Con Man is a contemporary romance by T. Torrest. Guys, it is no secret**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Con Man is a contemporary romance by T. Torrest. Guys, it is no secret that I love love love makeover stories. There is just something about the character growth and the confidence they get, and even better if the romance is between the makeover guru and the client. I just eat it up. All the time. And Con Man is no different. I loved Con Man. It was such a fun read! Plus, we don't only get to see one of his makeover students...we get to see 3!
Con Man is the story of Ainsley and Lucas and Mia. The twist on the class makeover story is that Lucas used to be a geek and he used to know Ainsley. Yes, yes, yes. yes too all of it. I couldn't read this book quick enough. I just kept getting more and more excited as it went on. And then there is Mia. Mia is another client of his that he has a great friendship with. I loved that this book didn't take the obvious path from the summary. It was really great that we got to see all three of Lucas' clients. (there was also a male client) because it was like having multiple storylines in one.
Bottom line: If you like books like Matchmakers, Inc and other makeover type stories you may really enjoy Con Man (Not Con like a trick, but Con like Confidence) I liked that I was surprised with this story. The summary was a bit misleading, but overall it turned out to be a really fun read. I can totally see this turning into a romantic comedy.
Legally Charming is the first book in the new adult contemporary roman**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Legally Charming is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance Ever After series by Lauren Smith. This is my second book by Lauren, and I liked it more than I did the first book of hers. (Which was the first book in her British Stepbrother series.) Legally Charming was a very cute read. I enjoyed it. Since the series is called Ever After you can make some assumptions that they are going to be cute, slightly cheesy romances. And they are...but I dug that about this book. It was the kind of cheesy happy I was in the mood for.
Legally Charming is the story of Felicity and Jared, who are swept up in a whirlwind quick romance. So if insta love isn't your thing, this might not be the book for you. (They didn't fall in love at first sight, but they did fall in love within a week.) But, like I said, I really liked the story and sweet romance between Jared and Felicity. I loved how chivalrous Jared was. He really goes out of his way to make sure Felicity was taken care of. I don't buy for one second that Jared used to be a bad boy.
I enjoyed Legally Charming. I love that the story was on the longer side (almost 400 pages), I really liked the characters, I loved their sweet romance, and the writing is great. I get a weird kick about reading stories where one of the characters is a lawyer. I like seeing what kind of legal stuff the author is going to work in. (I know, I know only other lawyers appreciate things like that, but I can always tell when the author is actually an attorney. Lauren is.)
But there were a couple of things that had me wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars. One was just how quickly they fell in love. It seemed a little abrupt, even for me. And then there was the other thing. Now, I should put a disclaimer in. Most people would not be annoyed by this thing (view spoiler)[an unexpected pregnancy. It is just not something I like popping up in my books. It's my own weird hang up. I think it's because I am not ready to have kids that it is something that I just don't want to read about in my romances...but this i'm sure could be a whole other discussion that we can read all kinds of things into...but I digress. I just don't prefer it in the books I read. (hide spoiler)] but it is not my cup of tea. So that kind of had me groaning, because I knew it was going to take the story into a different direction. It still ended up being a good story. Even with that thing.
Bottom line: Legally Charming is a great read. If you are a fan of sweet romances, you will really enjoy this one. I can't wait to read the next book in the Ever After series!
There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz is a young adult**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** 1.5/5 stars
There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz is a young adult contemporary romance. It's about an undercover prince and I have had such great success with the Entangled crush line that I so wanted to love this one. I really really did. But it just didn't work for me. I'm not really sure why. Sara Hantz did a fine job with the writing, and I wouldn't be opposed to reading another one of her books, but this plot wasn't for me. And that is ok. If you think you would love a book about a mysterious guy who is really a prince, you should check out some of the reviews I have linked below. Lot's of people really enjoyed this book.
There's Something about Nik is the story of Nik and Amber. Nik comes to an american boarding school and he is so clearly hiding a secret. And honestly, I liked Nik for the most part. I hated how everyone treated him. I mean they were all huge jerks and brats. Making fun of him for his accent, etc. I just couldn't stand the whole lot of students at the school to be honest. Which made it hard for me to get into the story. And the romance just felt off to me. It fell flat.
The whole story was ok, but if I am being totally honest with myself, I had to force my way through it. And that is never a good sign with the book. I think it was just a bit too immature for my tastes, and I couldn't really connect with the characters, which is normally a kiss of death for me. But if you are looking for a surface level quick, cute read, this one just might hit the spot. Just because There's Something About Nik didn't work for me, doesn't mean you won't love it. Check out these reviews from people who loved the book and see if it is something you might enjoy. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse is a young adult contemporary**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse is a young adult contemporary romance that takes place in Tokyo, Japan. I loved the setting of this book. I bet Tokyo is such a vibrant and alive city. I thought it made the perfect place for a week of crazy adventures for these friends.
I loved the way the book was set up. Sofia, or Sofa to her friends (I hated her nickname!) lives in Tokyo and goes to an American academy there while her mom is teaching at a university. But the book starts out when she only has seven days left until she leaves, and the chapters start off with countdowns until her departure. It kind of reminded me of The Night we Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi. I really liked the flow of the book. It is about a group of friends that all have secrets and crushes and their own drama, but the romance was actually super cute. There were some light family issues thrown in to keep things interesting and plenty of teenage group of friends drama, but overall this was a light and quick read.
It made me want to visit Tokyo. That is for sure. I have one major holdup with Seven Days of You. It is the reason I didn't rate this one higher, but it is a major spoiler. So read on at your own risk. (view spoiler)[I was so bummed at the ending! I feel like this is going to be a standalone book, and there were so many issues that Sofia and Jamie worked through and just when they were all cute and together she left. And they totally ended on a bummer. They don't even know if they are going to see each other again...at all. They decided not to long distance. And I get that it is the realistic ending but it was just not what I wanted to happen at all. I really liked Jamie. He is such a great guy and I was so happy that Sofia finallyt came around to him and then poof...nothing. No epilogue or later visit in their lives and certainly no HEA. I was so bummed when I finished reading. (hide spoiler)] I believe Seven Days of You is a standalone contemporary novel, but I am really really hoping that there is another book in the works because this one felt unfinished to me. I want to see more.
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a realistic contemporary book in a really cool setting, you should pick up Seven Days of You. I enjoyed this one.
Sugar on the Edge is my first attempt with a Sawyer Bennett book, and**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Sugar on the Edge is my first attempt with a Sawyer Bennett book, and I was so pleased with the characters and romance! Sugar on the Edge can be read as a standalone but it is also the third book in the contemporary romance Last Call series. Gavin a dark and tortured soul throughout most of the book. I loved that he was an author and his books were his outlet for his dark feelings. I know this sounds weird because I am nothing like him, but I felt like I really got him from the first time I met him. And it was then that I knew this was going to be a fantastic read for me. If you like your romance extra hot with a side of wonderful characters, then Sugar on the edge is the book for you.
Gavin goes to a secluded house in North Carolina to finish his lastest novel. He seems like the biggest of big authors because the money that the publishing companies were paying him was unreal! He basically wants to hole himself up in his house and write all the time. So he gets a maid and gets to work. I think we all know who his maid is going to be...Savannah comes into Gavin's life and shakes everything up. I can't even tell you how much I loved that fact that Gavin made a character about her right from the star. It was so cute, even if she was a meek anti-heroine that would get killed. She was determined to prove him wrong and he was determined to prove himself right. It was a cute back and forth they had going.
Savannah was a cute character and I loved how she challenged Gavin. She made him realize that she was different and she demanded that she be seen as different. It was interesting to see her do that in her sometimes shy way. Savannah was much more my type of character in real life, but the beauty of Sawyer's writing is that it doesn't matter how alike or unlike a character you are, you can connect with everyone in the story.
Gavin and Savannah both made some poor choices in the story. Savannah is stubborn to a fault and Gavin had his boneheaded moments, but for the most part Gavin and Savannah were so patient and wonderful with each other. Their relationship was a unqiue one, but I adored them. I loved their nicknames for each other, and I loved seeing the way they reacted to one another. I was not seeing the big twist towards the end coming, and while I didn't love it, it completely worked for the story. The last call series is perfect for people that love their romance hot and sexy. I can't wait to read the rest of the books.
Swinging at Love is the second book in the young adult contemporary ro**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Swinging at Love is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called the Suttonville Senitels by Kendra C. Highley. I was so excited when I found out about this book. Seriously. I read and LOVED The Bad Boy Bargain and I thought it was just going to be a standalone, so when I found out it was going to be a series centering around a baseball team. I thoroughly enjoyed Swinging at Love. Just as much as The Bad Boy Bargain. This series is a welcome smash hit for me! Lately I have been finding myself gravitating more towards New Adult for my contemporary romances, and young adult for my fantasies. Oftentimes I am finding young adult contemporaries just a bit too immature in the characters. But the big exception to this seems to be the Entangled Crush line. I really enjoy their YA romances for the most part. (And I don't think that just because a book is young adult that the characters get a free pass on being immature- not all young adults are immature, and I expect that to follow through in YA books too!)
Just like with the Bad Boy Bargain, this book is chock full of cuteness. That is the best way to describe it. It is like a smile in a box. I really liked Tristan and Alyssa. I still think Faith and Kyle were my favorite couple but I adored them so much that it is hard to come close. But Tristan and Alyssa did come close, and if it were for some lying and some miscommunication that irked me, they might have passed Kyle. But they are a close second and I can't wait to see what the next story in the series is going to be about. I really enjoyed Tristan and Alyssa's story. It has all the signature cuteness I have come to associate with Kendra's books. It is my favorite thing about them.
Tristan is a star on the baseball team but he has lost his swing. And Alyssa's family business is in trouble. Each of them are doing their best to save their respective thing and their paths cross and cris cross in the most adorable ways. If they only could have been a bit more honest with each other and with their friends I think this book would have been perfect. But live and learn. They are still young. I really liked their story.
Bottom line: if you are looking for a quick young adult romance that is super cute and has characters you will love (who are not at all annoying) check out Swinging at Love and the Suttonville Sentinels series. I loved the mature, yet still age appropriate, characters featured in this extra cute romance.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Firestorm is an adult paranormal romance by Donna Grant. It is the ten**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Firestorm is an adult paranormal romance by Donna Grant. It is the tenth book in the dark kings series. I have not read any of the previous books in the series, but they can each be read as standalones. I do have to say, I feel like this series would be better read in order. Yes, this book can work as a standalone, but I feel like I would have a much better idea of the world if I had read the previous books. That being said, I did really enjoy Firestorm. I found it to be sexy and a great read.
Firestorm starts out with our main character, an archeologist, discovering a dragon skeleton. Right away I was hooked into the story. I loved Faith and I really, really loved Dimitri. I admired how determined Faith was, and I really enjoyed the back and forth between her and Dimitri. Dimitri is super interesting himself. I loved seeing his inner struggle with the human v. dragon side and the way that influenced his interactions with faith. Plus, the romance was awesome. The perfect mix of intense and sweet.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of adult paranormal romance, I would reccomend the Dark King series. However; I would not start with Firestorm. Donna Grant is a master storyteller I while I think you can safely pick up and start with any book, you may be confused from time to time on world elements. I think you would do best to read this series in order. I wish I had. Either way, I really enjoyed Firestorm and I can't wait to go back and read the Dark Kings series from the start. Fans of long series will love this one.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Operation Prom Date is a young adult contemporary romance by author Ci**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Operation Prom Date is a young adult contemporary romance by author Cindi Madsen. I have read some of Cindi's adult romances and I really enjoyed them. They were fun and flirty so I was really excited when I saw she was coming out with a young adult romance. And even more excited when it was called the Tactics in Flirting series. Operation Prom Date is the first book in the Tactics in Flirting series. And I have to tell you...I flippin' LOVED this book. It was so cute. I felt like my face was going to hurt after because I was smiling so much.
Operation Prom Date had so many elements in that I love. It had a plot to get a guy that involved using another guy, it had a great friends to more storyline, and it has tons of geeky fandom references! Kate and Cooper are the two main characters in this story, and Operation Prom Date is told in dual narrative between their points of views. What I appreciated most about this was the fact that this was a true friends to more story. Neither Kate nor Cooper had a crush on each other at the start of the story. It developed over time on both of their sides, which was very refreshing. And super cute to get to see their feelings grow in each of their chapters.
Cooper is very into astronomy and rowing (crew). I loved Cooper. He is such a great guy. And Kate is a numbers gal. A super math nerd (I envy the ease at which she can calculate odds and percentages!) but also a total romantic. I loved all her talk of OTP and the different shows she watches. She is always talking about who she ships and cannon couples. I just loved it. The fandom geek inside of me was totally geeking out!
It has been a long time since I have read a young adult contemporary that I loved as much as I loved Operation Prom Date. It is so freakin' cute. You will fall in love with Cooper and Kate. I promise. This book is perfect for fans of all things fandom. If you liked All the Feels by Danika Stone, you will enjoy this one. I loved it! One of my favorites of the year for sure. I totally ship Kate and Cooper. And Cooper has ton book boyfriend material written all over him!
Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love th**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love the concept behind this book. The Garden is a captivity like setting where girls are taken and forced to join a burlesque type troop and perform. The main character Rose escapes and immediately tangled with a group of rebels. They take off on an adventure with differing end goals. I really liked the concept of Garden of Thorns, but the book ended up being just ok. Plus, I do have to point out how beautiful the cover is! I seriously love it!
Rayce and Rose are the two main characters in this story, and while I liked them both well enough, something was missing for me. I'm not really sure what it is, and that is the frustrating part. I guess I was just wishing for more on all fronts. I wanted more description for sure. I was very unclear on a lot of aspects of the garden. Where did they get the girls from. Was it illegal? was it legal? At the start of the story, I thought they were actually flowers. Like the talking flowers from wonderland. It wasn't until the performance scene that I knew any differently.
And then with the whole adventure, it was good. I did like the story more as it went on, but there was something holding me back from loving it. I found it to be a little predictable and a little easy. There wasn't anything compelling or gripping about the characters or the romance or really their situation. There isn't too much romance in the story, but the romance that there was felt very natural. It didn't feel rushed or forced, which I appreciated.
Bottom line: Garden of Thorns is a decent read with a very interesting concept. I wanted to love it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. It was a good read with good writing, and good characters. But I didn't love it. It was just kind of ehh. However; a ton of people have loved Garden of Thorns. (I will link to a couple of other reviews down below) However; if you are a concept driven reader, you will likely enjoy this very unique fantasy setup. Let me know what you think!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series, but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be 12 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the same two main characters. Get it? I promise it is less confusing once you start reading the books. I really love that they are all set in the same universe and I love that none of their stories are neatly wrapped up at the end of book one. (If you are still confused, check out the goodreads series page HERE which does a good job at explaining it.)
Finn and Willa are my favorite couple in the series so far. I adored How Willa Got Her Groove Back, which was the first book in the Willa and Finn trilogy and I couldn't wait to read Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas. It picks up right where How Willa Got Her Groove Back left off, so you do need to read that one first. (You don't necessarily have to read all the other books in the series, but reading them all helps you get a better idea of the world. I need to go back and read books 4 and 5 ASAP. I has the best of intentions to read them in order, but when I saw the second Willa and Finn book, I got a little over excited and jumped the gum. Whoops.)
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas was just as cute and angsty as I was hoping it would be. I loved watching Finn and Willa struggle and deny their feelings for one another, and try and play the part of a good family as they helped their parents get read for their wedding. The only things I didn't like about this book were that Willa was still dating that jerk face and Finn had to witness it for the whole story. And I was also a little sad that the romance between my beloved Willa and Finn took so long to actually come into fruition. There was a how lot of resisting the whole story, which don't get me wrong, I loved, but I wanted to see more of the romance because I love these two together. Alas, I think I will have to wait for their final book before I get what I want. But this was an excellent installment in their story. I want book 3 right now!
Bottom line: Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is a great book for lovers of young adult contemporaries. And if you have not checked out the Creative HeArts series yet, I think you should. Fans of young adult contemporaries will really dig its unique concept and structure. I have been really loving it, and I hope to see more series like it in the future.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** What I need is the fifth book in the Alabama Summer series by J. Danie**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** What I need is the fifth book in the Alabama Summer series by J. Daniels. Each of the books in this series can be read as complete standalones. But they do feature couples from a group of core friends, so you might prefer to read them in order. I did not read them in order. In fact, this is the first book I have read in the series and I really enjoyed it. Perhaps not as much as the other J. Daniels books I have read, which were both 5 star reads, but I did enjoy this one a lot.
What I need is Riley and CJ's story. I really liked both Riley and CJ. CJ is a little intense right off the bat, but trust me you will warm up to him if you don't love him right off the bat. For fans of the other books in the series, What I need starts out with Reed's wedding. CJ is Reed's friend and Riley is Reed's sister. I loved the friend' tv show set up of this story. (We were on a break!!) At first I thought it felt a little insta love-y. I didn't fully believe why CJ was so invested after just one day with Riley. But once Riley went back home, the whiole story felt a lot more realistic and I found myself enjoying it a lot more.
And then Riley moved in with CJ and I started loving the story! It turned into some of my favorite tropes, and it is just such a fun read. CJ is a whirlwind and Riley is so sweet. Ot is hard not to love them. Plus, I really liked Cj's name. I don't really know why he wouldn't like it. I agree with Riley. It is badass.
Bottom line: I think fans of the Alabama Summer series will love this continuation. Tons of people are hopping on the Tully (CJ Tully) train, and while I was a somewhat reluctant rider at first .I ended up loving it and him. It started out a little rushed for my tastes, but once I fell more into the story, I found myself liking it more and more. This can be read as a total standalone, but if you are new to the series, i would consider starting with book one and getting to know each of the characters. Overall, this was a good read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Cad and the Co-Ed is the third book in the Rugby series by Penny R**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Cad and the Co-Ed is the third book in the Rugby series by Penny Reid and LH Cosway. I am just going to say it...The rugby series is my favorite sports romance series of all time! Which should come as no surprise to any of you because I think by now you know I have a not so mild obsession with everything Penny Reid (and now LH Cosway) writes. Each of the books in the rugby series can be read as standalones and they each follow a a different character, but trust me when I tell you this, you are going to want to read all of the books in this series. So you might as well read them in order. They are all so stupendously wonderful, and they each follow a different member of the rugby team. Please don't make me pick my favorite because I might have a melt down (but if you twist my arm...it's Sean. I just love him. And even more so after this book.)
The Cad and the Co-Ed is Bryan and Eilish's story. Eilish is Sean's cousin, who is like a sister to him. So we get to see ton's of Sean in this story, which made my Sean loving heart very happy. Bryan was a super interesting character. Because when the story starts out, he most certainly is a cad. He was a total jerk, and I was more than a little intrigued to see how he was going to recover from it. Because I did not like my first meeting with him. But fear not, other than that one scene...Bryan is a total reformed Cad. He is such a sweetheart now. I loved that he was a 'boring old man'. (that is so much more my speed. haha) Watching him and Eilish interact was great. Let me set the scene for you Eilish and Sean hook up in the middle of his Cad days. Eilish becomes later involved with the team and Bryan doesn't remember her at all but he certainly wants to court her. Through in a big ole secret, some excellent writing and Penny Reid and LH Cosway grade A humor and you have a great time on your hands.
I also want to share a little secret with you. (please don't hate me.) Books with kids in them are not my thing...at all. So when I saw that Eilish had a child in in the summary I just glossed right over it because all my eyes could see was 'book 3 in the rugby series. BOOOK 3!!!! More Penny Reid. Must have right now!' etc. (those are direct quotes, btw.) I didn't even realize there would be a little boy in this story, but darn it all. Penny Reid and LH Cosway made me like the fact that there was a mini human in this book. Darn them! My point is, even if you are not a kids person, you should still read this book because it is so amazing.
I really don't want to spoil any of the story line for you, but know this. The characters are engaging, and very multidimensional, the romance is some of the best there ever was, the writing is witty and so much fun and the story is so good you will not be able to put it down. Penny Reid has written some of my very favorite romance series. Of all time people. She is one of my favorite authors Of.ALL.TIME! If you are not reading her books, you are doing yourself a disservice. Show yourself some love and read the Rugby series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Remembrance is the first book in the new adult paranormal romance Hear**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Remembrance is the first book in the new adult paranormal romance Heart Lines series by Heather Hildenbrand. The Heart Lines series is a spin-off of Heather's Dirty Blood series and while it’s more fun to come in already knowing a bit about these characters, you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can just jump in here! I loved heather's Dirty Blood series. It is hands down my very favorite werewolves series. I think it is the best one out there! So when I heard she was going to come out with a new spin off, I was excited. And then I heard that the series was going to be about my very favorite character from the Dirty Blood series...Alex! I heart the heck out of Alex. I actually shipped him really hard throughout the Dirty Blood series.
Remembrance is Alex and Sam's story, or the start to it, and I loved every single second of it. Seriously, I could not turn the pages fast enough. Even though you can read this series as a standalone, I think I would recommend reading the Dirty Blood series first, because the books are all set in the same world, and there is character overlap. Plus, the Dirty Blood series is excellent and you get to see more of Alex! Which is always a plus in my book. (and you do get to see Tara and Wes in Remembrance, which was a lot of fun.)
Sam can't remember what happened in her past to make her the way she is today. And Alex needs her to remember. I don't want to spoil anything from the plot, but Sam and Alex are both trying to solve something and they need to help each other in order to get what they want. Sam wants to remember and Alex wants a cure. Seeing the two of their paths cross was really interesting and I know it is going to be the start of a great journey. I loved that this book was firmly within the new adult age range. Towards the end of the Dirty Blood series, I could tell we were heading in that direction, and I liked that this series started out as new adult. And after reading Remembrance, I love Alex even more than I did before. He is just so excellent.
And because I love Alex so much, I was really hoping for someone worthy of him. Samantha had some big boots to fill in my opinion. But I am so happy to report that I loved her! And I loved the interaction between the two of them. Even if they didn't always know what to make of one another. I need more ASAP! Especially after Heather killed me with her cliffhanger. But fear not, she is releasing books 2 and 3 very rapidly so you can pretty much binge on this series. Book 2 is coming out this month and book 3 is coming out in April. Heather Hildenbrand has another hit on her hands with the Heart Lines series. Remembrance is a favorite of mine! I loved this book so much and I can't wait to see more Alex! Fans of the Dirty Blood series must read the Heart Lines series. And if you are new to this world, you must read both series!
The Wright Brother is the first book in the new adult/adult contempora**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Wright Brother is the first book in the new adult/adult contemporary romance series, called The Wright series by K.A. Linde. I read another one of her books, Avoiding Commitment, back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it so I was excited to start a different series from her. It follows my favorite kind of series format for contemporary romances. Each book is set in the same world, but follows a different couple. I love this because it is kind of a standalone, kind of a series. You can pick and choose which books you want to read and if you really don't like one of the characters you can skip their series. I can already tell that this is a series, where I will not be skipping any of the books. I am already kind of obsessed with each of the Wright brothers, and if they are all half as awesome as Jensen, I am in for a big treat with every story.
The Wright Brother is the Jensen and Emery's story. Jensen has stepped up to take over the family business from his father and Emery is back in town trying to figure things out after her graduate degree. I really related to Emery (not with everything that happened in her past, but just her in general.) Emery is kind of dreading going back to her hometown, and the worst possible thing happens to her (well maybe not the worst, but it has to be up there in terms of humiliation.) she runs into her ex, who totally devastated her in high school, and he doesn't even remember her! I would die if I were in her shoes. But insert his older brother Jensen and the story really takes off from there.
I loved Emery and Jensen. So freakin' much. They gave me all the feels. Seriously. It was like they set off a swarm of butterflies flying around my whole body with some of their scenes. They were so much fun for me to read about. I can't wait to see them pop in and out of future books. If you like highly charged romances with awesome characters that will give you all the feels, the Wright series is going to be a great one for you to try! I can't wait to meet the next Wright brother!
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in the adult paran**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in the adult paranormal romance series, called the Embraced, by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is the first time I have read a book by Kerrelyn Sparks, and I have to say I really, really enjoyed it! Actually it was a bit of a surprise for me, because How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days started out pretty rocky for me. I wasn't feeling the characters and the premise seemed strange, but all of that changed once the main character, Luciana left the island and got to her father's land. From there, I was totally swept up in the story. More and more with each flip of the page. I fell in love with Luciana and Leo, and I really loved their story.
Ana and Leo are not allowed to touch each other. Leo is known as the beast because he can harness the power of lightning and kills with a single touch. I thought his ability was super unique. In this world, anyone that has a special ability is called embraced, and most of the time they are shunned because of it. Ana and Leo are both Embraced. Ana can speak to the dead. I loved getting to watch her "spies" in action. I thought it was super cute when she would tell Leo her spies were better than his. I liked that there is a great variety of abilities in the world that Kerrelyn Sparks has created. I didn't see anyone was a similar ability other than Ana and her sister. (and they are twins, so that is understandable) I really enjoyed getting to know the various characters and the world and I really loved Ana and Leo's romance.
I can't wait to see where this series is going to be going. There is a whole cast of secondary characters, so plenty of people to fill the pages of the next embraced novel. I had a very fond spot in my heart for Brody, and I can't wait to see his story. I will scratch his ears and give him a good belly rub any time! He is just too cute. Not to mention Ana's sister's from the island. They would make for interesting stories as well. I am interesting in learning more about why the King is the way he is. And I can't wait to delve into the politics of the warring nations a little more. I hope we get to see some more of that in the next book. Overall, this book surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. It was great!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Off the Ice is the first book in the young adult Junier Falls series b**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Off the Ice is the first book in the young adult Junier Falls series by Julie Cross. I have read a bunch of Julie's books, and I love how diverse of an author she is. She can write all genres and moods of stories. I really enjoyed Off the Ice and I can't wait to continue on in the series. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting. This is not a super light and fluffy young adult contemporary. This story has some grit to it.
Off The Ice is the story of Claire and Tate. I liked both Claire and Tate but it took me some time to warm up to them. I didn't instantly fall in love with them. In fact, the whole story takes some time to warm up. Off the Ice has a slower, more deliberate pace than some of Julie's other stories. I could even see this story appealing to both young adult and new adult fans. It is upper young adult in my opinion, and the characters bridge the gap between high school and starting college age. Claire and Tate each have their own issues and demons they are dealing with, and it takes them awhile to really get to know each other in a meaningful way. I liked that we were on their meandering journey right along with them. And when they did start to open up to one another, it was great!
Off the Ice was a good read. One I really enjoyed, and I the world of Juniper Falls is one I will enjoy traveling back to. I love Hockey romances, but a lot of this story does take place off the ice. (get it?) There are a lot of other issues falling on Tate and Claire's shoulders, so there is a lot explored within these pages. At times, it felt like the story was trying to do too much and touch on too many things at once. It was a bit overwhelming at some points, but overall it was a very good read. Off the Ice is going to be great for fans of sports romances that like a healthy dose of drama and real world issues thrown in.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** NA Review My Thoughts Beauty of the Beast is the first book in the new a**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** NA Review My Thoughts Beauty of the Beast is the first book in the new adult Fairy Tale retellings series by Rachel Demeter. I loved Beauty of the Beast. Totally and completely loved this book. I have been really into retellings lately, and this is a great one. The blurb claims it is "Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera" and I can totally see that! This is a dark and gothic retelling, so it is not going to be light and fluffy, but it is so heartbreakingly romantic. I just loved seeing Isabelle and Adam.
Isabelle is taking care of her sick father and Adam is a Prince and also the sole survivor of a raid on his castle when he was younger. He now lives in seculsion and when Isabelle and her father happen upon his castle she trades herself to save her father and that is really where our story starts. This story made me super emotional. Both happy and sad emotions. There are two events that took place that really gutted me. (view spoiler)[When Isabelle's father dies at the start of the story! At the start! and when the dog stranger was shot. I'm sorry, but there is never any reason to kill a dog! It is a testament to how much I loved the rest of the story if I still gave it five stars when a dog died. That is normally the kiss of death for me. #isthatweird (hide spoiler)] But still, I loved the writing and the characters and the rest of the story so much that I still gave this book five stars! Which is really big for me if you know what one of the things was. That is normally a huge no-no for me in books/tv shows/movies. But Beauty of the Beast was good enough that I made an exception in this case.
I'm not sure who was more wounded and who I felt for more in the story. Adam and Isabelle really are kindred souls. Adam with his obvious hardship and past and Isabelle with her awful fiance and dealing with family issues. Watching them come together and form a slow friendship and even slower romance was so sweet and satisfying.
I really loved the slow burn romance in Beauty of the Beast. If you like retellings that take the bones of the tale and tell a really strong story with the basic plot, you will love Beauty of the Beast. Rachel doesn't do anything too radical with the storyline and it feels pretty true to the original but she does do a really cool mash up beauty and the beast and the phantom of the opera. The end result is a great slow burn romance with a tortured hero and a really likable heroine. I devoured this story in one sitting! This is a fantastic retelling. I can't wait to read more from Rachel. This is a book you do not want to miss, and it is one sale right now for preorders!
Chain Reaction is the third book in the adult romantic suspense, Body**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Chain Reaction is the third book in the adult romantic suspense, Bodyguard series by Tara Wyatt. I have not read either of the first two books in the series, however; I have a thing for bodyguard stories, so when I saw Chain Reaction float into my email, I couldn't pass it up. The books can be read as standalones, and I had no problem picking up with this installment. The plot sounds yummy, and it totally was! I really enjoyed this steamy bodyguard tale. There is lots of bickering, plenty of action and a sexy romance. Yes, please.
Chain Reaction is Alexa and Zack's story. This book has so many things going for it. First, a bodyguard. Second, an undercover bodyguard and third a fake turned real romance. Bodyguards and fake romances, I am all over this book. It was such a fun read. However; with as many fun and sexy elements as this book had, the actual plotline of the story was also pretty creepy. The suspense part of the story certainly kept me on the edge of my seat and more than a little creeped out. Tara Wyatt hit the atmospheric writing out of the ball park. This is the first book I have has the pleasure of reading by her and I was super impressed. The suspense and the romance were on pretty equal footing, which is tough to do. And even tougher to do so well.
Bottom line: If you like romantic suspense read, the Bodyguard series is going to be a great one for you. whether you start with Chain Reaction, or start with book 1, you can't go wrong. I fyou like your romances to be on equal footing with the suspense plotline, you will love Tara's writing. Plus, who can say no to a hot bodyguard?
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**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Hometown Cowboy is the first book in the adult contemporary romance Ro**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Hometown Cowboy is the first book in the adult contemporary romance Rocky Mountain Riders series by Sara Richardson. This is the first book I have read by Sara, but it won't be my last because I really enjoyed this cute read. It was a quick and satisfying, (mostly) fluffy read. Fans of small town romances will enjoy Hometown Cowboy, and the cast of characters will leave you excited to journey back to this town for future couple's stories.
Hometown Cowboy is Jessa and Lance's tale. Lance starts out as a cocky son of a gun, and Jessa is sweet as pie. I was a little worried that he was going to be too much of a jerk for sweet little Jessa Mae, but surprisingly he won me over. They worked well together. The book follows a bit of a predictable plotline, but it turned out just the way I wanted it to. My favorite part of all was the chemistry between Jessa and Lance. They have chemistry and URST in spades.
The cast of secondary characters was great as well. They will lend themselves nicely to future books and pairs. I can't wait to come back to the Rocky Mountain Riders series to see what happens with the rest of the crew. The only thing that was lacking for me, was a bit of the romance towards the end. Before I knew it, I was at the epilogue, and while I loved it, I wanted to see more of how they got there. I wanted to see a little bit more of the journey for Jessa and Lance. But overall, this was a good read. I will be continuing on in this series for sure.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Wearila**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go.
Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice's granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I loved that we got to see kind of familiar characters, but at the same time they were totally new. They are wonderland's inhabitants descendants. This whole set up was a really cool concept.
I love anything that has to do with Wonderland, and weariland was no exception. This was a really cool, twisted book. There is no romance, which I was a little bummed about, but the story was twisty and turny enough to keep my interest. Bottom line: If you love wonderland retellings that have a cool take on wonderland, Weariland is the book for you. You will love this creepy setup.
Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary roma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called North Pole Minnesota by Julie Hammerle. I have Julie's other book, the Sound of Us sitting on my TBR pile, but after having read Any Boy But You, I need to bump it up the pile. Because Any Boy But You was super cute. I loved the concept behind it.
Elena and Oliver start texting anonymously through a popular app game, but little do they know they are from rival sporting goods families. I cracked up when I saw the concept behind the story. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but for the texting and app generation. It was super cute. I totally dug the fun and flirty writing style, and I adored the characters. The book is set up in my favorite narration style as well...dual narrative with both Elena and Oliver's points of view.
The writing in Any Boy But You is great. It is quipy, with plenty of pop culture references and it just makes you happy. This is a feel good read if there ever was one. It put a smile on my face. It is a bit predictable, but in the way I wanted it to be. I easily finished Any By But you in one sitting, and I was grinning from ear to ear by the time I was done.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a light read full of great characters, fluffy fun and a good ole family rivalry, Any Boy but you by Julie Hammerle is the book for you. This is a quick, feel good read that is super fun. I can't wait to travel back to the land of North Pole, Minnesota for the next book in this fun series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Se**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Series, which is a spinoff of her Marked Men Series. Riveted is a new adult contemporary romance. I have not read any of the books in either of these series, and even though each of the books can be read as standalones, i really regret not having read books 1 and 2 in the Saints of Denver Series. Because I already love these characters and I want to know their stories! Riveted had me completely riveted from the very first page. (Sorry, I couldn't resist) This book is seriously so good y'all!
Riveted is the story of Dixie Carmichael and Dash ‘Church’ Churchill. I loved the stark differences between Dixie and Church. Dixie is this eternal optimist. A total hopeless romantic that believes in the perfect fairy tale love story. I loved Dixie. You can't help but want her to get her happy ending. And Church is jaded. Very jaded. How can he not be from his past. For completely different reasons, you want Church to get his happy ending too. And the two of them together was all at once sweet, explosive and sexy. And totally addictive. I could not get enough of these two characters.
And not only them, but the whole crew of characters. I need the other books in this series, in the marked men series, and heck, from every other book Jay Crownover has ever written. I have been bitten by the jay bug and I have been bitten hard. Her words are powerful and addictive and I hung on every single sentence. And I don't say that lightly. She can write a seriously good book. The kind of good book, you know is not just a fluke. No she is the kind of writer that you just know, everything she writes will be gold. I need more. Now. More Dixie and Church. More Wheeler and Poppy, which I think is going to be the next book in the series. (maybe?) And just more Jay's books in general.
Bottom line: If you crave really emotional and powerful new adult contemporary romances, with broken characters and delicious chemistry, Riveted is the book for you. Jay Crownover's writing felt really powerful to me. This is a book that will stay with me long after I finished reading it. I loved Riveted.
Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance, Royal Scandal series by author Parker Swift. I really enjoyed Royal Affair. It is the perfect valentines day read, or really a read for any day of the year. It has lots of romance, sexy times, witty banter and great characters. I can't wait for the next book in the Royal Scandal series, because this one sure did brighten my day.
At first, I has no idea what to make of Lydia and Dylan. I loved both of them, but they also each annoyed me in different ways. Lydia is a pretty independent person, and I really admired that about her. It takes guts to pack up and move to another country for an internship, especially one in the highly critical fashion world. But at the same time, she was the type of independent that views accepting help or nice things from other people as a weakness. Which I don't agree with, and it got to the point of annoying when she was constantly shutting down Dylan's courteous gestures. But Dylan on the other hand was more than a little overbearing. Each one of them took their personalities to the extreme. But oddly enough, they worked well together. I enjoyed reading about the two them...a lot.
While I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey, I have seen some people comparing the two books, and I can totally see that. Dylan is a dominating force in the story. If that is your kind of thing, you will absolutely love this book. It was just a bit too much in terms of their heightened personalities that prevented me from giving this book 5 stars and falling madly in love with it. But don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story and I will definitely be continuing on in the series. Fans of dominant guys will really love Dylan. He is certainly swoonworthy and the romance did have it's sweet moments, which I loved. I also really liked the whole "royal" aspect to the story. It added another layer both to the plot and to the complexity of Dylan's character.
Bottom line: Royal Affair is a really great start to what looks to be a great romance series. if you are a fan of books featuring a hot romance, hot royals, and a dominant alpha male, the Royal Scandal series will be one you love. I can't wait for the next book.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Black Dawn is the first book in a new adult fantasy series by Mallory**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Black Dawn is the first book in a new adult fantasy series by Mallory McCartney. I have classified this book as new adult because the character are in their 20s, but the content is very clean so I can very easily see this also appealing to younger readers and lovers of young adult fantasies. Black Dawn is a really cool story, and is the set up for what looks like it is going to be an awesome series. I really enjoyed book one, but because there was a lot of world building and background setting, I did have some bumps along the road. However, Black Dawn is a story that just kept getting better and better as it went along. And I think I am going to love book two even more than I did book one. Can I please have book two now Mallory??
Black Dawn starts off in multiple perspectives, rapid fire three different people in the first three chapters and throughout the book we get to see even more perspectives, with random chapters thrown in from Nyx and Adair. Because we started out with three chapters from three different characters perspectives, I was a bit jumbled at the beginning of the book. However, after the very quick start the book falls into a pattern of multiple chapters from the main woman's point of view. I liked this more because I was able to better get to know Emory. I really liked Emory, but I felt awful for her, to be dumped in this world that is in turmoil, with her memories all mixed up must have been really hard. But she didn't waste any time jumping in.
The world in Black Dawn was really interesting. The crazy, and very violent King, Adair was a great villain character. And I loved how multifaceted the group of main characters were. There are lots of shades of grey with each of them, and I loved that most of all. Throughout the story, especially toweards the end, I found myself wishing the book would slow down from its very rapid pace because I wanted more of the story. I wish this book was about 100 pages longer because I didn't want it to end. I really am hoping that the second book is closer to 300 pages, rather than the 180 this one was. There is so much more that I want to see in this world.
Bottom line: Black Dawn is great for young adult and new adult fantasy fans alike. I loved the magic, the world and the characters. If you are looking for a qick, fast paced fantasy read, Black Dawn is the book for you. I really enjoyed it.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name is a young adult**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name is a young adult fantasy re-imagining of the story of Rumplestilskin by Bonnie M. Hennessy. Twisted is Bonnie's debut novel and I have to say I loved it! I found it to be a delightful, and dark twisty tale of not only Rumplestilskin, but also of the young lady, Aoife.
This part of the summary is what initially got me interested in the story was, "This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out." And let me tell you, Aoife was a fierce heroine. I really liked her. I do have to say, I initially thought that Rumplestilskin was going to be the love interest, and as I was reading, I even wanted him to be the love interest. But no, Rumplestilskin is not. There is a romance in Twisted, and it was pretty twisted, just like the rest of the story. And I found the romance to be quite good.
What I loved most about this book was that it turned everything I thought I knew about Rumplestilskin on its' head. This really was more of a re-imagining of his story, rather than a crafty re-telling. It was also pretty dark, so it is not a light and fluffy read. in fact, parts of this story made me downright sad. But I loved how dark and twisted it was. It was so unlike anything else I have been reading lately, and that in and of itself is pretty cool. Aoife goes through a lot in this book. At times you really feel the weight of everything she is dealing with and you feel awful for her, and at times you want to punch her, but overall I really enjoyed her character.
Bottom line: If you are a lover of dark stories that might not always get a happy ending. (view spoiler)[strong emphasis on might. I think this one is up for debate. I have seen people mark it both ways. (hide spoiler)] Or if you are a lover of retellings and reimaginings, Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name is a great book for you to pick up. It is really twisted, as the name suggests and I think it will pleasantly surprise you in more ways than you think. I was super impressed with Bonnie's writing. I found this book to be well paced, and well thought out and really great. I can't wait to read more by this author. She is one to keep an eye on.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Ruthless is the second book in the playboys in love series by Gina Max**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Ruthless is the second book in the playboys in love series by Gina Maxwell. The playboys in love series is an adult contemporary romance and each of the books can be read as standalones. I have not read any books by Gina but I had no problem following along in this one. I will say this, this book is very adult. Even more so than I was expecting. So know that when you go into it. I have read books on many of the various Entangled lines, but I have never read any from their "scorched" line. Now, I can say this book is as advertised...scorching hot. I ended up liking the story, but I didn't fall head over heels in love with it. It was a good read though.
The plotline of Ruthless was pretty unbelievable for me, but you just have to go with it and not think about it too much. The main character, Roman, is a very successful attorney and also a male stripper. Those two things do not compute in my head but maybe that is just me. But Roman does have some golden rules he lives by and one of them is to not mess around with friends of his friends. He has no problem sticking to this rule until....you guessed it, he meets the female main character of Ruthless. Addison and Roman are explosive together. That is for sure. Some things happened that I wasn't really expecting and I didn't really love, but they can be right up another person's alley. But throughout the writing was consistently good.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of super hot romances, Ruthless and the playboys in love series will be a great one for you to check out. The writing is excellent and the romance is scorching. Overall the book was good, but didn't blow me away. It was a decent read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Gold Rush is a standalone young adult ice skating romance set in the s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Gold Rush is a standalone young adult ice skating romance set in the same world as Jennifer's Edge series and Ice series. I have read, and the loved the entire Ice series, which is Josh and Courtney's story. I still have not read the edge series, which is the story of Liza's dad, but I am so going to. I loved the Ice series to pieces, and Gold Rush gave me all the same great feels. I love the feel good romance that Jennifer Comeaux is so excellent at delivering. This was a great book for new and old fans of Jennifer's work.
Gold Rush is Liza's story, a two time world champion ice skater. Liza has been so focused on skating her whole life that she has missed out on all the boy, and dating, aspects of growing up. In fact, she has never even been on a date at 19, much less anything else with a guy. And then along comes Braden. I loved Liza and Braden from the very first moment I saw them together at the slushie stand. Their story is a real feel good romance. Sure, there are roadblocks and hurdles, and lots of skating. (and falls) but in the end it is so satisfying. That is what I love most about Jennifer's stories. They are all so satisfying.
Gold Rush is so many things wrapped up in one book. It is an awesome ice skating story. liza seriously kicks butt on ice. It is also a great friendship as well as a romance. I loved Braden. Him and Liza clearly like each other but Liza gets cold feet pretty early on. She is a people pleaser like I am, so I totally understood how her parents pressure and expectations caused her to put the brakes on. But Braden takes it all in stride, and it made me love him even more. The result makes Gold Rush an awesome instant chemistry but slow burn friendship to romance. My favorite kind.
Bottom line: If you have read one of Jennifer's ice skating romances before, you will love rejoining this world to get to know a new couple. Gold Rush is an awesome addition to her other equally awesome books. And if you are new to Jennifer's stories, you need to read Gold Rush! It is a feel good ice skating romance, with great character, plenty of tense, and cute moments, awesome skating and a really satisfying story. I love all of Jennifer's books. Gold Rush was an excellent read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Frost is the first book in the young adult paranormal series, Midnight**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Frost is the first book in the young adult paranormal series, Midnight Ice series by author Kaitlyn Davis. The Midnight Ice series is a spin off series from her very popular, Midnight Fire series. I never read Midnight fire, but it has gotten tons and tons of rave reviews over the past few years. The series can each be read separately, but the books in each of the series do need to be read in order. They are all set in the same world and they do have some character crossover.
Frost is a story about Pandora, who is a titan turned vampire. But not a titan like you are probably thinking. What intrigued me most about Frost was how mysterious the whole set up of the story was. It has been ages since I have read a vampire story, but this one felt different right from the start. There are all sorts of protectors- people who protect humans from vampires. But they are not the tradiaonal hunters. There are conduits and trackers, and it was all very unique. It took me some time to be able to sort everything out. I'm not sure if more of the backstory is described in the other series or not, but there were a lot of new characters and types of creatures in this book that I had to make sense of. For instance, I wasn't quite sure what the titans were. I know they were also a form of protector, but they were different somehow too. It was all really cool. Mysterious but cool.
And then there was the romance. Jax is Pandora's old love interest, but like everyone else in her past she is deeply hurt and betrayed by them. Another big mystery of the story. I was dying to know what caused Pandora to run away and become a vampire in the first place. Not to mention she is pretty cool, herself. She can become in visible and she is a bada** vampire thief. Heck yea! I don't want to give away too much more of the story because part of the fun of this book was unpacking the mysteries. I still have plenty of questions that need to be answered in the next book, but let's suffice it to say I am intrigued. Frost started out a bit confusing, but stick with it because it gets a lot better once the story gains momentum. Frost was a good start to what looks to be an interesting series.