The Healer Series by BN Toler is by far one of my absolute favorite PNR series. Each book gets better than the last, and the story progresses seamlessThe Healer Series by BN Toler is by far one of my absolute favorite PNR series. Each book gets better than the last, and the story progresses seamlessly with each new addition. I feel like nothing I say will adequately do this book, or the series, any justice at all, but I’ll try. Ms. Toler has a way with words that just plain amazes me. She combines humor, darkness, romance, and action in the most brilliant way possible, creating an unbelievable page turner that will leave you unable to move until you’ve devoured the entire book. (FYI I only gush like this when my socks have truly been knocked off)
Savage has a different feel from Healer and Hybrid. The story has taken an interesting turn as Bridge has betrayed the Hybrid group and basically delivered Aldo into the hands of the men she’s been trying to bring down. She’s become a test subject, a new toy to experiment on, for the depraved Dr. Whitlow. We’re given brief glimpses into the nightmare of her captivity as she passes in and out of consciousness, thanks to the poison laced blood she’s being fed. With each passing day Aldo comes to terms with the fact that being rescued seems more and more unlikely. But come hell or high water Daniel will find a way to set her free. He knows she won’t be the same woman she was before, that she’s been through too much trauma to just walk away from it all unscathed. Yet he’s ready and willing to do whatever it takes to bring her back. Gotta love that man!
First, I have to thank Ms. Toler for that awesome prologue. It’s a little longer and more detailed than your typical prologue but for a blogger such as myself, who reads a massive amount of books back to back, a refresher course on the series is greatly appreciated! I was able to get right back into the story without a hitch. While I hate what Aldo had to endure while held captive, I must admit I love the new badass Aldo that emerged from the darkness, more powerful and intense than ever before. Sure she has some serious recovering to do, I’m not going to downplay that one bit, but it’s a learning process. And watching her figure it all out is quite the journey. The addition of a new group of supernatural beings (Lycan) really opens up the possibilities in this series. I could totally get on board with a couple spin offs **hint hint**.
I love everything about these characters and I especially love the family dynamics of the Hybrid group. They have each others backs through it all, and will go to any extreme to defend/protect their family. Ms. Toler does a fantastic job of giving each character a voice and creating a deep connection for the reader. She really makes you feel like a part of the story, which is an essential part of the whole reading experience.
So let’s talk about that ending for a brief second, while it was a bit of a shocker…I totally get it. No hard feelings here, I agree that it was the best move, in more ways than one, for Aldo and Daniel. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!
I highly recommend this series and anything else written by this author. I’ll leave you with these final words to the author: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WRITE SPAWN!!!...more
I don’t even know where to begin. Honestly, anything I say in this review will not even come close to doing this book the justice it deserves. I samplI don’t even know where to begin. Honestly, anything I say in this review will not even come close to doing this book the justice it deserves. I sampled a couple paragraphs (at most) before deciding I absolutely had to have it. Ms. Blount was able to grab my attention in just that little snippet of text, and managed to keep me enthralled until the very last page.
Some Boys covered so many important scenarios that happen all too frequently in everyday life. We witness first hand Grace’s family dynamics, how she’s bullied at school, the hard as nails shield she constantly has in place, the crippling fear that sends her into panic attacks, the stereotypes women and men face, and the heartbreaking aftermath of surviving such a devastating event (for both the victim and the victim’s family). It’s an absolute must read for teens and adults alike.
Ms. Blount has packed an abundance of important messages into one novel that will have the wheels in your head spinning into overdrive. It’s more than just a story about a girl who was raped and ostracized from her friends and classmates; it’s about making a point and taking a stand, doing what’s right as opposed to doing what’s easy (a point stressed heavily throughout the book).
Trust me when I say you should give this one a shot. Some Boys is the top contender for my favorite book of the year. If I could rate it higher than 5 stars I definitely would. Ms. Blount has tackled a sensitive subject, and turned it into a beautiful work of art. Well done! ...more
Sit back, relax, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained!
Bride Without A Groom immediately reminded me of my favorite Chick Lit series, Shopaholic bySit back, relax, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained!
Bride Without A Groom immediately reminded me of my favorite Chick Lit series, Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Both have a quirky main character that is just too outrageous to believe. Their antics keep you laughing nonstop and leave you with a happy heart when you’re done. Well done, Ms. Lynch!
Rebecca Browne lives in her own happy little bubble, where (in her mind) every woman wants to be her and every man wants to be with her. She needs to be the center of attention 24/7 and doesn’t like sharing the spotlight. Fashion is her passion and staying up to date on all the latest issues of her favorite gossip magazines is as close to current events as she gets.
Rebecca is literally, as the title implies, a bride without a groom. She’s so obsessed with getting married that she has every single detail down to the dress and venue worked out before her boyfriend Barry has even proposed. She’s convinced the proposal is coming though, except it isn’t. Barry isn’t ready to pop the question just yet, which puts a tiny hitch into Rebecca’s plans.
This story takes place roughly over the course of a week while Barry is away on a business trip. It happens to be the most devastating week of Rebecca’s life. You’ll see why ;) I don’t want to summarize the story line too much since that’s what the synopsis is for. A majority of the story is told by Rebecca herself, but we do get some chapters from Barry’s POV which helps give us some insight into how he’s feeling about everything. It’s pretty fast paced and moves from one over-the-top-panic-inducing-scene to the next and is just absolutely hilarious!
Ms. Lynch does a fabulous job of getting inside Rebecca’s head and keeping her in character from beginning to end. She presents us with a loveable character in a very unlikely package. Yes Rebecca is loveable! She’s too funny not to be. Ms. Lynch kept me full invested in this page turning story!
I highly recommend this one and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series! ...more
Bella Jewel has done it again! Each book in this series is better than the last, which is pretty amazing considering they’ve all been 4 and 5 star reaBella Jewel has done it again! Each book in this series is better than the last, which is pretty amazing considering they’ve all been 4 and 5 star reads for me. So how can it get better than that, right? Oh but it does. It definitely does.
Prior to reading Anguish, Santana and Maddox were my favorite couple. But Mack always had my interest, so when his book came along I jumped all over the chance to review it. He’s mysterious, brooding…and now he has a kid, surprise! I loved getting more insight into his character and why he is the way he is. He hasn’t had it easy by any means; he carries around a lot of resentment and pain over his past, hence all the brooding. And he keeps it all to himself, cue the mysteriousness.
Mack has definitely met his match in Jaylah, the incredibly unexperienced (and troubled) nanny he hires to take care of his son, Diesel. She goes toe to toe with him each and every time, never backing down even when others would (or should). She really is a firecracker, feisty and absolutely hilarious. I love that she’s a curvy woman, unlike your usual stick-thin, model type heroine. Being a curvy girl myself it made her that much more appealing to me. And Mack certainly isn’t complaining!
As you would expect from an MC book, there are plenty of twists and turns, club drama, and turf wars to keep you thoroughly entertained and on the edge of your seat. Combine that with Ms. Jewel’s addictive writing style, and you’ve got yourself a 5 star read!
I would highly recommend this series and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment! ...more
Liked it, didn't love it. I think maybe that's because Wes left some pretty big shoes to fill, and his story was just so beautiful that it would reallLiked it, didn't love it. I think maybe that's because Wes left some pretty big shoes to fill, and his story was just so beautiful that it would really take a lot to top it. So while Gabe's story was definitley heart wrenching and a tad darker, due to his overwhelming guilt and self loathing, it didn't grip me the same way Ruin did. Much like the first book, the religous undertones, which I enjoyed, carried over into this second installment and while there was a little more heat between our main characters it was still kept pretty clean. Ms. Van Dyken has a writing style all her own which makes her books incredibly unique, a breath of fresh air really. This series was my first experience with her writing, but definitely not my last. ...more
Inspirational, heart warming, emotional, beautiful, amazing...the list goes on and on. I was truly touched by this story and the way it was written. IInspirational, heart warming, emotional, beautiful, amazing...the list goes on and on. I was truly touched by this story and the way it was written. I personally don't mind the religous undertones or lack of "steaminess", sometimes you just need a story that reaches deep inside your heart and makes you feel every emotion under the sun. For me the actual story content is what matters and Ruin delivers tenfold. This was my first experience reading a book by Ms. Van Dyken and I was seriously kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. I must add though that I actually starting reading this series at book 3, Shame. Horrible idea. Even though these books are marketed as standalones I wouldn't suggest reading them out of order. This is a series you need to be fully invested in from the get go. And once you start you won't be able to stop! *** I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE (definitely worth the shouty caps)*** ...more
After checking out the blurb for Shame I knew I just had to read this book. At the time I was unaware it was part of a series, the last book in the seAfter checking out the blurb for Shame I knew I just had to read this book. At the time I was unaware it was part of a series, the last book in the series to be exact. I did a little research to see if maybe I could read it without reading the others, so imagine my extreme elation when I saw these magic words clear as day on Amazon, “This is a stand-alone novel.” Awesome, right?! Danger! Danger! If it sounds too good to be true that’s because it is. I got about 26% in before I stopped reading and picked up book one, Ruin. I felt like I was missing out on so much back story between the main characters (Wes, Gabe & Lisa) and trying to follow the storyline just became confusing to the point where I had to abandon my idea of starting the series at book 3, which is something I NEVER do so I don’t know why I thought I’d try. But what a difference it made! I read Ruin and then Toxic and when I picked up Shame again I was able to seamlessly slide right back into the story. Lesson learned.
So the very first thing I noticed about the characters is that their personalities carry over from book to book, they stay true to who they are. EXCEPT in this latest installment. What happened to Lisa?! I loved her in the previous two books and then it’s almost like we get a completely different person in this one. Maybe Ms. Van Dyken made her that way to emphasize her other side, the darker part she tries to hide from others, but if that’s the case it was way too drastic of a change from the Lisa we all know and love. I just felt totally disconnected from her, and didn’t feel as invested as I did with Wes and Gabe’s stories. A lot of her reactions and decisions made absolutely no sense, I won’t give away specific examples, but most of the time I was just thinking, “Who does that?!” or “Why didn’t you…?” She was portrayed as being very weak and co-dependent and at times downright naïve.
Then we’re introduced to Tristan, who upon reading his first scene I thought to myself, “Please Sweet Baby Jesus, don’t let this be the guy Lisa finds her HEA with.” He’s crazy! There couldn’t possibly be any redeeming qualities to this wacko who is literally STALKING Lisa and hell bent on revenge. I’m sorry but how can that work?! Especially considering who he’s related to. I don’t consider this a **SPOILER** but just in case you’ve been warned: his stepbrother is the man who victimized Lisa, got in her head, manipulated her into doing awful things for the sake of a good laugh, and then commits suicide in front of her. **END OF SPOILER** Thanks, but no thanks. I seriously could not get on board with the idea of “them”, it just wasn’t working for me.
One of the things I loved was how each chapter opened up with an entry from Taylor’s journal, so their story unfolds bit by bit until we see the full picture, the magnitude of his effect on Lisa and just how sick and twisted he really was. I actually wouldn’t mind hearing their relationship retold from his point of view in a novella, more than what we got from the snippets of info at the beginning of the chapters. Or hell, maybe even a novel, the complete retelling of Shame from his POV. I could totally get on board with that. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
While I feel the story itself was a bit dragged out it did kind of keep me in suspense wondering how it was all going to play out, what secrets or lies were going to be discovered, and what the resolution could possibly be…because like I said before I am NOT Team Tristan. I’m Team Anybody-Else-That-Isn’t-Tristan. And of course who is leaving all those threatening messages for Lisa. There is lots to uncover! I thought the ending was perfect but I would’ve loved more details or time given to it and maybe stretched out a bit more, while taking away from other unnecessary scenes. ...more
I loved the concept of this story; a single mother with a newborn baby starts over in a new town. Her neighbor ends up being the sheriff who happens tI loved the concept of this story; a single mother with a newborn baby starts over in a new town. Her neighbor ends up being the sheriff who happens to have a rather large chip on his shoulder about his failed marriage. The small town dynamics where everybody knows each other (and their business), hello’s and goodbyes are common exchanges, and help is never too far away is charming. It sets a great backdrop for this heartwarming story and makes you want to be a part of it. Ms. Ferraro has a way of writing that makes you want to live in her fictional world, befriend her fictional friends, and live happily ever after. She handles “real life” situations so well, enabling the reader to really connect with the story and characters.
I had high hopes for Afraid to Fall because of all the amazing teasers I’ve seen, but I have to admit that while Ms. Ferraro has definitely grown as a writer, which is evident in each book she writes, this particular story didn’t grab me. I really wasn’t crazy about either of the main characters. Gage was just infuriating; he took the whole alpha male thing to a whole other level, and not a good one at that. I would’ve cut him loose the very first time he crossed me. But Delaney gives him chance after chance to redeem himself. In my opinion, he failed every single time. I was actually hoping they wouldn’t have a HEA because she deserves so much more and he was getting on my last nerve. She has a baby to worry about and doesn’t need a “man” who constantly acts like a disgruntled child. I wish Delaney would’ve had more of a back bone too and put him in his place more often. I loved the fact that Gage’s brothers were brutally honest with him and constantly giving him the reality check that he needed. Bonus points for those studmuffins!
I don’t think there was much build up to their relationship. It’s clear they’re instantly attracted to each other, but it’s like one moment they’re at each other’s throats and the next they’re going on a date and Gage is super smooth and laying on the charm big time. I really think he’s bipolar or something, his mood changes will seriously give you whiplash, and that alone makes him extremely unattractive and undesirable in my opinion. But to each their own, some people might like that sort of thing. He was just a little too over dramatic for my tastes. I would’ve loved more stolen glances, or moments of weakness to show how they eased their way into their feelings for each other. But I get that they have intense chemistry and sometimes that tops logic, so I’m not too distraught over it.
Even though I’m giving this one a 3-star rating, which isn’t entirely bad, I would still encourage you to read it. As seen by the other reviews some people really loved it, but you’ll never know unless you give it a shot. So take a chance!
*** I’m not done with this series, I will be anxiously awaiting the next release. *** ...more
Oh my. I thought Precarious was good, but Melancholy has surpassed my expectations by 110%. I absolutely loved Santana and Maddox when we were first iOh my. I thought Precarious was good, but Melancholy has surpassed my expectations by 110%. I absolutely loved Santana and Maddox when we were first introduced to them in book one, so I could not wait to dive deeper into their story in this second installment. And Ms. Jewel does NOT disappoint!
Via flashbacks we see how Santana and her sister Pippa ended up on the streets and at the mercy of seemingly good guy, Kennedy. He never physically hurts them but does end up turning Santana into a drug addict, making her (and by extension Pippa) dependent on him. Oddly enough though, he needs them just as much as they need him.
While making a run for Kennedy, Santana gives into temptation and takes some of the drugs in the package causing her to overdose and collapse on the street, which is where Maddox finds her. He immediately gets her help and takes her in under his wing. Upon her waking he learns that she has a sister and sets out to find her, except he’s too late. Knowing that Santana needs to put her recovery first and is in no shape to be out looking for her, he lets her believe her sister is dead. <-- Not a spoiler, we find out she’s alive at the end of book 1.
And then the real story begins! Santana finds out her sister is in fact very much alive and so the search for Pippa is on. This was one insanely action packed, roller coaster of emotions type journey. I was completely blown away by the intricate story line, some authors just never cease to amaze me. The drama and suspense combined with everyday club life had me absolutely hooked. I couldn’t put it down even if I wanted to.
Back to Santana and Maddox though, there’s absolutely no denying the chemistry between them, it’s like the big elephant in the room. But neither one thinks they’re good enough for the other so they continue on with “single life” behavior twisting the knife a little more each time. So throughout the book each interaction between them has you on the edge of your seat wondering will they or won’t they finally hook up? And I will guard that secret for now ;)Oh Pippa too, you'll be wondering about her of course. Is she in fact still alive? And if so what has her quality of life been like? All good questions...
So of course I would definitely recommend this series and pretty much anything else by Ms. Jewel. I will be anxiously awaiting Mack’s story in Anguish! (Due out the end of October) ...more
O M G …so I initially heard about Addicted from a fellow blogger but I didn’t know too much about it and really didn’t give it much thought. And thenO M G …so I initially heard about Addicted from a fellow blogger but I didn’t know too much about it and really didn’t give it much thought. And then I happened to stumble upon the trailer for the movie (releasing on October 10th ) and I was sold! My interest was immediately piqued and I was determined to read the book before seeing the movie.
What I loved most about this book is the way it’s written. I greatly appreciate “real talk”, meaning characters who talk like your average person, slang and all. It makes them easier to relate to and the story just flows better because it’s almost like you’re talking to or listening to a friend. That’s one of the reasons I was able to finish it in a day, well that and because I literally couldn’t put it down.
While I typically don’t go for books that involve cheating or love triangles I couldn’t resist this one. We always hear about male characters or even male celebs in real life being sex addicts, but we never really hear the story from a female addict’s perspective. Some people might say, “I don’t care what she has to say about it, cheating is cheating”, but it’s really not, at least not in this situation. Zane does an amazing job of portraying Zoe and Jason’s relationship from the moment they first met until their current predicament. She basically lays out the foundation showing their ups and downs and mixed emotions, so we know without a shadow of a doubt that Zoe is in fact madly in love with her husband. She’s just sick and needs help.
I can’t help but place some of the blame on Jason. Zoe reaches out to him every chance she gets, trying to initiate both sex and conversation, and he turns her down every single time. On the rare occasions they actually do have sex it’s bland and boring and Zoe is always left unsatisfied. It’s not that she doesn’t desire her husband or that she finds him unattractive. It’s the complete opposite, she comments on his good looks and amazing personality all the time. The problem is that he’s just not worried about her needs and wants, only his own, and that’s not enough for her. Coupled with the addiction, it just leads to numerous bad decisions on Zoe’s part.
The amount of drama, romance, suspense and over all craziness packed into this novel was insane, in a good way. I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, hence the reason I finished it in a day. All of the plot twists really did catch me by surprise, especially the ending. Zane does an amazing job of weaving an intricately detailed story of lies and deception and spinning it into an absolutely gripping unputdownable (totally making that a word) novel. My coworkers and I did a group reading of this book, even though we all finished at different times, and we all agreed that it was sexy, shocking and seriously intense. And we’ll all be seeing the movie together :)
As much as I loved this book I do have a couple of issues. My main issue being a little something I like to call inappropriate use of exclamation points. In my opinion exclamation points are used to express excitement or anger and should always be used in the proper context. That wasn’t the case here; exclamation points were used at the most awkward times when neither of the aforementioned emotions was present. Now this might not bother you in the slightest but for me it interfered with my reading because in my mind I’m picturing the characters responding a certain way and the exclamation points just don’t coincide with what’s being said or the tone of the scene.
My other issue is that certain plot points seemed unbelievable. To give an example I have to include a SPOILER so consider this your warning. When Zoe is in the hospital from her accident she awakes to her husband and her therapist in the room. The therapist then proceeds to tell Zoe how she already informed Jason of EVERYTHING that had happened with Zoe and her affairs. Umm, I’m sorry but is a doctor supposed to do that?? What about the whole doctor-patient confidentiality thing?? I mean I felt like Zoe’s therapist was way underqualified to help her anyway and should’ve referred her to another doctor who specialized in Zoe’s type of addiction but that’s another issue entirely. Maybe she was supposed to be like that, who knows.
This was my first experience reading a book by Zane but definitely not my last. I can’t wait to see what else she has to offer. Oh and if you couldn’t tell I DEFINITELY recommend this one ;) ...more
Another awesome addition to the Solsti Prophecy Series!
I love when a novella packs just as much of a punch as a full size novel. Becoming so completelAnother awesome addition to the Solsti Prophecy Series!
I love when a novella packs just as much of a punch as a full size novel. Becoming so completely engrossed in a short story, which is a fraction of the number of pages, is always an amazing thing for me. From the very beginning we’re thrown right into the story and land beside Garnet as she tries to keep herself and her son, Dash, hidden from rioters. Stroehm, the compound where she’s been held as a slave for the past 170 years, is experiencing a bit of chaos as their leader, Draven, has been killed. It’s now basically a free for all and it’s every man (or woman) for themselves. Thanks to Brooke and Kai sending help (and repaying their debt) she was able to escape and return to her home village to start her life over again, or actually start living it.
The budding romance between Garnet and Aden is so sweet and perfect. I absolutely love them together. The fact that he’s so accepting of Dash and of Garnet’s past makes him that much more endearing. Sure he’s got secrets of his own, but who doesn’t?! After all, what is a Desarati Demon doing in a village full of pixies? But anyway, I for one won’t be holding that against him. Their chemistry is undeniable and at times super intense, which makes for some very steamy moments. Despite this being a short story we get plenty of background information on our main characters and the same amount of suspense, drama and romance you would expect from Ms. Kay’s other (full length) novels.
I’m a super huge fan of this series and Ms. Kay in general. She always creates such elaborate, well written stories that instantly grip you and take you along for a wild ride. I would definitely recommend this one as well as the other books in the Solsti Prophecy Series. ...more
I have been anxiously awaiting Gin’s story ever since she was first introduced. The fact that she doesn’t embrace her gifts, or curse as she sees it,I have been anxiously awaiting Gin’s story ever since she was first introduced. The fact that she doesn’t embrace her gifts, or curse as she sees it, makes her that much more intriguing. Especially since her sisters, Nicole and Brooke, have whole heartedly thrown themselves into mastering their powers and using them to fight “evil”. I just knew she had to have a juicy story or reason behind her decision, and I was not disappointed! Of course I’m not going to spoil that for you, you’ll just have to read and find out all the details for yourselves ;)
So clearly this isn’t just a story about Gin coming to terms with her abilities, there has to be a bit of romance thrown in there too… and it’s a good one! Enter Mathias Hunter. I loved the steady progression of Gin and Mathias’ relationship. I’m not a fan of insta-love so I really appreciate all the details of dates and stolen glances and growing emotions, which is exactly what happened here. Mathias, or Hunter as he’s known in the supernatural world, is probably my favorite male in the series. Everything about him is just so appealing. He can dance, says all the right things and acts on impulse as far as Gin is concerned. I absolutely adore them together; their personalities complement each other so well.
Even though each of the sisters has their own books (Wicked Winds and Wicked Waves) we haven’t heard the last of them. They each play an integral part in each other’s stories so it’s only natural and fitting that they continue to be present in each book as the story grows and their powers strengthen. I personally can’t wait to see how it all plays out as the mystery of the 4th sister comes to light .
Each book in this series just gets better and better than the last. Ms. Kay does an amazing job with the story building and creates such elaborate worlds and detailed backgrounds for each of the characters and places mentioned in her books. The story flows perfectly and the writing is flawless, something I’ve come to expect from this author. I would without a doubt, highly recommend the Solsti Prophecy Series! ...more
I’ve been dying to get my hands on a good MC book since they seem to be all the rage lately, so when I first found out about Precarious and that it waI’ve been dying to get my hands on a good MC book since they seem to be all the rage lately, so when I first found out about Precarious and that it was only $.99 for a limited time, I couldn’t one-click fast enough. Having a general idea about MC life from the few episodes of SOA that I’ve watched (yes I’m a newbie) I was excited to give this book a go. I definitely enjoyed the story line and all the twists & turns. Bella’s writing style is easy to read & get hooked into; before you know it you’re halfway through the book. Her characters are likable and definitely keep you invested in the story.
My only gripe is Ash’s character. On one hand I like her b/c she’s so badass, she’s a female CO working in a generally male dominated field and does a damn good job, what’s not to like? But on the other hand her badassery (totally made that up) is also the reason I dislike her at times. In my opinion she tries too hard to impress others with her strength and no-nonsense attitude, it just made me roll my eyes quite often. Krypt was definitiely impressive and their encounters were nothing short of a smuttfest, which I loved every minute of by the way. He got on my nerves from time to time with his cryptic (no pun intended) answers. But they work well together and have undeniably intense chemistry. So overall I’m a happy camper.
I’m looking forward to continuing with the series and can’t wait to read Melancholy (book 2) for Maddox and Santana’s story. I'm also adding the Hell's Knights (MC Sinners) Series to my list as well. ...more