Saturday, 4 February 2023

πŸ¦‹ Pepper Winters 🐺πŸ”₯🦌 WHEN A MOTH LOVED A BEE 🐝

 ©  Bianca ✰ 

• 3 February 2023
• standalone High Fantasy Romance
• Vol. 1 of the Destini Chronicles

4.25 Stars

“It’s taking everything I have not to touch you. Not because I want to make you mine but because every part of me screams that you already are.”

A pack of wolves hunt a girl who takes her last breath by a river’s edge.

She is found and nursed back to health by the kind-hearted Nhil people.

She has no memory.

No past.

And is given a choice that could change her forgotten life forever.

A pack of wolves adopt a man who begs for death in the grasslands.

Blood revives him. Flesh strengthens him. All while the alpha watches him as if he knows who he is.

He has no memory.

No past.

And yet…he’s drawn toward the smoke of a faraway clan.

And in that smoke, he finds a girl with the same mark on her thigh, the same empty mind, and the same forgotten language on her lips.

He’s convinced they know each other.

She’s certain they are strangers.

But the more time they spend together, the more tangled the truth becomes.

Their forgetfulness was deliberate.

To keep them apart.

To keep them lost.

To keep them from claiming their true power.

Because in that power exists a terrible choice.

A choice that could destroy the world…

…or each other.

When a Moth Loved a Bee is the first volume in the Epic Fantasy Romance Destini Chronicles.

A heavily romantic, spice-filled fantasy set in a world where life and death, shadows and stars watch over two forbidden lovers whose powers are best left forgotten.

Recommended for readers over 18 due to explicit scenes, content, and darker elements.

The Girl + The Stranger

A young man and a young woman with no memory are rescued after wandering the lands for who knows how long.
He is taken in by a pack of wolves.
She's taken in by the friendly Nhil people.
Both don't remember anything from their previous lives. But they do have tiny little flashes of memory where they feel they're missing something. Someone.
Someone very important.
But why can't they remember?
And why is everyone and everything trying to stop them from being together?


Well. I really liked this. 🀯
I'm SO not a fantasy reader.
I don't even know what HIGH FANTASY means. 🀣 It's probably too high for me.
The most fantasy I ever read was Harry Potter. And maybe a few Vampire romances here and there.
This book was SO long. Like really long. It was all very beautifully written, but I could've lived with a few less pages. This took me so many days to read!
But it's an amazing story. It would look so incredible on the big screen.
This whole world. The people and the many adorable animals and the special effect stuff. Just beautiful.
The love story is so very ... heartbreaking. We don't know what is happening or rather what happened to get us to this point. But it all feels very sad and hopeless. And it kinda gets more hopeless with every page we read.
But we still hope for a happy end for our two darlings.
But we probably won't get that happy end yet - because this is book 1 in the Destini Chronicles... that kinda means we'll be left with a cliffy. 🀷‍♀️

I hope I can remember everything that happened until the second book arrives. Hashtag Bookalzheimers!

Anyway. I really enjoyed reading this.
I really loved lots of things about the story. Especially the animals and friendships.
I just wish that it was one shorter book with a perfect happy end.
And I also wish that the storyline with the son/heir of the Nhil people would've been different. I almost stopped reading as things happened.

But I will definitely read the second book!

With WHEN A MOTH LOVED A BEE Pepper created an amazingly beautiful fantasy world. People and Animals and so much more. A story that is so very interesting and complicated and adorable and sweet and heartbreaking and dangerous and hopeless and crazy and just... grrr. PLEASE READ IT!


1st Fable Trilogy - Book #1

Book #2

Book #3


↓ Just in case you haven't read this yet.... ↓

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

She currently has thirty books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-three times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 20 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-nine times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish.

Friday, 3 February 2023

πŸ’œ Jojo Moyes πŸ‘  SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES ☂

  ©  Bianca ✰ Janeane ✰ 

Jojo Moyes

• 2/7 February 2023 (UK/US)
• Women's Fiction Standalone

4.9 & 3.5  Stars

A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from international sensation Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The Giver of Stars

Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else's shoes?

Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp are two very different women.

Nisha lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband inexplicably cuts her off entirely. She doesn't even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That's because Sam, struggling to keep herself and her family afloat, has accidentally taken Nisha's gym bag.

Now Nisha's got nothing. And Sam's walking tall with shoes that catch eyes - and give her a career an unexpected boost.

Except Nisha wants her life back - and she'll start with her shoes . . .

Two women suddenly forced to walk in another's shoes. But having done so, can either ever return to the life they had? Are they changed for ever?

Someone Else's Shoes
is a funny, moving and heartfelt story about how, for any of us just one little thing can suddenly change everything.

Sam + Nisha
This is not a romance. (There are tiny romantic elements in it though!)
Sam and Nisha are two middle aged women in their fourties. They don't know each other, but their lives will be mixed up a bit in this book.
Sam is the mom of a 19 year old girl and the wife to a depressed and jobless husband who spends his days on the couch.
She works very hard to bring enough money home.
Nisha is the opposite. She has a teenaged son and a super rich business husband. She lives for fashion and what other people think and what her husband needs.
Nisha and her husband are in London for business at the moment.
But one tiny little bag mix up in the local gym changes everything for Nisha - and Sam.


I'm not the biggest fan of Women's Fiction. That's kinda also why I've only read Jojo's Me Before You books. And I loved them. So this is the first Jojo book I've read in ages! And what do you know? I loved it too. πŸ˜‚ I really loved it!
It was so different and interesting and funny and sweet and moving and crazy and empowering and silly and mysterious and exciting and I just had to keep reading to find out how everything would end for our two ladies.

I don't want to say too much. Almost everything I could tell you would reveal too much about the story. Just read it! It's such a beautiful story. I want to see the movie asap!

Two middle aged ladies fighting for their future with a little help from their new friends. Doesn't sound really exciting when you say it like that, but it was the most amazing story.
Grrr. I wish I could tell you more about it but I don't want to. LOL!
(And remember! I don't really like Women's Fiction. I'm a sexy and funny romance reader and a mystery thriller reader! But this book has a tiny little bit of everything!)

SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES was such a beautiful + exciting + moving + sad + sweet + crazy story. Run to your nearest book dealer for your own copy - it will be sold out asap!

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

It has been an age since I read anything Jojo Moyes (helloooo Will Traynor anyone) so it was nice to get back into her books.

It has also been an age since I read any women's fiction, so that was a nice change of pace too.

This is a story of women, friendships and coping with middle age. Sam and Nisha have nothing in common but a pair of shoes, and the journey these take them on is intriguing.

I will say that I found the pacing of the first half of the book sloooow, but once I got to about 55%, things started moving along.

And I found I liked these women - a lot.

Don't go in thinking you are going to get the giddying heights and feels of Me Before You, but you will get a story of strong women and friendships.

 Links to the Book & Author 


Stalking Jojo...

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.