Dangerous Games ~ Danielle Steel : Book Review // My first Danielle Steel novel!

Summary:

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support from Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.

As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

Review:

Rating: 4/5 stars

I have heard A LOT about Danielle Steel novels, and they keep popping up on my Goodreads Recommendations. However, this was my first time reading one, and I was pretty excited.

The book started off in a both slow as well gripping manner. The narrative was smooth, hence I had to keep reading, however, it took a long time to reach the main incidents in the story. But I guess the character backgrounds were also necessary, hence the delay.

The main plotline was quite interesting and very relevant to current real-life incidents. I won’t say the portrayal of the whole world was very realistic all the time though, and if you forget this is fiction, you might have problems with it. But I read it with the intention of enjoying the book, and so it worked well for me.

My favourite part was how this story seems to be about Alix Phillips, a journalist slash television correspondent, who “dodges bullets”for her career, but ends up being two individuals — Alix and Olympia. They are both very different women, and the character development shown here is remarkable. Olympia, a grieving widow, stuck in a limbo since her husband’s death, isn’t a likable character in the beginning, but Danielle Steel slowly transforms her, infusing strength into her in every page. Alix, a fierce and independent woman, also struggles with her own issues throughout the book.

The language used is really simple but it makes the book an easy read, even for someone like me who does not understand much about politics at all. The romance is sort of half hearted, but it’s good for people who don’t want a mushy read. I also love how there are some parts where the author adds gentle irony to criticise issues, it makes the book funny as well.

The ending was really strange and abrupt, and leaves a scope for a sequel, but I am not sure about that.

Overall an enjoyable read, perfect for lazy weekends, with just the right amount thrill, intrigue, depth and an added sprinkle of romance.

~ Sreepurna.

COVER REVEAL : Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel (RELEASING TODAY!)

PanMacmillan India is releasing Dangerous Games today!

Danielle Steel is the biggest selling living fiction author in the world

Global sales approaching 1 billion copies

80 titles across 69 countries in 45 languages

No. 1 International bestseller in all formats

 Check out the beautiful cover of her latest book:

Link for Indians interested in buying the book:

https://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/1509860665/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Summary:

Dangerous Games is a gripping story of family, ambition and power by bestselling phenomenon, Danielle Steel. 
Alix Phillips is a successful TV news journalist always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story. 
After great loss in her early life, Alix struggles to let anyone get too close. The only people she has allowed to get close to her are her mother, Isabelle – their bond is so strong that it crosses oceans – and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Faye. And Ben, her friend and cameraman. Neither of them fears death – it’s love that is more terrifying. 
When Alix’s boss suspects a major political scandal in the White House involving the Vice-President, he sends Alix to uncover the truth. This story could blow the corridors of power wide open and this time Alix is feeling the heat. But then she receives some devastating news which helps her to put her life in perspective and find out what is truly important to her. 
For someone who was never scared, Alix now realizes that the time has come to play some very Dangerous Games.
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~Sreepurna

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P.S: I am so sick I can’t keep my eyes open for too long, so sorry for any typos.

Lose Me – M.C. Frank : Review // Did you just say “Darcy, who?” 

Summary:

LOSE ME. by M. C. Frank is a YA/NA novel about acting, kissing, dying and redemption.

Weston Spencer is an English actor, the new social media darling. Just fresh from finishing his hit TV show, THE WATER WARS, the one that made girls all over the planet scream for a glimpse of his dirty-blond hair and emerald eyes, he wants to turn to more serious projects. This fall he is filming FIRST SENTENCES, a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation, in the picturesque Greek island of Corfu. When not filming, he’s planning to spend his free time with his best friend, Ollie, on his yacht, the L&H. But on the day before shooting starts, a girl almost drowns right in front of his eyes. 

Her name is Ari Demos and she’s a half Greek, kick-ass stunt girl, with a dark secret no one knows -she’s even trying to deny it herself.

Wes dismisses her as too unimportant when he first meets her, but…. but. Turns out she isn’t unimportant. In fact, quite the opposite.

Review:

Rating: 4.5 stars

This book hit me like a truck. My poor heart is still healing from the after-effects. 

First of all, let me tell you a little spoiler-free background of the characters. Wes Spencer is the new love of my life. Umm, he reads. Yes people, our hero READS. You need anything else? No? I figured. As for Ari Demos, half-Greek stunt girl, in the beginning of the book, I thought I wouldn’t relate to her at all. But I had to change my mind later. I usually don’t spend much time thinking about side characters, but Ollie (Weston’s best friend) was another character I absolutely adored. Katia, Ari’s best friend, had a small part in the book, but I have eerie similarities with that character.

M. C Frank’s writing style. Never in my life will I stop admiring it, or grow tired of appreciating it. Even in such an intense book, there were some really funny or sarcastic parts in the narrative, which made the book all the more enjoyable. I loved that there were parts in the story which were told through text messages, journal entries, news articles and Tumblr posts. It added the contemporary feel to the story. There were so many book references, and not only Pride and Prejudice ones. 

There were parts where I felt like the story was going down a predictable road, but ultimately it didn’t. There were so many twists I did not expect. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. That doesn’t mean it did not shatter my heart. All I can say without giving away anything, is that all the emotions in the book were so very realistically portrayed. I did not expect the story to affect me and teach me as much as it did. It brought back memories I don’t like to remember but, well, quoting the book, “I wouldn’t change anything. Not even the pain”. 🙈

The setting for most part of the story is Corfu, and that added in a plus factor for me, because I have always been curious about this island ever since I read My Family And Other Animals. *sheepish smile* 

All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a quality YA contemporary romance. I am completely in love with the story, and I hope you all love it as much as I did!

Preorder it on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MZD6PIO/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b01mzd6pio
~ Sreepurna.
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No Plain Rebel- M.C. Frank: Review //Goes straight to my Top 5 reads of 2016


No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #2)

M.C. Frank

Summary:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. 

A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. 

A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. 

The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. 

The year is 2525. 


Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. 

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. 

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. 

In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. 

Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head. 

Because she’s no longer there. 

The Stadium is looming in the distance. 

It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.


Review:
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

This book is magic.

“I hate you back, he tries to say, only his lungs can’t draw in enough air.” 

Things I liked about this book:

Everything. I repeat, EVERYTHING.

Writing reviews is sometimes really frustrating. I just can’t explain how sincere I am about my feelings for this book. It’s so easy not to trust a review. And so difficult to make people believe I mean every word from the bottom of my heart.

M.C. Frank is amazingly talented. I have read her book Ruined before this (https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/ruined-by-m-c-frank-review-spoiler-free/), it’s a historical romance which I LOVED. I can’t believe the same person can write a dystopian fiction with such ease and make it COMPLETELY different and unique. As I mentioned in my review of book 1 of this series (https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/no-ordinary-star-part-1-m-c-frank-book-review-this-will-be-short-because-i-need-to-read-the-next-part-now/), I am in awe.

When M.C. Frank describes the freezing cold breeze of the North Pole, you literally shiver. No joke. When she writes of Astra describing Felix holding her, I kid you not, it felt like someone lit a warm cosy fire near my soul.

I stayed up till 2.00 a.m. last night, reading No Plain Rebel and came to the conclusion that it is one of my favorite dystopian novels. I have read many books of this genre, in fact I started finding them quite boring and similar. But ohmygod this series is so good I can literally cry.

I am so emotionally vested in Astra and Felix’s lives, that my heart is in the author’s hands now. I don’t have any idea what can happen in the third book of the series but I am waiting with bated breath to find out.

Things I didn’t like about the book: 

This probably makes me a bad reviewer, but I couldn’t find a single flaw in this book.If you don’t believe me, read the book and show me ONE flaw.

Also:

This is not a sad book per se. And I don’t usually cry after reading books (I did not cry after TFIOS or Nicholas Sparks books). Then why did I tear up while reading No Plain Rebel?

I guess you never know WHAT could be a trigger for someone. You could find something cute, while I could cry buckets over the same story.

Also (this is the last one):

Please read this book. I am not asking as a reviewer. I am asking as a fellow book lover. If you want to read a solid good book which teaches you things and yet want to enjoy it, read this book.

Amazon purchase links: 

No Ordinary Star (Part 1):  https://www.amazon.com/No-Ordinary-Star-M-C-Frank/dp/1518681093

No Plain Rebel (Part 2): https://www.amazon.com/No-Plain-Rebel-Ordinary-Star/dp/1519171994

~Sripurna ❤

ARC Review: Thief Of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H.Cosway

Summary

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

REVIEW:


Rating
: 3.5 stars


Thank you Wordsmith Publicity for providing me with the ARC for the review tour.

Things I liked about the book:

• Stu. As usual L.H.Cosway created yet another drool-worthy amaaaazing hero I love 💕

 • Trevor Cross. I want book 6, just to know his story!!!! 

• Heists are always golden.

• I loved the character development for both the protagonists.

• Complicated family matters handled oh-so-well.

• Cosway NEVER writes a cliche story 

Things I didn’t like about the book:

It fell short of the other books in the series. It’s more casual, and less feels.I know this isn’t reason enough, but yeah, I just wanted more from Thief Of Hearts.

Overall

This is still one of favorite series’ so GO AHEAD AND READ IT ALREADY 💞

Read my reviews of the previous books in this series: 

https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/hearts-series-by-l-h-cosway/

Purchase the book on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Thief-Hearts-L-H-Cosway-ebook/dp/B01LZDDVFH

~ Sripurna

Thief Of Hearts Official Teaser!!!!

I am soooo hyped about this book! I love L.H. Cosway’s writing ❤❤

Have a sneak peek at Thief Of Hearts:

Title: Thief of Hearts

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Goodreads

Preorder links:

iBooks: http://apple.co/2cfSzT4

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2c1bkMz

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ccqBGY

Nook: http://bit.ly/2c5V5rq

Amazon link to come!

Book Description:

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.


Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.

 About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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@LHCosway @Wordsmithpublicity

Who else is excited?!

Shabby Chic Trilogy, Kirsten Fullmer : Review

Book 1 :Shabby Chic At Heart

Tara has always been too engrossed in her work – refurbishing the historical homes in Smithville. She keeps a tight rein on her jobs and her emotions buried, but she’s loosing control of both since that ridiculous city boy investor showed up. 

New in town, Justin is confident that his ultra modern resorts will bring Smithville into the twenty-first century. If only the locals-yokels and their ringleader, the gorgeous and peculiar Tara, would stop interfering. 

With her quirky and protective hometown behind her, will Tara confront Justin and the town’s long buried secrets to take on the financial and emotional risk of a lifetime?

Review

4 stars 

For fans of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber, this series is perfect.

Tara is such an amazing protagonist. My inner feminist kept applauding her for her strong beliefs, independence and lack of helpless-heroine syndrome inspite of her circumstances.

Justin was just as perfect for Tara. He is your typical alpha male hero, but without a controlling douchebag. His thought process is often hilarious, just like his reactions to certain “features” of Smithville.

I LOVE that series has third person POV, but still shows the two sides of the story. It’s far more interesting that way, and gives a more complete sort of perspective.

Overall; if you are a fan of small town romance novels, this one is a perfect start.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Also, do check out the cover of the paperback edition. It’s gorgeous.
Book 2: Shabby Chic After All

Julia lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she’s moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian house. Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small town, including her interest in the deliveryman. 

Resolved to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery business and supporting his adopted family. So why can’t he get that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind? 

Will the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into seclusion?
 Review 

3 stars

Chad, Chad, Chad. The story was beautiful; but I swear he was all I noticed throughout the book. 😄

This book had just the best characters. I loved Bobby, Marge, and LOVED reading more about Tara and Justin.

What I didn’t like though was the predictability (because one book with predictability is okay, but the second book too?).

But like I said before, readers who have read and loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River, or Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, you’ll know that such is formula of romance series’, and the homely atmosphere and amazing characters will make it all worth a read.

Buy the book on Amazon here

Book 3: Shabby Chic Forever

Lizzie gave up her stressful job in Boston to embrace her love of all things country in Smithville PA. Her farm, a new job at the spa, and her pet alpacas are a dream come true, if only her meddling, matchmaking, socialite mother would back off. 

Elliot, a successful architect from Washington, DC, designed the new spa, but he certainly hadn’t envisioned the exotic bohemian style manager or her intriguing, demanding mother. Small town antics and his interest in Lizzie extend his visit to Smithville, but will the allure of country life draw him in for good? 

Once again, Smithville’s folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzie and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas and each other, head on.

Review

4 stars

This finale to the Shabby Chic Trilogy was just as cute and sweet as the first two books. In fact, I really want more Smithville stories, so a spin off series would be ❤

In this last installment of Shabby Chic, Elliott stole my heary, and so did the Smithville folks. The appearance of the couples from the earlier books added to the “family” feeling.

The only disappointment her, to me, was Lizzie. She had all the wrong reasons for her decisions. But Elliot’s charm made up for everything 😂

Shabby Chic Forever is one last proof in the trilogy of how Kirsten Fullmer perfects the art of pulling you into a fictional world where you feel completely at home, even if its miles apart from where you really exist.

To buy click here.

Anyhow, if you love reading small-town romances, adore alpha heroes with caring sides, and want a heroine who isn’t backboneless, you MUST read this series.

~Sripurna.