Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire

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Gifted by The Reading Room for review.

I went into this book the second one in the “Disaster” series not knowing what to expect as the first book left me with a feeling of thinking Travis is some kind of crazy stalker that had many, many issues. The issues part was correct but as for the crazy stalker goes it could not be further from the truth. I honestly started to wonder if I had indeed read the first book correctly and I was seriously thinking after finishing the book that maybe I should go back and read Beautiful Disaster again to make sure. I have to admit and I will openly do so that I had Travis Maddox all wrong, very wrong.

From the very beginning you get to see the whole picture of this man and what made him the way he is when Abby walked into his life and changed it forever. Travis had a hard life from the loss of his mother at an early age to growing up with brothers that helped shape him into the fighter he became. I openly laughed several times whilst reading this book as I love the way that Travis interacts with those around him, something that was sorely missing from Abby’s side of the story. I truly got the feeling when reading that the author has a softer spot for Travis than she does for Abby whether this is true or not I have no idea but it seemed to me that she put more emotion and more feeling into writing Travis’ side of this crazy intense love story.

One thing for me that has stayed the same in both books is my dislike of Abby’s friend America, although she helped her move away from a former life of tragedy and torment her attitude towards Travis and Abby’s relationship was not one of caring in my opinion. There will be many that will probably disagree but we all see things differently, the thing that sealed it for me was her childish behaviour towards Travis when they returned from the airport after their second visit to Vegas. Those that have read the book will know what I am referring to.

I absolutely love the fact that the author ended the book the way that she did giving us all answers that some authors would have just left hanging, I think the way it was done did a credit for the story as a whole, I was very surprised and even a little bit shocked at the little twist that was thrown in. All in all a delightful book and one that definately will get a re-read from me in the future. I also think and yet again this is just my opinion that the books would have been better released in reverse order. I think I would have got a better understanding of Abby had I seen things through Travis’ eyes first.

I would highly recommend this book with no reservation. In fact I would go as far as to say that if you do not read these books then you are definitely missing out on something wonderful.

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

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Beautiful Disaster is Abby’s version of events in this tale of he said, she said. I absolutely loved this book but it is the most dysfunctional relationship I have read about to date. I thought the relationship between Patch and Nora in Hush Hush was bad but this one takes the cake. There may be aspects of this relationship that made me squirm but it works and it works well, very well.

I had seen this book circulating around the news-feeds of Facebook and it intrigued me to know the story and as if my fate was sealed I was sent a copy of the second book so I had to buy this one. Abby has a past a past that she wants to stay hidden, even more so when she meets the crazy womanising Travis Maddox. But as fate drew me to this book so fate draws Abby and Travis together with a bet. Losing the bet Abby agrees to live with Travis and from there things spiral in and out of control. The jury about Abby’s friend America is still out for me, she helped Abby move away from her past and warns her about Travis but in the end she tries her best to help their relationship when things get rocky. There were moments when I wanted to knock their heads together in frustration and times when I cried. Despite the fact this type of relationship would have me running for the hills in real life, I just can not help but feel the magic that these two wonderful characters share. I must take my hat off to Jamie McGuire the ending was a shock that I did not see coming at all!

Despite everything that screamed I should not like this book, I fell in love with it. I, like so many before me that have read this book fall under the spell of Travis and Abby. I wonder is there a deep seeded want in everyone to have a relationship like this and, maybe just maybe that is why the book works so well. I seem to think of Romeo and Juliet when I was reading this book, although our young lovers did not suffer the same fate as the doomed pair, the same apparent need and desire is there in spades. Whilst some reading this review may see it as a negative that, is very far from the truth I enjoyed this book on so many different levels and I look forward to reading Travis’ side of the story with great anticipation.

I would definitely recommend readers that loved Twilight and Hush Hush to add this on your TBR list without delay.

Payne Management by Austyn Faulkner

(E-book was gifted by author for review)

Payne Management is a great story because it has a little bit of everything. I have to admit there were times when I laughed out loud (the Dr Seuss incident) and times when I wanted to punch Jake in the face. What starts out as a tug of war of wits between Payne and Jake ends completely different to what I thought. The awesome twist in the tale of this very funny and delightful tale is one that I did not see coming and believe me I was shocked when the truth about Jake was revealed.

I loved this book because it proves that you can write a love story without throwing heaps of sex scenes at the reader. The thing that I wished the author included was a bit more of a background story about Payne. It was there but I feel that it could have been touched on a bit more especially when she first arrived in the house with Nick. I feel that I could have understood Payne’s feelings for Jake more if the author had given a little bit more information in that regard. Having said that though I loved the story and I look forward to reading more stories from the author.

If you are a lover of a good old fashioned style of story telling then this is definately the book for you and I guarantee that this story will having you smiling if not laughing out loud. Like the cover says,” A Fun Sweet and Sassy Novel” it has it all. Definitely one to add to your TBR list.

Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald

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I won this book in a Goodreads “First Reads” Give-away.

Silver Clouds is the first book I have read by Australian author Fleur McDonald and it will not be my last. Everything about this book was enjoyable, being Australian myself I felt a very strong connection with the characters. Whilst I have never visited the outback I know what hardships face these people and it takes a special kind of person to live there. This story actually made me feel ashamed to have not read more books by Australian authors, I will definitely seek out more of them from now on if Fleur’s writing is anything to go by then I am missing out on a lot by, by-passing these authors.

Tessa returns to her home in the Australian outback for her Auntie Spider’s funeral, but the home coming for her is tormenting not only because of the death of her much loved aunt but the ghosts of the past that still haunted her even as far away as London. She leaves London in scandal and finds that her troubles do not stop when she gets home. Her questionable choices also continue when she gets together with Brendan McKenzie, the outback’s bad boy. Harrison the widower with a daughter could be the steadying influence that Tessa needs but will she let him in or will she continue on her path of self destruction. Her choice to leave Danjar Plains is changed when her auntie’s mysterious friend Elsie leaves a letter for her from her auntie telling her that is left to Tessa to clean out her house and her family is not what it seems and that there are mysteries to be solved. She finds clues that make her question everything even who she is. Can she fight the demons of her past and present, will this search to uncover her family’s past help her heal herself and give her hope for the future?

The story flowed beautifully, the thing that sold me on Silver Clouds was the style that the book was written in, I love the inclusion of diary entries and letters. Books written like this always catch my eye as it seems to me to let you into a characters life with more depth. Another great selling point of this book is the large print, many books now days have smaller print which makes reading for many difficult. There are so many other things I could say about this book it to me is the complete package, love, loss, mystery and beautiful settings make this the complete package.

I would recommend Silver Clouds to everyone that loves to read no matter what their favourite genre may be, if you miss reading this book then you will miss reading one fantastic story.

The Return (Cruel Imagination #2) by Trevor Couturier

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E-book was gifted by author for review.

This is a fantastic follow up to Cruel Imagination. We see the return of Will and his on going battle with the old bearded man. I was so impressed with the way the story progressed and how Will started using his gift/curse to a greater extent. I could tell from the way the story progressed that both Will and the author that created him have grown in confidence. Still unable to shake the old man and get his life back on track he ventures out into the world to see how and if he can release this curse that was thrust upon him against his wishes.

The game has changed now though, banned from his family and wandering trying his hardest to release himself from his fate he stumbles into one bad situation after another, but with guidance from a higher friend he finds his way again. I was so wrapped up in this story I read it like the first one in record time and i can not wait till book 3 to see what happens. Definitely another one to add to the TBR list.

Concrete Angel by Carly Wallace

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E- book was gifted by author for review.

This little gem was a diamond in disguise. Although only 13 pages in length Carly manages to throw every emotion you can think of at you with her beautifully written characters. I have not read a lot of books where the main character is an angel but I have loved the ones I have read. In my opinion I believe they tend to get over looked with the attention being on the constant struggle between vampires and werewolves, but I believe with the calibre of writing in this short story all that will change. I also believe that if Carly wished to she could turn this story into a full length novel with ease. It is written in such a way that it could easily be extended, I am not sure if the author had this in mind when she wrote it but is something in my opinion I believe she should look into doing, maybe even turning it into a series of books.

I loved the novel idea of the concrete angel, it will certainly make me look twice when I see them in cemeteries from now on. As I said above all the characters are beautifully written but more importantly they are real. I loved all of them equally. Even though I did want to dislike Nathan I couldn’t as I knew there was a deeper story to him than just being a cold heartless man and I was right. A character rarely does anything without motivation so to believe Nathan was just evil would have been very short sighted of me, given his attitude at the start of the story.

I would recommend this to everyone to put on their TBR list.

Cruel Imagination (Cruel Imagination #1) by Trevor Couturier

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E-book was gifted by author for review.

This little diamond in the rough is a great story. I have read some of the other reviews for this thinking it was not going to be any good, one person didn’t even finish because the writer changed point of view of the characters! I would have to say that yes the punctuation and other aspects such as point of view need some work, but besides this it is a great story with strong characters. What I have said is in no way a criticism of the writer it is just the opposite. To write a first novel is hard and authors need encouragement not angst to help them along in their process.

I loved the concept of the story, the idea of getting a gift/curse depending on your take on it is a very interesting. If we are all honest at one stage or another we have all wished for something like this gift, I know I have. If I was Will though I think I would have probably done more with it. An example would be to help the homeless guy that helped him and give him something like a pile of money or something similar. I did love the angle though where he got the better of the old bearded guy or then again did he?. The aspect to the novel that most pleased me was that Will’s wife was not the “perfect” partner in too many novels you read of how her tantalizing body was trim and sexy. It was a pleasant change to have a character that a lot of people could relate to so, well done to Trevor for Mona.

Job well done on a first novel, the story flowed beautifully, and I was waiting to see what happened so much so that I started the second book in the series in the same night. This is a great story, and I only hope that it gets better as it goes along. I would recommend this to anyone to read.