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20 May 2015

Review: Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

Source: NetGalley Request | Review Consideration | Purchase

5 Words: Politics, scandal, love, family, rumour.

If you know me, then you know I've got a soft spot for Chanel Cleeton. And if you've ever read any of her books then you know there's a reason for that. She's the author who restored my faith in New Adult, showed it could be more than badly rewritten sex scenes and regurgitated plots. And in Flirting with Scandal she keeps up the good work.

There is passion and intrigue and right at the centre a fantastic character in the shape of Jackie, someone who was simultaneously incredibly strong to everyone around her and vulnerable just in front of the only one who really knew her. Or thought he did. Because this plot has some fantastic twists.

There was something about her, something that felt like a burst of color in a sea of gray.

The whole story was very fluid and natural in the way it played out. And even for someone who knows nothing (absolutely nothing) about American politics it was never overwhelming.

19 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #33

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Tuesday Freebie.

This is probably the hardest list EVER. I mean, how am I supposed to pick not only a top ten, but the subject for that? Eek. So I have decided upon...


Now, I love UKYA. It is my longest book-lover, my one true bookish love, my novel-soul-mate. UKYA is what properly got me into reading, it's what's kept me reading, it's my addiction. The majority of the books I read each year are UKYA.

And now I think I should explain a little.

Simply put, UKYA is United Kingdom Young Adult. Looking a bit deeper is does have a few different definitions. Some are that it has to be a UK-born author, writing stories set in the UK while living themselves in the UK. For me, as long as the book was written by an author who currently resides in the UK then it counts. I'm not fussy. It's all awesome.

UKYA has it's very own feel, a certain tone to it that when you pick up the book for the first time and start reading, you just know. You know it's UKYA. And yet the books themselves are all so very different. So, here are my Top Ten UKYA Authors, the ones I read again and again and again.
  • Kevin Brooks
  • Melvin Burgess
  • Kate Cann
  • Teri Terry
  • James Dawson
  • Keren David
  • Holly Smale
  • Leila Rasheed
  • Anne Cassidy
  • Sarra Manning

12 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #32

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Authors I Want to Meet.

What a list this was to write! I decided to split it in to two because that's how I roll. So many authors I want to meet and so many I'd like to meet again! Quite a lot of UKYA featuring here, I think I spot a bit of a trend in my lists.

I Want to Meet

Gail Carriger
JK Rowling
Trudi Canavan
Teri Terry
Melvin Burgess

I Want to Meet Again

Kevin Brooks
James Dawson
Dawn O'Porter
Leigh Bardugo
Sarah J Maas


06 May 2015

GIVEAWAY: Beach Bag Giveaway (UK ONLY!)

Beach Bag Giveaway

You can win everything in that picture above! A hardback copy of Weightless by Sarah Bannan, a pair of sun-glasses and a sun-glass case, and a stripy canvas beach bag. How awesome?

This give-away is UK only as it's gonna be a pretty heavy parcel.