Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Review - Making Thyme by TJ Hamilton



She may have left prostitution, but can Mia face the demons of her past? Now working for a different kind of Agency, with a new set of rules and a new life. There is so much to learn in so little time. The world of espionage is not too far from the secret life of prostitution that shes trying to leave behind. Can she withstand the mental and physical training thats involved in becoming a secret agent?

Agent Nick Davis is Mias mentor. Hes also all that she desires. He is everything she ever wanted in a man and he is the one person who understands and accepts her. She may have known him before but the more she learns about him now, the more she loves. Their love may grow stronger by the day but is it strong enough to survive her return to Tench?

Her quest to find the truth about her friend may continue to lead her further into the dark life of crime boss Joe Tench. While at the same time, his obsession for her is developing into something sinister. Can she discover what evil he is orchestrating in time before he discovers the truth about her?

In Buying Thyme we read as prostitute Miranda struggled with her feelings for bad guy ~ very bad guy ~ Joe Tench, and all round good guy Tom Smythe.

At the end we found out that neither guy was who she thought they were.  Joe was worse than she thought, and Joe was really Agent Nick Davis of an agency that works outside the government.

Nick has tracked Miranda, or Mia, her real name she is now going by, down and she is now part of his agency, and she is tasked to help bring down Joe Tench.

Mia and Nick's romance is travelling along well - maybe going too easy?  But I just love these two together.  They did not have an orthodox start to things, but neither of them are exactly orthodox people in normal careers, which I felt helped them come together.

I do love that even thought Nick has all his alpha hotness, Mia does not fade into the shadows.  She is such a strong, strong woman that if she was anything less it would take away from her and the story.  They complement each other so well together, but we see growth from each of them while they are apart too.

Just when things were travelling along and things with the take down were starting to come together - BAM!!! Ms Hamilton threw real doozie at us!

Seriously, I was left thinking
I could not believe what I had just read!  I did message Ms Hamilton after finishing and told her "thanks for the mind f&%k"!

I love that this series is set in my home town of Sydney, and can picture the places she is talking about, showing the wonder and beauty of Sydney, as well as the seedy underbelly.
Even with the ending of Making Thyme and the cliffhanger, I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into Keeping Thyme.  I am very curious as to how this trilogy will end!
Well played Ms Hamilton, well played.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway - Used (Unlovable #1) by Lynetta Halat

 Title: Used (Unlovable, #1)
 Author: Lynetta Halat
 Release date: 1/26/14
 Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
 Series: Book 1 of 3 (No cliffhanger, but their story does continue.)
 Cover Designer: Sommer Stein at Perfect Pear Creative Design
 Photographer: Toski Covey Photography

I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. Im not one of those girls who thinks shes too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy no, I dont have that kind of luck. Im the girl who knows shes just right for everyone. Denver

A reputation as a manwhorewithaheartofgold tends to precede me. But, I dont do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It's this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe more. Ransom

Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn't all it's cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex ... for her anyway. Greer

Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers even if that means leaving her best friend with benefits and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she's found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver's outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom's interest turns to hatred.

Love. Hate. Triangle.

Who's using who?


Meet Denver

Shes, at best, a fuck buddy. However, I prefer the term whore. Fuck buddy is far too nice a term for her, a catty voice cracks from behind me.

I take a deep breath and look up at the ceiling, saying a little prayer that maybe the venomous voice isnt referring to me. I thought Id left all that behind in Anaconda. Wed been here for all of three days, so its highly probable theyre not talking about me, right?  Looking back down, I continue pouring Jack in my Solo cup, surpassing the line that is recommended for liquor.

Yeah, so apparently, shes got some serious issues and doesnt do relationships. So, she puts out for her guy friends whose girls are too good to give it up. Thats her idea of a relationship.

Really? Thats kinda gross, I hear the other girl mutter.

Sonofabitch! I groan. Yep, theyre talking about me. I splash a little Coke in my cup and stick my finger in it to stir it around a little. I feel tears spring to my eyes and berate myself for still having feelings and giving a shit what people think about me. Years of dealing with this crap should have made me immune, but Id really hoped college would be different. And how the hell do they even know about that shit? Strengthening my spine, I turn and give them a beguiling smile, which causes them both to blanch. Yeah, bitches, youve no idea who youre dealing with.

Ladies, I say with a quirked eyebrow. Removing my finger from the drink, I place it in my mouth and suck off the excess. With a pop, I release it. I see my reputation precedes me. Well, let me just reassure you that Im very good at what I do. When you wont give it up for your guy, hell be looking me up, and Ill be more than happy to take care of him. No questions. No strings. Just lots of meaningless hot sex. I peer around them with a searching look. Are they here? Your boyfriends? I look back at them innocently. I almost snort at their mutual expressions of surprise and disdain. Or, I continue, are the sticks up your asses enough so that you dont need a man? Both of their mouths drop on that line. Yep, gets em every time. Oh, no judgment here, I vow. I totally get not wanting to be tied down to any one Dick or Tom or Harry.

All rights reserved. Copyright Lynetta Halat 2013.

Author Bio:

Since the dawn of time, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written innumerable stories and plays. A lover of good books, bad boys, and kickass tunes, she'd always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember. She also has a secret penchant for wringing the emotions out of unsuspecting readers, and she collects reader's tears in much the same way that wine connoisseurs collect their favorite vintage.

Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. Everything I've Never Had was her follow-up adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used, a New Adult Romance that she hopes sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go.

Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.