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Friday, May 11, 2018

Audio Review: Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Intensity
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick (#8)
Published by: Tantor Media Inc.
February 20th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     After two days of deliberating what to write I still don't know what to say other than wow, I did not see that coming.

     After years following Nick Gautier's life, I was always asking myself how this series was going to tie up with the DH timeline. Like always I am lost as to who is who's dad, mom, uncle, grandma, sister, cousin, etc. but it was still an enjoyable read since I learned to ignore the characters connections with one another early on.

     This is the last book of the CoN series and Nick is looking for a way to stop Cyprian and change once and for all the destiny that he'll bring about with his legacy. And as with the previous books, the kid is lost as to what went wrong and how to go about fixing it.

     We get a lot less interaction with other "main" characters like Kody and Caleb but I think that's why it all worked in the end to start the transition from CoN to DH. That being said Kenyon has now transition this series into the next spinoff which is a series of books telling Cyprian's story.

     I am looking forward to reading more of this world and can't wait to read the next installment in the DH series.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

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The Lost Duke of Wyndham
by Julia Quinn
Series: The Two Dukes of Wyndham (#1)
Published by: Avon Books
May 27th, 2008
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
Source: Gift from Friend
Rating: 5 Stars

     For the past five years, Grace has been the companion to the dower dutchess of Wyndham and she is apparently the only one that can deal with the old lady and not run for the hills. When coming back from a ball they are stopped by highwaymen to be robbed and the old dutchess starts acting a bit crazy since one of the men looks like her dead son (or at least what she can see of him since he's wearing a half mask).

     Jack is a carefree man that has many secrets but always has a smile on his face no matter the problems he faces. He is charming and a rogue and he wastes no time in trying to seduce Grace at every turn.

     I love Grace and Jack. Both of them have tragedy in their pasts that puts them in the circumstances they find their selves in but at the same time they have a childhood full of love and caring family. Jack is a terrible flirt and I like that he has a warped sense of humor.

     From beginning to end this book is a fun, enchanting read that left me glued to the pages even when the ending was so glaringly obvious. I can't wait to read Thoma's book since there where a couple of scenes I'm curious about that I hope are told in his book (since both books are kind of on the same timeline).

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Audio Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle (#1)
Published by: Scholastic Press
September 18th, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Loan from Library
Rating: 4 Stars

     Another exciting find from the library audiobook section. I find day by day that I am able to ignore (up to a point) the narrators that I don't like and enjoying the stories behind the voice. Will Patton was my first male narrator so it was quite a while before I got used to that fact but I still love this book.

     Blue is the daughter of a psychic and, although she has no power of her own, she is able to amplify the power of others. Gansey is an Aglionby student (a local private school for rich children whose logo is a raven) who is obsessed with magic and ley lines and has traveled all over the world in search of someone.

     A couple other Aglionby boys have helped Gansey on his search and when something strange happens to Gansey on St. Patricks day(?) one of them suggests he goes see a local psychic to see what it all means.

     From the moment that Blue and Gansey meet it is a rollercoaster of discoveries and shocks that left me wanting more every time I had to stop listening. I liked all the characters from Gansey to Ronan to Adam to Blue, Persephone, Mora, and Calla. All that happens in this book is intricate and connected and I feel transported to this fantasy world that the author has created.

     That ending has me intrigued as to how Ronan was able to get Chainsaw and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ARC Review: Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood

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Burning Up
by Jennifer Blackwood
Series: Flirting With Fire (#1)
Published by: Montlake Romance
May 8th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Rating: 4 Stars

Disclaimer:

This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of it or the content of my review.

     I've read just a few books where one of the main characters is a firefighter and I have to say that it is slowly becoming one of my favorite occupations for characters to have. This story to me is kind of like a friends to lovers mixed in with a second chances romance.

     We have Erin, who is home for the summer to help with her mom after a surgery and who is looking for work back in California. She "ran away" ten years ago and her family and friends are plotting to make her want to stay in Portland.

     Enter Jake, a single father of a 12-year-old. He has been burned one too many times and he is not willing to risk again having his daughter get attached to a woman that will eventually leave. When he and Erin meet again it is awkward and funny and from then on you get a story packed with funny, sexy and heartbreaking moments.

     I really liked this book. It was heartwarming to see Jake put his daughter above all and very emotional to see him suffer so much when getting calls involving children and him thinking (or trying not to) that said child could very well be his princess.

     There are some other characters that got my attention and I cannot wait to read their books, especially Erin's brother and one of her best friends. I do hope they are the next book.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ARC Review: I am Justice by Diana Muñoz Stewart

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I am Justice
by Diana Muñoz Stewart
Series: Band of Sisters (#1)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
May 1st, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Rating: 5 Stars

Disclaimer:

This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of it or the content of my review.

     I requested this book after noticing it was the first in a new series. I have never read this author before (unless she has an alias I don't know) which I thought it was great since I want to try new to me authors. Second, it was the description. Who doesn't want to read about assassins?

     Justice has to go undercover by herself after her adopted mother tells her there is a traitor amongst her siblings. Justice doesn't want to believe it but goes on mission anyways as ordered. Sandesh for his part is having trouble having people take his mission seriously and when the Parish family offers to help him he, although suspicious, can't say know. After all the Parish family is known and respected worldwide.

     This book is 77 chapters of pure adrenaline, suspense, sexiness, and suspicion. I couldn't put it down from the first page to the last. I was sure I had the traitor pegged but then I'd second guessed myself and change my mind again and so on and guess what! I never had it. I was so shocked.

     I liked the writing style and the characters and the plot and twists. This book had me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I can't wait for the next book. This is definitively a series I'll get behind on and await every one of the releases if they are this good. And so I'd like to give away a digital copy of it (details below).

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Welcome Author! Diana Muñoz Stewart

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Title: I Am Justice
Author: Diana Muñoz Stewart
Series: Band of Sisters, #1
Pub Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense

This bad-ass band of sisters plays for keeps.

She's ready to start a  war
Justice Parish takes down bad guys. Rescued from the streets by the world-renowned Parish family, she joined their covert sisterhood of vigilante assassins. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East. She just needs to get close enough to take them down...

He  just  wants  peace 
Sandesh Ross left Special Forces to found a humanitarian group to aid war-torn countries. But saving the world isn't cheap. Enter Parish Industries and limitless funding, with one catch— their hot,  prickly PR specialist', Justice Parish. Their chemistry is instant and off-the-charts. But when Justice is injured and her cover blown, Sandesh has to figure out if he can reconcile their missions. With danger dogging their every move, their white-hot passion can change the world— if it doesn't destroy them first.

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     Standing in the ornate bar, only half-full of patrons, with music playing softly, Sandesh felt Justice’s sultry invitation to dance run down his body like a hot finger.
     He couldn’t control the hungry leer that traveled the silky, blue dress that spanned her body, her hips, and the satisfying curve of a great ass like a warm hand.
     Damn, he wanted to rest his own hand against that fine ass, pull her to him. The short, midnight-blue dress showed off sun-drenched legs. Her nipples pressed against the deep-blue hue and stood at attention under the drape of fabric that swooped and rested against her breasts.
     And, ah, her lips. So full.
     So damn sure.
     A grin that announced the game was won and dinner was ready all in one lazy, long predatory stretch. Part of his body throbbed in response. The rest of him was pretty damn annoyed.
     Wasn’t she the one who had suggested they keep it PG? Was she playing games?
     Justice’s eyes, soaked in velvet onyx and framed by midnight lashes, narrowed. "Okay, I give. You eat me up with your stare and then you hesitate. What is it with you? Do you have something against strong women?"
     Sandesh snorted. "For someone so direct, you are seriously clueless."
     "I’m clueless? Buddy, you have no idea of the opportunity for  friction and fun you are passing up right now." He had to laugh. Had to. Not just because she was quick and funny, but because she was all of that—not afraid to speak her mind, heat, and energy, and the promise of friction and fun.
     His fingers left the edge of the cold espresso and sought out her hand. He needed to feel all of that energy and fire pressed up against him. "Okay.  Let’s  dance."
     She didn’t resist. Another surprise. She’d taken his hesitation personally. He’d thought she’d make him pay for that. But she didn’t. She simply bequeathed him with a that’s-more-like-it smile. Seriously, this woman was scorching hot.
     "At this Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters played through the speakers. Not what he would’ve expected here.
     He pulled her to him as they hit the empty dance floor. She curved into him, drawing a sound from his throat that was as involuntary as breathing. She purred into his ear.
     "That’s one."
     His hand slid along the silk fabric of her dress, down her back to her smooth, round, and hot-as-hell ass. And there he went. Zero to sixty. He cleared his throat. "One?"
     She ran a tongue over his earlobe and inside his ear.
     That warm, wet stroke sent tremors zinging low into his body. Her sultry voice meshed with that teasing tongue and vibrated through him. "I’m counting how many different ways I can get you to moan."
     He growled a raw, desperate sound that even to his own muffled ears sounded like raging intent.
     She laughed. "Two."
     Okay. Definitely, time to divert the conversation. Complex math, anyone? Or a subject destined to slow down any hot moment. "Have you spoken to your mother about our progress here?"
     She laughed as if she could see him wrestling control from the moment. She moved her mouth close enough that he could feel her breath on his neck. "No. But I’d like to meet your mother. You’ve met mine. It’s only fair. What’s she like?"
     "You'd like her. At least who she used to be."
     "Used  to  be?"
     "She’s been sick for a few years. Early-onset Alzheimer’s. She’s at a care center. I have friends and family scheduled to sit and read with her every night I’m away."
     "Oh.  I’m  sorry." She looked past him for a moment, then returned her gaze to his. "So what you’re telling me is that while you’re away on your humanitarian mission, you’ve organized it so your mother will always be watched over by a close friend or family member. You do realize I already want to sleep with you. You don’t have to sweeten the pot."
     He laughed. Only this woman would think talking about his mom—meant to cool things off—was sexy.
     "Sandesh,  I’m  serious." She began to roll her hips.
     His eyes rolled back in his head.
     That. Felt. So. Fucking. Good. Nothing like a violent hard-on to give a woman the upper hand. Her hand. His hard-on. Settle. Settle.
     Fuck it.
     His lips came down on hers. There was an instant and overwhelming zing of electricity. Mindless of where he was, he tasted her, tickled, and teased her mouth open. Her wet response, the moan against his lips as his tongue played back, caused fire to erupt down his body.
     Dubdubdub, dubdubdub, pulsated through him. He couldn’t tell what throbbed faster—his cock or his heart. He deepened the kiss. She opened wider, accelerated the roll of her hips.
     Time to go. Time to get her off the dance floor and into his bed. Or her bed. Which room was closer?
     The phone in his pocket buzzed. Justice stiffened in his arms. She pulled her sweet mouth away. "You should answer it."
     He tightened his grip on her. He ran his nose down her face, inhaled her lavender-warmed-by-the-sun scent.
     "Ignore  it." Please. God. Ignore it.
     "Your  mission." Justice shook her head. "I  can’t  do  that."
     Oh. Shit. Not happening. He looked into her eyes, her endless depths, midnight-and-mystery eyes. She was serious.
     She stepped back.
     Fuck.
     He answered the phone. It was Salma. The tremor in her voice doused the fire in his body. A tsunami would’ve had less impact.
     "Sandesh, please, I need your help."

Meet the Author


     Diana Muñoz Stewart is the award-winning, romantic suspense author of the Band of Sisters series, which includes I Am Justice (Sourcebooks Casablanca). She lives in eastern Pennsylvania in an often chaotic and always welcoming home that—depending on the day—can include husband,  kids, extended family,  friends, and a canine or two. When not writing, Diana can be found kayaking, doing sprints up her long driveway—harder than it sounds—practicing yoga on her deck,  flying, climbing, or hiking with the man who's had her heart since they were teens.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters

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Nobody's Lost
by Kallypso Masters
Series: Rescue Me Saga (#5)
Published by: Self-Published by Author
December 9th, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 Stars

     I find myself with mixed feelings about this book. I love the story and how Megan helped Ryder and all the romantic things Ryder did with Megan. But even if it's being a while I remember that the previous books have more context to them and the time frame is longer. This story was just too insta for me. And it also leaves you wanting more of the BDSM aspect of things.

     Ryder like every Marine character from previous books served in Fallujah under Adam's command and has PTSD from that mission. Megan is Adam's half-sister and she knows how to deal with PTSD since her other brother is also a Marine that has served in the war and came home with night terrors.

     The characters don't have much interaction with others and that is in part what it makes it cute and romantic but it is also what makes it such a fast-paced read that leaves you wanting more. I guess this also has to do with the fact that this characters were not introduced in previous books but were just mention in passing.

     I hope to have better luck with the next book since is one of the couples I've been looking forward the most.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: The Thief by J. R. Ward

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The Thief
by J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (#16)
Published by: Ballantine Books
April 10th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     I never know with J. R. Ward books if I'm giving it 4 or 5 stars because there is something that annoyed me so much during the reading that I can't ignore or I loved it so much that I can't think of anything that I didn't like. This book is more of a 3.5 read just because I am so over and done with the Vishous shit. Like I posted on my Instagram, Ward should just kill the fucker and be done with him.

     What I did love about this book was Sola and Assail's story. I know many will disagree with me but I think every story so far has developed at the exact time it should and this one is no different. Assail needed to clean himself of his addiction and Sola needed to see him almost dying for this couple to appreciate what they have or could have.

     What I like about this books is that we see a side to this characters that is sweet but, even with the women, it does not make them weak and vulnerable, on the contrary, it gives them character and make them feel more real.

     I can't wait to see what this new turn in the war will bring and how some of the secondary stories will develop further in upcoming books.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Big Bad Wolf by Linda Jones

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Big Bad Wolf
by Linda Jones
Series: A Faerie Tale Romance (#2)
Published by: Love Spell
February 27th, 1997
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Gift
Rating: 4 Stars

     I love what Linda Jones has done with all this fairy tale retelling mixed with historical romance. Two of my favorite things together. The retelling of children books with an adult twist and my favorite genre, historical romance.

     Molly is on her way to visit her sick grandmother when she comes across a stranger that steps out of the woods. She is drawn to this stranger and feels no fear even when she realizes is Wolf Trevelyan, a man that has a dark past and who no one wants near their innocent female women.

     Wolf feels this inexplicable pull to Molly and he needs to have her no matter the cost. What he can't explain is why she doesn't behave like any other woman he knows and why he can't buy her into her bed. Everyone has a price, he just needs to find hers.

     I fell in love with this book since the first encounter between Molly and Wolf. The way Wolf was puzzled by Molly, the way Molly treated him in spite of the rumors, the way Wolf kept trying to look for an explanation as to why Molly was different, and the way Molly followed her instincts instead of what people said.

     Even their time in New York at which point the story deviated from the Red Ridinghood story was fascinating and engaging and infuriating and so many more things that capture my attention and hold it firmly. I will, of course, be reading more of this stories the next one being Someone's Been Sleeping In My Bed since I was gifted that book too.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

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Burn Bright
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega (#5)
Published by: Ace
March 6th, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

     Anna and Charles' books are ones that I like a bit more than the Mercy Thompson's series books only by the fact that it is told in third person. Aside from that, I love both series as Mrs. Briggs puts this characters thru the wringer and then some.

     Charles receives a call from one of the wildlings (Bran's more damaged of werewolves) to come help. He and Anna are then racing against time to find out what is going on and who's fault it is. There is a traitor on the pack and they have to uncover him/her before they can find what they're looking for.

     The beginning of the book was slow and gave some information that I think was more to fill out the pages than it was part of the story plot but once Charles and Anna got to their destination the story picked up and it was one oh sh*t moment after the other.

     I find the way Brother Wolf is evolving very intriguing and I hope that it develops into something that will give us more plots, twists, and turns than just wanting to communicate with Anna.