Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Meet Gabriel (sexy rugby player turned CEO) & Charlotte in this fantastic addition to the Rock Kiss Series! 

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Blurb

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.



EXCERPT

Charlotte arrived at work at seven thirty the next morning to find Gabriel Bishop’s office door open, but no carnivorous predator inside. A fresh suit was hanging on the back of his door, however, which meant he’d been in already.

Deciding to catch up on e-mails that had come in overnight from international suppliers as well as stores involved in a stock take, she was typing a reply when a sweaty Gabriel arrived fifteen minutes later. He was dressed in black running shorts and a faded University of Auckland T-shirt that was currently sticking to his body.

She’d known he was in shape, but now she realized none of it was an illusion created by his well-cut suits. Okay, she’d already known that, but seeing his muscled body in the flesh was a whole different ball game. He was built like a tank, hard and powerful.

Each of his thighs was thicker than both of hers put together, his biceps toned, his shoulders appearing even wider than usual. Everything about him was big. Civilized clothing didn’t make him look better, she realized—it toned down his intense masculinity. Out of his suits, with the ink on the upper part of his left arm exposed, as well as that on his opposing thigh and…

Her skin hot and lower body clenching, she just nodded in response to his “Good morning.”

Disappearing into his office, he returned with his suit pants and a fresh shirt slung over his arm, along with a sports bag. “Push the meeting with Sales to nine, will you, Ms. Baird? I need to talk to HR about something before then.”

“Yes, sir,” Charlotte said almost soundlessly, but he was already gone, heading toward the employee shower one floor down.

The thigh tattoo went all the way around, the design intricate.

Heart rate a rapid stutter, Charlotte got up after he disappeared and decided to go grab him a coffee. He’d bought her one yesterday after all. She was just being nice. “Oh, shut up, Charlotte,” she muttered once she was in the elevator, and slumped her face into an upraised hand.

The truth was she was running away. Only for a few minutes, but that’s what this was: strategic retreat. Gabriel Bishop was overwhelming. Once, before she’d ever met him and under the influence of cocktails, she’d told Molly she wanted to rip off his shirt and sink her teeth into his pecs.

That desire hadn’t waned even now that she knew he was a T-Rex. Of course, the desire was all strictly in her imagination. The idea of actually handling him in real life? So impossible as to be laughable. Charlie-mouse was not about to play with a predator who could eat her alive and not even notice the bones. The good news was that she could admire him in relative safety—there was no chance in hell he’d ever notice her as a woman.

Getting the coffee from a nearby cafĂ©, she took it back upstairs. He was in his office when she entered, the striped dark gray of his tie hanging around his neck and his damp hair roughly combed. The scent of clean, fresh soap over warm skin permeated the office. Shooting her a smile that turned him from gorgeous to flat-out devastating, he flipped up the collar of his white shirt to get the tie in place. “Thank you, Ms. Baird.”

Nodding, Charlotte escaped, though she really wanted to stay. She’d never realized how erotic it was to watch a man dress until this precise moment. And she shouldn’t be having these thoughts about her boss—especially since she couldn’t keep from quivering like a rabbit in his presence. Sometimes she just annoyed herself.

“Get to work,” she muttered and knuckled down.

Gabriel was fine for the first hour, but then he began barking orders even a six-armed woman with a split personality would have had trouble handling.

Finally, pushed to the edge, Charlotte snapped. “I’m going as fast as I can!” she yelled when he asked her for something a minute after he’d asked her to complete another task.

He scowled and held out a file. “This is a priority.”

Grabbing it from his hand, she said, “Fine,” and slapped it down on her desk.

It was over an hour later that he disappeared for ten minutes. When he returned, it was to put a small bakery box on her desk. “I think you need something to sweeten your mood today, Ms. Baird.”

What she needed was for the T-Rex who was her boss to stop snarling and growling, she thought as he returned to his office. Not opening the box until her curiosity had almost killed her, she found it held a slice of decadent chocolate cake with a white-chocolate ganache topped with curls of both white and milk chocolate. “I cannot be bribed with cake,” she muttered, eating a bite nonetheless.

Full two-chapter excerpt available on Nalini’s Website: http://nalinisingh.com/rockhard.php



My Review

I've managed to read all three of the books in the Rock Kiss series in the space of a couple of days - why? Because Nalini Singh is one of those authors that gets you started and pulls you into her world and even if you could stop you wouldn't want to. I had the same excitement starting this series as I did the Psy-Changeling series.  I want to read it all right now and her new series shows she is still that author for me. 


Rock Hard could've easily been full of cliches, but Charlotte's past is treated with dignity, and while it has scarred her deeply, she is still a wonderful character, it doesn't fully define her, the snark may be hidden, but hot damn if T-Rex isn't going to find it! I also liked that Charlotte wasn't 'fixed' at the first sign of flirting or the first kiss.  There were hints of what happened to Charlotte in Rock Addiction, and obviously wasn't fully explored and when you do finally find out you realise just how strong she is. What happened to her was huge and not something you just get over and I thought that slow burn between the Charlotte and Gabriel was well done. He was patient with her and before they realised it they were completely intertwined in each other. He helps her regain her self confidence and opens her world to possibilities that she's missed for the last five years.  He helps her take that final step, (which is why I love Gabriel so much - bugger the rock star, I want an ex-rugby playing CEO!!). 
 
There were some great one liners and I loved the chapter descriptions, they made me laugh.
A fantastic edition to the Rock Kiss world, compared to the first two, (especially Rock Addiction - which was instant, delicious Foxie gratification), this was a slow burn of a book, but once it took off, there was no stopping T-Rex. I'm so looking forward to the next in the series.  

You don't have to read these in order, as the stories are told concurrently , but I do recommend it as it paces nicely with the full on rock star loving of Rock Addiction, to the build up of Rock Courtship and then into the slow sexiness of Rock Hard. I tip my stapler to you Nalini, brilliant as always!

I was given a copy of Rock Hard for review. The opinions in the above review are my own and were given freely and honestly.  


The Rock Kiss Series

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Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series

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Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel: 

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 Author Information

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her websiteSlave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Cover Reveal: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

I have to admit I was late on the Nalini Singh bandwagon - my friend was always telling me about how great her Psy-Changling series was, but I had so much to read I kept putting it off.  When I finally started the series, I had one of those "Why didn't I start these earlier?!?".  The upside to starting the series late - I was able to binge read the series.  The series is still going strong and I'm excited to see where Nalini will take it.

But, Nalini, not content with writing two amazing series, (Psy-Changling & Guild Hunter), has started a new series Rock Kiss and below is the beautiful cover for Rock Hard, the second book in the series.






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Releasing: March 10th, 2015

 

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Series Reading Order

Rock Addiction (Book One)

Rock Courtship (Book 1.5)

Meet the Author

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars - and one sinfully sexy rugby god turned brilliant CEO. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, whileAngels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Ms. Marvel 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this, I haven't read any other Ms. Marvel and I think I had something more 'superhero-y' in my head, (which is weird, as I don't read a lot of superhero gn), so at the start my brain didn't gel with the story, once I worked it all out I flew through it. I had a lot of fun imagining being transformed into Ms. Marvel and I think that's a big part of its appeal.  It shows that anyone can be a superhero and that's important.

I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the next instalment, this one was more focused on Kamala, showing us her family and the initial struggle of being Ms. Marvel and I thought it was well done.  There is a villain in this, but I kinda felt like he was the diet coke of villains. But I'm sure that will change as the series goes on.



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Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Book Review: Hot Ice by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Ice (Hostile Operations Team #7)Hot Ice by Lynn Raye Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received an ARC of this title from the publisher for review.  All thoughts and comments are my own.

Grace Campbell leads a privileged life. The daughter of a United States senator, she moves within the social circles of the rich and famous. But Grace is also a scientist, and when someone learns she possesses the knowledge necessary to create a new super virus capable of destroying entire nations, she becomes a target for terror groups and foreign governments alike.

Garrett “Iceman” Spencer didn’t join the Army’s elite Hostile Operations Team to babysit a spoiled rich girl, but when his superiors insist on assigning him to a senator’s daughter as her security detail, he has no choice but to comply.

It’s a shock to find that beneath the glasses and serious scowl, Grace Campbell burns hot. And Garrett, who’s been burned before, suddenly wants to immerse himself in the flames.

Keeping Grace alive—and keeping his hands off her—is a full-time job for this HOT soldier. Failure is not an option…(from Goodreads).


This is the 7th book in the Hostile Operations Team (HOT) series and for me it didn't disappoint.  Hot Ice is full of action, snark and sexy good times.  I would recommend reading at least the book directly before this one (Hot Rebel), as the end of the story is mentioned at the beginning of this one and there is follow through with another character in this title.

This is Garrett (Iceman) and Grace's story. He's cool, calm and collected, letting nothing phase him. He goes through life quite detached. Enter Grace, the scientist who is his next assignment. From the start they irritate each other. Garrett resents having to look after a 'princess' and Grace is frustrated that she's stuck having a strange man following her around.  They clash, they snarky spar - sparks fly. This was a fun read, I probably say this every time, but I love some sass to my heroines.  And when she's pushed, Grace delivers. I think my only grumble with this book is the Grace is so insecure and let's people around her walk over her.  I kept wanting to take her by the shoulders, give her a good shake and say " You're a kick arse scientist, you're awesome.  Embrace the awesome Grace, embrace the awesome!"

The other thing that I enjoyed while reading this was getting to see Garrett and Grace fall in love.  It's one of my favourite things when you can see them falling in love and the characters either haven't noticed yet or are too busy fighting it to realise.  It just gives my heart a happy.  And they both fall head over heels, at the beginning, Garrett is a 'one & done', which for him is perfect, there's no attachment and he can't get hurt again and Grace is still smarting from a failed relationship. But they find their way to each other.

Finishing this I am definitely ready for another book in the series, I can see two possible characters getting their own book, but I would love to see Mendez get his own book, when the time comes, he is going to fall and fall hard.

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Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Reading Challenges for 2015



I love a good reading challenge - sometimes a little too much.  I'll think to myself that challenge sounds fun, that one will be good and what about that one!  Then I stop, look AND I'm trying to attempt 17 challenges in one year.  And while that would be fantastic, I know I'm not going to finish all of them.  I'm trying to keep it fairly low key again, that seemed to work well for me in 2014.

I still have my Goodreads and Librarything challenges set at 75, I read 144 books in 2014, but I don't think I'll have as much time this year, so I'm not going to bump it up at all.  If I reach 75 books - awesome, but if not, I won't be crying into my Dickens.  I just want to read brilliant books.

So here's a round up of the challenges I'm going to be participating in this year:

Australian Women Writers Challenge - I don't read much by Australian authors, although when I do it tends to be women, so that is a bonus.  I'd like to read 12, roughly one each month.  At this stage I've got a couple picked out, but if you have any fabulous Aussie authors you can recommend - have at it!

1001 Books to read before you die - This is a challenge run on both Goodreads and Librarything.  Each month they have a book that they read and discuss.  I'd like to read 3 books from this list each month, (1 each from the group reads and an extra from my shelves), which will be a total of 36 books.

1001 Books to read before you grow up - This is a challenge on Goodreads, we usually read 2 books a month from the list, a picture book and a chapter book.  So I'm going to read 24 books in 2015.

Writers of Colour Book Club - Another one on Goodreads, there is also a page on Facebook and you can find them on YouTube as well.  This is a monthly group, so there will be 12 books read in 2015.

Reading Bingo Challenge 2015 - Presented by Random House, this year the bingo sheet is all things Canadian, which I'm going to have a go at, (there are 25 squares - I don't think I will finish all of them).  Hello Hemlock is a BookTube channel that reads Canadian authors, so I may be able to find some inspiration there!  Last year there was a more general slant to the bingo, with an Adult and a YA sheet, there were some good options that helped me read some of my Mt. TBR books, so I may print them out and see how I go again this year.

Just a lil' Book Group - This is my staff book group, we usually read 10 books throughout the year, I'd like to read all of our picks this year.  I would be very happy if I could manage that.

You may have noticed, if I manage to complete all the challenges, I'll be reading more than 75 books - no I'm not bad at Maths (ok I am), but this is my guide, I'd like to keep coming back to it throughout the year and see how I'm going with my reading, if I'm managing to read what I set out to, or if I've gone off on a tangent.  If I did finish all of the books YAY!

So what are your reading plans this year?  Do you keep a list of what you've read or do you just go with the flow and read whatever catches your eye?  Let me know.  Please let me know and don't forget to add any recommendations.

*** I just reread through this, I like how my 'low key' reading includes 6+ challenges, and it's not even the end of January.  Very low key, well done Cathy. ***

Until next time, happy reading.

C.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Hello 2015!

I'm not sure that my brain is completely up with the fact that it is January already - and not just that, but also we're almost at the end of the second week of it.  I remember as a kid the year would pass so slowly, not so any more, it whizzes past and can barely keep up!

Time craziness aside, I'm excited to discover what the new year holds - both for life in general and for books.  I have quite a few that I am really looking forward to reading and I'm going to make another post with my reading goals.  I trying to take a more laid back approach this year.  We will see how that goes.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year (or whatever you may celebrate), I had a quiet Christmas with family and despite the heat it was lovely.  I managed to have a whole week away and it was nice to wander around Handorf, and try the new chocolate shop in Stirling - it was delicious!  And of course pay a visit to Matilda Book Shop - where I managed to pick up a beautiful clothbound edition of Jane Austen's Youthful Writings and some short stories by J. M. Coetzee.  When I finally arrived home it was to a 40 degree house, so I spent my last few days under the fan watching Vampire Diaries, The 100 and The Originals, most enjoyable!

Until next time, happy reading

C.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

WWW Wednesday 17.12.14


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Once you're done, go and visit everyone else who is participating - simple :)

What are you currently reading?

It's a Christmas tradition that I read this each year, my Poppa love Dickens, and when we visited there I would always go into the library and sit and read this and Cricket on the Hearth.  This December I'm going to try and tackle all of his Christmas short stories - wish me luck - I have set myself the TBR of death for December.
What did you just finish reading?

This was a particularly hard read for me, my mother had EOAD, so I was quite emotional reading this.  But what a book!  I really did enjoy this.  I love that it was from Alice's POV, often it is how family members cope with a loved one having Alzheimer's Disease   I know this is an upcoming movie starring Julienne Moore as Alice, which it's safe to say I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD to watch.
What are you going to read next?

I've had this at home for a little while and haven't had the time to read it, but hopefully this weekend I can make time.  The Christmas #booktubeathon is running again and there is also the #cramathon which is overlapping that.  Fingerscrossed - because I don't think I'll get much reading done once Christmas hits.










So that's my WWW, what is yours?  Leave me a link in the comments so I can come visit you and see what you've been reading :)

Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

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