Wednesday 20 November 2013

Guest Post & Review ~ The Girl On The Bus by Raven McAllan.

Today is my tour stop for The Girl On The Bus by Raven McAllan, hosted by Love Bites and Silk. Raven will be stopping by for a guest post and I'll be reviewing The Girl On The Bus.

Title: The Girl On The Bus.
Author: Raven McAllan.
Publisher: Evernight Publishing.
Release Date: October 11, 2013.

Purchase Links: Evernight Publishing ; Amazon UK ; Amazon US ; All Romance eBooks ; Bookstrand

Julia ran out on Tay five years ago, so she can't be the woman he sees on the bus. However, when she ends up being the one taking notes at his meeting, he knows he will move heaven and earth to make her his once more.

Will she agree, or will she run again?

Be Warned: BDSM, public exhibition, spanking

Guest Post:

So what does my hero look like?

You tell me.

Many books ago, I deliberately described my hero to the nth degree. Everyone said I should have someone I based my characters on, describe him or her, and then tell everyone who they were based on.

Oh dear! Did I get hauled over the coals by a friend. I'd explained the story to her, and she did not see the hero like the person I'd described. It turned her right off the book. I sat and thought about it. I could see where she was coming from. We all have likes and dislikes, and that's how it should be. It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things. But then, I also thought that by being so specific, I'd lost at least one reader. One who, until she'd read that detailed description, had loved the premise of the story. And when I thought about it, when I'm reading I'd rather put my own ideas on whom looked like whom.

I chatted with her. Would she have liked the story better if she had been able to use her imagination? If I'd just given a very brief description, of the short dark hair, almost black eyes and a body to die for sort of thing. Her answer was a big resounding yes.

So that's what I tend to do.

Does it work? It seems to. So if I say short dark hair that curls over his ears, deep blue eyes, and tall and slim ( or whatever) you can decide who you imagine as you read the book.


The Girl On The Bus is a short story delving into the theme of BDSM, which from my non-author perspective seems like a hard theme to fit into a small word limit. However, Raven McAllan has written a book which had everything I was looking for.

As much as I like hot books like this, I’m always wanting to find a plot mixed in too because some authors tend to miss this out so I feel like I’m reading porn and not a book. However, this wasn’t the case with The Girl On The Bus and I really liked the actual story.

I also kind of felt myself falling a little bit in love with Tay! The way Raven wrote Julia’s description of him really made me love his character.

So I enjoyed the plot and the hot scenes, and I liked the characters. The way Raven McAllan so easily drew me in to the book is why I will read more from her.

However, I did feel like The Girl On The Bus could have been helped by being read over again before it was published, as at the beginning especially, there were a few grammar mishaps which might have helped it flow a little better if they’d been corrected.

Putting the grammar aside, I thought the book was really enjoyable and as much as I’m not a great fan of short stories, I thought the length of The Girl On The Bus worked well. Overall, this is a quick read which will keep you enthralled throughout and probably leave you wanting more.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband and their two cats—their children having flown the nest—surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.

She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge.

Her very understanding, and long-suffering DH, is used to his questions unanswered, the dust bunnies greeting him as he walks through the door, and rescuing burned offerings from the Aga. (And passing her a glass of wine as she types furiously.)

Connect with Raven: Website ; Blog


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