Mar 3, 2015

{Review} of Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Werewolves, Fae, Romance
RECEIVED: NetGalley

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For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

REVIEW:

I love stepping into Patricia Briggs’ magical world of werewolves, vampires, fae and all paranormal creatures alike. When I was first introduced to Anna and Charles I loved how different this pair was to Adam and Mercy. Charles is far older, wiser and a lot more broken, as Anna is his strength in keeping him collected as well as she is still learning about her unique ability. They have grown so much together since Charles found Anna, their bond and ability to adapt to dangerous situations makes them an unstoppable duo.

Dead Heat follows Charles and Anna to Arizona, where Charles wants to introduce his wife to an old friend whose old age is taking its toll, as well as pick out a horse for her birthday. While they are visiting Charles’ friend’s family, a Fae who has injured and targeted children threatens them. Charles will do anything to help his friend and stop the Fae who seem to be taking things into their own hands.

Anna as always is a calm collected and strong woman, she is always supportive of her mate but is a powerful omega in her own right. I’ve enjoyed seeing her grow stronger from the terrible situation she was in from her old pact. I love how Charles cherishes her, Brother Wolf too listens and is always ready to protect Anna. It was nice to see her learn more about her mate, he has lived lifetimes compared to her, met so many people and lost just as many. Meeting Charles’ friend Joseph and his family shows her another side of him, his love for horses and people who helped him grow.

Charles has always been a bit of a mystery to me, his magic, Brother Wolf and closed of demeanor has always intrigued me to know more about him. I loved seeing a different and more cheerful side to him; even though his friend only had a few more days left they shared such great memories while he was there. The readers will be thrilled to get some flashback stories and seeing Charles use his magic.

Overall I loved the continued development behind the fae danger. Since the fae went into “hiding” after everything that happened its been tense. I know something is building up and Charles and Anna know that the threat that they took on in Arizona is only the beginning. It was great to see the growth of Anna and Charles bond and it was sweet of Charles to show her a bit of his past and enjoy their love for horses together. I cant wait to see what they will have to overcome next.


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Mar 2, 2015

{Review} of Hero by Samantha Young

Hero by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance
RECEIVED: NetGalley

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Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

REVIEW:

I’m such a fan of the Dublin Street series and how Young brings together two people so different from each other and challenges them in love and life. Hero brought it up a notch; the back-story for both leads connects them through their broken families. The emotions of each character really pulled me into the story and I rooted for both of them to surpass what happened to their parents.

Hero follows Alexa Holland who has just come face to face with the son of the family whom her father damaged. All her life Alexa has been an outcast of her well-known family, he father broke up a family which ended up tragic. Her father was shunned as well as Alexa. When she meets Caine Carraway all she can think of is redemption and letting Caine know she is nothing like her father. But he doesn’t want anything to do with her until the option for hiring her brings on his vengeful side. With Alexa in close proximity and her sweet and snarky persona slowly getting under his skin, he cant resist their growing attraction. But Caine is having trouble forgetting and Alexa cant keep up with his mood swings. Then danger starts knocking on het door when Alexa becomes a target, bringing out Caines protective side.

Alexa is a sweet and hard working young woman, who does have a few foot in mouth moments. When she meets Caine, she means well by telling him she is the daughter of the man who hurt his family. Even though I felt she could have handled it differently, she really just wants to apologize for he horrible her fathers’ decision was. Caine’s actions afterwards are so hurtful, but even he cant resist her charm when refuses to go down quietly. I adored her fight; she wasn’t going to back down to his wealthy and cold demeanor. Alexa is a tough and extremely smart cookie; she is hired as Caines personal assistant, but is used to do anything and everything for him. This causes some intense tension and hilarious snarky comebacks, but it also starts to show Caine that she is nothing like he pictured. Alexa also is trying to reconnect to her fathers family, her grandfather being the only who connects with her secretly as his family wants nothing to do with her. It breaks my heart to see her suffering from her family ignoring her as well as Caines hot and cold treatment, she doesn’t seem to catch a break.

Caine is hard to figure out at the beginning, he’s wealthy, good looking and seems to be calm and collected. That is until he meets Alexa and his alpha male side comes out and his cold demeanor wreaks her life even more. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him until I saw him starting to open and to Alexa, she started to slowly open up about her dislike of what he father did, the damage that was also caused to her mother and that she lost a lot as well. Their connection wasn’t just their family issues but also they couldn’t resist their chemistry, the tension built up so much that it was instant fireworks and heat when they finally caved. But Caine has a huge issue with opening up and Alexa is someone he cant shake. It was interesting to see him trying to fight his feeling and frustrating when he puts the wall back up.

Overall Young never disappoints me, her well written and emotionally driven story lines are always hook line and sinkers for me. I was a bit of an emotional mess from beginning to end, not knowing if I was going to be a HEA ending. But thankfully I can always count on Young to keep me happy and on the edge of my seat. As always I highly recommend anything by Samantha Young especially if you’re looking for smoking hot romance and a wonderfully addicting story.


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Feb 26, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway} of Rebound by Noelle August

Rebound by Noelle August
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Chick Lit
RECEIVED: Tour

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Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.

REVIEW:

Rebound is the second in the Boomerang series, I hadn’t read the first book Boomerang so I had a fresh introduction to all the characters and Augusts’ writing. I really enjoyed the softer take that this author took in New Adult, usually its focused on lust, but the romance built really well and realistically. I’ll definitely read the first book now that I’m familiar with the couple and the back-story of the main characters.

Rebound follows Alison Quick who is a recent graduate and daughter to business tycoon Graham Quick. She takes on her first job representing her fathers company by seeing if the Adam CEO of Boomerang, the successful dating site, is worth investing in. After a steamy met up at a Halloween party, Alison and Adam have an intense connection. But with Alison trying to please her father and Adam needing the investment will these two grow their connection or let work come between them.

Alison is a smart girl but has done some mistakes in her past. When we first meet her in Rebound she is attending a party where she sees her ex that she hurt happy with his new girlfriend. Even though I didn’t know everything that happened with Alison and her ex, I felt a lot of remorse coming from her point of view. She really is a sweet girl who grows a lot, becoming very independent by fighting for what she believes in. Her father definitely does challenge her since she’s supposed to investigate all the bad on Adam. I loved the first introduction to Alison and Adam, both masked as Catwoman and Zorro, they let themselves go with their connection and the mystery of not knowing who each other are. It was an immediate attraction and I loved the shock of Adam finding out who Alison was.

Adam is very young to be a successful CEO, but he’s also a broken character who has a sad past. Since I didn’t read the first book I didn’t know a lot about him so he was a bit of a mystery to me. Since a tragic accident in his past, he’s become very closed off making it hard for him to connect with anyone. Meaning he put everything into his company but not in his personal life. I found his character so sweet and after finding out what happened to him I wanted some happiness for him.

Overall this was a sweet and endearing story with a lot of emotional growing up for both leads. I didn’t connect to each character as much as I would have liked, at such a young age for them to be so extremely successful it was hard to put myself in their shoes. But we do live in an age of technology and the CEOs are getting younger and younger. There were some points that were a bit slow for me, but overall there were great swoon moments just not the impact I was hoping for. I did however love the ending however, Alison father made me so angry and I was hoping for Alison to do something drastic. It made me like her just a bit more for what happens “Go Alison!” In the end this was a great chick lit that has just enough humor, romance and huggable moments to keep me hooked, I look forward to continuing the series and seeing more from the boomerang crew.



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Excerpt #1, Alison POV

I give myself to the music and the movement of my body, but over and over again, I’m drawn back to him. And every time, his eyes are on me. Every time, he greets me with that same devastating grin that cuts right to my core.
Finally, I can’t take it anymore. I give in and dance his way, running my mink tail through my fingers. I smile at him, feeling light and relaxed and like no one in the world would dare deny me a thing.
“Dance with me,” I say.
“Is that a question?” he asks, folding his arms across his chest. His biceps bulge beneath the flowing black fabric of his shirt, and his eyes, which seem to be a deep, penetrating gray, regard me in amusement.
“No,” I reply, still swaying as the music flows through me to wrap around us both. “Come on.”
He hesitates, and the moment stretches between us. What is he waiting for? Doesn’t he understand how much I need to dance with him right now?
Coming up close to him, I feel the pull of his body, like gravity. I press in closer, then closer still. Smoothing a hand against the silken material of his shirt and the hard contours of his torso, I ask, “Pretty please?”
I step back, and his smile broadens. Finally, he reaches out a hand to me, and I take it.
“Okay, Catwoman,” he says. “Let’s dance.”
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.comNoelle August can also be reached via social media: Facebook & twitter:@noelle_august

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BOUNCE, the last installment in the BOOMERANG series, will be on sale in August 2015!

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Feb 25, 2015

{Top 5 Reasons} Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

 Is a feature where I pick a title and give you five reason why you should read this book. Hopefully it will be something to help with recommendations.

I love humor in romance and its my go to when I'm in a major book rut. But as someone who also love social media and reads the gossip columns like Perez Hilton, I was squeeing and the synopsis for Hooker and the Hermit! The reviews and rating for this book on goodreads dont lie, this is a must read!

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1: The Humor
What is not to love, when a social awkward social media blogger is stuck working with the bad boy rugby player Ronan who needs Annie aka "The Hermit" to help him with his image. There were so many laugh out loud moments with these two, Annie is constantly doing cute but awkward things in front of Ronan. On the side she is totally bashing him in the social media world, this of course was before she met him.

2: Romance...So Much Tension!

The romance is nicely built up. Ronan is the first of course to instigate any interest. While Annie is practically terrified by his constant persistence. Ronan has gone through a really bad break up and there is something sweet and innocent about Annie that he cant resist. The tension between the two is fantastic and Annie finally starts to open up to someone outside of her social media life.

3: Blogging!

As a blogger I love reading in books about bloggers, I guess Its like I can connect to the character more because they love something I love. Annie is a social media genius and its funny to read her post and how other people comment on them.

4: Secrets

Annie has a long going secret through the book, where Ronan doesnt know that Annie is the blogger who bashed him and then started connecting to him through emails. I was wondering how this was going to play out... Would Ronan fall for the blogger? Would he choose Annie? Will he be mad when he finds out?

5: The Writing

L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid are a double threat, I really hope they write together again! The story never slowed down, I was either laughing, gasping, omging, and fanning myself from beginning to end. There is never a dull moment and the characters will win you over in a heartbeat.

Feb 24, 2015

{Review} of The Master by Kresley Cole

The Master by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, BDSM, Thriller
RECEIVED: Bought

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A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.

Everyone fears the Master…

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

Except her.

Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.

If pleasure is a game, play to win.

After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.

REVIEW:

After The Professional I was dying to know more about the Sevastyan brothers, Makismilian caught my eye as being more playful and adventurous compared to his older brother. Once again Cole creates a hot romance with a ton of suspense, humor and color characters that made this my favorite book so far this year.

The Master follows Catarina Marin, who is on the run from her terrible husband. Now in Miami she is going toward her goal of finishing school, cleaning houses to make ends meat, all the while staying hidden as much as she can. But it seems her husband is getting close so she need to make some money to skip town again. Cat agrees to step in as an escort since her friend asks her to take her place. She was not prepared for the tall dark and mystery Maksim who blows her mind with pleasure and doesn’t seem to want to let her go.

Cat is quirky and cautious, for a woman on the run she sets her rules and never breaks them. That is until she meets Maksim who after a major misunderstanding ends up owning Cat. Cat is a sweet woman, who chose a man that was all wrong from the beginning, she knows if he finds her she’ll end up dead. When she meets Maksim she cant explain their connection, but the passion is unbelievable. There is something charming and dangerous about this man that she cant get out of her mind. Their bond is very sexual but they both start to realize that they are feeling more than lust. Cat doesn’t want to tell Maksim about who she is and her past, all the while he is trying to find out what she’s hiding. The tension is insane and I wanted to scream at Cat for not telling him, but in the end get why she didn’t.

Maksim is the middle brother of the Sevastyan’s and the one who delves in both politics and the mafiya. He has money but what he doesn’t have is that spark that his brother found in his fiancé. That is until Cat, who lights up a fire, challenges him, intrigues him, and he just cant seem to get enough of her. Maksim and his brothers have all gone through a lot of trauma from their upbringings. Maksim feeling like he was unable to protect his younger brother is something that is on his mind constantly. I adored this big guy, he like his older brother is always ready to charge into a fight, he temper gets him in trouble but inside he’s a big old softy.

Overall I loved this a bit more than the first one, mostly for Maksim because he just had a more energetic persona. Cat was funny and so sweet, even though she was dealt with a heavy blow she liked cooking for people and seeing people happy. The suspense was the major factor that kept me holding my breath, I never knew if or when he husband may pop out of nowhere and try to hurt her. The romance of course was smoking hot, passionate and “oh my goodness did he just do that”! The bonus was seeing how the first couple was doing in their lives now that they finally have time to relax. I love when





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Feb 20, 2015

{Release Day} of THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We have been dying to bring you the Release Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE RETURN! THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!

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THE RETURN Excerpt:
“Is it so hard to say her name?” Apollo asked. “I think a few minutes ago was the first time you’ve said her name since after you two fought Ares.”
My jaw ached from how hard I was grinding my molars.
“Whatever,” Apollo said, his attention returning to the godsforsaken ceiling fan chain. “Don’t talk about it. Be the best issues-boy you can be.”
I took a deep breath. It didn’t help. “I don’t have issues.”
He tipped his head back and roared with laughter. Paintings of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains rattled. “You have more baggage than United Airlines. Cross that out. You have more issues than Medusa, and that woman makes the inside of a cat lady’s thoughts seem like a calming place.”
“I hate you.”

“You wound me straight to the heart, bud.”

My patience was just about the same as that of Cerberus after someone tried to take a squeaky toy away from him. “What about the girl, Apollo?”
He dropped down into the leather chair, his large form nearly swallowing it. “It’s a long story.”
“Go figure.”
That comment went largely ignored. “It all started with your birth, so there’s something else you can add to your mountain of suck.”
I wondered if there was an anti-god repellent and where I could find it.
“We knew the moment you were born that there would be the possibility of a God Killer, since Alexandria was on schedule to make an appearance a few years later. We didn’t know who among us was responsible for your birth, but we knew they’d want to use you for their own gain.”
“This walk down history lane is boring me.” I crossed my arms.
Unaffected, he eased himself closer to the bed, kicked his booted feet up on it, and stretched out leather-clad legs. “The risk of you two joining forced us to come up with a contingency plan in case the proverbial poo hit the fan.”
My brows knitted. There was something wrong with hearing Apollo use the word “poo” in a sentence.

THE RETURN Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off...

It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Feb 19, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Spark Rising by Kate Corcino


Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy
RECEIVED: Tour

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All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

REVIEW:

Dystopian’s are usually tough for me to get into or at least see the big picture settling that the author is trying to create. But Kate Corcino writes a dystopian that isn’t so doom and gloom dark, but more fantasy intriguing and makes your think more than anything. I loved the idea of the Dust being an advanced technology in this futuristic earth. It goes to show how much can change over time, and the effects it could have on humans.

Spark Rising follows Lena who was thought to be dead, but is kept hidden because of how powerful of a Spark she is. As a Spark she can control dust in the air, which makes the Council (similar to a government) afraid she could be too power, especially since she is a girl. She is eventually tracked down, her calmer life disrupted by an agent for the council who wants her too join his cause.

Lena is a fantastic lead; she is extremely powerful but of course not perfect. Lena is someone who never backs down from a fight and has been protecting herself for a long time. After her father is murdered, which also puts her family in danger she is ready for battle. I felt so much for her because she such a likeable character but has to go through so much betrayal and heartache by people she thought she could trust. Her dynamic with Alex is what kept me hooked, their first encounter was brilliant, showing how Alex wasn’t prepared for Lena strength and determination. It triggered a “spark” in them; they had so much chemistry right off the start.

Alex is a character who I had a love hate relationship with all throughout. I think it was because he was a bit of a mystery; he had a very different upbringing than Lena. Alex is a stubborn guy and most of the time had me shaking my head because he wanted to keep his distance from Lena, but seriously he can’t resist her charm. He is drawn from the beginning and I wasn’t sure if he was going to be a bad guy until I read from his point of view how much he wants to keep her safe.

Overall I really enjoyed this world building that Corcino created. The characters are very well developed; and even though I have some unanswered question about the world created I know I ‘ll get more answers in the next book. The romance of course was my favorite tidbit, as I always have to have some “spark” in my books. Alex and Lena have some awesome tension building chemistry from the beginning, and when they become close its total fireworks and I loved it. The ending left me excited to continue, I’m not stressing about waiting on the next book because it ended on a good note.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.

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Feb 18, 2015

{Review} of The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
RECEIVED: Bought

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The highly anticipated complete novel of The Professional—the first installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s scorching Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

REVIEW:

Oh man… It’s hard to even put into words how much I liked this book. This my second book by Krelsey Cole as I enjoyed her Arcana Chronicles, but now I feel like I have been totally missing out on her writing for her other series. This series gave me chills and had me staying up late to see what the dark tattooed and seductively intense Sevastyan was going to do next.

The Professional follows Natalie Porter, who has been working her butt off to pay an investigator to find her birth parents. Little does she know that finding her birth parents brings her into the Russian Mafia. She discovers her father is the head boss and after one night of drinking with the girls finds herself attracted to a dark and deadly looking man. She is surprised to find him later that night at her apartment, telling her that she is to come with him to Russia to meet her father. She is in danger now that she has discovered her lineage and Sevastyan is to keep her safe. Natalie must learn what it is to be the daughter of a powerful man and also what it mean to fall for a dangerous man like Sevastyan.

Natalie get a little in over her head, she is only trying to find out more about her family and finds out her only living blood relative is the head of the mafia in Russian. Natalie is first introducing to Sevastyan while out with her friends, Natalie finds him mysterious and she can read him like she can all the other guys. But he brushes her off and she heads home thinking about her mystery man. Sevastyan knows who she is however and shockingly ends up in her place ready to take her home. I found their first encounter utterly hilarious, Natalie has no intension of wanting to go with him, she can tell he’s dangerous and wants to get far from him. She actually ends up running through a cornfield and tackled by him, I was laughing so hard picturing this whole scene. Anyways she has a lot to learn about where she came from, her strong connection with her father, her strong attraction to her father’s enforcer Sevastyan and dealing with her distant flirtatious cousin. I was able to connect to her easily because she was just an average girl going to school, working hard in three jobs. Her attitude meeting her father was worried at first but she totally adores him and they share such a sweet bond.

Sevastyan is one heck of a mystery; he’s so intense and dark. It takes a long time for this guy to show much emotion besides anger and jealousy. He is a fighter, killer, and protector, plus he doesn’t trust anyone besides Natalies father. When things start to get dangerous, Sevastyan protects her even when she’s fighting him. Their connection is seriously hot; they have a major love hate relationship especially since he never opens up to her. He’s a hard character to connect to because he never tells full truth until near the end. He’s had a really hard life and I felt so much for him because I can see he wanted to open up but was afraid. Nonetheless this guy is a brutally tough person, inside and out and Natalie is the only person who gets to see more of him day by day.

Overall I loved this first introduction to the tough Russian mafia men. I wasn’t sure what to expect, it’s definitely violent, but its romance it like fire with every scene the two protagonists are in. The romance is tough to describe as the love hate is a lot on the hate and confused side for a while, but they have some unbelievable chemistry. Also the first half of the book I enjoyed the most, as the second half focuses more on Natalie trying to communicate with Sevatyan, which is like talking to a wall because he just wont talk. In the end there was just something that kept me hooked and I cant wait to meet the rest of the men.


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Feb 17, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway} Love Hurts by Mandi Beck


Love Hurts by Mandi Beck
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Abuse, MMA
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.

REVIEW:

Okay so this book made me into a crazed nutter while reading this, the angst practically killed me because I wanted to shake the h/h’s so much. But alas author Mandi Beck really knows how to make it hurt! I enjoyed the MMA bad boy who loves his BFF to the core but the big lug just didn’t know how to open up to her until it was too late. Anywho I cant wait to read the next book and see what insaneness is going to happen next.

Love Hurts follows “The Hitman” aka Deacon Love who is a tough as nails bad boy MMA fighter. Out the outside he is a deadly weapon but on the inside he melts into a big softy when it comes to his best girl Frankie. But when Frankies prick of a fiancé leaves her beaten and hes nowhere to be found, Deacon is determined not to leave her side no matter if his feelings are one sided. Their bond is so strong but their emotions just keep getting in their way of what they both want. Frankie has to decide if she wants to let Deacon in, while Deacon has to make up for his past mistakes. They also have to be prepared for the dangers of Frankies ex who is still MIA and may come back at any moment.

Deacon is like a mean fighting machine, seriously when he’s mad he is like a bull charging at a red flag. As a fighter, his brothers and father are always by his side pushing his limits but not to the point that Frankie makes him lose control. I felt so much for this big guy, he is truly devoted to his family and Frankie is apart of his family. He tells her how he feels at a tough time and it causes a bit of tension between the two. I rooted for Deacon to win Frankie, but she was killer to the heart. I know he made mistakes but it was before a lot of things happened and it made me wish that he would move on from her. But he is devoted, a good friend, protector, lover and someone I wished Frankie fought a little more for him.

Frankie is a princess; someone who grew up surrounded by men and protectors all her life. She is loved by her family and is blind to the fact that her BFF Deacon is more than her bestie. Frankie makes a ton of mistakes through this book, I had a tough time caring for her and seriously hated how much she shoved other guys in Deacons face and seeming to not understand why he would get upset. In the end I can see how much she loves Deacon, its like she has a devil and angel on her shoulder tugging her in two directions, I just hope she makes the right decision.

Overall this was a great first book, I cant even describe the angst and hot romance, but it really kept my attention. The characters all around are great, secondary characters such as Marv, Sonny, Indie are fantastic supporters who add touches of humor. The ending is a cliffhanger and has me on the edge of my seat wanting the next book.


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Mandi BeckAbout the Author

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.

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