Friday, October 19, 2018

Review: How to Marry a Werewolf

Author Gail Carriger 
Format ebook 
Print Length 196 pages
Publisher self 
Published May 13, 2018 

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.


The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.


Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works. Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf. 

My Opinion 

Supernaturals have been known to polite society for a while now. However, it is not becoming of a lady in America to have relationships with one. So when Faith is caught in a compromising situation what is her family to do but send her to relatives in England. Where they are much more accepting. What a welcome relief her English family is- kind, warm, and friendly. So different from her immediate family, that Faith knows that the other shoe must drop soon. Major Channing is the third in command of his pack and a werewolf. He happens to head the BUR, The Bureau of Unnatural Registry. His task at hand is to be on the outlook for special bullets that could kill werewolves and vampires. He meets Faith when she gets off the boat, and has to look through all of the passengers stuff. From there they meet time and time again, each meeting stranger than the last. 

I am so grateful that this is a love story that takes time. Major Channing had been a background character is several of the Parasol Protectorate books and for him to have a fast and furious love story would not be aligned with what we have come to know of him. 

Faith is a practical gal, who knows her worth and knows that her parents do not understand it all. She is more than dancing and dresses. Her family treatment of her is disgusting. She needs someone like Channing to balance out the horrors what she has endured. Channing for the most part had no clue what to do with her or his attraction to her. Channing for the most part is still his amazingly grumpy standoffish self. That is until Faith comes around, and turns his world upside down. She has no problem making sure that Channing knows what she is thinking at all times and to be honest that is exactly what Channing needs. 

I enjoyed this book, although I did wish it was longer. Channing and Faith are an adorable couple to watch manage the realm of romance, science and pack life. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “It’s why they don’t let me out much. I’m badly mannered and indifferent to society’s mores.” 

Other People 

Teddy- Faith’s cousin 
Biffy- Alpha of the London Wolf Pack 
Lyall- Beta to the London Wolf Pack

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (42) Muffin Top

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 only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.

That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.

I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date… unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!

Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what… 

Why am I waiting? 

The first book in the series left me with mixed feelings. I wasn’t sure if I was going to read the next book- then I previewed the first chapter at the end of Butterface. How Frankie handles that stranger saying mean things is pure gold.  I also really liked Frankie and Lucy as secondary characters in the first book and am hoping that this one leave me with more love feels than not.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (42) The Dragon Kings

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.

“My boyfriend’s a dragon. It’s like a complete dream come true for me. But anyone else in the world would be horrified.”

Kindle Location 19% Obsidian

Aspen has loved dragons all her life, so it makes sense that she would find out that her boyfriend was one.

“What does yours mean? It’s different. Nin Meleth, Nin Bereth.” “It means my love, my queen.”

Kindle Location 37% Aspen

Can a human really be the queen of dragons?

“You are a scrawny human, and yet you killed an eight-hundred-year-old dragon who had taken on unnatural magical powers. I’m sure you have a lot of faults, but cowardice isn’t one of them. In fact, the longer I get to know you the harder I have to look to find any faults. I’m surprised Skye isn’t head over heels yet.”

Kindle Location 73% Skye

I wonder what is holding Skye back?

“Each king has a different role to play. The leader, the coward, and the betrayed. But they could just as easily become the tyrant, the brave, and the betrayer. “A princess will rise from the darkness and be a light to all who know her. Beware the knight. He will cause her death."

Kindle Location 80% Skye

Who will be who?  The tyrant, the brave and the betrayer?  Also what princess?

This is one huge box set, here are some individual teasers from several of the books. Hopefully you will like Aspen and Sid as much as I did. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: The Princess Must Strike

Author Jaymin Eve, Everly Frost 
Format e-book 
Print Length 307 pages
Publisher self 
Published October 1, 2018 

A power lost. An enemy gained.

In a gargoyle city beneath the streets of Chicago, Storm Princess Marbella Mercy walks a dangerous path to find the only source of magic that will save Baelen Rath's life.

Now in control of her storm power, she must infiltrate gargoyle territory, heal Baelen, and escape. It's a simple get in, get out plan ... until she crosses paths with the brutal gargoyle king.

Already in possession of savage power, the king is hell bent on adding the storm to his list. Wanting the Princess for his own, he is prepared to do anything to bend her to his will.

When the king's ruthless actions push Marbella to the edge, she is left with only one choice - the princess must strike. 

My Opinion 

This one starts off with a bang literally seconds from when the previous book ends. Baelen is cocooned in a shell of storm power. Marbella is off to save him with just Jasper and the storm along with her phoenix to help her. The path is dangerous, more enemies will come out and surprisingly a few allies that were to never be. 

Within moments of Marbella and the group taking off for the gargoyle spings they are thrust back into action with an escaped gargoyle begging elves for their help and sanctuary. The Gargoyle king’ guards are fast to retrieve her, yet out heroes and heroine are not giving her up. With some unknown help from the land, their air maneuvers allow them to escape. They then find Llion, the gargoyle that we met in the first book. Llion and the new gal do not get along, with good reason. His markings are telling of his true character or are they? Maybe the gargoyle king and the Elven Council are a lot a like? 

Marbella cares not, walking start into enemy territory to save her love. There is she captured, and taken to the palace. Here she finds out how truly off their rockers the Elven Council really is- having witnessed first hand their corruption. Baelen is taken off away from Marbella, and she is sent to the mines. The gargoyle king will help her with the springs if she helps him find the hidden gargoyle heartstones. Marbella soon realizes that all of the gargoyle race is being held hostage by the new king. 

The miners see her as a weakness- someone they do not want on their team all but Llion that is. They soon learn that it does not do well for them to underestimate her. She starts to talk to the other miners, all of whom are males. She learns their story and becomes the beacon of strength. It is through her diplomacy that they realize that they cannot continue as they are. 

Marbella is very much isolated from all that she knows in this book. She does not have Baelen to support her, her guards to protect her, or her storm power to keep her company. She has only herself- and boy does she grow. She learns to trust in herself, and to rely on herself- for the first time in seven years. Everything she does is for the good of others, which is why she must prevail. 

I very much disliked the lack of Baelen in this book. I trust where the author is going with this, and it helped with Marbella’s character development but it kinda sucks for the romance side of things. 

Holy cow that ending though! I mean, one cliffhanger after another. Thank goodness the next one is releasing soon. Can it come sooner? 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote It’s like having part of me ripped away and thrown into darkness. 

Other People 

Jasper- Baelen’s bestie, elf 
Storm- spirit of a gargoyle 
Llion- gargoyle, ally 
Howl- evil gargoyle

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (39) Archenemies

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...

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (40) Snow In Love

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...

What's better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today's bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love...

Why I am waiting?

With all the hype about pumpkin spice and all the halloween decorations surrounding me. I can't help but wishing it was more peppermint mocha season and this book will put me in the mood for just that.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (40) The Princess Must Strike

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.

And the protocols? Actually, it wasn’t me who burned those to the ground; it was the Elven Command when they tried to kill Baelen and take my power. That’s when they made me their enemy.

Kindle Location 46

“You were Supreme Incorruptible,” I whisper. “You were the heir to the throne.” She draws a shaky breath, head down, her voice muffled against her knees. “I was. But then I died.”

Kindle Location 3333

Marbella has a long battle a head of her. Will she save Balen? Will she herself die, as others have? Will November 1 get here faster? This cover though...gorgeous!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: The Vampires Fake Fiancée

Author Kristen Painter 
Format e-book 
Print Length 360 pages
Publisher Sugar Skull 
Published Jan. 11, 2016 

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. 

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all. 

Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife comes to town expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles. 

His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game for her, the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy. 

When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans… 

My Opinion 

This is the third book in the Nocturne Falls series, each book is standalone so you can read the series out of order. Some old friends do show up in this book though, so if you like to know what is going with some sided characters than I would recommend it in order. Back home in Nocturne Falls, Georgia where the supers can hang out like regular people. The humans can hang out like supers. Everyone just gets a long, granted the humans have no clue that they are surrounded by people that go bump in the night. 

Sebastian is a rich vampire who takes his responsibilities seriously, so much so that some would say he was a recluse without friends. His wife not so much- never mind that he hasn’t seen in her hundreds of years. That she comes back wanting him to love her just as much as when she left makes his blood boil. So he does what any self-respecting vampire would do- he proves her wrong with a fake fiancée, Tessa Blythe, a Valkyrie. 

Being a Valkyrie, Tessa is supposed to be a warrior, a defender of those weaker instead she is a bookworm. Tessa, wants to be the librarian at Harwood’s Academy, the school for paranormals in this lovely town. Agreeing to be pretend to be Sebastian’s fiancée for a few days is no hardship in order to get her dream job. She does fight her paranormal side, often appearing afraid of it or maybe just afraid of what she may become when she does take up the sword. 

Sebastian is an arrogant, rich vampire who was brought down a peg or two when his wife left him centuries before. Being deserted by the one that he sired was a blow to his ego, leaving him hurting. This is why he now keeps to himself. 

The chemistry between these two are off the charts- they start off not really liking each other. Tessa feels the need to protect Sebastian from his ex, and he feels the need to protect her from his ex. From there things get complicated. 

Old characters make an appearance and new ones wiggle their way into our hearts. Not Evangeline though, that is one vampire that needs a stake right through the heart. Or at least a window letting sunshine in and her having to walk into the rays. 

Sometimes you just need a fun book, The Vampires’ Fake Fiancée is that. It was fun to watch the fake couple navigate the charade. It was fun watching the selfish brat of a wife be well bratty. Most importantly it was fun watching these two fall in love. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote She loved books. In a book you could escape and be anything you wanted, no risk involved. 

Other People 

Duncan- Tessa’s cat 
Hugh- Sebastian’s brother 
Evangeline- Sebastian’s wife 
Jesse- Tessa’s sister

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Review: House of Imperial

Author Jaymin Eve 
Format e-book 
Print Length 236 pages 
Publisher self 
Published July 15, 2018 

Callie has spent her life moving towns every four months in a bid to “stay off the grid." Her only family is a paranoid mother who believes there’s a race of supernatural beings out there actively searching for Callie. A race who could destroy Earth if they get their hands on her. Callie’s never seen one thing to suggest there’s any truth to mom’s insane ramblings, and at the age of eighteen now, she’s grown numb to her reality – she’s never going to have a normal life.

That is, until they move to New Orleans. The moment Callie steps foot into the Quarter, hears the jazz music, feels the soul of the city, the cold shell she’s built to protect herself starts to thaw.

Then they come for her. 

Turns out her mom’s stories are quite real, and whatever happens, Callie’s empty world will never be the same again. 

My Opinion 

I think for me this one suffered from the sophomore book curse. It was good, just not as good as the first book in the series. The aliens are back, with Emma in tow. They are looking for the other three Secret Keepers. Which has Daniel going off to New Orleans to find Callie. Callie has been raised with a paranoid momma and is counting on the days until she gets to leave her. She has no clue that everything her momma has warned her about is true. 

Callie is a strong independent woman, with a learning disability. I like that she can literally kick booty and she is not afraid to use her skills on anyone around her. She questions everything, and protects herself from those around her. She is skeptical of everything presented to her. Her relationship with her momma was hard pill to swallow in that I know people who have that type of relationship with their parents. I liked Callie a lot, but Daniel just did not do it for me. 

Daniel is the Imperial Overlord Major- his uncle was forced out and he took over. He is the only Overlord Major of the Daelighters guy group. He thinks that Callie is just going to fall in line and do what he wants, boy is he wrong. He has self-appointed himself as her protector. This is a little too much alpha male for me (there were two other Daelighters in line to find a Secret Keeper). Plus, he is very stand-offish, a little too serious all the time. I get that he is the Overlord Major, but goodness is he so woeful and gloomy all the time. 

The action was a slow burn in this one- it sparks, then goes away, then sparks again, the fades away again. When the action happens it happens fast and furious. Due to this, Daniel and Callie’s relationship moves from 0 to something in a very short time. I just really hated how they bonded. I just did not feel that they had any chemistry together. She had more chemistry with Emma for crying out loud. 

I did enjoy reading this book, I guess I was just expecting more. It does move the story along. There can’t be a war without casualties and the one in this book broke my heart. The next book is about Chase and I have been looking forward to that one. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “Sorry about your mom, but nothing you say will convince me that exercise is good for you. Scientists are wrong. Doctors are wrong. Everyone is wrong.” 

Other People 

Laous- Daniel’s uncle, big baddie 
Emma- First Secret Keeper 
Lexen- Daniel’s bestie

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (38) The Iron Flower

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...

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Review: Gone Hunting

Author Cecy Robson 
Format e-ARC 
Print Length 254 
Publisher self 
Published October 24, 2018 

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series for the first time—or go back to the beginning ...

The rest of the werewolf pack might consider Aric Connor to be omniscient and destined to save the world when evil returns to claim it. But for the most part, fifteen-year-old Aric ignores the confirmations of his powers, taking everything in stride until he meets her.

Celia Wird wasn’t supposed to awaken naked in the mountains of Colorado, not when she was just stalking her prey in a filthy alley several states away. She especially wasn’t supposed to meet Aric, the handsome werewolf who comes to her aid.

As a supernatural tasked with protecting the earth, Aric sympathizes with Celia’s dangerous situation. He’s also struck by her beauty and kindness. Yet, as much as Aric welcomes Celia, her arrival isn’t a peaceful one. 

Dark forces stir in Celia’s presence, resolute on killing her. Aric and his inner beast are adamant about keeping Celia safe and with them. But there's a time and a place for love, and Aric and Celia might not survive long enough to find it. 

My Opinion 

I absolutely adore this series. I have done re-reads every time a new book has come out. I so very wish that I could be the bestie of the sisters. So when Robson announced that there was a prequel for the series I was nervous. Then when the blurb stated that it takes place when Aric and Celia are much younger than the first book, Sealed with a Curse, I was confused. I vividly remember the scene in the first book of when Aric and Celia see each other for the first time. It is still one of my favorite scenes from book one. Then I got approved for an e-ARC of Gone Hunting, and I calmly- not really- excitedly sat down to read it. I read it in one night, and it was so good to be back in the Weird Girls world. More importantly, this prequel is amazing. 

Aric as a teenager is just as confident as Aric as the alpha male. He is still surrounded by his best friends, who even when they were younger would sacrifice themselves for one another. They also are not afraid to voice their concerns to their future alpha. The insight that we get into all of their lives explains so much. I get why Koda is the way he is, I loved seeing Gemini-still my favorite. Liam is well, Liam and that is a good thing. It’s nice to see how their personalities as grown shifters are influenced by their childhood so much. 

Younger Celia is more confident than older one. She hasn’t been polluted too much by the world and life has chipped away at the Weird Girls. Her sisters do not make an appearance in this one, although they are mentioned. Celia’s love for them is evident in her actions. 

Speaking of action. The prequel is filled with a lot of it. There is something going on that involves dark forces. Very Dark forces. Aric’s parents are away and so it is up to him and his friends to deal with it. That on top of finding Celia in the woods (who is she and where did she come from)? More importantly on the boys’ minds…is she a threat to Aric? Aric cares nothing about that- he just wants to protect her. More than he cares about his own life. So much so that it is strange. 

Aric’s parents are this one and they are perfect for each other. I love how much they protect each other and their son. They are raising Aric to be the right kind of alpha. Rare do you find in a book, a set of parents that care about their kid and worries for him. They put Aric and his happiness first in all things. Liam’s aunt is pretty 

This one gave me all the feels- happiness, fear, love, sadness. That ending though- it gave me chills. So good that I started reading the first book again, then the second. I bet you can see where this is going. You need to one-click this one. If you haven’t started the series you need to, like yesterday. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote The only thing I’m sure of is that a part of me left with here. And the way I feel this morning, it’s still missing. 

Other People 

Liam- Aric’s bestie 
Gemini- Aric’s bestie 
Koda- Aric’s bestie 
Aric’s parents- alpha male and female
Mimi- witch, Liam’s aunt