Crash (Westside Wolf Pack #1) by Zoe Perdita

Author’s Synopsis

The sexy tattooed wolf threw away his chances of ever becoming pack alpha at seventeen, and Ben, the pack’s omega, has no idea why. Ben Singer has been in love with Axel from the time they were teenagers. Ben thought they were mates, but Axel tore Ben’s heart into pieces and stomped that dream into the mud.

When Axel’s uncle kicks Ben out of their Pittsburgh pack, it’s the chance the omega has been waiting for. Then Axel demands to accompany the smaller wolf. He’s determined to go with Ben, even if the omega doesn’t want him around. While desire stirs between Axel and Ben, years of heartache haunt them. Can the alpha and omega let go of their past in order to find a bright new future together?


My Views

This book captivated me immediately. Ben’s character is warm and eternally hopeful and as the story progresses we see just how strong he is. Axel’s hardship is heartbreaking but the tough character wears it like a badge of honour as any knight in shining armour would. Perdita unfolds pieces of backstory along the way and it flows smoothly against the current time plot, creating a highly emotive and un-put-downable novel.



White Silence (Elizabeth Cage #1) by Jodi Taylor

Author’s Synopsis

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.  What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control.

When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems. Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she knows that she can’t trust anyone…


My Views

This book is full of tension. I really liked Elizabeth, and I worried about her because she had an air of frailty that had consolidated itself with her life choices. The more I learned about her the more worried I became and with the scary clinic with its foreboding ruler at her heels I had a nail-biting time.

Taylor has created Elizabeth with an intense internal light but then she throws her poor character into terrible dark situations in which the reader also gets completely immersed and it strengthens the suspense of the story and the reader’s fear. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Jane Austen ay Home by Lucy Worsley

Author’s Synopsis

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived.

This new telling of the story of Jane’s life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

Jane famously lived a ‘life without incident’, but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who far from being a lonely spinster in fact had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

My Views

This is more than the biography I was expecting, it is a complete illustration of everyone’s life in Jane’s era. Worsley’s attention to detail has included everything that you could possibly want to know about life during that period: domestic, political, work life, leisure. It is more than a little eye-opening.

I loved this book and I think that every woman should read it, as should every Jane Austen fan, every history lover, every author, and anyone that falls in between. This, in my view, is a must read and an educational tool but most of all it is a celebration of a woman who paved the way for every female author since.

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The Sixth Window (DCI Tom Douglas #6) by Rachel Abbott

Author’s Synopsis

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.

Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?

DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?


My Views

Natalie’s weakness at a crucial time puts her in the capable hands of Ed Cooper but something doesn’t sit right with her. Not knowing who to trust she runs to a safe house but the term ‘safe’ doesn’t apply to her teenage daughter Scarlett.

This book was terrifying. It had me on the edge of my seat but I do enjoy Abbott’s timely telling of events. She can keep the reader guessing right until the end and that is exactly what I’m looking for. This is a brilliant series and you don’t have to read the books in sequence to thoroughly enjoy them.

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Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels

Author’s Synopsis

Benjamin Daniels is back. He may be older, wiser and more experienced, but his patients are no less outrageous. Drawing on his time working as a medical student, a locum, and a general practitioner, Dr Daniels would like to introduce you to…

The old age pensioner who can’t keep his hands to himself. The teenager convinced that he lost his virginity and caught HIV sometime between leaving a bar and waking up in a kebab shop. A female patient Dr Daniels recognises from his younger, bachelor years. The woman whose mobile phone turns up in an unexpected place. A Jack Russell with a bizarre foot fetish. Crackhead Kenny. Not to mention the super nurses, anxious parents, hypochondriacs, jumpy medical students and kaleidoscope of care workers that make up Dr Daniels’ daily shift.

Further Confessions of a GP is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Confessions of a GP. With more eyebrow-raising stories from the world of general practice, Dr Daniels will once again amuse, shock and surprise. You’ll never feel the same about going to the doctor again…


My Views

This book is not quite as funny as some of the others in the series but it has plenty of emotion. The stories give the reader plenty to think about. The way we care for the elderly and end-of-life care is brought into question but what surprised me was how vulnerable Daniels is under the weight of his work and responsibility. The book is an eye-opening peek into people’s lives and humanizes the professionals behind our health care.

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The Cop Who Stole Christmas (Tall, hot & Texan #2) by Christie Craig

Author’s Synopsis

It’ll take a tall, hot Texan and a little holiday spirit to mend a broken heart and catch a Christmas killer…

Savanna Edwards is feeling downright Scrooge-like. Who can blame her? A truly unjolly Santa—suit, beard and all—just repossessed her car because of her ex’s shady business dealings. She’d like to murder the no-good lying cheat, but somebody already did that for her—and left him right in the middle of her kitchen, wrapped up with a bow.

Detective Mark Donaldson has a rule against getting involved with his neighbors. He can look—and he’s studied every sweet curve of Savanna from across the street—but he can’t touch. So when she lands on his doorstep in need of help, he finds himself torn between being naughty or nice, and fights every urge to unwrap her like a shiny new Christmas present.

Trouble is, even Mark can’t resist a little holiday magic… and there’s definitely something magical happening between him and the girl next door.

Continue reading The Cop Who Stole Christmas (Tall, hot & Texan #2) by Christie Craig

Genealogy: DNA and the Family Tree by James Mayflower

Author’s Synopsis

Discover the Secrets of Your Ancestors with DNA Research and Genealogy No matter how much time you spend in the present, there’s no escaping the fact that your past has a great impact on your future. Have you ever wished you knew more about your family history? DNA and Genealogy explains all you need to know about DNA science. It explains the amazing relationship between DNA and inheritance.

You’ll also find out the essentials of genealogy, and how it can help you predict certain health ailments. Purchase DNA and Genealogy NOW to find out about your family’s past, and how it could impact your future. Here’s a sample of what you can learn from this essential book: “DNA and Genealogy may seem unrelated, but in reality, are interdependent. DNA is the biomolecule that stores all the information of an organism that is vital for its functions. The DNA not only stores information, it is the hereditary material in all most all living beings. On the other hand, Genealogy is the science and study of family history.” DNA and Genealogy provides basic knowledge about the structure and function of a DNA molecule.

It also explains how DNA is inherited from your ancestors according to the laws of inheritance and gives examples of some interesting experiments. You’ll even learn the techniques of modern Genealogy and how they’re related to health and research! Do our ancestors hold the key to our modern day health and wellbeing?


My views

This is a useful and informative book with a mixture of the science behind DNA and the practicalities of genealogy and databases. It is perfect for someone wanting to study their family tree using DNA but it also gives a good general DNA lesson to those of us who are a little mystified.

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