Blog Tour: Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame

Warning: This book contains Domestic Violence

Synopsis from Goodreads

Tyler Bruce – hell raiser and bad boy – tells his story in his own words.

Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad. We see him as the daredevil seventeen-year-old we first met in Did I Mention I Love You?, the stepbrother who falls head over heels for Eden.

In these parallel timelines we finally understand the enigmatic Tyler’s complex story and his innermost thoughts – on his dad, his mom, on Tiffani and Eden – all the things Eden wasn’t witness to. And, crucially, the reader gains heartbreaking insight into why Tyler becomes the self-obsessed, angry and unhappy guy we encounter in DIMILY.

This utterly addictive rollercoaster of a novel gives voice to one of the most adored characters in Estelle Maskame’s extraordinary international bestseller, Did I Mention I Love You?

Review

I didn’t realise what I was getting into when I got myself in the blog tour for Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame. First, the book is massive! Like big-enough-to-kill-someone-with-it kind of massive. Secondly, I have never read any of the DIMILY Series books.

Seriously Ana? 

Tsst Tsst… and you call yourself a book blogger hun?

Well, I’m trying okay, but there is just too many books and not enough money to buy them all! It’s a cruel world out there!

The book arrived just in time for my holiday to Portugal. Thinking this would be the perfect summer book, I took it with me. I’ve previously heard that the DIMILY series it’s quite a delightful and fun summer read, so I thought this will be the same. Nope. Unless you want to cry into your cocktails by the pool!

Just Don’t Mention It goes quite deep, deep into Tyler’s suffering and abuse at his Dad’s hands. The story goes back and forwards, between Tyler being 12 years old, to 5 years later when he meets Eden. It’s set in California mostly during the summer, which tricks you to feel warm inside and the romance blossoming between Tyler and Eden makes you feel all giddy too. However, every time it goes to a flashback of Tyler being abused by his Dad, it’s like I’m being punched in the heart! Can we just wrap him in bubble wrap and keep him safe?

Even though I haven’t read the DIMILY series I thought I could actually be of help in this blog tour. Mostly, because I wanted to check for myself if you could really get into the story by starting with Tyler’s perspective instead of Eden’s. Also, I love Ink Road Publishers too much to refuse being part of their amazing blog tours. They have provided me with some of the best reads of 2018 (also their book mail is perfection!), and after hearing how the series is loved by everyone I just had to read it.

What I’m trying to say here is, that once again Ink Road provided me with another fabulous read and you definitely can start the series from Just Don’t Mention It.  However, I believe that part of the mystery in DIMILY is Eden breaking Tyler’s barriers. The whole good girl falls in love with bad boy story line, will be amiss if you start reading the series from JDMI. Instead, you get broken boy is misunderstood by everyone until good girl sees him for who he is, which is still pretty awesome.

Estelle’s writing is so beautifully descriptive and the story flows so effortlessly between past and present. I’m pretty curious to read the rest of the series now, and see a different side of the story. You definitely don’t need to be a fan of the DIMILY series to pick up Just Don’t Mention It, but you will definitely be picking up the rest of the series once you finish this one!

Whenever you arrive to this story – either from Tyler’s side or Eden’s side – you will leave loving them both.

Rating: ★★★★

Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame is out now in paperback and is available Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks Ink Road for sending me a paperback copy of Just Don’t Mention It in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Synopsis by Goodreads

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Review

At first, I wasn’t sure where this book was taking me but I absolutely adored the journey it took me on. Ace of Shades is the first book I’ve read by Amanda Foody and I tell you now that it won’t be the last. Especially, because I need to know what else happens in The Shadow Game series.

Amanda’s world building is truly amazing. At times, it feels that you are the one walking around the North Side of New Reynes trying to outrun the gangs. It’s a world of fantasy and magic that doesn’t feel quite that different from reality, which makes it a bit more  easy to relate.

Foody also writes some very complex, diverse and likeable characters. I realised that this was the first time I read a book with a male bisexual character. A black bisexual gang lord?? If that doesn’t lure you to read this book, then the casino lights and the gambling certainly will.

I’m a sucker for romance, and I absolutely love books when the chemistry is there and the moments where the couple almost kisses keeps happening. Especially when it comes to a series, I love the anticipation of the ‘Will it happen?’. It’s like the author is teasing us, and Amanda surely delivers this romantic suspense very well with Levi and Enne.

The only reason why I haven’t given this book 5 stars, is because I felt that is a bit of a slow burner, which is something  that I love with romance but not when it comes to action. The story is quite interesting from the beginning but the action does take a bit to get going which can make some people not stick with it until the end.  However, once the action picked up I couldn’t stop reading until the very last page. I finished the book wanting more. I still do!

I also love the way the magic or talent is portrayed in this book, is quite an unusual take on things. Peculiarly, because most of the time I felt that the characters weren’t constantly using their talents to get what they needed. Said that, I’m hoping that with the second book things get even more magical and dark. I love how much darker things got by the end, in terms of plot and also character development.

Overall, I utterly loved this book and for sure I’ll be reading the next instalments of The Shadow Game series. If you love a Las Vegas inspired fantasy world, with mystery, gangs and magic then Ace Of Shades should be your next TBR book.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a paperback copy of Ace of Shades in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn – Book Review

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 15.23.54I found this book on my iBooks app; it was free and being a big fan of Brothers Grimm fairytales and fantasy I thought I would give it a go. Even though there was a lack of editing and possibly a few tweaks needed in the character’s development, I still got sucked in to the book for its originality.

On this first instalment of the ‘An Unfortunate Fairy Tale’ series, Hahn introduces us to the ever-so- clumsy and unpopular Mina Grime. An unfortunate incident during her High School trip – where she saves her crush from certain death – changes her status from loser to hero. However, this new found status doesn’t just bring joy, but also has awoken an old family curse. Mina is a descendant of the Brothers Grimm and she has inherited all their unfinished fairytales. To break the curse, she must re-live and finish all the fairytales thrown at her, or her fate will be the same as her failed ancestors…death.

This modern fairytale draws you in because even though you know the tales, Hahn brings them to life with a modern world twist. There are some similarities with the ‘Twilight’ series when it comes to the love triangle plus Mina resembles Bella with her clumsiness and insecurities, however there is something about Mina that makes it easier to relate too than Bella Swan.

I do believe that with a bit more time developing the characters – and with someone proof reading – this book could be a little hidden gem. The book is ideal for a light holiday reading and for everyone that loves fairytales and fantasy, plus it’s free. I can’t wait to purchase the next instalment and see what becomes of Mina Grime.

Rating:★★✬☆☆

For more info on the author and her books go to: http://chandahahn.com/

To get the E-book for free just go to: Amazon or download it in your iBooks app.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx