The Chocolate Garden is the second book in The Dare River Series. The first is Country Heaven if you want to read about Rye and Tory before picking this up. I didn’t and I had no problem reading this. It did however make sure that I put it on my TBR list. This book is my first by Ava Miles and has definitely made me a fan of hers.
Tammy has finally left her husband after enduring years of abuse from her husband, both physical and verbal. Her brother Rye has taken her and her two precious children under his wing ( I wish mine were so well behaved!). Her husband is such a douche bag, Rye pays him a million dollars and he agrees to a divorce without a hitch, not even wanting custody of his kids. Which is a good thing, because like I said, he’s a douche bag. Being at Rye’s is opening up a whole new way of life for her. She’s finding her feet as a single woman and single mom. Doing things for herself and not relying on a man to take care of her like she was raised to do. It’s also allowing her to open up to who she is and not the suppress her feelings. She has an impressive talent in gardening and is opening her own business to support herself and her children. Her main goal in life is to stand on her own two feet, take care of her children on her own, and be the mother they can look up to.
John Parker is one of Rye’s closest friends. He’s a song writer for Rye and many other country singers. From the moment he met Tammy, he’s been hers. Deciding to take it slow and give Tammy time to heal from her horrible marriage he has just stood by and been a shoulder to lean of for her for the past year. He was raised by a single mother who has become a preacher with three sisters. He’s grown up in a house of women and seems to have a decent understanding of women. He’s a gentle soul, has a way with words, is gorgeous, is a listener, just all around perfect. His main goal is to make Tammy and her children his and he falls completely head over heels with all three. Now it’s just gonna take some planning and patience to get her and the kids where he needs them to be.
Do men like these in this book really exist? Being from the North I have never come across men like this, a bit unbelievable to me. I want one! This book is magical. It leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible. That there is a happy ending out there for everyone. A real feel good novel. Definitely going to be reading more of Ava Miles’s books! (less)
Right when I read shit ton it’s like be still my beating heart! Lauren Layne, you speak my language! Any time there is a snarky or smart ass character, I’m in. And it started right away in Broken. I had many LOL moments while reading this. With Paul’s comments about Olivia’s love for the color pink and Olivia saying she has a lady boner for Paul it made this a most enjoyable read for me.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t sunshine and rainbows shit here. Paul is a hurting unit and knows just how to be a down right bastard. He has the worst verbal diarrhea, I should know, I’ve been told I have it… but in a good way. I pretty much say what I think and what I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Paul, has spent so long keeping everybody away his is just down right, knock down dirty. Not a good dirty either. And some of the shit he pulls on Olivia is down right evil. At times you just want Olivia to smack the snot out of the guy! Lord knows many would throw in the towel and just walk away. Which is just what he wants. He wants to stay in his dark hole. Which Olivia will have none of, you go girl!
Right from the beginning Olivia, doesn’t pussy foot around Paul. She treats him like any other person. Not really giving him the sympathy or poo-pooing he’s so used to by everybody for the past couple of years. She challenges him. She sees something more in him then anybody has since he’s been home. She gives him hope that he could live a normal life and it scares the shit out of him. She puts up with some nasty shit from him and handles it a whole lot differently then I would. Paul would have had me in tears before very long. But she keeps taking it, which at times really pisses me off. But it’s just what Paul needs. Some one to be accepting of who he is, was, and could very well be.
So I say unto thee, go forth and purchase! Enjoy!(less)
Over the years the gods’ powers have waned from the lack of belief in them. The book starts off about six gods in particular. Nike, what the Greeks knew her as, and she is the goddess of victory. Which just happens to be a particular favorite of mine since my name is derived from her name. The name Nicole is the French feminine version of the boy’s name Nicholas. Nicholas, in turn, is the anglicized spelling of the Greek name “Nikolaos” which is derived from “nikē” (victory) and “laos” (people). So Nicole basically translates to ‘people of victory’. Like you cared, I know. LOL
Back to the Gods! They aren’t given the historical names in the book that we would readily know them by so I went on a hunt to match them up, for my own nerdiness. So here is what I came up with. I may be a little off on my interpretations. Dean, Dionysus as the Greeks referred to him, is the god of wine and merry making. Weston, the Celts would have known him as Oghma. The Norse would have had him as a giant god called Mimir, is the god of communication, writing, and poets. I would go with the Mimir since there is mention that Odin is his grandfather. However there is mention of winged sandals too, which would make him the Greek Hermes. Weston was/is hard for me to pigeon hole. Mark, could be the Roman god Mars or the Greeks Ares, is the god of war. I’m going with the Roman Mars, there is mention of a spear in the book. Lola, Romans would have worshipped her as Venus and the Greeks would have called her Aphrodite, is the goddess of love. And last but not least Peitha, known by the Greeks as Peitho, Goddess of Persuasion. And I probably put waaaay to much thought into all of that.
I really don’t know what I expected when I requested Eternal Night from NetGalley, but it has been far exceeded. This was such an exceptional read. Any mention of myths or gods and goddesses it is going to make me take notice. And I’m glad I did with this. The blending of the myths into todays culture makes this an interesting read to say the least. Romances of the gods? Even better. Then there is the battle to save the world. All culminating into one engrossing read. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone with the hankering for a little twist to their mythology. (less)
Love, love, loving this series! Loved Dark Paradise, loved Dark Sacrifice and eagerly awaiting Dark Redemption! Whe...more*As Posted On Skeleton Key Reviews*
Love, love, loving this series! Loved Dark Paradise, loved Dark Sacrifice and eagerly awaiting Dark Redemption! When I requested and was approved for this on NetGalley I did a little butt jig in my chair, hands and arms raised in my one man wave and a loud WOO was heard ringing through our house that day. Of course the spawn came running to the call, but were not as excited as I was when I told them mommy got to read a sah-weet book. Maybe if I had likened it to a new upgrade on Mine Craft they would have gotten it. But, I digress!
We start off with Mala in the fruity bin and Landry in the county jail. Mala and Georgie are a sort of couple and every night Mala visits Landry a la astral projection. Ever since her mother was murdered she has gained more power and abilities. And as soon as she gets sprung from the fruity bin she plans on using Landry to find the men who did it and get her revenge. One night while visiting Landry she witnesses his bunk mate shank him and watches him die. She sees a black mass appear and sucks up Landry’s soul.
While Landry is on the side he feels something crawl inside him and see his sister. She helps him return to the land of the living, but he has brought back a hitchhiking demon. Once him and Mala are out and about together again he discovers he is now capable of seeing spirits too. With his Mother insane, his father on the run, and no one else willing to take him in he goes to live with Mala vowing to protect her. Some one is out there trying to get rid of anybody that was around and witness to Mala’s mother’s death.
The sexual tension between Mala and Landry is as abundant and electric in the first book if not more so. Four words. Chocolate syrup. Candle. Condom. Make that five, WOO!!! I’m tellin’ ya. Get out there and get these books! They are a good time and don’t disappoint. Now I just have to wait until September for Dark Redemption. This is going to be one hell of a long ass month of anticipation. *sigh*
In the eight years since Henrietta and Alexander have seen each other much has happened to both. The one thing that...more*As posted on Skeleton Key Reviews*
In the eight years since Henrietta and Alexander have seen each other much has happened to both. The one thing that hasn’t changed however is how much in love with one another they still are. Henrietta never married after Alexander left for India and married another. She has taken to becoming none other then Alexander’s Aunt’s paid companion. Never in a million years did she think she would encounter him again at his Aunt’s estate. She does just that, only now he’s widowed with two darling girls and some unsavory characters have followed him from India.
Alexander is returning to India hopefully to replenish his family’s depleted inheritance. Sadly the ship that was carrying the cargo of riches smashes to smithereens, leaving his fortune ruined or on the ocean’s floor. Luckily, it was near his Aunt’s lands and his daughters were on another ship that has already docked and they are safe. Once he is up and about he isn’t expecting to see the one woman he has always loved. He is hoping to make amends for jilting her and gaining back his true love.
However, in the time they have been apart she has also become a stronger individual then the one he left behind. And she will not marry him just to make him feel better for throwing her over or as a mother figure for his girls, even if she is rather fond of them. He is gonna have to tell and show her that she is the one he wants and has always loved. You go, girl!
I think the most hilarious character is his curmudgeon of an aunt. She tries to do a little match making between the two and she thoroughly enjoys pushing peoples buttons and is delighted when they push back. Henrietta is nobody’s fool and is the type of heroine you back up and cheer when she holds her own. Poor Alexander, at times you just want to smack him up along side the back of the head with a “dumb ass” for good measure. Guys can be so clueless sometimes! But all in all someone you would love to have cavorting between your sheets.
And have you seen those hot buns on the cover? Who could say no to those? Let me tell you, I got distracted trying to set this review up more then once by those. They would catch my eye and I swear it was a “Squirrel!” moment, several times. All coherent, some what intelligent thought would just totally evaporate and I would just zone out on them. I just did it again! Then I had to go and look at the buns on the cover of the second book in the series What a Lady Demands. I’m hoping the third and final book is even a little more cheeky if you know what I’m sayin’… Anyway, enough of the buns! Read the book! Stare at the cover! Oh, and “Squirrel!!” (less)
Whilst in the wilds of India there is a part where Georgiana and Simon are in the jungle and a mudslide happens and it reminds me of the movie Romanci...moreWhilst in the wilds of India there is a part where Georgiana and Simon are in the jungle and a mudslide happens and it reminds me of the movie Romancing The Stone. I think it's the mud and the chemistry between the two couples. Georgiana and Simon have mad chemistry. The verbal sparring between the two is witty and fun, a good time in and of it's self.
Simon is of course, just delicious. He proves his feelings for Georgiana time and again. In turn that makes me what to kick her in her glorious ass. I can understand where she is coming from. She is afraid that if and when her looks and or body changes she would lose Simon to other women and she would be heart broken. But at the same time they are both heart broken from not being together. Georgiana's brother Nathaniel is a huge douche bag! He is partly the reason that Gerogiana is ruined. He is an ass to her time and again. Afraid she will tarnish his good name and career in the army. At times I was almost waiting for him to hatch a plot to try and kill her off or something.
I would definitely suggest this book for romance fans. There is never a dull moment, always something happening. Getting kidnapped by natives, a douchey brother, England's ton, India's delightful market place. It all keeps you transfixed. I was so in to it I read it in a day! Which included walking around with my nose on the kindle and almost taking a digger down the basement stairs to do laundry. Do Not Read and attempt stairs! Do on the other hand read this....and stay stationary. Trust me, it really is for your own good.(less)
Paisley has just gotten out of a college marriage. She supported her med school husband and put her life on hold. Then finds him a couple of years later in her bed with some one else. Now she has to reenter dating society and learn to date all over again. She is determined to stand on her own two feet and not be a doormat again.
Hank is her sister’s hot Navy brother. She has always counted on him and has always been attracted to him. Little does she know that Hank has also had feelings for her since they were younger. Hank admired her spunk and spirit when she was younger and that is what attracted him to her. He return home in the hopes that now that they are both single that there may be a chance for them.
OMG, I love the main character, Paisley. She is downright hilarious. Some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth is stuff I would say on a daily. And Hank, the guy every woman would be ecstatic to snag. He’s sweet, funny, sensitive and playful. I understood where Paisley was coming from after her failed marriage, but come on! Here is the perfect guy, that has always been around and she’s had feelings for. At times I wanted to put my foot up her ass and I think her friends did too.
The playfulness and banter between Paisley and Hank, the shenanigans and close relationships with her friends make this an enjoyable read. Her Irish grandma and mother getting drunk and having hang overs is just down right hilarious. I laughed and I cried. That signals a good book for me. Definitely would say spend your hard earned dollars on this one! (less)
Apparently humans aren't supposed to be special enough to have psi. However it would appear that Dani is. Ian, at the request of one of his employees...moreApparently humans aren't supposed to be special enough to have psi. However it would appear that Dani is. Ian, at the request of one of his employees that is friends with Dani, goes to give her a healing touch after she is bruised at one of her matches. However when he goes to heal her he finds much more. Dani's psi. And Dani experiences a pleasure like she never has before.
Fleeing from the Torogs in Jamaica Dani and her friend Jared end up in Italy. One night Ian gives into his yearning for Dani and they have mad monkey love but he holds back on his psi so that he doesn't further the bonding process he has started. The Torogs show up again and Dani and Ian flee to his home planet. When reaching their destination Ian arrives on the brink of death and Dani is also damaged. Sensing Ian she goes to him and heals him with her psi. When Ian wakes up he is a complete dink to her, hoping to keep her away so he doesn't complete the bond.
I love the Cavacent's family secret towards the end of the book. Boom take that! The action starts out pretty fast in this and just keeps going. Never really a dull moment. From Jamaica to Italy to another planet, non stop. You won't want to put this down, something is always cropping up to keep you riveted waiting to see how it's going to culminate in the end. If you are looking for some Sci Fi with your romance, you definitely need to pick this up! (less)
It has been going on since her Grandmother was a girl, children disappearing around Roseroot Pool. Jess's Grandmother claimed to have seen her cousin Euan taken at that same pool when they were children. He was taken by a black horse into the pool and underwater. Never to be seen again.
Jess and her best friend Freya go out to pick mushrooms and brambles by Roseroot Pool one afternoon. They come upon a horse whose mane was snarled on the bramble thorns. Freya moves to help untangle the horse and she finds herself suddenly seated on top of the horse. The horse walks out to the middle of the pool and plunges under the water. Jess rushes into the pool and dives umpteen times but finds no trace of Freya.
After a couple of days of searching and not finding Freya, Jess's grandmother tells her of her cousin and the tales of kelpies. The grandmother tells her of a rhyme she was told by an old woman wanting Jess to enlist Freya's father to catch the kelpie and have it return Freya back to them. The father doesn't believe Jess and she is left to be the one to catch the kelpie and have it return Freya to their world.
Finn is the Kelpie that steals Freya. He has been watching Jess for years and has fallen in love with her from afar. Once they come face to face there is an immediate attraction between the two of them. But Jess also has feelings for Freya's cousin Magnus.
That's right folks, tale as old as time. The love triangle! I know many people hate the love triangle. I don't mind them. Usually I'm fine with whom ends up with who. The kelpies as horses was something new to me. Last book I read with kelpies they were seals.
I did enjoy the story and there is plenty to keep you interested and reading. The characters were well written on a whole and I think my favorite was Freya. She tends to be on the bossy side and I find her amusing. On a whole I would give this a 3 rating. Not to be nit-picky, I know this wasn't a finished copy, but the lack of punctuation was irritating and the constant letters missing from words making me go back to re-read the sentence for it to make complete sense to me had me wanting to pull my hair out by the end. So high five on the plot, thumbs down to making me read even slower then I already do.(less)
When I requested this from NetGalley I didn't know The Cottage on the Corner was the second in the series. It just sounded interesting so I asked for...moreWhen I requested this from NetGalley I didn't know The Cottage on the Corner was the second in the series. It just sounded interesting so I asked for it. I am happy to say that even though I didn't get the time to get to the first one you can still read this one and not feel lost. You know, you read something and figure out about half way through they are talking about something that happened in previous books of the series and you are screwed. Because now you have no freaking clue what is going on and have no chance in hell of finishing with a happy glow. This isn't like that at all. If you missed out on The House on Main Street, never fear little fella, it will be ok. Go ahead and enjoy it.
When Charlotte first moved into town Max asked her to dinner and she shot him down. He never asked again, but still liked flirting with her. Neither one is looking for relationship, long term or otherwise. But all of that is about to change with one little girl named Zuzu. Max's ex shows up one night telling Max that he is a father and he needs to watch his daughter so his ex can go to a job interview in Vegas. Max turns to Charlotte for help, he needs her to watch Zuzu while he covers his shift. In no time at all both Charlotte, Max and the townsfolk find them falling under Zuzu's spell. Max and Charlotte are also getting to know each other better and are finding that they are extremely attracted to one another. Charlotte is sweet and has a hard time with the word no. She may be sweet but she's also tough. The thought of anything between her and Max scares the crap out of her. Max is a deputy. Even though he's a bit of the town whore, he's still a good guy. You'll find yourself rooting for Max and Charlotte to hook up and for Max to keep Zuzu.
Apple Valley sounds like a place you would want to live. The townsfolk sound interesting and you actually look forward to hearing more about them. I can't wait to see who's next and what their story will be. The story flows well from beginning to end and never hits a lull. A truly heart warming tale and leaves you with a smile on your face when you finish. (less)
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Grace and Jake supposedly win a trip to Barcelona. What she doesn't know is that it's all apart of a...moreReview posted originally on SkeletonKeyReviews.com
Grace and Jake supposedly win a trip to Barcelona. What she doesn't know is that it's all apart of a plan that was set in motion by an old foster sister, Carrie Ann. It's been almost fifteen years since the girls have seen each other. Once they were best friends, Sisters By Choice. But that all changes with a death.
When Grace arrives she keeps finding little things that bring back memories of Carrie Ann. At one time in they made a pledge to go to Europe for the girls' thirtieth birthday. That birthday is just days away. Grace finds a matchbook, a book that was her favorite when she was younger. The final one is an invite to a party. There she comes face to face with Carrie Ann. Carrie Ann and Grace try to reconnect. But Grace is having a hard time believing what Carrie Ann is telling her and doesn't trust her.
Carrie Ann tells her that she has married a boy Stan, she befriended when she was living with Grace's family. Grace never liked Stan. He always gave her the creeps and he had an obvious crush on her. Now Carrie Ann is running from him, afraid that he's going to kill her and wants Grace's help. However, Stan is changing the plans of Carrie Ann's little game and it just may lead to all of their lives being in jeopardy for real.
This was a really good read. The plot twists and turns and you keep reading trying to figure out what's real and what's all part of the game being to played. I loved all of the characters and Stan in all his creepy ass lunacy was my fave. Sometimes the bad guy is the most interesting character. At turns you feel bad for Grace and Carrie Ann. Even poor Jake, just getting pulled into the whole mess of Grace, Carrie Ann and Stan's dysfunctional triangle. I would definitely tell my friends to read this. (less)
I'm gonna say right up front, I don't think this was a novel for me. Some may enjoy it, but these characters seriously make me wanna go in swinging.
Jo...moreI'm gonna say right up front, I don't think this was a novel for me. Some may enjoy it, but these characters seriously make me wanna go in swinging.
Jonathan and Rosie have been together forever and are comfortable in their relationship. All of their friends have gotten married and had kids. Rosie and Jonathan are content to just be together without curtain climbers. Jonathan was a great pottery artist who has lost his muse. He is a collector. His latest collection consists of tea cups. He finds another enthusiast and decides that he and Rosie should move to California. Rosie refuses to leave unless her Grandmother Soapie is settled in at an assisted living facility. Soapie doesn't want to move anywhere, even if she is falling down and can't get up. To avoid having to leave her home Soapie takes in Tony. She gives him room and board and he looks out for her. Rosie and Jonathan get frisky and have sex the one time without a condom and Rosie finds out that she is still fertile.
Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan...is a douchebag. Everything is done when he wants. Wants to move, he moves. Doesn't want a kid, throws a fit that Rosie is ruining their lives. Wants to get married, goes on a wild tea cup chase and calls off the wedding so he can go instead. Then figures they can do it again when he wants. He has no consideration what so ever really for Rosie's feelings. Don't like Jonathan.
Rosie. Wishy-washy Rosie. She's a bit self centered. No consideration for Soapie's feelings of the assisted living facility. Just wants her there so that she can have her piece of mind that Soapie is safe and sound. She uses Tony time and again. She plans on going back to Jonathan and knows that Tony is in love with her, but still uses him, relies on him. I wanna put my foot up her ass at times. Do not like her!
Soapie. Another self absorbed character. She blames having to raise Rosie for losing her journalistic career. And thinks that Rosie should go to Paris. Soapie could live vicariously through her, Rosie could write her poetry and live the life that Soapie was meant to have if she hadn't had to take care of Rosie after her mother's death. And Soapie is meaner then hell to Rosie. Rosie tries at times to be a loving granddaughter and Soapie just gives her a good old kick in the crotch. BAM! And then turns around and is nice to Tony and her boyfriend, George. Don't like the old woman either!
Tony. I can not say enough good things about Tony. He is always trying to help those around him. Trying to do what he thinks is best for his loved ones. His ex-wife and her partner tell him that he needs to leave his and his ex wife's son Milo, with the two woman. That is would be in Milo's best interest to come to terms with his new family unit. Tony does it, thinking he is doing what is best for his son. Misses Milo so much, but does it anyway. They only allow him one 4 hour day a week with his son. And it is supervised! He has never done anything wrong to his son or the women, but they treat him like crap. Tony is so sweet to Rosie. He falls in love with her and stands by her when she is pregnant with another man's baby. He takes care of Soapie and Rosie both. I feel so bad for him. It's like everyone uses him, because he is such a sweet and decent guy. Tony was the one redeeming quality in the whole book. I don't think I would have been able to read it through with out him and he is the only reason that this isn't a one star book. I loved Tony, best character in the whole book.
I truly tried to like it, I even took extra time to think about the book as a whole, thinking that maybe I would like it a little more. Nope. It had the opposite effect. I really hate writing a less then glowing review, but if I didn't I would be lying to you and myself. And I would hate that even more. So in my humble opinion this is something I would check out from the library if you want to read it. Don't waste your money on it. (less)
Mala finds a body floating in a bayou next to her land and calls the police station. Her best friend(that she's attracted to), George comes out and kn...moreMala finds a body floating in a bayou next to her land and calls the police station. Her best friend(that she's attracted to), George comes out and knows who's body it is. Lainey Prince, the town reverend's daughter and sister to the high school football hero Landry.
Landry and Mala run into each other around town often. Mala thinks he's kinda a douche bag. He's always around when she's at work and is always watching her. What she doesn't know is that Landry has had a crush on her forever and has been trying to work up his courage to talk to her.
Once Landry and Mala figure out that they both can feel Lainey's spirit he implores her to help him find out what she needs and who killed her. As they investigate on their own they become closer and Mala sees who she thought Landry was is different from who he really is. Their attraction however is opposed by George and Landry's parent's.
As they get closer to the answer they will encounter dangers to themselves, and their love. Mala will loose someone dear to her and gain something else that she has been wanting. But will the price she pays to her aunt Magnolia be worth it all in the end?
I read this book very quickly. I picked it up and was sucked in all the way to the end and left craving the second book, Dark Sacrifice. It engulfs you, keeps your rapt attention. It just keeps chugging and doesn't throw on the brakes until the end. Then leaves you hanging in two of the worst places for the characters, wondering how and when they will get out of it and reunite. Will they reunite? On a scale of one to five I would have to certainly go with a fiver. So good, I'm tempted to just re-read it again right now.(less)
Dean Koontz is one of my all time fave authors. I have been reading him since my pre-teens. My all time fave has to be Odd Thomas. He has oodles of bo...moreDean Koontz is one of my all time fave authors. I have been reading him since my pre-teens. My all time fave has to be Odd Thomas. He has oodles of books, but for some reason that is the one.
The city is about a "negro" boy (that was the word used for the period the book was written in.) Jonah, and his life in the city. The story is told by Jonah himself around the ages of 9 and 10. While living at an apartment complex with his mother when he was nine he meets a woman he calls Pearl, while sitting on the front stoop. After meeting her he has a dream about a man and what he had done in his past. A while later he has another dream that is a sort of premonition of something that will happen to him in the near future. These are the two main things the story revolves around.
When he turns ten his mother and he move in with his grandfather. Once again he is visited by Pearl. She tells him that she is the embodiment, soul of the city. And that she has been keeping an eye on him, that he is special. And that things will happen and he will to make the right choices. But that when all is said and done, things will be as they were meant to be.
For me the book moved along neither slow nor fast. It just kept going along at a steady pace. The characters were well written, much as one comes to expect from a master such as Koontz.\ I enjoyed this immensely, maybe not as much as Odd, but still a lot. One thing that I can say about Koontz is that what ever he as produced has always, in my opinion, been satisfying. Once you have read the last word, I always give a sigh of contentment. On a scale of one to five I would give this a 4 for me. Such a good all around story. (less)
Funny, I started writting this and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) started playing on my playlist on Spotify. Ok, maybe onl...moreOH MY GAWWWD! Loved this book!
Funny, I started writting this and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) started playing on my playlist on Spotify. Ok, maybe only I get it in my weird way. Perhaps you can relate after you read this book. If you liked Beautiful Disaster, I think you will enjoy this one. Not that the story line is the same. I would just describe both of these as edgy, gritty and not all pretty.
The two main characters Charlie and Blue meet at an annual carnival in Charlie's hometown. Charlie is going through a divorce between her parents, breaking up with her boyfriend because she's going to college and dropping the plans on going to college. To get away from it all she goes to the carnival by herself to go on some rides and eat some carnival food. She meets Blue at one of the rides and it's instant attraction/lust.
This isn't the story of the perfect people or mildly troubled. So if you don't like dealing with the reality that people do drugs, drink, and have mad monkey sex I would suggest you skip this. However, if you don't mind it I would suggest you get it now! I LOVED this, I can not say it enough and I can't wait for the following two books in the series: Amusement and Neon Lights to come out. It's not like everybody is a junkie, but it's true to life that a lot of college age kids try a lot of things. Drinking and a little bit of Molly. I personally don't get into the drug thing, but have known people when they were younger that dabbled. It doesn't make them bad people, just a little more street smart then me. Anyway, I digress. Again. You. Go forth and purchase now! (less)
Ahhh, I think I've found another book boyfriend. Wendel is so damn charming with a nice touch of pervy insinuations. Wendell has a reputation as a dea...moreAhhh, I think I've found another book boyfriend. Wendel is so damn charming with a nice touch of pervy insinuations. Wendell has a reputation as a deadly assassin and then add to that the necromancer in him and he would seem down right terrifying. That is not the Wendel that Ardis encounters however.
Ardis is a kick ass mercenary working for the Archmages. She had her own demons and reasons for being in Austria. When she first meets Wendel she is sickened by his abilities to raise the dead. However she sees a different side of him and gives in to her desire for him. And cue the fabulous mad monkey sex.
Unbelievably good! I loved the sword play and Wendel's dagger Amarant is the shit! I can't wait to read the the second book in the series, Storms of Lazarus when it shows up on Amazon. I'm almost nervous to see what's in store for Ardis and Wendel, but I need to know and I want it now! I hate waiting!!(less)
The story starts out with a young Joan and Ned (Prince Edward) speaking vows of betrothal to one another on the side of a church. Joan is the daughter...moreThe story starts out with a young Joan and Ned (Prince Edward) speaking vows of betrothal to one another on the side of a church. Joan is the daughter of Edmund of Kent. The dowager queen had set Edmund up and he was beheaded as a traitor for the crime of plotting to rescue his half brother the deposed King Edward II. Joan is waiting on her betrothal to Edward Montagu, a marriage brought forth by her mother who is the mistress of Lord Montagu. King Edward III denies it to use her in a more advantageous marriage.
On her way to Antwerp she meets Sir Thomas Holland one of King Edward’s trusted knights. She takes an immediate liking to him and claims him as her champion. Little does she know that she is going to meet her proposed father in-law, Sire d’Albret. After meeting him she is totally freaked out by him and his advances. She meets up with Thomas in the mornings for breakfast and they both become enamored with each other. Though Thomas knows he has no chance at Joan due to her royal blood. But they are brought together by a ruse and Thomas and Joan get betrothed thinking that they are saving her from an unsavory marriage, and consummate it.
Edward is furious and denies her marriage and she is wedded off to Will Montagu while Thomas is on a mission for the king. What then ensues is Joan being betrothed to three men. Prince Edward, Sir Thomas Holland, and Will Montagu. But the only man she really wants to be with is Thomas.
I really loved the intrigue and treachery that fills the lives of the royals. And thank heavens I didn’t have to live it myself! The plots in an attempt to keep Joan and Thomas apart are numerous and from so many different sides with different agendas that there’s never a dull moment, making it easy to fall into. I would definitely suggest this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction based on historic figures.(less)
Well I just finished Of Monsters and Madness. And what a cliffhanger! I’m reading along and turn the page and suddenly it’s the authors note. I flipped back thinking I missed something. Then there was outrage! What-what?!?! Excuse me? How rude! So it looks like I will have to wait until fall 2015 to see what happens next. And that is so far away!! Yes that was my whiney reader voice.
Like just about any other reader, seeing something with Poe in it is going to of course make you do a double take. I, like many, adore his more darker works. And a couple have been referenced in this. The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and of course Annabel Lee. She is the main character after all. And I love to nerd out over stuff like that. Trust me, I’m horrible while watching Haven and they reference other Stephen King works. I think that the book itself has that dark poe-ish feel to it. Also helping is bringing in another story that also has that feel to it. And that would be the Jekyll and Hyde. Some may poo-poo over the mash up of the two, but others that are more open to it, like me, will be drawn to it.
Annabel Lee is a likeable character and a bit unique for the time. To be a woman interested in medicine and the sciences pertaining to it was frowned up at that time. She relocates to Philadelphia, PA to live with her father and grandfather. She had been living in Siam a.k.a. Thailand with her mother who has just passed away. So she also has to learn all of the niceties of “proper” social behavior for a young woman living in the states of that time. She makes friends with her lady maid and other members of the staff. Her grandfather’s unconditionally loving of her and her father is a bit of a pompous ass. Which was the norm behavior of most men at that time if you ask me. She meets “Allan” when she first arrives at the docks and later “Edgar”. Allan is a romantic, poet, and writer working as her father’s assistant. She meets Edgar on a dark night in the library. He is also an assistant of her father’s. A bit intense, feared by staff, and just has a creepy vibe.
All in all an intense read. Always waiting for the figurative other shoe to drop. Which I don’t think really does. You are just reading along and all of a sudden, done. Dirty damn cliffhanger. I have serious love/hate issues with cliffhangers. If you haven’t figured it out yet. But still give it a whirl, just don’t say I didn’t warn you about that friggin-fraggin-dirty-nabbin cliffhanger.(less)
The 100 Society takes place in the UK at Clifton Academy. The 100 Society are a bunch of what we would call in the states “Seniors”, consisting of Grace and her friends all of which are in her art class. Which include: Peter, Graces best friend that she has known since starting at Clifton. Peters on the other hand would probably say his feelings are more then friendly. Faith, friends with Grace and has feelings for Peter. Cassie, the pretty girl. She’s a bit of a snob and she is Ed’s girlfriend. Ed, the quiet type. Seems to be somewhat tech savvy and is in charge of their 100 Society blog. Daniel, he’s not really a part of the society. He is part of the class and knows what they are all up too. He’s got a big time crush on Cassie. And last but not least, Trick. Trick is a bit of a rebel. He’s a scholarship from the “wrong side of the tracks”. Hot and tatted, he’s also into Grace.
If you are one of those people that hate love triangles you will probably be tearing your hair out before getting through the book. I myself, don’t mind them. Grace has two guys vying for her attention. The “good guy” Peter and “bad boy” Trick. Grace mostly just sees Peter as a really good friend and is irresistibly drawn to Trick. Then there is also Faith. She gets pissy with Grace from time to time for leading Peter on. Faith is totally into Peter.
When the shit starts hitting the fan it is pretty intense. I thought I had The Reaper pegged ,but I changed my mind about half way through. Then as it all keeps going and with the twists and turns the author throws at you it left me second guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s a deliciously dark read. If it were chocolate it would be the semi sweet variety. The thing between Grace and Trick is sort of sweet, but The Reaper, that nut job is completely bitter.
P.S. This book has nothing to do with chocolate… (less)
I think Mia represents many individuals currently in our society. To some extent we are all dependent on our electronics and or social networking. Everybody I know that has their phones close at hand has to at least look if they see it flash or hear it’s chime. I have been talking to someone and had them briefly tune out to reply to a text or comment. Hell, I’ve even gotten persnickety with my husband when he attempts to text or email on his phone while he’s driving. I swear at times I have seen my life flash before my eyes! So I can empathize with Eric and the frustration he feels with Mia and her internet addiction disorder. It’s really had to spend time with someone like that and not feel exasperated.
On the other hand, I can be just as bad as Mia. I go in spurts. And those hour long waits after your scheduled doctors appointments sure do pass by a lot quicker when you can sit and play games on your phone. I can not sit some where and not be doing something. Sad, I know. That being said it is very easy to read and be able to relate to this story in some form. And if you can relate you can’t really put it down until you finish.
Then you have the other side of the coin. Eric’s side. If you have ever had to deal with a weight problem or social anxiety you will be able to identify with Eric and his having to deal with that. Again, been there, still doing that. Some shit is hard to work thorough. And you can feel sympathy for Mia, because Eric doesn’t tell her what he’s going through right away.
Both characters are equally great and flawed in some way. You can’t help but hope that they will overcome their differences and find a way to make it work. To get to live their happily ever after. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be putting more of Cassie Mae’s other works on my TBR list. (less)
All twelve of the daughters were raised to learn their own trade once they become adults. Theirs is a small and poorer country then many others. With twelve daughters they don't have the funds to set each one up with a proper dowery. So once they reach 18 they are given a modest fortune to set off and set themselves up at their trades.
Princess Clarice, the eldest of the twelve, sets out in disguise as Clarence Swann to find adventure and a reputation. Her trade is swordsmanship. Once she has gained her continent wide reputation she will then set herself up as a very exclusive instructor. Once she has reached the shores of the Lochrin-Albion empire with no opportunity to practice her skills at dueling she decides to cross the ocean to the New World. Hopefully she will gain her practice of skills and reputation there. She buys a room and passage aboard the brig Asesino. There she meets Dominick Moryet, Captain Sprunt's navigator. Dominick and "Clarence" become fast friends. Half way through the voyage there is a mutiny raised against the cruelty of the Captain and his First Mate. During the mutiny "Clarence" saves Dominick's life and Clarice comes to realize that her feelings for Dominick may be more then just friendly.
Clarice/Clarence is a tough character. She has been taught the ways of the real world and to be a ruler until her brother was born. She is not easily fooled by people and knows that there isn't only good in them. She's a realist. She is just who Dominick needs by his side as Captain. Dominick is a sweetie. Not exactly naïve, but always wanting to believe in the best of people and would get swindled if it weren't for Clarice/Clarence. He makes a good captain. He's fair and just. Not punishing the crew for minor infractions. So they are complimentary as a couple. I enjoyed the sword play, hoochie pirates and guy pirates, the sorceress and Gregale. Keep an eye on Gregale, he turns out to be a most interesting character. He was my fave character. His tale has an interesting turning point to it! (less)
The three main characters are Charlotte, Bay, and Elizabeth. Charlotte is the heir to the Lennox fortune. She isn't considered a beauty, but what she...moreThe three main characters are Charlotte, Bay, and Elizabeth. Charlotte is the heir to the Lennox fortune. She isn't considered a beauty, but what she lacks for in looks she more then makes up for in character. She is interested in photography and prefers it to attending balls. Bay is a captain in the army and considered to be one of the best riders in England. He doesn't have a title and is far from rich, but hoping to change that riding in the Grand National horse race and taking first place. Elizabeth is the Empress of Austria. She is know as the most beautiful woman in Europe. She has left her husband to his duties and travels to England to ride in their fox hunts. Elizabeth is temperamental and used to getting her way.
Bay and Charlotte meet at a ball and share a dance. Bay has just lost the married woman he was having an affair with and Charlotte's innocence, lack of artifice, and kindness catch his attention. He pursues Charlotte and asks her to marry him. Charlotte's brother Fred, is against the marriage. Bay has little money and Fred thinks that Bay might be a fortune hunter due to his being a womanizer and Charlotte's lack of beauty. He and his fiance are also of the opinion that she could make a better match within the aristocracy with her fortune as the lure. Bay and Charlotte come to an agreement that when she turns twenty one and not a dependent of Fred any more that they would be wed without the scandal of eloping.
Very shortly after the Empress comes into the picture and takes on Bay as her "pilot" for riding the hunts. Bay falls under her spell of her beauty and becomes her lover. Elizabeth was my least favorite character in the book. I should probably feel sorry for her that she was miserable as the Empress of Austria and had very little happiness in her life. But I couldn't . All I could see her as was a conniving spoiled aging beauty even if she really did love Bay. And I'm not too fond of Bay either. He's so capricious! First he wants Charlotte. Then he wants the Empress. Then he wants Charlotte... and back and forth. So there we have our love triangle.
I really did like the book as a whole though. It kept me engrossed the whole way through. It was well written and I think the characters were interesting and conceivable. I think my favorite part was the Grand National. I felt like I was there. Caught up and almost holding my breath when the race got intense. Definitely something I would recommen(less)
Review posted on Hello Precious Bliss/ARC received from NetGalley
The Grey girls Katherine and Mary, lose their sister at the beginning of the book. Th...moreReview posted on Hello Precious Bliss/ARC received from NetGalley
The Grey girls Katherine and Mary, lose their sister at the beginning of the book. There to witness it is family friend and painter Levina Teerlinc. Katherine is the beauty in the family. She is light-hearted, an optimist, the fun loving, passionate type. Mary is the quiet one, more of a realist. She was born with a hunched back and a curved spine. So she is not considered a great beauty because of this. She does however bide her time and will stand up for herself when she has too.
Queen Mary ascends to the throne and the girls endure her reign of terror. Living in fear that they will be found out that they aren't real Catholics and burned at the stake like many other for "treason". The girls are watched constantly for their royal blood. In case of an uprising to have them placed on the throne and Mary over thrown.
When Queen Mary finally passes on from illness, Elizabeth takes the throne and the girls think that all will be as it was before Jane's death. That is not the case however. The girls are constantly watched and still feared for their royal blood and right to the throne. It's any wonder then how Katherine is able to get herself confined to The Tower. Once there she lives out her life constrained in one home or another, insane and basically starved herself to death.
Which leaves Mary. In the end she stands up to Queen Elizabeth and is herself kept confined. Only released once her husband has passed away.
Reading this is once again a reminder that Elizabeth could be as cruel as she was kind, if not more cruel at times. While she is a sort of villain you are kept in check by Mary who reminds us that Elizabeth is human after all and also has her own fears and demons to deal with. Elizabeth Fremantle has breathed life into her characters and you feel like you could almost be there and reach out and touch them. They are just that realistic. You feel Levina's horror during the burnings. Mary and Katherine's fear during each consecutive reign by their cousins and feel sorrow for Katherine when her mind finally breaks and she passes away. The book is just that richly wrote. A five star book from start to finish. If you are a fan of Phillipa Gregory I think you would enjoy Elizabeth's writing as well.(less)
The book starts with Catherine around the age of 6. She lives with her Grandmother, her mother checked out of the hospital and just walked off after h...moreThe book starts with Catherine around the age of 6. She lives with her Grandmother, her mother checked out of the hospital and just walked off after her birth. When she turns six her Grandmother's heart starts giving out on her and while at the hospital Catherine's mother Kathy comes to claim her.
The story then skips forward ten years. Catherine is living in a trailer that really should be condemned. Her mother has put her through hell in the ten years she has lived with her. She's an alcoholic, and a tramp as well. The only reason she even has custody of Catherine is for the welfare. A horrible individual and horrendous mother to boot.
The only person that Catherine feels she can trust is Nathan. Since graduating high school the year before she has seen less and less of him. She has just two years left of school and she is hoping to get away with Nathan. He is as well waiting for her to finish school to let her know his true feelings for her. Little do they know that two Masters of Darkness are coming and Catherine is smack dab in the middle of them. Which one is the lesser of two evils?
The visualization in the writting is fabulous, but for me a little too much at times and I just wanted to get to the goodies of the story. I'll admit it, I can be a bit impatient. But once it does pick up it really gets a hold of you and sweeps you with it to the end. Leaving you waiting for the second book, Shadows.
The art and music that tie in with the book really do help set the mood. I'm more of a auditory person so the music was fabulous. Hearing it while reading, for me, totally helped set the scene. On the other hand the art was visually stunning as well. In whole a unique experience. Very different and highly enjoyable. All in all I would give a rating of 4 out of 5. (less)
I have always loved all the creepiness and controversy that has surrounded The Amityville Horror. It was one of the first horror movies I had ever wat...moreI have always loved all the creepiness and controversy that has surrounded The Amityville Horror. It was one of the first horror movies I had ever watched and when I got up the courage to read it again in the mid nineties I had to search used book stores high and low to find a copy. No one carried it around me and I hadn’t discovered the wonderfulness of Amazon.com yet. I read it house sitting for my mom, all on my lonesome. Scared the piss out of myself again! That is the magic of the story for me. It never gets old and remains creepy as all hell for me. I’ve even watched My Amityville Horror, Daniel Lutz’s personal retelling of his time spent at the house.
I liked and appreciated how the author stays true to the Lutz’s story and implements it into her very own version. Just a few examples… ##George would wake up around 3:15 every morning and would go out to check the boathouse. Later he would learn that this was the estimated time of the DeFeo killings. Both Connor and Gwen would wake up from nightmares at 3:14. ##George discovered a small hidden room (around four feet by five feet) behind shelving in the basement. The walls were painted red and the room did not appear in the blueprints of the house. The room came to be known as “The Red Room.” This room had a profound effect on their dog Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered as if sensing something ominous. Both Connor and Gwen’s nightmares featured “The Red Room.” ##When closing Missy’s window, which Missy said Jodie climbed out of, Kathy saw red eyes glowing at her. Connor looks out his bedroom window at one point and sees the eyes.
It is the attention to the details that has endeared this version to me and had me reading all the way to the end. Not that I wouldn’t have anyway, Micol’s version is just as memorable on it’s own. And with the history she weaves for the house’s past, maybe even more captivating then the original. It gives you a little more meat to sink your teeth into and gnaw over. If you are like me and like adaptations to stories (I have enjoyed several of the ones based on Jane Austen’s novels. Huge fan of The Austen!) that you original cut your teeth on I would definitely tell you to pick this up and take it for a test spin. I think you will be pleasantly surprised! (less)