Saturday, 1 October 2016

Destined for Love by Melissa Foster

Title: Destined for Love
Series: Love in Bloom (The Bradens #2)
Author: Melissa Foster
From: Instafreebie
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 28th November 2013
Challenges:  2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): You met Rex Braden in Lovers at Heart, Book One of the The Bradens (Love in Bloom Series). Jade Johnson is about to turn his comfortable rancher's life upside down. Don't miss this powerful love story. DESTINED FOR LOVE is a hot contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town. After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life. BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers’ Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle category. Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.

Destined for Love includes a standalone romance though there are characters from other books in the series included in it and reading the series in order (which I definitely haven't done! Oops!) is recommended for the full affect. 

I absolutely loved Rex and Jade's story, there was something about it that just drew me in from the very beginning. There weren't games between the two of them and they both recognised their feelings very early on, but the presence of a family feud led to obstacles to their relationship, though I thought that they dealt with it admirably. 

At first I thought that Jade's past relationship and the fall out from that may have been the main thing standing in the way of their relationship but actually the only real part it played was to bring out Rex's protective side. However I was pleased to discover that Jade didn't just ignore her past and did scrutinise Rex to make sure he wouldn't turn out the same. 

There was great chemistry between Rex and Jade, and that, along with the emotional connection, the same devotion to their families and their connection to horses really drew them together. Their relationship was believable and enjoyable to read. 

This was a great read, I love Foster's family centric romances, and this one even had a hint about the next story to come!

My TBR List Vote (October)


Thank you to  Michelle @ Because Reading's for hosting! I like to have themes for my TBR list votes, mainly because otherwise I have no idea how else I'd choose which books to go with! So this month I searched "fire" on my Netgalley shelf to see what came up, and picked three random books!

Title: All Fired Up
Series: Dreammakers (#1)
Authors:  Vivian Arend & Elle Kennedy
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance

Release Date: 22nd April 2014
Links: Goodreads 
Synopsis: 
He’s ready to lead the way

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.

Title: Bonfire Night 
Series: Lady Julia Grey (#5.7)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
From: Netgalley
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Release Date: 3rd November 2014
Links: Goodreads 
Synopsis: 
Amateur sleuth Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband, Nicholas Brisbane, face their latest adventure in this novella by New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn.

It's the autumn of 1890, and almost a year has passed since—much to their surprise—Lady Julia and Nicholas became parents. Just as the couple begins to adapt, a solicitor arrives with a strange bequest. Nicholas, it seems, has inherited a country house—but only if he and his family are in residence from All Hallows' Eve through Bonfire Night.

Neither Lady Julia nor Nicholas is likely to be put off by local legends of ghosts and witches, and the eerie noises and strange lights that flit from room to room simply intrigue them. Until a new lady's maid disappears, igniting a caper that will have explosive results…


Title: Circle of Fire
Series: Damask Circle (#1) 
Author: Keri Arthur
From: Netgalley
Genre: Paranormal 
Release Date: 20th August 2001
Links: Goodreads
Synopsis: Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it's something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.
Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can't control-abilities that have killed. But when "ghost" Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.
But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other-feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.

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End of the Month Round Up (September)

Update on the Month I feel that there really isn't much to update on this month...we went to London for my Dad's birthday and that's pretty much it!

Costs of the Month 

So this is basically the amount I should have spent on books, and the amount I actually did spend. I am ridicolously grateful for the existance of Netgalley and Review Copies it must be said! The prices I use is for the kindle edition of a book unless it isn't available or I read a paperback copy.


Year Total £826.53£104.73
January £82.18£5.45
February £91.17£18.83
March £90.41£5.95
April £70.64£14.35
May £92.95£11.15
June£66.36£6.63
July£149.59£12.96
August£96.69£17.48
September£86.54£11.93

Read This Month

Any reviews that haven't been posted on my blog yet (which is basically all of them actually) can be found on Goodreads via my September Shelf


Bennett, SE 

Cipher

Cassidy, Amos 
Shadow Reaper

Colt, KJ 
Savage 

Croft, Nina 
No More Lies 

Return to Me 

Dodge, Lola
Quanta Reset

Ellison, Jennfier

Threats of Sky and Sea

Foster, Melissa 
Crushing on Love
Destined for Love

Handeland, Lori 
Heat of the Moment 
Smoke on the Water

Ivanovich, AR 
Haven

McDermid, Val
Beneath the Bleeding

Myles, Marina 
Snow White and the Vampire

Pillow, Michelle M 
His Metal Maiden 
Spark

Roth, Mandy M 
Critical Intelligance

Reid, Stacy

Sins of a Duke

Rowling, JK 
Hogwarts, and incomplete and inaccurate Guide
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists 

Ryker, Jada 
Take the Body and Run

Snyder, Maria V 
Assassin Study 

Ice Study
Power Study
Scent of Power 
Taste of Darkness
Touch of Power 

Soulidas, George 
Heartbreaker Episode 1

Taylor, Keary 
The Bane



Challenge Updates

FYI my Bookish Resolutions update will be seperate this year! Also I've now completed 2year long challenges!




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Goal: 101+ Points (Vetran) 
Points: 392
Status: Complete


  1. Power Study by Maria V Snyder (#3.5 Study Series) = 1 point
  2. Assassin Study by Maria V Snyder (#1.5 Study Series) = 1 point
  3. Ice Study by Maria V Snyder (#3.6 Study Series) = 1 point
  4. Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge (#3 The Shadow Ravens) = 2 points
  5. Hogwarts, an Incomplete & Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling (#3 Pottermore Presents)= 1 point
  6. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by JK Rowling (#2 Pottermore Presents) = 1 point
  7. Destined for Love by Melissa Foster (#5 Love in Bloom) = 2 points
  8. Return to Me by Nina Croft (#2 Storm Lords) = 2 points
  9. Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder (#2 Avry of Kazan) = 2 points
  10. Taste of Darkness by Maria V Snyder (#3 Avry of Kazan) = 12 points 
  11. No More Lies by Nina Croft (#0.5 Beyond Human) = 1 point
  12. Crushing on Love by Melissa Foster (#35 Love in Bloom) = 2 points
  13. Savage by KJ Colt (#3 Klawdia) = 2 points 
  14. His Metal Maiden by Michelle M Pillow (#3 Space Lords) = 2 points
  15. Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland (#2 Sisters of the Craft) = 2 points 
  16. Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid (#5 Tony Hill & Carol Jordan) = 2 points
  17. Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland (#3 Sisters of the Craft) = 12 points 
  18. Critical Intelligance by Mandy M Roth (#2 I-Ops) = 2 points

Falling For YA

Goal: 100 Books (Diamond)
Read: 110
Status: Complete


  1. Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge
  2. Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision
  3. Haven by AR Ivanovich 
  4. Snow White and the Vampire by Marine Myles
  5. Cipher by SE Bennett
  6. The Bane by Keary Taylor
  7. Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland
  8. Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland
  9. Sins of a Duke by Stacy Reid

Because Reading is better than real life

Goal: 48 Books (4 Books a Month)
Status: On Going

Read List

  1. Return to Me by Nina Croft (September)
  2. The Bane by Keary Taylor (September)
  3. Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland (September)
  4. Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland (September)

Blogger Shame

Goal: 50 Books
Read: 63
Status: Complete


  1. Return to Me by Nina Croft
  2. Haven by AR Ivanovich
  3. Snow White and the Vampire by Marine Myles
  4. Cipher by SE Bennett
  5. The Bane by Keary Taylor
  6. Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland
  7. Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland 
  8. Sins of a Duke by Stacy Reid




Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   
Read: 88
Status: Complete
  1. Shadow Reaper by Amos Cassidy (13/09/2016)
  2. Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge (27/09/2016)
  3. Take the Body and Run by Jada Ryker (20/09/2016) 
  4. Crushing on Love by Melissa Foster (21/09/2016)
  5. Savage by KJ Colt (17/09/2016) 
  6. His Metal Maiden by Michelle M Pillow (27/09/2016)
  7. Spark by Michelle M Pillow (05/09/2016)

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge


Goal: 80-100%
Read:  97 %


Status: On-Going

The list is books I have bought in 2016, when they're linked they are read!  I've not included free books, just those I have spent money on!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

Title: Touch of Power
Series: Avry of Kazan (#1)
Author: Maria V Snyder
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 20th December 2011
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

Having read and enjoyed the first three books in Snyders Chronicles of Ixia series (along with the short stories!) I didn't quite feel that I'd had my fix yet, and I am definitely in a fantasy mood at the moment, so I dived into this one, and honestly I think its even better than the Study books! 

I loved Avry, she'd survived on her own for years and just because she'd found people she could let know who she really was, she didn't let anything slip. She worked at surviving still, and even though you could read her beginning to trust the people around her, and grow attached to them, she was still strong and independent. 

The growing relationships between Avry and the various memebers of the group she was travelling with were a really strong part of the story to me. She built friendships with Loren, Quain, Flea and Belen, while her relationship with Kerrick was so complicated it just can't be summed up in words (but I would say that the events at the end of the book were perfect for these two). 


I liked that things weren't quite black and white for Avry and the rest of the world either. A plague had decemated the population and law and order were definitely a thing of the past. She was asked to heal someone who she had heard had done terrible things, and some of the central conversations were based on Kerrick and the others trying to change her mind. It was complex and made the characters themselves more complex as a result. 

The other thing that I really liked was that the main character actually got to know the main antagonist (who I suspect will play a future role too) better than just as an adversary. Avry spent time with the main bad guy and it made his actions seem that bit more chilling. 

I loved this book, and book 2 is already on my kindle so it shouldn't be long until I dig into that one! Or at least I hope not!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Bookish Resolutions Link Up (September)

2016 Bookish Resolutions



Bookish Resolutions is a challenge I co-host with Michelle @ becausereading.com! Yet another month has passed! So let us know how you did this September...and not to scare you but Michelle's been cracking the whip on what we're doing with the challenge next year (cracking the whip mostly because I can be terrible at responding...sorry Michelle!) 

My Bookish Resolutions Progress (which is way behind where I should be!)

Blogging Goals 
  1. Schedule posts before the day they are 'due' (especially for challenge updates!)
    I'm a couple of weeks ahead now which I'm happy with! Wouldn't want to be any further than I am no!
  2. Post a detailed update on everything on the first Sunday of each month (previously Reintroduce non-review content)
    I changed this one before I went back to posting weekend reviews when my reading picked up again, but my End of the Month round up is still on track, just for the 1st of the month!
  3. Cross post Blog Posts regularly, preferably in under a week since post date
    I've done really well at this one! 
  4. Tidy up the Trips Down Imagination Road Facebook & Twitter Pages
    This one is going, mostly because I decided I was pretty happy with where I'm at with it. 
  5. Visit other blogs regularly (I used to but this dropped off the radar a bit)
    I have done a lot of lurking this month, and managed to move it on so I'm now commenting a bit too! So hopefully back on track with that one!
Reading Goals 
  1. COMPLETED: Improve Netgalley ratio by at least 10% (if this is achieved by the half way mark then it will be upped to 20%). I did succeed in improving my ratio in 2015 and was actually quite surprised to find I'd improved it by 7% (at the time of writing).
    Up to 11% added now!
  2. COMPLETED: Finish 10 series this year. (I get distracted a little easy! I can have already started the series previously)
    So far I've finished 20 series this year;
    The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson, Circle of Evil by Kylie Brant, Trevor's Harem by Aubrey Parker, Rook & Ronin
     by JA Huss, The Seduction by Roxy Sloane, City of Legends by Cheyanne Young, The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, Galaxy Playmates by Michelle M Pillow, Dark Dirty & Deadly by JA Huss, The Dukes of War by Erica Ridley, Everealm by JD Wright, I Am Just Junco by JA Huss, Things to Do Before you Die by Nina Croft, Sisters of the Moon by Nina Croft, Coded for Love by Lynne Silver, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford, Midnight Masquerade by Kate Harper, Scoundrels & Secrets by Erica Ridley, Avry of Kazan by Maria V Snyder, Sisters of the Craft by Lori Handeland
  3. COMPLETED: Complete 3 year long challenges (may change the number depending on how many I sign up for). Bookish Resolutions does not count for this sub-goal.
    I've completed 4 so far!
    2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
    My others are all on track too!
  4. Read 3 books a month that were already on my kindle at the start of 2016 (can be from Netgalley, Amazon etc.)
    I think I've read 9!
Personal Goal

  1. COMPLETED: Finish Cloaked (the sequel to my published Novella)
    Cloaked is not only finished, but it is now Published! (Here's the link to prove it!) 

LINK UP AND TELL US HOW YOU DID!



Pottermore Presents by JK Rowling

This review post is for all three of the Pottermore Presents books as they are only short, however they do each have their own review.


Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
Series: Pottermore Presents (#1)
Author: JK Rowling
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling. Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world. These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

This one had me welling up! The chapter on Remus Lupin was just really moving. I mean it was already clear both from his demeanor and the things that were revealed in the Harry Potter series, that he'd had a hard life, but this was putting it all in one place and in detail. It gave me a greater apprectation for a character that already struck a chord. 

I also really liked learning more about McGonagall, there was so many little extra bits that showed just how well thought out the character was and I thought that it rounded her out as a character, even more so than in the books. 

It was also good to learn more about the Maurauders in the McGonagall and Lupin chapters!


Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
Series: Pottermore Presents (#2)
Author: JK Rowling
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy
Links: Goodreads Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling. Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world. These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts - and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle. 

It was really interesting to find out more about some of the characters with smaller roles in Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, as well as a few who had a bit bigger role. There was more information about Azkaban as well as past Ministers for Magic, which I personally thought showed a lot of well thought out information about the wider world of magic, it has however peaked my curiosity about several areas of magic history (according to Rowling that is), including the role that witches and wizards in the various wars this hinted they got involved in.

I think the most interesting sections of this book were probably the ones about Quirrell and Umbridge. The former because so much happened since his role in the books and the latter because her motivations are fascinating but until now completely unfatherable. 


I also enjoyed Rowling's notes on inspirations and her process for characters.


Title: Hogwarts, an Incomplete & Unreliable Guide
Series: Pottermore Presents (#3)
Author: JK Rowling
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling. Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world. Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

I'm not all that sure what I was expecting from Hogwarts an Incomplete & Unreliable Guide, I was completely engrossed learning various things about Hogwarts that probably couldn't have been learnt in any other way, and it is those little details that I think makes Rowling's world so engaging in the first place. 

What I found even more interesting was that this book contained almost a commentary from JK Rowling herself, which let the reader know why things weren't included in the series or how she made a decision about what or who to include.

This was interesting and I enjoyed learning more about Hogwarts. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Whiteout by Nikki Jefford

Title: Whiteout
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter (#5)
Author: Nikki Jefford
From: Amazon
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 14th October 2014
Challenges: Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Life on the run is no winter picnic, especially when Aurora’s partner sees himself as the sheriff, not the outlaw. It’s a cat and mouse game across the Last Frontier with agents and vampires out for revenge. Aurora has never fought so hard to stay alive, even as each day takes her further away from Fane. Will they ever be reunited? Or is Aurora destined to remain in Alaska with Dante forever?

Whiteout is the 5th book of the Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series and should not be read as a standalone. The plot relies heavily on events in the past books as well as revolving around already established characters. This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series. 

This series! There is just something about it that completely draws the reader in and has certainly left me feeling a bit addicted! The characters make mistakes and have to deal with them, the plot is gritty and in places a little dark, and it just all works together to form a book where you're not too sure quite how things will work out in the end. 

Aurora's love life seemed to finally work itself out, even if there was very little doubt about which way she'd go at the end of Hunting Season. Of the two guys the one that I've preferred from the beginning (because lets face it there's always one!) grew on me even more whereas the other one just grated on me more than he had before. Sorry avoiding names for spoiler reasons! 

There was plenty of action in this book and Aurora once again proved that she didn't need anyone there to protect her, she was fully able to protect herself. On top of that she seemed to be coming to terms with her new status as a vampire and gave Dante a couple of stern talking tos on the subject! 

I missed Noel though! But it did get made up for slightly by Fane's POV (though the book was mostly from Aurora's POV) and the introduction of his fantastic cousin! The cast was definitely small in this book though! 

I got taken by surprise by this book a couple of times and I was on the edge of my seat. Definitely a great read!