Sunday, August 30, 2015

ARC Review of Life Before Damaged Vol. 8 by H.M. Ward

Goodreads Summary:
Money. Power. Sex.

People don't change. They can't. It's a simple thing to understand and yet, everything I'm seeing in the billionaire Pete Ferro makes me think that I'm wrong. Perhaps this alpha male is capable of love after all? That should be a good thing since I'm engaged to him and a wedding is swiftly approaching, but I wanted a white knight type of love story. Instead I got the dark romance that I can't explain.

After all the fights are washed away, there's another man beneath the surface of that sexy exterior searching for a second chance at life. There's more to him than a sexy grin and a beautiful body, but he hides those pieces of his soul away from everyone--except me.

I'm attracted to that man--the hot player who's really a poet, the heartbreaker of a manwhore with the deep blue eyes and crooked smile. I can't fall in love with him because it would break my heart and there's so little left.

My Review:
Gina has finally come into her own. She has decided to live her life to the fullest. Gina's story has surprised me. I have loved Peter in the other books but, in this one he drives me crazy. Gina deserves better. He is so hot and cold all the time. I am getting emotional whip lash. I can't imagine how Gina feels. Especially with the deadline to become a Ferro is looming over her. I don't blame her. I think I would have made the same decision she did. I find myself hoping for a different outcome for Gina. even though we kind of know how this story ends. I have hope!

Gina and Peter still have encounters of the romantic variety. Which are also hot and cold. In this volume I found them to be sweet. I would love to see them have way more intimate time but, I understand times are a little tense and Gina has a lot on her mind. Gina's ex-bf Anthony, stirs things up a bit too. His drunken antics make Peter pretty mad. Which then makes him go all man-ape on Anthony. I did kind of enjoy that though. 

Once again I am left emotionally drained after this volume. It keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the next volume!



Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
I am sorry, I have been seriously slacking lately. I started a new job and the overtime is killing me. I haven't had time for much of anything else. By the time the weekend comes I could pretty much sleep it away. I am hoping this gets better as our staff numbers increase! Until then I am doing what I can to keep up with my posts.

e-ARC

Goodreads Summary:
Money. Power. Sex.

People don't change. They can't. It's a simple thing to understand and yet, everything I'm seeing in the billionaire Pete Ferro makes me think that I'm wrong. Perhaps this alpha male is capable of love after all? That should be a good thing since I'm engaged to him and a wedding is swiftly approaching, but I wanted a white knight type of love story. Instead I got the dark romance that I can't explain.

After all the fights are washed away, there's another man beneath the surface of that sexy exterior searching for a second chance at life. There's more to him than a sexy grin and a beautiful body, but he hides those pieces of his soul away from everyone--except me.


I'm attracted to that man--the hot player who's really a poet, the heartbreaker of a manwhore with the deep blue eyes and crooked smile. I can't fall in love with him because it would break my heart and there's so little left.
Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek's stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek's kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy... At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek - something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

...Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart's deepest desires and secure her and Derek's future together, forever.


But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

Goodreads Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Lucy doesn’t know how she became a ghost, but the more she remembers of her life in Victorian England, the more she wants to forget. Her only hope of changing the mistakes of her past is to enlist the help of a servant named Philip—the one living person who can see her. This impossible romance story is filled with delightful period detail and plenty of mystery.











Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Shade of Blood by Bella Forrest

Goodreads Summary:
In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape. 

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her. 


But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

My Review:
Ok I am devouring this series. I am already halfway through book 3 as I am doing this review. After Sofia leaves with Ben to go back to their lives. You would think that this is a dream come true, right?! Well not so much. Turns out that trying to be normal after going through everything they did is almost impossible. Ben and Sofia both have nightmares from their time at The Shade. They are trying to fit in but, football and prom are just not doing it. Neither is their relationship. Things have changed between these two. Ben finally realizes he loves Sofia and Sofia realizes how deep her feelings are for Derek. What is a girl to do? Let's not forget Derek who is on the war path back at  The Shade after losing Sofia. Things were suppose to be easy now. Sofia wasn't suppose to miss The Shade. What will she do now? Can she go on living a normal life?

I didn't really get into Ben and Sofia's relationship. It seemed very forced. Like they were back to real life and should just start dating to see what happens. Ben moved to fast. He jumped in head first. While Sofia took the safer approach. Her heart was not in it and it showed. After Ben decides to go to join the Hunters, Sofia draws the line. She does not share the intense hatred 

I felt bad for Derek during this book. He was alone and was honestly trying to make things better but, failed. He was heartbroken and a heartbroken man will do terrible things. I was worried he would do something he would regret later and in a sense he did. Sofia yearns to find a way back to The Shade. When low and behold Vivienne shows up. Things do not really go according to plan though. 

I am really enjoying this series thus far. It is a fast read and I am reading almost 3 a week haha. I would have liked the romance in this one to be a little more detail oriented. The "tumble in the sheets" didn't really do it for me but, it is YA so I expected that. I am excited to continue on!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ARC Review of Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Summary:
Olivia Taylor Jones's life has exploded. She's discovered she is not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town's mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders but also her stalker ex-fiancé.


Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks both Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that connects them. Will darkness prevail, or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?


(Apparently the first time I posted this review it didn't go live so lets try again.)
My Review:
I am in love with this series, seriously. First of all I have to say, we finally get the whole vision!! I mean the bits and pieces thing was killing me. I needed to know what it all meant! I mean that little girl is super cryptic and mostly I was just left as confused as Olivia. The pieces slowly started to fall together and make sense. And let me tell you , it is crazy! I didn't see that coming at all. I mean two tribes of Fae hating each other is one of my favorite story lines. The whole thing with the visions was genius, I just wish they happened faster! I found that a lot of Deceptions felt like a filler with some crazy twists. Olivia finally learns the truth about her parents and the murders but, not without bumps along the way. People will die and finally seeing the whole vision does not make things easier. In fact it makes Olivia's life more complicated. At least it all makes more sense now. Who will Olivia choose? Are her choices really her choices or are they more set in stone then she thinks? 

I really like Ricky. He is a fun and dangerous guy. Let's face it, him and Olivia make a pretty good couple. They get along and have amazing sex. Their relationship continues to grow in Deceptions. They are definitely together more. The feelings are strong. So strong that Olivia fills him in on the whole Fae thing and her visions. It takes a lot of trust for her to do that. She couldn't tell just anyone. 

What was my favorite part you ask? That would be how much Ricky and Olivia's relationship bothers Gabriel!! Yes, I am still on Gabriel's team. Even though he is very emotionally stunted.  Even through this one I was hoping they would find their way to each other. I think they are close but, Ricky is still winning. Gabriel needs to open up and confess his feelings. He drove me crazy!! I have feelings for her but, I won't show them, got really old. He came so close but, something always stopped him. I see things changing between them and I am so excited about it! I have no idea if the visions will help them now that they know what it all means. It puts a lot of weight on Olivia to make her choice. In the end I don't know who it will be and I love that.

As much as I hate love triangles this one isn't to bad. I have read worse. I really enjoy Armstrong's writing and this series requires more patience then others by her to get the whole story. Three books later and I feel we are a lot closer. I know there are more books planned for the series and I can't wait to see how it plays out! 

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
I am sorry, I have been seriously slacking lately. I started a new job and the overtime is killing me. I haven't had time for much of anything else. By the time the weekend comes I could pretty much sleep it away. I am hoping this gets better as our staff numbers increase! Until then I am doing what I can to keep up with my posts.

Purchased
Goodreads Summary:
What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin...

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.


And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowels of an Egyptian desert... a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.


Goodreads Summary:
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.


Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Goodreads Summary:
On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.


Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

My Review:
I finally read this one. I have seen it everywhere and it's finally time I read it. I for one an a huge vampire fan. So I was excited to see that this wasn't your average, vampires are nice to humans and don't like killing them. The vampires in this book have human slaves. So imagine Sofia's surprise to wake up in The Shade as a slave to one of the most powerful vampires ever, Derek. Derek however is also not your stereotypical vampire. He is trying to fight is nature as a killer. He was put under a witches spell to sleep and has finally woke up after 400 years. Things have changed and not for the better. The vampires of The Shade have allowed themselves to become weak and vulnerable. For Sofia she is constantly living in fear and wondering when she will be killed. How will she survive in this new world? 

We get both Derek and Sofia's POV during this book. I loved that. We got to see what was going on in Sofia's mind after being ripped away from her family and the boy she loved. Being in this new place was not easy for her. Especially when she develops feelings for Derek. She fights them because he is dangerous and his family is too. She wants to fight it but, it is very hard. Derek is different. We get that from his portions of the book as well as through Sofia's eyes. He wants to be better. Of course we all slip up from time to time, it is only natural. These two have some serious angst between them. 

Derek's family is not so easy to get along with though. His brother and sister are not the friendliest towards humans. They believe in the old ways where humans are slaves and alive to please them. Unfortunately when Derek shows such interest in Sofia it puts her in a dangerous position. She has to look out whenever shes around other vampires. I also really enjoyed the witch! I think there are some fun things ahead with her story line!

I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I purchased the second one immediately and am almost done with it. I plan to have that review up shortly as well!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
I am sorry, I have been seriously slacking lately. I started a new job and the overtime is killing me. I haven't had time for much of anything else. By the time the weekend comes I could pretty much sleep it away. I am hoping this gets better as our staff numbers increase! Until then I am doing what I can to keep up with my posts.

Purchased
Goodreads Summary:
In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.


But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Goodreads Summary:
Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father's greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.

Meanwhile, the mermaid Princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart...


A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.

Friday, August 14, 2015

BLOG TOUR!! Overtime by Toni Aleo!!



Overtime by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins Series #7
Genre: Contemporary Romance




Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.
>In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.

My Review:
I have been waiting for Jordie's story since "Wanting to Forget." I knew Jordie's story would be different from the others. He is struggling with his life choices. You got a glimpse of his issues in "Wanting to Forget" but, it is far deeper then I could have ever imagined. His childhood was pretty intense. He was the victim of some pretty terrible things. They were the foundation of his issues as an adult. He clearly loved Kacey but, couldn't get passed his addiction and his fear of breaking her heart. Will Jordie get passed his demons or will they destroy him?

I loved Kacey. She is a strong female character who speaks her mind and curses like a sailor and I love it! She fits in so great with the other female characters from Aleo's books. She has not had it easy either. After Jordie left her she lost it. She went through some really bad things without Jordie. She truly suffered and she suffered alone. She isn't sure if she can ever forgive Jordie for what he did and how he made her feel. I don't blame her either. Her family is very supportive. She moves into her brother Karson's house with his wife Lacey and new baby! I love them too by the way. Her family is always behind her, which she will need if she is going to give Jordie a second chance. Will Jordie win her back?

These two have some seriously hot moments. I mean...holy crap. I can see why she likes the very manly version of Jordie. He is a dirty talker and I love it! He knows what Kacey likes and he does those things oh so well! They are perfect for each other and they both know it. I was waiting for them to give in to their needs. Kacey kept pushing him away. She didn't know how much he needed her. Although, Jordie didn't either. After he sobered up, he realized how much she completed him and it became his mission to get her back. I love when a man woo's his lady.

We get to see all of our favorite Assassin's too. You absolutely can't forget about them. My favorite team of hot hockey players! Keep them coming Toni Aleo because I love them all! Overtime is a story of loss, addiction, and how someone can overcome the biggest obstacles in their lives. It is a story of how love and family can triumph over your darkest times. You will need to pick this one up everyone!


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About the Author


Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Queen
Author: Aimee Carter
Series Number: 3
Release Date: November 24, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
PAWN...CAPTIVE...QUEEN?

Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear...and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

My Thoughts
I am very excited for this book. I have enjoyed the previous two books in the series. I can not wait!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy Release Day!!


Overtime by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins Series #7
Genre: Contemporary Romance



Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.
>In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.



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Excerpt

Jordie Thomas knew he was screwed.
There were two things that he didn’t want, ever, in his life.
Herpes, and to be called into Elli Adler’s office.
Everyone knew that it wasn’t good to be called into the office of the owner of the professional hockey team he played for, the Nashville Assassins. If it was something good, usually she just called to chitchat, as she called it, and dote on her players. But when she called them into her office, ten out of ten times, they were screwed.
And today, Jordie must be screwed.
As his good leg bounced from the nerves, Jordie waited for the door to open to Elli’s office. His shoulders were taut, his other knee ached, and his heart was pounding. Ever since he got the call that she wanted him to fly from Colorado to Nashville for a meeting, he had been replaying every single scenario in his head. He hadn’t been making the greatest decisions lately, and he was pretty damn sure this had to do with his spur-of-the-moment vacation to Louisiana.
He should have just stayed home.
That whole trip was a clusterfuck. That’s the only way he could describe it. He hadn’t acted like himself, he kept trying to forget a certain someone, and he really should have just stayed home and healed. Not only had it pushed him back a week in PT but now he was worried that something he did there may be back to haunt him. As he replayed the weekend, which consisted of a lot of alcohol, a lot of women, and a good long visit in the ER that resulted in even more great sex, he couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary that could have brought him here. Then again, Elli didn’t like when her players’ whore-like tendencies hung out, but still, she usually called and warned them to clean it up.
Hell, he had gotten that call plenty of times. Maybe that’s why he was here? She was done with his ways? Damn it. Hopefully, that wasn’t it though. He was on the road to recovery after a really nasty hit into the boards last year, and nothing was going to keep him off the ice.
Well, except Elli Adler, that is.

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About the Author


Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads 

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

ARC Review of The Arrangement Vol. 20 by H.M. Ward

Goodreads Summary:
THE SERIES WITH OVER 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD 
Volume 20 in the New York Times Bestselling The Arrangement Series 

My life fractures with a single gunshot. It pierces the night, shattering my heart. The unstoppable billionaire Sean Ferro is brought to his knees by a bullet. I can't stop it. I can't save him.

A silent scream lodges in my throat as I watch in horror. The consequences of my past decisions are catching up with me. My mother's sins are now mine, and nothing that can wash the innocent blood from my hands.

This is my fault.


I'm forced to defeat my biggest adversary alone, and the worst part is he's my only brother.

My Review:
Well this one is just more proof that Avery is not he only one in her family that is messed up. Her brother has some serious issues. The worst part is, he hates Avery. He will do whatever it takes to hurt Avery without actually hurting her. Step one on tormenting your sister is to kill the man she loves apparently. For Avery, she couldn't imagine anything worse happening. She tried to push Sean away with he fake baby and being "in love" with another man. She thinks that is the last thing he will remember before he died. Avery is a crushed soul. However, there is little time to grieve. Her life is still in danger. Will she have the strength to go on without Sean?

Mel makes her grand re-entrance at the perfect time. It is because of her Avery is able to escape and find out what is really going on. Let me tell you, it is crazy! Black is truly an evil for what she has been doing. Avery had no idea the extent that her business went. I am hoping they are able to bring her down but, it won't be easy. Avery has a long night ahead of her and I mean that in more then one way.

We are at Volume 20 in this series and holy crap!! It still has intense steam. I am truly in love with this story. It has yet to have a volume I haven't liked or that wasn't full of action. With the way this one ended I CAN NOT wait for Volume 21!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
I am sorry, I have been seriously slacking lately. I started a new job and the overtime is killing me. I haven't had time for much of anything else. By the time the weekend comes I could pretty much sleep it away. I am hoping this gets better as our staff numbers increase! Until then I am doing what I can to keep up with my posts.

e-ARC's 

Goodreads Summary:
THE SERIES WITH OVER 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD 
Volume 20 in the New York Times Bestselling The Arrangement Series 

My life fractures with a single gunshot. It pierces the night, shattering my heart. The unstoppable billionaire Sean Ferro is brought to his knees by a bullet. I can't stop it. I can't save him.

A silent scream lodges in my throat as I watch in horror. The consequences of my past decisions are catching up with me. My mother's sins are now mine, and nothing that can wash the innocent blood from my hands.

This is my fault.


I'm forced to defeat my biggest adversary alone, and the worst part is he's my only brother.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Legacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Series Number: 1
Release Date: August 25, 2015 (on Goodreads) August 18, 2015 (Per Amazon)

Goodreads Summary:
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 

My Thoughts:
I really like how this book sounds. It is different from what I usually read but, I want to give it a try.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

ARC Review of Strong Enough by M. Leighton

Goodreads Summary:
Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her? 

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.


Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

My Review:
The beginning of this book is absolutely gripping. It will suck you in and leave you wondering what is going to happen to Jasper. He did not have a good childhood. He saw and went through things that he should not have had to. It was seriously intense. You will realize right away why he is a bounty hunter with a very select group of skills. He is a good man who has done some bad things. Which Muse see's in him pretty quickly. Muse is trying to find her dad who she hasn't heard from in a while and that is not normal for them at all. She hires Jasper because he is the best at what he does and if anyone can find her dad it's him. She has no idea what she has signed up for however.  There are secrets between her and her father that she knew nothing about and they are HUGE secrets! This trip is quickly turning into something Muse could never prepare for. Will she find her father? Will their relationship ever be the same?

Jasper and Muse keep their distance for quite some time. Jasper knows he is not the right man for Muse. He is dangerous and has a tainted soul. He doesn't think he deserves to be happy and have someone like Muse. He is a broken man with so many insecurities. Muse sees right through him though. She knows that deep down he is a good man and cares about others. That he is capable of love. These two take some time to get hot and heavy but, when they do look out. It is intense. Although Jasper feels it is just physical, Muse has other ideas. She has strong feelings for Jasper despite what she says about him. 

I really enjoyed this book. M. Leighton just keeps getting better and better. I loved the mysterious parts of the book. It was like a murder mystery at certain points. So much was happening that I never saw coming.  I love that about books. When I can truly be caught off guard! This is a must read people!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! 
I am sorry, I have been seriously slacking lately. I started a new job and the overtime is killing me. I haven't had time for much of anything else. By the time the weekend comes I could pretty much sleep it away. I am hoping this gets better as our staff numbers increase! Until then I am doing what I can to keep up with my posts.

e-ARC's

Goodreads Summary:
Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.

In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.

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Goodreads Summary:
Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Goodreads Summary:
Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.


When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Goodreads Summary:
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything's great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare -- she's turning into a mermaid herself. For real.


Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it's sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BLOG TOUR!! Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett!!

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Wicked Fall (The Wicked Horse Series Book #1) Sawyer Bennett 
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Synopsis: 
 Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true. He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range. 
 Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down. Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.


My Review:
This was a crazy and twisted ride through Woolf's life. On the outside he would appear like the average guy running the family business. On the inside however, things are a little darker. Maybe Darker isn't the right word...kinkier sounds better. Woolf is the complete opposite of vanilla. He isn't satisfied with his current job and uses his money for a new business venture with his college friend, Bridger. A business that is not for everyone. Woolf's dream is to have a sex club where people can play out their fantasies in safe and private venues. This is great in theory but, things don't always stay secret for long especially when you are so well known and at some point need to tell your brother. Woolf also meets a girl, Callie, who changes his whole game plan. Will Woolf keep his dirty ways or will Callie be able to tame the beast?

I loved Callie and Woolf. They were so great together. Even after Callie found out about the club. These two have some pretty intense sexy scenes together too. Not your typical love scenes that leave your heart melting. The kind that are super intense, kinky, and oh so delicious. I found that Callie seemed to be able to keep Woolf's urges well under control. I think Woolf was really into a lot of that stuff because of Bridger. That obviously with him removed Callie was able to keep him happy. It was a very interesting dynamic between all three of them. I mean lets just say they do a lot of stuff...together. You can really tell there is history between Callie and Woolf. That is palpable. I loved it. It made things way more interesting. There was so much tension and sexual tension between them! I love it! 

I loved Woolf and Callie's story. It was different then a lot of what we have seen from this author. I am really hoping we will get Bridger's story. That my friends would be very very interesting. This one is not one to miss!


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 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. 
  
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