Review: Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

UninvitedTitle: Uninvited
Series: Uninvited, book 1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
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Synopsis
You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Review
Davy is a senior in high school when they discover she has HTS (the kill gene). She’s uninvited from her school, her acceptance to Juilliard is revoked and she’s sent to a school with other carriers. Things turn for the worst and the world gets deadly for the carriers. Davy must place her trust in another carrier, Sean and hope for the best.

There has been so much hype about Uninvited and after reading tonnes of reviews I pre-ordered it a fortnight before it’s release date because I was uber excited. What a waste of time that was. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it but I didn’t see it as anything special like most of the other reviewers I’ve seen do.

Davy is your average popular senior, she’s well bred, popular, has the perfect boyfriend and can play a handful of instruments amazingly as sing on top of all that. Everything is taken from her when she’s labeled a carrier. Her best friend, boyfriend, friends, school, freedom, even her parents. She’s scared all the time, but she puts up a good front trying to act indifferent. I love how she’s wary of Sean but can’t help feel something towards him anyway. It’s like she’s drawn to him like a magnet, unable to pull away.

Sean acts indifferent all the time, he’s even got the facial expressions down to pat. On the outside it looks like he doesn’t care where as we know that’s a front. He does care, he just doesn’t like showing it, he believes it’s a weakness. Sean is an awesome character, I lovvvveeed him, he always came to save the day, Davy was lucky to have him around. Plus he’s a bad boy, yum yum 😉

I enjoyed the plot. I thought it was a brilliant idea, something different and fun. Well, not quite fun as the characters would disagree with me but I thought it was a fun read. The rivalry and violent parts were the best parts for me, I had fun “watching” Davy kick butt!

Overall I enjoyed Uninvited but not to the point I have to fangirl all over it. It was a good read but not great. It’s definitely worth a read if your a fan of Dystopian.

4 Rating

Review: Shadow Embraced (Haven #1) by Cheree Smith

Shadow EmbraceTitle: Shadow Embraced

Series: Haven, Book 1

Author: Cheree Smith

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Publication Date: April 29th, 2013 by Dark Cherry Press

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

No escape.

Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn’t real, but when she’s abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn’t some monster.

She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight. When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.

The only problem is that she’s not entirely sure she’s innocent.

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Review

Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, oh my!

Scarlet is taken from everything she knows to a school hidden from society in order to teach her control. Scar is a magnet for trouble and joins a secret club where she can fight. Students begin to disappear and unless the culprits are captured Scar will be held responsible.

The synopsis pulled me in. It sounded really intriguing and i couldn’t wait to read it. I’m a little disappointed but these things happen. The story had real potential, it just fell flat in my opinion. :/

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really see the point in this story, it just seemed to be all about fighting. Scar is punished for fighting with a fellow student and is then welcomed into the ranks of a fighting club where she fights anonymously with other students.Throughout the whole novel is mainly fights with the odd lesson thrown in, It just wasn’t for me.

2 Rating

Love Thy Neighbor by Kelly Moran

32463719Title: Love Thy Neighbor
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ever since her parents died when she was a girl, Marina has called St. Helena home. It’s quaint charm and beautiful vineyards soothe the loneliness inside, even if some of the residents are a little batty. But her giving nature and sizeable inheritance makes it hard to differentiate those who like her as a person from those that just want something. Except her sexy new neighbor. Josh Rossi wants nothing to do with her, and the constant banter is making her nuts. Then, a moment changes everything, shifting his cold shoulder into a hot kiss, leaving her to wonder if the bickering isn’t his own form of foreplay.

Beauty, brains, and adorable babbling aside, Josh needs to get as far and fast away from Marina Atwater as he can. No matter how much he desires her, she is the kind of woman who wants forever. And he isn’t the sticking sort. But as the quick remodel flip of his grandfather’s old house progresses, so does his feelings for his lovely neighbor. Her quirky dog and the even quirkier town are growing on him, too. Never having a sense of family or a permanent place to call his own, how is he suppose to contemplate setting down roots when home isn’t a possibility? Or is it?

A Kindle Worlds exclusive story set in Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series.

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Review
Short and sweet. Love Thy Neighbor is a nice, easy read. Its full of mischief, friendship, new beginnings & most importantly, love.

Marina & Josh had a rocky start to say the least but what started out as a sparring match later became friendship & acceptance. Something Josh has lacked in most of his life.
Thanks to Marinas stubborn persistence she managed to worm her way into Joshs’ life and i enjoyed being along for the ride.

I loved St. Helena, the funky named stores, the quirky residents and neighborly nosiness. Who doesnt love a nosey town?

I desperately wanted Josh to stay, to consider St. Helena his home. I found myself egging Marina on lots, in hopes of her convincing him.

My stomach still hurts from laughing so much. I wanted a read that wouldnt make me cry, Love Thy Neighbor was recommended as such but alas… it made me cry anyway. Im a sucker for a great ending.

If you’re looking for a quick, funny and emotional read… you’ve found it.

5 rating

Ghost of You (Phantoms #3) by Kelly Moran

ghost-of-youTitle: Ghost of You
Series: Phantoms, book 3
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 21, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

It’s no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike…and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they’re on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It’s her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face…

The safest place is with the guy she doesn’t trust…

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Review
And she’s done it again! Kelly Moran has weaved a tale so captivating she had me laughing periodically, then sobbing into my pillow at 4:30AM. I kept promising myself one more chapter until i couldn’t see straight and called it quits for the night.

Sammy believes herself to be weak, has major trust issues and enough trouble in her life to damage anyone. But she’s such a strong character and i admired the hell out of her. Her attitude towards Cain made my stomach ache from laughing too much, they make a beautiful pair.

Cain, oh lovely Cain *sigh* My heart bled for him, i just wanted to put my arms round him, squeeze and never let go. Perfection, that’s the first word to come to mind when i think about Cain. Having suffered great pain at an early age he doesn’t give up, he keeps searching for that something to make him whole again. And he doesn’t half find it.

Ghost of You is darker than the others in the series, i think. The place they go, the history surrounding it, the ghostly inhabitants. Add them all together and they gave me a major case of goosebumps.

I finished this book a few hours ago now and i still cant stop thinking about it. Its one of the ones that stick to you like glue, such a heart-breakingly beautiful story. By far my favourite couple in the Phantoms series.

5 rating

Give up the Ghost (Phantoms #2) by Kelly Moran

give-up-the-ghostTitle: Give Up the Ghost
Series: Phantoms, book 2
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all―seeing her doppelganger. Rumoured to be a foreshadowing of one’s death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core…sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn’t be a worse idea―and yet they can’t bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her…

Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death…

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Review
I absolutely loved Jackson and Avas’ story. I’ve never really been into ghost stories or anything of the sort but, Oh My! Kelly Morans’ writing is just magical. And this series just keeps getting better.

My first thought was poor Paul, what an amazing character he is. I totally fell in love with him from almost the very beginning. Then again, i think anyone who reads this book will too (and you totally should, its AWESOME).

Kerry is such a strong character throughout most of the book. She has her moments of doubt, but who doesn’t? She’s not just beautiful on the outside, Kerry has got the whole package. Lovely on the inside as well as out. Always putting others before herself. I loved her too ❤

Paul and Kerry make a dynamic couple. They have a lot to sort out but i prayed they’d get through it and come out the other end smiling. As usual, Moran writes a fantastic story that i just couldn’t get enough of.

Still loved all the other characters from the Phantoms group. The new man was a great addition and i can’t wait to see what else he brings to the team. #FLOVE

I promise you wont be disappointed in this series. If you haven’t read them yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

5 rating

Review: The Last Orphans (Last Orphans #1) by N.W. Harris

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Title: The Last Orphans
Series: The Last Orphans trilogy, book 1
Author: N.W. Harris
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Publication Date: October 9th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Author
Synopsis

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.

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Review
Something is seriously wrong in the world. Adults are getting attacked by animals and each other. Leaving the children to fight for themselves. The survivors need to find a way to stop the attacks or they could be targeted too.
Wow, I think I kind of feel sick. It’s such a dark book but I really did enjoy it. The first few chapters were slow going but it soon picked up it’s pace. It’s different than anything I’ve read, it’s dark yet hopeful at the same time. I felt myself praying for everything to work out okay, like to the point I couldn’t tear my eyes from the pages.
Poor Shane, and all the other kids for that matter. To lose their parents/guardians and have to rely on themselves and friends to protect all the younger children. It’s such a heavy burden to put on a bunch of 16/17 year olds but they handled it so well. I felt sorry for them all, to have to see the destruction and slaughter all around them, poor babies!
Harris writes a gripping story, filled with loss and despair, hope and strength. New friendship and love. A good read if you like apocalyptic. Be warned though, it will touch your heart and maybe make you shed a tear or two like it did for me.
4 Rating
Ashton

Review: Sinful Intent (Alfa PI #1) by Chelle Bliss

sinful intentTitle: Sinful Intent
Series: Alfa PI, book 1
Author: Chelle Bliss
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Source: Purchased
Synopsis

It was supposed to be simple. Find the bad guy and save the girl.

I hadn’t expected Race True—a golden-haired beauty with a silver tongue that made me want to toss the rules aside.

I tried to fight my attraction to her, but she made it impossible.

Our chemistry became too much to ignore.

Temptation is dangerous.

In a moment of weakness, everything changed. We gave in to our carnal desires, letting ourselves drown in the passion we could no longer deny.

The problem was that I still had a job to do before her world collapsed.

If I failed at finding the person behind the threat, I’d lose Race forever.

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Review
Chelle Bliss is awesome! It’s been a few days since I finished Sinful Intent. I had to sit on my review for a while because all I could think upon finishing it was WOW, OMG, WOW, HOLY F*#K. You get my drift?
Chelle is a really talented author. She pulls you into her story and literally drags the emotions out of you right alongside her characters. I laughed, snorted hysterically, cried, melted, swooned and all out loved this book! If you haven’t read it yet, what the hell are you waiting for?
Race True is my kind of woman. She’s strong, determined, sassy, beautiful and stubborn. She’s having a rough time but she refuses to let it bring her down. Her determination to get through it is admirable. I’m definitely #TeamRace.
Morgan made me weak at the knees with his alpha mambo jumbo but at times I wanted to punch him. Although he’s smart, loyal, protective, gorgeous and swoon worthy his way of going about certain things leaves something to be desired. But that’s what made it all the more fun.
If you love action packed stories with a sexy alpha male and a strong headed heroine then this book is for you. I can’t wait for the release of Unlawful Desire!
5 rating
Ashton

Review: Return to Me (Covington Cove #1) by Kelly Moran

Return to MeTitle: Return to Me
Series: Covington Cove, book 1
Author: Kelly Moran
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 3, 2015 by Berkley
Source: Author
Synopsis

With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been…

Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…

At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.

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Review
Military romances are a big love for me. My step dad is in the army and has done tours in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Sometimes, the mental injuries far outweigh the physical. PTSD is so common for soldiers and it makes my heart bleed. I have a big respect for people in the forces, our heroes.
Return to Me is a great book; from the first page I was hooked, right up until the last. Moran has a way with words, she catapults us straight into the story with her characters. Her writing is truly amazing and she is, and always will be one of my favourite authors.
Cole is so much more than he seems and I love how we get the past woven in with the present. It helps to understand the reasoning behind their emotions and just pulls us in all the more. Personally, I think his scars just add to his beauty; both physical and mental. The guilt he’s carried for 10 years has only festered and grew. Watching him learn to deal with it and forgive himself is something special. I just loved him, even though at times he deserved a smack to the head.
Mia spent 10 years of her life hating Cole, believing he’d thrown her out like yesterday’s trash. For her to agree to the job as his private nurse, whatever the reasoning was brave and smart. I really liked her character. She’s beautiful inside and out. Her profession suits her perfectly and she does her job well.
For those of you who haven’t read any of Kelly Moran’s work I can’t recommend them enough. The Dysfunctional Test and her phantoms series are both in my favourite pile. Don’t miss out on all the juicy goodness she has to offer!!
5 rating
Ashton

Spotlight: Kathleen Lee; M/M Author of Dominating

DOMinatingDominating
Published June 30, 2015
Bestselling author Kathleen Lee brings you into the playroom filled with sexy fun in a short BDSM novella scene.
After a stressful day, Mark is looking for nothing more than the perfect, willing submissive to engage in a night of erotic play. But when he thinks he’s found his temporary fix, their scene is hotter than he anticipated, and he quickly realizes he might do anything to keep his new toy.

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Caught LookingCaught Looking
Published June 22, 2015
Jay’s whole life is baseball. As the star catcher on the Arizona Cactus team, he learned long ago to hide his sexual orientation from the other players and the public. But then an injury sets him back and the new athletic trainer has him questioning his silence. Liam has struck an emotional and physical chord within him, and suddenly a relationship doesn’t seem so impossible. Yet finding the courage to go after what he wants proves harder than he figured, and if he doesn’t make a play soon, he’s only going to be caught looking.

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Midnight MistletoeMidnight Mistletoe
Published November 21, 2014
When Peter finds himself caught in a speed trap in the same small Wyoming town where he was once a foster child, six weeks of community service feels like an eternity. Until he runs across an old friend who seems more than happy to see him, and the attraction is instantaneous. But can the magic of Christmas and a love he’d never known be enough to make him think about giving up his wandering ways?
Through the years, Kevin found himself wondering about Peter and where he wound up when he was pulled from their community into yet another “home.” But when they reconnect again, he discovers that in all his travels, Peter never had a real home. As Kevin’s feelings deepen, he knows the one thing he needs to do to keep Peter is show him that true happiness boils down to opening yourself to love. And a little mistletoe doesn’t hurt either.

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Stripping the PainStripping the Pain
Published March 5, 2014
Finding happiness is just as easy, and difficult, as letting go…

The only good thing Gabe ever had in his miserable life is Malcolm. Having met in college, they were dorm mates, friends, and now business partners in a marketing web design business. Except from day one, Gabe has had feelings for Malcolm that go way beyond the best friend line. Until one night a moment passes between them, and suddenly Malcolm starts seeing Gabe as more. But Malcolm is from an upper-class political family and Gabe grew up moving from one foster home to the next. Where Malcolm is light, Gabe lives in darkness. Pain is his only indicator that he’s still breathing. Yet Malcolm begins to strip away Gabe’s hurt, layer by layer, until the choice becomes his to accept happiness, or to stay with the path that has always kept his heart safe.

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The Trouble with TroubleThe Trouble with Trouble
Published July 23, 2013
When trouble strolls in, common sense walks out.

After a lifetime of rejection by those he loved, Gary returned to the one place that once made him happy and resigned himself to a life alone. Opening his bar–aptly named ‘Trouble’–was his way of building a future and reminding himself what he needed to stay away from. So when Trouble–AKA Brock–walks into his bar one night, he’s determined to keep his distance. No good could come from falling for Brock’s adorable smile and handsome face. Except Brock seems just as determined to win Gary over as Gary is to stay away. And when Gary realizes Brock may be the real deal, he must choose between protecting his heart or taking the ultimate chance on love.

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Male Seeking MaleMale Seeking Male
Published June 6, 2013
He was just looking for experience. What he got was an unexpected romance.

When Greg’s best friend places a personal ad on his behalf, he doesn’t know whether to be angry or grateful. Though bisexual, he’d only ever been with a woman. But when his sexy neighbor across the hall answers his ad claiming to offer the experience Greg seeks, Greg jumps at the chance.

Jack’s first sexual experience was a painful one, and he vowed to never hurt anyone the way he’d been hurt. So when Jack sees Greg’s ad, he knows he can give the man he’s secretly lusted after what he wants and leave him with fond memories.

But as things heat up in the bedroom, a trust builds in their hearts. Now they must see past their differences and future plans or lose a once in a lifetime love.

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Finding Him Box SetYou can also get Male Seeking Male, The Trouble with Trouble & Stripping the Pain in the Finding Him Box Set.

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About the Author
Kathleen Lee is the author of sweet and sexy M/M romance novellas. She is an Amazon Bestseller in Gay Romance and has several Indie eBooks releasing soon. When not taking her caffeine by I.V. (well, not really) or plotting world destruction (this she does do) she can be found at home reading or dreaming up new happily-ever-afters. She resides in the Midwest with her family.

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Review: Hourglass Squared (Hourglass #2) by K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith

hourglass-squaredTitle: Hourglass Squared
Series: Hourglass, book 2
Author: K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 13, 2014
Source: Author
Synopsis
After recovering from being scorned by the same man, best friends Brooke and Savannah have not only mended their friendship, but also their hearts. With both girls finally married to the Worthington twins, these women have found it all and are living in pure marital bliss.

But not all honeymoons last forever. When Brooke and Josh announce they have a baby on the way, Savannah realizes this is all a bit more than she signed up for. With pressure coming from Jake to start a family, tempers flare and relationships are pushed to the breaking point; driving her to the brink of insanity as she is propelled toward the house in suburbia with the white picket fence.

Brooke tries to stand by Savannah, and be the best friend she has always been, but soon the tables turn and Brooke will need everyone’s support as her world comes crumbling down atop of her.

Join Brooke and Savannah in Hourglass Squared as they fight any obstacle that comes their way, together. Relationships will be tested, friendships strained, causing the course of their lives to be changed, forever.

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WOW, I feel like a broken jigsaw puzzle. My emotions are all over the place and don’t seem to be settling down anytime soon. I’m just blown away, I had high expectations for Squared as Hourglass was awesome and it exceeded my expectations, it was simply brilliant.

What I wouldn’t give right now to see Megan and Kym, after what they put me through they both deserve a smacked arse and a MASSIVE hug! The way they weave their tales is just magical, they suck you in and spit you out, rinse and repeat. One minute you’ll be crying with happiness, the next sobbing with heartbreak.

Brooke and Savannah have the sort of relationship every girl wants, best friends, sisters and always there for each other. I liked them in Hourglass but I completely LOVED them in Squared, they are so sassy, emotional, protective, sweet and strong. Is it wrong to say they complete each other? I know that’s their partners job but they so do, one without the other just wouldn’t be as fun.

Hourglass Squared is full of twists and turns that you’ll never see coming, not all good surprises but everything fits perfectly into the story. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it, AMAZING! I’m just gobsmacked and there isn’t enough stars to rate this book adequately.

5 rating

Ashton