Rules of Survival is a fun and flirty story by Jus Accardo that features an exciting story woven together with danger and mystery and topped off with characters who have a delectable chemistry!
This is my second novel by Jus Accardo (I’ve previously read Touch) and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. The concept is catchy and I really liked the characters and the chemistry they displayed. Their dynamic is my favourite kind to read about and I thought Accardo did a good job with the story; mixing mystery with excitement and danger. The situations our main characters kept finding themselves in were really entertaining to read unfold.
Rules of Survival follows Mikayla “Kayla” Morgan, an eighteen year old girl who is on the run and wanted for murder but whose life takes an interesting turn when she is caught by an arrogant and cocky, albeit attractive, bounty hunter named Shaun Denver and in order to keep her from escaping, handcuffs them together. As those really responsible for the murder attempt to silence Kayla once and for all from ever attempting to clear her name, Shaun and Kayla must form an uneasy truce as the gunmen hot on their tail close in when Shaun does the one thing Kayla might actually kill him for…..loses the key.
I will say I really liked Kayla in this book. The entire story is told from her point of view and I found her to be nice to follow. Kayla is quite street wise and the years spent living, and running, from the law with her mother have taught Kayla how to evade and escape, giving Kayla some serious survival skills. This is a girl who knows how to survive and how to plan ahead, using situations to her advantage. And yet it’s been a hard life, and now without her mother Kayla is lonely and ready to go on the straight and narrow; something that makes you feel for Kayla when you think of how hard her life would have been.
She may be capable, but Kayla certainly meets her match in Shaun. The cocky and arrogantly sexy bad-boy turned bounty hunter is a lot more than he appears and despite their differences the two bond as they attempt to solve the difficult circumstance they find themselves in. As Kayla and Shaun get to know each other, their truce of circumstance soon blossoms into something more; with grudging respect and tolerance soon paving the way for understanding and friendship and soon it becomes harder and harder for them to deny their mounting feelings for one another.
Jus Accardo does a great job keeping the tension between Kayla and Shaun intensely high throughout the entire novel! The attraction is there from the beginning, but as the story slowly unravels, things between Kayla and Shaun only get hotter; with the chemistry and dynamic making for some excellent dialogue and tension filled moments between them. This novel has some NA aspects, where Kayla and Shaun’s physical relationship is concerned, but Accardo, again, does a good job here.
Rules of Survival is fast-paced and mysterious, and just a really good read. You’ll find it hard not to become invested in seeing Kayla and Shaun learn the truth, and find it impossible not to be thrilled with how Jus Accardo writes this entire novel. Definitely worth a read! (less)
Shadow Fire is author Kimber Leigh Wheaton’s superbly addictive debut novel and is an incredibly romantic tale that blends elements of fantasy and magic together with wit, humor and danger.
Let me just begin by saying just how much I enjoyed this book. From the very opening chapter it really was a joy to read with its fun, light storyline that held all the aspects of danger and discovery I could ask for! High on the romance and featuring characters with a fantastic dynamic, Shadow Fire was very well written and told. Kimber Leigh Wheaton has created such an alluring world within it’s pages weaving together different elements of magic with mages, sorcerers and various creatures, some we’ve seen before and others created specifically for this series.
Shadow Fire is told through the eyes of Ashlyn, a simple but brave village girl who is chosen by her village to undertake a quest to find a sculpture of high importance that was stolen years ago and is thought to be hidden in dangerous ruins across the lands. As one of many maidens who have undertaken the quest to retrieve the sculpture over the years, none of whom have been successful nor have returned, Ashlyn faces the daunting task of braving horrendous monsters and dangerous lands if she hopes have even the slightest chance at succeeding.
Thankfully for Ashlyn, she has the mysterious and enigmatic mercenary Zane to accompany her on her quest, someone who sets Ashlyn’s blood on fire and appeals to her like no other. With her loyal wolf Shadow by her side, Ashlyn and Zane journey afar to find the sculpture, stumbling across numerous dangers as they do and various individuals and creatures who help, rather than hinder their expedition.
Honestly, I loved Ashlyn! I thought she was a great character to follow and loved how Wheaton wrote her. The growth she undertook during this novel while managing to retain her base personality was excellent. I thought Ashlyn was very natural and kind, but also brave when she needed to be. She connected well with those around her and made for a great heroine.
Ashlyn’s love interest in Shadow Fire comes in the form of Zane and boy do I love Zane. He’s such an alluring character and very, very sexy. He’s fierce and capable and willing to be naughty at times too. The romance between Ashlyn and Zane is a constant from the beginning and so much of this is due to Zane’s utter dedication to Ashlyn and his promise to protect her. Zane would do anything for Ashlyn, and although their romance develops quickly, it’s believable and very, very enjoyable. Wheaton keeps things progressing well, and Ashlyn and Zane’s relationship is always front and center amongst the already addictive storyline; making it impossible not to love these two!
Shadow Fire has a stunning main couple, but I was also swept away by pirate rouge Taranis and would have personally loved a story featuring him, although I was happy that Wheaton decided to give him his own happiness at the end of the book.
As an addictive story with plenty of unexpected character development, Shadow Fire will catch from its opening chapter and leave you wanting more. Wheaton weaves a beguiling story that has me ready to devour it’s companion novel upon its release. Definitely worth a read! (less)
Black Abaddon is the second book in the Vulcan Legacies series by Sasha Hibbs and is in my opinion even better than the first! Rife in danger and darkness, Black Abaddon is an addictive and heart pounding story with more shocking twists than you’ll know what to do with!
I have to say, Black Abaddon blew me away and I thoroughly enjoyed this book; more so than even the first instalment! Black Amaranth was a lot about learning about the world and meeting the characters. Hibbs focused a lot about introducing her beings and the histories of the characters, whereas in Black Abaddon, we’re forced to witness the evolution of some of the characters as the storyline steadily progressed.
At this point in time I really feel like I know the characters and Hibbs only enhances this as she writes some big developments into her storyline involving our main character Ally and those around her. Personally I really like all the characters in this book, admittedly some more than others, but regardless I think each brings something very different but intense to the character dynamic within the story.
The differences between all the characters, from their species to their personalities, to their relationships, are something I find very interesting in this series. Everyone from our main character Ally to Jessica, Dave, Eli, Lucy, Brandi, Uncle Argyle, Parthenia, Elizabeth, the gypsies, the Nashoba and especially Marik in Black Abaddon all managed to have an effect on me; I’m invested in all their relationships and lives. Even those we’re just meeting, like Mariah and the Nosforatu Nation intrigue me and those who aren’t what we first thought like Marik have me needing to know more.
At the end of Black Amaranth, Ally suffered a tremendous loss and is still reeling from this in Black Abaddon. She’s in pain and we see a great deal of agony from Ally in this book. Heartbroken and struggling to go on, Ally really struggles with her self belief in this book. Hibbs still continues to keep us on our toes, as Ally’s destiny is still unknown and revelation after revelation changing what we know about her and what she’s meant to do.
Relationships between some characters change, including the one between Ally and Marik. He may have been the big evil in the previous book, but Sasha Hibbs pulls a rabbit out of her hat with him and manages to explore him with some shocking revelations that will change the way Ally, and we see him in Black Abaddon. Honestly, this guy just breaks my heart! I’m so head over heels for him and completely absorbed in his own story. Marik is a very layered character. He’s made mistakes, but everything he ever did was for his family and those he loves; he was used by a great evil, and is now unable to move on.
I’m going to be honest here…I never felt Ally and Michael’s relationship in the first book. I wanted to, but I didn’t. I feel for Marik though and the way he feels for Ally. He truly cares about her and it saddens me that she doesn’t quite feel the same. She loves him, but not as deeply as he cares for her. I do wonder what Hibbs has in store for their relationship. I’m not really a fan of any love triangles, especially when a heroine seems set on one person, but I do actually love Marik. I think he deserves some happiness!
Black Abaddon races towards a jaw-dropping conclusion that is in no way expected. Honestly, I’m shell shocked by how the novel has concluded. Hibbs throws in some unexpected developments, but none more so than the final chapter! Believe me—Black Abaddon will have you begging for more!