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Born in Flames (The Born in Flames Trilogy Book 1)
Born in Flames (The Born in Flames Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "Born of Flames Trilogy" book 1, 5 April 2015
Aurora has no memories of her childhood; her earliest recollection is being left at her foster home when she was 10. Her unusual hair makes her stand out enough as it is, so she tries to keep her strange abilities hidden; difficult when you can set things on fire if you lose your temper.

When Aurora meets a man she labels Mr Creepy, she begins to question where she came from and why she can do what she can do. She also learns that her best friend Fenn has been hiding his own secrets from her; a young man with a similarly blank childhood who she begins to realise she feels more than friendship for.

This is a good start to a YA fantasy with a good amount of action, drama and romance. The plot rolls along at a good pace, and although Aurora initially has no memories of who she really is, she is soon thrust into a magical world in which she discovers she is the key figure in a prophecy to destroy a powerful enemy.


Timeless (Pandora Book 1)
Timeless (Pandora Book 1)
Price: £2.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Pandora" series book 1, 28 Mar. 2015
For millennia, Vane Schiva and a group of elite guards have been responsible for guarding precious artefacts and protecting the universe from their power. It is unfortunately on his watch that a Morphling infiltrates the fortress of Pandora and steals 3 artefacts. Each of these is a Legacy; only able to be wielded safely by someone of a specific bloodline. The Jewel of Atrea can only be wielded by a member of the Atrean royal family, and she's been located on Earth in the 21st century.

Vane travels not only from his own planet, he also travels back in time to protect an oblivious Charlotte (Charli) Rousseau. She may witness some strange stuff and almost be the victim of any alien abduction, yet she still takes her time believing what is going on around her is real and it's dangerous. She's a bit of a blatherer and whilst this was initially endearing, as the story line progressed I wanted to shake her and tell her to get to the point when she again starts to nervously chatter and get side tracked from her intended topic of conversation. I was also hoping she'd be given the opportunity to shine and prove herself in a challenging alien environment by wielding the power of the Jewel, but this fails to happen.

Overall though, the pace is good, the ideas entertaining and this book overall an enjoyable and engaging read. Let's hope that Charli has the opportunity to shine in future books and prove herself worthy of the sacrifices Vane makes for her.


Torkel's Chosen: A World Beyond Book 1
Torkel's Chosen: A World Beyond Book 1
Price: £0.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A World Beyond" series book 1, 28 Mar. 2015
With women considerably outnumbering men on earth, they start to look beyond their own planet in the hopes of finding love and entering a committed, monogamous relationship. Successful following her third application to the "Singles Program" guaranteeing you'll find love amongst the stars, Faith Reid is ready to meet someone special; even if she has to travel to an alien planet to do so.

Torkel has faced rejection time and time again when he has presented himself as a possible mate, and has vowed that this will be his last attempt at gaining a female to love and cherish. Rumour has it that there are human females amongst the women selecting a mate; a race known for their wide range of appearances and loyalty to those they love. Torkel would be honoured to be accepted by any female, but is amazed that a coveted human woman would select him. Despite the fact he was raised by loving adoptive parents on the peaceful world of Enotia, he is still Marenian and therefore tainted by the reputation of his species known for their slave trade.

What he fails to realise is that Faith is bribed to select him. Thinking it a friend of Torkel's that offers her money to select him, she does so in a moment of self-doubt and a grasp at something useful should her future on an alien world not work out. Yet she's instantly drawn to Torkel and soon finds herself falling in love. Torkel feels the same, until an act of betrayal rips apart not only his trust, it leaves him questioning the feelings he has for Faith.

This is an entertaining and action packed sci-fi romance. Yes Faith acts stupidly and despite her worry for Torkel when he is off on an elite warrior mission, she still knowingly discloses details to his enemies. If she'd shown a bit of back bone right from the start of the relationship then she would have saved herself and Torkel a lot of heartache, but then we wouldn't have had a story to read. That gripe aside, this is a great start to a sci-fi romance series and I'll certainly keep an eye out for future books.
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The One You Want (Original Heartbreakers)
The One You Want (Original Heartbreakers)
Price: £1.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel novella to "The Original Heartbreakers" series, 28 Mar. 2015
I'd forgotten how much I liked this author's modern romances (I admit I'm a massive fan of her "Lords of the Underworld" series). She manages to incorporate fun, tears and laughter into her romance, whilst the leading lovers are perfect for each other (although they may initially fail to realise this).

Kenna Starr may never shake her bad girl man-eater image in the small town of "Strawberry Village". Not only did her mother have an affair with a married man, Kenna got very drunk when she was 16 and is unable to name the father of her daughter. Her mother has escaped persecution (after all she's about to marry Thomas Michaelson) however Kenna is still viewed in somewhat derogatory terms and tries to act appropriately at all times to minimise any gossip.

When Dane Michaelson returns to town for his father's wedding, he is soon informed that Kenna has no qualms about dating married men. He wants to apologise for his behaviour towards her (particularly after he found out her mum was sleeping with his father) yet he's blindsided by his attraction to her. They have a tumultuous relationship; Dane is unwilling to admit he may have feelings for Kenna, whilst she is concerned about the impact on her tattered reputation should she give in to their attraction. It also doesn't help that her mum is marrying his dad, plus his mother may have something to say about him sleeping with the daughter of the woman who destroyed her marriage.

There were some things that I found annoying (a first I think for this author). I know this is supposed to be a contemporary romance, so could just about look past the hashtag conversations Kenna has with herself. What I found unbelievably cheesy was that Kenna's daughter is called North but known as Norrie and in fact a Kardashian/West reference is made. I'm surprised a plug for KW's next album wasn't included in the plot.

That aside, this is an enjoyable, easy, relaxing read that entertains and is certainly appealing enough to warrant exploring this series further. In fact the 3 men who will take the lead roles in the full length books in this series are introduced, and I'm looking forward to them each being unwittingly brought to their knees by a feisty female.


Homefurnishing Polycotton 2 Tone Complete 4 Pcs Reversible Duvet Quilt Cover Set Include Fitted Sheet And Pillow Cases (Double, Navy/Blue)
Homefurnishing Polycotton 2 Tone Complete 4 Pcs Reversible Duvet Quilt Cover Set Include Fitted Sheet And Pillow Cases (Double, Navy/Blue)
Offered by Home Furnishing Co
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to feel blue about here, 28 Mar. 2015
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I purchased this set to complement a more ornate navy bedding set. Both the pillows and duvet are navy blue on one side, whilst the vibrant blue on the other side matches the colour of the fitted sheet. This sheet is also large enough to remain firmly on my rather deep orthopaedic mattress.

The cotton is soft and crisp but comfortable. The fit of the pillow cases, duvet cover and fitted sheet are all excellent. Personally I would find this bedding set a little on the plain side if used on its own; but as an added extra to the complete bedding set I recently purchased, it's absolutely perfect and a bargain for the price.


Sandara Blue Double Quilted 7 Pieces Bedspread Modern Damask Jacquard Luxury Comforter Complete Bedding Set Includes Comforter, Bedspread, Valance Sheet, Sham Pillow Cases, Cushions & Neck Roll by Quality Linen and Towels
Sandara Blue Double Quilted 7 Pieces Bedspread Modern Damask Jacquard Luxury Comforter Complete Bedding Set Includes Comforter, Bedspread, Valance Sheet, Sham Pillow Cases, Cushions & Neck Roll by Quality Linen and Towels
Offered by Lizzy Outlet
Price: £39.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Navy/brown complete bed set, 28 Mar. 2015
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I was after a luxurious looking complete bed set in navy to match my bedroom décor, and must say that I haven't regretted this purchase. The colours in the product picture look navy and gold; however in reality it's more navy/brown. As the material is somewhat shinier than anticipated, I'm happier with the brown as I think it tones down the overall effect a little (as will several washes hopefully).

The neck pillow, pillow and cushion are lovely co-ordinated accessories to the bed, and are appealing and plump. I find them comfortable; however as I already anticipated that my partner would moan about them feeling scratchy (he did), I took the precaution of also purchasing some plain navy cotton pillow cases. These not only enhance the overall look of this bedding set, they also ensure my partner's sensitive skin isn't irritated. He did like the bedspread but wondered if it may be a little too warm and heavy to have even over a light weight duvet. It's not at all. In fact it not only looks good, it feels cosy. My only disappointment was the valance sheet. This is the second bedding set I have recently purchased, and I expected that the valance sheet would be of a better quality. It isn't but luckily it's a navy blue over a white bed base plus it's hidden by the length of the bedspread.

My partner may be annoyed by the extra pillows on the bed, doesn't understand why they remain when he doesn't plan to use them and fails to appreciate how pretty and well put together the bed now looks. I'm happy and that's what counts ;)

Pros: Overall luxurious appearance
Cons: Flimsy valance sheet, a little too shiny


Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor with FlexBall Technology Plus 3 Blades
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor with FlexBall Technology Plus 3 Blades
Price: £14.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, precise and safe, 28 Mar. 2015
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My other half tends to use a mach3 but was interested in trying this razor out. He's not hirsute; but as he only shaves once per week there's a modest amount of growth to remove. His comments on this razor. The ball action definitely results in a smoother glide across the skin, it's easily manoeuvrable and can remove hair without having to resort to gurning. He states that his skin feels less abrased after shaving and he only uses a balm afterwards to moisturise rather than alleviate any burning or rashes. He also stated that he has yet to cut himself using this razor. My comments. My fella has lovely smooth smoochy skin.


Dragon Marked: Supernatural Prison #1
Dragon Marked: Supernatural Prison #1
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "Supernatural Prison" series book 1, 28 Mar. 2015
Wolf shifter Jessa; the daughter of the alpha werewolf and currently in training to take over the pack, is on a mission with her 4 best friends to locate a secret (well secret from humans) high security prison where misbehaving supernaturals are locked away. Her 4 best friends just happen to be quadruplets that somehow contain the soul of a different supernatural race. Braxton is the most protective of Jessa; but she puts that down to the fact that he's a dragon shifter. Then there's Maximus the vampire, Jacob the fey and Tyson the wizard.

Well they all become intimately acquainted with the prison they hunt for; when the Compass brothers are set up for murder and Jessa is found breaching prison security. Add to this Jessa is recently reacquainted with her estranged mother, discovers she has a sister and finally learns about the actions taken to hide what she and her sister are shortly after their birth.

This is a great start to a new paranormal fantasy romance. There is a slight undertone of romance; as one Compass brother clearly has deeper feelings than friendship towards the feisty Jessa) however the plot is more action driven plus the world building and the introduction of a large cast of different supernatural characters takes precedence. The plot has some intrigue and whilst some of the mystery of the "dragon mark" is revealed, there is still plenty left to uncover.


Luxury Jacquard Premium 7 Pcs Bedspread Set Comforter Bedding Set Double & King Size (Beige, Double)
Luxury Jacquard Premium 7 Pcs Bedspread Set Comforter Bedding Set Double & King Size (Beige, Double)
Offered by Lizzy Outlet
Price: £38.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, 28 Mar. 2015
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I wanted a complete luxurious looking beige and/or cream bed set and thought that this suited my requirements perfectly. Unfortunately it did not. Firstly the colour isn't beige at all - it's instead a gold embellishment on a cream background (luckily this colour scheme still works with my bedroom décor). My next issue was the initial appearance. There were loose threads on every item which required snipping. Lastly, I wanted a matching valance sheet to cover the unco-ordinated blue bed base. This valance sheet is a good size but it's very flimsy and transparent, and the blue bed base still shows through. Luckily the bedspread is large enough to cover this.

Yet when I made up the bed I've got to say I was very pleased with the overall effect despite the materials being a little shinier than anticipated. Hopefully this will tone down after a few washes. The matching neck pillow, standard pillow and cushion are well padded and fairly comfortable whilst the bedspread is soft, warm and plush feeling. Negatives aside, I'm happy with this bedding set.

Pros: Overall effect is very appealing, pillow and cushion are very plump
Cons: Colour not as advertised, lots of loose threads, flimsy valance sheet


When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path
When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars "When Women Were Warriors" series book 1, 14 Mar. 2015
This book has an old school feel and reminded me of the female partnerships found in books by Jane Yolen or Mercedes Lackey. I initially thought the relationship imbalanced between Maara; the taciturn and ostracised seasoned warrior and Tamras; the stubborn and naïve companion/apprentice warrior. Tamras initially appears significantly weaker; in fact her slight stature is often commented upon, yet she's quick and wily with an innate wisdom that steers the more experienced women around her in the right direction.

Tamras normally has a tale to tell when women were warriors (and still are) that emphasises a point or inadvertently opens the listener's eyes to something new. In fact these tales drive the story line, as apart from the odd drama not much really happens as Tamras undergoes her apprenticeship and tries to win the affection of a warrior that doesn't really want her around.

I thought that there was definite potential here, but with the lack of anything exciting happening in the story line that really caught my attention, plus what I felt was a rather pedestrian paced plot, I don't plan on reading any further books in this series. I prefer something much punchier that grabs my attention and glues me to the pages; "The Warrior's Path" failed to do this.


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