I’m super excited to share this with the world. I really like the story and I think you guys will too!
For those of you without money who are interested, I’m looking for reviewers and will give a free PDF or MOBI of Wildflower Crown in exchange for an honest review to be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and your blog. You can comment below or use the contact form on my “contact” page to ask about getting a copy.
“As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent.
She sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find the book, never suspecting her fate is tied to three strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre story on canvas, plank, and church wall, the young apprentice becomes increasingly aware that death might be the least of her concerns.”
The start was a bit slow and like all historical fiction I had trouble with all the names.
Everything about this book was brilliant.
The characters were wonderful.
The plot didn’t drag on even though it was a long book.
The magic was very well done.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes, to everyone! Disclaimer though, there are some weird bits people might have a problem with, like dead lesbian sex and murder and all that. However, I still loved it. It’s now one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to read the rest of the author’s novels.
I heard it a hundred times with Hunger Games: “Boys, even though this is about a girl, you’ll like it!” Even though. I never heard a single time, “Girls, even though Harry Potter is about a boy, you’ll like it!”
This has never actually occurred to me. I’m a girl, and no one has ever said “Oh, you’ll like this even though it’s about a boy.” I’ve never considered not reading something because the book was in a boy’s POV (though I have passed up reading books that I know are by male authors, I am guilty of that). I have thought about how men will not enjoy my books as they are mostly about romance, and that they wouldn’t like my YA stuff because it would all be in a girl’s POV.
I guess it never occurred to me to question it, to say, “Excuse me, I’m a girl and I can read in a guy’s POV, why the fuck can’t boys do the same?”
I urge you to read the original post, especially if, like me, you’ve never thought as deeply on the topic. It just never came to mind.
Christian and I dance around the Ball Room gracefully. By some grace of God, I don’t trip, even when Christian twirls me in a spin.
“Are you enjoying yourself, Mrs. Grey?” Christian asks, looking to his mother, who sits in the corner. Exhibitionism is his newest fetish. I hated it, at first, but because it was in our contract, I found that I couldn’t stop it from happening.
Mrs. Grey, of course, declines to answer. Christian made her sign a contract as well. She signed it, thinking highly of her son, knowing he would never trick her, but now she must not speak of what she sees, and she’s legally bound to endure our show. He’s so romantic like that, my Christian. So loving.
This is the UK cover. US cover is different, but I read the UK version.
Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Anouska Night
“How do you learn to love again?
In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson’s life as she knew it changed forever. Now—to the external world, at least—she’s finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she’s still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.
Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there’s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again—and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?”
It involved cake. I enjoy cake. I now want to try to make Butterbeer cupcakes, but I don’t know if they’re a thing. (Those aren’t in the book, I just want some Butterbeer cupcakes).
Fergal was awesome. He’s the MMC’s dad. And he’s crazy.
It was an “eh” book. I read to the end, but I’m not really sure why.
I didn’t feel anything towards Ciaran. Maybe it’s because I have no idea how to pronounce his name, but probably more because he has no personality. He’s just there, and he’s hot and rich. And damaged from his past. So what? There was just no draw to him. I felt more towards the dead husband.
The book opens with a sex scene… about the dead husband and the FMC. I was confused for a bit about if he was dead or not or if there were time jumps or what was happening.
Most of the characters came off as being rather flat.
Nothing in the book made me feel anything. The only time I felt some emotion was when I learned that the husband died young, just because I have a boyfriend who I don’t want to die. That’s it. I didn’t laugh, I didn’t frown, I didn’t smile. Nothing. It was just “eh.”
Would I recommend it?:
No. If this is the kind of romance women want, I want no part in it. It was so meh. I want to feel something when I read a book, whether I’m laughing or biting my nails at whether or not the MMC and the FMC will get together. The book just seemed to drag out and keep going for no reason. I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone unless they were an avid baker, but even then I could find a better book.
Amazon Summary: “Magazine editor-in-chief, bride-to-be, and soon-to-be-step-grandmother at twenty-six, Sophie Scaife is looking forward to married life with her fiancé and Dom, wickedly sadistic billionaire Neil Elwood. As they enter unexplored sensual territory, Neil leads Sophie to the very edge between pain and pleasure—and she discovers a surprising new side to her sexuality.
While Sophie balances her hectic work routine with her devotion to her unconventional family, Neil has to adjust to life as a retired mogul. With their big day drawing nearer, they have to forge through pre-wedding jitters, personal crises, and an unexpected houseguest to get to their kinky ever after.
But a decades old trauma still haunts Neil. When the private details draw public interest, Sophie learns that the scars of his past are greater than he let on—and he’ll need all of her love to heal them…”
I couldn’t stop reading it. The plot was very compelling.
The book is a reminder how bad things can happen whatever, without warning.
I was glad that Sophie and Valerie came to some kind of understanding.
I skipped every single sex scene. I didn’t even glance at them. I guess it’s hard to keep doing the same thing, and this is the fourth book, but I was way more interested in the plot than the sex.
Would I recommend it?: Yes! I really enjoyed it, even if I skipped over the sex scenes… which are kind of the point in this kind of book.
Amazon Summary: “After a tumultuous year, Sophie Scaife’s relationship with her boyfriend and Dom, billionaire media mogul Neil Elwood, is hotter and happier than ever. His sizzling Dominant side pushes Sophie to new and challenging heights of submission and erotic exploration as she follows her Sir’s every whim. But with his daughter’s impending wedding and a milestone birthday turning Neil’s thoughts toward settling down, Sophie faces a much different future than she’d planned.
Caught in a conflict between her new wealth and her desire for independence, Sophie fears she’s becoming just another Fifth Avenue trophy wife. With her fashion journalism career over and her new effort as a writer uninspiring, Sophie has to work harder than ever to prove her intentions to Neil’s family and friends.
Sophie isn’t the only one struggling to adapt to her new lifestyle. When private jets and designer labels threaten her bond with Holli, Sophie finds herself walking a fine line between the world she now inhabits and the past—and people—she fears she’s left behind. After a shocking revelation divides her loyalties, Sophie is in danger of losing her best friend or fracturing the trust of the man she loves.”
There are like 16 or so weddings ’bout to go down, lots of fighting (or maybe I just perceived it that way, but there was 1 or 2 serious arguments), a terrifying mention of barnyard animals… okay, maybe you should stick to the legit summary to know what’s going on. In three words: Hot kinky sex.
Cheers (possible spoilers):
The sex was lovely, as always.
I really liked that she pointed out the whole Neil-is-bisexual-so-he-could-love-men-as-well thing. It was just a good point.
The plot was okay, not nearly as compelling as the first book in my opinion.
Jeers (possible spoilers):
I know it’s kinda the point, but TOO MANY WEDDINGS. Not all 25(or so, forget their ages but they’re all the same)-year-olds need to be married. I feel like the book set a deadline on when it was acceptable for women to be married.
The fight with Holli was drawn out too much, I think. Especially when she ended up confessing that she knew the whole time that it wasn’t Sophie who got her fired. Like I would’ve never talked to Holli again for being such an irrational bitch. That’s an abusive relationship right there.
It just wasn’t as strong as the first two books. I think the author mentioned that it was supposed to be this book and the next book combined in one but there was too much material so she ended up stretching the plot a little thin rather than cramming too much in there together.
The handbag. Seriously. SERIOUSLY.
Would I recommend it?: Still yes. While not as strong as the other books in the series, it was still a fun read. Lots of sex and all that jazz. There’s also a bonus scene between Neil and Emir at the end (though if you want to read that without buying it just look up “The Hook Up”, it’s free).
Amazon Summary: “Unemployed, blacklisted, and pregnant, Sophie Scaife’s life is totally upside down. Her relationship with publishing magnate Neil Elwood is on the rocks. Her best friend’s career is igniting. And Sophie is afraid she’ll make one of the toughest decisions of her life alone…
When a devastating diagnosis forces Neil to return to London, Sophie throws caution to the wind to follow her heart across the Atlantic. Keeping a scorching D/s affair as red-hot in sickness as it was in health is a challenge, even for two lovers as inventive as Sophie and Neil. But Sophie is more than willing to try anything her Sir commands, and their fantasies of control become a welcome refuge from the daily stress of illness.
While Neil’s wealth and privilege make adjusting to her new situation easier, Sophie finds herself rebuilding her life around an uncertain future. And while both of them face the changes between them head-on, they’re all too aware that their happiness may be fleeting—and Sophie could lose Neil forever.”
Cancer. The illness is cancer. Spoiler alert, they tell you right away. The couple you loved from The Boss is now struggling to face real-world problems and recognize that they care about much more than just having kinky sex.
Very good handling of cancer and how it affects your loved ones.
Fun to read. I just enjoyed the plot and enjoyed reading it through.
To make up for less sex, there’s lots of love. It’s more emotional in this book. Made me want to snuggle my boyfriend.
The sex is hotter. Just trust me, it is.
I love how the pregnancy is handled. Again, how 50 Shades of Grey could have handled things and not made it an absolutely terrible plot device.
I really should have been studying for my Biopsychology exam this entire time but I was like no, I’ll just keep reading this, it’ll be fine. It will not be fine. I am going to fail.
Not as sexy as the first book. There is puking and chemo mouth sores and not as much sex. In my opinion, the story still works, but it’s worth noting for those looking for a less serious more sexy book.
I had to keep irrationally checking on my boyfriend to make sure all was well because I am terrified of cancer.
Would I recommend it?: Yes, yes, yes. Myself and none of my loved ones have never gone through cancer, thank goodness, but this seems like an incredibly accurate view of the struggle to remain a normal couple when cancer rears its ugly head. Bonus: There isn’t a cliff-hanger. You don’t need to read the next book (which I will review when I get around to buying it) to feel complete.
“Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine.
When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss – billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood – Sophie can’t resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them… and the opportunity to explore her submissive side with the most Dominant man she’s ever known.
Neil is the only man who has ever understood Sophie’s need to submit in the bedroom, and the only man who has ever satisfied those desires. When their scorching, no-strings-attached sexual relationship becomes something more, Sophie must choose between her career and heart… or risk losing them both.”
Basically, a woman finds the sexy stranger she once had a one night stand with and they decide to hook up again. However, they have such chemistry that it’s hard to keep things casual. Also, the dude is totally her boss and super rich, so it’s super complicated to just be normal around someone who can afford to feed caviar to his dog if he so chose to.
Cheers (Possible Spoilers):
I love how Neil points out that a fuck-buddy relationship is still a relationship and that no one should feel used or objectified and no feelings should be hurt even though it’s not romantic. Fantastic point, in my opinion.
I love that Sophie is anti-baby. I feel the same way and it is GODDAMN ANNOYING when people are like “Oh, you’ll change your mind.”
Sex scenes are good. Just as they should be.
There is a good plot. It isn’t just a string of bedroom scenes put together with awkward failures of plot devices in between.
It’s too preachy about the “don’t judge people on their weight” thing. Once would have been okay without restating it over and over.
They smoke a lot of pot. I just look down in general at people who smoke pot just to be pot-heads because I’m a judgmental bitch.
This was written basically to give an example of how 50 Shades could have been written to not been a spectacular failure of a BDSM novel. And romance. And just a failure of everything. Sometimes the author goes too far in THIS IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE and puts in something directly opposite of something in 50 Shades just to get that message through. However, if you’ve never read her blog or 50 Shades of Grey I doubt you’d notice it.
The Kindle version I have has a few spacing issues, with new paragraphs starting in the middle of sentences. Doesn’t happen too often though and may be fixed by then. Also this was a free (legal) download, so I’m not complaining.
Ends in a way that forces you to want to read the next book. This is on the jeers list because as a poor college student I despise when I start reading something I don’t realize is a series.
The sex overpowers the plot sometimes. This might sound silly, but the plot really mattered to me and so there were times that I read the sex scenes like BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE MAGAZINE?
Would I recommend it?:
Absolutely. If you like romance, BDSM, and enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, this was made for you. If you actually liked 50 Shades of Grey, read this to see how the book should have been handled. It was a fun read and despite being erotica, the plot didn’t get boring the second read through. The Boss is also free for Kindle/as an epub/as a pfd so it’s not going to cost you anything to try it out.