Review : The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

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synopsisNarrator Don Tillman 39, Melbourne genetics prof and Gregory Peck lookalike, sets a 16-page questionnaire The Wife Project to find a non-smoker, non-drinker ideal match. But Rosie and her Father Project supersede. The spontaneous always-late smoker-drinker wants to find her biological father. She resets his clock, throws off his schedule, and turns his life topsy-turvy.

 

Tash M

Review :

Who doesn’t love an Aussie book when written cleverly and witty that you sometimes forget three things:

A) It’s a romance book

B) It is written by a man

C) It’s his debut novel and sold in over twenty countries and has a protagonist who doesn’t know he is getting married.

Welcome to The Wife Project which all starts with Professor Don Tillman and his questionnaire designed to find a suitable partner. Don is a genetic professor and thinks a thorough questionnaire will find him the perfect wife. He gets the idea one night after holding a lecture for Asperger children and their parents to educate themselves about the syndrome.

The reason for the project is simple. He knows he lacks social skills, he’s set on his schedule and he’s very particular about things. He only has a couple of friends, husband and wife Gene and Claudia, whose marriage is what he wants so he hopes to find the perfect wife through the questionnaire which he has meticulously written … but theory doesn’t always work the same in real life.

Human error doesn’t take into account how people will be in real life and after a few tries at different things he has learnt new skills and had a few revelations about himself but still has no suitable prospect for his project. Then Gene throws in a wildcard to Don’s project since Gene wants to help out his friend as he understands the parameters of the project and because he has his own project going—which is totally crass. Rosie is a PhD student who doesn’t fit the perfect wife mold  that Don thinks he wants. She  smokes and drinks a lot—something which Don definitely doesn’t want in a wife. Don is puzzled why Gene would introduce them until he hears her story about not knowing who her father is and saddled with a stepdad who is buying her off to make up for his lack of time for her. Don feels a connection towards Rosie as his parents were the same and never recognised him the same way as his brother and sister.

The two agree to help each and the hilarity ensues as this charming bumbling hero and confident heroine forge their way through their common problems whilst discovering there is more to what is on the surface.

I loved how the character of Don is treated. His quirky personality enhances rather than degrades him and treats him like rubbish. This what makes the book witty and cleverly written because it is not just a romance book. This charming story has a science element because several of the main characters hold jobs in the science field. The author has cleverly assimilated these elements into the book and the result is this wonderful read that will appeal to more than romance fans. It a very light hearted book that looks from a clueless male’s perspective and I give it 5 couples

 

 

 

Pubisher : Text Publishing

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Released : January 30th 2013

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Review :Chain of Illusions (Bringer and the Bane #3) by Boone Brux

 

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Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, the formerly vivacious young woman now the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. But when she is given the chance to become human again—and a full-powered Bringer—Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World or to risk her life for her humanity.

For two years Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. Tormented by the thought of never seeing her again, he maintains a life of solitude. So, when Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her—even if it means challenging death to become a Bringer too.

But once their Bringer transformations and training are completed, Siban and Rell must join a mission to go deep in the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. And what they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves, each other, and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive.

Tash M

Review :

I decided I wasn’t going to request a review copy for this book and would be patient until it was out. Well, that went out the window when I got asked if I was interested in a review copy as they were trying to find more reviewers. I was saddened and surprised as this is one fantastic series from Entangled that I love.

For those who haven’t followed the series so far, I highly recommend reading them in order. The characters and settings all carry over and you will be lost somewhat if you don’t read them consecutively. They are about 300 pages in length and there’s never a dull moment in these stories. They are set on medical Earth that has lived in harmony for a number of years until the Bane (aka Demons) decide they wanted to rule the world and started causing serious trouble.

The Bringers, who are humans with magical gifts tasked to keep them at bay have managed to do so for a number of years. This series follows a group of determined Bringers who are aiming to stop the Bane.

Every since I finished the second book, I have been wondering about Rell, Jade’s older sister and what was going to happen to her. Will she get her happily ever after and become a human again or will she be lost in the darkness forever? Obviously, we are hoping for the first option as it would mean devastation for the Bringers who have worked too hard to get to this point to consider these options as it would mean that their work was in vain.

Once again we are taken on a journey as Bringers try to make their next move as a group. This time we see them interacting as a group more as compared to previous books where the focus was on the main couple of the book.

Stronger than ever despite finding resistance, they plan to strike while the iron is hot and leave the Bane reeling. Meanwhile, Rell struggles to regain her humanity and make the darkness subside in her in order to take her place in the group and help them with the task at hand. It’s hard when you been a Bane for number of years and Jade was the only link to humanity that saved her from losing all traces of it. Or was she? It seems like that there was someone else …

We learn more of the mysterious man who claimed Rell as his saviour and wanted to know her but was restricted by capture and escaped whilst she remained. This book is mainly about Rell’s journey, which is refreshingly different as the previous books were more about the men than the women. It’s about time as the female members of this group have very important roles in their mission.

4 couples. I’m totally confused and trying to guess if there is going to be a HEA for a new couple in the next story or if we are going to revisit one of the previous couples because there is no big hint at the end who it might be.

 

 

Pubisher : Entangled Publishing

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Released :  November 26th 2013

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Fighting Back Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway

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17998558synopsisBook 2 in the Mercy’s Angels Series (can be read as a stand alone)
Book 1 – Saving Ella

Rebecca Donovan was missing intimacy, but no matter how much she longed for a man to warm her bed and heart, she would not give Charlie a second chance.

Charlie Cole was missing Rebecca Donovan, yet his pride wouldn’t allow him to beg. It took one life changing night to bring the two back together and this time neither was prepared to let the other go.

“Strength is overcoming your worst fear.” ~ Charlie Cole

*** Due to adult content, this book is recommended for readers 17 years+ ****

Tash M

Review :

In the first book of the series, Rebecca and her crass mouth nearly stole the story and we got a hint about who she was interested in but thought that ship had sailed. Well the guy in question thought so too and it takes a situation for them to realise how much they love each other.

FEAR: she never thought she would have to be in this situation and have the choices taken away from her like Ella and Annie. Rebecca is strong and a fighter and is protective of the girls she has gotten to know from Mercy ‘s Shelter. They have become her family even though she misses her sister Emily.

Emily, who hasn’t heard from her for a while, starts calling for her. Add in a mysterious man who wants her and threatens her world. She needs a protector but who will give her what she wants? Rebecca is no ordinary woman and it going to take a special man to love her.

LOVE: something she never really experienced and never told anyone her story until Charlie came and swept her away.

TROUBLE: with a capital T when he was younger, Charlie Cole has managed to curb and work out a way to channel his anger. Now he wishes he had one and a way to help the girls at Mercy. He may be like Jax but he doesn’t present himself as a gentle giant because he’s not. There’s too much that has gone on in his life to be like that and he has hidden his true persona. But for Rebecca, it comes out as no-one stands between him and his woman.

Dark and beautiful, the second book in the Mercy’s Angel series is exactly what you’ve come to expect from this series and author. She knows how to keep you hooked and want the hero for yourself. These angels have protectors and I want one of them.

5 couples, I ‘m loving this series and can’t wait for next the book which is out next year. I’m hooked on this and you need to read these books!

 

Pubisher : Createspace (Kirsty Dallas)

Source : Tour Organisers

Released :  December 1st 2013

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Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard

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Author: Sylvain Reynard

Title: Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)

Publisher: Penguin Berkley

 

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From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

 

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

 

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

 

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

 

Tash M

Review :

Sylvian Reynard is one author I been aiming to read ever since Dante’ Inferno  was released  but with a towering tbr and review pile. It didn’t look like it was going to happen any time soon , so a  chance to be on the tour for the third book Gabriel’s Redemption  wasn’t an opportunity to past up.  I was not disappointed; I read all three books in one day devouring them in quick succession as fall into the world of Gabriel and Julia.

For those who have not read this books. They follow  a  professor Gabriel and his student Julia over a number of years and at the end of the second book . They were delirious happy and so we as readers, they were finally together and had no problems with the facility anymore. So where could the author go from here, yes we had some unanswered questions and some plots lines weren’t finished but we could call it somewhat satisfied ending to that second book.

In the third book, the questions that you probably had are answered and there a few surprises . The same tone that has been carried through the series is continued as we reach a satisfying conclusion to the series.  As the title suggestion this book is about redemption.  Not  Gabriel’s and Julia redemption like the second book between themselves but their  world. As they seek to  have a  life that is free from the past problems that have threaten to wreck their career and personal life.

But it hard when everyone who been against them is striving to make trouble whether the happy couple know or not and  some are willing to get really dirty if they have to . The dark twist and turns will leave you  in anticipation what happens next as we learn what next for the happy couple and  some of the other characters we have grown to love .

I’m sad as a reader that the this is the last book from what I understand . But I”m delighted that I have found an author that will be on my automatic To buy list  when they have a new book out . The writing  is tasteful and sensual at the same time.  This may be an erotic series but  it so much more. If you ever want to read a series where the author has taken the time to  research and make sure that they know what they are talking about. Check these books out. It delightful woven into this series and you won’t get bored as the author has  made it part of  story and you can’t  understand some of the line unless this information was included .

Who knew that Dante’s Inferno and the characters from that poem  would gather this much interest in this time and day all these years later since it was first written when featured in a series that was originally a  fan fiction based on two of biggest books out there Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.  I usually stay away anything to do with those books. I never was one to follow the trends and jump on the train the same time as everyone has. I still actually have to read them but  if this author can use elements from those books and turn into a series as amazing as this . I may actually get around to read them this summer.

All I can say well done to the author and you know how to keep your readers on their toes and impress everyone with your writing and can’t wait to read your next book . 5 couples  and I enjoyed nearly every moment of this book.  You definitely got a new fan here .

 

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 I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

 

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

 

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

 

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