Weekly Wrap & Blog News – 14 December 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap Up & Blog News for Sharon’s Book Nook!

Sunday post BB&B - blog roundup
I am taking part in the following memes which are sharing books that you’ve received and a blog roundup for the week gone by:
The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Bought Borrowed and Bagged, hosted by TalkSupe.


It’s been a very busy week! With my birthday, school assemblies, movie nights, dinner for my brother’s birthday and Christmas shopping, and cleaning the house. Now, I’m hoping to put my feet up this Sunday!

I have managed to get a little reading done, unfortunately not enough to finish a book. Let’s hope I can achieve that next week as I am enjoying my current read Making Magic.

Thursday was my birthday and it was lovely, even thought it was a rainy and humid day. I received some very cool gifts, one of them being the new Sylvia Day book, Captivated by You which I have been itching to get my hands on.

On Saturday I was greeted by 2 very nice little packages sitting on my doorstep from my Secret Santa (One of the fabulous peeps from the Facebook COYER group) which was a lovely surprise. They’ve sent me 2 books that have been on my TBR list for some time. Thank you Secret Santa, I love them!

As my week has been so hectic I have been slow to respond to comments, emails and social media messages, but I promise to respond to everyone soon.

That’s all from me for now, I hope you’ve had a great week and I thank you for stopping by. Here’s what happened on my blog last week.


INCOMING BOOKS LAST WEEK (Images link to Amazon or Goodreads)

For my birthday I received:

From my Secret Santa I received:


BOOKS READ IN THE LAST WEEK(Images link to Goodreads or Amazon)



  • Intrigue Anthology – Cover Reveal
  • Top 10 Tuesday
  • A Shade of Kiev by Bella Forrest
  • Life of a Blogger
  • Sunniva Dee Book Blitz
  • Saturday Snapshot

I’m so pleased that you could stop by, how was your week?blog roundup

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Saturday Snapshot – It’s a calf!

It’s a calf!

On a family holiday down to the Snowy Mountains this year we discovered this calf wandering around the local police station yard at Adaminaby, NSW. It was so cute and one of you more unusual sights we’ve seen. We’re hoping he/she had been returned home safely.

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Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Sharon - spring blooms

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Let’s Talk – How do you choose your next book to read?

 Welcome to my new feature – Lets Talk!
lets talk feature

This feature will be about generating discussion on a wide variety of topics including books, food, current affairs etc. I hope to post this weekly or bi-weekly depending on the level of interest. Without further ado….

This week’s topic is about “How do you choose your next book to read?”

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Bang Bang by Rachel Van Dyken – Book Review

Title: Bang Bang
Series: Eagle Elite – Standalone
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 155
Published: September 8, 2014 
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon

He was my best friend.
Until he became my enemy.
All within the span of one night.
Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang.
The rapid fire of gunshots became the soundtrack to my life.
This is the Mafia. Lines are blurred. Choices are never black and white. And the life you thought you knew is… one giant lie.
He was dead.
And I didn’t want his life to be in vain, so I tried to make something of myself. I tried and failed.
Now he’s back. Alive. And he wants something…
Nobody ever said the mafia played fair.
Welcome to The Family.

**This is a stand alone mafia romance that introduces you to the characters of Eagle Elite…if you want to start at the beginning go pick up Elite, if you want to continue with the series after this book Enforce releases December 18**


Firstly, I would like to say that you do not need to have read the Eagle Elite series to be able to pick this one up and enjoy it. It does however give you a good introduction to those characters and what you can look forward to, should you wish to dive into the Eagle Elite Series.

Bang Bang follows the journey of Axton Abandonato and Amy De Langue. The two of them have been absent from the life of the “family” for some time and now they find themselves having to come back to it. Both are scared of what’s to happen upon their return but they need to get past their own issues on the way and try to be brave for their uncertain future.

Axton fits the mould of the men in this Mafia series. Strong, possessive and completely swoon-worthy. While Amy has had a tough life away from the Mafia, and was a little apprehensive coming back to it.  I liked her as she was very relatable to me, and I found that her feelings and reactions were something I would feel in her situation as well.

Told via dual point of view, between Axton and Amy, we are given a different perception of Nixon, Chase, Phoenix and the rest of the gang. I ended up feeling differently about them, some good and some not so good, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.

It’s a short read, that I devoured in one sitting, but well worth it if you enjoy the Eagle Elite series or are looking to grab a taste of something new.

4 stars!

4 stars

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Related Links:

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken – Review

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken – Review

Entice by Rachel Van Dyken – Review

Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken – Review

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