Review – Rose Petal Graves

rose petal.pngI thought losing my mother would be the greatest shock of my life, but the greatest shock came after her death.

Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly, so I rushed home.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. I should have felt relieved, but how could I? He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies.

But, he did know what killed my mother…or rather who.

What a cool story! I’m not sure if this is quite what I was expecting from Rose Petal Graves based on the cover, but this was such a great read. Cat rushes back to her hometown after her mother’s sudden and unexpected death. From there her life begins to go in a direction she never could have imagined. Add in Cruz and the story really takes off, combining a thrilling plot, great chemistry and really fantastic writing. Very few parts of this story went quite how I expected it too which made for a story I never wanted to put down! Highly recommended!


Review – Finding Beautiful

beautiful.pngA love that couldn’t be ignored.
A man who is driven to protect her, no matter the cost.
The moment I saw her, I knew she would be mine.
I saw the shadows in her emerald eyes.
I felt her need for me the first time we touched.
And I fell.
I was drawn to him from the first moment our eyes met.
He was electric. He was undeniably attractive.
But the worst of all? He wanted me.
I knew I was in trouble.
But somehow, I trusted him.
Good things had never lasted for me. The man I had thought was the one for me became my worst nightmare and even after escaping from his presence the demons of my past followed me.
“Breathe, Aria. Christ, please just breathe for me”
Gavin came into my life like a hurricane, turning my world on it’s head. I didn’t want to fall for him, it was inevitable.
From the very first moment we met, he had claimed my heart. I knew he would do no matter what it took to protect it.
When the shadows I have fought so hard to escape from threaten to tear us apart, can the love we’ve found be enough to persevere? Or will our fight be lost?
“I’m going to give you the world, Beautiful. This is only the beginning”
Finding Beautiful is the first full length romance in a series set in the bustling city of Chicago.
Each novel can be read as a standalone where a new couple will be featured.

Finding Beautiful hooked me right from the outset. Everything from the cover to the style of writing was exactly what I needed today. I read this in one sitting and now I just wish I could justify reading it again.

At times Aria’s story was hard to read as she had undoubtedly been through some difficult times in her life and she has a long way to go in order to find both herself and her inner strength again. I was rooting for her every step of the way. I only wish the book has been longer so she could have delved a little deeper in some areas or maybe developed a few more meaningful friendships and a support system along the way.

Once Aria really starts to get to know Gavin the story really comes to life as he seems to be exactly what she needed at the time, not that things are always simple from there. A must read for any romance fan!

Review -Collison

collision.pngAngry and defiant, Stella runs away from home and lands in a small seaside village. It is overlooked by the forbidding ruins of Trial Bay gaol.
Stella hides out in the town and is disturbed by her growing confusion about her identity. Her mysterious flashbacks to the gaol one hundred years before are even more frightening.

What is reality? What is fantasy? And is the guy next door the one to help her solve the mystery?

Or will a stranger unlock the key to her past?

While the blurb for Collision was a little all over the place I’m very glad I decided to pick it up based on the wonderful cover instead as this was such an interesting read. Stella has a lot going on from beginning to end and experiencing her journey of trying to sort fantasy from reality and figure herself out was genuinely intriguing. I was never quite sure what to expect from this book but it never disappointed.

I loved the Australian angle as well as the infusion of culture and geographic character, it went a long way toward helping Collision to stand out from other YA books. Kempsey really came alive on the page which helped to bring its inhabitants to life as well.

All in all, a wonderful read and I’ll absolutely be picking up book two.