16 October 2017

Hello, I'm still here!


You may have noticed that my posting has been pretty much non-existent over the past few months as my life away from the blog has become super busy. However, I am still reading and review and hope to be able to post those reviews very soon. Finding five minutes to scratch myself some days is even hard. LOL

Be back soon!

Shaz 😁

19 July 2017

Just One Reason by Kirsten DeMuzio #bookreview


Title: Just One Reason
Series: First and Last #2
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult
Published: July 2013
Source: Purchased

As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience. When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love. Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good? **This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content. 

A pretty good read.
It's fast paced, has likeable characters. A little predictable but in a good way because you do wish for a happy ending for these characters. The writing was good, easy to understand, keeping you interested throughout. 
3.5 stars

6 June 2017

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland #bookreview


Title: Egomaniac
Series: Standalone
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 2017
Source: Purchased

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing. 


Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all. 

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand. 

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. 

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

A fun fast read. Great banter between the main characters and natural dialogue that gives a realistic feel to the story. Nice writing that's easy to follow and keeps the emotions at the surface. Likeable main characters whom you want to get the happy ending they deserve.



2 June 2017

Get Social Blogger Event - I'm in! #getsocial17



I'm participating in the Get Social Blogger Event hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

It's an event to get to know other blogs, and the aim is to visit every blog participating at least once a week.

This event runs from June 4-17 and if you'd like to take part like me, you can sign up here!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Shaz

23 May 2017

A Different Kind of Lovely by Petra March #OutNow #NewRelease #Book



As you may remember, I assisted with the editing of this new book by Petra March. Well guess what, it's out TODAY!!
Here's a reminder of the synopsis, plus Petra has kindly shared an excerpt from her new book. Purchase links are also included should you like to indulge in this new read. Enjoy!

Title: A Different Kind of Lovely
Author: Petra March
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Women, Literary Romance
Words: 65K
Editions: ebook and paperback
Release date: May 23, 2017 - Today!!!
Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi
Editors: Michelle Ryles (The Book Magnet), Heather Sheffield (The Turning Pages), Sharon Xuereb (Shaz Loves Books)
Covers by PFB

Synopsis:

“A man with a damaged soul fell in love with a ballerina with a broken body.”
When Neal Medwin glimpses Mina Automne for the first time, he's a man whose soul is darkened with memories of a painful past, whereas Mina is a vibrant, strong, young woman. She's a determined ballerina who's carefully planning and painting her life.
Neal steps into her existence and threatens to shatter Mina's plans with an impossible request.
Mina can't help the fragile man who's invading her home, even though their parents used to be close friends and she knows of Neal's hurtful background. She allows him to linger within her lovely and artistic world, however, hoping he might find some peace and solace.
Slowly, their conflict turns into friendship, and eventually into love, until a terrible discovery ruins Mina's projects and forces her to let go of all her dreams, and of her sweet, damaged man.
Neal is unable to fight for Mina and for the unripe love they share, because he's not ready to leave his past behind. He's not strong enough – not yet.

(Ages 18+)

Excerpt:
Prologue
Mina Automne danced through the pain until she managed to turn it into pleasure. She didn't need music to accompany the movements of her legs, of her arms, of her fingers, for the wind was the conductor of an orchestra of the most particular instruments. It shook the leaves of apple trees and made them chime. It played among grapevines and teased them like fingertips on violin strings.
The lavender flowers bowed forward as Mina's neck arched gracefully backwards.
The weeds trembled, while Mina's body spun and leaped higher and lighter.
The sky above was a cerulean blue, dotted with pure white clouds, and Mina's lithe limbs reached for those unblemished shapes.
When she danced, her parents' disapproval did not matter; when her frame played, the hurtful words of her ex-lover could not break her.
Mina was shaping her life around her art, and she was going to be the greatest. There was nothing wrong with her choices, and there was nothing wrong with her body. She was meant to be a ballerina, and she was capable of feeling pleasure.
The wind teased her fiery red curls; the long strands caressed her bare shoulders and arms, and her blood felt ablaze with adrenaline. Beads of sweat ran along the pale skin of her face, and touched her lips. Mina licked the drops, and tasted salt mingled with excitement. She arched up towards the bright sky, and declared herself a creature of power and beauty.


A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel, by Petra March
Copyright 2017 Petra March. All rights reserved.
Editors: Michelle Ryles (The Book Magnet), Heather Sheffield (The Turning Pages),Sharon Taylor Xuereb (@sharonsbooknook)


Purchase Links:

9 May 2017

A Different Kind of Lovely by Petra March #coverreveal #synopsis #newrelease



Today I'm featuring a cover reveal for Petra March's new book - A Different Kind of Lovely. I have been lucky enough to be a part of the editing team on this book and I wish Petra all the very best with it. Here's a peek at what you can expect from A Different Kind of Lovely.

Title: A Different Kind of Lovely
Author: Petra March
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Women, Literary Romance
Words: 65K
Editions: ebook and paperback
Release date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi
Editors: Michelle Ryles (The Book Magnet), Heather Sheffield (The Turning Pages), Sharon Xuereb (Shaz Loves Books)
Covers by PFB

Synopsis:

“A man with a damaged soul fell in love with a ballerina with a broken body.”
When Neal Medwin glimpses Mina Automne for the first time, he's a man whose soul is darkened with memories of a painful past, whereas Mina is a vibrant, strong, young woman. She's a determined ballerina who's carefully planning and painting her life.
Neal steps into her existence and threatens to shatter Mina's plans with an impossible request.
Mina can't help the fragile man who's invading her home, even though their parents used to be close friends and she knows of Neal's hurtful background. She allows him to linger within her lovely and artistic world, however, hoping he might find some peace and solace.
Slowly, their conflict turns into friendship, and eventually into love, until a terrible discovery ruins Mina's projects and forces her to let go of all her dreams, and of her sweet, damaged man.
Neal is unable to fight for Mina and for the unripe love they share, because he's not ready to leave his past behind. He's not strong enough – not yet.

(Ages 18+)

Publisher's Note: This stand-alone Novel is a spin-off of Petra March's award winning series, A Touch of Cinnamon.



About the Author:

Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon Series and of the stand-alone novel, A Different Kind of Lovely.

Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner (Fiction - Short Story) in the 2016 Readers' Favourite International Book Awards. In 2015, the book was a Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novella, earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and received a 5-Star Review Seal from Readers' Favourite. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books.

The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters from Petra March's other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition), A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, and A Different Kind of Lovely:A Novel.

A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition) was a Finalist in the 2016 I Heart Indie Contest (New Adult), organised by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America, and was featured in the June 2015 issue of the literary publication InD'tale Magazine.

Petra March graduated summa cum laude in Theater and Cinema Studies at the University of Rome 3, and earned a MA degree from the Catholic University of Milan. She studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU, and worked as screenwriter in Italy and France, where she also taught Creative Writing in elementary schools and junior high schools.

Presently, she keeps travelling and dreaming through her novels and stories; just like Petra, her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA.

Website: authorpetramarch.weebly.com
Facebook: @AuthorPetraMarch

1 May 2017

Managed by Kristen Callihan #bookreview


Title: Managed
Series: VIP Series #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 2016
Source: Purchased

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego. 


I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London. 

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me. 

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming. 

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool facade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart. 

Let the battle begin…

This book is a fun read. After reading the first book in this series Idol, I couldn't wait to dive into this one, especially when I saw which male character was the central focus. He's such a hard ass and it was nice to see someone crack that exterior and soften him up a little. Good banter, and very likeable characters, most certainly worth a read if you enjoy a rock'n'roll romance.



22 April 2017

Lover Eternal by JR Ward #bookreview


Title: Lover Eternal
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Author: JR Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: March 2006
Source: Purchased

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.


Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.


Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...


I enjoyed this story but I felt there was something missing compared to the first book (Dark Lover) in the series. It was hard to see why Rhage was attracted to Mary and vice versa, plus with the bleak future that Mary has there wasn't enough sadness coming through the pages. Despite that, I had to keep reading and find out what their futures held and where the journey for the Brotherhood was heading.
Good action scenes, characters that are intriguing and a vile age old enemy which are great hooks to get you reading the following books in the series.


20 April 2017

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SharonπŸ’–

18 April 2017

Rogue by Julie Kagawa #BookReview


Title: Rogue
Series: Talon #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult
Published: April 2015
Source: Purchased

Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant. 

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. 

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?


Plenty of action in this second instalment in the Talon series, however I still find that the story-line moves a little too slow for my liking. But there is enough going on through the different points of view to keep you interested.
The love triangle intensifies and the emotion is strong. It's one of the better love triangles I've read, with it not being the central focus but simmering on the sidelines waiting to be addressed.
As it's part of a series the story continues but it feels finished for now. Definitely worth a read. You need to read book 1 - Talon before picking this one up, so give it a try too.

You can find my quickie review of Talon here on Goodreads.


13 April 2017

Books I'm loving right now!

Hey one and all!

There are 2 series of books that I'm completely hooked on at the moment. My poor kindle hasn't had much use as I just have to have these books in paperback. These are:

The Talon series by Julie Kagawa and The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to pick these up, but I'm so very glad that I have.

I'm currently reading Soldier by Julie Kagawa which is the third book in the Talon saga. Never did I ever think that I would look at dragon's as being cool. Vampires you now have a run for your money. Ha!


My next read in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is also book 3 and I'm waiting very impatiently patiently for it to arrive. πŸ˜†

I will have some reviews coming through for those books once I have devoured them. So stay tuned.

That's all from me for now. Take it easy and enjoy your Easter long weekend, however you choose to spend it.

Sharon πŸ’—

11 April 2017

Hello and Welcome

Hi and welcome to my new blog site Shaz Loves Books.

You may or may not be aware that I am the same Sharon who previously owned the book blog site Sharon's Book Nook! I have recently closed that blog down in favour of a cheaper and therefore much more relaxed option. Hence why you've now found me on Blogger.

I intend to once again share my book reviews and love for books with you in a much more easy going way. My reviews will not be long winded, as I don't read long reviews myself, so why would I write them? So I will tell you what I like about a book and dislike and whether or not it's worth a read.

I'm not open to book review requests or blog tours so please don't ask.

You can find all the reviews that I have completed over the years on my Goodreads and Amazon profiles which can be found via the following links:-

Shaz on Goodreads
Shaz on Amazon

I have a tumblr blog that I've posted a few reviews to as well but I will be moving those reviews over to this blog. If you'd like to check it out it can be found at shazlovesbooks.tumblr.com

I hope that you'll pop by and say "hi" from time to time as I love a good chat.

Happy reading!