Thursday, December 1, 2016

Swoon Thursday (48) Fire In You

The fabulous girls over at The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 


Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.A Bound created this super HOT meme.

"I forgot the necklace and you didn't."


"I didn't." He pulled my head back, tilting it to look up at him. My blurry gaze met his. "I never forgot you. I never forgot anything you used to do."


Fire In You Kindle Location 4035



Dang... I was all prepared to hate Brock and for a little bit I did but this moment right here is where he swept me off my feet.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (48) Kill Without Shame

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison
to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again…

Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…

Why I am Waiting?


I liked the first book in the series. I want to know what happens to the rest of the guys, do they get their HEA?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (48) Breath of Fire

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"I'll still run, Griffin. The differences now is that I'll run to you."


He looks at me for a long time, his gray eyes inscrutable. "You'd better."


Breath of Fire Kindle Location 465


I adore this moment between Griffin and Cat. Everything about it just shows their love for each other and how sometimes communication can well get in the way. The next scene shows just how much I adore Griffin.


She shakes her head. "Griffin wouldn't keep something like that from us. Besides, he couldn't have. When you disappeared, he looked like he's been trampled by a heard of Centaurs and then sat on by a Cyclops. I've never seen anything like it. He was destroyed." Her blue eyes harden as she adds, "It's a good thing you didn't really run away. I would have had to find you."

Breath of Fire Kindle Location 557


I love how Jocasta tries to threaten and reassure Cat all in the same breath.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Kill Without Shame

Author Alexandra Ivy
Format e-ARC
Print Length 352 pages
Publisher Zebra
Published Dec. 27, 2016

Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again…

Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…

My Opinion


They were teenagers when Lucas broke Mia’s heart. His reasons were sound, although he did not share them with her. She was shattered and then learned to bounce back. Mia runs a successful lawn care business and yet she be being threatened. Although, she doesn’t know it yet. Lucas only found out because an old school friend died in his neck of the woods with Lucas’ address in his pocket and Mia’s picture in his hands. The police of course are going to question him, and when he finds out that Mia is in danger he runs straight back to his home town. His only thoughts are to protect her, she can’t help but think that he is the biggest threat.

Mia is a bit feisty, and a bit sweet kinda like any southern gal. As long as you don’t make her madder than a wet hen, she will be kind to you. Lucas on the other hand broke her heart, so she is on guard whenever he is around. It is great to watch them interact. There is really no bickering, or anger just silent resolve that the past is in the past. Lucas however, is not taking the cold shoulder as frozen more like he just has to warm her up. To do that though he will have to let go of control, call in back up and trust that Mia can also be a part of the investigation.

The big baddie in this one is pretty much a given. The how to catch them and the why the heck they are doing what they are doing is the mystery. That is what will keep you up reading way past your bed time. That and the cute interactions between a certain best friend and a dedicated cop. Oh who am I kidding- Mia and Lucas will keep you up late, the side love story is icing on the cake. The interactions between the four friends of ARES Security will make you appreciate all that they have gone through. It will also leave you wanting the rest of the guys’ stories like now.

Kill Without Shame is an adorable romantic suspense that keeps you guessing up until the last minute. Even though this is the second book in the series, you could read it out of order if you want. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote “You look like reject from a Vin Diesel movie.”


Other People

Taylor- Mia’s bestie
Cooper- cop looking into Tony’s murder

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review: Fate of Flames

Author Sarah Raughley
Format e-ARC
Print Length 368 pages
Publisher Simon Pulse
Published Nov. 22, 2016

Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?


My Opinion


Maia and her twin June have fan girled over the Effigies all of their lives. In fact that is what helps Maia get through life without June. So color her surprised when she wakes up as one- the only way you become one is when another dies. For days she keeps her secret, even when her city is attacked. Yet, the Sect (secret organization that controls the Effigies) has a way of finding the Effigies and they find her at the worst possible time.

Maia needs to go through some training, and so off to London she goes. Along with the other Effigies (the first time some of them have actually all been together). Maia becomes the glue that brings the girl’s together. Which is weird since she is so new to the game. The other Effigies have very strong opinions about each other. Opinions that were not so nice.

Maia was a bit umm clueless for me- yeah she knew everything about the other Effigies. When it came to her own powers though she had no idea. She also wasn’t all about learning either. She wanted to know what happened to the person she replaced but how to safe people’s life and not get herself killed she was more trail by error. 

My favorite character was Rhys, a Sect solider tasked with protecting Maia until she comes into her powers. Half-way through the book though he pulls away from Maia and that was that. He showed up every couple of chapters with a line or two but nothing significant. The other two characters that were more interesting than Maia was Lake the Barbie Effigy and Vasily another Sect solider. His story is one that has me guessing.

Fate of Flames is based on an interesting concept that fell a little short of expectations for me. It was hard to connect with Maia as she really didn’t do anything for the majority of the book. Yeah, there is a learning curve for becoming a superhero- she just didn’t go to class either. The side characters were more interesting than the main. Hopefully the sequel will fix this.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote “A media circus is pretty inevitable.”


Other People

Rhys- Sect solider
Belle- ice Effigy
Chae Rin- earth Effigy
Lake- air Effigy
Sibyl- in charge of the Effigy missions

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Book Trailer Saturday (48) Fire In You

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...



From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.
 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


The pies are baked; apple and pumpkin.  The cheesecake is cooling in the fridge.  The turkey is in the oven and the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade is on the tv, they just cut the ribbon to signal the start.  The children are up and dancing. The oldest two say that they are thankful for books, gymnastics, their families and for living in America.  The youngest two say toys, Mommy, daddy and their sisters.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smells that float around the house, playing games with the family, the laughter that fills the room and eating the food that has been prepared with love and spice, pretty much everything nice.

There are several authors I wanted to spotlight that I am thankful for.

Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series
Jennifer L Armentrout Wait for You series, Covenant series, Lux series
Jennifer Estep Mythos Academy, Black Blade series
Jaymin Eve Walker Saga, Paranormal Prison series
CC Hunter The Shadow Falls series, Shadow Falls After Dark series
Cecy Robson Weird Girls series
Kate SeRine Transplanted Tales series, Protect and Serve series, Dark Alliance series

There are many more that I am thankful for.  These are just a few that have made escaping reality easier for a few hours.  If you haven't tried one these series you need to as soon as possible.

Swoon Thursday (47) Fate of Flames

The fabulous girls over at The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 


Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.A Bound created this super HOT meme.

Rhys stuck his hands into his pockets, but even then I could tell that they were balled into fists.

"Vasily."

The young man leaned forward.  "Yes?"

"I'm not really not a fan of cliches.  But touch her again and I will kill you.  I'm serious."

At this, somehow, Vasily looked positively gleeful.  "You can't. You don't have any more knives."

"I always have more knives."

Fate of Flames Kindle Location 1505

I am totally crushing on Rhys, Maia is still holding back.  Hoping that they become a ship though.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (47) The Edge of the Blade

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A HAWK S PLEDGE

"The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen,
reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . ."

Jepp has been the heart of the queen s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their princes bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader and Jepp s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

 

Why I am Waiting?


When Jepp left Dafne in the last book I just knew the next one would be about her. Kral and her ran hot and cold in the last book which was amusing. Hopefully this one will be just as good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (47) Wrong

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I am not sure if I should laugh or slap him.

"Okay," I reply, drawing out the word. It's not okay, but Luke should be well versed at his age in the subtleties of the female response. There are about twenty definitions to the word okay when speaking to a woman.


Wrong page 185


Sophie and Luke just maybe perfect of each other, if they can work out all that is wrong...


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Trailer Saturday (47) Moon Chosen

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...




Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all. 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Swoon Thursday (46) The Edge of the Blade

The fabulous girls over at The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 


Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.A Bound created this super HOT meme.


His hand tightened on mine. "I don't want her. I'm...Jepp, I don't see ever wanting another woman again. You are the one I crave, that I see in dreams and wake longing to touch."


The Edge of the Blade Kindle Location 4136


Kral had me at "I don't want her." Hopefully this convinces Jepp that he is serious- regardless he has my vote.