It's Time to Say Goodbye (Officially)

27 August 2018

Long time, no post and, I'll be honest, this is a post I really didn't think I would ever write! But, as you can probably tell from the lack of posts on this site, the semi-hiatus I announced in April last year has turned into a long-term hiatus so the time has come to close this blog and say goodbye. 

I love reading, I always have and always will but, in the last two years, A LOT has changed in my life, I have a new career and (although I still read - granted not as much as I did when commuting and working in London) I just don't have the time to read as much as I used to nor the time to write reviews for the books I do manage to read. I won't be closing the site completely, I want to keep the reviews I worked so hard to write and the archive I have built alive but, as far as actively reviewing and posting goes, this will be the last post on the site for the foreseeable future.

Who knows, maybe, in a few years things will change and I will be an active reviewer again (which is another reason I don't want to close the site completely and lose everything) but right now, where I am in my life, I cannot sustain the commitment to the blog I would like to and if I do this, I want to do it properly. 

Before I sign out for good, and like last time, I want to say thank you, this blog was always about having a place to share my love of books and the authors who shared their characters and worlds with us. So thank you to every one of you who have read my reviews, to the authors who have shared advance copies of their books with me and to fellow bloggers/book tour companies I have had the pleasure of working with.

I will still be around on Twitter from time to time so I will catch you there!

Lots of love,

Some Sad News | Bookaholic Babe Semi Hiatus

31 December 2017

Hello readers, fellow bloggers and authors,

It is with a very heavy heart I have to write this post...

When I start this little blog way back in 2013, it was to share my ramblings about all the books I loved to read on my commute to London whilst I was working there. It became my little hidey-hole on the Internet and I have loved every second of running Bookaholic Babe. Through this blog, I have met some incredibly lovely readers, bloggers and authors, not only that, but it has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing book PR people/companies and I have been lucky enough to receive ARCs from some of my favourite authors. 

You may have noticed since the new year there haven't been as many books reviews and posts going up on the blog and this mainly has to do with the fact that I have been preparing and getting ready for a big career change in my life. About this time last year, I decided it was time for me to do something I had always wanted to do so I got a new job to start the journey to my dream career. The second half of last year I had more time to read but over the last few months, I have been preparing my application hence less reading and fewer posts.

I now have a training placement for my new career and I am studying over summer to improve my knowledge before I go onto train so my reading time, with the start of my new course, is lessening. For now, I need to concentrate on my studies and as a result, I have decided it is time to place my little blog on a semi-hiatus. 

I still love reading and I will still read post reviews when I can. As a result, I am not deleting the blog or domain name and hope to post when I can. All my reviews will, therefore, be staying up for people to find and read.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say thank you again. My blog doesn't have a massive following but it was never about that for me. It was all about sharing my love of books and sharing my words with the authors that took the time to share their stories with us. So thank you to my readers, to the authors who I have shared advance copies of their books with me and, in some cases become friends, and to fellow bloggers/book tour companies out there who I have connected with over the last four and a bit years. This isn't the end, it's just a new beginning and I will still be around. 

Until next time,

Cover Reveal | Sweet Surrender by Nina Lane (@ninalaneauthor)

25 April 2017

Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for Sweet Surrender by Nina Lane! Read on to view the cover and find out all you need to know about the book.

Cover design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers | Cover photography: Sara Eirew Photographer


He’s an encyclopedia of sex. She’s ready to do some research.
Super-efficient Kate Darling needs lessons in love. As executive assistant to the CEO of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, Kate knows everything about organization and nothing about relationships. Then she literally falls into the arms of Tyler Stone, youngest Sugar Rush heir and notorious bad boy.

After a colossal screw-up involving a pretty girl and a stolen speedboat, Tyler is facing the punishment of an actual job. His father has sentenced him to organize the company library, which is Tyler’s definition of cruel and unusual punishment. But if he can convince industrious, resourceful Kate to help him, he’ll earn his release in no time.

Kate is no fool. Tyler is an authority on sex, and she wants to learn. She’ll help him with the library—if he’ll teach her about the erotic side of romance.

Cataloging, alphabetizing, and metadata collide in a storm of lust, sweat, and dirty talk as Kate and Tyler get to work on both the library and each other. But when he starts falling for her, their hot affair will be one for the books.

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Nook will be available on release day

  Meet the hot men of the Sugar Rush Candy Company...

Check out a new standalone sexy contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane!

About the Author: 

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. She lives in snowy Wisconsin with her atmospheric scientist husband, their two children, and an overly energetic dog named Dasher.

Blog Tour & Giveaway | Across Great Divides by Monique Roy (@MonWriter1)

21 April 2017

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Across Great Divides by Monique Roy. Read on to find out all you need to know about the book, read an excerpt and enter the giveaway to win one of two ebook copies of the book.

Across Great Divides is a timeless, World War II story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler comes to power in 1933, one Jewish family refuses to be destroyed and defies the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting Apartheid in South Africa.

1944, Ravensbruck, Germany

Trudy eyed the new female prisoners as they arrived at this special hell for women, located alongside Lake Schwedt, 50 miles north of Berlin. Ravensbruck was a mini city of low gray barracks surrounded by concrete walls on which guard towers rose at intervals.

She carried a plaited whip in one hand as she watched the women being processed into the camp. This particular group were all Jewish women, identified by the yellow triangles they would wear on their striped prisoner garb, but sometimes unlike the other prisoners, they wore a second triangle for the other categories or for "Race Defilement". She could already tell who would be shot, worked to death or subjected to torturous medical experiments.

Trudy was still not used to this new life of hers, and like the prisoners, she wished she could be anywhere but there. She had been appointed Aufseherin, overseer, but she was inexperienced and she knew that she was not mentally capable of handling the role. And then there was the stench. She still choked at the pungent, revolting stench that filled the air in the camp. Fresh air became a luxury as did other simple things—food, clothes, soap, water, and even sleep. She closed her eyes briefly and remembered her father’s words, “that this would be an honorable job for her country and for the longevity of the Third Reich.”

Trudy placed her hand on her whip and even after two months in this place, she struggled to use it. The other female Aufseherinnen used their whips with such ease, as if the prisoners were not human, but animals.

Then, one day Trudy was truly tested. Ravensbruck was also a place where female students were trained to be sadistic guards. The head training overseer, a woman who wore heavy boots and carried a plaited whip and pistol, showed the women the finer points of malicious pleasure. She called Trudy before a group of five prisoners and demanded that Trudy pick an inmate and beat her.

Trudy stared at the prisoners. She noticed their weak, feeble bodies that hung limply under striped prisoner uniforms. Their hollow, pale faces pointed toward the cold, concrete floor.

Trudy only shook her head at the guard. “W√§hlen!” The guard yelled at Trudy.

Nein,” Trudy said, eyeing the brutal head guard. “Ich kann nicht.

The head overseer grabbed her whip and as Trudy watched, she struck the prisoners. Trudy flinched and turned her head, unable to bear the harsh treatment in front of her. As the Jewish prisoners lay on the ground, bloody, beaten and bruised, her thoughts flashed back to Eva. Her sublime image came to mind. Trudy wondered where Eva was. Was she safe? Since Trudy arrived at Ravensbruck, she studied each prisoner’s face—to make sure that none of the prisoners were them. She did not know what she would do if Eva, Inge or Helene had arrived at such a place.

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More About the Book:
As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for identical twin sisters Eva and Inge under the oppressive and anti-Semitic laws of Nazi Germany. After witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they flee their beloved homeland, finally finding a new home for themselves in the beautiful country of South Africa; however, just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in its own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for apartheid. Will Eva and Inge ever be allowed to live in peace? Across Great Divides is a tale of one family’s struggle to survive in a world tainted with hate, and the power of love that held them all together.

About the Author:
Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It's their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides. She is also the author of a middle-grade book, Once Upon a Time in Venice, and Monique is working on her third novel, which also takes place during the World War II era.

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Review | What About Her by Emma Tharp (@EmmaTharpAuthor)

14 April 2017



Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

Emma contacted me a little while ago asking if I would like to read her book and I was really intrigued by the concept. Kate's best friend is missing and she thinks she's alive but the town, including Willow's parents, are ready to move on. Since the disappearance of Willow, her boyfriend has been hostile towards Kate but that needs to stop when they're assigned as partners. 

I loved reading Kate and River's interactions and seeing how their relationship developed as we moved through the story. Kate mentions her thoughts on Willow's disappearance through the book but this book focuses more on the relationship between the two of them. 

This book didn't pan out the way I thought it would, I wasn't disappointed by that, I enjoyed that part of the story but I felt like there should have been more focus on the disapperance since Kate seemed so adamant at the start that she didn't believe Willow was missing. I think we will get more of that in the following book with the ending to this one and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment and seeing where Emma takes the story from here.

Guest Post | Behind the Title (Creation of a Love Story) by Cynthia Roberts (@cynthiasromance)

12 April 2017

Today I am pleased to be featuring a guest post by Cynthia Roberts, author of the Love Songs Standards Series, about the connection between literature and music.

Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes. I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece. 

There's another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music and literature. There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back at the 18th century.

"If I Die Young" by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot. "Love Story" by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet. The artist Sting's "Moon Over Bourbon Street" was based on an Anne Rice Novel, Interview With A Vampire.

More interesting though, the anatomy of a song has also within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as well. For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics. I grew up listening to my mom's collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Those lyrics have forever been embossed into my brain, I still sing along whenever I hear them. Lyrics like those back then told a story, and they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.

I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in. It is from this list, I began to formulate a set of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Series. I made a list of songs that I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five. That number was quite overwhelming and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios. So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.

I had made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one. I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like. They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough to stand on their own. My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.

After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried. I took a short reprieve and switched i tup a bit with a Romantic Suspense, A Pawn of Malice. Happily, the first two book of my series received 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion efforts. I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally. My focus now is to both promote my series and finish the final four titles All The Way, It's Impossible, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.

If you're a lover of contemporary romance, please do check out my Love Song Standards Series. I know you'll be pleasantly pleased. Buy links and description are available on my website at If you subscribe to my mailing list, we can stay in touch as to when the other titles will be published PLUS you'll receive a complimentary copy of Book 1, Unchained Melody. All that I ask is for you to please, please share an honest review at the online retailer you use most. It will help me dramatically towards promoting my book and the series. 

Hugs from me to you.

"This is definitely a novel that I would read again. It is going to stay on my bookshelf for a very, very long time." - Reader's Favourite

Review | The Chosen by J. R. Ward

11 April 2017


Publisher: Ballatine Books
Pages: 544

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Before I start my review, I need to apologise for my lack of reviews! I have had a couple DNF's and, if I'm honest, I've been in a bit of a blogging slump! My get up and go has get up and gone when it comes to my blog, so if you have any tips on how to battle the blogging blues, please let me know!

Anyway, now that is out the way, onto The Chosen! SQUEE! My boys are back!! Now, those of you who know me know I went through a stage of loving and hating these books. We had a few with so many side stories that, if I'm honest, bored me to tears but I kept going for my boys. I love these boys to heaven and back. My perseverance has paid off and things have slowly got better, the side stories not playing so much of a role and we are focusing more on the Brotherhood and, in this book, the wider role of the Bastards.

So, in the world of BDB, Layla has birthed her twins with Qhuinn and has been carrying on a hidden affair with Xcor, sworn enemy of the Brotherhood and that comes out with phenomenal consequences, not only for Layla and her role as a mahmen but for Qhuinn and his relationship with Blay (oh, those two, how I love them!). 

Now, when I heard this was Layla and Xcor's book, I was worried because of the whole side stories issue and Xcor not being part of the Brotherhood. I was wrong to be worried because we see the brothers in all their glory through Layla. Also, this book is a MASSIVE game-changer by the time it ends, it completely changed my opinion of Xcor and his Band of Bastards. I don't want to give any spoilers away but there is a huge battle at the end that had my heart in my mouth and me praying that all those boys I loved so much survived. 

Oh and let me just talk about Blay and Qhuinn. I love those two, I really do and this book broke my heart. Qhuinn isn't happy that Layla has been seeing Xcor and take things way too far when he finds out. We all know Qhuinn is a hot head but that was extreme even for him. His actions really screw stuff up with him and Blay and I hated reading the effect it had on the two of them. I just wanted to lean in, slap Qhuinn for being so STOOPID and then hug him.

All in all, I loved this book! It had my brothers in it and, of course, Lassiter who well, let's just say there's an interesting development with his story... I love it and I cannot wait to see what the various members of the Brotherhood have to say when they find out about it! That will definitely make for an interesting scene to read. 

For me this book really completes the return to the old books of the series, of course, I want more of the Brothers (I always do)! Their interactions with each other are my favourite scenes and every one of theri communal scenes in this book had me smiling and laughing. Now the news has broken that the next book will Assail's and Sola's which again, has me worried since I never felt much for either of those characters but I have faith things are on the up!

Release Blitz | Kiss Me I'm Irish by Bee Stevens (@beestevensauth)

15 March 2017

Today I am taking part in the release blitz for Bee Stevens debut, Kiss Me I'm Irish! Read on to find out all you need to know about the book and keep an eye out for my review!


Ireland calls to Hailey’s soul like an emerald siren. Her past is inextricably linked to this small island.

Cillian is a jack of all trades with a musician’s restless soul. He loves his country - the history, the landscapes, the people and the traditions - but is it his forever home?

With his Irish charm, his silken tongue and the weird effect he has on her nipples, Hailey struggles to resist.

Discovering the romance of the Irish countryside has its own passionate side-effects.

Can an American tourist intent on being independent keep up with a wild Irish rover with more issues than National Geographic? And will Cillian’s heart follow Hailey no matter where she lands?

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The t-shirt was smaller and more fitted than I would normally be comfortable with, but I went with it. Checking myself out in the locker room mirror, I took a deep breath. The shirt highlighted my curves nicely. My boobs looked bigger. Cillian would appreciate…


Shaking my head to clear my deviant thoughts, I went to find Cillian. Yeah, ‘cause that will clear your head of deviant thoughts—not!

I quietly opened the door to the kitchen. He had his back turned to me as he was layering some cold meats onto slices of bread. My eyes roved over him of their own accord. His head was bowed as he worked and I could see the sinewy muscles in his back move under his green t-shirt. My eyes dropped to his ass, covered in dark blue jeans, and I tilted my head and bit my lip as I blatantly took in the delectable ass. Pervert! I snapped myself out if it—again—and cleared my throat. Cillian whirled around at the noise.

The front is even better than the back! There is no hope for me.

Holding a butter knife mid-air, he stared at me open-mouthed, and he was blushing! The reason for his blush became the reason for my blush. We were wearing the same t-shirt. I knew that because we were all wearing the same one today, but on Cillian, it just looked different. It looks hot!

He still hadn’t said anything as I walked toward him. He held my gaze as I got closer...and closer. What are you doing, Hailey? Stop! No! I stopped directly in front of him. Making a point of checking out the wording on his t-shirt again and the expanse of his muscled chest underneath it, I leaned up on my tiptoes and planted a swift kiss on his soft lips. Shocked, he leaned back against the counter and dropped the butter knife.

“What...what was that for?” he asked, confusion marring his beautiful face.

“Just following instructions,” I replied, winking at him.

“What?” He seemed too stunned to comprehend what I was saying to him.

Reaching out, I ran a finger across the wording on his chest, which was imprinted above big, glittery red lips. I had not failed to notice the hard muscles underneath as they twitched at my touch.

“See here. It says, ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’. I was just following instructions.”

He smiled darkly at me as he recovered. My breath hitched. I could almost see the machinations of his mind as his eyes focused and his pupils darkened. A lock of his hair had fallen forward onto his forehead and my fingers itched to brush it off his beautiful face.

“Well,” he started, “you’re wearing the same shirt. Maybe I should reciprocate?”

“Ah, if only I were Irish. Alas!” I was distinctly aware of a weakening in my knees, so I was amazed at the steadiness of my voice.

“On behalf of my nation, I grant you citizenship. Besides, it’s Paddy’s day, the whole world is honorary Irish today.”

Oh shit!

Taking a deep breath, Cillian stood up straighter. He towered over me as my eyes followed his movements. I took a step back. He took a step forward. I gulped. He smirked. All my bravado had vanished. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears. He raised a hand and moved my hair behind my ear. His touch against my skin set off a series of sensations threatening to overtake me and my ability to breathe properly.

Run! Stay! Run! Stay! Good idea! Bad, bad thoughts!

I squirmed as the bad thoughts sent waves of lust from my cerebral cortex directly to that special place in the pit of my abdomen. Cillian bowed his head slightly. His pupils dilated and his tongue darted out, wetting his lips. My breath stuttered in my throat before cutting off completely. Someone should check my pulse ‘cause I’m sure it’s faulty. My eyes watched as his lips got closer.

About the Author:

Born and raised in a sleepy village in North County Dublin, Bee Stevens only ventured outside of it in her imagination. If you asked her as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have said Journalist. That changed several times over the years, but her dream was always to write, in one form or another. Bee published several short-stories in an in-flight magazine for an airline she worked for but never pursued it outside of her daily routine. When illness changed her daily routine without much preamble, she found being stuck at home was the kick in the arse she needed to finally write the book lurking within her. These days, though she has ventured further afield, Bee can still be found in the slightly less sleepy, but still small village, with a cup of tea in her hand and a dog on her lap, as she tries to type around the ball of fluff who rarely leaves her side.

Cover Reveal | Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young (@AuthorSamYoung)

28 February 2017

Today, I am super excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Stars Over Castle Hill, a novella in the On Dublin Street which considers an alternative reality for the couple who kicked off the On Dublin Street series, Braden and Joss! 

Stars Over Castle Hill was originally sent to those who pre-ordered the first book in Samantha's new series but it is now being released for all to enjoy. I read the book a few weeks ago and loved it. You can read my review here and view the cover plus find out all you need to know about the book below! 


Cover Design: Samantha Young
Stock photos provided by Deposit Photos: © Konradbak & © StockCube
Release Date: March 30th 2017 in ebook on most e-retailer platforms (incl. Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, BN and Google Play)

Book will go live on all platforms day of release.


Joss and Braden Carmichael are blissfully married living in their townhouse on Dublin Street with their two beautiful children. It’s a life Joss never expected to have, and one she’s grateful for every day.

But… what if she never met Braden and Ellie Carmichael on that fateful day when she was only twenty-two years old?

When Joss is asked to write a story about how her life might have turned out if a pivotal moment in it never happened, she thinks of the day she met both Braden and Ellie Carmichael. If she had never met them where might she have ended up? Joss believes no matter where life may have taken her it would have inevitably led her to Braden. But what if she was thirty instead of twenty-two when they met? How would she have felt about risking her heart then?

And even if she was older and wiser and ready to fall madly in love, what if too much had happened to Braden to make him the man that would risk his heart to save hers?

Will time be their enemy… or is it possible that two souls are meant for one another in any reality?

Stars Over Castle Hill is an alternate reality novella of a romance that captured the hearts of readers all over the world. Joss and Braden are back with a story that is just as emotional, passionate and sexy as their first!

Haven’t read Joss & Braden’s story from the beginning? On Dublin Street, the #1 international bestseller, from Berkley Romance. 

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