Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

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Stacking The Shelves #46

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’ve got a bit of a random selection this week. Just some books that caught my eye!

NetGalley:

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I preferred the other cover of Red by Alison Cherry, I missed out on requesting it when it first came out, so when I saw it pop up on NetGalley, I requested it! I was invited to read the novella The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O’Reilly. It looks like an easy to read story.

Bought:

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Both of these books were cheap on the Kindle, so I jumped at the chance to get them. I’ve been trying to avoid starting more series’, but I can’t stop myself when books are so cheap. 😉 I’ve heard good things about both of these books!

What did you get this week? Please feel free to link me to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll come and visit you at some point this weekend!

Once A Bad Girl

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin Enterprises Australia.

Synopsis:

It seems like a dream come true when whispers of a reclusive film star fallen on hard times meets Lottie Spencer’s ears. Desperate to save her family’s auction house, she knows that Hollywood memorabilia could be the answer to her prayers. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that this client comes with strings attached – an overprotective son who will do anything to shield his mother from the prying eyes of the press. But Lottie is sure she can handle it.

If only being around a bad boy didn’t make it so hard to be good…

Thoughts:

Usually I don’t tend to read books with covers like this, they just don’t scream ‘Read me!’ but when Jane O’Reilly got in contact and I read the synopsis I was intrigued! So I thought I’d check out Jane’s debut novel. I’m surprised to read it’s a debut novel because the writing is incredibly accomplished. The story is short, but action-packed.

The story follows Lottie and Josh. Josh comes from a famous family and Lottie needs a high profile client to secure her family’s auction house from closure. When she meets Josh though Lottie has a rethink about her plan of action. Josh seems like a ‘creep’. Josh is used to women using him to get close to his mother. When Lottie and Josh begin to interact they discover that they’re both determined people but also they’re equally attracted to one another. They begin to fake a relationship to benefit both of them. Lottie- to stir up interest in the auction house and Josh- to gain publicity for his club. Real feelings start to evolve which complicates things greatly..

Once A Bad Girl was an incredibly witty story. It’s fun and very flirty romance without going too over the top with steamy scenes. It has some touching emotional aspects too. I rooted for Lottie and Josh to be together. I would definitely read more from Jane O’Reilly in the future!

Would I recommend it?
Yes!

Reading next:
Unravel Me- Tahereh Mafi