Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (17) Violet Grenade


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





DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. 

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

Why am I waiting?


Victoria Scott is a phenomenal writer and this book sounds just different enough to make me want to read it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday (17) Violet Granade

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!


"All my flowers are important to me, Domino. This house, it's my garden now. I make it gow, and I love my blooms the same." Now she does look at me. "But it's not always about what I find beautiful. Other people come to see my flowers, too."

Violet Granade Kindle Location 856

What is Ms. Karina up too? And what does she want with Domino? Why do I want Wilson to show himself whenever she is around?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: The Bad Luck Bride

Author Janna MacGregor
Format e-ARC
Print Length 368 pages
Publisher St. Martin’s
Published May 2, 2017

IS MARRIAGE A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

A man of honor, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece must fall into place for him to succeed he needs to convince his enemy s fiancee, the tragically beautiful Lady Claire Cavensham, to marry him instead.

Lady Claire s curse has always left her one misstep away from social ruin her past three engagements have gone awry, and now her fourth is headed in the same direction. . .until Alex, a man she barely even knows, shocks the ton and Claire by announcing their engagement. What begins as a sham turns into something deeper, and more passionate, than either Claire or Alex could have imagined. But when their secrets are revealed, will the truth behind their union scandalize them both or is their love strong enough to break the curse and lead them toward their happily ever after? 

My Opinion


Lady Claire has been engaged to be married a lot, yet never once made it to the actual wedding. This is enough to ruin a gal’s reputation. Marquess of Pembrooke, Alex, wants revenge on his oldest and dearest friend so much so that he would even go as far as stealing his fiancĂ© and making her his wife. If they make it to the altar that is. Many believe that Lady Claire is cursed.

Lady Claire is lonely and desperately wants a family. She is beginning to belive the gossip rags that state she is cursed. How else do you find yourself engaged to be married 4 times and still not make it to the altar? It doesn’t help that a tragedy as a child has left some internal scars. She does charity work and fins ways to fill the void, yet she really wants children of her own.

Alex is stupid. His revenge against his bestie is due to a misunderstanding and he doesn’t listen to his other bestie about how stupid he is being. He could have the perfect marriage if only he would communicate with his wife. 

The Bad Luck Bride draws you in to a land of yesteryears, where balls, the ton, and matters rule. It captures and holds your attention for all 368 pages. Making it a great escape from ordinary everyday life.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote Privilege is one thing, but happiness is another.


Other People 

Lord Paul- former bestie
Somerston- Alex’s bestie
Aileen- Lady Claire’s maid

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swoon Thursday (16) The Dark Days Pact

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.

She cupped his jaw, his breath warm against her fingers. Slowly he turned into the curve of her palm, cut lip pressed against her skin. She heard two whispered words, felt them kissed into her flesh: amore mio. My love. Two words: the shock of them held her still.


The Dark Days Pact page 376


There aren't a lot of swoony moments in this one but you got to hand it to Lord Carlston, when he does get romantic he goes all out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (16) White Hot


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.





The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

Why am I waiting?


Three years- yepper I have been waiting on this one for three years. The first one is what started me on the Kate Daniels series, I needed something to read as I waited for the sequel.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesdays (16) A Dance Like Flame

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!

"Come on, love," he murmured. "Wake up for me now. Don't leave me. Not again. I couldn't bear it, so open those lovely eyes for me now. I'll be anyone or anything you wish, just wake up."


A Dance Life Flame Kindle Location 3602


Nash has a lot to make up for, if I was Bit I would have stayed passed out a little while longer.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: The Girlfriend Request

Author Jodi Andreeski
Format e-book
Print Length 216 pages
Publisher Entangled: Crush
Published Jan. 11, 2016

Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like...way more. From friend request to In a Relationship--it all seemed so completely logical when she'd planned it.

Eli can't figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she's the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe...he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

My Opinion


What a fun book about high school antics and how to get a guy to notice you!

When Emma moved to town as a young girl, Eli became her first friend. Her best friend, really, yet lately she has been having more than friends thoughts about him. Convinced that he will not notice her, she creates a fake Facebook profile to capture his attention. Wat happens then is a series of misunderstandings and hurt feelings that could either break their friendship apart or bring them closer than ever before.

Emma is written so well that it is hard to believe she is only a character in a book. The feelings that she is dealing with are realistic and you can see why she makes the choices she makes. You end up cheering her on even as you are telling her she is being stupid.

Eli is a clueless guy. So clueless that I almost felt bad for him. Then he starts to treat Emma poorly and I got really annoyed with hi so much so that I was almost cheering for the other guy, Jake. Although towards the end I felt like Jake was a creeper. That is how poorly I felt Eli dealt with his feelings.

The Girlfriend Request is an adorable read. Easily finished in one afternoon, it transports you back to high school where love always equaled drama. If you love/like love triangles this is the book for you.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote “Wow, total Cusack move. All he needed was a boombox over his head.”


Other People

Jake- college guy interested in Emma
Sarah- Emma’s bestie

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: I Dared the Duke

Author Anna Bennett
Format e-ARC
Print Length 320 pages
Publisher St. Martin’s
Published April 4, 2017

DARE TO FALL IN LOVE

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true? 

My Opinion

Elizabeth and her sisters were unfortunately described as the Wilted Wallflowers by a member of the ton. The nickname stuck and Beth quite frankly was tired of being a wallflower. So she agrees to a new title, one of a lady’s companion.

Beth Lacey is the newly appointed lady’s companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire. She adores the Duchess and loves her new position. So when the Duke arrives and demands she leave she says no. How dare he? Only the duke has good reasons. Someone is trying to hill him and his grandma is the only person he cares about. He needs her to retire to the country. To get her to do that he will need her stubborn lady’s companion on his side.

Beth thinks that the duke is horrible and a player (rake for this time period). She comes up with a scheme to force him to spend time with his grandmother- only then will she help. She has no clue his actual reasons and he is not inclined to tell her them. It is because of her misconceptions of him that she is able to stand up to him. Even though she is a wallflower, she apparently listens to the gossip as much as the most popular lady in the ton. 

Alex is a sweet duke. He has an unwarranted reputation which he uses to his advantage. He love and admiration for his grandmother is adorable. Why anyone wants to kill him is beyond me.

I Dared the Duke is a cute historical romance. There was no guessing who done it, there was no excitement of the near death moments, overall an enjoyable read just missing pizazz.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote An empty compliment would feel worse than an insult.


Other People

Dowager Duchess- Alex’s grandmother
Darby- Alex’s bestie

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Trailer Saturday (15) The End of Oz

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...




Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.
I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine? 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: Concealed



Author
Kate SeRine 
Format e- ARC 
Print Length 368 pages 
Publisher Kensington 
Published March 28, 2017 



As the only female initiate of the elite undercover society, the Dark Alliance, former FBI agent Madeleine Blake has a lot to prove—especially to her former lover, Alliance operative Jack Grayson. Ever since joining Jack’s team, Maddie’s been keeping her distance, trying not to relive every moment they shared during their brief but passionate affair. Yet when a mission ends in tragedy, Maddie’s ready to walk away from the Alliance—and Jack—forever. That is, until Jack’s cover is blown, putting his life in danger and making it impossible for Maddie to deny her true feelings…

Before he met Maddie, Jack Grayson thought happiness was impossible for a man like him. After all, he has a price on his head that requires him to live in the shadows, concealed from everyone and everything he cares about. But now that they’re on the run for their lives and Jack has Maddie in his arms again, he realizes their love is the only thing in his life that’s real. And this time, there’s no way in hell he’s letting it slip away… 

My Opinion 


Concealed is the second book in the Dark Alliance series. We were introduced to Maddie and Jack in the first book, Alliance. The underlying chemistry between the two is hinted at in the first book, so I was very excited to see that the second book was about them. Kate SeRine does not disappoint. The chemistry is scalding, the action fast and furious, and the romance is a thing of legends. 

Maddie Blake has resigned from the FBI and is now a member of the Dark Alliance. Will, her commanding officer, has placed her on Jack’s team. This normally would not be a problem only…Jack is her ex. The tension between these two is enough to heat up Hades. Will they chance love again or will Jack’s past finally catch up to him? 

Maddie is one tough lady. Yes, lady- sure she can hang with the boys but at the end of the day this gal is classy. Classy with a gun, who is not afraid to use it. She is also fearless and a bit on the reckless side if a loved one is in danger. She tries very hard to keep her relationship on the ice. Being hurt in the past by him has taught her a thing or two. 

Jack is all male. He wants to protect Maddie more form his past than anything else. Yet, he knows that her not knowing is what puts her in even greater danger than anything else. He knows he has a lot to atone for and he is relentless in his pursuit of Maddie’s forgiveness as well as her heart. 

Concealed may be my favorite Kate SeRine book to date. Yes, I’ve read them all (she is a fabulous writer). There is something about this one. It doesn’t feel like the second book in the series at all. If you like suspense, action and romance this is the book for you. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars 


Favorite Quote There’s only so much damage a relationship can take before it’s beyond repair. 


Other People 

Kozlou- from Jack’s past 
Stone- bad guy 
Claire- reporter 
Will- bossman



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Swoon Thursday (15) Queen Fae

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 eyes were beyond dark now, like a whiskey aged to perfection. "You are everything to me, Ari. If anything happens to you, I will destroy this world."

Queen Fae Kindle Location 820

Kade is the ultimate mate. King of the bear shifters and perfectly romantic, even in a parallel world.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (15) Lord of Shadows




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




Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

Why am I waiting?


Umm…did you read Lady Midnight? Cause if you did you would not be asking this. How can I not know what happens to Emma and to Julian?