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Sunday, January 31, 2016

ARC REVIEW-SYMBOL OF TREASON BY NATALYA OREKHOV

My rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Symbol of Treason is Alice's story. Her past, present, and future all coming to a head leaving her in a tailspin. This debut novel comes out swinging with a powerful prologue that really sets the tone for all of the demons Alice faces at every turn. She's an abomination and there are some who will not stop until they see her dead. She only begins to allow herself to truly feel when she comes face to face with an alluring stranger named Logan Snow.

I found myself yet again, torn on how to review this book. On one hand, the storytelling was vivid, the characters and storyline interesting and held my attention. Then on the other hand I felt like this book should have been split into two with more build up added to the love story and the threat they faced. Even though, for the most part, I enjoyed how the story unraveled, I felt there were sizable pieces missing. I couldn't fully invest in the love story and still have more questions than answers.

With that being said, Ms. Orekhov  has a unique writing style and even though it can get a bit too 'lyrical' at times, I always appreciate an author that is able to show me, verses tell me. While there is a love story element here, it carries more of a 'fade to black' tone. The heat factor is, for the lack of a better word, limited. I personally prefer a little more, especially when the leading male is written with a dominant personality.

The follow up is due to release in July of this year and I'm very curious as to what Logan has up his sleeve!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

ARC REVIEW-WAR-TORN BY J.E. KEEP

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC provided via the author in exchange for an honest review.***

This will be one of my worst reviews to date. I really don't know how to review this one. First, let me say, I have fully accepted the fact that yes, I DO judge a book by its cover. Right or wrong, I am guilty and I am totally obsessed with this one. Love, love, LOVE IT!

Now, back to the contents inside ;-). On one hand, I love this writing duo, they never shy away from pushing the envelope and they always seem to write in 'living color'. I enjoyed being introduced to the various characters in this steampunk fantasy but I think it was the pacing that kept me from truly enjoying this one.

I don't mind the alternating of point of views but in this case, it was a bit much. I felt like I was late night channel surfing and never staying in one place long enough to fully invest. I was so intrigued with all the different story lines (with the exception of maybe one) but it wasn't until around the 88th percent mark did the story lines really start to fuse together, to make any sense at all as far how it what all connected. What happened at that point was what I needed to start to take shape much earlier in the story. So for most of the book, I felt lost then all of a sudden it was one light bulb moment after another only to conclude with a cliff hanger. I'm both frustrated with book one yet oddly curious about what happens next!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

ARC REVIEW-KNIGHT'S NEMESIS BY MISTY KAYN

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

"I'll take that as 'Yes, Knight.'" ~Knight Borski

I went back and forth when trying to decide a rating for this one. First, let me say, when it comes to Fantasy, I'm more of an Urban Fantasy kind of girl so there are elements of this story that while may be too much for me (i.e. "peep!"), would make for great storytelling for another reader. The storytelling is very rich and descriptive although teetered on the risk of 'too much' but then pulled back so that was a plus for me.

I was a little confused at the beginning of the story. I immediately loved the snarky yet protective dynamic between sisters Clementine and Seven. For the life of me though, I couldn't figure out what they were and it wasn't until a few chapters in that I realized Clementine wasn't a child but a grown woman. Also, in the earlier chapters, I was given a clear painted picture of the world they lived in. The writing was very vivid which, imo, is a must in the fantasy genre. I only wish the plot had been a little more clear early on. Not asking for a dead giveaway mind you, I just felt a little lost for longer than I would have preferred. I had my 'ohhh' moment at around chapter 7 and my interest really peaked at chapter 14.

Lets talk Knight, the Alpha. He was my favorite of the characters. I appreciate an alpha who isn't an asshole. He held intrigue, mystery and dominance without me having to eye roll my way through a bunch of douchbagery. Thank you Ms Kayn! Knight's Nemesis packs a punch in the sensual department. I would have liked a tad bit more build up but Knight should get a medal or something. ;-) All hell broke loose near the end but I think it's the aftermath I'm most looking forward to. I want to know more about the exiled Arthur!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

REVIEW-OLIVER'S HUNGER (SCANGUARD VAMPIRES #7) BY TINA FOLSOM

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I don't have a quote from Oliver for this one. Mainly because all he did was whine. I get enough of that from my girls. I don't need it from my grown ass vampires too. I don't know what happened here. I'm a HUGE fan of this series and this author but this particular installment fell short at every turn. I get the whole sibling rivalry thing but the whiny " I know you are but what am I " bullshit bickering between Oliver and Blake grated on my last nerve. At some points, I could actually see both boys stomping their feet and sticking their bottom lip out. Not. Attractive.

Another big problem for me was, well the entire storyline. Kinda screws me out of any hope of enjoyment huh? This girl had been through hell and back. She had been tormented, isolated and hadn't seen not one friend or family member in 3 years and yet poof! He's so hot, she's so hot, we make love, I can fix you. Ugh blah. NEXT!

That's not to say that I'm giving up on this series. I do love the other characters and have enjoyed their books prior to this one and to be honest, their appearances in this installment are what generated the 2 stars. Had they not popped up, I may not have even finished this one. I have really high expectations for the next one but I think I'll take a little break here and give it a go some time early next year.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

ARC REVIEW(PLUS EXCERPT)-RELEASING THE DEMONS (THE ORDER OF THE SENARY #1) BY L.D. ROSE

MY RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

***Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

"Permission to enter, Detective."-Blaze

Releasing the Demons is easily one of my favorite reads of the year! It's a great blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy with, my favorite, vampy goodness. I will say, it does have a Black Dagger Brotherhood fell to it but at the same time, a world all its own. Here in book one, we meet SIX 'brothers' and so I expect no less than five more books in this series and let me just say, I'm looking forward to it!

These brothers have a special link and very specific goal in life and first up is Blaze. Name wise, I have to say his is my least favorite but that little tidbit didn't affect my enjoyment of the book itself. I'm just kind of weird about character names lol. Blaze went through seven long months of hell and he yearns for the taste of revenge whether he loses himself in the process or not. Our heroine is the independent, strong minded Detective Valerie Medeiros and when their worlds collide, all hell breaks loose...literally.

One the most notable PRO's is that the heroine isn't stupid, nor is she awe struck by the mere first sight of the hero. She doesn't get all fluttery, there's no cringe worthy lip biting either. She had a job to do and she did it. That in itself was so refreshing, as I can't deal with any more 'insta love' BS. I just can't, so bravo Ms. Rose!

This was such and easy read. The pacing was spot on, character and world development was clear and precise. The chemistry went far beyond just the main couple, the entire world just came together effortlessly.I never had to stop, scratch my head and backtrack for clarification. Another PRO, which may not be a big deal to all readers, was the presence of ethnic character. I don't mean that the author met a certain quota. I was able to detect the ethnic diversity in the characters without the author going too far. There were no pitiful clich├ęs that screamed " LOOK! Here's my token black guy!" Again, refreshing.

The romance was simply perfect and the heat factor on pointe. Yes, I did indeed love this book. I had quite a few moments where it tugged at my heartstrings and when you get to the 'favor' Blaze asked of his brother Rome...sigh...so good. Oh! And the scene where Blaze and Valerie and speaking from opposite sides of her front door, yep...pass the tissue.

L.D. Rose is indeed an author to watch!

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His body hardened, his heart thudding in his chest. If that wasn’t enough, the stirring low in his belly sure as hell was.

He wanted her. Badly.
And so did the leech inside him.
“Blaze?” She peered at him with concern, taking a step closer.
He snapped out of it, realizing she’d asked him something he completely missed. “Huh?”

“Do you want some coffee? Something to drink? Eat?”
Yeah, you. He swallowed his saliva, straightening. “I should get going.”

“Oh.” She tried to hide her disappointment but she was bad at it. She wants you to stay. “Where are you heading?”
“Probably home for a few hours. Rest up a bit.” And drink about a gallon of blood while thinking of you. “You know.”
Valerie set what he assumed was the bag of coffee on the counter. She took another step toward him as a wave of jasmine swept over him, tugging him in places he shouldn’t be tugged.
He took a reflexive step back. Goddamn it, he was fine. He’d been fine right up until now. What the hell just happened?
Bad idea, Blaze. Bad fucking idea to starve yourself and walk into her apartment at dusk, with that body, and that face, and those eyes, and that smell . . .
“I’ll show myself out.”
She looked entirely confused as he turned away and headed for the door. Christ, he was acting like he’d never been in a woman’s apartment before, and God knew he’d been in many. But he’d never been this hungry around a woman before—at least, not in ordinary circumstances. And he wasn’t famous for his control.
He could feel it, that ugly darkness inside him spreading through his veins, making his lips and toes tingle. The leech opened its jaws and yawned, sucking down what was left of his civility. His gums tightened, squeezing his canines, urging them to grow, to elongate.
To spring free.
“Blaze—”

He needed to get out. Now.

“I’ll see you in the morning,” he ground out, his voice a near growl. “Good night, Val.”

He slammed the door behind him and managed to stagger ten paces down the hall before his limbs stopped working. Sweat dripped down the sides of his face and trickled down his spine. His hands shook and he clenched them into fists. He stood there, chest heaving, heart pounding, fangs pulsing, cock throbbing. He closed his eyes and lifted his face toward the ceiling, trying to wrestle the monster down, trying to beat it back into submission.
But it was already too late.
Through the din in his head, Blaze heard a door click behind him, disengaging from its frame. It creaked open slowly as jasmine slithered through the hallway toward him, rising up and striking at his senses, delivering the final blow. He craned his neck and spotted her.
Valerie’s blond hair fell in a curtain as she peeked out, looking for him. Her eyes widened when she found him, still standing in the corridor, and she quickly retreated.
“Sorry,” she murmured, but before she could close the door, he was already there, his hand propped against it.
She looked at him in pleasant surprise. “Blaze, I—”
He didn’t give her a chance to finish. He seized her mouth with his before he slammed the door behind him and locked it shut.
 

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ARC REVIEW-BLOG TOUR-PERFECT RUIN (UNYIELDING BOOK 2) BY NASHODA ROSE

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Book Title: Perfect Ruin (Unyielding Book Two) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Release Date: December 14, 2015 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Book Blurb

The New York Times Best Selling author Nashoda Rose is back with the much anticipated story of Kai and London in the Unyielding series.

Kai

There is nothing I care about.
No attachments.
No connections.
Outwardly, I’m a perfect gentleman.
Until my target sees my knife.
I fear nothing, not even death.
In my world, death is considered a privilege.
But my life comes with unbreakable cruel strings and
when I met her, I should’ve walked away.
I didn’t.
I was too selfish.
And that sealed her fate.
Because one week with me led her into the hands of ruin.

London

We all have unique layers that make up who we are.
What makes us vulnerable or strong.
What we fear and what excites us.
But peel back those layers and you’re left naked and exposed.
They did that to me.
Each piece was slowly stripped away then burned.
I merely existed.
But there was one layer they overlooked.
The most important of them all—the tie to one man.
The man responsible for me being this way.
The man who found me.
And the killer who would do anything to protect me.

Perfect Ruin is the dark erotic story of Kai and London.
Their beginning.
And the continuing story of Vault.

Must be read in order:

Perfect Chaos (Unyielding, #1) Deck and Georgie
Perfect Ruin (Unyielding, #2) Kai and London
Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3) Connor’s story

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

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 4.5 out of 5 stars

"Don't ever stop believing in me." Because I didn't know what I'd do if she did.~Kai

 
YES!!! We are back on track! Perfect Ruin is book 2 in the Unyielding series by Nashoda Rose. While I can't say I fell in absolute love with book 1, Perfect Chaos, this installment has pulled me in. It pulled me in mainly because I seemed to stay 'on the fence' for most of the story. Mommy issues overload! I loved it, love that it was actually fused into the story, not just a convenient backstory excuse for our lead male to be an asshole. Speaking of  our lead male, another pro for me was his name-Kai. It's different without being too different...or that of anything regarding automotives or terms you would hear at an arraignment.
 
 
Kai is described to be in his early 30's, stands at 6'2" and has a subtle British accent. Perfect. Beneath the calm lies a live wire and for me, that's one of, if not thee most intriguing thing about this character. However, there is a find line between dominant and bully imo and there were a couple of scenes that didn't sit well with me. His chosen 'punishment' dumbed down the heroine and no, she was not "brave". I went back and forth on how I felt about his idea of therapy/rehab but his character development was nicely done. It was one particular scene, working on the spare room that made him so completely human and eventually, the give and take became a bit more balanced.
 
Perfect Ruin doesn't solely revolve around the lead couple and as this series progresses I'm seeing how all the characters and backstories are tightly woven together. Along with the fast paced action, it added a lot of depth to the story. On a side note, Ernie. LOVE
 
Connor.
 
Is it 2016 yet?!
 
 

 


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PROMO-THE LAWYERS IN LOVE SERIES BY N.M. SILBER

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USA Today Bestselling author, N.M. Silber's hot and hilarious lawyers are back! What could be wackier than Philly Night Court on Halloween under a full moon? Gabrielle and Braden Pierce appearing for the defense. From undertakers, to ghost hunters to an illegal alien ... from another planet, this group of zanies makes their former caseload look almost normal. Join the funniest and sexiest attorneys in practice as they tackle a Nightmare in Night Court.
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N.M. Silber is a USA Today Bestselling author, and recovering attorney, who survived the Philadelphia criminal court system, largely by having a sarcastic sense of humor. She used her her experiences there as a starting place to build her humorous cast of characters and sexy story lines, and she uses her knowledge of legal practice, courtroom procedure, and how lawyers really think, in every one of her novels.
 She has been a #1 Bestselling author in Romantic Comedy on Amazon, and a Top 20 Bestselling author there, and at Barnes & Noble. She was voted an Amazon Reader's Choice Best New Author for 2013, and has been ranked as a Top 100 author there overall. She has stated that her goal is to write books that genuinely make readers feel good.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

COVER REVEAL-PERFECT RUIN (UNYIELDING #2) BY NASHODA ROSE

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Book Title: Perfect Ruin (Unyielding Book Two) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Release Date: December 14, 2015 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Book Blurb

The New York Times Best Selling author Nashoda Rose is back with the much anticipated story of Kai and London in the Unyielding series.

Kai

There is nothing I care about.
No attachments.
No connections.
Outwardly, I’m a perfect gentleman.
Until my target sees my knife.
I fear nothing, not even death.
In my world, death is considered a privilege.
But my life comes with unbreakable cruel strings and
when I met her, I should’ve walked away.
I didn’t.
I was too selfish.
And that sealed her fate.
Because one week with me led her into the hands of ruin.

London

We all have unique layers that make up who we are.
What makes us vulnerable or strong.
What we fear and what excites us.
But peel back those layers and you’re left naked and exposed.
They did that to me.
Each piece was slowly stripped away then burned.
I merely existed.
But there was one layer they overlooked.
The most important of them all—the tie to one man.
The man responsible for me being this way.
The man who found me.
And the killer who would do anything to protect me.
Perfect Ruin is the dark erotic story of Kai and London.
Their beginning.
And the continuing story of Vault.

Must be read in order:

Perfect Chaos (Unyielding, #1) Deck and Georgie
Perfect Ruin (Unyielding, #2) Kai and London
Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3) Connor’s story


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Kai
I’d slit men’s throats who had families. I’d destroyed lives. I’d been groomed to ruin and not care how I did it as long as the job was done.

But what Mother didn’t know or understand was you never stole or harmed the girl belonging to a cold ruthless killer.

Flecks of who they made me into had begun to chip away the day I’d met London and what leached inside me was a slow acting poison. One that ate the numbness,brought in the light when all I’d seen was dark.

I leaned closer to her, my hand on the back of her neck as I whispered in her ear, “Maybe I am like my father. Because I’m a man who will do anything for the woman I want.” She tensed and the creases around her mouth accentuated as she frowned. “I wish I had more time to do this justice.”

I had my hand out of my pocket and the piano wire around her throat before she had the chance to take a final breath.

She looked like a fish out of water, flailing against me as she struggled to breathe. I held the wire tight, no mercy, no feeling toward what I was doing. Her fingernails ripped her own fragile skin as she tried to loosen the wire.

Her legs gave out.

Her wild horrified eyes went dead.

Her body fell limp.

I dropped her to the floor and put the wire back in my pocket. Then I crouched down beside her lifeless body. “London is mine and you fucked with that. Vault is going to pay for what it’s done.”


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Meet the Author

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.
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