Melinda Leigh did an amazing job continuing the story with two different characters and also including the otheFull Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
Melinda Leigh did an amazing job continuing the story with two different characters and also including the other characters too. It was easy to follow along with Carly and Seth and become attached to these two, just like I did with Kendra's novella. I'm determined just like the characters are to find out what is really going on in Solitude, which is a town that is supposed to be peaceful. Things are coming forward that are making even the characters question close people they thought had nothing to do with the drugs in town.
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Kendra did another amazing job with this short novella and having Stevie and Zane continue with the biggest issFull Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
Kendra did another amazing job with this short novella and having Stevie and Zane continue with the biggest issue in the series. I adored these two even more in this novella because Zane and Stevie are going to open up more. Kendra of course had me on pins and needles, while reading this installment. Definitely, didn't expect the twists and turns in this novella. I'm really excited to dive into the next installment because just like the characters I want the truth on who is behind it all.
I give this installment 5 full moons and highly recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there. Please do read these novellas in order. Each flow into the other and both authors know how to get you hooked into the series.
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Falling In definitely has the same elements of my favorite movie, but it's definitely more seductive and wickedFull Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
Falling In definitely has the same elements of my favorite movie, but it's definitely more seductive and wicked. Lucian is very domineering in Falling In and he may have a cold/hot attitude in the book that may drive readers to hate him. In my opinion though, it made me adore his character more. He grows in the book towards Evelyn and he's very protective of what he cares about. Evelyn is the sweet, innocent girl at first but she has a different side to her that is going to come forward throughout the book. She doesn't make it easy for Lucian and she likes to keep her vulnerabilities a secret, but she knows how to handle her vulnerabilities.
If you enjoy a story that has all the usual elements of contemporary erotic romance with some bdsm elements then Falling In is for you. I give this book 5 full moons and I really look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. There is a slight cliffhanger for readers that need a warning ahead of time before diving into the book. I know some readers don't like cliffhangers, but in this case you need it. =) It makes you want more after reading what certain characters have planned.
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5 moons - Good Girls Don't by Rosalie Lario Good Girls Don'tis the second book in Rosalie Lario's Every Brothers novels, and I couldn't wait to find o5 moons - Good Girls Don't by Rosalie Lario Good Girls Don't is the second book in Rosalie Lario's Every Brothers novels, and I couldn't wait to find out who Rosalie Lario hooked James Everly up with. The second book involves the sexy Everly brother, James who is in charge of gaining an investor for his brothers company, but he ends up falling for his competition. He knows he needs to get this new investor for his company with his brothers, so they can go globally, but it's kind of hard to stay away from the sexy competitor Lyssa Rivera. Lyssa never does anything bad and for one night she decides to do something out of the norm. She has a one night stand with James Everly. She of course doesn't figure it out until later that she is about to compete with him with an investor, and she fears she's already lost the investor due to how big James Everly company is. Rosalie Lario doesn't make it easy for either one of these characters in Good Girls Don't. James is the sexy billionaire who never does relationships, and Lyssa is the typical good girl who doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. Lyssa is determined more than ever to win over the investor, while James is doing it for his family. It's going to be a tug-of-war between these two with their feelings and their companies. They will drive you crazy, especially Lyssa, but when these two get together it's explosive. I loved who Rosalie hooked James up with and I'm so happy to know they both get a HEA. Rosalie even gives us the previous characters from the first book, and what they are doing and she introduces us to the next Everly brother. I'm loving the Everly brothers and I look forward to the next book even more after reading the first two books. If you are a fan of sexy billionaire books…this is the book for you. I highly recommend reading the first book though before diving into Good Girls Don't. You'll want to know the eldest brother. =) I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers out there. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review....more
From the beginning to the end of this book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat because Elena is not only havingFull review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
From the beginning to the end of this book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat because Elena is not only having to deal with Lijuan but several other nuisances. Poor Elena can’t catch a break, and Nalini is going to put Elena and Raphael through several tests with each other. She also tests Elena a lot with her strength. Let’s just say I was constantly worrying for Elena’s safety, but I knew my girl could get through it all. The person who ticked me off the most was another archangel who keeps giving Elena a hard time. Get a life, archangel!
I could go on and on about how much I loved this story, but I’m going to move along and finish reading the next book in the series. I’m having hard time leaving Elena and Raphael for too long. I need to know what happens next to these two.
Nalini makes her Guild Hunter series very addicting and hard to put down. I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend this series to UF/PNR readers out there....more
I read The Boys Next Door in one sitting because I had a hard time putting it down. I'm used to reading Rosalie Lario PReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
I read The Boys Next Door in one sitting because I had a hard time putting it down. I'm used to reading Rosalie Lario PNR books, so I couldn't wait to read her New Adult Contemporary Romance book. First off, the setting of the story is in Florida. Yup…I'm a proud Floridian and second it involved one girl falling for two hot guys. =) Both guys are complete opposites, but they are best friends. Nothing could tear these best friends apart until they meet the Lexi Ferrel. Lexi has moved down to South Florida to get away from what happened to her in her hometown. She receives a scholarship to Law School in South Beach and jumps on the chance to get away from her ex-boyfriend troubles. She never thought she would end up falling for the sweet surfer boy and his bad boy player best friend. She knows she's supposed to be studying, but she can't resist these two, but she knows she can't fall for them both. She doesn't want to break up their amazing friendship.
The Boys Next Door has a lot of New Adult elements to it, where there is angst, tension, etc. There are moments of romance and sexy times. I can definitely see why Lexi had a hard time picking between the two best friends. Each had their own unique qualities that made them irresistible. Matt with his sweet, charming personality and Ben with his straight-forward bad boy personality that readers will swoon over. Some readers may enjoy Ben or Matt, but in my case I loved both just like Lexi did. Lexi went through a lot before she got to South Beach, and she definitely deserved some happiness.
There is a lot of build-up of tension and questioning between the characters on what they are doing until Rosalie gives a HEA. If there is one thing I enjoyed most about The Boys Next Door is the different points of view. You get to read Lexi, Ben, and Matt's POV in the story to get all aspects on what the characters are dealing with. I loved being inside of Matt and Ben's heads to read how they handled the situation with Lexi. Poor Ben was dealing with the biggest struggle of it all. The Boys Next Door was short, but I was able to connect with the characters from the beginning and the storyline kept me interested. Hence, not being able to put it down.
I will say this, I was proud with what Lexi did during a certain situation with a certain Professor she had. You Go Girl!!! =)
I give this book 5 full moons and recommend it to New Adult, Contemporary Romance readers out there.
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The Horde Without End is the second book in Nazarea Andrews The World Without End series and I friggin’ had a hard timeReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
The Horde Without End is the second book in Nazarea Andrews The World Without End series and I friggin’ had a hard time putting it down. This was one intense nail-biting novel that may now give me nightmares.
I have been itching to find out what is going to happen next to Fin and Nurrin, and of course Nazarea gives us yet another cliff-hanger. Ahhh!!!!
Fin and Nurrin are going to go through heck in this book due to the horde of zombies and the Order ganging up on them. There’s also the case of Fin keeping secrets from Nurrin. His name is important and she has no idea why. She’s curious, but she’s driving Fin crazy with the questions. In The Horde Without End lots of mysteries of what happened to make zombies, some truth of Fin will be discovered, and a new threat will pop up on Fin and Nurrin. There’s also the dilemma of finding Nurrin’s brother Collin and her boyfriend Dustin. So many clues…but not enough answers on what happened to them.
I loved every bit of the suspense of what Fin and Nurrin are going through in this book. There’s not only the issues of the zombies, the Order, but there’s also the sexual tension between the two. I was thinking the whole time, just get it on already. You two know you love each other. Nazarea doesn’t make it easy for either one of them. (They drove me crazy at times…but I still love these two characters. They are both strong and stubborn, but awesome as a team together.
I have a new enemy I hate in this book now after reading this book, and the cliffhanger makes it even worse on hating this person. Grrr!!! I hope the next book comes out soon because I know it will be hard to wait. That darn cliffhanger! (notice I keep mentioning the cliffhanger…just a warning for others to prepare ahead of time before reading the first and second book)
If you haven’t read the first book yet, you are missing out on a great series. It’s New Adult Dystopian with zombies…if you are a zombie fan like I am (watch all zombie flicks and watch The Walking Dead) then you need to read the first book and this book.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to readers out there that need a zombie fix, and want to try out a new type of New Adult novel.
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Three stories in one book that weaves into each other telling a unique twist to the Sleepy Hollow story. Here wReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Three stories in one book that weaves into each other telling a unique twist to the Sleepy Hollow story. Here we have three witches, the Von Tassel witches that are taking care of a inn together. They are trying to make it where non-magical guests can stay there, but it’s kind of hard when they have 3 Aunts strolling the grounds with her true loves tied to them. Yup…the Aunts are ghosts. They were killed many years ago and they have a curse on them thanks to a certain favorite Sleepy Holly character that everyone should know.
Rosalie Lario, Boone Brux, and Patricia Eimer each write a story of the each of the Von Tassel witches that are running the inn in present day. Each one will have to find their one true love, or else deal with the same fates as their Aunts are currently dealing with.
Each one of the Von Tassel witches stories were entertaining and kept me turning the pages. The first story in the Anthology was written by Patricia Eimer, and it was my first book I’ve read from her and I loved how she wrote Stephanie’s story. I still think Stephanie had it hardest out of all the sisters to find her true love since she had to deal with getting over what the ex did, and then dealing with a certain character who made it difficult for her. Rosalie and Boone are already favorite authors of mine and I loved how they continued the other sisters’ stories from Patricia’s. The Anthology was easy to follow and the different points of view made the story even more interesting. I loved getting to know each of the characters and even the Aunts who were ghosts. (Sorry no spoilers…let’s just say I’m a big fan of Sleepy Hollow and was so glad that these three authors put a new twist on this tale)
I give this Anthology 5 full moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there. If you are a fan of Sleepy Hollow, you will enjoy a new twist on the town that involve some very determined witches. =)
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In The Darkest Touch, Gena continues the storyline from the previous book, but with Torin and Keeley being theFull review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas
In The Darkest Touch, Gena continues the storyline from the previous book, but with Torin and Keeley being the main characters. These two will be put through several tests thanks to what Gena had them go through, but that made me continuously flipping through the pages. (My husband may have gotten the evil eyes several times, while I was reading this book. He should know by now to not interrupt me, while I’m reading a book by Gena Showalter.) Gena also gives us glimpses into what is happening with other characters. Secrets will be let out of the bag in this book that will leave you in shock. I know one particular scene I’m still in shock over.
If you haven’t read this series and are a fan of paranormal romance, I definitely recommend reading this series in order. It’s a series full of action, romance, darkness, and humor that will have you on the edge of your seat....more
Phenomenal X is the first book to Michella A. Valentine’s new Hard Knocks series and it definitely was one bookReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Phenomenal X is the first book to Michella A. Valentine’s new Hard Knocks series and it definitely was one book I had hard time putting down. Michelle A. Valentine is apart of my new-to-me author Book Bash challenge since I will be in Orlando for Book Bash the end of June and I wanted to read her books before then. This was actually my first book I’ve read from Michelle A. Valentine and now I need to find time to read ALL of her books. I have plenty of time…and will need to do a binge read for her books. =)
The cover and synopsis of Phenomenal X is what caught my interest one day because I have yet to read something like this book before. I was never a wrestling fan when I was a little, but once I got older…let’s just say The Rock and John Cena became a couple of my favorites to watch. Phenomenal X is all about the notorious bad boy, Xavier Cold otherwise known as Phenomenal X who is a famous wrestler and how he meets the sweet and innocent Anna Cortez who is about to change his life.
When reading Phenomenal X, it was all about two people who are complete opposite of each other, but they have some serious sexual tension between each other. They are trying to stay in the “friend zone”, but come on could you stay in the friend zone with someone like Xavier looking the way he does? I know I couldn’t. How could Anna? She’s sweet though and way too innocent, but that is because she was sheltered her whole life. She runs away from her sheltered life to get some freedom. What she ends up getting is the sexy famous wrestler that intimidates her in every way. He makes her be someone different that she’s not used to. She’s never felt the way she did about someone until Xavier. Xavier feels the same way and he doesn’t want to taint Anna though. He’s a bad guy. He has a horrible past that still bothers him. He feels he could never have happiness with someone, but Anna makes his life feel so different. Both Anna and Xavier are going to be tested continuously through this book due to their lives having complications. Anna will need to learn how to deal with how Xavier is without prying too much into his life, and Xavier will have to deal with people wanting to ruin his sweet Anna in his world….which includes himself as well.
Overall, this book was very hard to put down. I would have had it finished in one day if it wasn’t for me having strep throat and a viral infection. Let’s just say being sick came at the worst time. Ugh! Through the pain though, I was able to finish reading Phenomenal X, but for course Michelle A. Valentine left me hanging at the ending. Grrrr! Yup…if you are planning to read this book be prepared for a cliffhanger. Be prepared to fall in love with Xavier even with him being a jerk at times. You will feel sorry for Anna due to what she went through in the book, due to her Dad still trying to shelter her and control her. The poor girl deserved to live her life. I felt so connected to her because she reminded me of myself when I was younger, and how I had to leave home and the only way to do that was to join the Navy.
I give this book 5 full moons and recommend it to NA contemporary romance readers out there. If you are looking for a different kind of read that involves a sexy wrestler, you will definitely need to check out this book. There is some angst in this book, but there is also some very heated moments.
I look forward to what is up next in the series…I need to know what happens between Xavier and Anna.
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5 full moons - "Rising Assets" by Rebecca Zanetti Rising Assetsis the third book to Rebecca Zanetti’s Montana Maverick’s series and after reading it,5 full moons - "Rising Assets" by Rebecca Zanetti Rising Assets is the third book to Rebecca Zanetti’s Montana Maverick’s series and after reading it, I want to move to Montana. Well…not literally because my husband has already said no to the idea. (He knows I wouldn’t be able to handle the cold weather any ways during the winter months…LOL…One reason why we moved out of the state of Virginia.) Maybe I just want to move to Montana because of the characters Colton and Melanie, and how Rebecca described certain scenes in Montana. Rising Assets is Colton and Melanie’s story and it was full of romance, lots of humor, some sad moments, and a little bit of drama. Here is a couple that had been friends since they were little. Oh and because of this friendship, everyone in town had a bet when these two would eventually get together. Unfortunately though, Colton and Melanie are in denial over becoming more than friends. At least Melanie was. Melanie is one character who is stubborn, but she had reasons to be. She’s your strong-willed female who is proving to everyone she can handle whatever life throws at her. I adored everything about her because of her personality. But what can I say about sexy Colton…hmmm…he’s just as stubborn as Melanie, but in a different kind of way. Oh…and did I mention the part he’s sexy and supposedly looks great in both a suit and casual wear? I have no idea how Melanie was able to resist him for so long. I couldn’t resist after the first chapter. He’s your sexy business guy running the family business and your sexy cowboy all packaged in one. He’s intimidating though in a successful kind of way, and poor Melanie is just wanting to live her life without his help. You could tell from the beginning how they felt for each other before they even knew. If there is one thing I love about this story is the best friends becoming more than friends storyline. (One of the reasons is because my hubs and I were friends before we were more. Makes me re-live days on how I gave him such a hard time) =) Rebecca has the previous characters in this book too, one in particular I’m very interested to find out more about is Hawk. He went through something in this book that left me in shock and wanting more. Hawk is very close to Melanie and Colton, and he actually plays a part in the story that you may find interesting. I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers out there. I’m going to admit and say I didn’t read the first two books in the series, but I didn’t have a hard time following Rising Assets when reading it. Rebecca does a great job on bringing in the previous characters and giving details on how they met in their books. Now…I need to make time to read the first two books. I enjoyed being in Montana (fictionally) with Colton and know I will enjoy being there with his other brothers. =) I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
5 moons - "She Can Hide" by Melinda Leigh She Can Hideis the fourth book in Melinda Leigh's She Can... series and this one definitely had me on the ed5 moons - "She Can Hide" by Melinda Leigh She Can Hide is the fourth book in Melinda Leigh's She Can... series and this one definitely had me on the edge of my seat just like the others did. Melinda describes into great detail what the characters are going through, and she makes their situations intense and extremely nerve-wracking. One of the main reasons why I will leave the light on and snuggle with the husband while reading Melinda's books. In every book in the series, I have yet to figure out who exactly the bad guy is until Melinda reveals who it is at the end. She's one writer that can keep me guessing and still leave me in shock no matter what. Every time I think I figured out who was behind everything in She Can Hide, Melinda surprises me with a twist and leaves me going back into the book looking for any clues. I should have figured out who was exactly behind everything, but Melinda does an amazing job on keeping her plot twist hidden. I love this about her writing style. We have two characters that come together in She Can Hide unexpectedly. Ethan ends up finding a car submerged in an icy lake, and coming across Abby who is fighting for her life due to the car going into the water. Abby has no clue what happened though, and she doesn't know if she should trust Ethan. Ethan though is determined to find out what happened to Abby, and why she would forget such a big accident like the one she was in. Abby has been hiding from certain people and has had a past that still affects her life. She doesn't want to really open up to Ethan until something else happens that makes things come to light. Melinda gives us these two characters who end up helping each other in different ways. Ethan was such a sweetie in the story and I adored how he was determined to get Abby to open up. Abby was secretive for a reason in the story and I didn't blame her for not trusting anyone. Everything she went through in the past and present in the book will make any reader feel for her. We even have secondary characters in the story that end up going through their own issues that pertain to the main characters. I loved how Melinda weaved them all together and in the end had it all come together. I enjoyed every bit of She Can Hide even when it had my adrenaline going and heart pumping trying to figure out what was going on. I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there. If you enjoy a book that keeps you guessing this is the book for you. Be prepared for some very hair-raising situations though. You could read this book as a standalone, but for me, I would recommend reading the other books first. Oh…and may I just say, I LOVED that Melinda wrote Zeus in the story. Zeus is Abby's dog and he's a mastiff. He plays a very important role in the story, well to me he did. I loved him the most out of the story and not only because I have a mastiff myself, but because Melinda detailed mastiffs personalities very well. Zeus reminded me of my handsome mastiff, Rambo and how he is very protective of his owner. Don't ever mess with his Mama. =) I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review....more
Shatter is the fourth installment to the True Believers series by Erin McCarthy and this by far is my favorite in the sReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
Shatter is the fourth installment to the True Believers series by Erin McCarthy and this by far is my favorite in the series. Erin McCarthy put me through the ringer in this book due to the character Kylie, and what she went through in the previous book and now this book. I wanted poor Kylie to get her HEA. She deserved every bit of it after finding out her jerk of a ex-boyfriend slept with her best friend. Unfortunately, Erin made the poor girl go through even more in Shatter and if Kylie was a real person, I would’ve hugged her like crazy. I’ll say it again…she deserved happiness.
Kylie had to made some serious changes in her life after finding out about what her ex-boyfriend did to her. Her best friends even noticed Kylie was going through a lot and were trying to help her. Her grades were dropping, so she had at least get help in chemistry by getting a tutor. She never thought her chemistry tutor would change her world upside down and make her see how she should be treated as a woman.
Jonathon Kadisch, aka Darwin is the sweetest chemistry whiz ever and I adored every bit of this young man. He would say things that made him seem like a jerk, but that is because he didn’t know how to react with Kylie. He never expected to hook up with something like her, but the instant they meet he can’t stop thinking about her. Jonathon is the guy who will stand up to for you and take care of you no matter what. Gosh…I could go on about him…but I’ll stop before I start gushing.
These two went through the a lot in this book, and I lost count on how many times I cried for these two. It felt like the universe was against them the whole entire time in Shatter because they had so many heartbreaking, tearjerking, crazy moments together. When there were happy moments with these two…let’s just say I was grinning ear to ear. Darwin and Kylie were so adorable together.
WARNING: Be prepared to have tissues on hand with this book. Erin McCarthy definitely upped it notch in this book with the emotions. Geez…every time I think about certain parts I still get teary-eyed.
Shatter has become my favorite in the series and Kylie and Jonathon are my favorite couple out of the bunch. Gosh darn it…I’m so happy that Kylie got her HEA…I can’t say it enough.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to New Adult readers out there. Readers that have not read this series yet, you definitely need to. I definitely recommend reading in order. Erin has the previous characters in the book and you will be able to follow along better.
The ending of this book was perfect and Erin McCarthy did an amazing job with ALL of the characters in True Believers. I’m going to miss them because they definitely have become like family.
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Vampire Trouble is the second book to Sara Humphreys Dead in the City series and it was full of action, romance, and myReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
Vampire Trouble is the second book to Sara Humphreys Dead in the City series and it was full of action, romance, and mystery. Be prepared for a page turner while reading Vampire Trouble.
Imagine sitting in a line for a couple of hours waiting to go into a signing event (Book Bash) and wanting something to do in the mean time to make the time pass. You ponder if you should just wait to see if your daughter will strike up a conversation with you, but your daughter is in her own world with her iPod playing MineCraft. Just then you realize, I remembered to pack my Kindle in my bag and there is this one book I have been dying to read, but college has made you put it on the back burner. Yup…now was the time to finish it. About 15 minutes before the line started going in for the signing, I managed to finish Vampire Trouble. =) Here’s hoping I didn’t freak out any of the fellow readers around me once I finished the book though. I tend to get over-excited over the ending because I just devoted time with these characters throughout the book, and I was excited to read their HEA. =) Sara didn’t make it easy for them, but she did a darn good job on making the ending PERFECT for Shane and Maya.
Sara Humphreys Vampire Trouble is one book that kept me on the edge of my seat thanks to the characters, Maya and Shane, but the secondary characters as well. I remembered meeting Maya in the first book and was anxious to read about her in Vampire Trouble. Here is when I got to read all about Maya’s past and how she really came to be who she is. She is the rebel of the bunch, but I learned why she was a rebel. I also learned how tough she could be when she needed to be. After reading Vampire Trouble, she has became a favorite female character in the Dead in the City series due to her personality and how she handles Shane. =) (She handled Shane very well) Oh…and let’s not forget the sexy four-century old sentry who won me over in Vampire Trouble. Gosh darn it…can Shane be real! He knows how to do his job as a sentry, but he also know how to romance Maya. *sigh* (He is complete opposite of Doug from Tall, Dark, and Vampire, and the way Sara wrote him…he was very swoon worthy.)
I won’t go into what Vampire Trouble is all about because I definitely don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I will say this, if you haven’t read the first book, you need to and then immediately read this book. You don’t want to miss out on the previous characters that show up in this book. Sara gives us details on what is going on with Olivia and Doug in Vampire Trouble. Sara even throws in additional characters to help Shane and Maya in their dilemma they are dealing with. I LOVED Lottie! She had the best attitude with what was happening, and she made the story really funny at times.
Vampire Trouble is full of humor, action, romance, heartache, and suspense. Sara does an amazing job on keeping a reader turning pages to her stories and Vampire Trouble definitely kept me from going insane in the intense heat of Orlando, FL, while waiting in line.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there.
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Oh my!!! I’m still on cloud 9 literally after reading Burning Dawn. Not only because it’s Thane’s book, buBook Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Oh my!!! I’m still on cloud 9 literally after reading Burning Dawn. Not only because it’s Thane’s book, but because Gena did not disappoint at all with the 3rd installment. In fact, Burning Dawn just jumped to be a TOP favorite of Gena’s books and believe me I’ve read her LOTU and Alien Huntress series. Let’s just say it became my second favorite after Darkest Kiss and it’s all because of the couples in these books. I literally had a hard time putting down Burning Dawn and when I had to put it down…I was constantly thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it after finishing it.
Some people say that Gena has been losing her sexy touch to her books lately, but oh….Burning Dawn will prove everyone wrong. Oh it definitely will because hello it’s Thane’s book. Thane is not your typical Sent One because he is what you would call a sex addict. He’s not your typical sex addict though, he needs pain during sex on himself or the women he uses. He has his reasons behind the pain and how Gena opens up Burning Dawn, you’ll just want to continue reading to find out what makes Thane the way he is. When Thane walks into a room, silence falls, immortal women start drooling, and immortal men try not to make eye contact because well, he’s one dangerous, scary, intimidating, sexy assassin. Just thinking about him the way Gena describes him…*sigh* Yup..Thane just became a top favorite book-boyfriend for 2014. I’m jealous Elin won him over. **** Oh…and ladies his “Jumbotron” is pierced and not just in one place. =)
Elin is the lucky gal that wins the heart of Thane in Burning Dawn and she’s perfect for him. The way she meets Thane is during her time at the Phoenix camp that has been using and abusing her due to her being a halfling. She has been through a lot in Burning Dawn and she needs the help of Thane to rescue her from her fate with the Phoenixes, and for her to maybe even get revenge for what was done to her family. Thane though is there trapped as well by another Phoenix who is using him and he’s under her spell. Elin will have to get the courage to help get him out of that spell, and hopefully he will help her and protect her for what is to come. Thane becomes intrigued by Elin after he helps her and he has no idea why. He has never felt this way about any woman before, especially one like Elin. Elin though has to keep a major secret from him otherwise she’ll end up like the Phoenixes that had Thane. (Let’s just say this is when Thane shows is scary side)
Elin’s spunky, feisty, funny personality is complete opposite of Thane, but these two were definitely meant to be. Thane is confused with Elin several times in the book and I don’t think I’ve ever seen this Sent One be confused ever. (LOL) If you’ve read the previous books in the series, you already know how Thane is and he shows another side of himself in Burning Dawn. I didn’t think anyone, but Lucien from Darkest Kiss would win over my heart, but Thane definitely did. He has a horrible past and so does Elin. Poor Elin! For someone like her who went through so much, she is handling it well, but she has the help of Thane, Bjorn, and Xerxes now and Thane’s workers at his club. Elin meets friends that help make her open up more and these immortal gals, I hope to see more of in later books. (They were hilarious together)
Gena gives us the LOTU too in Burning Dawn and she ends up continuing what happened in The Darkest Craving with William in this book. The Sent Ones want to help and LOTU end up helping Thane during something that happens with Bjorn in this book.
I could go on and one about Burning Dawn…but don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Let’s just say this book will definitely keep you turning the pages. The smexy times between Thane and Elin are SCORCHING!!! Oh my! Be prepared to have a cold shower after reading their scenes together. Elin is one lucky gal. (Oh…Elin ends up making Thane beg…hehe) Gotta love a gal who can make a Sent One succumb to begging. She evens leaves him wanting more. =)
Gena’s writing style is addicting to read because of how she is able to keep up with all her characters, manage a dramatic action-packed storyline, and pull together two characters with some very HOT moments together. I have no idea how she does it because she has so many characters to keep up with and she manages to pull in other characters from another series into the mix. Let’s just say she is friggin’ amazing with it all. I adore everything about her Angels of the Dark series, and look forward to reading more Sent Ones who they end up with. I definitely need Xerxes, Bjorn, and Axel’s books. (especially Axel)
One last thing….the ending of this book was EPIC! Gena put these characters through bloodshed, tears, torture, and a lot more that throughout the book, but that ending. Yeah…be prepared to go through hell with the characters due to your emotions going haywire for them. Poor Bjorn has his own drama in this book that you will want to pay attention to.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there. You must read the first two books first before reading this one. I would even recommend reading the LOTU series. There is reasons behind it at all due to how Gena is able to mix her two series together.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
Play is the second book to the Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott and it definitely was one book that kept me fReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Play is the second book to the Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott and it definitely was one book that kept me from sleeping. I think I’m still recovering from staying up two nights in a row to finish this book. If I didn’t have prior commitments I probably would’ve finished this book in one night, but unfortunately I didn’t want to be a zombie the next morning. (This mama has to chase after a toddler during the day) Once I started reading Play, I had a hard time putting down my dang Kindle. One reason was because I fell head over heels for Malcolm (aka Mal…the sexy drummer to Stage Dive). Ever had that one character that captured your heart the minute he came in the story without the author really describing him? Yeah…Mal is definitely that character. The minute he started talking was the minute I fell for his charm…or should I say humor.
Anne Rollins is introduced first in the story and she definitely hasn’t had it easy. Her life consisted of taking care of her little sister due to her mom not wanting to be apart of raising them, and then taking care of everyone else she comes in contact with. She tends to have people take her for granted. The poor girl though has no one there to tell her otherwise and she’s way too nice. I wanted to slap her a couple of times for doing things she shouldn’t for people who obviously used her. She has her own roommate walk out on her, her boss use her for hours, and several other incidents that happen in the book that I do not want to give away. The poor girl needed someone to kick her in the butt or make life be more fun for her.
In comes the sexy drummer of Stage Dive, Mal who will make you laugh, smile, blush, and curse all at the same time. He had me laughing up a storm constantly in this book. The boy says the craziest things though at the best times.
One of my favorite scenes is when Mal is drunk and his fellow bandmate, David tried to shut him up.
There’s also several other scenes, one where Mal talks to Anne (but not really her…LOL..Let’s just say it’s a body part ) Yeah, you will have to read the book for this one.
Mal ends up meeting Anne when he overhears her at a party talking to her boss. He’s going to change Anne’s world and make it much better (or you may find it kind of stalking or going crazy a bit…it all depends on how you take it as a reader). To me, Mal came in and saved the day for Anne. He made her more fun and she made him open more at the end. I loved him and he’s going on my long list of favorite book boyfriends now. (Shhh…don’t tell the hubs)
Mal and Anne are steamy together and both of have their own problems they are dealing with. Anne is able to understand quickly what she needs to fix, but Mal has a hidden secret that Anne tries to pry out of him the minute they make a deal to help each other. She knows something is wrong and so does the rest of the bandmates, but Mal is determined to keep it hidden or at least try to accept it on his own.
Kylie does a fantastic job on keeping my interest throughout the story for these two characters and also the secondary ones. We have the previous characters in the story and the other bandmates. We also have Anne’s friends constantly throughout the book and her sister. Her sister is quite a character and I have a feeling she’ll show up again later on in another book.
I look forward to reading the rest of the bandmates stories because I’m now officially addicted to this fictional band. It also helps when Kylie makes several scenes very steamy between the characters. (Is it getting hot in here…kind of feeling when you read the scenes) This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance book that has way more steamy scenes compared to other books I’ve read in this genre.
Another warning though, if you read this book in public be prepared for people staring at you. There is no way you will be able to hide your giggles and your smiles from Mal’s crazy personality. Thank goodness I read this book in the comfort of my home and when everyone slept.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to readers out there that enjoy rock star romance books and the New Adult/Contemporary Romance genre.
Oh one more thing…that will get you worked up about Mal is when Kylie describes him in detail, especially when he’s beating on his drum set and how Anne sees him from her perspective. (*sigh*)
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Chanel Cleeton did an amazing job on the sequel to I See London. I thought Chanel put me through the ringer in the firsReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
Chanel Cleeton did an amazing job on the sequel to I See London. I thought Chanel put me through the ringer in the first book…oh boy was I wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I was prepared for Maggie and Samir to have a difficult time because these two came from two different worlds, but Chanel made it more difficult with the details of what Samir and Maggie were going through individually. I was prepared for the ending to be different, but Chanel gave the perfect ending to such a beautiful couple.
In London Falling, Chanel picks up where I See London left at, and how Maggie is confused with Samir. He hasn’t contacted her since there moment together at the end of last semester, so she has no idea how he feels about her. Chanel gives Maggie and Samir such a hard time on making up their minds what they are going to do, but she had their relationship grow through the book. They were tested constantly and they proved that they were lying to each other about what was going to truly to come.
I love when an author can switch from different points of views and make the reader feel for both characters. Oh, I how I loved Maggie and Samir from the moment they met in I See London, but in London Falling they are tested completely. Samir is from a prestigious family in Lebanon that is preparing him to take his father’s legacy. His family wants him to marry a Lebanese woman and Samir is confused with what he wants. Maggie is from South Carolina and she’s dealing with her father not being around and her mother leaving her. She knows she doesn’t belong in Samir’s life, but for the little time she wants to enjoy being with Samir.Gosh darn it…throughout the whole book I was rooting for these two to be together because they belonged together.
I loved every bit of London Falling just as much as I did I See London, and I”m really going to miss Maggie and Samir. They both have become a favorite couple of mine this year to read. Chanel did an amazing job on making me fall for such a stubborn, lovable, and steamy couple (together). I also adored learning more about Fleur in London Falling and hope we get more of her in the future. She needs her happily ever after too. The poor girl needs to find the perfect boy just like Maggie did.
If you enjoy New Adult romances that have a couple that involve opposites attracting and includes tension, angst, steamy moments, and heartaches than this is the book for you. I give this book five full moons and highly recommend it to New Adult readers out there.
I’m so glad I was introduced to Chanel Cleeton’s books from InkSlinger PR because I have found an author I look forward to reading more from in the future. =)
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
I was skeptical at first on reading I See London because I have a love/hate relationship with books that have tReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I was skeptical at first on reading I See London because I have a love/hate relationship with books that have the main character having more than one love interest. Unfortunately, for me New Adult has become an addiction and I can’t seem to stop myself for reading stories like this one. It’s like eating cheesecake…I can’t stop myself after the first bite. I’m glad though I decided to read I See London because it only took me a day and a half to read. I would have had it read in less than a few hours, but I had family in town. (Darn family functions…LOL)
Chanel Cleeton had me continuously engaged in the story and I fell for the character Samir. Even after his cousin and several other characters stated he’s bad news and is a player…he still won me over. He was always there for Maggie, even when he intended to be a jerk. He warned Maggie though about how he was. At least he was always honest. Unlike Maggie who could never be honest or come out front what she thought.
She drove me crazy, but I understood why she was the way she was. Poor girl had both of her parents never there for her. She was on scholarship to the International School in London and to me, she should live her life to the fullest. She’s away from home, she should enjoy having fun. She had never been in a real relationship before and was trying to make her first time special. She meets two guys whom she falls for. One more than the other, which I was rooting for the one she adored from the beginning.
I adored how Chanel had Maggie grow up through the book and changed the way she thought. Maggie came to the school all too serious. It took her friends scolding her and having her let loose to get out there in London. She should focus on her studies of course, but enjoy her life abroad and make friends and make mistakes.
You already read what I thought of sexy, Samir, so I don’t want to spoil anything more about him. He plays a major role in the story and he was a jerk, but in the end he definitely was my favorite character in the story. He opened up several times in I See London and I look forward to reading more about him in the next book and what happens next. There was a very significant event at the end that makes me want more.
Hugh is the other guy in the story that caught Maggie’s interest. I was just a little weary with him because of the circumstances on how they met and what Maggie told him at first. He seemed right away to have issues, and he was kind of jerk at the end of the book.
Chanel gives you the angst and lots of tension in I See London. It’s New Adult, which means you are either going to hate the characters or love them. You are going to want to ring their necks and hug them at times. You will also want to slap them a bit to wake them up. At least that is what some New Adult books do for me. I See London is no different. I enjoy books that make me feel for the characters. Maggie definitely was very naive, but she opened up quite a bit in the book. She definitely is not a whiny character, just a character who was confused a lot.
***I also enjoyed reading a book staged in London. One city I need to visit soon.***
I give this book 5 full moons and look forward to the next book. If you are a fan of New Adult then this is the book for you.
Forewarned though…there is a lot of heated moments, but not many sexual scenes. It’s worth the wait though to have those more heated moments. I want even more in the next book.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author (for the Blog Tour) in exchange for an honest review....more
Blood Vine is the first book to Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine Trilogy, and I loved every bit of this book when I was readReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
Blood Vine is the first book to Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine Trilogy, and I loved every bit of this book when I was reading it. We have a tortured hero who is driven to getting his family back together, and a workaholic heroine who is clueless to who she actually works with and for.
The hero Andre won my heart from the beginning of how he loved his family, and would do anything to get them all back together again. He’s tortured from what happened to his previous love still and he is determined to not have the past happen again. Although, he is going to have a hard time controlling the promise to himself because of the woman who is there to help him get a message to the rest of his kind.
Zoey is thrown into the world of the Vampires and Hunters, and she has no idea what is about to happen. She is supposed to work with Andre and his sons with their new wine, and getting it designed and out there, but she’s having difficulty doing her job. Andre was the almost one night stand so many years ago and those years ago she was able to walk away from him. She’s afraid she won’t be able this time. She’s still tortured by what happened to her husband so many years ago, so she’s afraid to fall in love again.
Here is one reason (out of many), I adored Blood Vine…a tortured hero and heroine come together. I love when stories have the hero and heroine that are connected in someway. Sometimes it’s a happy connection, but in this case it’s not. They both have suffered from their pasts and they both try to resists each other. I loved how Amber never made it easy for these two, even when I was secretly rooting for them to finally give in. They were both stubborn in their own ways. In between Andre and Zoey dealing with their dilemmas, there was the issue of the hunters trying to ruin what Andre and his sons were trying to do.
Amber did a spectacular job with world-building and characterizing each character in the story. She immediately opens up the story with some of the background of what happened between the vampires and hunters, and why they are the vampires have been hiding. The storyline behind the vampires and hunters is what kept me turning the pages because it wasn’t something I had never read before. I was even intrigued to find out a little something about the hunters that the vampires didn’t know, until they found out from something that happened in the book.
Another reason why I adored this book so much is because Andre and his kind are originally from Croatia. One of the many countries I got to visit, while I served in the Navy. This book made me realize I need to visit there again because it was such a beautiful country to visit, and it also made me miss the wine and coffee there. =) Oh…let’s not forget the most important part of the story is about the wine that Zoey has to help with. I loved reading about the details of the wine and story behind the vampires getting involved in it.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there. Warning: This book may have you drinking a glass of wine, while reading it…but in my case it was definitely something I didn’t mind. My husband even poured me a glass, while he saw me reading this book at night. =)...more
I’m going to admit and say I’m a new fan girl of Lora Leigh. I wish I would’ve read her books sooner because I’Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I’m going to admit and say I’m a new fan girl of Lora Leigh. I wish I would’ve read her books sooner because I’m officially addicted. I’m in love so far with the Tempting Seals series, but it could because I’m on a military read kick right now and can’t get enough of books like this. Lora Leigh though knows how to suck me into the story…literally. =)
We have Clint “Iceman” in this story of Tempting Seals and let’s just say he may have just became my favorite fictional Navy Seal ever. (of course it could change with the other books in Lora’s series) He’s on R&R after taking down a drug cartel, but of course his kryptonite at home is deep in trouble. Morganna (his best bud’s little sister) has always been on his radar, but he chose to stay away because he didn’t want to harm her in any way. Unfortunately, she’s got herself in the middle of something that he now has to get her out of before she gets hurt and before her brother finds out about it. Morganna though has tried everything possible to forget about Clint, but he always has a way of getting back into her heart and ruining her. She’s changed though. She’s not the same girl as before. In fact, she’s undercover with the DEA to uncover who is using a date-rape-drug on girls and killing them. Clint is not going to make it easy for Morganna though.
Clint is your typical big protective over-bearing alpha male character who has issues mentally about making his true feelings of Morganna be known. Oh, he drove me crazy, but he also made me go crazy in a good way. Umm…let’s just say he has something that left Morganna in shock and drooling. Holy moly! I find myself still reading a specific scene of the moment he got naked in front of Morganna the first time. (*cough* he has something done *cough*) He always surprised me in the story with other things. Yes, Lora Leigh gave us a character that is amazing in bed, but she gave us someone who will kick butt if you mess with his woman…especially look at her the wrong way. He’s a Dom…so he has his reasons of being alpa.
Morganna is not your timid shy girl. She can hold her own. In fact, she puts guys in their places several times. Even with the ruthless over-bearing Clint. I loved their banter back and forth in the story. My mother would consider the banter…the old married couple banter. The role she had to play undercover definitely made Clint uncomfortable at times and I loved how she handled him when it came to her job. Although, she had moments of falling off the horse and letting him affect her life, but she got back up and put him and her co-workers in their place. Poor woman just wanted to be respected and also get her crush to realize that she loved him. Geez…hard headed men! There is a age difference between Clint and Morganna, which makes Clint put the brakes on becoming serious. (I wanted to bonk him over the head at times and make him realize age didn’t matter) Grr!
The storyline was engaging because Lora Leigh made me go on a ride with the characters, to find out who was behind the drugging of the girls at the clubs. When the clues starting coming forth, Clint started realizing that it may something he have dealt with before. There also was something going on with Morganna’s DEA team and Clint needed to find out if everyone could be trusted on the team.
There is a lot of sexual tension, action-packed drama, LOTS and LOTS of nakedness, and some minor Dom/Sub (or Dom/Dom…because a certain character is more better as a Dom than she is a Sub) action in the story. There’s also moments of close calls and crazy moments between the two crazy love birds that they definitely don’t want people to know about. We even get Reno and his lovely lady, Raven in the story a few times. *sigh*
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to readers out there that enjoy romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Navy Seals, Dom/Sub, and I could go on and on. Let’s just say you will not be disappointed....more
I was looking for another military book to read and another blogger suggested Lora Leigh's Tempting Seals serieReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I was looking for another military book to read and another blogger suggested Lora Leigh's Tempting Seals series to me. Where have I been all this time and why did I not try out any of Lora Leigh's books before? I freaking loved Reno's Chance and this was just a novella. I can't wait to get into the other books in the series. I had a hard time putting down my Kindle. In fact I read this novella, whenever I could sneak it in between books I had to review and in between college assignments. I even read it while waiting for my daughter to get out of school one day. (I bet the parents around me saw me blushing and saw my smile while reading this novella….LOL)
The heat level in Reno's Chance was scorching and I loved both Reno and Raven. Even when it's a short novella, Lora Leigh managed to make it one hot little number of a story. Holy crap just thinking about it...!!! =)
Reno was the sexy determined Navy Seal trying to get the beautiful Raven to become more than just friends. They had known each other for years, but Raven did not want to start anything with Reno due to her worries of losing him. Reno's a Navy Seal, so she is definitely allowed to worry. Reno though wants to reassure her that it will be worth it, and he will do anything to be with her and show how much he loves her.
I loved how Reno would constantly chase after Raven and Raven would continuously run off. She didn't make it easy for him, but Reno knew if he continued to chase after her, she would eventually give in. If you are looking for a quick read with some very heated sexual moments with a Navy Seal and lots of romance then this is the book for you.
I give this novella 5 full moons and look forward to diving into the next book in the series. This was a great start to what is to come in the next books. It sure peeked my interest. =) I LOVE me some military romance books with a very sexy Navy Seal. ...more
My very first book I’ve ever read from Anne Bishop and definitely not my last. I have been meaning to read Written in RReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
My very first book I’ve ever read from Anne Bishop and definitely not my last. I have been meaning to read Written in Red since I noticed some of my Goodreads buddies raving about this series. I decided I needed to read a book that wasn’t a review request, so I went to my local library and borrowed it. Let’s just say I am now impatiently waiting for the second book from my library because I had a hard time putting down Written in Red. It took me a while to read it due to life getting in the way, and other books I needed to read but I finished it and now I WANT more.
I wasn’t an avid romance reader back in high school (not until my adult years), so Dark/Urban Fantasy stories became an obsession at a young age. (My mom used to say I would have nightmares over these books, but instead I found them comforting) Thanks to Written in Red I’m wanting to read this genre more again. I love when authors can create fantasy worlds that have never been done before. First, imagine when we first inhabited North America and instead of Native Americans being there, there were the Others. These Others are shape shifters, vampires, elementals, etc., which they have power over the humans. They are not your dreamy shape shifters or vampires…but your scary ones that will make you have nightmares and will eat you without a reason. (Well…technically if you are seen as a threat…then you are food) Anne Bishop has created a Dark Fantasy world that will have any human not wanting to be apart of. In the case of this Book Lovin’ Mama though, I dived into the story without hesitation and had a hard time getting back to reality. I was entranced in the world of the Others, and the main character who has all the Others running with their heads cut off…Meg. Meg ended up in the world of the Others from running away from the world she’s only known. She’s one of the special humans that the Others know little of, but they are intrigued with her and want to protect her from the bad guys that want her back. Simon Wolfgard is the one that allows her access to the Courtyard, where the Others live. He’s hesitant at first, but he knows deep down something is different about her. She doesn’t smell like prey, which confuses him and the Others.
I could go on and on about the story, but I definitely don’t want to give anything away. This is a story that has a lot going on, but it’s easy to follow. Anne Bishop writes in third person, which enables the reader to follow along with not only Meg, Simon, but several others characters that take the reigns in the story. I loved getting to know the Others, the human police, and the bad guys that were after Meg. There is also another character who is bad, but I definitely don’t want to give that person away. Let’s just say I didn’t like this person and I definitely went with Simon’s instincts on this character. I loved how the person ended up in the end.
I loved everything about this story and how Anne Bishop built this dark world about the Others. They are a fascinating bunch and I can’t wait to read the next book to be apart of their world again. Meg is such a sweet girl and I was glad to get to know her in this story. She played a very important role in this book and grew so much being with the Others. I loved how Anne made me feel for every single one of them. The only character I’m kind of scared of, but also fascinated with is Tess. Holy crap…she’s scary. I want to learn more about her though. If all the Others are scared of her, I’ll be scared of her too.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to readers that love the Dark/Urban Fantasy genre. Here’s hoping my hold on the next book at the library doesn’t take too long. Anne Bishop has definitely sucked me into this world she created, and I can’t wait to dive back in again with the second book....more
Xander gets his story! =) If you have no idea who Xander is, you will find out in The Fallen. He was introducedReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Xander gets his story! =) If you have no idea who Xander is, you will find out in The Fallen. He was introduced in Keri Lake’s first two books in Sons of Wrath, Soul Avenged and Soul Resurrected, which did come out before The Fallen. (as you noticed)…but that is because readers were anxious to find out about Xander and Keri decided his tale needed to actually be first. She did a bang up job on telling his tale because now questions were answered about this crazy, dark-twisted character that readers were fascinated about.
The moment I picked up books one and two of the Sons of Wrath series I knew I was a lost cause to everything around me until I finished the books. (My poor husband and girls had to figure out meals without me, etc.) The Fallen did the exact same thing too, but left me with an ache in my heart and left me loving the dark, twisted character Xander even more. I was not expecting his character to be the way he was in The Fallen, but Keri surprised me throughout the story. Don’t get me wrong he’s still intimidating, but he has a heart. A very kind heart…at least to one certain person. He went through an ordeal in The Fallen and Keri surprised me with a certain character that left me in shock. (especially towards the end).
The minute you start reading The Fallen you fall into a the dark and twisted world of Xander and how he sees himself as evil, but he’s doing evil for good. He has hidden secrets about him that are revealed in The Fallen, which help readers understand him better. We get to know who stole his heart too and why. We even get to see what makes him tick and what excites him. Let’s just say…you may be more scared or intrigued by him.
The other character, Karinna telling the tale is intriguing as well because she actually helped show the other side of Xander that readers did not know about. She played a major part in the story due to her wanting to know all about the corrupted world where Xander resides. She has her reasons though, and she is thrown into the world that she’ll either survive or die trying to find out answers. She’ll get help though, but Xander will either make her or break her even further.
Keri’s way of writing is like no other writers out there. Her use of narration of two different points of views, characterization, and dark imagery provide a dramatic structure throughout the story leading up to what makes The Fallen‘s ending unforgettable. (at least for the character Xander and even to Keri’s readers)
Keri gives fore warning ahead of time with this book being not for the faint hearted and it’s meant for 18+ readers only. It has lots of swear words, BDSM elements, abusive twisted moments, and dark gritty scenes that will make you cringe at times.
One of the reasons why I chose to write up a review like this instead of going into detail about the book is because this is not a book I want to spoil to readers. I loved the first two books and loved this one as well. Xander is a very intriguing character and again I am freakin’ ecstatic that Keri decided to tell his tale. Keri did not disappoint at all with Xander…in fact…she made me love his character even more. A lot of readers may find that weird, especially if you have read the other books because how he is…but every character has secrets to them. Xander’s life happens to be more graphic and tough than expected which is why I loved The Fallen.
Readers who are new to this series can start with the prequel first or they could even go with Soul Avenged first. It’s not confusing at all where you start from.
After reading The Fallen though, I definitely feel sympathy for such a crazy character, such as Xander. I’m going to need read Soul Avenged and Soul Resurrected again because I now know why Xander is the way he is thanks to The Fallen.
I give this prequel 5 full moons and recommend it readers out there that have read book one and two in the Sons of Wrath series, and readers who have been meaning to read the series.
AGAIN WARNING – if you are not used to dark gritty stories that involve elements such as graphic violence, sex and strong language then you may just want to move on to reading Soul Avenged, but you will miss out understanding Xander better. And once you finish Soul Avenged…I bet you will probably want to go back to The Fallen to find out about Xander. Yup…he has a way of making a reader wanting to know about him. At least that is what happened to me and several other readers.
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Ascension is the fourth book to the Gryphon series and it definitely is by far the best out of ALL the books(atReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
Ascension is the fourth book to the Gryphon series and it definitely is by far the best out of ALL the books(at least in my opinion it is) =)
Stacey Rourke gives you an action-packed, nail-biting story that puts the Garretts in War against the Countess. Celeste will be put through the test in this book, literally and will end up dealing with more than she bargained for. She has to deal with the Council (who have actually kept a major secret from her and her family), the evil Countess (who just won’t give up and wants to make Celeste’s life difficult), and two sexy guys (who are fighting over her literally).
Be prepared to learn so much more in this book about how Celeste became the Conduit and what needs to happen to the Conduit eventually. Stacey Rourke did a fabulous job building up to the very end of the book, where the big WAR happened. She gave us moments of crying and also moments of smiling. Let’s just say this book will make the Garretts realize, they need to come together to help save what they have.
We do get the love triangle of Celeste, Caleb, and Rowan in this book and how the boys just won’t give up on winning over Celeste. They even tried to come to terms until after the major battle. Yup…definitely stubborn guys and poor Celeste has to keep telling Rowan, it will never happen.
We also have the dark army Glee Club that I literally adore, even if sometimes they are evil. They always manage to crack me up and Celeste makes it even better with her sarcasm back at them. She definitely knows how to handle them with her witty marks back at them. They definitely are my favorites in the story.
Can I just say…the ending..as definitely not what I expected at all, but it definitely left me in shock and now I need to find out what is going to happen next. =)
(I’m still in love with Rowan though) Something about him won me over a long time ago. =)
If you have not read this series yet, you need to. If you love a series that involves paranormal fantasy and you love a series that is like no other out there then you will enjoy the Gryphon series.
I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to young adult readers out there.
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