Wednesday, 13 July 2016

⭐⭐⭐ Celebrating One Review at a time! ⭐⭐⭐

A Dream for Winter by Maria Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars

By Awesome Amazon UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Reader on 9 July 2016 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

What can I say? Yet again Maria has managed to come up with two leading characters that you just can't help falling in love with. For anyone who loves her 'Goth' series and the 'Stick Shift Lips' boys, Sage will be right up your street. He's a secretly rich, lonely, lonely guy who finds a safe place in the local coffee shop to write his songs/poems, away from the violent room mate who just doesn't understand his uniqueness. Oh, and the other thing that is a definite pull for him, is the very lovely Carlie who works in the shop. Through a series of misunderstandings, late night stalking and an injured guitar, these two people meet and fall in love.

Oh, and there's a fair amount of heavy breathing, and general HOTNESS as well, so only mature-minded adults should read it! /I really enjoyed this book, there is a slight tie in with the Stick Shift Lips, but if you haven't read the previous books you will still enjoy this one (although you should read books 1-5 and they are fantastic)

Thanks Maria for another great read xx


Thursday, 7 July 2016

πŸ“š House of Goths • Latest Review πŸ“š

There's something incredibly rewarding about receiving a totally unexpected review from a well respected blogger. Thanks, Kim at Relentless Book Chics Ramblings & Reviews! You took a chance on my book. 24 hours later I got this awesome review! Plus, this amazing teaser graphic! As an author, I couldn't be happier!

Kim’s Review: House of Goths by Maria Bernard

This is the first book by Author Maria Bernard that I have read, it is also the first time I have read about Goth/Steampunk characters and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure if I was going to relate or even get into the characters at first but the teaser the author shared in a group caught my attention and I decided to give the book I try. So glad that I did, it was a 4.5 Star read for me and I fell in love with each of those Goth boys!!
The House of Goths is the old Victorian home of 3 college students and bandmates; Kell, Crispin and Dorian. This house and their band is the solace they need to forget that everyone sees them as “freaks”. That is until they come home one day to find a mundane girl fast asleep on their porch surrounded by her belongings. They all wondered what would bring such a girl to their front door; perhaps she was seeking the same thing.
College life has not been easy for Becky, from arriving on campus late to having nothing in common with her dorm mates. She has always been a bit of an introvert but she thought that the “college experience” would open her up more and friendships would come easily. So far she has only found kindness in the least likely of a person but when she flees her dormitory in search of a room to rent she hopes that kindness will extend to her desperate situation.
This story is about more than a romance between two people, it is about a love that extends beyond that of a romantic aspect. We see these roommates fall in love and into an easy friendship with one another. It doesn’t start so easily for all of them, actually one of them fights tooth and nail against feeling even the slightest ounce of kinship with Becky. As all of the friendships grow and Becky and Kell tip toe around a romantic relationship, we get to know each of the roommates a little deeper and I fell in love with each and every one of them. Dorian with his playfulness, Kell who was always so serious and deep; and Crispin my favorite of them all, with his hopelessness and regal personality, will capture your heart and have you completely invested in this story.
HoG was very well written, even as a third person POV it was easy to follow and flowed very well. In doing so the author gave us glimpses into each of these characters and allowed us to get to know them all and see the situation through their eyes. I am not sure that I would have so easily fallen in love with them if it was written in first person or alternate POV’s between the H and the h. Becky at times was infuriating and naΓ―ve but that is what makes the times she found her voice and strength worth the celebration.
Overall, it was a fascinating story, it easily captured me from the first few pages and it had all the feels. I would definitely recommend giving it a try even if it seems it is not for you.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

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The Balcony by Maria Bernard
Unforgettable Rockstar Romance!

• In this tale of loss and redemption, Emma is at her wits end. She has just moved into her first apartment in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, her intimidating neighbors are more than she bargained for. Especially since her balcony, the reason she rents the place, is right next to theirs.

Wallowing in self-pity, soul-destroyed rocker, Wraith, is at the end of his rope. The last thing he needs is a sexy new neighbor, distracting him. But Emma is irresistible. Her presence is undeniable.

When his flirtatious bandmates get out of hand, will Wraith finally step in? Or will he do nothing, much like he’s done with his life these last two years? Will he be the hero Emma needs? Or is there more to this situation than meets the eye?

• Excerpt:
“About earlier… I hope we’re okay,” he said concerned, glancing apologetically at her.
“That, I’m not so sure about,” Emma said, pushing her plate away. “Wraith, I’m a little confused about you, I must admit.”
“It’s actually quite simple in the grand scheme of things,” he explained.
“Oh? How so?” she asked, sitting back in her chair.
“Well, I think you’re hot,” he shrugged. “I find you incredibly sexy and sometimes, actually, all the time, I have the hardest time keeping my hands off of you.”
“Oh,” she said, raising her eyebrows, suddenly feeling hot and bothered all over. “Well, I guess I can’t be mad at you for being honest.”
“Emma, would you be mad if I suggest we have sex real soon?” he asked, reaching for her hand.
“What? Sex?” she repeated, just to be clear.
“Yes, and lots of it,” he whispered, his face inches from hers.

© The Balcony - Maria Bernard