Addict by Matt Doyle

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by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.


Release Date: 8th May, 2017.
Length: 149 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #1.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: from author.

My Thoughts: Addict is a futuristic detective story that follows Private Investigator Cassie Tam as she delves into the world of VR to investigate an accidental overdose. The story is told from a first person perspective and reads very much like an old school PI novel. Action packed, distinctive, and set in a detailed futuristic world, Addict grabs your attention from start to finish.

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LLR: The Barbed Coil

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The Barbed Coil

by J.V. Jones.

When Izgard of Garizon put on the Coil and crowned himself King, he set in train a course of tumultuous events that would reverberate around the continent. For the Coil must have blood. And the first blood to flow is that of Berick of Thorn, the legendary conqueror of Garizon. His son, Camron, wants revenge and knows that Izgard can only be stopped by force of arms. He seeks out the man who knows most about Izgard’s murderous hordes – Lord Ravis, a ruthless mercenary with a dark and secret past. And Tessa McCamfrey is about to become caught up in this dangerous and exotic world – with the piratical Ravis, a beautifully patterned gold ring and a role to play in the momentous events that unfold.

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Hyped Up: The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

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The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

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This is the only money guide you’ll ever need

That’s a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves.

So what makes this one different?

Well, you won’t be overwhelmed with a bunch of ‘tips’ … or a strict budget (that you won’t follow).

You’ll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.

You’ll also get the skinny on:

Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months Doubling your income using the ‘Trapeze Strategy’ Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out 7 years of payments Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140,000 cheque on their 21st birthday Why you don’t need $1 million to retire … with the ‘Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy’

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.

And you’re next.


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The Hype

You literally cannot walk into an Australia book store without seeing this book. As the title says above, the book has sold over 1 million copies. The first print of this book was released in 2004 and has since been reprinted and re-released multiple times. Continue reading “Hyped Up: The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape”

A Game of Chance by Emma Shortt

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by Emma Shortt.

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Blurb: Jack Richards made his first million when he was a nerdy teen. Now, he stays out of the limelight by using an alias, Jack Chance. As CEO of a billion-dollar tech company, Jack thought he had everything he wanted. Until she came storming into his office. With her electric blue hair and voluptuous curves, Meg Marlowe’s a video game fantasy come to life.

Computer genius Meg is convinced that X-Tech has stolen her work and she breaks into its headquarters to confront her idol, billionaire Jack Richards. Who she finds instead, is Jack Chance—all bulging muscles and hard planes, he couldn’t be further from the nerd CEO she expected. A misconception that Jack is happy to go along with.

Their attraction is instant, sizzling, electric…and Meg feels like she knows this guy, though she’s only just met him. But all is not what it seems at X-Tech and that, coupled with Jack’s lie, sends their red-hot relationship, and possibly his company, into a wormhole of doom. But in the game of love, he plays to win.


Release Date: October 8th, 2018.
Length: 224 pages.
Series: Same world as The Seduction Game.
Genre: Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: A Game of Chance was such a fun read!  The novel follows the story of Meg and Jack Richards/Chance as they try and discover who from the X-Tech company stole Meg’s groundbreaking research.

Ever since his popularity and status as a genius took off, Jack has taken great pains to distance himself from that image. The Jack that Meg meets in Jack Chance, a buffer, bearded, and more emotionally intelligent version of Jack Richards. It is with this name that Chance meets Megan.

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Proxima Five by Missouri Vaun

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by Missouri Vaun.

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Blurb: Geologist Dr. Leah Warren wakes after extended cryogenic hibernation to discover she’s crash-landed on a foreign planet. The sole survivor of her crew, she struggles to piece together what went wrong. Leah ventures from the ship in search of signs of life only to be captured by desert raiders.

Keegan, a clan warrior, discovers Leah, weak and barely alive. Her kindness and affection for Leah seem in direct conflict with her tough and emotionally remote façade, and Leah’s attraction for the reserved warrior grows. Unfortunately, Tiago, the clan’s volatile chieftain, is a tyrant who wants Leah for himself. Keegan will have to relinquish Leah or challenge Tiago. Will love give Keegan the strength to defeat him?


Release Date:
Length: 75,000 words.
Series: N/A Standalone.
Genre: Sci-Fi. Romance. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved Proxima Five! The sci-fi setting mixed with the love/hate romance of the two leads combined to create a novel that I couldn’t put down. I adored the story, the characters, and the vivid story telling of Vaun – Proxima Five was a novel that I devoured and loved ❤

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A Treason of Truths by Ada Harper

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by Ada Harper.

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Review Tagline: An action packed and emotional ride that explores truth and deception.

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Blurb:

She turned her back on her people and shifted her allegiance to the very Empire she was sent to betray

Now head spymaster, Lyre’s loyalty lies with Sabine, the Empress she has loved since childhood. But when Sabine visits the secretive Cloud Vault, the floating citadel home that Lyre betrayed, Lyre’s elaborate web of lies starts to untangle. Her very presence threatens Sabine’s future, and Lyre will do whatever it takes to protect her lover…even if that means sacrificing herself.

Empress Sabine Corvus has lived a life of service, pushing aside her own desires for the greater good. With the Empire teetering on the brink of war with the traitorous Syndicate, she cannot afford to show weakness. Although Lyre’s spymaster skills are her greatest weapon, their bond is Sabine’s Achilles’ heel. Regardless of the price, she will not give Lyre up.


Release Date: October 1st, 2018.
Length: 83,000 words.
Series: Whispers Universe #2.
Genre: Romance. Sci-Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: A Treason of Truths is an action packed, science fiction, f/f romance story which revolves around the relationship and actions of Empress Sabine and her spymaster Lyre. Summarised by the author as a ‘Queer Girl Die Hard on a floating city,’ the book more than lives up to this description.

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Long Lost Reviews: Blind Faith by Ben Elton

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by Ben Elton.

Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where ‘sharing’ is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn’t call himself a rebel, but he’s daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won’t go unnoticed.

Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.

A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to home?

I remember this book having a really profound effect on me. I remember finishing the last chapter, putting down the book, and then almost deleting my Facebook account. Pretty much since this book, I have cut back on the amount of personal information I let out into the world.

While I haven’t removed my social media presence completely (I mean, hello I am writing this blog), I have dialed back my personal social media presence. Goodreads is telling me I finished this book in 2012 and no word of a lie, it has stuck with me since.

As an author Elton is either really profound or is having a snarky stab at society, in this book he does both.. I think. I cannot for the life of me tell you anything about the plot or this Trafford character, but I can tell you that Blind Faith is a satire about online oversharing and it scared me. 

Once again I cannot tell you if I enjoyed the book or if it was just the message that got to me. I rated it four stars though, so I must have liked it 😛


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Long Lost Reviews

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Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling

Grilled+Cheese+diner+copy (1)Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector

by Nicole Kimberling.

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Review Tagline: You’ll have trouble not falling in love with Special Agent Curry and his bite sized stories.

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Blurb: Keith Curry has his work cut out for him.

NATO’s Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting citizens from both mundane and otherworldly dangers.

Former chef turned NIAD food inspector, Special Agent Keith Curry found out about magic the hard way and is now determined to keep dinner safe for everybody. Includes the novellas “Cherries Worth Getting,” “Magically Delicious” and the never-before-published “Bring Out Your Best” plus bonus shorts and more!


Release Date: 9th October, 2018.
Length: 317 pages.
Series: N/A.
Genre: Urban Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector is a novel made up of collected stories that revolve around Special Agent Keith Curry.  Once a chef, now Keith is an agent of the NATO Irregular Affairs Division where he specialises in food inspections and investigations.

Grilled Cheese and Goblins is an incredibly fresh look at urban fantasy. Not only is the book a m/m romance, but it blends fantastical elements with food health and safety administration.

I mean, what?

Who would even think to mix the two?

Better yet, why would you?!

I’ll tell you what, Kimberling has merged the two to create such a nuanced and different world! With investigations ranging from searching for human protein (man meat 😛 ), illegal magical inclusions to food, contaminated blood supplements, and world saving blintzes, Grilled Cheese and Goblins is such a unique urban fantasy.  Continue reading “Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling”

Quick Picks: Book Series I Abandoned

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The relationship between myself and book series is a strained one. While I won’t shy away from series, as a rule I don’t really like reading them unless they are really close to completion. I simply do not have the patience nor the desire to re-read the earlier books.

I am very aware that I should be more supportive of authors and their series, because if we don’t support the start of a series, then we are less likely to the end of the series. So yes, I will read first parts of series, I just might not do it if you’re super mega popular as I will make myself wait. A Song of Fire and Ice, I am looking at you.

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Green Rider Series

by Kristen Britain.

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Quick story run down: The Green Rider series, follows the story of Karigan G’ladheon as she joins and adventures as part of a group of  royal messengers, the Green Riders.

I found the first book, Green Rider, in a $2 bin at my local Golo back when I was a teenager. From the very first chapter, I fell in love. There was something about the book that captured my attention and I devoured the rest of the series.

Quick reasons why I stopped reading:

  • The length in between books: The first book was published in 1998 and the sixth book was published in 2017. 19 years. It has taken 19 years for six books to be released and the latest book, isn’t even the last!

I don’t want to be that person but ain’t nobody got time for that. I got sick of waiting for the next books and to be honest by the time the books came out I had completely forgotten all the plots of the previous books. Continue reading “Quick Picks: Book Series I Abandoned”