingo this month in order to challenge myself. See Below for my Reading List.

New Release & Giveaway! Good Guy by Kate Meader

Good Guy

by Kate Meader

(Rookie Rebels #1)

Publication date: July 30th 2019

Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports

Synopsis:

He’s a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She’s a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She’s also his best friend’s widow . . .

Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.

Also known as the woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.

Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart . . .

In this standalone romance set in the Chicago Rebels world, a new generation of players take to the ice and learn that all’s fair in love and hockey.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45447913-good-guy?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase:

Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/mqDzL2?store=amazon

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/good-guy-kate-meader/1131474287

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/good-guy-a-rookie-rebels-novel

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/good-guy/id1462534782

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=NcefDwAAQBAJ

AUTHOR BIO:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Author links:

https://www.katemeader.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authorkatemeader

https://www.instagram.com/katemeader/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551743.Kate_Meader

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kate-meader

https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Meader/e/B00AQLO4EG/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Romance-opoly: Starting Halfway through the year

Hello Book Lovers!

I am so excited that I have found the time to sign up for Romance-opoly. I’ve been seeing this board game all over Instagram, and I was so envious of the fun Bookstagrammers seemed to be having… in case you haven’t heard Romance-opoly is a Board game for your book ‘to-read’ list.

Just like Monopoly, you roll dice and make yourself around the board. When you land on a square you pick up a card. Instead of buying property you read a book from your list.

To prepare all you need to do is download their Printable Card’s sheet and assign up to four books to each category. Then simply print off the game board, grab some dice and start reading through your TBR pile..

check their website out at www.romanceopoly.com

I am a little late to the fun this year, so I’ve only allocated 2 books to each card, that way I can still catch up without giving myself to steep of a goal. you can Review my list HERE.. or check out below..

If you are a Blogger you can attach the ‘Participant badge’ to your blog.

Readathon this Weekend #24in48

Do you need to make more progress on your reading goals this year?

This weekend – 20th-21st July 2019- there is a Readathon of epic challenge — 24 hours reading in 48 hours.

As an incentive, the host of the challenge are giving away prizes! They have a readathon twice a year, the next should be about January time, if you can’t make this one.

Check out there website by clicking the above image.

Check out my Instagram stories, for updates, plus I’ll be posting reviews NEXT WEEK. See you there.!!

Ruled by Anne Marsh

Complete opposites who share the same burning passion!

Jaxon Brady of the Hard Riders MC has sworn to protect Evie Kent from a rival gang. His hard muscles and black leather motorcycle boots are a sharp contrast to the girly dresses Evie wears for her successful party-planning business. Their instant attraction is magnetic, and their lust keeps them glued to each other’s side…but is it a dangerous distraction?


Series: Hard Riders, MC #1
Pages: 156
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Biker,
Publisher: Mills & Boon; Dare
Sessions: 4
Time Taken to Read: 1hr 36 Minutes

Ruled is the first book I’ve read from the ‘Dare’ line from Mills and Boon. It’s a much racier collection of books.

Christ, What just happened here?

I wrap my arms around Evie, holding her tight, and try to figure out when dirty sex took a dangerous right-hand turn into something…else. Not sure what to fucking call it, but all I know is that I’m not done with her

RULED BY ANNE MARSH

Ruled is the first Mills and Boon Novel I read from their DARE collection. DARE pushes the boundaries of sexual explicitness whilst keeping the focus on the developing relationship.

HOLY COW!! Mills and Boon have a Winner on their hands. I love MC Romance and I was worried initially about reading Ruled. Mills and Boon have a reputation for a slightly fluffy novels, whilst MC novels are rough and often uncomfortable whilst so very sexy. This was a mixture of the two and I personally feel that Mills and Boon have sauntered into a new market beautifully.

The back story with Evie’s brother, the drugs, Biker Club politics and rivalry’s were on point and completely believable.

Links

AMAZON UK || GOODREADS || MILLS AND BOON

Book App Spotlight: Bookly

Attention Bookworms!!!!

I have found the Mecca for Book Goals.. The ultimate App designed to help you smash your reading goals once and for all!! – and even more perfect, now available on Andriod!!

** I have not been paid to provide this review, I just think the app is amazing and want to share that!

*** this is the review for the Andriod Version

What does it do??

LOADS!!!

  • Searches online for the book you want to read
  • Let you manually add a quote from your book or snap a picture of the page.
  • Lets you add thoughts/word as you go along
  • Countdown option
  • Allows you to create a Monthly/yearly Goals. – Yearly= Number of Books and Monthly = Number of Hours
  • Overall Reading Stats, including; pages read, reading speed, Reading streak.
  • Badges!!
  • Room to organize your books into collections.

Have a look at the screenshots if you don’t believe me!! 

How much?

You can add up to 10 books and use all the features completely FREE, however for £4.99 a month you can totally add as many as you like. In my eyes, this is totally worth it!!

To Conclude:

Its a really great app, and its still pretty new. There are some features that are on the iOS version that are not on Andriod, such as levels of reading etc. Which I am really hoping will be updated soon, as this is another great way to challeng youself to use the app more. I adore this app and genuinly wouldnt know how to read and write reviews without it.

Rating:

4.5/5 Crowns.. Knocked off Half a teapot for the difference in iOS and Andriod.

This week: Writing Historical Books & Discount Code for Scribd.

Happy Monday,

Whilst its usually the worst day of the week, I couldn’t be happier. This week in my reading life, I have discovered two amazing things…

Firstly, I have a new Favourite book. You know that moment when you are about 1/4 of a book and you just smile cause you know that this book is ‘THE ONE’

I was reading The Bride by Julia Garwood, and I was about 70ish pages in, and I thought... I could write my own Historical Novel.

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing my own novel for a while, but my true love for 20-something years has been history. I’ve been reading up about it, and I have heard you need to research a hell of a lot to make it believable and accurate. I am up for the challenge.

From the advice I’ve found research is the key to writing an accurate novel. So I’ve started to research my chosen time period – Tudor Times England; Court life. I’m not sure if I want to base it on a courtier, or a servant yet. Perhaps, I’ll even set it in Wales or Scotland yet. But I am so excited.

NEW APP ALERT!!

Recently whilst scrolling through Instagram, I came across a user called Hardback Hoarder. She’s a book tuber and has an amazing channel. When watching one of her videos I noticed a discount code for a company called Scribd.

So I researched it. Scribd is a monthly subscription for eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Documents and Sheet Music.

It’s unlimited, so you can download as many as you like. You can add as many as you like to your lists. Take a look at the screenshot from the iPad app.

It’s really easy to use and if you follow this link —> https://www.scribd.com/g/5pe8ou

you can get 2 free months. (Discount code from http://www.instagram.com/Hardbackhoarder)

The Bride by Julia Garwood

Pages: 352

Published: July 1989

Publisher: Atria Books

Series: Laird’s Fiancé’s, #1

Read from: 1 July 2019 – 6 July 2019

From New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood, whose novels have enchanted millions of readers worldwide, comes a breathtakingly romantic novel about a mismatched young wife and husband who, despite their differences in background and temperament, fall inexorably in love. The Bride sweeps readers back to the savage beauty of medieval Scotland…. 

By the king’s edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jaime the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior’s spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her…forever. 

But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against — an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie’s life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses. 

With all the storytelling power and insight into the human heart that have made her one of the bestselling authors of our time, Julie Garwood takes readers on an unforgettable romantic journey rich in humor, suspense, and historical detail.

My New Favourite!!!

“My wife.” 
“By what name is she called, Kincaid?” 
“Mine.” 

This book was part of my Historical Bingo which you can find here

I chose this novel because I have a huge love for Highlander Romances, and this was the top of Goodreads list.

This book was written just before I was born, and I was really curious about the premise of the book.

This book has been published 30 years this years and to be honest it feels like a privilege to read this. If I wasn’t a fan of Highlander Romances, this would convert me heart and soul.

~Exert~

She still hadn’t caught on. Alec sighed. “Change your gown, Jamie, if that’s your inclination. I prefer white. Now go and do my bidding. The hour grows late and we must be on our way.”

He’d deliberately lengthened his speech, giving her time to react to his announcement. He thought he was being most considerate.

She thought he was demented.

Jamie was, at first, too stunned to do more than stare in horror at the warlord. When she finally gained her voice, she shouted, “It will be a frigid day in heaven before I marry you, milord, a frigid day indeed.”

“You’ve just described the Highlands in winter, lass. And you will marry me.”

“Never.”

Exactly one hour later, Lady Jamison was wed to Alec Kincaid.”

Firstly, our heroes, Jamie (female) and Alec’s war of the words, was outstanding. He was a stubborn bossy highlander, and Jamie was beautiful kind soul, but also just as stubborn. They were perfect for each other.

Actually the more I think of it, Jamie will always be my favourite female character, because she was kind, a healer, stubborn, but also didn’t have annoying traits like some simpering heroines have.

A powerhouse of a Historical Romance, that I will re-read whenever I lose faith in other romances…

The Countess by Lynsay Sands

Pages: 371

Published: 25th January 2011

Publisher: Avon

Series: Madison Series, #1

Format: Paperback

Started: 25th June 2019

Finished: 1st July 2019

~*~

THE FAIRY TALE COURTSHIP DID NOT TURN INTO A HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER …

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened …

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who had robbed him of his name and title … only to discover that he had died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited wife — certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new husband … and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts.

After reading Lynsay Sands Highlander series, I brought this book on a whim. I have not read a lot of Regency novels – maybe a handful – but when i saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to read this book immediately.

It was a very witty and often humorous read. There was the typical cliches of a Historical Romance- the Misunderstandings and assumptions between Hero and Heroine. BUT there’s a murder to solve and a new husband to get aquatinted to.

The Relationship between Christiana and Richard was great to read. It was passionate, and spicy, definitely worth the reading if you worry about the chase-ness of some Regency Novels.

Lynsay Sands has a brilliant writing style that blends hot Romance, and intrigue beautifully. It was an entertaining read, which kept me guessing till the end.

BRAVO!!

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Visit her official website at www.lynsaysands.net.

Hello July…

Can you Believe its July already.. Not too long till Christmas… yeah I know I’m sorry..

It’s baking hot here in England, and I’ll be honest, I hate it. I know its necessary to cycle of life and all, but I love Spring, Autumn and Winter SO much. The heat is unbearable and it feels hot just doing anything.. not good for someone like me who has to be doing something all the time.

Anyway this month I am sharing my love for all that is Historical. Tudors, Vikings, Knights, Dukes, Rakes, Kings and Princes… I love them all.

A New Bookstagram Challenge, starts today for me as well, called #LiteraryHistoricalJuly19.. join me if you can

This month Kick starts a New Bingo focussing on Historical Romances, I tried to look for one to participate in, but I couldn’t find any. So I made one..

See Below for My TBR!!