Blog Tour: A Week To Be Wild by JC Harroway (Spoiler-Free!)



A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game-but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone-professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…



So, I’m one of the stops on the blog tour for A Week To Be Wild! I’ll start by saying that there are both things I liked and disliked about this book. I read it over the course of a week or so, so it definitely wasn’t a page turner, but it was an overall enjoyable read. There is quite a bit of sexually explicit writing, so if that bothers you, I’d give it a miss. Going into this book, I knew that there would be some. But if I’m honest, I found it was a bit rushed and I actually had to skip those parts the majority of the time as I found it a bit too much and it made me cringe a bit. That’s just me though, if erotica is your thing, then this is the book for you!

I did like the characters, Libby especially. I liked how she was powerful without a man, she was successful and I think that’s great. However, it seemed like her professionalism just went out of the window after taking one glance at Alex Lancaster. Just didn’t seem very realistic in my opinion. Other than that, though, I really liked her and thought she was an interesting, well-written character. Alex was intriguing too. Not the stereotypical English billionaires you get in books at all. I usually get bored of them, and he’s certainly not a character that inspires boredom.

I found the plot a bit slow, but it was pretty interesting once the pace picked up a bit. I do wish that we had been able to get to know the characters a bit more, however.

Overall, A Week To Be Wild is the type of book I’d recommend if you like the billionaire trope, erotica, or just want a quick read. I give it three stars.


-Books&Belle xx


I’d like to thank Mills & Boon for sending me a copy of A Week To Be Wild in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Book Review: Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh (Spoiler-Free!)



Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.

On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.

Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?

Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.


I was sent this book to review a while ago now, and I wish I had read it sooner, because I loved it. I read it in only three sittings. There were definitely similarities to The Hunger Games, however, Evalene’s Number is without a doubt unique. The plot and characters were both written really well, and I loved Atazadeh’s writing style.

The point of view switched between Evalene and Jeremiah, which I liked, as it allows the reader to see the dystopian world that they live in through the eyes of more than just one character. Evalene was definitely my favourite character in the book. You can see clear character development from when she was the child of a high Number before the age of 13, to being the 18 year old she is now. What made her so likeable to me is her strength. It must take incredible willpower to keep going after everything she has faced. The mistreatment, neglect, and betrayals would have, in my opinion, brought most people raised the way that she was down. Jeremiah, I liked for the same reasons, his strength and bravery. He was still kind, despite everything that he had endured, which I know can be rare, seeing as hurt people, hurt people. The relationship between these two characters is promising too, and I’m hoping to see more of it (desperately, desperately hoping) in the next book. I also want to mention Olive, she is the type of friend that I want. She’s lovely!

The plot kept me hooked, too. The suspense at certain points was almost unbearable. I had to actually put the book down and take a break as I was so worried at one point! I came back to it pretty quickly, however. I needed to know what happened. I think the way that inequalities between the Numbers is written is so relevant to inequalities in our own society, too. Oh, and the ending! I’ve been left on a massive cliffhanger, and honestly? I just want to jump off if it’ll mean finding out what happens next. It’s safe to say I am very eager to read the next book, Pearl’s Number.

I give this book 5 stars. This is the second book this year I’ve given five stars to, I think that might mean 2018 is going to be a good reading year for me!


Bethany also signed my copy of Evalene’s Number, which I was really happy about!


-Books&Belle xx

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal – Rafferty Lincoln Loves… by Emily Williams

So, I am very happy to be one of the bloggers revealing the cover of Emily Williams’ newest book, Rafferty Lincoln Loves… This is my first ever cover reveal, so I’m really excited. So, here we have it, the cover!

The Reveal


Amazing, right?!?! The little paper horse is so cute! If you read the sentence at the top, you’ll see that this book is supporting a charity, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre. If you wish to support this charity, click here.

Some more information about the book:

The synopsis of Rafferty Lincoln Loves…

Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no? Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profit’s Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling

About the charity ‘The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’




The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams

Author Bio

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a
menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in
Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is her first YA novel after the success of her debut
adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this cover reveal, and I’m sure you love the cover just as much as I do!

-Books&Belle xx


Book Review: A Cactus In The Valley by Olivia J. Bennett (Spoiler-Free!)



When withdrawn Terra Lombardi wakes up in a smoking airplane in the middle of the remote Arizona desert, she realizes the only other survivor is the arrogant Wyatt Hartman. Clouded with the uncertainty of how they crashed, the two strangers head west, in pursuit of civilisation  Amidst the environment and dangerous animals against them, they must band together to survive, and even thrive in the rocky, sun-drenched Southwest. However, the elements force them to confront their inner demons.

Told through dual points-of-view and intermittent flashbacks, teenagers Wyatt and Terra brave the sun and sand alone. But it is through the hardest times in which we grow the most.


Warning: there are mentions of sexual assault and pedophilia in this book.

So, last night I sat down with a cup of tea and this book, intending to spend half hour or so reading the first few chapters of A Cactus In The Valley. This, however, did not happen. Instead, I plowed through the whole book in the space of four hours, only taking breaks to use the loo and make myself more tea. I can say with the utmost certainty that I enjoyed this book.

If I had to use one word to sum up A Cactus In The Valley, it would be intense. From the first page, I couldn’t stop reading, having to know what happens. This is definitely no slow-burn book, it jumps straight in to the plot. It switches point of view between the two main characters, Terra and Wyatt, allowing the reader to know what the both of them are feeling and thinking. I couldn’t help but put myself in their situation. Stranded in the middle of nowhere with someone you’ve never met before? No thanks! Doing this definitely helped me connect with both Terra and Wyatt though, and I was preying that they’d make it home alive.

While both characters inspired a lot of feelings in me, Terra was the one I felt for the most. She’s hasn’t had an easy go of life so far, and now a plane crash? I was wondering what she had done in her previous life to deserve what she had dished out to her. Despite this, she is still so hopeful and optimistic and I just love her character so much. I think with Wyatt, if I hadn’t read from his perspective, I wouldn’t have found him so likeable. However, knowing what he was thinking and feeling makes it very easy to end up rooting for him. He’s definitely a little damaged, but he still manages to be selfless and protective, so I admire him for that.

The things these characters had to overcome in terms of the plot were astonishing. They’re both broken yet still brave and determined to make it home to their loved ones. This book had me feeling so much! Hope, fear for the characters, pity, happiness, sadness and about a thousand other things. Bennett truly has a gift for story telling and I can’t wait to read any work of hers in the future.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars. I’d give it 6 if that was a thing.


I’d like to thank Olivia J. Bennett for sending me a copy of A Cactus In The Valley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.




A Review of Disco Pigs (Spoiler-Free!)


“Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.”


This review is most definitely long overdue. I went to see Disco Pigs in London in July last year, and as soon as I walked out of there I knew that I had to write about it on my blog, without a doubt. It just took me a little longer than anticipated to get around to it.

As anyone who knows me knows, I am a very big Harry Potter fan. So when I saw that Evanna Lynch (who I also like very much) was going to be in the theatre production of Disco Pigs, I booked tickets as soon as I could. I had front row seats, and it was brilliant. It wasn’t what I expected, I will say that, but I still really enjoyed it. I did get a little lost at times, but I got the general gist of what was going on and I couldn’t help but feel for the longtime friends.

The plot is very fast-paced, and there are moments that are hilarious, moments that are harrowing, moments where you can’t help but pity the characters, and moments that are just plain odd. I think the absurdity of some of the situations is what made me like it so much, it’s unique, which is definitely something that is rare.

Pig and Runt’s relationship was interesting, to say the least. I thought that Campbell’s take on Pig was amazing. He was very energetic, jumping and dancing around the stage. Honestly, I don’t know how he didn’t have to take a sit down half way through! I know I would’ve. Campbell and Lynch’s performances combined were astonishing, they seemed so in sync with one another, you’d almost believe that they really were life-long inseparable friends, which is what I think I liked so much about the production. Campbell and Lynch kept the audience captivated throughout the whole 75 minutes.

Overall, Disco Pigs is something that I would see again given the opportunity. Unfortunately for me, but fortunate for Americans, Disco Pigs is currently in New York. So if that’s somewhere you can get to, I would recommend seeing it.

-Books&Belle xx

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Second Hand Challenge

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The second hand challenge is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but just haven’t had the time. What you do is, you go into a charity shop, or in my case, more than one, with £10 and see what you can get. This was so much fun, and the amount of books I came out with was amazing! I didn’t even spend my full £10 budget and I came out with several books that I can’t wait to read.



The first charity shop I went into, I came out with one book. The Time Travellers Wife. I’d heard of this one before, but never really considered reading it. However, when I saw it on the shelf for only 50p, I decided to give it ago. After all, even if I don’t end up enjoying it much, it’s not like I’ve spent a small fortune on it!

The next charity shop I went into, I came out with a few more books. I spent quite a while in this one browsing their selection of books. There were just so many, I wish I had taken a photo of their shelves, but I was far too busy. The Roanoke Girls is one I’ve wanted to read for a while now, so I was so happy to find it for only 50p! I know eventually I would’ve caved and spent the £4 on it in Tesco, so I saved myself £3.50! Room is another that I’ve been considering reading, so I couldn’t pass it up when I found it for 50p. The last two, I hadn’t heard of before, but they intrigued me so I decided to give them a go.


This next charity shop provided me with my two favourite finds! Villette by Charlotte brontë, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. They were £1 each, which I thought was amazing. I already have The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but it’s paperback and not nearly as beautiful as this edition, so I couldn’t leave it sat in a charity shop! I love the classics, and I can’t wait to get around to reading these two.


The final book I picked up was The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. This one caught my eye because I’d seen some people in the book community saying how good it was, so I decided to give it ago. It was 50p, and I love the cover!

I finished this trip with eight new books, and having spent only £5, half of my budget! I’d definitely recommend doing this, not only did I get some amazing new books for practically peanuts, but it was really fun. I know that my cousin, who I dragged along with me, got a bit annoyed when I was taking what she called an ‘eternity’ to pick my books, so I’d recommend taking someone with a bit more patience! This is definitely something that I plan to do again in the future.

-Books&Belle xx


Book Review: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton (Spoiler-Free!)

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Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .


I read this book a while ago now, and I’ve just been so behind with writing up reviews! Despite some time having passed since I read this book, I can still remember vividly how much I loved it. I read through it so quickly because it was one of those that I just could not bring myself to put down!

The characters are really interesting. Both the protagonist and the antagonist were brilliantly written, and I constantly found myself wanting to know more about them. Isabel, Jessica’s sister, was also an intriguing character. Without spoiling anything, there were things that she had done throughout her life that I needed to know more about. Bolton wrote several characters in Dead Woman Walking that were mysterious and left me needing to keep reading. The way the antagonist is written is also great, he’s dark, yet there are things about him that really surprised me.

The plot was the perfect speed for me. Sometimes with Thrillers I’ll find the author either dives into it too quickly, or it’s too much of a slowburn for me. This was not the case at all with Dead Woman Walking. There were twists that left me shocked, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. This book was without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2017!

Overall, Dead Woman Walking was a very enjoyable read, and has definitely made me want to check out some of Sharon Barton’s other books. I give it 5 stars.


I’d like to thank Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of Dead Woman Walking in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx



Book Review: The Princess Mutiny by L. J. Surrage (Spoiler-Free!)

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Anastasia Windell is not your average princess. Even as an heir to the Eagen Empire, she craves adventure, fun, and excitement that her life as a royal simply can’t give her.

An arranged marriage to an unhinged Duke and a stubborn father is enough to send Anya over the edge, as she is forced to take her life into her own hands. By staging her escape in disguise, Anastasia makes a bid for freedom and sails to the West Indies, and unintentionally falls under the tutelage of notorious pirate lord Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. She doesn’t know what the Caribbean will hold for her, but she’s willing to bet that even piracy is better than life at the mercy of an abusive and powerful husband.


This is actually the first pirate book that I’ve ever read, and it was an enjoyable read. There were a few things that I didn’t like about it, but then there were things I loved. The characters, for example, they really intrigued me.

The main character, Anya, is a princess. Not your typical princess, however. I loved her! She was strong, ambitious, independent and didn’t take crap from anyone. When she realised she was in a potentially dangerous situation, she went through a lot to get herself out of it and to ensure that she stayed safe. There’s so much I admire about her. She went through so much awful things, some at the hands of those who are meant to love and protect her, and in my opinion, she came out pretty well from it.

George was the absolute worst. I could not stand him. But that was the authors intention, so I just want to mention how well written he is. His actions were despicable. One of the worst villains!

The plot was really interesting. I read most of it over one day when I had nothing to do. However, I felt that some parts were a bit slow-paced, and without spoiling anything, there were certain things that just seemed just a bit too easy for Anya. There are also quite a lot of time jumps in this book. It didn’t bother me, but there were quite a few.

Overall, The Princess Mutiny was a nice read for a day when I had nothing to do, and I liked it. I give it 3.5 stars.





I’d like to thank L. J. Surrage for sending me a copy of The Princess Mutiny in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx




On October 28th, I attended Comic Con with my friend for the second year in a row! It was just as much fun as it was the first time around, and I’m honestly so excited for next year. I’m already jotting down ideas for my costume.

Last year, I went as Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, because there was no way that I was going to pass up the chance to dress up in Hogwarts robes, use a wand, and pretend to be a witch for the day. It was AMAZING. Even though I felt like I was slightly betraying my house (Slytherin) by wearing Gryffindor robes. My friend went as Marty McFly from Back To The Future, and was super annoyed when after we left, she went online and found out that the was a DeLorean there. She did manage to get a picture this year, though, which she was happy about.


This year, I went as Feyre Archeron from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I got to wear a pretty dress and act like a High Lady who had Rhysand, so it was pretty good. Someone even recognised who I was, which happened so much last year, but I wasn’t really expecting this year. You can probably tell from the picture that my friend went as Tinkerbelle, which I thought was great as she is most definitely the right size for her!

The whole day was amazing. I didn’t buy as much stuff this year as I did last year (I had more restraint!) but I did buy a book, ‘Because You Love To Hate Me’ and a few other little bits. I also got some SJM goodies! A poster and a pencil case, which I was very pleased with.

I also got to briefly see Ana whilst we were there, she saw us walking past and quickly ran after me, so it was lovely to see her!


Overall, I had a really good day. I did consider going to the one in May, but I’ve decided against it as it’s exam seasons and I need to be a good student and focus on getting good grades and passing my A Levels so I can go to university next year. But, I’ll definitely be going to the October one.


-Books&Belle xx


Book Review and Author Interview – Lord of The Dead by Richard Rippon



A woman’s body has been found on the moors of Northumberland, brutally murdered and dismembered. Northumbria police enlist the help of unconventional psychologist Jon Atherton, a decision complicated by his personal history with lead investigator, Detective Sergeant Kate Prejean.

As Christmas approaches and pressure mounts on the force, Prejean and Atherton’s personal lives begin to unravel as they find themselves the focus of media attention, and that of the killer known only as ‘Son of Geb.’

‘Lord Of The Dead’ is a gripping, startling piece of modern noir fiction.


As regular readers of my reviews will know, I love a good Thriller. Lord of The Dead had most of the things that I like about them, and I finished it within a few days. There was something about this Thriller that stood out from the others I’ve read, and made it a very enjoyable read.

The protagonist, Atherton, is ever so flawed. I’m a sucker for a flawed character. There were certain things that he did that I despised, and he definitely didn’t do himself any favours sometimes. But I did love his determination to discover what was happening, and overall, I liked him. He also had cerebral palsy, which I wanted to mention as it’s a disorder that two people I know have, and therefore hits close to home. Atherton is the first main character in a book I’ve read that is affected by cerebral palsy, and I thought he was represented well.

I liked Kate. Despite her history with Atherton, she was professional and didn’t disregard his advice, which I found admirable, as I’ll sometimes find female characters that are written by male authors can be represented in a way that I find unrealistic, in my opinion. So I applaud Rippon for writing a strong, mature and likeable female character.

I thought the pace of the plot was just right, too, and it kept me wanting more each chapter. The plot, and search for the serial killer, were very interesting to follow, and no matter how hard I tried, or how many theories I came up with, I just could not figure out who the killer was! That made it even better for me.

The killer (who I am going to refer to using ‘They’ as I don’t want to give anything away), who calls them self ‘Son of Geb’ interested me so much! They wasn’t your typical serial killer, and there were definitely a few twists to them that I did not see coming. There was something that happened at the end that was a little cliche, but other than that, the ending was exciting and dramatic!

Overall, I really enjoyed Lord Of The Dead, and I hope to see some more of Atherton and Kate in the future. The only thing that I will mention is there is a bit of infidelity, so if that’s something you don’t want to read about, I’d give this one a miss. However, it really is only sub-plot, and whilst I don’t condone it, it didn’t bother me as I was too focused on who the hell the Son of Geb was!

I give this book 4.5 stars.



Author Interview:

I am lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to interview the author, Richard Rippons, which I was very glad about as there were a few questions I had that I really wanted answers to! I’m also very excited to share this, as it is my first author interview!

1.  Where did the inspiration for Lord of The Dead come from?

I’d become obsessed with the Michael Mann film, Manhunter and the Thomas Harris novel, Red Dragon on which it’s based. It’s the first Hannibal Lecter novel, but as brilliant and fascinating this character is, I was always more interested in Will Graham, the FBI profiler with an affinity to the killers he’s hunting. I was also listening to a lot of Nick Cave, and those dark, brooding songs were also an influence. I wanted to write something that had a noirish feel. Something set in the North East, but not parochial or cosy. Something with a big-world, cinematic feel to it.
2.  If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
“Start now!” Although I enjoyed writing at school, I never felt there was a chance of me making a living as a writer. Instead, I did a science degree and worked in that field. It took a long time for me to realise I’d be happier doing more creative things. I think I should have studied English or maybe Film Studies. However, perhaps when I was younger, I might not have had the patience to write at length, and this is the way it was meant to be.
3. Why do you write about crime?
Good question. Although I like the aforementioned Harris and Val McDermid, I don’t read many crime novels. I do have an interest in real-life serial killers. There’s something fascinating about what drives them to do what they do.
4. What made you want to use social media as a form of communication for the Son of Geb?
I work in social media and spend a lot of time on Twitter. It’s interesting that social media, particularly YouTube and Instagram, is where so many people are finding fame and fortune these days. I though it would be interesting to see how a serial killer might goad the police on Twitter, where the public can also see what he’s writing and develop a following of his own.
5. What was your writing process whilst writing Lord of The Dead?
I wrote mainly on the bus, to and from work. There’s a lot to be said for writers using public transport. It gave me about and hour and a half every day of uninterrupted time to work on it. I’d scribble in notebooks and eventually type it up. It was good, because I’d usually improve on it at that step. Sometimes I’d do longer stints in the shed at the top of the garden. I used Twitter to find experts (a forensics scientist, a historian and someone with cerebral palsy) to help me with various aspects of the book.

(Bit of a spoiler here, but I’m super curious! LOOK AWAY IF YOU’VE NOT READ LORD OF THE DEAD!!!)

6. Why did you have Jon Atherton have an affair with Kate Prejean?
The ‘will they, won’t they?’ aspect always raises tension in a story. At the start of Lord of the Dead, Atherton is enrolled on a police team with Prejean, with whom he’s previously had an adulterous relationship. As the pressure of the case builds, it’s whether or not they’ll give in to that mutual attraction again. 
7. What scene did you find the most difficult to write in Lord of The Dead? Why?
The final couple of chapters were probably the most difficult. I wanted to keep the denouement nice and pacy, and for it to have a nice dramatic payoff, but for it not to feel forced. Solving these problems is part of the fun, but it can feel frustrating at times.
8. If you’re able to talk about it, are you working on anything at the moment?
I’m working on ideas for a sequel to Lord of the Dead. The working title is The Life of the Flesh. I’m also collaborating on a really interesting horror screenplay idea with a couple of friends.
So, there we have it! My first author interview, and a review of Lord of The Dead. You can follow Richard Rippon on:
-Books&Belle xx