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'Duracell Multi-Battery Charger & 8 AA 2400mAh Rechargeable Batteries'
'Duracell Multi-Battery Charger & 8 AA 2400mAh Rechargeable Batteries'
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and high quality, 23 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With a clean, easy to use design, this charger is great. The batteries are easy to put in and get out, it charges up just fine and the batteries themselves are brilliant. True, if you're charging a few batteries it can take a while, but it's worth it. Mind out for the vicious plastic packaging, though.


Blame the Mistletoe (Montana Born Christmas Book 1)
Blame the Mistletoe (Montana Born Christmas Book 1)
Price: £1.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Mistletoe Magic, 23 Oct 2014
I absolutely loved this book about two world-weary divorcées with links to the same family. I'm not normally a fan of passive-aggression, but Liz owns up to hers so readily that it's hard not to admire her. Especially when dealing with the Flowers family. As for Blake, wow, who wouldn't sympathise with what he's been through.

I really liked the lack of dithering in this story. They're attracted to each other, they only have a short time to spend together, so they go for it. It's all so natural and endearing and sweet (with a pleasant bit of heat). There are of course many hurdles to climb, not least their own shyness in the face of commitment, but nothing in this story feels forced or contrived. It is what it is, and it flows beautifully.

Sprinkled with festive warmth, full of heart and sweetness, this book is bursting with Marietta magic. I'll be reading this one again.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


Snowbound in Montana (Carrigans of Circle C, Book 4)
Snowbound in Montana (Carrigans of Circle C, Book 4)
Price: £1.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Festive Fun, 23 Oct 2014
This novella is just full of Christmas cheer. Although this is part of the "Carrigans of Circle C" series, Eliza is a cousin who’s only been slightly mentioned in the other books. Relations between the Bramble household and the Carrigans haven’t been exactly friendly, and now we find out why – mostly because of what brought Eliza to Montana in the first place: a cheating ex.

Now that ex has tracked her down and in coming to stay at the B&B Eliza runs. Unable to face him, when she knows she’ll give him anything he wants, she decides to escape. A Nordic skiing trip sounds just the thing, and with a little help from the good-guy guide, Marshal, Eliza’s out of town and heading for the mountains.

Poor Marshal. Right from the start Eliza pegs him as the nice guy that girls have as a friend, but never fancy, and that’s exactly what he is. Sweet, good in a crisis, capable and a little shy, he’s lovely, but he knows he’ll never have a chance with Eliza. With her head all full of her ex, she spots Marshal’s interest and does her best to avoid it. Poor guy.

Luckily there’s a blizzard. Well… maybe not quite that luckily, since there are two families and two other couples also on the trip and things don’t exactly go to plan once their access road is cut off. I really liked how both Eliza and Marshal cope with the troubles the weather throws at them, and the other characters offer plenty of chances to see various sides of the other two – as well as offering plenty of Scrooge, Grinch and miracle(ish) moments. It’s all very festive and sweet.

If you’re already reading this series, this is a lovely addition to it. If you’ve not picked up any of the others yet, don’t worry, you won’t be left out. And if you’re looking for something festive, cute and ready to put you in a giving mood, you can’t go far wrong with this. I swear I can hear those sleigh bells already…

(I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


Beneath (KelpiesTeen)
Beneath (KelpiesTeen)
Price: £4.28

4.0 out of 5 stars There's something in the water... (3.5 stars), 23 Oct 2014
I love kelpies. They’re probably my favourite of the unseelie creatures (tied with selkies). There’s just something extra creepy about predatory horses who trick you into riding them, then drown you when you can’t get off – possibly leaving your liver behind. But for all their grim darkness, I’ve yet to find many proper kelpies in fiction. I’ll admit, I don’t go looking for them, because they usually disappoint.

In "Beneath" the kelpies start out that way, but things quickly change. I liked Jess, she’s a normal girl just trying to grow up on her family’s farm. She’s not particularly girlie, like her best friend Freya, but she’s not bothered about that. She doesn’t like the boys around her local town, but Freya’s cousin Magnus is nice. Until she meets Finn and things in her life start to change.

There’s only a hint of magic in this tale, but I really liked the Nykur’s world, the strange and vividness of it, I wish we’d seen more of it. I would also have liked Finn to have had a bit more of a personality beyond being in love with Jess, though, and it might have been nice to see more of Rowan. I wasn’t that fond of Magnus either, but for a person who hates love triangles, this one wasn’t too bad. It made sense to be there, with both boys speaking to different parts of Jess’ heart.

The plot is slow-moving at first, but does build towards the end. There were a few things it would have been nice to have explained more fully, but this story flows on relentlessly, pulling the reader along even when nothing much is happening. As far as the historical element goes, it’s more of a generic medieval-type-historical land rather than distinctly 16th century, or even particularly Scottish. But it works, the story is compelling and in all it’s a good book.

This book is for fans of the less explored denizens of faerie and the unseelie courts, as well as ordinary girls in extraordinary tales. It won’t change the world, but this story is a good read about another place and another time, and of a type of love that doesn’t always give us what we truly need.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


On the Growl: A Shifter Romance Anthology
On the Growl: A Shifter Romance Anthology
Price: £1.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Pure brain candy, with some unusual shifters, 22 Oct 2014
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I love a good shape-shifter tale, their my favourite type of Paranormal Romances, but I have to admit all the wolves feel a little stale these days. Never fear, these five novellas feature quite a mix of lesser-spotted shifter species and only one wolf.

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Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red
I’ve never read about a rabbit shifter before, that is definitely a new one on me. This story starts off funny and kind of charming, but the shy interactions between the two main characters just doesn’t match the raunchy thoughts and behaviour elsewhere. I also didn’t understand why they were both so hesitant. And then it all goes a bit weird, and to be honest it wasn’t an enjoyable read. It was too disjointed. Add in that it was the longest of the lot and went off a weird side-plot to introduce a new town – meh, I got bored.

There was potential here, but the story didn’t live up to it. 3 Stars.

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To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix
I loved this one. The island of Haven was really interesting, and having a house cat as the female heroine was great. Katie was funny and sweet, her supervisor was suitably mean and who knew an actual legal eagle could be so sexy. I think I’m going to need to read more of Marina Maddix’s books. 4.5 Stars.

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Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims
I really enjoy the Midnight Liaisons series, so this novella was the reason why I bought this collection. I really sympathised with Mandy, since all her options had been stolen from her. Her whole situation was a minor plot point in a different book, so it was nice to finally meet her and see how she ended up in her situation.

Adrian was sexy and sweet, but I did feel the ending was a bit too rushed and convenient for me. Mandy seems to give in too quickly. 4 Stars.

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Bears Repeating by Flora Dare
A wolverine shifter! And one that has nothing to do with the X-Men. Although, to be honest, I was a little non-plussed by the menage in this. In a way it’s great that Jena doesn’t waste any time angsting over liking two guys, but the fact that the thought isn’t even raised – she likes these two guys she’s just met, they both make a move on her at the same time, and everyone’s happily frolicking about – was a bit of a surprise. Also the sudden, “I can’t live without them. It is love!” nonsense got on my nerves. Especially the end.

There’s also a subplot about maybe-terrorists, a plane crash and some other stuff, but to be honest it’s all a bit too feeble and unresolved, because it is only a novella and none of it gets as much time as it deserves. Well written, and the menage was nicely free of any conflict, but the story as a whole felt incomplete. 3 Stars.

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Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle
The obligatory wolf tale isn’t too bad. I’m not sure a novella is the best length to explore a complete newcomer’s reaction to the shifter world, especially as she’s just become a wolf herself. The pushy possessiveness of Declan’s wolf was a bit uncomfortable at times, and Brenna’s flip-flopping decisions were a bit wearying, but on the whole this was quite good. The big climax was kind of naff, but for a novella it wasn’t too bad. 3.5 Stars.

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With three average stories and one good and one really good, on balance this is an okay anthology. Worth the low price, certainly. If you like shifter stories but sometimes long for a few less well known animals, then this might just give you a taster of some new authors to try. There’s lots of heat in each of the stories, and even a few interesting side plots. Pure brain candy to help ease away a stressful day.


Zyliss 5-Piece Knife Block Set, Black
Zyliss 5-Piece Knife Block Set, Black
Price: £139.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, 20 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A set of five well made, beautifully balanced knives. They're all super sharp and cut with minimal amount of effort. The handles fit nicely in the hand, with enough grip to allow for a decent hold. The block itself has a good weight, and the beechwood is a lovely shade with a nice smooth feel.

They're a pleasure to use and will last for years.


Heart of Dread: Frozen
Heart of Dread: Frozen
Price: £2.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Messy, 20 Oct 2014
This book is messy - and I don't just mean the formatting, which I hope was just down to being a review copy. The beginning is disjointed, with a bit of action, a lot of dull info-dumping and a bit of plot. New Vegas was nice, but enjoy your short stay, because the story doesn't stay there for long.

Yeah, messy. That's without the brain ache of trying to work out how a sixteen year old can be a seasoned army vet, who's also built up a reputation away from service, as well as having been to school. These years you are using, I don't think they mean what you think they mean. And why is everyone sixteen? Is it a magic number?

Okay, so myself and this book have a few issues. Which is a shame, because there's some potential here. The dystopian world is nicely realised, with everything frozen because the sun can't get through any more (which raised all kinds of photosynthesis issues for me, but I tried not to question too hard, because the formatting was distracting enough). The world building beyond New Vegas was good, with the general horrors of a broken world, piles of trash, slavers and pirates and the grey, dead sea.

There are a lot of good ideas here, and some of the characters aren't too bad either - I really liked Shakes. Nat was a bit bland, and I mostly preferred Wes's chapters, but between them they manage to carry the story. Although there are a few moments in the plot when Nat randomly connects ideas and concludes things, which seem to come out of nowhere, and at times there is a predictable convenience in the action. I also found a strange lack of emotion in a couple of pivotal scenes, which isn't the same elsewhere. I don't think that's down to the different authors, because they happened with both character povs, there were just disjointed moments.

Much like the rest of this book. It's not bad, it's just messy, in plot, world-building, pacing and formatting. There are hints of goodness, but I don't know if there's enough to bring me back for more.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


Holiday at Magnolia Bay (Southern Born Christmas Book 1)
Holiday at Magnolia Bay (Southern Born Christmas Book 1)
Price: £1.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Aye, Sea Turtles!, 20 Oct 2014
This was a lovely, quick, thoroughly enjoyable read. It had me at sea turtles to be quite frank, though this story is about more than those endearing marine reptiles.

True, there’s a lot of military heroes knocking around the romance genre these days, with all kinds of PTSD-related troubles, but Drew’s experience felt believable and genuinely affected him. Jenna is passionate about her subject, but equally as compassionate. She has her own issues with the military, but when Drew needs her she doesn’t turn him away.

The setting of Magnolia Bay was warm and lovely, providing a pleasant backdrop for this tale, and there were even a couple of irritating scientists hanging around to provide a little friction and conflict.

But mostly this is a story about passion (romantic and otherwise), compassion and love. It’s sweet and enjoyable, and though short it doesn’t feel rush or overly contrived. There’s even a hint of Christmas magic at the end, but not so much as to be overwhelming – after all, sea turtles are for life, not just for hatching. I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author, and other Magnolia Bay books.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


Her Mistletoe Cowboy (Montana Born Christmas Book 3)
Her Mistletoe Cowboy (Montana Born Christmas Book 3)
Price: £1.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Festive sweetness, 20 Oct 2014
More Christmas fun from Marietta, this one involving a cute puppy – oh, and some people. Ivy’s looking for an escape, as much to grieve for her lost family as for her broken heart, so the old ranch house she bought for her grandfather seems the perfect place to hole up for Christmas and take stock of her life. Except her neighbour is a little closer than she expected, and there’s something about Rhett Dixon she just can’t help being drawn to.

Rhett’s made some mistakes in the last few years, but he’s determined to make things right. Starting by getting his new ranch up and running. He has no time for romance, not even beautiful city-girls with cute puppies. Unless they come with an array of Christmas-themed baked goods. What hot-blooded cowboy could resist that?

I enjoyed this story about two people working through their grief in different ways. The romance is a steady grower, from initial attraction through wariness and beyond. I’ll admit there’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss it moment, which had me rereading a bit. One minute they’re talking, the next it’s the morning after, with no lead up or anything. I’d have appreciated a smoother transition, to be honest, even if it had just been a kiss. Especially with the build up leading to that moment. The ending, though, is full of enough romance to make up for it.

Festive and sweet, this tale of two people finding themselves and each other is a lovely way to spend a dark winter evening. You may end up craving cookies and gingerbread, though, so stock up in preparation. I look forward to seeing which Wildflower Ranch is up next.

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


Home for Good (Montana Born Homecoming Book 5)
Home for Good (Montana Born Homecoming Book 5)
Price: £1.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Adjusting the Dream (3.5 stars), 20 Oct 2014
Another trip to Marietta and another enjoyable read. Joelle has a lot of issues in this book, mostly about not getting enough attention. She grew up wanting her father to notice her, for Matt to notice her, for someone to pay attention, but until she rushed to her father’s death bed, he’d never even acknowledged her life away from the ranch. Now he’s told her to follow her dream, she just needs to sort out where that dream is.

Matt has every reason to want to stay on the Winslow ranch, not least because it’s his home, the place that saved him. It’s the only place he wants to live, and he can’t imagine a life anywhere else – nor understand why Joelle could want to get rid of it. But then it’s easy for Matt, since he’s always been welcomed in the business, not pushed out as Joelle was. He just remembers her as the girly-girl who got in his way and made his life difficult, not as someone desperately trying to fit in and not being allowed.

There’s a lot of hurt and past issues in this book, few of which are actually addressed. Then again, with Joelle’s father being dead, it’s kind of hard to face up to those things. Still, you’ve got two pretty strong characters with opposing memories of their childhoods, yet somehow they’re attracted and drawn to each other and everything is all fine and dandy.

Admittedly, they do have a lot in common once they soften their hackles, so I can see how it might work. I just find it interesting that when Matt’s desperately trying to get her to stay he never once realises his motives are mostly selfish – not wrong, mind, but he wants her to stay so that he can keep his home. He doesn’t once think that her life in New York might just be better for her, he simply decides that Montana is best, despite thinking of her as a girly-girl. Until the end when he gets a foolish attack of conscience.

In all this is another pleasant read from the Marietta stable. It’s not my favourite, and the sharp end was a bit annoying, but it was a quick, enjoyable escape about coming home and learning that not all dreams have to be big. It’s also about letting go of the past so that it doesn’t mess up the future, which is no bad lesson to learn.

(I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.)


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