Sunday Wrap-Up – October

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.

Life Last Week

We began the week on the south coast, Newhaven to be exact, which is somewhere between Brighton and Eastbourne. It’s a part of the UK we have never explored before but one we have definite plans to return to in warmer weather! (first two photos)

Seaford is a sleepy town just a little further along the coast (next two photos) and a few miles east of that is Beachy Head – Britain’s tallest cliff at 531m above sea level. You can get an idea of that height from the bottom photo – that is a full size lighthouse down there! I had to kneel on the ground to get close enough to take the photo. I did consider laying down to get closer to the edge but there are regular rock falls from this stretch of coastline due to the fact the cliffs are made of chalk, which is constantly eroded by the sea.

Books Read in October

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Currently Reading

Karma is not a!

As an ancient soul working to enhance human empathy Karma has served for millennia.
When her work turns sloppy and leaves her with a bad reputation, the community of ancient souls makes a demand of her. She must return to earth and clean up the mess she made for seventeen-year-old Emma White.

For Karma it’s a rush to be back in a physical body, and life as a junior in high school shouldn’t be a problem for someone who has guided humans for thousands of years. But much has happened since Karma last walked the earth in Ancient Greece. Facing teachers, bullies, parents, and Emma’s crush, Ty, gets complicated when Karma doesn’t have her usual powers and can’t reveal that she’s a soul of infinite wisdom. And by the way, how does one answer a text message?

Ancient Souls is a breathtaking story that is a must-read for everyone who remembers what it was like to be a teenager. It’s witty, wise, and has a fast pace that will make you turn pages all night long.

Looking forward to…

…our next short break away – even though we haven’t booked anywhere yet!

…Bonfire Night

…an extra hour in bed today as the clocks go back.

Blogs Visited

Monday – Lori at Fifty-Two on how she organises her blogging
Tuesday – Join One Book More and their Last 10 Books Tag
Wednesday – Nastassja at One Thousand And One Books shares what she’s reading
Thursday – Read a book review by Cheri at All In Good Time
Friday – Bex shares her views on what makes a good character over at Bex The Bibliophile

On The Blog This Week

TuesdayWhat’s your super power? with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of Rescuing Red by Leann Ryans and VT Bonds⭐⭐
ThursdayTeddy’s Boys by E.J. Frost ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
FridayHalloween Themed Reading with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
SaturdayCharacter preferences with Let’s Talk Bookish

2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 129 (126) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 29 (29)
DNF’s – 17 (16)


Let’s Talk Bookish – Character Love

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



Prompts: Are there any physical qualities you look for in a character? What personalities tend to draw you to characters? Are there any archetypes you prefer, are you always falling for the villain? What makes you like characters?

Are there any physical qualities you look for in a character? I think we’ve all seen either the memes or discussions talking about how clearly we picture a character. Most people seem to “see” everything except a clearly detailed face, though some readers have the equivalent of a movie playing in their heads. I, however, have the vaguest, blurriest, briefest, flashes of tiny details. So I might picture the characters hair, or could imagine (in a way that seems to be somewhere between a Van Gough and a Picasso painting) eyes, or clothing, or an item. I am able to produce some sort of mental image, so do not have aphantasia, but these images are so weak and vague that I don’t feel all that far off either!

So to cut a long story short (ha!) I tend to have one “male” image and one “female” image and it doesn’t matter how the author describes them, I always see a heroine with dark hair and a hero with dirty blonde hair.

What personalities tend to draw you to characters? Are there any archetypes you prefer, are you always falling for the villain? So for me personality is everything. I love my heroines to be determined, get-on-and-do-it types. Within this they can be kick-ass or bumbling along narrowly avoiding catastrophe, but I don’t care for high maintenance heroines. I do love me a good anti-hero, one who becomes a Nobel Demon for his heroine. However I also enjoy the stoic, moral alpha male, the one who might not always be perfect but who owns his mistakes. Generally I’m fine so long as the character isn’t a doormat or so inconsistent they cause whiplash.

What makes you like characters? This is a really tough one, I don’t know that I can list specifics but I do know that I have to believe in their decisions. I have to feel I would (possibly) have made the same choices and had similar reactions to a situation. Good writing and a well paced plot helps, as does humour and a good rapport between protagonists. Banter and snarky comments never hurt either.

So, what do you look for in a character?


Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~ Halloween Reading

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

Have you ever read a book on Halloween?

If so, what was the title?

submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

I’m hoping I’ve read this correctly and the meaning is a Halloween related/themed book. Why, yes, I have done so. The ones that spring immediately to mind are a series of books by a little known (but hugely talented) author called G.G. Andrew. The series is named after book #1, Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish, a set of well written contemporary romances with plenty of humour that I definitely do recommend to any romance lovers out there.

Book Review · PNR · Power Exchange · Reverse Harem

#BookReview #PNR #MagicalRealism // Teddy’s Boys by E.J. Frost

Teddy’s Boys 

Bad Boys of Bevington #1 

by E.J. Frost

Had the book not had EJ Frost’s name on it I would never have picked it up. I don’t usually care for NA, academy or bully romances and this one features all three of those tropes. However I do love this author’s writing, especially her ability to create multifaceted characters and portray credible emotions.

Whilst the romantic relationships feature too heavily for this to be considered UF, there is so much more depth and quality in the story than is found in the vast majority of PNR. The book is written entirely from Teddy (Theodora’s) point of view and there were times I would have liked to have heard Gabe and Charlie’s thoughts, just to allow me to connect with them that little bit more. However it’s always a balancing act with RH as too many voices can overwhelm the reader, resulting in a disconnection.

The are several different plot lines running through the book, which I will mention now ends on a mean cliff-hanger. We have Teddy’s attraction to all three guys, her troubles with her family, the murder of a student and Darwin’s interferences/manipulations in Gabe and Teddy’s lives. Speaking of Darwin, he very clearly has huge issues and, even though he doesn’t seemingly deserve it, I do feel quite sorry for him. I guess it’s because so often there is the mean guy who turns out to be very misunderstood and quite a sweetheart underneath it all. I’m hoping there is a good and genuine reason behind all his alphaholery because boy does he need a good slapping if there isn’t!

In Summary –
If I could have added a little extra something to the story it would have been a little more detail about the existence of magic, did everyone have it and if not how it fitted into the “non-magical” world.

This book was dead good, the absolute dog’s bollocks and it’s left me right gagging for the next one. 😉

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Alternate Reality/ Reverse Harem/ Romantic Suspense


Three boys. Two murders. One terrible choice.

Twelve years ago, my mother climbed into a limo with a fae stranger and left without looking back. Seven years ago, my magic came in, marking me as an Earth-witch, the Element most feared by other mages. One month ago, my father exiled me to college in another country. I may be a stranger in a strange land, but no one will keep me down.

Charlie, Gabe, and Darwin. Three boys who are more than my match. My best friend. My new love. My worst enemy. Are they also killers?

When a fellow student is murdered, the finger of suspicion points at my boys. Can I prove their innocence? Or will I be their next victim? Meet the Bad Boys of Bevington …

Publisher’s Note: Teddy’s Boys is a college-aged, MMFM, reverse harem romance. Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger. This book contains elements of power-exchange and is intended for mature readers only.

Book Review · Omegaverse · Science Fiction/Dystopian

#BookReview #Sci-Fi // Rescuing Red by Leann Ryans and V.T. Bonds

Rescuing Red
Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions #1
by Leann Ryans & V.T. Bonds 

At 65% and I’ve totally stalled with this book. It isn’t terrible in the same way that boiled potatoes aren’t but just like those non-descript and rather bland starchy items it just didn’t have enough flavour to hold my interest.

I found the heroine to be rather a drip, full of rash decisions and impulsive choices. In her defence she is very young and the way she was written reflected those childhood fairytale heroines. However I moved on from those stories for a reason – I’m no longer that little girl but am an adult woman.

The hero was much more to my taste, though I’ve just had to look up what his name was, which shows how forgettable the whole reading experience was. He’s called Blaide by the way – I’m surprised I did forget that because I felt the name didn’t suit him and was far to reminiscent of watching UK Gladiator’s back in the 1990’s.

For me this was pleasant but unmemorable, it just didn’t have the grit, depth or emotional impact I look for in a story. It was, for me, words on a page rather than a tale that drew me in and held me captivated.

Rating: 2 out of 5.



Once Upon a Time…
In a land where grandmothers live planets away instead of on the other side of the woods, Liz finds herself in trouble.
Hindsight is twenty-twenty, but she’d risk it all again to help her Nana.
When danger catches her scent, will her knight in… fur and fury… rescue her from the beasts?
And who’s going to save Red from the Wolf?

From two International Bestselling authors comes an exciting blend of traditional tales with the wonders of science fiction, taking the stories you love and twisting them to fit brand new worlds. Although darkness lurks within the pages of our Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions, each one boasts a Happily Ever After for our hero and his mate. These steamy romances feature the ABO dynamic, thrilling action, and intense situations.

Are you ready to find your next alien addiction?