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Friday, July 29, 2016

REVIEW-CROW BY A. ZAVARELLI (BOSTON UNDERWORLD #1)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Ye must've been chewing on four leaf clovers all along...I'm completely mad for you, sweetheart." ~Lachlan Crow

This new to me author/series came as a complete surprise! I'll admit, I grabbed it because at the time, it was free and lets be honest, the cover is eye catching. I had no idea I would end up enjoying it as much I did.

I love the use of music in this book. Various song titles are mentioned throughout, which brought more life to the story that was being told. The play list is on. point., Ah...love  90's Alternative Rock! On to the book itself...

Wow. First we have a headstrong, kick ass heroine in Mackenzie, aka Mack. She's young but has seen a lot, lost even more and had to grow up way too fast. She's determined to find answers, even if it could ultimately cost her her life. Enter Lachlan Crow...

My face hurt from all the grinning, the swooning and the OMG!!!!'ing LOL Crow is everything I could possibly want in a male lead. He is the epitome of grey character. He'll melt and break your heart as easily as he'll put a hole in it. He's lethal, deadly and with that Irish accent...I was done for.

Crow is an action packed, emotional roller coaster of a ride that features an unlikely pairing who is my EXACT BRAND OF DARK DYSFUNCTION. Envelopes were pushed and with power comes struggle and with defiance comes submission. I cannot stress it enough, READ THIS BOOK! Next up...REAPER!

P.S.-Chapter 35.

*Warning-contains scenes that may be difficult for some readers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BLOG TOUR-ARC REVIEW- PERFECT RAGE (UNYIELDING #3) BY NASHODA ROSE

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Book Title: Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Romance 
Release Date: July 26th 
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This is Connor's story.

Unstable.Unpredictable.
Consumed by perfect rage.
I was fighting who I’d become and what I’d done.

There was nothing I cared about except her.
She was mine.
But I’d forgotten her—my shutterbug.
And I lost her.

Until now.

I’d do anything to possess her again.
Anything to keep her safe.
Protect her against my biggest opponent.

The monster.

Me.

Full-length novel: 93,000 words
Must be read in order:
Perfect Chaos (Unyielding, #1)
Perfect Ruin (Unyielding, #2)
Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3)


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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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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Don't give up on me, Alina."~Connor

*Please note, ARC copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Twenty questions...oh the feels!!! This book is EVERYTHING. I've been a fan of Ms. Rose for quite some time but I'll be honest and say that I haven't LOVED every single book I've read of hers. Perfect Rage however, is just. that. good. I've patiently (or, not so much) waiting for Connor's story and it absolutely delivered, and then some!

I'm not one for insta-love but leave it to this author to lay it out perfectly! Connor is every bit the leading man with all his pros, his cons, his light and his oh so dark moments. He is a broken man who will offend you and pull at your heart strings all at the same time. Alina didn't piss me off, though she rode a fine line for a min or two! Their chemistry though, was so spot on! They weren't written as some picture perfect couple, nor did she just the pretty girl. There's grit, angst and questionable decision making. On a more shallow note, that cover...YES!!!

Perfect Rage is an emotional roller coaster that I would LOVED to have been able to just sit and read in one sitting. Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometime but the first night, I stayed up until 3a.m. and only gave up once my eyes started to cross. Pacing is so incredibly important to me and this book never slowed down, yet managed to fully lay out the story and build the characters along the way. There's romance, suspense, action, the sweetest of bro-mances to boot! Perfect Rage is my FAVORITE of 2016, to date, hands down!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

REVIEW-THE WORSE FOR WERE: IN LOVE WITH HER WEREWOLF HUSBAND OF CONVENIENCE (LEGENDARY CONSULTANTS) BY ABIGAIL OWEN

My rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

She'd earned alpha, but, as a woman, she found she had to earn it again every day.

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

First up...lets talk cover. I don't like what I tend to call 'cartoon covers'. It's a pet peeve of mine, no stars were lost, I'm just not a fan and truth be told, if I were scanning Amazon, I would passed right over it. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by...yeah well, that's just me. It is what it is.

This is a story of two alphas, Tala and Marrok (great names btw!) who are forced into a marriage of convenience. I struggled with this one early on, for a couple reasons. Paranormal romance, with two alpha shifters no less, has no room for, what felt to me, as juvenile terms. Coming across words like butt, boobs and the cringe worthy orgasmic goo is a HUGE kill joy for me. I also dislike it when a character seems to do a flip flop before I really get to know said character. On one hand, our heroine, Tala, seemed to be reluctant, standoffish even to this marriage. Sure, she found him hot but she seemed resentful to be put in the position she found herself in. Two seconds later, he provides some water and green pillows and boom! Blow job time. None of it made sense to me and so it didn't deliver any intimacy or romance.

With all of the above being said, I pressed on and I'm glad that I did. The beginning of the turn around for me was two stand out side characters, Leia and Castor. I was, however, pissed that most of their story took place off screen. They need their own book. Hopefully that's the plan for down the road. Also, while the sex scenes in this book didn't work for me, the true intimacy that developed truly delivered! I enjoyed the battle for dominance, the joint effort against the enemy and the time out taken to get to know their new mate. Those three scenes were my absolute favorite and provided the sex appeal that the act itself didn't quite provide. Will I continue with this series? Yes, the supporting cast have stories that definitely need to be told and I'm looking forward to it.

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Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. After spending ten years in Northern California, she now resides in Austin with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
 
For additional information, contact Abigail Owen @ abigail.owen.books@gmail.com.
 
 

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ARC REVIEW-WOLF'S CROSS (LOKI'S WOLVES #4) BY MELISSA SNARK

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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

Had real life not gotten in the way, I probably would have read this book in record time. It's been a while since I've visited this world created by author Melissa Snark but it's great to be back!

As always, I struggle with books that are light on or completely void of romance. That's not say that there isn't any tension here because there definitely is (TEAM SAWYER!!!). What this installment lacks in heat it makes up with action, intrigue and mystery. While I tend to enjoy books featuring multiple characters, I typically only really get attached to one or two characters. Wolf's Cross has a fantastic ensemble who take turns stealing the spotlight. Each and every one could have their own book and in many cases (Jake's teen sons for example) I hope that to be the plan moving forward.

If pressed to pick faves, however, I would have to say Jake and Sawyer and Loki of course with a heaping dose of fangirling for the bromance that is Jake and Loki. At about the midway mark, the pacing was interrupted a bit, possibly due to lack of Sawyer and Jake. That, along with my wanting just a tad bit more on the romance side, even just a hint is how I came to the 4 star conclusion verses 5. There is SO MUCH going on in this story but the author did a great job in keeping it clear and easy to follow. Often times, too much can turn into a giant mess that leaves more questions than answers and not in a good way. I am a teensy bit bitter about where the story leaves off and will be stalking Ms. Snark's updates for the next release date!

Jake's strong presence, Victoria's determination and Arik's sly arrogance, is challenged only by Logan's boyish charm, Sawyer's dominance and ALL THAT IS LOKI (no, really, this character is FANTASTIC)!!! Good luck in finding a favorite here. Wolf's Cross delivers, and then some.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

REVIEW-RATHA THE MAGIC WITHIN (GUARDIAN ARCHIVES #1.5) BY JENNIFER SAGE

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

"This is not the end for us Ratha of Westmeath. This is but the beginning of our journey." ~Daleigh

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

When it was good, it was oh so good, everything I've come to expect from this author. When it was bad, however, I skimmed and skimmed some more. The opening was fantastic. It had all the key elements that I believe are needed to hook a reader at 'go'. There was action, mystery and intrigue. I had many questions and couldn't wait to dive right in to get my answers. Unfortunately, they made their way to the cottage and it went to hell from there.

Sex. To  me, it is an absolute MUST in romance, ESPECIALLY paranormal because there's that powerful, otherworldly element to these creature/characters. However, I do feel like there is such a thing as too much. Plus, it's very off putting when there is too much dialog. I prefer an author to show me, not tell me and never ever attempt to do both.  It clutters up the scene and that's when I begin to skim. Tick tock, I got shit to do...and can I just say, using the term 'juices'...no.

Back to the good...Aeon. I hope to know more about this character as I continue with this series. I can't quite call him a standout, only because there wasn't quite enough of him. He was definitely a highlight though and his relationship with Ratha added depth, as did the scenes between Ratha and Logan. There is a significant element of loss in this story and IMO, this is where the author truly shines, as well as creating unique relationships outside of the romantic leads. Unfortunately, it was the endless sex scenes that pulled my rating down and left me pretty much torn right down the middle. Dante will be next and since he's a character I've already fallen in love with, I'm excited to learn his story.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Kept From You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose

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Book Title: Kept from You (Book 4: Tear Asunder) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
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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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