#BookReview #Dyspopian #Romance // The Champion by Elin Peer

The Champion
(Men of the North #15)
by Elin Peer

Set in a far off post-apocalyptic, dystopian future, The Champion is the last book in the Men of the North series. This final quintet of books, featuring the children of the original five couples, has been steadily building towards Victor and Freya’s story. I almost didn’t want to read this, in case I had built my expectations too high but I should have known to trust that Elin Peer would not let us down.



Freya has been an immensely likeable character throughout the previous four books, one I already liked and admired. However we discover many hidden facets to this strong, determined yet gentle and caring woman. I was hugely and very pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked Victor, seeing through his eyes, hearing how is mind worked, allowed me to understand just how much he was a product of his environment and upbringing. Both protagonists underwent huge growth in their character arcs resulting in a very believable HEA.



To the outside world Freya and Victor struggle to get along, more inclined to argue and bicker than to be cordial to one another. However the simmering undercurrents of sexual attraction have always been obvious to the reader. The trouble is Freya grew up in a family where love and commitment is everything, whilst Victor has been conditioned since birth to eschew romantic love and emotional attachments. With such opposite views on love and marriage the author set up some difficult barriers to overcome. The plot progressed in a believable and engaging way, some ground was gained easily, whilst other victories were very hard won.



Ms Peer has a very smooth and easy to read writing voice, her prose is engaging and flows well. Written in first person, and from both MC’s viewpoint, we can truly get to know and understand both protagonists. I soon found myself “within” the story, totally absorbed by it and experience things alongside Victor and Freya. The pacing was excellent and I soon found myself not wanting to put the book down.



The author has created an amazing world and a beautiful love story, both of which carry messages of tolerance, acceptance, equality and respect. The three nations of this finely crafted future Earth all have strengths in their cultures, but also exhibit great flaws. It is how they find the middle ground, how the resolve conflict that makes these stories so fascinating and enjoyable to read.



The ending to the story was really good and the epilogue was heartbreakingly beautiful. It was a necessary move, executed well, leaving both a sense of joy and hope to tempter the sadness.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dystopian Romance


Age 15+, Contains some sex scene

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57980101-the-champion


Synopsis
What is stronger, emotion or intellect?

As the biggest genius in France, I’ve been the hope of my nation since I was a child. I’m cherished and adored by all and get a free pick of beautiful women whenever I want. It should be enough to make any man happy, so why do I feel so lost?

It’s a red flag to Victor when the only women to get his brief interest are those who look like Freya Aurelius. When did he develop a fetish for the most frustrating and unattainable woman in the world?
Is his plan to work closely with Freya for the next five weeks a matter of masochism or the final proof that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity?


The 15th and last instalment of Elin Peer’s best-selling series, The Men of the North, has fans wishing they could read slower to devour the delicious dialogue between two brilliant minds from different countries with opposing values.

REVIEW – Dystopian Futuristic Romance // The Heir by Elin Peer

The Heir
(Men of the North #14)
by Elin Peer

The thing I most appreciated about The Heir was that this is enemies-to-lovers romance didn’t have any unnecessary, or forced, angst. What it did have was natural conflict, plenty of passion and an engaging plot. The chemistry between Thor and Linea was scorching, and I loved how they fought their feelings, convinced they shared a mutual dislike of one another.


These protagonists were well rounded, believable and easy to connect with and I soon found myself invested in their emerging relationship and feelings for one another. The dynamics of their upbringing gave the story extra depth and meaning. Whilst both have a Motlander mother and N’man father (I loved the NoMo’s moniker) each has been raised in a very different culture. However they still had plenty of common ground, and more similarities than even they perhaps realised.


I would have preferred it had the relationship timeline been a little longer, or we had seen more of them thinking about (obsessing over?) one another in the period between the beach encounter and the trip to France. Whilst I wouldn’t call it insta-love, things did feel a smidgen rushed. However the setting of the International Summit restricted the time period available, so I understand why the author made the choices she did.


Information about previous couples, and the opportunity to catch up with them, was cleverly woven into the story. There was also careful laying of groundwork for the final, and much anticipated, book featuring Freya and Victor.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Science Fiction Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56947808-the-heir


Synopsis
The strongest crush can turn into the deepest resentment.

As a young girl, I had a massive crush on Thor Aurelius, the future ruler of the Northlands. That crush died nine years ago when he ridiculed and humiliated me to my very core. Now I resent his arrogant personality and avoid him at all costs.

When Thor disappears to get away from the intense pressure of being the heir to the Northlands, his father asks Linea to use her tracking skills and deliver an ultimatum to his heir.

Linea knows Thor will be furious and blame her as the messenger. She’ll have to face him anyway and prove to herself that she’s no longer a young, infatuated girl, but a strong and unapologetic woman who owns the quirkiness he once ridiculed her for. Problem is that the last time she saw the large and angry Nman, Thor threatened to spank her if she came back. He wouldn’t though… or would he?

// REVIEW \\ The Outcast by Elin Peer

The Outcast
(Men Of The North #13)
by Elin Peer

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“That’s the thing about culture, isn’t it?
You think that the way you grow up is normal until you meet another culture with another normal that’s completely different from yours.
In the ideal world you could pick and choose from each culture.”

Banni, The Outcast

The Outcast proved to be a thoroughly entertaining read but one that also challenged me. Not in a bad way, it was a book that was incredibly easy to read, great fun at times and sadly shocking at others. A slow-burn romance, though with a strong examination of sexuality and all that entails, this story definitely held my attention.


The above quote sums up the core theme of this book, that our beliefs are not the beliefs of all, but if we can respect and learn from those other beliefs we can create a better future for us all. You can read this book on so many levels, so, so many different levels. From a simple boy meets girl love story, to a tale of cultural differences and compromise, right through to analogies of our own world, it’s cultures and politics. Embracing and respecting our differences -even accepting sometimes that our ways are not the best – allows us all to grow and mature into the best people we can be. Like the characters in these books, we won’t always be perfect and things won’t always be easy, but it is still something we should endeavour towards and strive for. Elin Peer is incredibly talented in her ability to convey these messages and themes within the pages of her books, whilst still producing a wonderful, evocative and compelling love story.

Never had I connected with a female the way I did with Sparrow. She laughed at my jokes and always made me feel appreciated and cared for.
She had told me that she was in love with me. No one in the world had ever spoken those words to me.
I regretted that the indoctrination from my culture had prevented me from admitting to myself and Sparrow what was so obvious to me in that moment; my feelings were as strong as hers.
The sad expression on her face last night would haunt me until the day I died.

Sparrow and Banni are both quite gentle, softly spoken individuals, whilst also being strong and determined characters. Cultural differences aside, they both seemed to hold similar values and morals. Those few differences did lead to some angst, but the author threw a very dramatic and dark plot twist into the book to add extra depth and excitement. Aubri’s actions, as this incident drew to an end, were morally and emotionally very challenging to me. I felt very “Motlander” in my response that here was someone who needed help and support, not judgement and condemnation. At the same time I could theoretically understand her decision but it still pained my heart that it was seen as the right path for her to take.


This was a busy read, with lots of threads being woven and paths being laid, all of which will no doubt build in the next book and reach an amazing crescendo in the final book of this series. I can’t wait to see where the author takes us next.

Tears formed in her large, dark, expressive eyes.
“You don’t get it, do you?”
“What?”
“Love isn’t about intelligence or beauty. It’s about how you feel in here.” She pushed her hand against my chest. “I feel safe with you and whenever you’re around I get butterflies in my stomach. I’m fascinated with your stories and I find your slight accent arousing. I’ve fantasized and obsessed over you since August, Banni.”
I opened my mouth and closed it again. “Don’t say that.”
“That I’m in love with you?” There was no fear in her eyes, just sadness.
“Yes don’t say it.”
Her hand fell from my chest and she moved back a little. “I won’t be made to feel ashamed of my love for you.

It’s the most precious gift I can give.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56319164-the-outcast

Genre – Dystopian Romance

The best part about being an outcast is that rejection stopped bothering me a long time ago. Everyone in my culture knows emotions are dangerous. In Old Europe we learn how to suppress romantic feelings and follow the rules of no commitment. Now that I’m working in the Northlands, I’m preparing Nmen for a life in France, teaching them how to flirt, have sex, and move on. The part that bothers me is watching the men practice their flirting skills on my fellow instructor, Sparrow.
Why do I feel like the universe is taunting me by putting Sparrow in my path? Explaining to the Nmen that jealousy is useless and stupid makes me feel like a hypocrite because seeing them come on to her makes me a little crazy myself. Not that I would ever show her or admit it, of course.

Cultures are clashing and emotional control is slipping in The Outcast, the thirteenth book in Elin Peer’s addictive dystopian romance series, Men of the North.

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// REVIEW \\ The Explorer by Elin Peer

The Explorer
(Men Of The North #12)
by Elin Peer

Whilst The Explorer is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of love, it is also so much more. There is adventure, political intrigue, cultural exchange and lots of foreshadowing of exciting events that will unfold in future books.


However back to the main event, which is Aubri and Indiana’s story. Once Aubri got over her crushing self-doubt, their path to love was fairly smooth and uneventful. The same cannot be said of the rest of their life, which is where a lot of the interest and excitement is found in this book. And a welcome change it was, as a longer series like this could otherwise become repetitive. That said I still very much enjoyed the romance aspect, which was a well written and totally believable friends-to-lovers tale.


I was quite surprised when I got to the end of this for two reasons. Firstly it had flown and secondly, whilst the love aspect of their story was complete I felt that Aubri, at least, had more to tell us. I’m guessing (hoping?) that we will see her challenge the oppression she experienced in future books. There also felt like there were a few loose ends, but again I believe that these will be dealt with in Banni and Freya’s stories. I can’t wait to see how these play out, and will definitely be waiting with baited breath for the next book!


Elin Peer is a master of writing about personal growth and how humans interact with one another. Through her finely crafted future Earth, and it’s three very different cultures, she opens our eyes to injustices within our societies and our own preconceptions/bias. As an outsider it’s easy to see how each culture has some wonderful traits, but also plenty of quirks, prejudices and intolerances. It can also be a bit of a jab on one’s conscience to try and be more tolerant and accepting, which really gives the story so much extra depth. Roll on the next book as I already want and need more! 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre- Dystopian SFR
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08N3J2Z16/

Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun.
Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior.
Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered for the dangerous work as an Explorer in Old Europe. It’s crazy and the mortality rate alone should’ve made her think twice. But that’s the trouble with my friend; she thinks she’s immortal. My hardest job right now is protecting her from herself.
Indiana’s and Aubri’s life-long friendship is put to the test as they find themselves settling into a new life far from home. Her unpredictable and impulsive behavior drives him mad. Without the watchful eyes of her family, Aubri finally feels free to test, try, and discover.
Influenced by the Europeans’ relaxed relationship with sex, Aubri develops a fascination that puts Indiana in a difficult bind. Will he break his promise to Aubri’s father and let her explore while she can? Or will he do what no one has managed to do before: make her see reason?

Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Explorer
by Elin Peer

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

Genre- SFR

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08N3J2Z16

Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun.
Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior.
Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered for the dangerous work as an Explorer in Old Europe. It’s crazy and the mortality rate alone should’ve made her think twice. But that’s the trouble with my friend; she thinks she’s immortal. My hardest job right now is protecting her from herself.

Indiana’s and Aubri’s life-long friendship is put to the test as they find themselves settling into a new life far from home. Her unpredictable and impulsive behavior drives him mad. Without the watchful eyes of her family, Aubri finally feels free to test, try, and discover.
Influenced by the Europeans’ relaxed relationship with sex, Aubri develops a fascination that puts Indiana in a difficult bind. Will he break his promise to Aubri’s father and let her explore while she can? Or will he do what no one has managed to do before: make her see reason?

Review //\\ The Artist by Elin Peer

The Artist
(Men of the North #11)
by Elin Peer

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I believed that the Men of the North series had come to a natural end with book 10, The Pacifist. I didn’t think we needed a “next generation” series of books because I’ve been disappointed by those done by other authors in the past. Well I stand corrected because I really, really DID need The Artist after all. So much so that I’m already desperately waiting for the next book in the series


I absolutely adored Mason and Belle’s story, in fact I adored Mason and Belle full stop. Both characters were immensely likeable and their path to forever was both dotted with landmines but also filled with hope and joy. The author has created another culture, with it’s own idiosyncrasies, to bring a fresh new feel to this wonderfully warm and familiar world. It was fascinating to observing the subtle cultural changes that have evolved with the younger generation and paralleled many of the shifts in society that happen under our very noses.



Whilst this is called book #11, the main players were small children in earlier books, and I do think this could be read stand alone. The experience is enhanced by having read at least the first 5 books, where we learn so much about the two nations and their beliefs. This is wonderful love story and a great series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Speculative Fiction/ Dystopian Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53607192-the-artist

For more than four hundred years, women have ruled the world, but things are finally shifting.
My father Magni always despised the Motherlands, and I’m no fan either, but I still go to the yearly summer gatherings that started when I was sixteen. The Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe each sends five future leaders. The Europeans are arrogant, the Motlanders are naïve, and neither of the groups seem to understand or accept that we Northlanders are born to lead.
This year, we postponed the gathering four months, and since we’re hosting here in the Northlands, our guests were going to discover our beautiful winters. It would have been fine, if not for the un-expected snowstorm and the Europeans leaving one of their women behind. Now, we Nmen are gearing up to find Belle. I’m furious and ready to show the two delegations why they should stick to calculus and meditation and leave us real men to run the world.
I’ve watched Belle grow up over these past ten years. She is as pure and sweet as her art, and even though I can never have her, the thought of her alone and scared in the woods makes me want to kill someone.
I’m going to save her life, even if it costs me my own!



The Artist is the eleventh installment in the Men of the North series. It continues a decade after book ten ended, offering the same fast paces storytelling that you’ve come to know from Elin Peer. Cultures clash and romance stirs, as the French Colony, the Motherlands, and the Northlands all battle for control and a new balance between men and women in the world.

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Review //\\ Maximum

Maximum (Cultivated #6) by Elin Peer

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Maximum is a story of personal growth, letting go of fear and love. Neither protagonist is perfect, in fact they both of issues that hold them back. However compromise, listening to one another and wanting to be a better person results in a unique and compelling love story. Maximum and Fleur are both likeable, down-to-earth characters – even though both had a far from normal upbringing. I adored not only them but also their story.


This book doesn’t follow the usual cliche of meet, get together, break up and reconcile. Instead we see a couple work through their issues together. Observe how persistence and respect are used to form a connection and watch as they fall in love. Nothing in life is perfect but it is how we deal with those bumps in the road that can make or break a relationship. Fleur and Maximum might not get it right first time, but they do persevere and endeavour to be better.


I loved the epilogue, who knows if it will pave the way for stories in the future. It was also great to “bump into” some very old friends too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Maximum (Cultivated #6) by Elin Peer

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54322138-maximum

What if your soulmate gave up on love before even meeting you?
I’ve lived my life trying to undo the evil my father caused in this world. With every penny I donate, and every orphan I help, I feel lighter, but it never lasts long. Always on the move, I’m restless and feeling more lost than I allow people to see.
That is, until I met Fleur. She is as grounded as Mother Earth and fearless around wild animals, but is she brave enough to take another chance on love? And if so, would she ever fall for someone as flawed and troubled as me?

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Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5 is a weekly meme hosted by Devouring Books, where each Saturday you share your Top 5 books on a given theme. The idea is to tag 5 other blogs, but I don’t seem to have much luck with tagging people from WordPress, so if you’re interested in writing your own post then consider yourself tagged!

Kate Canterbary was one of the many authors I discovered soon after I got my first e-reader. She’s one of the few who I still read to this day, a fact made even more impressive by the fact that “just” contemporary romance doesn’t feature very high on my TBR list these days.
Preservation was the final book of a wonderfully written, very salty, incredibly steamy and full of feels series based around the Walsh family. It is the story of the youngest brother, Riley, and his special someone. To truly appreciate all that is Riley, from his man-bun to his eclectic dress sense (including a propensity to not do up his flies), his love of all things super-hero and his gift of giving people nicknames, you really need to read the whole series. There was so much hype, so much expectation for his story, that I was worried it would prove to be a disappointing let down. It wasn’t, in fact it was the cherry and icing on a delicious, not-to-be-bested cake of delightful love stories.

Title – Preservation (The Walshes #7)
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31084536-preservation

Two lonely hearts.
Just once, she’d like to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of mutual benefit.

Two months, four dates.
Five, if things go well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more than six dates.
Only the appearance of a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their time together. There will be none of those benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
After waking up in bed together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than exposing their fake relationship: letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together. 

Cari Silverwood writes in a genre all of her own. Her men range from flat out bad through to good but with devious tendencies. Her heroines are strong and smart but with a craving to submit to the delicious torment their heroes devise. Dry wit and humour are always part of the mix, along with sound world building and entertaining plots.
Blade is the story of two people travelling through space an a glorious quest, accompanied by a sentient sword who likes to chat, and can be read as a stand alone.

Title – Blade (Dark Monster Fantasy #3)
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – Dark Sci-Fi Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41825438-blade

When irresistible force meets irresistible girl more than sparks will fly – fur, spiky bits, and possibly tentacles.
Ledderik is a slightly homicidal cyborg and is ready to lose himself in a virtual world for the rest of his tomorrows, until he saves Thorn from death and gets sucked into the wake of her cataclysmic siren attraction.
Maybe life can be fun?
Besides, she has such a cute … tail.
One small problem, Led no longer owns his body.
Thorn has also lost everything in one day. Cross out being a starship captain or her own species, or having friends. Instead she’s been cursed with being a hurricane force sexual magnet.
She has questions.

Why is she a biohazard on most reputable planets and how can she avoid triggering an extinction event and killing every male nearby? The two of them cross the galaxy, with Led swapping from loaner body to loaner body.
He’s the one male who can resist her, and he’s upskilling.
Up against the wall? Upside down? With tentacles and DD drilling power? Led is good at what he does. Always.
Meet the hot ex-cyborg who no longer looks in the mirror, in case his latest loaner body is ugly. He has one priority – make sure the downstairs department is BIG.
Warning. This story may contain robots, cyborgs, dark naughtiness, and species that come equipped with extra wriggly bits.

If you visit here frequently, you’ll be aware that I may feature this author rather a lot. The 1000 Revolutions is one of my favourite series by her, it boths surprises and saddens me to know that it isn’t a good seller. Maybe it has too much romance for those more into sci-fi and isn’t steamy/explicit enough for the romance audience. For those of us who love both genres this is the perfect blend and truly deserves greater recognition to my mind.
Caleb Sheppard is full of bad choices, One is a malfunctioning AI, Fran can be trusted just about as far as you can throw her and far too many have a bone to pick with them.

Title – Betrayal (1000 Revolutions #1)
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre – Science Fiction Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35496899-betrayal

WARNING. Rated: R. Restricted. Contains space battles, killer AI, intergalactic ass-kicking. Read at own risk.
She is programmed to kill.
He’ll do anything to survive.

Ex-con Captain Caleb Shepperd believes being good is overrated. All he wants is to smuggle illegal cargo through the nine systems and live a prosperous (likely short) life on the wrong side of the law.
But there’s a problem with that plan. The priceless synthetic stowaway on his ship is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Torn between selling her and tossing her out the airlock, Shepperd fails to realize the synth is a killer, and he’s the one locked in her sights.
In a world where only one thousand synthetics were built, synthetic number One Thousand and One should not exist. She is no ordinary synth. Memories locked inside her code could bring Shepperd—and the entire nine systems—to its knees.
Captain Shepperd and the oppressive corporations are about to learn that you can’t hide from the sins of your past, especially when that past has orders to kill.

Elin Peer is a relationship coach, and that feeds into her romances, which avoid all the cliches and usual tropes of a contemporary romance. What I can rely on is reading a story where characters actually discuss their feelings and share concerns, though they are far from perfect. I also know that I will get a story filled with emotion and genuine feelings.

Title – Blue (Clashing Colors #4)
Author – Elin Peer
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33287651-blue

Am I the only one who purrs inside when I hear a deep male voice with a sexy Scottish accent?
Logan MacKay is a complicated man, scarred from a plane crash that left him gloomy and withdrawn. And yet, when we speak on the phone, the confident and flirtatious man he used to be, comes out to play. Of course, he has no idea that ‘Mary’, the stranger he flirts with on the phone, is me.

To him, I’m Faith. The too happy cheerleader who brings out his anxiety for beautiful women. It’s not that I want a relationship with him. I just want to help him past his ridiculous belief that all women find him unattractive because of his scars. Damaged people like Logan, are the whole reason I’m studying to be a psychologist. With my eternal optimism, I can fix Logan. I know I can.
If only he would stop scowling at me and say yes to my brilliant idea of taking me in as his roommate.
I’m broke and need a place to stay, and he needs help with the house chores. What could possibly go wrong?

Cassandra Faye is the paranormal/fantasy alter ego of Jennifer Bene. In Fae we get the same darkness that we have come to expect, but with magic, gods and intrigue. This story held me rapt from the beginning to the end, with a tough as nails heroine and a hero with unexpected warmth and reserve. From the world building, to the plot, pace and characterisation I loved every single moment.

Title – Fae (Daughters of Eltera #1)
Author – Cassandra Faye
Genre – Dark Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30341325-fae

Chosen. Cursed. Enslaved.
Fae just wants to live day to day. She doesn’t want to think about a future filled with another two thousand years of servitude. She doesn’t want to think about her past, or the way she failed the goddess she swore to serve forever. And she really doesn’t want to think about the men and women that suffer around her every day while she can’t protect them – no matter how hard she tries.
She’s definitely not ready when her entire world is turned upside down and the one person she would never choose to spend a minute with shows up. After millennia of suffering, is it even possible to trust someone? To let herself believe that good still exists?
Damned. Cursed. Corrupted.
Kiernan doesn’t know what he wants. After centuries of bloodshed, and war, and killing – he’s waking up, and if the things he dreams in his sleep were only nightmares that would be one thing, but they’re all real. The only light in his darkness is a girl inside a glass, and he can’t stop watching her. Her bravery fascinates him, inspires him. Her suffering is what he deserves.
Yet some part of him craves more, craves something good. But is there anything that can be done when gods have used you as pawns in their own war? Can good things come out of evil?

So that’s my top 5 – what books would you choose?

REVIEW //\\ Nathan



Nathan (Cultivated #4) by Elin Peer

Is it ok to be jealous of a character in a book? Because I may be a little jealous of Serena.


Nathan, our title character is just such an amazing guy. He’s alpha without being overwhelming, caring without being overbearing and sweet without being too soft. The fact that he was willing to “play” Serena in their first meeting in the book shows that he is fallible and not Mr Perfect, which only made him more relatable and human. Serena is equally likable and “real”, a victim of the media storm which surrounds them, but also not totally innocent of indulging in the publicity machine.


There are hidden depths to this story. Questions asked and situations created that on one level bring entertainment and enjoyment, but also designed to make you consider the impact of how your words and actions can have a deep impact on others. I loved how Elin Peer brought us a story about trust, not just of trusting the other person but of trusting yourself and your emotions. Trusting your heart and instincts.


This is so much more than just a romance, in fact so very different to your “typical” romance. Unlike most stories, the love, the connection, the declarations are the easy part – it’s life and circumstances that throw spanners into the works. And its how the protagonists face these challenges, how they choose to react, that sets this authors work apart from so many others. There are no “too stupid to live” moments, no ridiculous and highly unlikely decisions, no forced conflict. Just a wonderful and absorbing story.







People say that being in love is the best feeling in the world.
What a bloody lie!
I hate that I’m in love with Serena and that she used me to get what she wanted.
What good is it that my heart and body is a twisted mess of longing for her when I’m also furious with her for hurting my sister, River?
I don’t care if Serena is a Hollywood star — no one messes with my family!

Nathan is a man with too many ghosts in his past to stand still and face them. After being dismissed from the army for anger management issues, he’s traveling the world and setting records in extreme sports.

When a plot to get back at Serena for hurting his sister goes wrong, Nathan is front and center in a media storm that brings up his tragic past once again. This time, there’s no outrunning it. Nathan will need to prove that he’s more than what the media portray him as. But what if the media are also wrong about Serena?


Nathan’s story is the fourth installment in Elin Peer’s romance series, Cultivated. Readers find it impossible to put down and rave about the characters jumping off the page.

To avoid spoilers, this series is best read in order.

First Lines Friday



If you want to learn more about First Lines Fridays, hop on over to Wandering Words, where the meme is hosted. They pose the interesting question of “What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The challenge is to pick a book you’ve read, are currently reading or even one from your TBR list and open it to the first page. Share the first few lines and then, after making your audience wait, and wait a little bit more, reveal the book.

First Lines Friday


Holding my breath, I pressed my back against the wall and whimpered low as death crept closer. With bulging eyes, I watched the snake’s body slither from side to side while it’s head aimed straight at me.
He was enormous, with a skull larger than mine, and a body so long that I couldn’t see where its tail ended.







Nathan (Cultivated Book 4) by Elin Peer


This book releases tomorrow, and I’ll be featuring my review of it then. This is just a little teaser for now.


People say that being in love is the best feeling in the world. What a bloody lie!
I hate that I’m in love with Serena and that she used me to get what she wanted. What good is it that my heart and body is a twisted mess of longing for her when I’m also furious with her for hurting my sister, River? I don’t care if Serena is a Hollywood star — no one messes with my family!

Nathan is a man with too many ghosts in his past to stand still and face them. After being dismissed from the army for anger management issues, he’s traveling the world and setting records in extreme sports.
When a plot to get back at Serena for hurting his sister goes wrong, Nathan is front and center in a media storm that brings up his tragic past once again. This time, there’s no outrunning it. Nathan will need to prove that he’s more than what the media portray him as. But what if the media are also wrong about Serena?
Nathan’s story is the fourth installment in Elin Peer’s romance series, Cultivated. Readers find it impossible to put down and rave about the characters jumping off the page.