Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Capturing the killer who was stalking the shapeshifter community should have earned weresnake Lindi Parker and her new boyfriend, mongoose-shifter Kade Nevala, a vacation. Instead it earned them a basket of baby lamias and a whole heap of trouble. Someone in the shifter community doesn’t want those infants—or Lindi—to survive. Not knowing who or what they can trust, Kade and Lindi must use every skill they have to stop a killer—again.
MY REVIEW -
I haven't read the first book in this series, and the author said this could be read as a standalone, so I thought I'd go ahead and read this, which I suppose it could be read as a standalone, but I think I would have really benefitted from reading the first book because I didn't really feel a connection to the characters, or really a connection between the characters themselves. With that being said, I still loved the snake shifter aspect, and that there are a lot of different types of shifters that don't really get written about, such as a were-mongoose and a were-squirrel. I enjoyed the writing, and I liked the action parts. When Lindi is in snake form, I find it really cool that she kicks butt by using snake attributes. I wasn't really feeling the connection between Kade and Lindi, which I was hoping would come across more, but I found their scenes together lacking, and there is a scene where Lindi is in some trouble, and I just didn't feel like Kade felt strongly for Lindi; maybe if I would have read the first book, I would understand them together better. I did like both characters though, so maybe since the book was short, the connection between them didn't come across to me, and they do have a couple of cute moments; when she is in snake form with Kade, it is so cute! In this book, Lindi is dealing with the pregnant women from the first book, who were raped, so they would have snake shifter babies, and since the women have chosen not to keep the babies, Lindi is going to be sort of an adoptive mom to all these possible snake shifter babies, but someone is out to kill all the babies, so Lindi needs to find a way to protect the babies, and she also worries about being there for the babies. I'm not a huge fan of books that the focal point is babies, so I wasn't in love with that part of this story, but I still enjoyed the other aspects of this story, and I was entertained and interested the whole time reading this book, so I do look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how this series develops, and I'm also looking forward to reading the first book in the series, so I can learn more about Lindi because I enjoyed her as a character!
Axton’s existence was a lonely one until his mother brought Sadie into his life. Now, she’s the center of his universe, and he’ll do everything in his power to protect her.
But Griselda’s evil plans cast a dark shadow over their love, threatening the future he so desperately craves. With separation looming, Ax is preparing to sacrifice everything for the girl he loves. It’s a high-stakes gamble, and he needs to stay ahead of the game if he’s to outsmart his conniving mother.
Sadie has been his savior.
Now it’s his turn to save her.
Note from the author:
This optional novella relays Axton and Sadie's backstory, and it is narrated solely from Ax's point of view.
MY REVIEW -
*Spoilers for the previous books in this review*
My heart breaks for Ax! I'm so sad! Reading this and knowing things won't turn out great for Ax's plans was gut-wrenching! Also, poor Izzy! In the next book, I need for there to be some way for Ax to have his Sadie, while Logan can also have his Sadie. Like some type of weird time warp thing(twin Sadies!), and also while we are doing that, we can also pick up Blade too! I want everyone to be happy dang it! For our current Sadie, I still want her with Logan because the Sadie she is now, isn't the Sadie she was with Ax, and there is a glimpse of Logan in this book, and Logan showed how strong, kind, and mature he is, and if everyone didn't mess with his life, he would have been happy with Sadie, so I can't root for Ax over Logan. This book definitely endeared Ax more to me, and it was great to see Sadie and him together, and to see how much they do love each other, and their wedding; so sweet! Ax tries so hard in this book to do right by Sadie, and it's painful to see him crushed by her loss. I do wish Ax took a stronger approach towards his evil hag of a mother, but I understand where he is coming from, but it has been all his life, and I feel he should have stepped up. So, to recap, we need 2 Sadies because I don't want to see Logan or Ax with anybody else, and we also need to get Blade along the way! I love Siobhan Davis' writing, and the whole Saven series, and I can't wait to read the upcoming novellas, and the upcoming conclusion to the Saven saga!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
GET TO KNOW THE BODY SHOP BAD BOYS
Johnny, Foley, Sam, and Lou are the rough and tumble mechanics of Webster's Garage. These reformed bad boys are used to living fast, but it's the women in their lives who take them from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.
Johnny Devlin's a charmer with a checkered past. He has had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she's rejected him more than once. That doesn't mean he won't come to her aid when some dirt bag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can't say no. And then he's saying nothing but hell, yes.
MY REVIEW -
Woo! This was some hot stuff! I can tell I'm going to really enjoy this series! The Body Shop Bad Boys series is about some hot mechanics, who like the ladies a little too much, and aren't necessarily the type of men women want to get serious with, and each book is about one of the crass, but sexy mechanics! Oh, it will be fun to read the bad boys find that one woman to turn their man-slutting ways around, and I am looking forward to that! Test Drive features our first bad boy mechanic, Johnny, and he is definitely a charmer! I loved his humor and he such a sweetheart! Johnny has been crushing on one of the bartenders at the local bar, Lara, but Lara is a woman with standards, and although, she is very attracted to Johnny, his reputation and her busy life; she works full time at the bar and also is in school to become a nurse, plus her family obligations, keep Lara from saying yes to Johnny's advances. Finally, after 4 years! Lara says yes to Johnny, and they definitely spice it up! The sex scenes were definitely scorching hot! They were well written, just the right length, and definitely set my heart a pumping! Lara is great! She's a tough chick with brains and compassion, and I loved Johnny and Lara's banter; they had such excellent chemistry. I also loved the side characters, they all are fun and interesting, and I'm excited to read their books! I also haven't read any other books by Marie Harte yet, and there are some characters from one of her previous series in this book, so I'm excited to read those previous stories. We get POV's from both Lara and Johnny, which was great! There were some things I don't usually like in the books I read, such as the guys pretty much sleeping with who the heck ever; luckily the author doesn't go into detail about that, and there's some strip club stuff going on in this book, which wasn't my favorite, but I loved the characters and the story so much, that those things didn't bother me as much as usual. So, I loved the writing, the romance, the characters, the story, and the steam factor! So, I am definitely ready for the next book!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO PROTECT THOSE YOU LOVE?
From the author of the dystopian thrill ride, ABOVE THE SKY, comes the highly-anticipated second book in the series. RETURN TO THE SKY continues the story of Seven, an eighteen-year-old girl living in a future society founded on lies. It picks up just seconds after the shocking conclusion of ABOVE THE SKY, as Seven attempts to save those she loves, and herself, in a world full of secrets.
ABOVE THE SKY and RETURN TO THE SKY are young adult / new adult science fiction novels that tell the story of a teen girl coming of age in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future society founded on lies. Filled with constant suspense, surprising twists, forbidden romance, imaginative adventure, and thought-provoking philosophy, ABOVE THE SKY and RETURN TO THE SKY are perfect for readers who enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES (by Suzanne Collins), DIVERGENT (by Veronica Roth), THE MAZE RUNNER (by James Dashner), ENDER'S GAME (by Orson Scott Card), and THE GIVER (by Lois Lowry).
MY REVIEW -
Return to the Sky is the sequel for Above the Sky, and I loved both books! This book picks right up where the first book ended, so I definitely recommend reading the first book before this one. *There will be spoilers for the first book in this review*
In the first book, Seven took Six's place as a warrior, so Seven had to leave home and fight to protect her home community and Six stayed at home and was assigned a mate, and since they are twins, they assumed each other's identities without most people knowing the difference. So, Seven returns to her home place, where it is safe, but there are very strict rules and the citizens are naïve to a lot of what is actually happening in the world. Seven needs to switch places because she is pregnant with Ten's baby, and that is against the rules as a warrior, plus it is dangerous, so Seven is going to be there for 9 months, and then leave her baby with her sister, and return to Ten and the warrior lifestyle. In this book, we get 3 POV's, Seven, Six, and Ten. I liked that we get all the POV's, since all the characters have their own storylines going on. Seven is dealing with being pregnant, catching up with what her sister, Six, had going on, and she also has an assigned mate she needs to deal with. I felt really bad for Nine, her assigned mate, and I hope Thirteen comes into play more. Six hasn't been trained as a warrior, so she has to find her strength, and when things don't go as planned, she needs to find a way to survive. Ryan was along for Six's storyline, and I wasn't happy about what happened to Ryan, and how blasé everyone feels about mating. Ten is trying to find a way to help Six, and he also is worried for Seven and their baby. I was hoping that our main characters would question the government more, and that would start becoming a storyline, but none of the really happened, so I'm hoping Jenny Lynne goes more into that in future books. I want the characters to get some spunk! They grew up in a way that was very sheltered and it seems like it is almost wrong for them to show much emotion, so I understand that they aren't programmed to question things, but I would think there would be someone that does. I don't like the whole government choosing mates for people and assigning people to departments without taking into consideration the people's desires, and I wanted for the characters to rebel; they all just seem to accept too much, too easily, but I still really love the characters, and there's a lot of growth for the characters to still go through, so I am definitely looking forward to see where Jenny Lynne decides to go in this series. I love the sci-fi aspect, and I like the suspense and action scenes. The romance between Seven and Ten is really sweet, and I definitely want more of them together! I'm hoping in the next book, the characters start to question the governments actions more, happiness for the side characters, and more of Ten and Seven together! There needs to be an UPRISING!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
"Don't do it, Annika," he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it's repaired, she's rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she'll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi's already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there's a mountain of secrets that he's not telling her, and Annika can't help wondering who's really in danger.
MY REVIEW -
In The Flame and the Arrow, Annika is an American, who visit her Uncle overseas, and meets some interesting, unique people at a bookstore, one of which, is the very handsome and alluring Talvi, but Annika is unsure of them, so she runs from them. Annika thinks of Talvi, but tries to move on with a hike before she heads back home, but she ends up getting pulled through a portal to a land of mythical beings, and ends up being trapped there. Annika needs to find a way home, but she also finds out some things about herself and others that she was unaware of, so she is unsure of what she truly wants, and so the adventure begins. I loved the world building, and I loved all the different types of mythical beings. The description the author writes really painted a picture in my mind as I read. I also loved that there is a bit of adventure in this book, and I loved that even though the book takes place in a realm like the Fae realm, which I have read plenty of books about, it wasn't like any of the other books I have read. There were times I really loved this book, but there were also times I wasn't liking it. Annika got on my nerves at times, I felt she wasn't very thoughtful of others, and I felt she didn't act her age; she felt immature to me, and I felt she was cold and brash at times, but I still liked her; just not loved, and now that I think about it, I didn't really love any of the characters, but maybe that's because they all are a bit complex, and often times to me, it comes off as rude. Also, some of the word choices in this book were odd; especially in the love scenes, like calling a vagina a honeycomb, and I dislike the endearment, dove. Also, the sex scenes were rather shocking because I felt the rest of the book read as YA, and there also was a sex scene missing that I found to be odd, but the scenes did get better as the book went on. I wasn't loving the back and forth between Annika and Talvi, and I'm totally fine with a little of that type of thing, but I was still ready to move past it, and I felt Annika was too blasé and indifferent towards Talvi at times, and I didn't like that character trait in her, so I felt her attitude, and the back and forth took away some from the romance aspect of this story, but there were also some really sweet moments that I really loved. In the end, I really enjoyed the whole plot and setting of this story, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book; I did read some reviews for the next book, and read some things I'm not looking forward to, but since I enjoy the setting and the writing, I hope those overshadow the stupid actions of the characters. By the way, love the cover!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Two things happened twenty years ago. First, the strange little boy next door vanished. Second, people stopped dying.
Brenna Engel has just been laid off her job as a crematorium worker. When she returns to her home to recuperate, an even worse tragedy strikes. In the moments immediately following, Brenna finds herself guided by the force of a magical key to the house next door--the same house that lay abandoned for twenty years following the boy's disappearance.
What she finds inside the house is the entryway to another world...a world with all the answers she needs. A world she can't escape from without the help of a strange man with glowing eyes.
Together, caught between life and death, Brenna and her guide embark on a quest to put right the wrong that occurred twenty years ago. But as their friendship grows, Brenna begins to worry about what will happen once she finds the doorway back to her world. Will her new love join her? Or will she be forced to lose him a second time?
MY REVIEW -
I liked how unique The Death Seer is! I love the setting of this book; I won't say where because that would be a spoiler, but I really enjoyed the different type of areas the characters went to, and the interesting characters they come across! When Brenna was younger, she had a friend that lived next door, but one day that boy vanishes. Also in Brenna's world, people have stopped dying, they just go into comas with his/her heart still beating. This was quite a gruesome image! At least in my mind. Brenna has a job at a crematorium, but since many disagree with disposing of those in a coma, she loses her job, and moves back to the house she lived in as a child. The house next door draws Brenna's attention, and when she finds a skeleton key, she begins her journey into another world. The first introduction between Brenna and Kord was fun, and I eventually warmed up to Kord; a couple of things in the beginning weren't endearing him to me, but I ended up liking his character. I like Brenna's spunk, but I did want her to save herself a bit more; I felt she wasn't as strong as a character as I would have wanted. The story was entertaining and the writing was great! I would definitely be interested in more characters from the world presented in this book! I did want more from the ending though, it felt a bit abrupt, but as a whole it was super great!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.
The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.
I don’t want to let him go.
While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.
Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?
MY REVIEW -
*received from Netgalley for a honest review*
This is the 2nd book in the Never Tear Us Apart series duo, and I think you should definitely read the 1st book before reading this book because this book is a continuation of the 1st book, and starts right where the 1st book left off. This review will contain spoilers for the first book.
In the 1st book, Katherine is dealing with being abducted and raped when she was 12 years old. The subject matter is definitely brutal and intense, and Murphy doesn't mince on those tough scenes, so beware if that is something difficult for you to read. It's 8 years later, and Katherine is in therapy and a bit of a recluse, and she decides to do an interview about the ordeal she had to go through. Ethan, who happens to be the son of the man who raped Katherine, sees Katherine on this interview, and decides to find her. Ethan was the one who helped Katherine escape, and they have built up a bond, but they lost touch with each other. Ethan's name use to be Will and he looks a different, so when he finds Katherine, she doesn't know who he is, and Ethan decides not to tell her right away who he is, and of course that causes problems in the end of book 1, when Katherine finds out the truth. This book picks up with Ethan/Will and Katherine broken up because Katherine is very hurt and mad at Ethan/Will, and doesn't trust him anymore. Never Let You Go is about Katherine and Ethan/Will trying to figure out a way to be together, and a way for them to deal with the horrible things that have happened to them when they were younger.
I love how sweet Ethan/Will and Katherine are together! Their connection is so wonderful and sigh worthy! The way Ethan/Will feels for Katherine is really soul deep, and he will do anything to show Katherine how much she means to him. There are some sad moments with how Katherine treats Ethan/Will, but I understand she has issues, and him lying about who he was, wasn't the best way to re-enter her life. She is also scared of how the public will react about her being with Ethan/Will, since he is the son of the man who raped her. I wish she didn't care so much about that, and that she put more thought into some of her decisions because she is still quite naïve, but I understand that she has been really sheltered and closed off from the world, so she hasn't developed enough street smarts yet. I was also a bit ticked that she insisted on calling him Will. They both have a lot of issues, and they both do make progress, but they still have a long way to go. I love that we get point of views from both of them; it really helps understand where each of them is coming from. There is also some point of view from Ethan/Will's dad's perspective, and he is just so vile, and of course he is causing problems for Katherine and Ethan/Will. I enjoyed the suspense that was added to this story; I even think it could have been ramped up a bit. I wasn't in love with the addition of a certain something in the end, and also how Katherine reacted earlier in the story about a situation that lead to that additional something at the end, but I didn't let that affect my rating.
I loved both of the books in this series, and I really enjoy Monica Murphy's writing, so I will definitely read more books by her!
Friday, August 5, 2016
Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.
After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.
MY REVIEW -
Another great book in this series! I'm really loving Stacey Lynn's writing, and I'm excited to read the next book! I love how there isn't really any other woman/man drama, and the guys' past isn't thrown in our faces, and they are alpha males, but also sweet, nice guys. In His to Protect, Trina has left her abusive husband, but she has limited funds, and goes dumpster diving to feed her dog. Declan owns the business that Trina is finding food, and one night he catches her, and offers her a meal. Trina doesn't know if she can trust Declan, but there is something about him that puts her at ease, so she agrees. Declan feels an urge to protect Trina, so he offers her a place to stay until she decides what to do, and Trina at first doesn't accept, but when circumstances lead Trina into a tough spot, she agrees to accept Declan's help. Declan was such a sweetheart with his protective side, and I liked that he looked like a badass, but when he let his guard down, he has a soft side, and Trina definitely brought down his walls. I liked Trina, and I was glad she realized rather quickly that it was okay to accept help, and she was honest with herself about how she felt about Declan. I liked how seamlessly Trina and Declan mesh together, and I enjoyed the progression of their relationship. They have great chemistry, and the sex scenes were just right. I enjoyed the bit of suspense of wondering what would happen with Trina's husband; actually a little bit more would of been nice, but I enjoyed what was there. I loved seeing Blue and Tyson from the previous book, and I'm looking forward to reading; what I hope will be, Aiden and Chelsea's story! Interesting and entertaining till the end!
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.
Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.
MY REVIEW -
I love second chance at love stories, and this one was definitely a great one! Tyson is in the FBI, and he is tasked with taking down a crime boss, who murdered his police officer father, but in order to do it he needs to lie to the crime boss' daughter, Gabriella. There's a problem though, Tyson and Gabriella were very much in love when they were in high school before Gabriella left without a word, so Tyson isn't very happy about this assignment, but he would love to know where Gabriella has been for the last 10 years. Gabriella "Blue" Galecki is returning back to her hometown to be there for her mother, who is dying of cancer. Blue has been living on a farm with her aunt for the last 10 years without any contact with her crime boss father. Blue runs into Tyson, an old boyfriend that she has never forgotten, and instantly the attraction between the 2 is obvious. Blue had a reason for leaving without a word, so she isn't exactly welcoming to Tyson, but that won't keep Tyson away from Blue. Blue and Tyson are so sweet together, and they definitely have some heat! I loved the chemistry between them, and the sex scenes were well written and really great. Their romance was heartfelt and deep. Blue and Tyson were both strong characters, and I like how honest they were with each other about how they felt about the other. I do wish Blue had stood up to her family a bit more, but I understand she is in a tough situation. I knew how a lot of this book was going to play out, but I still really enjoyed the whole thing, and I liked the writing style. I will definitely read the next book in this series, and check out other books by Stacey Lynn! There are some great side characters with what could be some interesting stories!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Sultan’s Palace is one of the most horrific tales of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. The Sultan, a Turkish man who lived there in the late 1800s, is said to be seen staring down at people on the street from the third-floor balcony of the house nicknamed The Sultan’s Palace. On most nights in the French Quarter, haunted tour groups traipse past the majestic house while tour guides weave tales of mass murder, thieving pirates and jealous brothers…but none know the real truth.
Sierra is spending her twenty-first birthday with her best friend in New Orleans. It’s Halloween and what better way to celebrate the night than on a spooky haunted tour? Sierra has to have the whole package though, and with her best friend leading the way, they find a costume shop down a dark alley and a mysterious shopkeeper who has the perfect costume for her. She doesn’t want money though, only a favor, help the one that asks. Clothed in a breathtaking costume, with a mysterious key around her neck, Sierra goes on the haunted tour and quickly forgets the strange shopkeeper, especially as she strikes up a conversation with Owen and sparks begin to fly. She doesn’t remember the words of the shopkeeper until someone asks for help…and the key around her neck opens the door to the Sultan’s Palace.
MY REVIEW -
*I received this book for an honest review* *may contain slight spoilers, nothing too major*
I enjoyed that this story is based off an actual haunted house! The Haunted Sultan takes place in New Orleans, where 2 friends are there to live it up on Bourbon Street, and while Sierra wants to start hitting the bars, her friend wants to go on a haunted house tour instead, so Sierra gives in and decides to go on the tour. Since it's Halloween and Sierra doesn't have a costume, the girls go to a costume shop where Sierra is given the perfect costume, which comes with a skeleton key necklace, for free, as long as Sierra does one favor for the shopkeeper. Sierra is a little wary, but can't resist the amazing costume, so she accepts, and the girls begin the tour. On the tour, Sierra is sort of bored, but Sierra meets a hunky specimen of a man in Owen and begins a flirtation with him. When the tour stops at the Sultan's Palace, which was said to be a den of pleasure and debauchery and also the scene of a bloody massacre, Sierra and Owen begin to experience strange, ghostly things, and the skeleton key comes into play. I loved the whole premise for this story, and I loved how the writing flowed, and all the author's description were great and created an interesting picture. I liked both Sierra and Owen, and I liked the romance with them, but it was hard to enjoy it fully since they weren't exactly fully aware, and there was some orgy scenes, which aren't really my thing, luckily those scenes weren't really part of the main characters. Also, there was quite a bit of gore involved, since the characters are at the scene of a gruesome massacre, so that also didn't jibe well for romance, but definitely made for a more intense story. The Haunted Sultan was a very interesting story that kept me entertained till the very end!