Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review for A Question Of Boundaries by Sandy Bruney - 4 out of 5



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By 1895, the United States is in the 80th year of the isolation imposed by King Thomas I and upheld by his successors. But, some are chafing under the shortages and restrictions, and when inventor Dr. Featherstone declares he has found a way to override all borders, there are those who applaud the discovery and those who fear it.

When Dr. Featherstone fails to return home for an important scientific gathering, his daughter Caroline enlists the help of the Member of Parliament from Charlotte, Nathan Llewellen. As the two search for the kidnappers, Caroline is plunged into a world where travel to other realities is possible in the blink of an eye, and people can assume the forms of fearsome as well as familiar animals…and where love comes at the most unexpected times and places.

Nathan’s peculiar gift might cost Caroline her life, but she has already lost her heart.


MY REVIEW -

This was a fun story, and kept me interested. I'm not much for historical type stories, but this one has a little bit of twist, so I enjoyed it. There's a little bit of a steampunk feel, and I liked the mystery/suspense in the story. There's also a little bit of a sweet romance, but this book doesn't really focus on that. Caroline's inventor father goes missing, so she asks Nathan for help finding him. Nathan works for Parliament, and is having issues with the possibility that there are some nefarious characters involved in the Parliament. Another storyline is that there isn't any trading happening with foreign entities, so that is causing some contention between the members. There's also some dangerous men after Caroline because they are seeking information on her missing father. I liked Caroline's feistiness, but she does lack some common sense. I liked her though, and the other characters were good too. Nathan has an unique magical ability, and there's also some supernatural things going on with some other characters that added some fun to the story. I listened to the story, and the narrator was a good fit for this type of story. This story is sort of formal and proper, so her voice worked with it. I'd like to continue with the series, and read about the other adventures Caroline and Nathan get into. One more thing, why isn't this on Goodreads! It's not going towards my challenge, so sad!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Review for Chicago's Best by Katharine E. Hamilton - 4 out of 5



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Kat Riesling spends her days serving up delicious treats with a side of sass at her beloved cafe.
However, her life is turned upside down when she finds herself as the newest target of the city's largest crime boss.

Ian O'Dell, the newest detective on the Chicago police force, only wishes to serve and protect the quirky cafe owner.
But as bullets fly and emotions tangle, he finds himself torn between what his heart wants and what his duty demands.

MY REVIEW -

Chicago's Best was a fun, sweet story with a bit of action, and I enjoyed it. I listened to the story on Audible, and the narrator does a good job. She is a bit too exuberant at times, and I wish her voice had different levels to fit different emotions. Kat owns a popular café, and finds herself on the wrong side of some bad guys. Ian, a police detective, is new to Chicago, and is partners with one of Kat's friends. When someone starts vandalizing Kat's café, Ian steps up to protect Kat. Kat is pretty reserved, but the 2 begin to grow feelings for each other. The romance is sweet and wholesome. They are cute together. I liked the mystery element of who was after Kat, and I liked how the story flowed. The story does lack a bit of depth, but overall, I liked it.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review for Frozen by J.E. Taylor - 4 out of 5



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Will the ice queen keep her royal station, or will the fight for the throne end in a bloody battle?

Elsa must marry before midnight of her twenty-fifth year or lose her kingdom. The only problem is that no man in Bryggen can be near her without getting frostbite.

Kyle Bryggen, the founder of the kingdom Elsa rules, has been in hibernation for two hundred years, and now he is awake and wants his kingdom back.

They could be a match carved in ice, except every time they meet, they want to kill each other.

When a diabolical senator manipulates the law to his own purpose, Elsa must choose between the lesser of two nightmares.
One will lead to the ruin of her kingdom, and the other will lead to her death.

MY REVIEW -

This one is pretty dark, and it's not really a re-imagining of Frozen; it's more of a continuation. This one focuses on Elsa's life, and Anna is just on the sidelines. This takes place years after Anna has found her love, and Elsa is still Queen, but is being forced to marry or lose the throne. What's the point of being Queen if you don't have control over your own life? There's lots of despicable people in Elsa's kingdom. Elsa meets Kyle, and they have a fierce passion between them, but I missed the love that I like in my romances. That element is missing, they do have an intense connection, but I wanted more depth of feeling between the two. They are pretty brutal with each other. I liked that there is a shifter element added to the story, and I liked Elsa's ice power. Overall, the story is interesting and I like it. There were times that I wondered why Elsa didn't use her power during certain situations though, and she pretty much needed a male to save her, so that was a bit disappointing. Entertaining, darkish romance, and I look forward to more!

Review for Tangled by J.E. Taylor - 4 out of 5



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How dark is obsession?

Imprisoned in a tower from the time she was old enough to walk, Danae longs to experience more than just what is within her ornate cage. But her mother insists the world is just too dangerous for a precious light-bringer.

When Danae encounters a disgraced dark-bringer, their combined power lights a fire within her soul, illuminating the tangled web of lies her captor has spun.

Danae learns that while her magic can renew hearts and heal wounds, it cannot erase the ultimate betrayal.

MY REVIEW -

This was a fun re-imagining of the Rapunzel fairy tale! The starts as the original does, Danae (Rapunzel), has been trapped in a tower for her "safety" by her "mother". Along comes a mysterious stranger, who makes her heart and desires soar, and makes her question why she's in the tower. I liked the magical connection between Danae and Zach, that was an interesting scenario. They have some heat, and are cute together. I liked all of the scenarios that were present in this story, but I do think this story lacked depth and was just scratching the surface. This could've been super amazing, but just fell into the really like category for me. It's still really enjoyable, and I love fairy tale re-imaginings, so I'll definitely keep reading this series!

Cover Reveal for When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis!!! This looks and sounds Amazing!!!

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When Forever Changes, an all-new emotional, angsty, new adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is coming September 30th!

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When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis

Genre: New Adult Romance

Publishing Date: September 30th, 2018

Cover Designer: Robin Harper, Wicked by Design

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Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them.

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover.

He was my soulmate.

We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed.

And I believed I was no longer good enough.

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist.

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?


Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?

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USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.

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Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review for Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole - 5 out of 5!



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The terrifying king of hell...

As a boy, Abyssian "Sian" Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster--just as she's been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope "Lila" Barbot's people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can't remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast's cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?


MY REVIEW -

Love this series! This one takes a nod from Beauty and the Beast, and Hades and Persephone, which I love both of those stories, so I loved all of that. Abyssian is the ruler of Hell, who was betrayed by his Mate 10,000 years ago. Calliope is that Mate reincarnated, but she has no memory of it. She was exiled from her home of Sylvan, and is offered the chance to return if she spies on Abyssian. She only knows the stories of Abyssian, which are all bad things, so she agrees. Nyx sets up Calliope's kidnapping, which places her in Abyssian's home (Hell). Of course, things aren't all that they seem, and Calliope's eyes are opened to the truth of things. Abyssian treats her poorly in the beginning due to her past self betraying him, but he can't resist her. She's originally his prisoner, but they begin to grow closer as they get to know each other. These 2 have some majorly hot sex scenes! The passion between them is on fire, and they are also really sweet together. I loved Abyssian! He's gruff, but a big sweetheart underneath. Calliope is tough and sassy. The setting was terrific! It was great to see Hell in a new way! It does take a bit too long for some truths to come out, but overall, the story is entertaining. I listened to the audio, and at first I was unsure of the narrator, but as the story went on, I enjoyed the performance. He does get a bit too exuberant with the sex noises; it startled me at times, lol! Overall, I'd recommend the audio. This a dual POV, and can be read as a standalone. There is some previous characters, but the story is its own. Loved it!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Review for Her Survivor by Vonnie Davis - 4 out of 5



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Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it's his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he'd lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.

Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin's scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he's out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can't stop him, either.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed the romance and premise for Her Survivor. I enjoy military romances, so I loved that aspect. Dustin is a Navy SEAL, who has lost the lower part of one of his legs and has burn scars along his body and face. He is dealing with PTSD, and he's not the only one. One of his friends from the Navy, ZQ, owns a ranch and offers Dustin a place to getaway for awhile. Kelcee has just inherited a book store that needs lots of work, and ZQ has offered up Dustin's services. Dustin and Kelcee get off on the wrong foot, but they begin to grow closer overtime. Dustin's PTSD, and something dangerous from Kelcee's past cause problems for them both. They are really cute together, and I enjoyed their chemistry. They have some fire between them, and they are passionate about each other. I enjoyed their sweet connection. I enjoyed the other characters, but I do think the story moved a bit slow at times. The timeline was also weird, and the transitions could've flowed more smoothly. Overall, the direction the story took was interesting, and the whole story kept me reading.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review for A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon - 3 out of 5



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As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame... "I don't want you to leave." Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it's too hot to resist! But reality--and scandal--arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?


MY REVIEW -

I love second chance romance, and I love when the characters are stranded together trying to resist the pull of attraction, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn't love A Snowbound Scandal. I still liked it, but I didn't feel the love between the characters. Chase and Miriam fell in love in their early 20's, but they are from two different worlds, so Chase broke Miriam's heart and sent her away. Chase's family has ties to the oil industry, and he also wants to be in politics. Miriam is against things that harm the environment, but she was willing to make it work. Chase wasn't. 10 years later, Chase is in politics when a photo of his time with Miriam pops up and could cause him a scandal, so he travels to Miriam's hometown; which he happened to have bought a vacation home in, to give her a warning that she may be hounded about their time together. They end up trapped in his mansion because of a snow storm, and they begin to grow closer. They are fooling themselves that they are just scratching an itch, but can they really make it work in the long run? So, they do have some heat between them and there is some sweet moments. I just felt that Miriam was more into the relationship than Chase. She's the one that's always putting herself out there, and I felt the scenario of her going to his house was too desperate on her part. I felt Chase would've been fine marry some bland woman and having bland kids, if Miriam hadn't stepped up. He probably wouldn't have been very happy, but he doesn't man up. He always chooses his career over Miriam, and doesn't put her first, she's always the one. He waits for her to make the moves. I can tell he does care for her, but I didn't feel the deep passion from him. So, yeah, it's a good book, but there were some things that kept me from loving it.

Review for Dark Alpha's Hunger by Donna Grant - 5 out of 5!



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There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this one! Loved the music aspect, and I felt the connection between Eoghan and Thea. The way they meet is really sweet, and they have passion together. Thea is half-Fae, who has power through her music. This music leads Eoghan to her, and draws them together. Eoghan is a Reaper that has been trapped, but needs to get back into the fight to save Death. Eoghan struggles with the needs of other and his own needs, but there's only so long he can resist temptation. Someone is after Thea, and there is a mystery to just who is after her. Dark Alpha's Hunger goes off in a different direction than the last book; there's less of the Bran stuff, this is more of a side story, but things are starting to come together. Entertaining and drew me in.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review for Stand by Your Wolf by V. Vaughn - 4 out of 5



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When werewolf Juliet goes on a camping trip with her human girlfriends, the last thing she wants to run into is a group of male wolves on the prowl for mates. She’s been acclimating herself into the human world just to avoid the cocky-as-all-get-out type of men who break her heart. But when she meets Roman, her life without a true mate is about to change.
Roman is the alpha of his pack, and with pressure from all sides, he’s in search of a mate who can handle the challenge of a strong leader. When he finds her in Juliet, he discovers the very woman who can steal his heart and help lead a pack is also the kind who will challenge him in ways that could cost one or both of them their lives.


MY REVIEW -

Interesting story with a sweet romance. Love shifter books, so loved that! Loved that there is a bit of action to the story. Juliet is a werewolf, but her best friends are human. The 4 ladies decide to go on a camping trip, but Juliet is on edge when they run into 4 sexy, manly werewolves. Juliet is really feeling one of the guys, but things aren't exactly going smoothly. Juliet is unsure of her feelings, and unsure if she should tell her friends about werewolves, but when danger pops up, she may not have a choice. Fun story with some sexy thrown in. Entertaining, quick read!