Blog Tour: The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott

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I’m a fan of Kylie Scott’s romance novels, they are all very different and you never know what you are going to get with each new book. This time she gives us a leading man, Beck who is a very likable busboy when we meet him, only he isn’t quite who he is pretending to be. He expresses an interest in Alice, a waitress at the bar where he is working. She’s a very down to earth girl who is exactly who she seems to be, and I think that is a big part of Beck’s attraction to her.

I’m not a big fan of the billionaire trope, but this is different from some of the other books I’ve read.

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Alice, after going against her initial doubt about trusting Beck, falls hard and is drawn into the world he has been running from, knowing nothing about what she is about to encounter. It turns out Beck is rich, very rich, and now Alice is under the microscope of Beck’s family members.

I thought that Alice, despite initially thinking she wasn’t the right kind of girl for Beck, shows how strong she really is and how she believes in who she is and is unwilling to change too much because of this rich family’s expectations. I really liked the way she stood up to Beck when different things came to light throughout the story, I liked that she stood her ground and made him reassess what it was he wanted and who he wanted to be.

Beck was lovely, but growing up in his messed up family has left him emotionally stunted and he has no real idea what will make someone like Alice happy. If you’ve always seen money as a way of buying the people around you, you would find it hard to understand what drives a normal everyday person.

I enjoyed watching all the family relationships change, mainly due to Alice’s influence on those around her. I especially liked how she got the better of Beck’s evil old grandmother. While Alice and Beck’s relationship wasn’t an easy ride, it was an enjoyable one, there were moments I thought, she should let him loose, but was glad that she didn’t in the end.

Thanks to Social Butterfly Pr for a digital copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

About the book:

“Rich Boy takes you on a literal ride! Funny. Angsty. It’s a definite recommendation from me!  –   Tijan, New York Times bestselling author

The Rich Boy, an all-new slow-burn standalone with white-hot chemistry and witty banter from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, is out now!

I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.

But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?

Only there’s so much more to him than that.

Billionaire playboy? Check.

Troubled soul? Check.

The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.

But nobody does complicated like the one percent.

This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.

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Kylie Scott author picAbout Kylie

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Mailbox Monday – lots of lovely bookmail

I got some lovely bookmail surprises last week and then more today.

Three great sounding books from Allen & Unwin Australia, I’m especially looking forward to reading and learning about Truganini, ‘the last Tasmania Aborigine’.

Then a book from Better Reading Bookclub, this sounds good, another new Australian Australian author for me.

The last three arrived today from Serenity Press, I’d completely forgotten I ordered the gorgeous children’s book last month. It is soooo gorgeous, I was originally going to give it to my nephew, but I’m going to keep it and use it in my art therapy business as well as read it to him when he visits. I’ll do a review on it this week.

Also from Serenity Press is the lovely gratitude journal I won, I look forward to using this daily as well as posting on Karen’s Facebook page. And one of Karen’s novels about uncertainty, I’m looking forward to reading it.

That’s my bookmail for this month I imagine, but it will keep me busy.



New Release Book Review: Love Letters From Montmartre by Nicolas Barreau

IMG_20200123_174557Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This book was a nice read, but for me at least, it wasn’t a great read. It wasn’t until well over halfway that I wanted to keep reading to see how it turned out.

This was a nice story about a man who is drowning in grief after the loss of his wife, he has just about checked out from his life and if it wasn’t for his young son, he wouldn’t feel any need to carry on.

Through a promise he made his wife before she dies, he makes himself start writing letters to her about his life now that she has gone, and he leaves them in a draw he had made in her headstone at the cemetery. Through these letters, he learns to live with his grief and to eventually find reasons to keep on living and to love again.

There is a mystery that starts part-way through when his letters disappear and there are little tokens left in their place. It sends him into a bit of a tether while he tries to determine who is leaving them and whether they are messages from his wife from beyond the grave.

A sweet novel with a lovely message and a happy outcome.

Merry Christmas and the winners of the blog birthday competition.

Merry Christmas everyone, I got two books to read for Christmas and hours worth of Downton Abbey to watch.


The Winners of the cometition were Kate Forsyth and Mel Bowers, Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who entered and everyone who follows my blog. I’ve messaged the winners, but if you haven’t seen the message contact me and let me know which book you would like.

To see the draw check out the link below.

Thanks again and I hope everyone had a great Christmas or whatever you celebrate and that you got plenty of books.




My Top Reads of the Decade – or part there of

So, Theresa from Theresa Smith Writes decided since this was the end of a decade, (something that didn’t really compute until that conversation) that on top of doing the regular top 10 or 15 books read this year that she would do a post on the top reads of the decade. I decided to have a go at this too, my records only go back about 7 years, so it’s not really the whole decade, but most of the decade lol. This was incredibly hard and just like my top 10 or 15 reads of the year, I’ve picked them for a couple of reasons. Also I may have cheated slightly, (you’ll see why).

  1. Because they are stories that I loved
  2. Because they are stories that stayed with me due to the subject matter
  3. They pulled at my heartstrings

So in no particular order my choices are…

The first two straight up are by New Zealand author Carole Brungar, these had me completely absorbed in the lives of these characters and taught me a lot about the Vietnam war.

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My reviews:   The Nam Legacy     The Nam Shadow

Next is a book I read about 8 years ago that I think should be read by everyone, people need to educate themselves that not everything is as the media says it is. I recommended this for the bookclub I belonged to back then and it gave everyone some insight and something to think about.   My review

The People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi, The 'Oskar Schindler Of Asia'

(Now this one may be cheating, just a little) The Matilda Saga by Jackie French, this is a fabulous series that I got both my mum and my sister reading, I have learnt so much about history and particularly Australia’s part in historical events through this series.

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The next book is a book that has stayed with me since I read it two years ago.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Next is a story that needed to be told, about a place and event that has been covered up to a large degree. My Review

Dustfall by Michelle   Johnston

Next is a novel about a subject matter that I’m pretty passionate about, refugees. My review

Sanctuary by Judy Nunn

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott was one that, no pun intended, it seemed like a good idea at the time to pick it up before bed (big mistake if you actually want to get some sleep that night). This was chosen just because it was one I loved My review

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Next is The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie My review

The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie

Next are two books by an author whose books are an automatic MUST READ for me. I tried to pick just one, but I couldn’t make up my mind out of these two, so thought what the hell, they both need to go on the list.

My review: Black Diamonds        This Red Earth

Black Diamonds by Kim  Kelly                                This Red Earth by Kim  Kelly

Last up are two books that are also on my top 10 or 15 (I haven’t quite decided) books for 2019.

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard My review  and A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird  My review

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard


A Lifetime of Impossible Days


I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these books (or not) or are inspired to pick up some of them. Stay tuned next week for my top reads of 2019 and a giveaway to celebrate my blogs 1st birthday.

Book Bingo Round 25 & New Release Book Review: The Last Paradise by Di Morrisey

Only one round to go! Next fortnight will be a double for my last post.

This round I’m marking off the square Written by an author over age of 65. So Di Morrisey’s The Last Paradise fills this square perfectly. 

This one was an up and down read for me, there were parts I loved and parts I didn’t love so much. For the first 100 pages or so I was not very impressed, there was too much dialogue and I found that it was just not working for me. Once we moved on to Bali the story improved, the dialogue lessened and there seemed to be a lot more story.

I really liked the thread that ran through about a woman who was a hero to the Indonesian back in the time of the Japanese invasion, I loved learning about her and her journey and I enjoyed how Grace learned and grew along with the unfolding of this storyline.

I absolutely hated Grace’s husband, Lawrence, from the very first page, he was such an unlikeable character and had nothing going for him at all. I’m glad that the event that literally exploded Grace’s life brought to light what a horrible person he was and allowed Grace the opportunity to escape and grow back into her own.

This turned out to be a really enjoyable story which I found hard to put down for the final 1/3.

Thanks to Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Pan MacMIllan for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Blog Tour: Faded by Diana Nixon

FADED – the 4th and the FINAL story from Shattered Series by Diana Nixon.
***All the books from the series can be read as standalones.***
Our love was hopeless. Our future – nonexistent. Still, we let the attraction win.
Two young hearts, too naive to believe that love was just a game. We let it consume us, we let it destroy us…
And then, there was nothing but the pain, endless, burning.
For years, I’ve been trying to forget about Jeffrey Coleman’s existence. The son of my worst enemy… Falling for him was a mistake from the very beginning. I did my best to cross him out of my life. And now, I’m standing at his door, ready to beg him to help me…
“There are only two times that I want to share with you: now and forever…”
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About the Author:

Diana Nixon is an International bestselling author of contemporary and fantasy romances. A Master of Law, she never thought she would betray the world of law and dive into fiction. But once her first book – Love Lines – was published, she realized that writing was her true passion. Since then, she has written more than 20 books. She can’t imagine her life without her fictional characters and she never stops thinking about the new storylines that haunt her dreams. She’s married and has two daughters – her biggest source of inspiration. She loves music, traveling, coffee and chocolate. She believes that writing is the best cure for everything that can be healed with words. 

Diana Nixon’s books are being translated into Spanish, German, Russian, French, Portuguese and Italian. 

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world. 


Book Review: Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert

I always enjoy Annabeth Albert’s books and her new book Arctic Sun is no exception, the first in the Frozen Hearts series, this was a journey of discovery for our two main characters.


Griffen, a pilot in his family business, has been dealing with grief and is a recovering alcoholic who struggles to be around people and has the belief that he doesn’t deserve to be happy and isn’t worthy of being loved. River is an ex-supermodel, who has dealt with an eating disorder for most of his life, leading to hospitalisation. He has used travel as a way to heal, and also a way to run away from anything real. When these two damaged men are thrown together on a photography trip in Alaska, sparks will fly.

The descriptions of Alaska on this trip alone made me want to save up and go there ASAP, also, if there are more mountain men like Griffen, I’d be there even quicker. I loved the journey these two had to traverse, both the physical and the emotional journey. Though it was the emotional journey which took its toll on these two guys who are both dealing with so many issues. I was invested in their romance from the start and as I got to know the characters and what they had been through, and what they were dealing with still, my heart ached with hope that they would make the journey and end up together.

This story explored the physical and emotional relationship between the guys and it was a really great exploration. There was humour in their initial hookups and I loved the way River was able to make Griffen lower his walls and have a bit of fun, River was certainly not willing to give up on this happening while they were on the trip. The sexual tension was hard to ignore for both parties.

Hearing River’s story about his eating disorder was sad, I have a friend with an eating disorder and know how badly it can affect someone. Watching him struggle through each day, worried about what he was eating, feeling sick at the thought of eating, was really sad, hearing him explain to Griffen how he couldn’t see himself the ways others, especially Griffen saw him was also really sad. This is such a sad disease that definitely needs more attention, as does the way the fashion industry and magazines etc, portray the idea of perfection. It’s also great to have a male portrayed with this issue, as it is mainly women we think about when we hear ‘eating disorder’.

Griffen’s issues were subtler but no less damaging to his life and his future. Dealing with his avoidance of group situations, especially ones where people may be drinking was hard for him to navigate. As was his belief he wasn’t worthy of good things happening to him. In this River and Griffen had so much in common and were able to connect through this.

A great read, with two guys who deserved more than they had and needed each other to open up and start healing.


Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin – Carina Press for a digital copy in return for an honest review.

Romantic Rendezvous Perth 2019 ARRA


Today my sister and I were lucky enough to catch up with some great authors at Australian Romance Readers Association’s Romantic Rendezvous in Perth. There were 16 fabulous authors, some already known to us and some new ones, that we got to chat to about their books and we grabbed a few of their hardcopy books and downloaded a few more ebooks. Because you can never have enough books! We also picked up some cool swag.

One of the highlights was a Q&A with Keri Arthur and Celeste Bradley which was really interesting.

Laura N Andrews writes m/f and m/m romance, I’ve read both of her IMG_20190331_170633.jpgBromley Brothers books so I treated myself to her first two books from the Timeless love series.




Keri Arthur came from over east, I mdedidn’t realise that I had 6 of her books on my bookshelf, I’m not sure I’ve read them all though, I’ll have to do that now, she has way more books than I realised.


Leah Ashton was there, if you remember I did a Q&A with Leah mdethe other week and a great review of the first book in her new WASP Team series, Undaunted, well today I had preordered book 2 Defiant for pick up, I can’t wait to read it.



Claire Boston an author who I have all mdebut 2 of her books, this will be rectified at some point, but my sister bought book 2 in her Texan Quartet series, I’m sure she’ll enjoy it.



Celeste Bradley and her husband flew mdeover from the US, she’s a new author for me so I bought her latest book (which my sister says she’ll borrow). They were lovely to chat to.



Demelza Carlton, gorgeous as always with her fabulous swag and reimagined fairytales as well as her new book The Devil’s Work.

Shona Husk whose new book Severed IMG_20190331_195015I’m currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, it’s a different genre a SFR/fantasy romance with m/m/f relationships, it has had me hooked.


Rachael Johns had all her wonderful books with her, and being the mug IMG_20190331_195444collector I am I couldn’t go past her new mug.




Lovely Jennie Jones whose new book Lone Star Protector I reviewed and loved the other week had time for a long chat.

I met the outgoing Renae Kaye for the first time, she writes fun gay romance, all set in Perth, I’ve ordered one of her books from the library and look forward to reading it.

Another of my favourite authors Juanita Kees bought her new puppy Stella along to say hi, she was so tired she could barely lift her head (the puppy not Juanita). I recently read Juanita’s Wongan Creek series and loved all three books, check out my reviews from past blog posts.

Gorgeous Lily Malone made it to the venue without getting lost (yay Lily)  she provided us with a few laughs when she signed to Claire Bear in someone else’s book 😂🤣, only Lily…

JO Mantel was the only male romance mdeauthor and delightful to chat to, I picked up one of his shorter novels, due to watching my spending and look forward to trying out this new author who popped over from Victoria for the event.


Susanna Rogers was another new author I met, her books sound great and I’ve downloaded Slash and Burn (a rockstar romance) on my kindle to try.

Tee Smith has a couple of great sounding series that I hope to get to soon, she was lovely to chat to also.

Sasha Wasley was once again a delight to chat with, I can’t wait for the next book in her Daughters of the Outback series, out in the wild soon.

Here’s some of the swag I picked up mde


It was a fabulous afternoon  I do love catching up with authors I know and meeting new ones. Thanks to all the attending authors and ARRA for organising. Now I’m off to finish Severed by Shona Husk and have an early night (well earlier than last nights 2am).








Book Review: Eggshell Skull: A memoir about standing up, speaking out and fighting back by Bri Lee

Eggshell Skull is a memoir by a really strong and brave young woman who didn’t realise her strength until she found herself in a situation out of her control. A situation she started the ball rolling on, without realising how long she would be made to wait for justice.

I picked up this book because Amanda from Mrs B’s Book Reviews gave it such a high recommendation. I was wary though about the subject matter of child sexual assault and abuse, adult sexual assault and rape being triggers, but I coped well, maybe like Bri herself, I’ve have gotten stronger.


Bri starts off her story at the beginning of her law career, in her year as a judges associate. Through doing the judges circuit around Qld she hears many terrible cases of sexual abuse on children and women in particular, but also on men. As she herself is triggered by these people’s stories, we find out that she has been sexually assaulted as a child, and the long term affect this has had on her. From watching and listening to these stories and cases, Bri also gains the strength and realisation that she needs to face her abuse and her abuser in order to get on with her own life in a healthy way.

The statistics on these kinds of cases are staggering, and as Bri carries on, she finds out how many people she knows who have been victims of abuse It’s hard to acknowledge how prevalent this is in our society. We also learn how few people come forward and report the abuse, and when they do, how few of those cases actually get charged and then how few of those go through the legal system to receive any kind of justice.

She starts the legal ball rolling on a journey that will take almost 2 years to come to and end. Through that time we see her struggle, the abuse she inflicts upon herself throughout the story and the many feelings of low self worth she suffers, just like many people who have been abused. Bri is extremely lucky, she has the support of her family and her partner behind her, as well as Judge, the man she worked for on the circuit who has become a friend.

Bri falls apart often, but she picks herself up again everytime and carries on, fighting for justice against her abuser and against the legal system. I can’t say I was shocked by how badly our legal system let’s down the victims of crime, but it was extremely eye-opening and heartbreaking to read about those peoples stories as Bri travels on the circuit and as she wonders if she herself will receive justice.

I take my hat off to all the people that do take the step to bring their abuser to justice in such a terribly flawed legal system. The law has changed over the years, but we still aren’t where we need to be. Women are still too often not believed, are called liars or told they are overreacting and that it was their fault it happened. Things need to change, fast. Attitudes need to change.

A highly confronting story by a brave and strong young women, who by fighting for justice for herself and telling her story, may be a catalyst for others to tell theirs, for them also to be willing to fight and for the stigma of sexual assault to be challenged.


I found this poem which I thought was worth a listen, and maybe a share. We need to get the message out.   She Asked For It – Mizan The Poet


About the book: ‘Scorching, self-scouring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to wield it’ – Helen Garner

EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must ‘take their victim as they find them’. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim’s weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his ‘victim’ as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge’s associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge’s associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she’d vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

‘Brutal, brave and utterly compelling . . . I can’t remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly’ Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings

‘Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful’ Liam Pieper, author of The Toymaker

‘Sensitive and clear-eyed’ Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped

‘A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down’ Krissy Kneen, author of An Uncertain Grace.