Will BN Toler ever cease to amaze me??? I think not. Especially considering she's managed to completely knock my socks off with each new release. AndWill BN Toler ever cease to amaze me??? I think not. Especially considering she's managed to completely knock my socks off with each new release. And Where One Goes is no exception.
Let me start off by saying I am a HUGE fan of mediums, (those who can mediate communication between spirits of the dead and the living). I'm an avid viewer of Long Island Medium, and bawl like a baby every single time I watch it. So this book immediately struck a chord with me. I was curious and excited to read Ms. Toler's take on this particular subject, and it was without a doubt everything I had hoped it would be!
A tragic accident has left Charlotte with the ability to talk to the dead. Not ALL those who have died, just the ones who have unfinished business and need help crossing over. She's been traveling for the past 5 years doing just that, except it hasn't been as rewarding or fulfilling as one might think. Helping these poor souls has done very little to help her battle (or ignore) her own inner struggles, leading Charlotte to make a heartbreaking decision. Yet when she's right about to put a very permanent end to her suffering she's saved by the most unlikely of heroes...Ike McDermott, a breathtakingly handsome solider...who happens to be dead. How perfect is that?!
Ike is quickly able to talk some sense into her and promises to help her if she can return the favor. An even trade of sorts. With nothing left to lose Charlotte decides to give it a shot and follows Ike's directions, landing herself in Warm Springs. There she encounters the kindest group of people known to man who bend over backwards to help her, no questions asked. With her living situation taken care of for the moment, she manages to land herself a job where she meets George McDermott, Ike's brother...the favor.
I don't really like to summarize books all that much, since you can get all that info by reading the synopsis, so I'll just leave it at that...which really isn't even all that much. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye. The further you read the more emotions, secrets and drama unfolds. I have to say I have never been as in love with a cast of characters as I am with this amazing bunch. It seems as though everybody Charlotte comes into contact with in this charming little town (with the exception of Misty, the she-devil) has the biggest heart and most welcoming, genuine demeanor. If I could live in a fictional town this would be the one I'd choose, hands down. They are just stellar supporting characters.
While the story tends to get a little serious in nature at times there is plenty of comedic relief to keep you chuckling and enough drama to keep you teary eyed...or frustrated (where George is concerned). Ms. Toler has perfected the art of creating a well blended/balanced story giving you everything you could possibly want in a book. Her writing is on point, as always, and flows seamlessly from one scene to the next. There's never a dull moment. Whether it's funny conversations with Ike, romantic tension with George, heartwarming conversations with the townsfolk, or the not so obvious (to the living) love triangle, you will be entertained and captivated from beginning to end. Guaranteed.
So of course I would HIGHLY recommend Where One Goes and ANYTHING else written by this amazingly talented author! ...more
Definitely my favorite Solsti sister AND book of the series!
Prior to finding out that the 4th sister did in fact exist, Gin's story (Wicked Flames) wDefinitely my favorite Solsti sister AND book of the series!
Prior to finding out that the 4th sister did in fact exist, Gin's story (Wicked Flames) was the one I was most looking forward to. But at the end of her book it was hinted that Alina was very much alive and searching for who she believed could possibly be her sisters. At that exact moment my excitement and anticipation tripled! I have to say Ms. Kay does NOT disappoint. On Wicked Ground was everything I had hoped it would be and more. We learn all about Alina, her past and in a sense her future. Throw in a super hot demon, a.k.a Caine, and you've got one unforgettable story!
I think Alina and Caine have the most intense chemistry out of all the other Solsti's and their mates. All it took was a brief meeting and a whiff of Alina's scent and Caine was all about that bass. (Sorry couldn't resist throwing that in there!) So naturally when he sees her again he's not letting her go. And it doesn't really seem like she wants to be let go either. So when chaos erupts at a night club where Caine is sent on a mission his first priority is Alina's safety, and then diffusing the situation comes next. Unfortunately she gets hurt in the process which lands her at the Lash Demon Headquarters. And then the real fun begins! Alina has no idea that she's gained more than just sisters, she's gained all the drama that comes along with it, primarily an impending war.
I was absolutely blown away by On Wicked Ground. I even emailed the author to tell her so and to let her know she's an absolute genius...in case she wasn't aware already. The amount of detail put into this story, along with the major plot twists and then seeing everything come together was just surreal. I had to take a moment toward the end to let it all sink in. Saying I was amazed is a complete understatement. I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but it bares repeating. If you're a fan of JR Ward then you should read Sharon Kay's Solsti Prophecy Series. You will not be disappointed. Flawless writing, intricate details and imagery, and action and suspense that'll knock your socks off are all attributes you'll find in Ms. Kay's books.
**Received ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review**
Wow. I wasn't too sure what to expect when I first started Lucky's Charm, but I definitel**Received ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review**
Wow. I wasn't too sure what to expect when I first started Lucky's Charm, but I definitely could never have imagined the story that was contained in its pages. I'm always fascinated by stories about women who take on characterstics or perform jobs usually accredited to men. I find the twist to be intriguing and that alone will keep me hooked.
The opening scene puts the reader right alongside Felicia "Lucky" Fascino as she's on assignment and scoping out her latest target. In my opinion, that first chapter was pure genius and if that doesn't pull you into the story I don't know what will. So kudos to Ms. Nixon for grabbing my attention within seconds of opening the book. I must also commend the author on the amazing way in which she built up Lucky's character. I felt like I could really connect with her and understand all of her quirks and what makes her tick. And the fact that she's a total badass doesn't hurt matters either.
Through her multiple assignments, we learn more and more about Lucky, her personality, techniques, morals and her ultimate mission in life...avenging the death of her adoptive mother and discovering who put the hit out on her father, her namesake. Although the last thing the original Lucky wanted was for his daughter to join the network, her military background and need for revenge has supplied her with the ammo she needs to pursue both vendettas. I was an absolute bundle of nerves every time she took on a new assignment, wondering if this was going to be the time something went horribly wrong. I may have forgotten to breath a couple times, the suspense was that potent.
I have to admit though, I was not a fan of Elizabeth (Bet) but I did love Uncle Phen. I don't know what it was about Bet that just put me off. I think maybe she just pushed too much and came off as self centered. Even though she grew up with knowledge of the network and her father prepped her to take over I still feel like she really doesn't know what she's getting herself into. I guess it's a learning process. Bet does have quite a strong personality though, so I can definitely see her turning the tables and becoming equally as badass as Lucky.
All in all, I really enjoyed Lucky's Charm and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Lucky's Break. If you're in the mood for an action packed mystery/suspense read that'll keep you in awe, then this is the book for you! ...more
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While I’m a huge fan of everything Paranormal/Fantasy I have to admit that S*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review ***
While I’m a huge fan of everything Paranormal/Fantasy I have to admit that Science Fiction is pretty new to me. My love of otherworldly beings typically runs the gamut of vampires, shifters & witches. Aliens and intergalactic wars are a foreign concept for me. But thanks to Ms. Nixon, I’m beginning to think this is a genre I should explore more of!
In many ways Tiva Boon has a futuristic feel to it, yet manages to combine an old english way of speaking and “old fashioned” morals/manners. It all works really well together though, so if you’re a fan of historical fiction and SciFi you’ll definitely want to get your hands on this book.
This was my first experience reading a book by Ms. Nixon but certainly not my last. The amount of detail put into Tiva’s story is nothing short of amazing. It did take me some time to become fully invested in the story because the beginning was kind of slow going, but once I was I went on a marathon reading session until I was done.
Tiva is quite badass. She’s had her mind set from a very young age that she wasn’t going to settle for just being a Royal Guardian. Nope, she was going to become an Elite Guardian for the King. Her strength, fighting skills, and quick thinking make her a perfect candidate and she achieves her goal, and sets quite the precedent being the first female to do so. She’s trusted right away with important missions and her insight and detection skills are highly valued, especially during such a chaotic time in the Kingdom. I don’t want to give away too much but I will say there is never a dull moment in Tiva’s world. We get plenty of action, drama, mystery, intrigue, suspense…you name it and you’ll find it in this novel.
My only issues were (1) sometimes the time lapses were confusing, and (2) I just could not for the life of me keep all the characters straight. Half the time I couldn’t remember who was who, but kept reading anyway. That’s probably more of a personal issue for me and not so much the authors fault. However, the most important (main) characters who were crucial to the story line stood out to me so that was all mattered. I was able to follow the plot twists so I don’t feel like I missed out on anything major.
All in all, great start to a new series and I’m very curious to see where book 2 leads! ...more
I love a good lighthearted paranormal read so naturally I was immediately drawn to this book. The cover caught my eye first and the blurb sealed the dI love a good lighthearted paranormal read so naturally I was immediately drawn to this book. The cover caught my eye first and the blurb sealed the deal. I was hooked in the very beginning, instantly falling in love with this quirky woman (Leigh) who was a school teacher by day and smut writer by night. I could definitely identify with her love of books and the devastation she felt after her beloved book boyfriend in her favorite series was killed off its author. The story moved rather quickly giving it a rushed feel. I love a quick read just as much as the next person but I don't want to sacrifice content for it. A little more detail given at a slower pace would've made this a definite 4 star read. Why not a 5 star you ask? Well without giving away too much info I have to say I was a smidge disturbed by the subject matter of Leigh's very first magically drive story. It was a bit awkward and maybe that was the authors intention but I wasn't feeling it at all. Otherwise I have no issues with the writing, i's obvious Ms. James is talented and good at what she does.
So despite not having loved Accidental Leigh 100% I still may follow through with the series. I have books 2 and 3 on my Kindle already so it wouldn't hurt to see where it goes. I would recommend this one especially since so many people seemed to love it, and aside from the points I mentioned above I did enjoy most of it....more
Okay, well that's not all I'm going to say but it's proabably the most important part of this reviewAll I'm going to say is read this. Read this now.
Okay, well that's not all I'm going to say but it's proabably the most important part of this review. After reading the synopsis I knew this was something I would love and I immediately agreed to review it.I absolutely LOVED the concept of this book. It just touched on so many things that we often wonder about, or at least I do...soul mates, reincarnation, and the afterlife.
The idea of a waiting room and the creative way in which Ms. Kaye weaved this story just blew my mind. It was equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, suspenseful and endearing. It's so hard to put into words the way this book made me feel, hence my opening line of "Read this now." It really is something you must experience for yourself to really grasp the beauty of what the author has created here. I immediately connected with each of the characters and shared their joys, pains and everything in between.
But if I loved it so much why not give it 5 stars, right?? Well the ending didn't provide the kind of closure I had hoped for, and I really would've liked more time with the "original" Jude and Nina and their lives that followed. I can't find fault with anything else though. The writing style was gripping and the story flowed from one scene to the next.
I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Kaye's debut novel, and would definitely recommend it!
**Received ARC from author in exchange for an honest review**...more
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