Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review for Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…


MY REVIEW -


Oh wow! I loved this! So sweet and heartfelt! Hearts Are Like Balloons deals with some intense, sad, and difficult things, and this story is just beautiful. May has recently lost her father, so to help her mother out, May decides to get a job at a used book store where her best friend works. May meets Nico, who also works at the bookstore, and the two have an instant connection that quickly becomes a friendship that turns into more, but when life throws another curve ball, will their relationship survive? May and Nico are so adorable! I love their little jokes with each other, and I love the depth of their connection. Their relationship is wonderfully sweet, and my heart hurt for them both during some trying times. The connection between all of the characters was wonderful, May's best friend and Nico's sister, were awesome side characters, and I loved the personalities of each character. I love the quirks that Candace Robinson gives to her characters, the quirks make the characters seem more real, which adds reality to the characters and the story. Hearts Are Like Balloons (Love the title by the way and the cover) touched my heart. Loss, Hurt, Hope, Love, and Heart. Loved it all.

Review for With These Wings by Wendy Knight - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Seventeen-year-old Phoenyx was taken by the aliens who were supposed to save humanity. But Phoenyx didn’t die. She escaped.

Changed, different. Terrifying.

Now she protects the people she used to call neighbors and friends, despite the fact that they don’t trust her. She looks like the aliens—beautiful, strong, and winged. And that’s why those she protects want her dead.

She doesn’t blame them.

All the while, she’s searching for Cole, the boy whose arms she was ripped from the night she was taken. When he shows up at their compound with a new love, everything Phoenyx has been fighting for is turned on its head, and she has to figure out what side she’s really on and who she really is before she loses herself completely.
Never trust beautiful things.


MY REVIEW -

Another amazing book by Wendy Knight! Love her strong heroines! Her boys need to man up more and not move on so quickly, but I still love them! With These Wings is another entertaining, unique, and super awesome book by Wendy Knight! Aliens have invaded Earth, and are killing and capturing humans. Phoenyx was captured by them, and had her DNA integrated with theirs, so now she is half alien, but despite some major differences (Wings!), she still holds out hope that she'll find her boyfriend, Cole, and her best friend, Enika, but the reunion doesn't go quite as she envisioned, when Cole shows up with a new "love". Wendy Knight's take on the aliens was really cool, and I loved the dystopian world she created. Lots of great action, and also lots of great characters! Phoenyx is amazing! She kicks major butt, and has a wonderful heart! Enika is awesome too! She's a wonderful best friend, and I love her with her axe! Totally cool! Cole needed to catch a clue, that boy was adorable, but as I said earlier, needed to man up! Still though, the scenes between Phoenyx and him were really sweet! I'm not sure if there's going to be a 2nd book, but I hope so because I definitely need more resolution between Phoenyx and Cole. Strong females, action, adventure, and sweetness made this an amazing read for me! Once I started I couldn't put it down! Definitely read this!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review for Wing Her Over by Amelia Jade - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Andrew Raskell had life just the way he wanted it. As a gryphon shifter and ambassador from his homeland of Cadia to the small human town of Cloud Lake, life is peaceful and uneventful. Mostly. But when he comes upon a wolf shifter trying to harm a human woman, his intervention changes everything. He never thought he’d see the short, blonde haired woman again, but a second chance meeting proved to him that it must be fate. Now, if he could only show her that he was right for her.

Karri Blaine had everything figured out. From a young age she’d driven herself harder than anyone else in the quest to take over her shifter-hating father’s company. The only problem? He wants to give it to her immature younger brother instead. All it will take is one slip up on Karri’s part and her father will have the reason he needs to strip her of her role within the company. Karri knows that she shouldn’t invite the shifter into her life. Not after what happened to her family two years before. This could be the opening her father needs, but she’s blinded by the sexiest, strongest man she’s ever met.

Her father isn’t the only problem that Karri needs to worry about. Andrew has unknowingly dragged her into the crosshairs of those who are gunning for his job, and they’ll stop at nothing to get there. Andrew is playing for keeps though, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart, no matter the cost to him…


MY REVIEW -

This is the first book I've read by Amelia Jade, and I really enjoyed it! I'll definitely be reading more! I love shifter books, and was super excited that Andrew is a Gryphon shifter! Super cool! I haven't read a gryphon shifter book before, so that was great! Amelia Jade created an interesting world involving the shifter population, and I enjoyed the back story for the shifters and Andrew. Andrew's job is to keep the shifters in check in the human city Cloud Lake, when he saves Karri from being attacked by a bad shifter, he recognizes Kerri as his mate, but doesn't want to scare her away by telling her too soon, so he decides to take it slow with Kerri. Kerri is a tough, capable women, who helps her father run a large company, but her father is a pain in the ass, and is trying to find a reason to not pass down the company to Kerri because she is woman. Kerri feels an attraction for Andrew, but she is very business oriented, and she doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize her inheriting the company, so she's unsure of becoming more with Andrew. There's some devious outside forces causing problems for the couple, that adds some great suspense! Plus, Kerri's father is crazy! Wing Her Over is entertaining and unique! The romance is sweet, and I love their connection! I actually would've loved more romance scenes between the two! I also would've loved more ending, but I loved what was there. Great read!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review for Beneath a Blood Lust Moon by Jodi Vaughn - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Werewolf Braxton Devereaux would do anything to protect his mother from his abusive father, even commit murder. Or so everyone assumes.
Pack Law justice is swift and unforgiving when it comes to murder, and soon werewolf Assassins are out to balance the scales - Braxton’s life for his father’s. On the run, Braxton flees on his Harley to the anti-extradition state of Missouri, but before he crosses the border, he is felled by an Assassin's bullet, and an unsuspecting blonde.
Kate Wolph is in a legal battle to avoid losing her Bed and Breakfast to foreclosure. The last thing she needs is an injured wolf to care for, let alone a gorgeous man with blank eyes and a deadly smile. But the supernatural world of danger that surrounds him threatens to swallow more than just her life.
Can Braxton track down the real killer before the Assassins find him, or will Pack Justice cost him not only his life but the life of the only woman he’s ever loved?


MY REVIEW -

Loved this! I really enjoyed Jodi's take on werewolves! Braxton is falsely accused of murdering his abusive father, he sets out for neutral territory and to prove his innocence, but when he is shot and run off the road by werewolf assassins, he barely escapes with his life and luckily he finds Grace. When Grace finds an injured wolf outside of her bed and breakfast, she doesn't know that her normal life is about to get a bit crazy. Loved the passion and chemistry between Braxton and Grace! Sweet and hot! I love how honest Braxton is with Grace, and how Grace handles all of this craziness being thrown at her. I felt the connection between them, and I loved reading about their feelings growing. Loved all of the side characters! There's some great humor when some unruly romance authors enter the picture! Such fun! There's also some characters from the previous book in this book, which I enjoyed! I haven't read the first book yet, and didn't feel like I was lost with this story, so I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read book one first, but I definitely want to read it after reading this book! I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and think the narrator did a good job. He reads both male and female parts, and he did great with both. Heartwarming, Fun, Sexy, and some great action! Looking forward to reading much more by Jodi Vaughn!

Review for New Moon by Lisa Kessler - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -


Sometimes Fate plays dirty...

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.

MY REVIEW -

Loved this one! Love this series!! Sebastian is sort of an anti-hero, which I totally love, and I really enjoyed watching him find love. Isabelle is a total kick butt female, which is another thing I totally love, and I enjoy reading about a romance that the characters try to deny, but they can't resist the pull towards each other. Along with the sweet, deep romance, there's lots of great action scenes, and I loved seeing characters from the past books; it's great to see the different groups come together! Sebastian is a Jaguar shifter, whose father is evil, and Sebastian has been his right hand man for awhile, so Sebastian has compiled quite the list of enemies, but he's beginning to see that his father's actions aren't working towards a favorable outcome. Isabelle is a werewolf shifter, who father disappeared when she was younger, she found out the Sebastian and his father may have had a hand in her father's disappearance, so she has plans to take Sebastian down, but when her wolf won't let her, she doesn't know what to think. I enjoyed reading about the differences between jaguar shifters and wolf shifters, and there's an element of suspense throughout the book that kept my interest. The romance is wonderful, they have some hot moments, and they are really cute with each other; I had several awww moments! Love them as a couple! When I pick up a Lisa Kessler book, I know I'm in for some wonderful characters, exciting storylines, and passionate, heartfelt romance! I'll definitely be reading more by Kessler!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review for The Debt and Lost Without You by Molly O'Keefe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FOR THE DEBT - AMAZON LINK -

LOVE AND SECOND CHANCES ARE NOT FREE

For the five kids who live at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, life is a nightmare.

Carissa, the youngest, has been there the longest. And barely speaks. Rosa is sixteen and pregnant.

Simon keeps his head down and studies, hoping to get back the life he lost.

Beth and Tommy, in the middle of the darkness, have found each other, and all they want is to be together. But when they get caught making out at school, it puts everyone in danger. Tommy is used to the beatings from their foster father, but when Beth is singled out for punishment, Tommy can’t sit back and let it happen.

AND ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

What happens that night rips apart the lives of the five teenagers forever.

After the blood has been spilled, a bargain is made. A deal with the devil that should have solved things. It should have fixed everything.

But nothing is free - not love, not innocence, and certainly not freedom. And sooner or later, all debts must be paid...




SYNOPSIS FOR LOST WITHOUT YOU - AMAZON LINK -

ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

Tommy

Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe.

I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer.

When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.

Except seeing Beth again.

LOVE IS NEVER FREE

Beth

No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too.

I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone.

I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well.

And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.

Being kidnapped.

And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.



MY REVIEW -

*The Debt can be bought as an individual book, which is free, or The Debt is also included in the beginning of the book Lost Without You* I read one right after the other, so I'm going to include my reviews for both books! If you are like me then you will want to read Lost Without You right after reading The Debt! Both are 5 star reads for me!

Review for The Debt -

The Debt tells the story of a group of teenagers in a group home run by a preacher and his wife. They are treated horribly in that house, and things reach a breaking point that will change the lives of all of the teenagers. Among the group is Beth and Tommy, these 2 have a deep connection, but they aren't free to express their young love in the group home. The Debt is sort of like the prequel to the main story told in Lost Without You, and I think it does a great job of showing us some of what shapes these characters as the adults that we see in the next book, Lost Without You, and I think it's necessary to read this to understand the whole story. I really felt for these characters and I want so bad for them to be happy! Molly O'Keefe sure knows how to draw you in! Once I finished this I wanted to see how this story would play out! Interesting, quick read with depth!

Review for Lost Without You - *May contain some spoilers for events that happened in The Debt*

Lost Without you picks up 7 years after the events that happened in The Debt, Tommy and Beth haven't seen each other in that whole time, and each has tried to block out past memories. Lost Without You starts off with Tommy's POV, Tommy has been living half a life, he's a person with walls built up, and no matter how much he tries he finds it difficult to forget the past. Tommy also has this "Debt" that he owes some mysterious person hanging over him, so when the debt gets called in, he's almost relieved to finally put it in his past, but also understandably weary of the task he must perform. We also get chapters from Beth's POV, and her life has taken quite a different turn than Tommy's, but she is also living half a life, and she is drowning. When Tommy enters her life again, she doesn't know what to make of this "new" Tommy; especially when she doesn't know if he's friend or foe. Tommy and Beth are on a path paved with difficulties; some they create themselves, and some that they can't control. The depth of feeling between Tommy and Beth warmed my heart, and they also made my heart ache with all the suppressed need both of them were feeling. I love the connection that they built when they were younger, and I love that they still feel a pull towards the other. There's a lot of mystery in this book that I'm really looking forward to discovering, and I'm still not quite sure where the story is going to go. I need the next book now!!! The story is intense, emotional, and entertaining! I love the feel of this story, it's feels a bit raw and gritty, but also feels like there is hope. I'm definitely reading the next book, and definitely checking out more by Molly O'Keefe!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review for Safe Mode by Becky McGraw - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

When you fall asleep in safe mode, they may bury you...

Dr. Grace Wentworth is at the end of her rope with her wild sister who is pursuing the pipe dream of becoming an actress and pawning her daughter off on Grace to do so. When her sister doesn’t come back from her latest audition, and Grace finds out she’s gone to a BDSM resort in Vegas, she has no choice but to go to Sin City to find her and drag her home.

Dexter Buchanan is just looking for a little well-deserved time off from Deep Six Security to wallow in geek talk with fellow techies at the biggest military electronics show in the world in Vegas. What he gets is far from relaxing, however, when he sees his former college friend-with-benefits at the airport being hustled away in a limo to the Silver Chains Resort. After a little research, he finds out the resort is a kink club and thinks his very vanilla former lover and family friend must’ve lost her mind or she might be in trouble.

Could his decision not mind his own business unravel secrets of his own? Would his interference result in him losing his job at Deep Six, and maybe his life to boot? Or would it be his chance to reconnect with his hardcore military family who thought he was a failure, if he didn't drag them down with his sinking ship?


MY REVIEW -

This is more like a 3.5, but I rounded up because it had a strong finish. The story is interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed that there was some humor. In Safe Mode, Grace is trying to find her sister, who met some Dom online and went to his BDSM club/resort to make "movies", but Grace hasn't heard anything from her sister in over a month, so she decides to do something just as stupid as her sister, she contacts the same Dom her sister did and acts like she's into the BDSM lifestyle, but she knows little to nothing about that world, so she doesn't no what she has gotten herself into, but she'll do what she needs to do in order to find her sister. Dexter sees Grace, who he knew in college, in the airport and sees the Dom treating Grace poorly, so he decides to see what's going on because the Grace he knew would've never been into that type of sex play. Dexter is great, and I liked that he is a sexy computer nerd! He's adorkable! I also like the backstory with Grace and Him, and I loved his attitude! Grace on the other hand wasn't so great, she made stupid decisions all the time, and I don't like how she messed up Dexter's life after he helped her out with a really scary situation, but she did sort of grow on me, so it wasn't all bad, but she really was quite helpless. The action scenes were great, and this story actually deals with some intense stuff, which I found to be very interesting and I like that this story took a bit of a darker turn; it was unexpected. There's actually not much BDSM stuff in this book, which I didn't mind too much, but I would've liked more for the sex scenes that were present; they felt a little lacking and incomplete, but luckily, the story kept me interested the whole time, and the Deep Six Security stuff was really cool. I listened to the audiobook version of the story, and the narration felt a bit robotic in the beginning, but by the end it wasn't so bad. I don't know if I just got used to it, or the narrator just got into the flow of the story, but he did an okay job. This was the first book I've read by Becky McGraw, and after reading this book, I'd like to read more in this series, so I'll be checking out more from Becky McGraw!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review for Revolution by Katie Salidas - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Peace is an illusion. Blood, violence, and death follow Mira like shadows.
Battle lines have been drawn between human and Otherkin, and a bloody war is on the horizon: one that will end in either a shift in the world’s balance of power...or ultimate destruction.
In spite of their strength, powers, and a rage known only by the oppressed, the Otherkin are evenly matched by the superior numbers of the human army. To tip the balance in their favor, the Otherkin need more soldiers – and their only options are the Gladiators of New Haven city.
Mira is sent across enemy lines to recruit any able-bodied vampires to her cause. But what she discovers along the way will blur the lines between friends and enemies. Seeds of doubt weaken Mira’s allegiance, and she finds herself torn between the old masters who used her as entertainment and the new ones who consider her as nothing more than a weapon.
As the war draws near, Mira will have to decide what she is truly fighting for.


MY REVIEW -

Loved this addition to this series! Mira continues to kick lots of butt, and prove that she is definitely someone that shouldn't be crossed. Vampire Mira, human Lucian, and werewolf Stryker, head back to the city where Mira was held prisoner in order to save the other prisoners, and to hopefully find allies. Mira has hopes of peace between humans and the Otherkin (Vampires, Shifters, etc.), but everyone isn't on board with that plan, so Mira needs to watch her back. Mira has lots of enemies trying to kill her; some she expects, but others she doesn't see coming, so there's lots of dangerous situations that Mira finds herself in. Lots of action in this book, and it's great to see some people get what's been coming to them for a long time now! Mira's character also continues to grow, and I'm excited to see her continue to develop. There's a little bit of romance in this book, but Mira is still hurting over the death of her last mate and she also finds it very hard to trust others, so it's slow going. I love that we are getting to see a little bit softer side of Mira! Excited to see where this story is going to go next!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review for Salvation by Anna Lowe - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

One hero, assumed dead. One woman who refuses to give up. One destiny.
Anna Boone won’t give up the search for her cousin, Sarah, who everyone assumes dead. And she refuses to give up on the wounded bear found next to the ashes of her cousin’s house. There’s something deep in his eyes and in his soul she just can’t resist. Something special. Something…human, almost. When her search for the truth leads her to the Blue Moon Saloon, Anna finds more than she ever bargained for — and unwittingly leads a deadly foe to those she loves most.


MY REVIEW -

Love Anna Lowe's writing! I'm always excited when I read one of her books! Before reading this book, make sure to read the previous books! Mainly the book right before this one because it features a storyline that continues into this book, so definitely check that one out first! This book is Anna and Todd's story. Anna, who is the cousin of Sarah from the previous book, and has always felt like her cousin is alive despite what those around her think, so she sets out in search of her cousin, but she finds out a whole lot more than she ever expected. Todd, a bear shifter, who is the cousin of Soren from the previous book, hasn't been having a very easy life lately. He was severely injured during an attack, and when Destiny leads him to Soren and Sarah's doorstep, he finds out some surprising things that further complicate his life, but when he sees Anna, things start looking up for him, but he doesn't feel worthy of her, and there is a lot that Anna doesn't know. Todd and Anna are really sweet with each other, and I love how sure Anna is in how she feels about Todd. Some hot moments between the two! There's still the possible danger of the "Pure" group hunting down the shifters that mix with human and other types of shifters to add suspense and action to the story, which is always entertaining and fun to read. There's also some personal drama between Todd and Soren and Sarah, which isn't my favorite storyline, but is still an interesting one. I felt bad for Anna at times, and I was really hoping something would work out for her a little differently, and come to think of it, for Todd too, but in the end, I was okay with how it turned out. This is a heartfelt, hopeful story! Looking forward to the next book!

Review of Lure of the Bear by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

There’s not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up — except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then all bets are off, and he’s willing to risk anything — including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.


MY REVIEW -


Another awesome addition to this series! Each book in this series is about a different couple, but there is a continuing storyline throughout all the books, and previous characters appear from the previous books, so I'd read the previous books before starting this one. Lure of the Bear is Hunter and Dawn's story, and I love that Officer Dawn Meli already knew about Hunter being a bear shifter from the previous book, so I was really looking forward to seeing her reaction in this book, and how Hunter was going to claim his mate. Hunter is having a really hard time with Dawn after she found out that Hunter and his friends are shifters, and Dawn has some walls up due to some past events, so she has been really knocked off balance with the news that there are shifters in the World, and that the guy she has been crushing on is one of them. I loved Hunter! He is so sweet and understanding, and I absolutely love bear shifters! They are so adorable! And of course fierce! Dawn and Hunter are cute together! I loved the backstory between the two, and I liked that they were a little awkward with each other. This is almost a second chance at love story, which I love! I also love the continuation of the magical jewels storyline, which adds a cool magical element to the story, and this book as with the previous books has the suspense element, which adds to the danger in the action scenes, and I loved the Bridezilla aspect; it made for some humorous scenes! Oh and I loved the kitten!! Keiki is adorable! I'm really looking forward to Cruz's story! I love when the gruff ones fall in love! Action, Adventure, and Love!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review for Lure of the Wolf by Anna Lowe - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

She can’t remember her past. He wishes he could forget his.

Nina only has the vaguest memories of who she is or why two men tried to kill her one terrifying night. All she knows is how quickly she’s falling in love with her rescuer — a man with secrets of his own. With her, he’s kind, gentle, and fun — but there’s a ferocious, animal side to Boone and the group of Special Forces vets he shares an exclusive seaside estate with. Can Boone help her uncover the past before the killers catch up with her? Or will an unexpected twist of fate steal her only chance at true love?

If fate were to come knocking on the door of Boone Hawthorne’s beach bungalow, he’d shove it right back into the sea — especially if it started whispering any nonsense about destined mates. But one night, a woman washes up on his private stretch of beach. Before the wolf shifter knows it, he’s breaking every personal rule for her and making promises he’s not sure he can keep. Investigating Nina’s past means crossing paths with a powerful archenemy, cutthroat criminals, and a ruthlessly selfish ex-lover who will stop at nothing to get Boone back in her bed. Can he solve the mystery of Nina’s identity while protecting her — without risking his own heart?


MY REVIEW -

I am loving this series so far! Love the Hawaiian setting, and love the mixed pack! Dragons, a wolf, a bear, and even a tiger! Love the packs dynamic! Right in the beginning of Lure of the Wolf, the action gets started, Nina has been thrown off a boat and someone is trying to kill her! She manages to be rescued, but she has lost some of her memories! Luckily for her, she was saved by sexy, sweet wolf shifter, Boone. Silas tells Boone to pawn Nina off on the police, but Boone doesn't feel like that's the way to go, so he goes against Silas' orders, and helps Nina figure out her past and who was trying to kill her. Boone and Nina feel a connection with each other, but forces from the past interfere on their happily ever after. I loved all the suspense in this book, and I love, love amnesia stories! The mystery is such fun to discover! Oh man! Boone and Nina have some hot, hot, hot moments! As soon as "outdoor shower" was mentioned, I was like yes, please! Boone is such a sweetheart too! I love the secondary story with jewels, and I'm really interested in what's going to happen when they are all together! I also listen to this on audiobook, and Kelsey Osborne continues to do an amazing job with narration! So excited for the next book in this series!

Review for Exiled by Amanda Carlson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…


MY REVIEW -

I love this series!! I'm sad this is the last of Phoebe's books, but it seems there is definitely something new in the works with some of these characters, and I'm totally excited for that!!! Exiled is the 3rd book in the series, and picks up right where the last book left off, so definitely read the previous books first because this whole series is Phoebe's quest. Phoebe needs to go to Asgard with Fen, and stand trial for some of her actions, and then she needs to go save her brother from Helheim, and on top of all that she still has the Norns after her, and then Loki decides to put his finger in the pot to mix things up further. Can I just say, "The Gods are Boneheads!" They create so many problems! And don't listen to reason! I absolutely love when books go to Hell type places like Helheim or the Underworld, it's always interesting to see an author's take on that type of World, and I really enjoyed Amanda Carlson's portrayal of Helheim, and Hel. This book still has all the awesome creatures as the other books, and it also adds new ones! I love how detailed the story is! Phoebe and Fen are still going strong, and I fell even more in love with them in this book! So sweet! I would love to see even more of their relationship! Phoebe totally kicks butt in this book; although, I don't have any idea why she just doesn't say what she needs right away to certain people! It causes more problems for Phoebe than if she would just tell people her bargain, but luckily she's a survivor! I listened to this whole series on audiobook, and the narrator is super amazing! She does so many different voices! Human, Goblin, Troll, male, female! It doesn't matter, she does them all wonderfully! I have so much love for this series! And will definitely be checking out more from Amanda Carlson!

Review for Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

A STORM IS BREWING...
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He's there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy's senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy—his beautiful high school crush.

After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close—very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner—and first love—was killed on the job, he's kept women at a distance.

But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy's protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self...and hope Triana accepts him.


MY REVIEW -


Love that it takes place in New Orleans! I always find the setting of New Orleans interesting, and magical! I also loved the action scenes, and the whole SWAT angle was entertaining. I also loved that this is sort of a second chance at love story, and the sex scenes were hot! Remi is in his hometown of New Orleans with a few members of this Dallas SWAT team to do some training with NOLA PD, when he's out on the town, his senses lead him to Triana; a girl he was friends with in high school. Both crushed on the other in high school, but neither did much about it, so each jumps on the chance to connect on a deeper level, but both parties aren't on the same page, so that causes issues in the relationship. Remi feels drawn to her, but he has walls up around his heart that closes him off to a deeper, longer relationship with women; plus on top of that, Remi is also a werewolf, so he doesn't want long-term relationships. I would've liked the werewolf aspect to be a little bit more fleshed out, but I still love this element. I enjoyed the chemistry between Remi and Triana; they have some really sweet moments, and some intense, hot moments! I would've liked Remi to be more apologetic at times though, but I still really enjoyed their relationship, and was rooting for them to work it out. There's also the added suspense element of Triana looking into her father's murder, which adds some danger to the story, and it was cool that Triana's mom owns a voodoo shop! I would've loved more voodoo stuff! Action-packed, suspenseful, and romance! The writing was on point and entertaining! Looking forward to more from Paige Tyler!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review for Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly... and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them.

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.


MY REVIEW -


I absolutely love Rebecca Zanetti's writing, and I love this series!! I love that this series is an adult, romance dystopian! You should for sure read the previous books because they are awesome! And there is also a continuing storyline throughout the series, I suppose you could read this on its own, but you wouldn't get the full experience of this series. In this series, a deadly bacteria, Scorpius, has infected most of the population and many have died, but some of the survivors are doing what they can to find the cure, and to survive the disease and other people. In this book, we get the story of Tace and Sami, both are soldiers at one of the survivor compound. Tace and Sami have both survived Scorpius, but Tace is experiencing some effects of the disease because he didn't receive a shot that he needed on time. Tace and Sami have felt an attraction towards each other for awhile, but neither has acted on it because they are partners in the field, so they felt it wouldn't be accepted by their leader, but it's becoming more and more difficult for them to stay away from each other. Plus, both are withholding some very important information, so each has a bit of a wall up. I love how badass Sami is! She kicks butt! She's definitely not a damsel, and I enjoyed seeing her evolve, I was hoping that she wouldn't be so blasé about Tace's extra curricular activities right before her, but she probably more mature than I am, lol! Tace has a bit of a dark side, which I loved, and I love how protective he is. There is tons of awesome action going on, and I loved getting to see previous characters! I'm definitely reading more by Zanetti, and in this series! I want Grayson's book!!! So, if you want some action-packed, fast-pace, amazing storytelling, and deep romantic connections then definitely read this book and this series!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review for Complication by Katie Salidas - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -

Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.


MY REVIEW -

Love the action and the unique world that Katie Salidas has created! This book picks up right where the first one ended, so definitely read that one first, and is told in Mira's POV. Mira is a vampire, who has just escaped slavery with 3 humans that have helped her, they are in search of a place called Sanctuary, that is said to be a safe place for supernaturals, but the journey won't be easy because there are those out there who wish to harm Mira and her friends. Along the way, Mira comes across some new people, and she needs to figure out if they are friend or foe. I love that Mira is a tough chick, and she stands up for herself, and those under her care. I can see her character growing as this series progresses, and I like that she's willing to put herself on the line to help others. There's some new characters that I'm interested to see how their story will play out, and I like the direction this series is going in. I do wish a bit more happened in this book, but it's a fairly short read, so I understand that there couldn't be too much story progression. This story is entertaining, and kept me reading, and I'm definitely excited to see where Mira's story is going to go! Katie Salidas' stories are always unique and interesting!