Author Interview: Hugh Fraser


Hi all, Brooklyn here and I’m excited to bring you a recent interview I conducted with the writer, composer, actor and all round dapper fellow, Hugh Fraser! This was particularly exciting for me seen as I loved and still love watching him bring Captain Hastings from Poirot to life, but as of late he’s recently published some crime books of his own! I say, Harm is a ripper of a read (I must read its successors) and I’m definitely excited to see what comes next for Hugh! 

You can find the interview below (Hugh’s answers appear in italics).

1. What inspired you to write Harm, Threat & Malice? And what was the inspiration behind your lead character, Rina Walker?

I wrote a couple of plays and a radio series years ago, and when I decided to attempt to write a book I though I’d try a crime novel because I’ve always enjoyed the genre myself.

I’ve always collected the black and white photographs of Bert Hardy and Roger Mayne, who documented the street life in the deprived areas of the inner cities during the post war period and I think my idea for Rina came from those street scenes and the Teddy boys and girls who appeared in them.

2. Do you have a specific time of day or routine that you follow either during or before you write?

I write from 9am to 1pm with a coffee break at 11am. (That’s the theory anyway).

3. You brought audiences so much joy bringing Agatha Christie’s Captain Hastings to life, what are some of your favourite memories from playing the role?

Filming the Poirot series was a great time. I really enjoyed going to the Art Deco houses, usually beautifully preserved by their owners, as well as the foreign locations. It was also a joy to work with so many guest actors and be in a series that attracted a following so quickly.

4. Do you have a personal favourite or favourites of Dame Agatha Christie’s books? (Spoiler ahead)

Curtain is my favourite because of the intricate plot construction and the moving way she depicts the death of Poirot.

5. What are some of your own favourite authors and books?

My favourite author is Martin Amis. He’s a genius with language and his characters leap off the page. My favourite books of his are: Money, The Information and Yellow Dog. I also like Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, of the American school of crime writers, and John Updike and Ian McEwan too.

6. You’ve read many Agatha Christie mysteries as audiobooks, and I’ve found you read each character really well; is there a process you follow to get into each character?

Not really, Agatha Christie could create a rounded and believable character in a couple of lines, which is a great part of her talent, and I found that I could ‘hear’ the characters quite easily through her writing.

7.  If you could offer any piece of advice to any aspiring author, what would you say?

I’d say go for a genre that you enjoy reading yourself and just sit down and have a go.

Thank you Hugh, it’s been a pleasure. 

You can follow Hugh on Twitter @realHughFraser




Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 


Book 3 in the Mortal Instruments series

Published: 2009

Pages: 492

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
My thoughts:

Once again I’m amazed with the characters and the plot of this bookworld! Cassandra Clare has well and truly cemented her place as one of my all time favourite authors and the Shadowhunter world is one of my favourite fandoms! 

This book was definitely my favourite of the series! The intensity, actions and feels were just so many steps above the rest! From the first page I was hooked, and I was loving every moment! I instantly knew this book would be thegame changer of the series, we met some new characters and I knew they’d defence set the foundation of what was to come in the book. 

And what was to come?

Pain. Fear. Anticipation. Feels. 

Oh my gosh the feels. This book was full of angst as far as Jace and Clary are concerned but oh gosh it was exquisite. And there were some super feely Malec moments too! 

Shipping feelings aside, there was one scene in this book, a characters’ death, that had my heart in pieces. Now a fair bit of this was anticipation and agony, we don’t actually read about said death, but I wondered what had happened and it was heartbreaking to find out. 

Clare’s characters ALL feel so real, they leap off the page, in fact, the reader is transported into this bookworld. It just develops so much and it’s amazing learning more about the world of the Shadowhunters and everything to do with it! 

This book and its characters made me feel so many emotions! It was just perfection all the way through and there were times throughout when I was internally shrieking in both anger and happiness throughout various scenes. Throughout this book I was kept on the edge of my seat, I had no idea what would come next but I couldn’t wait to find out! 

And that concludes my review, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn.

Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


Book 3 of the Heroes of Olympus 

Pages: 574

Published: 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My thoughts:

Firstly. Let’s start at the end:

How do I explain that??? Like honestly, my feelings are a wreck right now! I didn’t expect that! Utterly beautifully brilliant! Wicked! Insane! Chilling!


Annabeth definitely had a few burdens to carry in this novel! The title suggests she would play a major role, and that’s true! I for one was definitely happy to see her back! She’s my favourite character in the Percy Jackson series and I was excited to read chapters from her perspective! I didn’t know what to expect from this, only that the prophecy, “wisdoms’ daughter walks alone, the Mark of Athena burns through Rome” would be coming to fruition. Reading Annabeth’s chapters gave me an insight into how that prophecy came to light, reading about her flashbacks to her ‘fight’ with Athena, her godly mother, was proper insane! And having Annabeth with Percy once again pretty much cemented my shipper heart in happiness! I love them together and while I adored seeing previous relationships with characters come to light, there’s just something so special about Percy and Annabeth together!! 
This book is also narrated by Percy himself, Leo and Piper. Each character narrations were mostly presented in three chapter per characters, which once again was brilliant because it allowed the reader to see and feel how the characters do, after all this time. 

Which brings me to the point, each character has matured so much across these books! It’s been amazing because I feel like I have been there right as each character goes through everything! 

I love how the friendships grew and developed even more in this book! Leo, Jason, Percy, Frank, Hazel, Piper and of course Annabeth are essentially squad goals and they’re all on my favourite character list! Each character is freaking amazing and had some wild and epic scenes in this book, but I must take a moment to appreciate Leo and those fabulous one liners of his! 

For all these reasons and many more, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is by far my favourite book in this series, the characters massively stepped up and worked together and Rick’s writing blended so well with everything! He covers so many emotions and adventures wound into 574 pages and I didn’t want it to end! And only he could create villains that take on the appearance of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn! This is just one example of how cleverly wicked his writing is! Only he could pull this off with such brilliance! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn. 

Kilby Blades Blog Tour Week 2: Chrysalis


Chrysalis Blurb
We both know what this is, even if we’ve never said it. I was so close to telling her. Then my promotion came through. I thought we had more time. Time to choose one another willingly–not because my move to Sydney forced our hands. Not like this. 
I’m not proud of all the rules I broke, the half-truths I let her believe. I did what every guy who likes a girl does: showed her the best parts of me out of desperation to get her to like me back. Fixing things between us now isn’t about overcoming the distance—it’s about overcoming the lies. I’ve hidden more than she has. And there are things she wants to know. She was right about me all along.
NOW IT’S MICHAEL’S TURN…

Chrysalis rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love. It is told from Michael’s point of view and its prequel, Snapdragon (Book One in the Love Conquers None duet), is told from Darby’s perspective.
CHAPTER 3 EXCERPT: ANGER MANAGEMENT
“Randy.” 
I hear the guilt in my voice as I say my friend’s name. He’s been trying to get a hold of me for weeks. He knows how busy I get, but this is the first time I’ve been so slow to respond.

“You’re alive! I was starting to worry.” 

“I know. I’m sorry. Things have been nuts. I should’ve at least texted.”

“Cringer was ready to put out an APB,” he says, speaking about his ten-year-old tabby cat who was named for He-Man’s shapeshifting battle cat in Masters of the Universe. Randy lives, eats and breathes comic books. 

“What are you doing up? It’s, what, 6AM there?”

“Early flight,” he explains. “Sac Comic-Con is this weekend. Seems like you’ve got quite a fan base in Northern California.”

Getting up from the sofa where I was having my dinner, I walk into my office and fire up my Mac. A nudge on my mouse causes the huge screen to light up and it doesn’t take me long to navigate to my Andrew Dufrain e-mail. It’s the account Randy uses to send me stuff about my book.

“I’m weeks behind,” I admit. A quick scan of seventy unopened messages shows that at least ten are from Randy. I’ve ignored this account for so long that I have a backlog of fan mail, too.

“You’re losing your edge, kid,” he says. “What kind of hack can’t juggle a high-powered job, a non-profit, a bestselling graphic novel series and a hot-as-Violet girlfriend?”

I can’t even bring myself to tell him to shut the hell up and quit ribbing me about comparing Darby to Violet. The second he met Darby, he knew. 

“Me, apparently…” I mutter, sweeping my hand over my face. And I do feel like a failure. I hate the feeling of letting people down.

I know he’s just giving me shit—trying to get me to quit being such an overachiever just like he’s been doing for the better part of twenty years. But he’s more right than he’s ever been. I have too many balls in the air and, one by one, they’re starting to drop. 

“Think we should delay the launch?”

“No,” I say reflexively. “We’re already pushing a year since The Architect came out.”

“Yeah, you’re right. Your asshole publisher will probably drop you if you don’t deliver on time.”

The asshole publisher Randy is referring to is none other than himself.

“You know I work best under pressure. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t have a deadline.”

“You have a deadline now, and nothing’s getting done,” he points out. “If I had to decide whether to spend my time with a fake girl and a real girl, I’d make the same choice.”

“Yeah, well, that’s no longer an issue. The real girl is 10,000 miles away.”

There’s no point in concealing the misery from my voice.

“How’d she take it?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her.”

I don’t say that I’m starting to worry. She’s texted me, but it’s not the same thing. I’ve been resisting the urge to call her all day.

“Why the hell not?”

“It’s only been four days.”

“Have you learned nothing from my life?”

“I know, I know. Clarine. The only woman you ever loved. The one you let get away.”

I still remember the day Randy had gotten the invitation to her wedding. I’d been about thirteen. It was the only time I’d ever seen him cry.

“I still see her at Cons sometimes,” Randy mutters, and now it’s his turn to sound miserable. “The first thing I look at is her left hand. Every time, that ring is still there. I put it there. Because I was the idiot who was so busy building a future for us that I didn’t remember to make sure there would be an us to enjoy it. At least I needed the money. What the hell is your excuse?”

I swivel around in my chair. I’m not looking at the monitor anymore anyway. Instead, I look down at the city. 

“It’s not the money.”

“Then what is it? Any idiot can see you two are in love. Why did you take a promotion you don’t need?”

“You know what we agreed to.” 

“Yet, you fell in love with her.”

“Yes.”

“And she fell in love with you.”

“I think so.”

“And your clean, no-strings-attached breakup is messy as hell.”

I don’t gratify his sarcasm with a response.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe you have an IQ of 142,” he says with a bit of reproach.

“Not helpful.”

But he ignores me.

“You should have gone with Plan A.”

Plan A had been half-baked, but I’d liked its simplicity, and the movie reference would have been apropos. I still would have done the thing with the flowers and presented her with the necklace. But I’d have told her it didn’t have to be over. From there, I’d have given her a choice.

I’d wanted it to be a nod to her favorite movie, Before Sunrise. In the movie, two strangers spend a single night walking the streets of Vienna together and fall a little bit in love. But they each have their own lives to get back to, and things to work out if they decide to be together. So they agree to meet again in the Vienna train station in exactly one year if they still want something more.

What I would have told Darby is that if she wanted a different ending for us, she could meet me in the Vienna train station, on Platform 7, just like in the movie. A year would have killed me, so I’d planned to give her three months. I would have told her that I would show up, because I already knew what I wanted—that part would have been true. I also would have told her that if she didn’t show I’d be okay—that part would have been a lie.

“Plan A is off the table. I’m focused on Plan B.”

“Plan A had a nice romanticism to it. You could still do it, you know.”

“Knowing about the transfer kills the sense of possibility. If she thought choosing me meant choosing a long distance relationship, she’d feel like I was already too far gone.”

“She already thinks you’re gone.”

“She knows I had to go. There’s a difference.”

“Which is…”

“I want her to know that me being called here is separate from what happens with us.”

“Yet instead of showing her a path for the two of you to be together, you left her in limbo.”

“No,” I say slowly. “I laid the first stone on the path. I killed an agreement that neither one of us was sticking to. One that can’t possibly work from 10,000 miles away.”

When Randy doesn’t fire back, I know he’s letting up a little. 

“So what does she think your status is?”

“Right now? Undefined.”

“Says the man who hates ambiguity.”

He’s right, of course. But I didn’t see any other way.

“In order for something better to live, the agreement had to die.”

CHAPTER 4 EXCERPT: IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
When I walk back into my apartment that night, I’m exhausted. It’s only six-thirty, but I’m seriously considering crashing. I drop my bag on the floor next to the elevator, untuck my shirt and start to unbutton it as I make my way to my bedroom. Dropping my jacket and leaving it on my dressing bench instead of hanging it up makes me feel like a slob, but I’m that tired, and I feel kind of grimy and in the short distance between the elevator doors and my closet, I decide I want a bath. I turn on the spigot, rummage around for some epsom salts, and squeeze in a dropper-full of an oil I found in an apothecary in London that I am pretty sure was run by a witch. When the water is ready, I ease myself in slowly. I hope I don’t fall asleep in here.
I haven’t been in the tub for two minutes when I hear my phone chime. It’s the special tone I hear whenever Darby sends a text. But my phone is on the sink all the way across the room. I’m so warm and comfortable that if it were, literally, anyone else—even the twin sister I shared a womb with—I would let it go. But it’s Darby. So I pull myself out, walking gingerly—I don’t want to slip on the marble floor. 

When I look at the screen of my phone, my face breaks out into a grin. The picture she just sent me is totally worth it. It’s a close-up of her holding my book. She’s hugging it to her chest and the back cover faces the camera. Her eyes are cut off, and the picture shows her from her nose down. Her lips curve in a contented smile. She’s in her bed—I can see her sheets around her—and I realize it’s four o’clock in the morning in Chicago. After I slip back into the water, I swipe the screen so I can view the full picture. That’s when I see her text.

You’ve restored my faith in endings.

TRADE SUMMARY OF CHRYSALIS
Honoring the pact they made to let their careers come first, Michael and Darby end the casual sex part of their relationship when he lands his dream promotion in Sydney. Determined not to let their connection fade, he lays plans for a new kind of friendship. But he can’t get Darby out of his system. When he realizes the move was a mistake, he begins to maneuver the chess pieces that will let him reverse his decision.
But the distance is only half the problem. There are things about Michael that Darby doesn’t know, and he must find ways to reveal his authentic self from 10,000 miles away. Complicating matters are the re-emergence of Michael’s own estranged father, who suddenly wants back into Michael’s life, on top of a chilling revelation about Darby’s father, Frank Christensen. 

With more now at stake than merely winning Darby back, Michael must prepare to take down a powerful insider crime syndicate and decide what lengths he is willing to go to, to take back his beloved neighborhood on the South Side. Destroying Frank could mean endangering Darby, and Michael may have to choose between the two things he loves, all while facing the moral dilemma of how much vigilante justice to serve—after all, Frank is still Darby’s father.

Chrysalis Buy Links:
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Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Published: 2014

Pages: 292

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. 

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

My thoughts:

This was such a heartbreaking read, from the start. Lydia’s death sets the foundation for the novel and what follows is utterly remarkable and and something I won’t forget for a long time now. 

These characters, from the complex back story of Lydia’s parents; complex being a white American woman and a Chinese American (they fell in love at a time when interracial marriages were forbidden), therefore Marilyn’s mother was horrified at this and refused to acknowledge her daughter after that, purely because she disagreed with her daughter’s choice of a husband. 

The book jumps between past and present, after Lydia passes away, there’s her funeral and her beloved brother coming to terms with what happened to her, self blame (we learn why exactly as the story goes on), and the reaction of Nath’s (Lydia’sbrother) and their little sister, which was so sad as she seemed so fragile, so scared to put a foot wrong, my heart ached for her too. 

So as soon as I started this book and learnt of Lydia’s death, I was wondering “why?”, as in “why would she do this?” But as I read on things started to come together, and it was really heartbreaking to go into Lydia’s thoughts as we had a taste of what things were really like for her. 

SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD 

While their was a sad undertone throughout the book, the whole story was utterly heartbreaking as it reached its end, especially living Lydia’s last moments. I’m still unsure of what she was thinking, I mean, she knew she couldn’t swim, but I think everything had just hit her and she thought she couldn’t turn back. Part of me will believe that she was hopeful, though that could be a delusion on my part. 

Nonetheless I think this book should be compulsory reading for all and even though there weren’t many chapters at all, it felt like it was the perfect length. Read it and I dare you NOT to be moved. Definitely something I’ll be revisiting. I adore how Celeste Ng wrote so naturally, all her characters were flawed and brought out so many emotions in me, from anger to frustration to immense sadness. But in turn I think we all could learn something from this book, this is certainly a life affirming read.

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Goodreads Monday

Hello all!

Welcome to yet another Goodreads Monday post! Goodreads Monday is of course that good ol weekly meme where one picks a book off their TBR and showcases it!

Today’s Goodreads Monday choice is…

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller! This book was a recommendation from a friend of mine, I’ve definitely only heard the best things about it!
Sypnosis:
The legend begins…

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.

Happy reading,
Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: The Clocks by Agatha Christie


Published in 1963

Book 34 to feature Hercule Poirot

Pages: 221

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

When a young secretary, Sheila Webb, is sent to the home of a blind woman on an errand, she is horrified to discover a dead man behind the couch, surrounded by four clocks that have all been stopped at 4:13. 

The owner arrives home and denies that the clocks belong to her, the deceased’s business card turns out to be a fraud, and a woman shows up claiming to be the dead man’s wife. 
There is only one man who can unravel this complicated case: Hercule Poirot.
My thoughts:

Okay, so when I started reading this I was instantly puzzled. The characters were sending me all kinds of riddles, for I didn’t know who to trust or who was genuine. What a brilliant array of characters, all adding something different to the story! 

The mystery was real, throughout. Often I’m able to put pieces together in Dame Agatha’s books and from time to time I’ve been able to guess the killer, or killers, but that didn’t happen here! It’s funny how I was suspecting everyone except who the killers were! Yes, minor spoiler, there’s more than one! And that definitely made for a wow factor twist!

Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, all her books that I’ve read so far are most definitely 5 star reads! This is no exception! It was a fabulous, intriguing mystery and their wasn’t anything I could fault about this writing! 

Although when I did read this and get halfway through, I did wonder when Poirot was going to appear, seen as this was a Poirot mystery. But he entered right when he needed to and definitely put his grey cells to good use when the time was necessary! 

And that concludes my review, til next time, Happy Reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: After Dark by Haruki Murakami


Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin

Published: 2008

Pages: 201

Rating: 4 out of 5 ✨ 

This was definitely an interesting read. I was once again, instantly intrigued. From the writing it felt like I was observing the story from a bird’s eye view, outside seeing in. 

We’re presented with two different sisters, who couldn’t be more opposite. Yet Mari once longed to be close to Eri, the latter whom is in a deep sleep, too perfect to be normal. 

This book definitely had me excited to see how it would end, but at times I felt there were a lot of ‘filler’ chapters, which focused on things outside of the story. However, I definitely enjoyed reading about these characters and it was such a surreal journey. 

A short review here, only because it’s definitely worth reading! With Murakami its best to keep the review leaving the reader intrigued! 

Until next time, happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 

Week 1 Blog Tour of Snap Dragon by Kilby Blades! 

About the book:

The rules are simple: unattached companionship, toe-curling sex and a clean break whenever it ends. And it will end. Darby’s groundbreaking medical research will launch her into career stardom. Michael’s status as an architectural wunderkind will send him to a far-flung locale. Either one can say the single word that will break it off: Snapdragon.

But soul-deep sex is just the beginning. Michael becomes a fierce ally against her misogynist boss, a light to chase away the shadow of her notorious father, and the antidote to her crushing loneliness. Choosing love over ambition is the one thing she said she’d never do. And Darby must fight hard not to fall in love. 

GET READY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH SNAPDRAGON

Deeply meaningful, desperately sexual, and inevitably bittersweet, Snapdragon deals with the quandary of choosing love over career, the weight of adulthood and the complexity of modern work-life. It rewrites the book on what a 21st century relationship should look like and keeps the reader wondering how it will end.
EXCERPT #1: THE DEAL 

“I wasn’t kidding about the orgasms. They need to be toe-curling and there’d need to be at least four, every time we…”

“What if I promised you five? Would you see me if I promised you five?” He asked again only after he’d gently devoured her mouth once more.

“Lofty goal, Don’t you think?” she murmured against his chin, not waiting for an answer before capturing his lips once again.

“I’m an overachiever,” he said darkly as he pulled back.

“Six?” He nipped at her neck.

She might have laughed at his bravado if kissing him hadn’t felt so good. The idea was ludicrous—six orgasms? Even the four she’d mentioned had been an exaggeration. Still, a stab of anticipatory pleasure tingled up her spine as she realized this talented man might just deliver.

“This ends at sunrise,” she managed, still out of breath as she pulled away long enough to say the words.

“I thought you didn’t do one-night stands.”

“It’s not a one-night stand. It’s an interview.”

EXCERPT #2: LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY
“You minx,” he accused, with a smile as wicked as his fingers. “I’ve heard of this—women who like watching two guys together.” 
She leaned her hips in toward his fingers, increasing the friction. 

“So what?” she countered. “Guys love to watch two girls together—it’s the same thing.” 

“Tell me what’s hot about it,” he demanded, slipping the long finger of one hand inside her. 

“I don’t know…one beautiful man is hot. Two beautiful men is hotter.” 

“Have you ever actually seen it in action?” 

She angled herself closer to him. “Is that an offer?” She kissed him deeply. 

“Hell, no,” he replied when they came up for air, positioning himself over her and fixing her with his eyes as he held them in suspense. “And risk you getting distracted by some other dude who fucks you better than me?” 

He entered her sharply, and she half-gasped. 

“Nobody fucks me better than you.” It was a confession. She could feel his cock throb at her words. It made her feel powerful. 

“Let’s keep it that way.”

LITERARY CRITIQUE OF SNAPDRAGON

Snapdragon deals not only with the quandary of choosing love over career, but also with the weight of adulthood and complexities of modern work-life. Michael is crumbling under the pressure of high expectations. Darby is being sabotaged by a misogynistic boss. Their powerful, intense intimacy does nothing to diminish the fact that deep fears about professional failure make their individual stakes high, and may ultimately drive them apart.
For Darby and Michael, falling in love is just the beginning, and the heart and soul of the story is not about surrendering to the love itself, but about surrendering parts of self in order let the love grow. It is bittersweet, with plenty of sugar to satisfy hopeless romantics, yet with complications that will captivate readers desperate to know whether it will come to a bitter end. 

Snapdragon rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love.

We don’t get to choose who we fall in love with, or when that love comes. But we do get to choose how it ends. Snapdragon will cause readers to sigh in satisfaction, ache in empathy, and quiver in anticipation, eager to read the next page. And the next. And the next.

Snapdragon’s Buy Links:
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Goodreads Monday

Hi all and welcome to another Goodreads Monday post!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where one showcases a book off their TBR and showcases it!

Today’s choice for Goodreads Monday is….

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Desire by Haruki Murakami!!

Now, this is one of his short stories which can be found in his collections “Men Without Women” and “The Elephant Vanishes” but I’m counting it as its own book because I have it as it appears in the picture above:

Sypnosis:

You’ve just passed someone on the street who could be the love of your life, the person you’re destined for – what do you do? In Murakami’s world, you tell them a story. The five weird and wonderful tales collected here each unlock the many-tongued language of desire, whether it takes the form of hunger, lust, sudden infatuation or the secret longings of the heart.

Selected from Haruki’s Murakami’s short story collections The Elephant Vanishes, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, Men Without Women

And that concludes yet another Goodreads Monday post! Until next time,

Happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn.