Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Reviews & Giveaway ~ Kiss Me, I'm Yours and Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Bella Street.


Today is my stop in the Kiss Me, I'm Yours tour hosted by BMTS Tours, where I will be reviewing both Kiss Me, I'm Yours and Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Bella Street. To follow the rest of the tour, complete with dream casts, top tens, reviews and more, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.


Title: Kiss Me, I'm Irish (Tennessee Waltz, book 1).
Author: Bella Street.
Genre: Time Travel Romance.
Year: 2011.

Purchase: Amazon

Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England--namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness. But it's more loneliness than rebellion that motivates her to escape her certain fate.

Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career--and even less for the dark places in his soul.

Pixie mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts. Because sometimes a girl just needs a little magic in her life.




Review:

Kiss Me, I’m Irish is definitely not a book confined to one genre, but time travel is the main element (and one that can be so hit or miss). I thought it was used well in this book, with the language and tone of Emily, previously living in 1813, written perfectly without being too overstated or understated.

Despite this, up until Emily was taken to stay with Liam and Tinker, I wasn’t enjoying Kiss Me, I’m Irish. It all seemed too bizarre and I just couldn’t get into it. However, once Emily begins to learn about all the changes in 2011, the humour really brings this book to life and it became much more fun to read.

I really like how well Bella Street can develop a story without feeling the need to rush it. Other than one part in the middle of the book which I thought was a little long-winded, I really enjoyed this style. It helped me follow the story a lot better and the character’s feelings and actions felt so much more real and believable.

I liked the characters too. Emily was very awkward which made her comical and fun to read about. Tinker gave me a lot of laughs too and Liam with his complicated past and feelings was interesting too.

Kiss Me, I’m Irish was an unusual story well written by the author, who combined various different genres and made it work.

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

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon



Title: Kiss Me, I'm Yours (Tennessee Waltz, book 2).
Author: Bella Street.
Genre: Time Travel Romance.
Year: 2013.

Purchase: Amazon

When jilted Sophie Bowen stumbles into a stone circle filled with fireflies, she wakes up in a very different place—and time.

Beaten down by Lincoln's War and personal tragedy, Gabriel Merritt feels his life has become a lost cause.

In a post-war South still licking its wounds, Sophie and Gabriel struggle to understand the place they each find themselves in, while fighting a war of attraction.

And a mysterious twelve-year-old girl just might hold the key to it all.





Review:

Bella Street draws me in to her books with the depth of characters and strong plot. Kiss Me, I’m Yours, sees the main character time travel back in time instead of travelling to the future like Emily does in Kiss Me, I’m Irish.

I loved how well developed the characters were. We learnt a lot about both the main characters, Gabriel, whose life was full of pain and hurt, and Sophie, who leaves behind her cheating ex-boyfriend to face the struggles of inadvertently travelling back in time to 1865. The more I learnt about Sophie and Gabriel, the more it made me root for them and this in turn really helped me enjoy the story.

I thought the story was probably slightly more enjoyable than book one in the trilogy. The beginning of Kiss Me, I’m Yours was fast paced and caught my attention straight away. The pacing then worked well for the rest of the book without rushing the story. I also liked the intrigue of the silent girl Sophie called Angela, and the small twists throughout the story always kept it entertaining.

I loved the ending too and found Kiss Me, I’m Yours to be engaging from start to finish. An even better installment than book one in the trilogy now leaves me anxiously waiting for book three, Kiss Me, I’m Home, to be released!

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

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon



About the Author:

Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird.

Connect with Bella: Website ; Blog ; Goodreads ; Facebook ; Twitter



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2 comments:

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed the book, Sophie. I liked book two a lot better as well. (: I found Gabriel easier to emphasize with than I did Liam. But both books were enjoyable, weren't they?

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    1. I did too. I liked Liam, but really wanted to like him more. Gabriel was an easier character to like. They were both really enjoyable! :)

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