Review: The Gift by Karli Perrin

It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown. 
Except for me.
Last Christmas, I met a boy.
Last Christmas, we made a pact.
Christmas would never be the same.
Life would never be the same…

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Author Bio

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the ‘April’ series.
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.
…Hogwarts is plan B.

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“What! What!!!!!!”

That was what I was saying at the end of this story.

But I just got to say that I absolutely loved this. LOVED IT!!!

From the very beginning I was hooked and from the very first meeting I couldn’t stop smiling. For reals.

This story was so romantic it was like, I don’t know, a miracle, a dream come true, something out of a book! Mind blowing, for me anyways. And Love at first sight! And I wanted this to happen to me!!!! I am single so I can dream can’t I.

I was all smiles and giddy joy of happiness. I loved it from the front to the back of the book.
But there were also uncertainties at the back of my mind. It came off as a heartfelt story when I first read the blurb but it wasn’t. Nope.

I couldn’t believe it by the time I was waiting for something grand or huge to happen, it left me hanging bared, giddy, and nowhere to put it all. That, was where my frustration came in.

“Why Karli, WHY??!!!” *weeps*

You made me all happy and then ripped it right out of my heart. You made me build my anticipation up for nothing. I am saddened. *sighs* It wasn’t a sad story, trust me. I was happy throughout the whole reading process.

I’m not sure if my disappointment is valid because this was such a short, and I mean a very short but super fantastic read. I thought it would be longer. I should have listened to the advice you, Karli pointed out but I thought it wasn’t going to be that way exactly. More the bummer for me.
I love you Karli and your writing is exactly how I love it, but you just toyed with my heart. You are such a tease!

I might sound angry, which I am not yet it might sound like it, because I just wanted more. Like a lot more. I wanted some heartbreak, some pain, some retribution and revelations, lost and found, forgiveness. Like pretty much everything that makes a romance novel.

Yes, I know this is a novella but still, I wanted all that in this short space of time.
But I couldn’t have it that way. I guess I was anticipating too much after April Showers? It did leave me hanging too right? I should have known better. That or I am just a crazy romance drama queen who has no-one to love but her books? Hmmm…..

Either way, I still absolutely love this novella and would highly recommend it for a super short quickie romance HEA. Must I say beware though?

I will have to dive back into this story with less assumptions to really enjoy this book the next time.
P.S. I absolutely LOVE the hero. I want him! Oh gosh you don’t know how much I want him! I don’t think I have ever felt this way before. Lies I know, but it has been awhile and he is most definitely the one. Swoon~ Oh gosh I am going crazy over a fictional hero. Thank you Karli, thank you. I am saying that sarcasticly. LOL

But oh, I so love him! He’s so dreamy and my kind of guy~ You Karli really know how to work a girl’s fantasy.

This eARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

4.85 out of 5
(so close, so sorry, apologies)

Review~No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

no good duke mm cNo Good Duke Goes Unpunished
The Third Rule of Scoundrels
By: Sarah MacLean
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Can I just say how much I enjoyed this book! Wow. I got this book as an ARC from Avon in loose leaf paper format and well, I couldn’t wait for it to be released on it’s release date! Why? Well you should all know why like all of us here. It is to see Chase! Sorry Temple, Chase may have bumped you off an inch but we still love you.

But yes, it was to read Chase’s epilogue at the end of Temple’s story! We finally get to see who this Ring leader of the Fallen Angels is! And we don’t have this ultra secret scene in the ARC copy! Super glad I got my print book in time for my date for the tour~ And not just that but I also got it from Avon BEFORE it released some days ago~ Which seems a life time ago now.
Anyways, here's my review~


I absolutely think this is my second favorite book in this series at the moment. Even though it’s the third book and we still have one more to go, this has pushed the intelligent accountant Cross from his post.

And don’t get me started when I got to the end and saw the words “epilogue”!!! I went insane and all giddy. Oh yes, the super secret epilogue all we readers had been waiting for!!!But back to Temple. He is the giant beast we’ve seen and heard of from these past two books. The fighter and humorous giant that tortured his two closes friends when they were at love’s door. And now it is his turn.

Ms. MacLean had called him the calm and peaceful member of the group and that was due to his very dark and sad past. Being known as the “Killer Duke” because he had “murdered” his future step-mother, he learned to control his movements and emotions for twelve years so that he can never hurt anyone ever again. Well, aside from being in the ring where everything is fought fairly, or while protecting someone out in the streets that is dear to him.

Temple Temple Temple. I was super surprised at how much control he had over himself while dealing with all the emotions and confusing things when it came to Mara. He got me to admire his strength and patience when he had the right to bring hell to the lady for her careless action. Temple also got me to forget that humorous fighter I adored and loved from the other books. Why? Because this was such a different side of him that I wasn’t prepared for, which got me swooning for him even more. He had so much depth in his character that I just wanted to hold him and make him smile even if for a little while. And most definitely wanted to be that lady that held his attention. Those hard plains and features and Tattoos!!! Gosh I just wanted to lick him myself as quoted by Mara. LOL

But sadly, Mara. Mara Lowe. I really didn’t like her that much in the first half of the book. She really got under my skin and made me side with Temple on almost every aspect. Though I understood her reasons for her actions, I just didn’t think it was enough to keep on taunting him. Or the fact that she would always hide her reasons when Temple clearly gave her the chance to speak up and tell him the truth without him getting angry. It would have saved so much time on a lot of the misunderstandings.
Yet this is a romance and it would have made for a very short story in which we wouldn’t have gotten a chance to better aquatint ourselves with Chase and contemplate on who this mysterious Leader may be, or see the close friendship between Bourne, Cross, Chase, and the whole staff at The Angel. But as always, Mara does get better and I really do love her remarks at times when it came to teasing Temple to do her biddings.

Though I felt like it was a slow beginning and then rushed towards the end with their relationship, there had been great sexual tension between Mara and Temple throughout the whole book and with the added misunderstandings and confessions, it just stretched out their mending process to their HEA.

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it because I really did. And it had me on edge and turning the pages as horror struck in the dead of night. It took me a bit longer to read through this to my surprise but I Love it!

There are some questions I thought needed answering which I will direct to Sarah if I find her email, otherwise off to FB I go. But I am super happy that we now know the secrets of Chase and how much the four of them work well to compliment each other.

This ARC was provided by Avon Publishing.

5 review