Well Jell!

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Everealm by JD Wright

I love it when a book plays with my senses.  Well, I think I do. Maybe I’m re-thinking that.

The problem is this book didn’t play with my senses. Nope not at all.  Everealm took my senses and dangled them out the castle window.

The banquets… I don’t eat red meat but I was hungry for venison. And the scene when Bre and co chose the dresses for the winter ball? Even Kim Kardashian would have been jealous, I was beyond green.  Is there even colour beyond green?

Oh, and then she walked into the ball and Rowan was kitted out to meet her.  I want her stylist if not her whole style. Not that I can nip out for milk dressed as a Queen, but a girl can dream right?!

If you’ve not yet twigged Everealm is dominated by such superb world building that this first book sets a new standard in historical fantasy. Rich, lush and so detailed that at times I could smell the candles burning. Gorgeous.

As for the story, the author certainly didn’t disappoint. Bre’s story flows easily, with so many different characters there are story lines galore!

The only thing I struggled with is it wasn’t really YA yet it was a little tame. But that may well enhance it’s appeal.  I’m just off to finish Wildfire (book two).

Thank you netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review

 

having & eating your cake

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Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby out December 14th

I have to say upfront I love a good sports romance, and Kate Willoughby is fast becoming a new absolute fave.  She knows her hockey and what makes a swoon worthy hero.

Joe and Christine are a really interesting couple.  Joe is a guy who wants to do the right thing by his lady. But the lady he chooses to go the distance with comes with a whole load of challenges.  Clearly, I don’t want to give the game away (like my pun?!) but they are two people focussed on their careers yet wanting love all the same.

As alpha boys go, Joe is definitely up there.  He is a hockey god after all!  So, how does a modern alpha boy or rather man deal with it when his lady’s career is so important to her.  Add in the fact that whilst she’s about to hit it big, being a little older and a sportsman he knows his days are numbered.  Can he go from super athlete to playing second fiddle?

It’s tough. Should you prioritise your hopes and dreams for your beloved?  And should they expect you to?  Of course, coming up with the platitudes are useful here (not!).  But the truth, as all us career girls (god how I hate that term!) know is that compromise is the only way forward.  For the majority of couples compromise is often about the practical stuff – money, travelling, prospects, child care etc.  Yet if money is no object and you’re both at the top of your game – would you or should you compromise?  And if so, who does it?

I think its called having your cake and eating it.  Is it possible?  And when it comes to super couples should it even be?  Made me wonder do Brad and Ange compromise?  What about George and Amal?  I bet they do.  Its just from the outside it seems so charmed.

That’s what made this a great read.  Ms Willoughby’s is an innovative take on the problem.  I love her fresh style, and there’s a level of honesty in her character development.  Joe in particular was easy to like, Christine probably took more effort, but I think that was deliberate.  And there’s no hiding that this author really is a hockey fan.

It’s fun, sexy, sweet and thought provoking, well above the normal sports romance.  Usually I’m not a fan of the epilogue, but this one was just perfect!

It can be read alone but I wouldn’t – go get the others and immerse yourself in Kate Willoughby’s Barracudas!

Oh and don’t forget that cover- talk about cake and eating it!

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review