Finding Gabriel was my first read by Rachel L. Dementer and it certainly won't be my last from her. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy her story and chFinding Gabriel was my first read by Rachel L. Dementer and it certainly won't be my last from her. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy her story and characters, I loved how she made it a story of redemption about two broken people finding love in the darkest of times. What truly stood out to me however were Rachel’s beautiful prose and descriptive writing as well as the development of her characters.
Set after the destructive Napoleonic wars, Finding Gabriel tells the story of two characters, Ariah and Gabriel, and their journey to heal each other. The book starts out with Gabriel trying to kill himself and even manages to commit the deed until our kind heroine, Ariah, finds him in the river and drags him back to her home. Once he wakes up, Gabriel angrily lashes out at Ariah for ruining his plans but eventually comes to respect her as time goes by. Of course, that respect is also tinged with some form attraction between the two and both characters seem to feel it. However, it appears that Ariah fears this more than Gabriel does. As the book continues on, it becomes rather obvious that Ariah has experienced something traumatic in her life.
In the end, I found myself invested in these two characters and their happiness and wanted them come out of this okay. It was also super romantic—which I loved. Finding Gabriel had passion, intrigue, mystery, action, and PLENTY of heartbreak! Touching on various subjects from suicide, disfiguration, victims of tragedies, and so much more, Rachel’s book made for a very emotional read! I highly recommend it to those who are looking for a different type of historical romance to read.
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In the Air Tonight is the first installment in the Sisters of the Craft series, as well as my first read by author Lori Handeland, and it is an exceIn the Air Tonight is the first installment in the Sisters of the Craft series, as well as my first read by author Lori Handeland, and it is an exceptional one. Handeland's world building, development of her characters, in addition to the mystery revolving around the cult group trying to murder female witches makes for a very interesting story. Although the romance wasn't very profound, I enjoyed Raye and Bobby's interactions. Their attraction to each other felt real and believable.
Individually, Raye and Bobby are awesome characters as they are both independent with a mysterious past. Raye was an enjoyable character with a strong personality and humor who who lives in the moment while Bobby is damaged hero because of his pastis and protective of those he cares about. I truly sympathized with him and Raye realizes what makes him who he is early on. In any case, the book revolves around a huge murder mystery of a witch hunting group who has been killing numerous females who may or may not be witches around the country. I actually enjoyed this part of the book a lot because it had action and plenty of suspense. I guess you could categorize this book as more fiction than romance, but either way, it does have romance between two interesting and realistic characters.
Initially, I thought some of the dialogue between the characters were rather stunted as a result of the constant switch between first person narrative and third person. Of course, I eventually got used to the format and didn't prevent me from enjoying the book but it was definitely weird at first. I had never read anything with format before so I was actually surprised by it. Raye is of course in first person while Bobby and everybody else were told in third person.
To sum things up, I thought In the Air Tonight was a strong debut in Lori Handeland's new series and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book about Raye's sister, Becca Carstairs in Heat of the Moment.
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Jayne Frost's Gone For You is the first book in the Sixth Street Band s* * * A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review * * *
Jayne Frost's Gone For You is the first book in the Sixth Street Band series and I really enjoyed Cameron and Lily's story. This was actually my first read by the author and I'm definitely intrigued by her. The book immediately thrusts readers into the mind of Cameron Knight, our main hero, and I was frankly overwhelmed at first. I initially felt no connection to the secondary characters, even though Cameron obviously had a history with them. Cameron himself comes off as very arrogant in the beginning, but that's to be expected. He's a famous rock star! One thing I did like was the chase between Lily and Cameron. In addition, I liked how Lily tried her best to resist Cameron's charms and felt like there needed to be a boundary between the too. Although I felt like their romance progressed a little too quickly, the chemistry and connection they had together were rock solid.
Cameron Knight is our male lead character and I honestly had trouble liking him in the beginning. He comes off as a player and I understand why Lily was wary of him. Cameron does undergo some character growth and eventually wants more from his relationship with Lily. There were moments throughout the book where readers can obviously feel his struggle in recognizing his feelings for her. Told through Cameron's point of view, I thought Jayne Frost did a great job in that regard. However, I wished Frost also provided an additional point of view, such as Lily's, in order for readers to connect with the romance a bit more. I wanted to know what Lily was thinking of Cameron, their "situation," and what her feelings for him were. In the end, I thought Gone For You was a great debut for author Jayne Frost and I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the Caged band member's story. If you're looking for a sweet and sexy story about rock stars, I highly recommend this one!...more
Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann tells the story of a young woman who goes through tremendous heartbreak and devastation after** 4 HEARTBREAKING STARS **
Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann tells the story of a young woman who goes through tremendous heartbreak and devastation after the murder of her parents one evening. Mann does a great job of captivating the reader's attention as well as conveying Drew's thoughts and emotions throughout the book. In addition, I also thought the author did a wonderful job capturing the imagery and setting of the story. Although I was rather hesitant and unsure about Drew at first, she definitely grew on me. I thoroughly enjoyed her relationship and chemistry with Saint, our heroine's main love interest. From their very first meeting, readers can instantaneously sense the attraction as well as the beginnings of a sweet romance between the two.
However, Pulled Beneath is also about Drew's journey in finding herself and essentially her place and 'home' after losing what she thought was her only family. DDrew struggles to move on after the death of her parents but eventually is blind-sided when she finds out that her parents have been keeping a secret from her: she has grandparents. When Drew meets Saint, she finds in him a kindling soul because he also has survived a devastating loss in his life. Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this and I look forward to more of Drew and Saint's journey in the future!
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I actually did not expect to like this one as much as I thought I would. This was a really surprising and erotic read- ahem, especially towards the enI actually did not expect to like this one as much as I thought I would. This was a really surprising and erotic read- ahem, especially towards the end. Holy wow, Evan. But beyond that, Awakening by Elene Sallinger is essentially a story about Claire's journey to find herself as well as her freedom to love and desire. I've read plenty of BDSM books before but this was the first time that I've come across such a different kind of book. It was more emotional and heartbreaking because Claire never realized what she wanted or needed out of a man. After coming out of an "abusive" relationship, she has become a rather 'skittish' woman. But thanks to Evan, the second main character of this book, she was able to change and re-discover herself all over again.
Hmm, where do I begin? Although Evan was essential to Claire's development as a character, I was rather frustrated with him at times. Instead of trying to move on, he was stuck between the past and the present because he was never over the death of his wife. Yes, it was sad, but he was always feeling guilty and angry over his newfound feelings for Claire. This, of course, made me want to hit him over the head because he was hurting her. But besides that, Evan was really the perfect man for Claire. Instead of getting straight to the sex, they actually spent a lot of time getting to know each other before doing the deed. They were friends before they became lovers. And oh, you will be surprised at how smoking hot they are together.
In the end, I'm glad that he was able to help her throughout her self-discovery because it made him realize his true feelings for her. Claire was already falling in love with him but it broke her heart, and mine, when he rejected those feelings. Besides being emotional, Awakening was an inspirational and deeply moving read. For those of you who are fond of this genre or anything erotic romance-related, I definitely recommend and urge you to check out this book. You won't be disappointed!
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I honestly never expected how erotic this read was. Sure, it's labeled as an erotic romance but damn! Dyletri is one dirty talking mofo. Please excuseI honestly never expected how erotic this read was. Sure, it's labeled as an erotic romance but damn! Dyletri is one dirty talking mofo. Please excuse my language. I can't even explain how dynamic his relationship with Ismini was. I guess you can call it lust at first sight because they were attracted to each other from the very beginning. Of course, it became love in the end.
Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first paranormal erotic romance from debut author N. Isabelle Blanco and it was definitely one satisfying read. It was seriously hot, sexy and I just loved Dyletri talking dirty to Ismini. Boy, did he know how to work it! Their sex scenes though. Holy smokes... I can't even. It honestly reminded me of Larissa Ione's Demonica series – which was another reason why I liked it. All of the other gods were snarky and very sarcastic towards each other so that was definitely fun.
Ismini was a very likeable heroine and there were moments where I sympathized with her. Heck, she was about to be sacrificed by her own mate in order for him to save some other woman. Yeah – Dyletri screwed up. If Ismini is not sacrificed by a certain date, then the Fates would wreak havoc on the universe. Definitely not a pretty scenerio. Thankfully, she has two very good friends besides her: Eve and Soleria. These girls are fiesty and they're very upfront of what they think is right or wrong. Ismini, Eve, and Soleria were characterized as very attractive women... and I'm sure that's true because Dyletri, Zeniel, and Ian all want to get in their pants.
Blood Flows Deep in the Empire was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from this author! Not to mention AGAIN that hot damn my Kindle almost caught on fire while I was reading Dyletri and Ismini's mating ritual. Anyway, I am excitedly waiting for the following books: Eve and Zeniel/Mavrak (God of Tranquility/Vengeance), Crius (God of the Underworld) and Dimithinia, Nylicia (Watcher of Destinies) and Cy (I'm pretty sure he's a seer or someone who sees the future), and Soleria and Ian (God of the Hunt).
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You know that feeling when you finish a book and you feel as if someone had just punch a hole straight through your gut? Well, that's exactly how I f
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you feel as if someone had just punch a hole straight through your gut? Well, that's exactly how I felt when I finished Being Me.
To be honest, this was my favorite book out of the entire series. It had suspense, plenty of romance, steamy scenes, betrayal, and even a few revelations. Not only will Rebecca's "Master" be revealed in this book, readers will also get some sense of what happened to her and where she is now. But even so, while Rebecca is indeed at the forefront of the entire mystery, this sequel was more about the dynamics between Sara and Chris Merit's relationship.
The lines between love and need will soon blur for Sara and Chris. Only through trust and commitment will these two truly be able to accept one another.
Despite Chris having demons of his own, Sara also has secrets as well. Not only does it shake the foundation of their relationship, their bond also grows stronger too. Sara grows as a person and I love her for it. She makes her demands known to Chris, telling him that she wants more than what he can currently offer. Although her path almost mirrors Rebecca's in a way, Sara has Chris in her life to protect, cherish, and love her. Even though that love may end up breaking them both in the end... You can tell that their love for one another is real. The pain and need just burns right through the pages! It’s obvious that both Sara and Chris still have lots of issues in their relationship. Hopefully they will find a way to compromise and work things out. We also still have not learned the true extent of why Chris is so tortured and broken. I can't wait to find out in Revealing Us!
Getting a glimpse of Mark Compton's life was quite intriguing. Rebecca's connection with both Chris and Mark will be revealed in this book… and I'm just going to say: I knew it! If you've read Rebecca's Lost Journals, you will most likely be able to confirm who her Master is while reading Being Me. Overall, this was a fantastic sequel to If I Were You that will definitely leave you salivating for more! Ah, September will be a long wait from now.
Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC!...more
Let me just start out by saying that I have been a fan of the Pregnancy & Passion series ever since I've read Enticed by His Forgotten Lover. TheLet me just start out by saying that I have been a fan of the Pregnancy & Passion series ever since I've read Enticed by His Forgotten Lover. The last installment however? Not so much. I was really looking forward to Cam and Pippa's story... only to be sadly disappointed. Cam had always intrigued me ever since the beginning. He was such a pessimestic guy! What happened to him?! I had expected to be "dazzled" by him and be able to empathize with his character. Sadly, I did not. As for Pippa... Wow. I wanted to strangle her at times! The author writes her off as this independent, strong, and fierce woman but all I can see is someone who is way too dependent on her friends, rash, and has a temper problem. I could not connect with her character at all. I tried to like Pippa, don't get me wrong, but I stimply could not. Cam was just too wishy-washy and Pippa demanded so much from him when he told her from the very beginning that he did not do relationships. She wants a relationship while Cam wants no strings attached. What will become of them now?
Out of all the problems that I had expected Cam to have, it was definitely not this one. We all knew that from the very beginning, Cam was the one who often frowned upon his friend's relationships with their women. (view spoiler)[Apparently the reason why is because he had lost his wife and son to some unknown reason all those years ago. (hide spoiler)] I'm not even sure if he ends up telling Pippa what exactly happened. Maybe. But I'm still confused.
Well anyway, Cam has been interested in Ashley's friend, Pippa, for quite some time. Ever since he met her at one of Devon and Ashley's housewarming parties, it's been attraction at first sight. Pippa has also been noticing Cam as well and these two hit off with sparks flying between them. They end up having a one night stand... and things take a turn. Ah, the usual type of scenario right? While reading this book, I ended up being so frustrated with these two that I'm not sure I wanted to continue. Halfway through the book, I still felt no sympathy whatsoever for Cam and Pippa. Pippa annoyed me to no end because even though she comes off as this fearless woman who's not afraid of a fight, she's so weak when it comes to Cam. Oh, and don't get my started with Cam. (view spoiler)[After finding out that Pippa was going to have a son, he starts acting all jerk-like and cold towards her. As for the reason why, it's because he feels that by having a son with Pippa, it would be like replacing the memory of the son that he had lost with his first wife. (hide spoiler)] Talk about a guy who needs to move on!
Overall, Undone by Her Tender Touch did not exactly leave me satisfied. But I'm truly happy that each and every one of the guys had their happy ever after.
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Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss is most definitely my favorite out of the Pregnancy & Passion series thus far. Reading anything with unrequited loveTempted by Her Innocent Kiss is most definitely my favorite out of the Pregnancy & Passion series thus far. Reading anything with unrequited love in it has always been one of my weaknesses. I truly sympathize with Ashley in here because while Devon went into his marriage knowing it was a business arrangement with no rules saying that he should love her, Ashley whole-heartedly loves him and wanted to marry him because he the man that she chosed. This third installment by Maya Banks was heartbreaking and very emotional like the last two but I actually felt a connection in this one. (view spoiler)[I hated how Ash had to find out the truth during her honeymoon, after she got married for heaven's sake! That was really cruel. (hide spoiler)]
Ever since the beginning, we have known first hand that Devon was not marrying for love. He's marrying Ashley because of a business arrangement for his company to merge in with her father's. Only... the end result was definitely not what he expected. I honestly believe that Devon had started to fall in love with Ashley little by little without even realizing it. When she found out that their marriage wasa farce, he repeatedly told her that he never wanted to hurt her. But is lying to someone truly a way to start a relationship? No absolutely not. And when Ashley begins to change her personality to become "the perfect wife" to Devon's ideal, things take a turn for the worst.
In the end, to win back a woman's love and trust, there can only be one solution: you either grovel and beg for her forgiveness, you show her that you love her and that you can't live without her, OR you can do both! Which is why, Devon Carter wins the title for Best Grovelling so far... and you shall see! Overall, I definitely recommend this series for anyone who loves Maya Banks, drama, romance, and some good old fashion grovelling! Last but not least:
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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is a story about adventure. It's a story about finding self-worth and an unexpected love in a world where humans and dragoSeraphina by Rachel Hartman is a story about adventure. It's a story about finding self-worth and an unexpected love in a world where humans and dragons do not get along. Within that world lies our heroine, Seraphina Dombegh, who is both human and dragon. She lives in a world where humans and dragons are at peace with one another... but there is tension in the air when one of the family members of the royal court is found dead. I absolutely love Seraphina and the world that she is bound in! She is fierce, loyal, and extremely intelligent. Rachel Hartman stuns readers with her sightful imagination and world building! If you're familiar with epic fantasy books with dragons in it, you should definitely check this book out. I was fortunate enough to read this book months before it was released. Fans of this genre should not miss out the opportunity to read it once it releases this upcoming July! This is definitely a keeper for me!
One of my favorite aspect about this book was the mystery behind the murder of Prince Rufus and the blossoming romance between Seraphina and Prince Lucian Kiggs. I mean, how adorable can they be? And by that, VERY. Here's a scene that I absolutely found cute between them!
"Have you read Belondweg?" "I couldn't call myself much of a scholar if I hadn't," he said. He was so adorable and he made me smiled, but I couldn't let him see.
And can I just say how much I loved it when Kiggs slips and calls her Phina instead of Seraphina? I'm such a sap. Anyway, the mystery beind Prince Rufus' death was the main star of the book. Someone was trying the break the peace treaty between the humans and the dragons by killing the royals! And Seraphina plans to find out who.
In the end, I loved this book and the characters in it. Few of my favorites would be Orma, Seraphina's uncle and music teacher, and Princess Glisselda, Prince Lucian Kigg's fiancee. I know, shocker right? How can Seraphina and Kiggs be together now?! You'll just have to read and find out! The ending was rather bittersweet... but very hopeful at the same time. I guess it will lead us right into the sequel! It can't be the end already, can it? We'll see about that.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's Books for giving me permission to read this ARC!...more
We all have come to know and love the classic story, The Prince and the Pauper. But in Delilah Marvelle's version of it, she writes it out as a love sWe all have come to know and love the classic story, The Prince and the Pauper. But in Delilah Marvelle's version of it, she writes it out as a love story between a poor American woman and a rich aristocrat who eventually loses his memory due to an accident. Forever and a Day is a story about passion, hope, revenge, and eventually happiness. It's not exactly original, but the love story does play out quite well. They both end up falling in love with each other but of course, as all love stories like this play out, the poor versus rich gap is between them. But interestingly, what's different about this book is the fact that the hero ends up giving her up for her own good. What? No, just no. I guess this is the part when things started going downhill for me because you don't give up on a woman who is willing to sacrifice everything for you.
I'm not exactly sure that you can call Georgia's "plan" for Roderick should even be called revenge. It was more of a showing up. And that's exactly what she did. She became the woman that he never expected her to accomplish. Hey, you deserved that Roderick. He was so great in the beginning because I could actually feel the pain that he was experiencing for Georgia. He loves her. Deeply. You just can't ignore that-- which is why I wanted to punch him when he broke it off with her. There's actually a background story that explains the reason why his love life was a complete disaster. For someone who loves so deeply, he would be willing to give up his happiness for the woman that he loves... so I guess I can't really blame him.
Anyway! You'll just have to find how how the story between the Lord and the Pauper turned out to be. I liked this one a lot better than her previous book, The Perfect Scandal. Of course Once Upon a Scandal will always be my favorite! Thank you NetGalley for the wonderful opportunity to review this book!...more