BOOK REVIEWS: Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Title:Brake Failure

Author: Alison Brodie

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Comedy

Kindle Edition: 322 Pages


“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?”

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

Disclaimer: I really hate this but as always my opinions are my own. The author kindly sent me a copy of this to review, however this in no way swayed my opinion.


Okay guys so when I was sent this book by the lovely author Alison Brodie I really did not know what to expect. I feel like a lot of the time the title and the cover kind of gives it away a little bit but I didn’t really feel like it did with Brake Failure.

Obviously after reading the synopsis I had an idea of what the book was about and was excited to get cracking. I have a tendency to read books far too quickly at times so I reluctantly slowed down and took a bit more time with this one and I am glad I did.

First off , Ruby.. Now she is a weird one. At first I just really did not like her. She seem stiff, pretentious, stuck up and always wanted to get one up on her sister Claire ( who i also really disliked and would gladly slap for being such a snob) but as the story progressed you realise why she is the way she is and it really made me feel for her. I loved seeing another side of her! The side that comes out as the you read more is the Ruby that I think I would have a lot of fun hanging out with. I love Molly too. I think she helps Ruby to let her hair down and be herself more. 

I think the whole Y2K Millennium bug storyline was brilliant. It really made me laugh because I remember some people genuinely thought the world would end or something epic was going to happen and I can just imagine Y2K nuts running around stacking up on essentials “just in case”.

Now lets talk about the men in the story. Edward is a totally mamma’s boy. It feels like he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and is totally incapable of doing most things for himself! The way he whines.. OMG I would have lost my rag with him so many times and he definitely would not have been someone I would marry. 

As for Hank, oooo hank!!! I absolutely love his character! He is forceful but clearly has a sensitive side and the chemistry between him and Ruby could be felt a mile off. He is a great main character. 

Now when it comes to the genre I find it really difficult to place Brake Failure in to just one category because it has so many aspects to it. I would describe it as a Chick lit comedy with a crime element thrown in. There is a romance element to the story as well but I don’t feel like it takes over!. I feel the story is about Ruby finally finding herself after what seems to be a very restrictive, confusing childhood where I feel she was mentally abused.

The way Alison weaves all these different elements together is a sign of a great writer. I used to have a habit of flicking to the end of books because I was so impatient and didn’t want to wait to find out the ending but I actually enjoyed following Ruby on her manic journey and finding out who she met on the way. I was glued to this book from start to finish and I would 100% read it again!.

As you have probably gathered Brake Failure gets 5 out of 5 from this Misfit. Once again thank you to Alison for sending me a copy of this book!


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As always my lovelies I hope you have a fab day , evening where ever you are. 

Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!




BOOK REVIEW: Gas Up the Jet, Baby! by Aubrey Parr


Title: Gas Up The Jet, Baby: New York
: Love On…#2.5

Author: Aubrey Parr
Genre: contemporary romance



Nicole and Kate, from the Love on… series, set their sights on a weekend in New York City for their next girls’ trip. On their way to the airport, they meet Lauren. She’s left the home she shared with her cheating boyfriend and has a bag filled with her life’s possessions at her feet. Nicole knows exactly what Lauren needs, convincing her to join their jet-setting trip. Lauren spends the weekend reconnecting with her brother Cameron, a New York City cop, falling for Zane, a sexy bartender from their hotel, and hanging out with her new friends. Along the way, there is a bit of suspense and excitement that keeps them all on their toes. Come along with the girls for a weekend trip to the Big Apple!



Okay so as you are all probably aware by now if you read my posts, recently Fantasy and sci-fi books have been my go to genre, however I am all for exploring other genres.

If you have read my previous reviews on the Love On.. Series you will know that Aubrey Parr totally changed my mind when it came to Contemporary Romance.  I think she is a great writer and although there are no crazy totally unrealistic fantasy creatures and fight scenes she writes in a way that keeps the reader actively engaged from start to finish. 

Although I did really enjoy the first two installments of this series I do have to say that there was something missing from this novella. I appreciate that novellas are supposed to be short a sweet but I just feel that this was a bit rushed. I am a very fast reader, and if I am totally engrossed in a book I can read it in a few hours but I feel that I went through this book far too fast. At only 85 pages long I think I finished it in about an hour and a half. 

As well as the characters we have grown to love there are some new characters in Gas up The Jet, Baby!. The new characters in the book are Lauren, newly single after walking in on her boyfriend and some other woman in their bed. Zane, the hunky bartender that catches Lauren’s eye as soon as they enter the hotel in New York, and Cam, Lauren’s older brother who she hasn’t seen for ten years.  Unfortunately, we only get a brief glimpse in to who these characters are. We learn a bit about Lauren but we learn very little about Cam and Zane. Unlike the other two books in the series I feel like I didn’t really get to know the characters well at all.  maybe it is just me but the backstory to characters is something I really enjoy reading about. I enjoy getting to know the personalities, likes and dislikes etc. 

Don’t get me wrong I did still enjoy this installment, however I did feel that it rushed through the story very quickly and if you have read the first two books you could kind of see where the plot was heading, which made it a little anticlimactic. 

All in all I am still an Aubrey Parr fan and my review is in no way a reflection on how I feel about her as an author, however this book just missed the mark for me so I am going to have to give it a 2 out of 5.





I am back after a lengthy time away, I was hoping to be able to write more in April but for one reason or another that didn’t happen. Sometimes you just need to take time for yourself and refresh. 

As always lovelies I would appreciate your feedback, any comments or suggestions on books I should add to my TBR!

Remember, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!



**Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**


COVER REVEAL: Gas Up The Jet, Baby

Cover Reveal

Title: Gas Up The Jet, Baby
: Love On…#2.5

Author: Aubrey Parr

Genre: contemporary romance



Nicole and Kate, from the Love on… series set their sights on a weekend in New York City for their next girls’ trip. On their way to the airport, they meet Lauren. She’s left the home she shared with her cheating boyfriend and has a bag filled with her life’s possessions at her feet. Once Lauren is talked into joining them on their trip to New York, she realizes that she can reconnect with her older brother, Cameron. Immediately she meets the sexy bartender from the lobby bar, Zane and there is an instant attraction. Lauren spends the weekend reconnecting with her brother who is a New York City cop, falling for Zane and hanging out with her new friends. Along the way, there is a bit of suspense and excitement that keeps them all on their toes. Come along with the girls for a NYC weekend trip.

This is a spin-off novella from the Love On… series, but can be read as a standalone.

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Aubrey Parr waited until her she was forty to publish her first novel. Although she received her Master’s in Accounting, Aubrey always knew that she wanted to write. She was inspired by her great-uncle, author Evan S. Connell. She lives with her husband and daughter outside of Chicago, Illinois and is currently writing book 3 of her Love on… series. When Aubrey isn’t writing, she can be found with a book in her hand.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Choir on Hope Street





The best things in life happen when you least expect them

Nat’s husband has just said the five words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’.

Picture-perfect Caroline has to welcome her estranged mother into her house after she was forced out of an exclusive nursing home.

Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the local community centre is threatened, galvanising Caroline and the people of Hope Street into action. But when the only way to save the centre is to form a community choir – no one, least of all Nat, expects the results…

This spring, hope is coming!


Okay so to start with. From the get go I liked Nat. The story starts with a bang. The first sentence are those words Nat never wanted to hear from her husband and she doesn’t handle it very well. You could tell she was a good wife and so the mystery begins.. What happened? why did he decided this?

I disliked Caroline and her pompous attitude straight away. You could tell she definitely has a high opinion of herself and comes across as one of those judgmental women you try to avoid at all costs. She is all about appearance and making sure everybody knows how perfect her life is. 

When it comes to light that the Community Hall is due to close and Caroline finds out Nat is a famous children’s author and she recruits her to help.  In comes Guy, a mysterious newcomer and from the start it is obvious he is hiding a secret, which makes for some very interesting reading. Who is he? What is he up to ? Why has he turned up now? 

Guy offers to conduct the choir and the sign up for the national Choir Competition.

Nat and Caroline reluctantly become quite close in their own way  and you do get to see a more vulnerable side to Caroline . Especially when it comes to her relationship with her mother but there is still something about her that I don’t like. It is hard to put my finger on it.

Annie has a great ability to tell a story and evoke a reaction from her readers and I am looking forward to seeing what she brings out next.


I don’t normally read Chick Lit because it never really appealed to me. I never understood how a book could be interesting without any sort of thriller, horror, crime or fantasy aspect but I really enjoyed this book. It is a different kind of intrigue and excited. What  will Nat do? How will she handle her husband leaving? What was his reason for saying He didn’t love her any more? Will Caroline ever stomp being a pompus stuck up old wench?  What secrets will come out?

The Choir on Hope Street gets a 5 out of 5 from me.



Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You.




Welcome Welcome Welcome… I am excited to be getting back into reading after a little hiatus due to some personal things getting in the way but I AM BACK and I have an amazing book to share with you. Check out the excerpt of the new book by Janine Ashbless titled In Bonds of The Earth.

Keep those little eyes peeled for my review later today.. oh… and there is a cheeky little giveaway at the bottom of this post… GO GO GO !!!

Excerpt from In Bonds of the Earth:

Wrapping the cheap cotton throw from the foot of the bed around my bare body, I padded through to the doorway. The Archangel Michael stood in the middle of my small apartment, looking about him at the book shelves and the pictures. A paperback copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo slipped from his hand back onto the low table.

“Hello, Milja. Nice place. Has he moved his toothbrush in yet?”

It was like waking to find a giant bird of prey in my tiny living room; he looked wildly unsuited to a domestic setting and way too big for it, even with wings furled. In fact, with that Roman nose and those unblinking amber eyes, there was something distinctly golden eagle-like about him. If he stretched out he could knock over walls, I thought.

“What do you think you’re doing?” I asked. “This is my home. You can’t just come barging in!”

“You’re right,” he said, looking startled. “I have to have your permission. No, hold on, wait…that’s vampires. Shame.”

I pursed my lips. “Well, God certainly did not hold back on the sarcasm when he made you guys.”

He smirked. If you’re that good-looking, even a less-than-warm smile can be a weapon of devastating charm. Turning to the couch, he sat down with arms draped over the back and knees spread. It was not so much an invitation as a claiming of territory.

“What do you want?” I kept my voice hard, even as I thought of the icon of Saint Michael that had stood guard over the key in my father’s church. That holy painting had always made me feel nervous as a child, and he was no less intimidating in the flesh. His piercing gaze rested lightly upon me, with all the gentleness of a sword-point.


His rigger boots were caked in dried mud, I noticed, and flaking on my rug. I wished he would blink. It still creeped me out, even though Azazel should have inured me to it. “Angels aren’t supposed to lie. What are you doing here?”


“So, what…you’re sitting guard over me until Azazel comes back? Is that your plan?”

“He’s too much of a coward to face me. Runs every time.”

“If that’s the way you want to call it.”

He looked at the kitchen door. “I see you have a kettle. You got any tea? I like that Earl Grey stuff. Tastes like flowers.”

“I know the rules, you know. You can’t actually do anything to me.”

“True enough. And I’m not stopping you leaving, if that’s worrying you.”

“I can move out. Get a new place.”

“That’s fine, I’ll find you. This apartment’s a bit small for the two of us, to be honest.”

I clenched my jaw, weighing my options. “Okay,” I said, and dropped my wrap to reveal my naked body, in all its post-coital salty glow.

That wiped the smile off his lips. “Don’t play those games,” he growled, sitting up and looking away from me.

Love is Azazel’s weak spot. Shame is theirs. They’re terrified of their own human flesh.

“What? Does this make you uncomfortable? That’s a pity, seeing as how it’s my house and I like to walk around it naked.”

“You are shameless.” His gaze was sliding all over the place, not daring to settle on me.

“I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.” I hefted my breasts and jiggled them. “They’re my tits. In my apartment. If you don’t want to see, clear out.”

“Put your robe back on,” he rasped.

“Oops,” I said. “Did I drop it?” Turning my back to him, I spread my feet and, straight-legged, bent over to pick the fabric up again. Nice and slow…

He moved so fast he’d launched me across the room and onto my bed before I even realized he was out of his seat. The abused mattress twanged in alarm. It knocked the wind out of me—and more than that, shocked me half to death. I wasn’t in the least bit hurt, not even bruised, but I hadn’t expected him to touch me at all, under the rules. Maybe the Boatman sailed closer to the wind than I’d bargained for.

“Don’t do that, whore!” he barked, leaning into my face. He looked furious. I knew why. It takes a human decades to learn how to deal with all the things that come with an adult body—all those hormones and instincts—without losing control. Angels never had the advantage of a gradual introduction.

I had two choices: surrender or fight. I bared my teeth and snarled right back at him, matching his rage and contempt. “Or what? You’re going to rape me? ’Cause I think that might just count as a fall from Grace, don’t you? And then you’d be royally fucked, Mister Michael.”

He recoiled, drawing himself up in undisguised horror. I took advantage of the gap between us to roll over and pull the drawer of my bedside cabinet open, pulling out the silicon rabbit sex toy I’d been given at my graduation party. I hadn’t used it in months, I couldn’t even remember if there were any batteries in it, and I certainly wasn’t feeling horny, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.

“Wanna watch?” I asked, spreading my legs wide. “Because that’s what us girls do when we’re home alone these modern days. You can go into the other room if it squicks you out to see. Then you’ll only have to listen to the noises I make.”

He turned on his heel and stomped away, slamming his hands into the doorframe hard enough to crack the wood. But he didn’t leave altogether. He was just that bit too stubborn.


“I will free them all.”

When Milja Petak released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did it out of love and pity. She found herself in a passionate sexual relationship beyond her imagining and control – the beloved plaything of a dark and furious demon who takes what he wants, when he wants, and submits to no restraint. But what she hasn’t bargained on is being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage a war against the Powers of Heaven.

As Azazel drags Milja across the globe in search of his fellow rebel angels, Milja fights to hold her own in a situation where every decision has dire consequences. Pursued by the loyal Archangels, she is forced to make alliances with those she cannot trust: the mysterious Roshana Veisi, who has designs of her own upon Azazel; and Egan Kansky, special forces agent of the Vatican – the man who once saved then betrayed her, who loves her, and who will do anything he can to imprison Azazel for all eternity. 

Torn every way by love, by conflicting loyalties and by her own passions, Milja finds that she too is changing – and that she must do things she could not previously have dreamt of in order to save those who matter to her.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second in the Book of the Watchers trilogy and the sequel to Cover Him With Darkness.

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Author bio:

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Buyer beware! If you like dark romance and a hard-won Happily Ever After, try “Cover Him with Darkness,” “Heart of Flame,” or “The King’s Viper.” If you prefer challenging erotica, go for “Red Grow the Roses” or “Named and Shamed” instead. All her other books lie somewhere on the spectrum between.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as:

“Hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.” (Portia Da Costa).

 You can find Janine on Facebook or at her website or blog.

Author picture credit to David Woolfall.



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BOOK REVIEW: Darling Dark by Natalie Bennett

** Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, Please be aware that this is not a sappy romance novel. It has a supernatural element but it also has dark undertones and has sexually explicit scenes**

Title: Darling Dark
Series: Book 1 

Author: Natalie Bennett

Genre: Dark, Erotica



*Warning: this books contains a deeply flawed unapologetic alpha male. He’s narcissistic, possessive, and more than a little deranged.*

Trapped in a dark world inhabited by savages and ruled by the corrupted –Duvessa finds herself bound to a tyrant. Day in and day out she bears witness to just how cold and vicious her husband-to-be truly is. His iron fist rule strikes fear in the masses. Reyes is ruthless and volatile –he incites both fear and inexplicable passion among those in his wake. Just as her feelings for the seductively cruel Reyes begin to grow, she learns nothing is as it appears to be. With already so much to fear, could there be something darker, more sinister lying in wait?


I have to hand it to Natalie she definitely knows how to write a gripping story. From the get go you are thrown in to a dark world with supernatural beings. This is not a slow burner. I was hooked from the start. 

Duveesa is a young Demi who is captured and claimed by a sadistic Depire (Reyes), King of Purgatory, who’s goal is to claim her as his own and get her to admit that she is his. Her friends Jacinda and Amethyst were captured and claimed by his brothers Hades and Casimir. 

It is difficult to say anything without giving too much away about the story. it is fast paced and full of twists and turns. As soon as you think you have figured out what is going on.. boom.. you get hit with a wrecking ball that just throws you totally off course. I found myself wanting Reyes to have a little bit of good in him.. even just a smidge but does he?? 

Read Darling Dark to find out 

At times I did find some of the more intense scenes uncomfortable to read but that is just because it isn’t usually the genre I go for but I found myself getting lost in the story and Duvessa’s Journey and before I knew it 2 hours had passed and I had finished book one in the series.

Even though this is not what I normally read and at times i did find it a bit hard to read I have to give Darling Dark a 5 out of 5. Natalie Bennett is such a talented author and she definitely knows how to keep you glued to your seat.









If you are a regular reader you will know that I love me a good book. When I came across In Bonds of The Earth I couldn’t wait to be involved in the Blog Tour and to be able to do an interview with the author was just an honour.  I will eventually change up the format of my interviews going forward but here is my interview with the very interesting Janine Ashbless.


Hi Janine

Thank you so much for doing this Interview with me. I am looking forward to reading your book and doing the Tour.

  1. The best thing about these kinds of interviews is getting to know the author. So the first few questions are just “getting to know you?”

It’s great to be here – fire away!

  1. Where were you born?

I was born in – wait for it – a town called Mold in Wales, UK.  Sounds hygienic, doesn’t it? My parents are English btw, so I don’t know if I count as Welsh or not.

  1. How many siblings do you have?

I have a younger brother and sister. I’m the bossy oldest one, lol.

  1. Did you go to college/University?

Yes, I have a degree in Philosophy. Later I also went to agricultural college and earned a National Diploma in Forestry. Weird combination, I know!

  1. Where do you live now?

I live in North Yorkshire, England. It’s a great place!

  1. Do you have any children?

No. I never wanted children.

  1. If so how old. If you don’t mind sharing their names and ages that would be lovely. I understand if you don’t


  1. What is your biggest fear?

I’m scared something awful will happen to my dogs – like them falling out of the car onto the highway – and I won’t be able to stop it.

  1. What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments so far in your career and in your life?

I’ve had three collections of short stories and eight novels published in paperback, as well as lots of shorts. I’ve had a story picked for one of the Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year collections.

In my life? I’ve fulfilled my dream and bought a small wood! I’ve brushed off my chainsaw skills and I am loving working out there on odd days.

Now on to the bookish questions..

  1. What age did you start to write?

Twenty-one. I got my first job after Uni and fell in with new friends who were keen story-writers and would read them out to each other, so I started with a ghostly Hallowe’en tale.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

When I was a child.

  1. What urged you to pursue writing as a career?

I went through a period of serious depression when I was in my twenties, quit my computing job and went back to college, but writing was the only available career path that didn’t make me miserable.

  1. Did you do any research about what genre was popular before you started writing?

No, I wrote what was seething about in my head – which was supernatural erotica.

  1. What is your favourite Genre to read?

Actually, I mostly read non-fiction travel books and history. I love ghost stories though!

  1. What is your favourite Genre to write?

Erotica. I do like writing an emotional dimension to my erotica, but romance without sex is like eggs without salt 😉

  1. The age old question…do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?

Not real block, but I can get stuck on the logistics of a scene or how the dialogue should go. So I jump in the shower! The scenes come to me as I stand beneath the water J

  1. What inspires you to write? Do you have to take notes?

Places inspire me – places with historical interest or old stories and legends attached to them. I have a visual imagination so setting so incredibly important to me.

  1. I always ask this of authors and I am quite surprised at the response I get .. I am not a writer but when I get an idea of something to write.. or draw I have to do it there and then even if it is just a draft ( do I sound crazy?) Do you ever feel like that?

I get what you mean, but I cruelly keep my scenes seething away inside my head, working them out mentally until I’m ready to write them down.

  1. Finally… What is next for Janine Ashbless??

I’m writing The Prison of the Angels, which is the sequel to In Bonds of the Earth and the final part of The Book of the Watchers trilogy. And then I have an anthology to edit later in the year.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!




This is just a teaser for the blog tour coming on 17th March. Keep your eyes peeled for my post on Friday that will have an excerpt of the amazing book In Bonds of The Earth as well as my review 🙂  EXCITING TIMES!