Book Review: Shanahan’s Revenge


What happens when you fall in love with your worst enemy?

When the CEO of one of New Zealand’s biggest companies steps down, heir apparent Kate McPherson and Australian outsider Sam Shanahan are left fighting for control of McPherson & Co.

But Sam hasn’t just travelled to New Zealand for business. He’s there to avenge the wrongs done to his mother three decades ago, and he’s determined that no one—especially not his beautiful arch rival—will get in his way.

Poised to take over the company from her father, Kate has fought hard for her success and will do anything to defeat the stranger who’s after her job—no matter how strong the chemistry between them.

Sam and Kate are driven apart by ambition and drawn together by fiery attraction. And between them sizzles a family secret that threatens to blow Kate’s world apart.


(Received this as an ARC from Netgalley and Escape Publishing.)

‘Shanahan’s Revenge’ belongs to feel good romance category.

I love how this book had something new to every new chapter which kept me on the edge till the end. Julie Mac has written it incredibly. The descriptions of nature are so well written you feel like you are actually there. Being only 150 pages, the story goes a little faster. I would have loved to know more of Kate and Sam’s relationship. The chemistry between them was sizzling from the very beginning and a little more depth on the relationship at the end would have been icing on the cake. I felt like the story was a little rushed at the end. I was not really emotionally invested in the book mainly because many things were rushed. A few scenarios could have been described better. The book does make you feel good as business rivals turn into lovers.

3.5 stars for Shanahan’s Revenge.


Book Review: Chained to You (Bounded)


Chained to You, A Dark Billionaires Series, is published in serialized volumes. This is the first volume of Chained to You.

James Maxwell

Dark. Powerful. Dangerous.
James Maxwell is one of the seven billionaire elites who rule Las Vegas City with an iron fist. This is his story.
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You’re definitely worth two million, Mia. Think about it. Two million. Five years. Your brother will go free. It’s a contract.

These are the words of the gorgeous billionaire James Maxwell, the man who makes my heart race and my body tremble with longing. I want to refuse his proposal, but how can I? My brother owes him two million, and as dirt poor as we are, there’s no way we can find that much money to repay him. What’s worse, I think I’m falling in love with the man who thinks I’m just his mistress.

My name is Mia Donovan, a twenty-two-year-old, small town girl working as a kitchen hand to make ends meet. My world is changing—both for the better and worse. James Maxwell, a gorgeous billionaire with beautiful Prussian blue eyes, is the man behind this. He makes my heart flutter and my knees weak. When he kisses me, my world melts into a pool of exotic sensation. But his world is dark and dangerous, and being with him is a risk both to my life and my sanity.

This is our story.


*I received this book as an ARC from the author.*

I enjoyed reading ‘Bounded’ for James, sexual tension between the romantic leads, and James’ daughter Aria. The plot and a few characters do not make a lot of sense maybe because this book was the beginning. Mia for a twenty two year old is too childish and naive while James is swoon-worthy and hot. Mia didn’t have an easy life, being bullied and orphaned, she by twenty two should have turned smarter and stronger. Although her determination and love for her younger brother is something that I really liked.

Alexia Praks has done an amazing job in portraying the sexy sensual scenes. The best thing about the book is sparks between Mia and James. I loved the prologue.

This book apparently needs a little editing. There were times when I thought a certain situation could have been explained so much better.

‘Bounded’ was an enthralling read and the end of the story will leave you wanting more.

3.5 stars!

a damaged soul

she was now
a different chapter
with missing words
a different page
with curled corners
a different book
with uneven pages
she was messy
like the ink stains
on a clear blank page
she was broken
her pieces
all over the floor
she wasn’t the wind
but a storm
she could blow you away
or bring you down
with nothing to lose
and nothing to hide
she was called
a damaged soul