After reading The Scionless House I was really looking forward to learning more about this mysterious vampiric world*ARC supplied for my honest review
After reading The Scionless House I was really looking forward to learning more about this mysterious vampiric world Nazarea Andrews created. The Blood Scion definitely didn't disappoint.
The story picks up from where the novella left off (You don't need to read the novella but I recommend you do) We meet a young lady by the name of Farley Hart who is propositioned by two vampires, Octavian and Sulla, both of whom are blood princes for their house. From here the story moves quickly we find out about the connection between Farley and the vampire house, and what exactly they want from Farley.
The chemistry between Farley and Octavian is electric. The combination of Farley's snark and impulsiveness matches well with O's level headedness and control. Their relationship, although forbidden, is instant. I also like the relationship budding between Sulla and Farley. There is something like a big brother thing happening but at times there seems to be more. I look forward to seeing how that progresses in the next book.
A couple of things that I would have loved:
1) Book was way to short for my liking, which I felt as a result a lot of things happened in so short of time. I would have loved for it to be longer and develop the characters and story a bit more.
2) I would have loved the romance between Farley and O to be more drawn out. What I mean when I say this, I like to have romances where there are frequent encounters throughout the story so it leaves the reader wanting more and wondering when they will get to see each other. One of the best examples of this is Pride and Prejudice. Mind you I have never read the book but the BBC tv series is one of my all time favourite tv shows. The moments that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth shared, whether it was a look, sharing a dance or a chance encounter in the woods, it left the viewer wanting more of these two and to see what happens next.
Sorry I get a bit carried away when I start talking about that show!
Overall I really did enjoy The Blood Scion. I can't wait to see what adventures our favourite scion and vampires get up to next!...more
The Scionless House is a short novella that is a prequel in The Scion Legacy. For such a short novella it does a great job of building an incredible wThe Scionless House is a short novella that is a prequel in The Scion Legacy. For such a short novella it does a great job of building an incredible world with lots of mystery and intrigue. It's a great introduction to a new vampire world that truly captures you from the very beginning. Just as I was getting in to it, it ends and leaves you wanting more.
I love vampire books that have a history behind the story. The twelve different houses and vampire lines. The hierarchy can take awhile for you to understand but the great thing about this novella is that it explains at the beginning who is what and where they are in ranking.
I think I am going to fall in love with Octavian. He is a blood prince who is faithful to his family but also conflicted by past losses. At the end of the novella he is sent on a mission which will set the basis for the next story in the saga, The Blood Scion.
I look forward to the next instalment due out in November so keep an eye out on the blog for more updates. ...more
**ARC supplied for my honest review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hearts of Blue has really taken me back to when I first read Six of Hearts. The easy and**ARC supplied for my honest review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hearts of Blue has really taken me back to when I first read Six of Hearts. The easy and natural flow of the relationship really sat with me and brought me back to the memories of Jay and Matilda and how natural their relationship felt. Its not hard to believe that a police office could fall in love with a criminal. There are countless stories in the news of inmates seducing prison guards to escape. There is something about the bad boy and how women feel like they will be the one to change them mixed in with the excitement of living on the edge that is intoxicating and hard to resist.
If you are familiar with the Hearts series who will know we briefly meet Lee Cross and Karla in King of Hearts. Lee is the second oldest of four brothers and shouldered a lot of the responsibility of providing for his family. Although he lived a life a crime, family and community came first. He would do anything to protect them. Karla was a police officer and it ran in her family. Her father was a cop who had a tough reputation and although her life would have looked good from the outside it was anything but. She struggled to get the support and love from her family as well as some of her colleagues in the force.
The chemistry between the two was undeniable. I loved the way Cosway teased us with the odd encounter here and there. After every scene they had together you were left wanting more. You felt the excitement and anticipation Karla felt when she saw Lee. It reminded me of times when I was younger and had a crush and would hope that I would run into them.
The sex was hot and real. The hottest scene by far was when they were in the nightclub. I am so glad that Cosway didn't hold back with their first time together. Most romance novels would have had the male or female protagonist hold back and say something like "I want our first time somewhere special"...gag. I am glad they didn't hold back because it was sexy as hell and perfect.
As usual any of the Hearts series can be read as standalone but I highly suggest that you read all of them..yes all of them! Its the only way you can truly appreciate the amazing talent of L.H. Cosway. The best part about it we will get to see more of the Cross brothers in the next instalment of the Hearts series, Thief of Hearts and Hearts on Air. ...more
We first meet Oliver King in Hearts of Fire and I must admit I was intrigued to know how Co**ARC supplied for my honest review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
We first meet Oliver King in Hearts of Fire and I must admit I was intrigued to know how Cosway would tie his story into the first two books in the series. He didn't seem to be like either of the two males leads and he was a raging alcoholic. I just couldn't picture in my head what his story would be. So I was eager to get my hands on his story.
Before you start reading King of Hearts I recommend you read both Six of Hearts and Hearts of Fire. It gives you a bit of a background into the characters lives. As mentioned we meet King in Hearts of Fire and all we really know about him is that he is a grumpy alcoholic who once had it all and then lost it in the blink of an eye.
Through the eyes of Alexis Clark, a charming and intelligent women with a huge amount of sass, we get to see another side of Oliver King. The story is told in two parts. In the first part we see Oliver as a successful business man who is at the top of his game. He has no time for love or relationships and the two most important things in his life is his career and his mother. That was until Alexis comes along.
Alexis is hired as his assistant but quickly becomes great friends with Oliver. They have a great friendship where the conversation flows easily and the laughs keep coming but they can't deny that there is definitely a lot of sexual tension between them. During the first part of the book we see worrying signs of King's alcohol abuse which we all know turns into a heavy addiction. The plot thickens as we reach to the second part of the book which fasts forward six years. Time and alcohol has changed Oliver. He is no longer the confident and successful business man that we once knew. He thought he had escaped his past but it all comes crashing back down on him. Can Alexis help him? Well you will just have to read for yourself to find out :)
I love how Cosway tells a story. The characters aren't perfect. They all have flaws in their own way but when they are together it seems to work. Alexis and Oliver had great chemistry and their relationship felt real. I felt a real connection to Alexis. She is the type of character you could easily bond with. She isn't pretentious, immature or helpless. She is strong willed, smart, sassy and had a great sense of humour. We can all imagine ourselves being her or being friends with you. Oliver is everything you want in a leading man. Sexy as hell, successful, cocky, strong, witty and also vulnerable.
King of Hearts was a refreshing story of love, tragedy and survival. It was a step up from Hearts of Fire and I can't wait to get my next fix when Hearts of Blue is released in November this year. ...more
This book is addictive. Such an intense mystery that makes you not want to put the book down. Just when you think you have it figured out a huge twistThis book is addictive. Such an intense mystery that makes you not want to put the book down. Just when you think you have it figured out a huge twist comes out of nowhere.
Characters so well written especially Rachel. An alcoholic who suffers heartbreak, loneliness and heartbreak. Not every character is what they seem and each are flawed in their own way.
Highly recommend if you love your murder mysteries and is a fan of Gone Girl....more
I love reading companion novels. Simply to be able to get to know what was going through t**ARC supplied for my honest review
Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
I love reading companion novels. Simply to be able to get to know what was going through the lead characters head at crucial times. What I don't like about some companion novels is a re-telling of the same story, which Killer Queen is not :) We get to read diary entries from Nicholas' a.k.a Vivica Blue's POV. His life is like a roller coaster. He has his ups and serious downs. We learn more about Nicholas' self destructive behaviour and the important people that shaped his life.
"I had periods of stability and periods of crazy-town"
One of the first entries Nicholas is recounting a touching moment between his mother and him as a child. His mother was one of his biggest influences in his life even though she passed when he was only young. The moment was captured through the eyes of an innocent child and it was probably one of Nicholas' happiest times. From here there are dark moments and Nicholas uses alcohol, sex and woman to escape (If you have read Painted Faces you would be familiar with this!)
"Yes, this was a good distraction from the hole inside, a wonderful distraction."
As I read, I was eagerly anticipating that hilarious moment when Nicholas first meets Freda a.k.a Fred, and I was not disappointed. Reading the banter between the two felt so familiar. It was like having a hot cup of tea. I seriously wish I had friends like these two!
Seeing the relationship between Nicholas and Freda from Nicholas' perspective shows the attraction between the two was very mutual. When I read romance novels, I always wonder what the male lead is thinking. Its common knowledge that woman tend to be consumed with thoughts of potential love interests but is it the same for men? Well in the literary world (who knows about the real world?!) it seems men are the same.
"Yes, Fred and I were kindred. There was no denying it. And I was staring at her again. I knew she wasn't comfortable with the attention, but I just couldn't seem to help myself."
Their love, like their story is unique, passionate, and beautiful. Although they are not perfect, they bring out the best in each other.
L.H. Cosway is hands down one of the most talented authors that I have read. She never fails to impress with her unconventional stories. The way Cosway encourages her readers to immerse themselves in her stories is nothing new but it creates a nice touch to her stories. I mean, who doesn't love a playlist along with their favourite read?
You don't have to read Painted Faces to enjoy Killer Queen. L.H. Cosway has made this so it can be read as a stand alone book, BUT I cannot stress enough that you NEED to read Painted Faces. It is a must read. So I will end it here. There is so much more I could say but sometimes it is hard to find the right words to express myself. Go and buy the book and see what all the fuss is about to make up your own mind.
Two words or should I say one name....SEBASTIAN BLACK. He is one sizzling, sexy and seductive guy. He always gets what he wants and with no strings atTwo words or should I say one name....SEBASTIAN BLACK. He is one sizzling, sexy and seductive guy. He always gets what he wants and with no strings attached. He doesn't do love or romance only sex BUT....that was until he meets his Jessica Rabbit. His perfect woman, which up until now he believed didn't exist. Rosslyn Harris a.k.a Roz has had a troubled life. Her parents were killed tragically and was put into the care of her grandmother. When we meet Roz, her grandmother has just passed away, which means she is now the sole carer of her younger brother Kyle. Roz finds out that her grandmother has no money and her house has been taken by the bank. Roz is desperate for cash and a safe place for Kyle to stay. Cue in Sebastian, who has it all. Owner of the hottest club in town and has all the money in the world. He offers Roz security which means money and a place to live but it comes at a price. She must be his whenever he wants.
What can I say? This book was a pleasure to read. From the moment you start reading, you are instantly thrown into the world of Sebastian Black. The plot is set at a frantic pace. I enjoyed how the story alternates between Sebastian and Roz. It was great to be able to see how conflicted they both were in their relationship. The plot in parts was predictable however there is a major curveball thrown in amongst it which makes you go "ermahgerd! .
Out of the two main characters I preferred Sebastian, not because I didn't like Roz. It's just that I am not a fan of innocent and emotional female leads. At times I thought that Roz was going to stand up to Sebastian but instead she backed down. Just wasn't feisty enough for my liking. I did love how the longer they spent time together, the more they changed each other. Sebastian's barriers broke down and he learned to love and more importantly be loved. Roz overcame her sexual inhibitions and became more confident in herself.
This is the first novel from Tabatha Vargo that I have read and it has made me a huge fan of hers. I also really admire a writer like Melissa Andrea. I am not a writer in anyway but I imagine it would be hard to transition between genres, especially from writing Young Adult/Fantasy to Erotic romance. Melissa has made the transformation seamlessly and I definitely look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I have not read many Erotic romance novels apart from the Fifty Shades series, so I don't have much to compare BUT... I would definitely say this rates way HOTTER than FSG and will be a major hit with lovers of Erotic romance. So if you love your alpha, dominant males, sex and guns (lol : p )...Little Black Book will definitely sate your appetite. ...more
I usually can tell from the first few pages of a book if it is going to capture me and I knew straight away that I was going tRating: 5 out of 5 stars
I usually can tell from the first few pages of a book if it is going to capture me and I knew straight away that I was going to fall in love with Six of Hearts. I read it, no wait I devoured it in one day! Six of Hearts has it all. Mystery, revenge, humour, magic and one hell of an epic love story.
"Believe in the unbelievable, because this world we live in is magic"
In Six of Hearts, we meet Jason 'Jay' Fields a master illusionist. He's sexy, brazen, funny, passionate, protective and very mysterious. Jay is consumed by his past and everything he does is calculated and all part of his plan. I fell in love with Jay. I felt his character wasn't over done like some male characters in romance novels tend to be. Matilda Brandon is a real likeable character. She could be your sister, cousin or best friend. Again I felt she was well written. You have some female leads that stumble their way throughout novels but Matilda was the opposite. Although she appears to lack confidence mainly in her appearance, she makes up for it in her other qualities. She has a great sarcastic humour. She's smart, loyal and a 'hopeless romantic'.
"I want epic love, like you see in the movies. I want it so desperately that it fills my heart when I even think about the possibility of it." ~ Matilda
Both characters share a common past but the paths they have chosen are very different. Jay has let it consume him whereas Matilda has not let it dictate her life. The two of them together make a unique pair but somehow they just seem to work. The attraction between them is undeniable. Their relationship and love is believable and you get butterflies in your stomach with every smile, heated stare and tender touch.
"You were beautiful...and I was drowning." ~ Jay
LH Cosway has yet to disappoint me and is by far one of my favourite authors. She is my go to author for a story I can immerse myself in and escape from reality. Cosway has definitely not disappointed in Six of Hearts. This isn't just another epic love story, it's a complex story of revenge, hope and magic.
Make sure you grab your copy NOW before it disappears... (That was suppose to be my lame attempt at mystery) ...more
Araya Noelle and Ryland Dare both have different but some way tragic lives. Araya was a shining star who had the whole world at her feet until a tragiAraya Noelle and Ryland Dare both have different but some way tragic lives. Araya was a shining star who had the whole world at her feet until a tragic accident took the life of her mother and also robbed her of her dancing. Ever since the accident, her life has been shrouded in darkness. Ryland, from the outside has it all. Well off family, nice cars, living in luxury but from the inside its screwed up. There was no love between his parents which resulted in him having major commitment phobe issues. His parents marriage and their family life , as stated, was an "illusion".
I loved getting to know both characters as the story was told in alternating view points. You really got to see the love, compassion, kindness and honesty that they both had in their own ways. Ryland's love for his brother and sister kept him going and just the gentleness of Araya was sometimes so heartbreaking to read when she was being treated terribly by her aunt and uncle. The chemistry between the two of them is undeniable. The little touches here and there and then the seriously hot and steamy moments just make you melt. The moments between them was lovely to read but then there were times that were just to painful for me...softy anyone?
Melissa Andrea has done a wonderful job creating a world and beautiful relationships that has you instantly hooked. There are some shocking twists in this story, which I won't reveal but will leave you hanging of the edge of your seat. I am so eager to see what happens next, will Araya get her happy ending? well you will just have to read it for yourself....more
Lily Moore's life has been surrounded tragic mysteries. Firstly, there was the death of her father and then the mystery behind the death of her boyfriLily Moore's life has been surrounded tragic mysteries. Firstly, there was the death of her father and then the mystery behind the death of her boyfriend, Peter Marx. One night, while out on a date that quickly turns nasty, Lily shapeshifts for the first time, which sees her flee from the police and from a mysterious person who seems to be following her.
Lily's character really grew on me. At first she seemed a little lost and uncomfortable in her own skin but as the story progressed she matured and grew stronger as a person and for me this is when the story really picked up. It's no secret that I am a fan of strong female protagonists. I loved how Lily embraced her shapeshifting abilities and her chinese heritage. It was so refreshing to read. I loved her in all her forms as well. I enjoyed the interactions between Lily and her brother Seth. Although Lily seems to be the stronger of the two, Seth really comes into his own. I loved his humour the most. Detective sexy or should I say Caldwell Sims, brought sexy back. I loved his protective nature of Lily and the little moments he had with her. The only problem I had was there needed to be more.
First Born is a fast paced action, urban fantasy thriller, that I could not put down. It's a great mix of humour, suspense, mystery and intrigue that keeps you turning the page. The way Zoeller wrote kept the book flowing and really suited the pace of the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Shifter book but also to anyone who enjoys unique spins on traditional supernatural stories....more
**ARC supplied by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review.
Dare You To is the companion novel to Pushing the Limits, however in t**ARC supplied by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review.
Dare You To is the companion novel to Pushing the Limits, however in this story we follow Beth and Ryan. It is an intense and sometimes frustrating story, told in alternating views.
When we met Beth in Pushing the Limits, she is fiercely protective and devoted to her friends and she is extremely guarded with people she doesn't know. From the outside looking in, it appears she is a bitch with an attitude however we had a taste of the life she was living in Pushing the Limits, and it comes as no surprise that her personal life is full of trouble, violence and lacking any sort of real love. Her mother is a drug addict/alcoholic and her mothers boyfriend is violent and likes to use Beth and her mom as punching bags. Beth has felt like she has been let down by just about everyone she knows. She has no sense of family and her mother is the only person she has, even though she is the one the acts like the adult. Isaiah, who we met in Pushing the Limits, is the only stable thing she has right now.
We also meet Ryan Stone who appears to be your resident jock. He is the kinda guy that does not like to come second. He is the shit when it comes to baseball and his friends, who are also his team mates rely heavily on him to get through the game. Ryan, lives and breaths baseball, he comes off as an easy going, smart, confident and sexy as hell guy but behind the facade, Ryan has his own issues he has to contend with. His home life has been thrown into disarray since his brother announced he was gay. Ryan has no problem with his brother being gay. His problem is he feels like his brother left him behind to deal with the fall out with their parents. On top of this he is under pressure from his father to go pro-baseball but Ryan is unsure this is what he wants to do and it's putting a strain on his relationship with his dad.
The one thing I loved about this book is that Beth didn't end up with Isaiah. It would have been to predictable. Not that I don't love him it's just that Beth isn't the girl for him. The girl that only hooks up with you when their wasted isn't someone you would want to spend your life with. And that's what Beth was doing to him in a way. Also I love Ryan. I love everything about him. The baseball, the way he always wears his cap and those kisses. Gahh I want him now now now! The chemistry he has with Beth is electric and I would have to say it was all because of Ryan. He is the type of character that left you wanting more. Beth was frustrating at times and It annoyed me that she kept going back to her moms but I guess that was all part of the mindset that Beth was in.
Katie has done a wonderful job in telling the story. She captures each moment perfectly and makes you feel every moment that each character goes through. This contemporary novel has it all, romance, drama and dares :)
Definitely would recommend if you loved Pushing the Limits but also to any reader who enjoys a moving and heartbreakingly good story....more
I would have to say that I really love the idea of Death Escorts. I haven't really come across novels with the same concept so when I received my revi I would have to say that I really love the idea of Death Escorts. I haven't really come across novels with the same concept so when I received my review copy (Thank you Cambria!) I jumped at the chance to read it. And I am glad I did. It was a real gem of a book, so lets get into it.
Firstly, the cover is just AMAZEBALLS. It is what you want in a cover. It instantly draws people in but doesn't give away too much of the plot that it makes people curious to read it. Recalled is told in alternating point of views. One view is of the male character, Dex and the other is the female character, Piper. Dex has had to make it on his own for most of his life. He comes from a broken family and lived on the streets. Ever since he was a child he has always said that he was going to hell, then one day a chance encounter and quick decision to save someone he doesn't know has seen his life been taken. However this is not the last we see of Dex. This is where things start to get tricky. Dex is given an ultimatum. Become a death escort, where you can have a new car, house and lots of money or go straight to hell. That doesn't sound so bad right? well there is one slight catch, he has to kill the girl that he saved. This is where we get to know Piper. Piper is a passionate and hard working girl who has a secret of her own, she has visions of the future. She felt a real connection to the stranger that saved her and was driven to honour and thank him some how for saving her life. When Piper has a chance encounter with Dex, she has an instant vision which links him to the stranger that saved her but she wonders how can it be when that person has already died. Piper is instantly intrigued and attracted to him.
I really enjoyed the inner conflict that Dex had when it came to his job and his love for Piper. I really enjoyed reading the scenes where he came up with different ways to try kill Piper and then quickly changed his mind. It really showed he wasn't quite cut out for a death escorts job! One thing I felt was missing is that we needed to know more about how and why Piper has visions. It wasn't quite explained in the book but I don't think it really took anything away from the book. I should also mentioned the secondary characters. I think G.R., Frankie and Hobbs did a great job in keeping the story fun and interesting. They kept the main characters in check most of the time.
It's sad to say that we won't see what happens next for Dex and Piper as each book is stand alone in the series, but good news is we get to meet new people and I am sure it will be just as great as the first.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun and entertaining read with lots of action and romance!...more