Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (24) Moonlight Seduction

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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.

The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel... 

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up... and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman... one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again. 

Why am I waiting? 

I loved Gabe in Moonlight Sins and really want to read his story. Does he get his happily ever after or is heartbreak in his future?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (24) The Professor Woos the Witch

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!

"Yes.  You're so very much my kind of guy."  She closed her eyes and shivered.  "As much as someone who doesn't date has a kind of guy."  She took a sip of wine before continuing “Look, since we’re laying things out, I like you a lot. And yes, I really like what you do for my magic, but I’ve lived my entire life with broken gifts. I was prepared to live the rest of it that way too. For me, my magic working is just a bonus of being around you. It’s not the reason.”

The Professor Woos the Witch Kindle Location 2321

Pandora is being completely honest with him.  I am thinking that the other shoe is about to fall.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: My Fake Valentine

Author Kellie McAllen 
Format e-book 
Print Length 205 pages 
Publisher Lounge Chair Literature 
Published Jan.27, 2018 

Mia's star desperately needs polishing. Can a fake relationship make her shine?

Mia Black “aka” Black Sheep, is the slightly geeky, kind of smart, but otherwise lusterless middle daughter of a family full of shining stars. Literally, like, movie stars. 

Austin is the super cute, uber-popular, basketball phenom whose athletic career just took a nosedive when his failing grades landed him in academic probation. Basically Mia’s polar opposite.

When Austin impulsively kisses Mia in the hallway in front of everyone, pretending he’s moved on from the girl who just dumped him, he begs Mia to play along and promises he’ll make it worth her while. Mia knows her reputation could use some help, and Austin is the perfect guy to elevate her from not to hot. All she has to do is help him get his grades up, and Austin will pretend to be madly in love with her. Sounds like a win-win for both of them, right?

Fake it till you make it, the saying goes, and Mia and Austin soon realize that opposites do attract. But can their relationship, and their reputations, survive when the whole school finds out they were only faking? 

If you like fun and flirty teen contemporary romance books by authors such as Kelly Oram, Jessica Park, Amy Sparling, or Nicola Yoon, you'll love My Fake Valentine! 

My Opinion 

I am just going to put it all out there- I didn’t like this one. 

Mia is the middle child with complete middle child syndrome. Wooow is me, I am forgotten, my sister and brother outshine me. She has a huge birthmark on her face and this is what causes her not to want to shine? This is what causes her to hide, then she gets tired of hiding and so propositions a guy she doesn’t know but who kissed her at school anyway? I tutor you, you pretend to like me, I get popular. Umm her family alone could have done that.  Mia is way too insecure for me, not even that, it is more that she has the lowest self esteem possible.

Austin is a jerk. That is the best way to put it. Umm… grabbing a random gal and kissing her is never a smart move. Neither is not doing your homework for that matter. Like seriously, who is this guy and why does Mia like him? Oh wait, to make her popular that is why. 

The best thing about this story was Kerri, Mia’s bestie and you know what Mia treats her like crap. I would have walked away from her if I were her friend. 

The blurb says that if you like Kelly Oram you will love this one which is why I one-clicked it. This is a hard no for me. 

There are a lot of individuals for that liked this one. There are links to two of their reviews: 

My Rating 2 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote There was none…. 

Other People 

Kerri- Mia’s bestie 
Chloe- Austin’s ex

Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Burning Bright

Chris Cannon
Format e-ARC
Print Length 405 pages
Publisher Entangled Publishing, LLC (Teen)
Published June 4, 2018

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

My Opinion

This is a bittersweet read for me, as it is the last book in the series about a girl who finds out that she is not quite human but in fact a dragon shifter. She loses her parents and gains grandparents that she never knew she had and now she must master the ins and outs of her new society. Along the way she gains friends, finds and loses love as well as ends up in an arranged marriage. When we last left Bryn her knight was lost to her and Jaxon’s ex had died. This book is about finding their new normal and accepting their fate.

Bryn is still as real as can be. She does what she says and says what she does. Her feisty positive can do attitude is just what snobby Jaxon never knew he needed. Just like his follow the rules and try not to bend attitude is just what she needs to curb her impulsive ways. They really do suit each other if only they would realize it.

A school year surrounded in suspense, why are others falling ill? Who attacked Bryn? What is up with the new rules in town? Why can’t she hang out with her parents? What is up with Jaxon?

This one brings a rollercoaster of emotion, as it should with the events of the previous book in the series. I like that the author does not gloss over what they characters are feeling. I love that Ivy and Clint are still there for her as a gal just needs her besties when times are gray and let’s be real. Bryn’s world has been gray since she stepped into it. The best part is when Jaxon makes a social mistake and her grandma is all over it.

Burning Bright wraps up the series nicely. I recommend this one for anyone who is a lover of shifters, especially dragon shifters. I really wish this series wasn’t ending so soon after it began. Maybe just maybe Chris Cannon could write another story about another of the hybrids, or an orange dragon or a green dragon with say a fake wing? One can only hope…

My Rating
5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Did you swallow a thesaurus this morning?”

Other People

Ivy- Bryn’s bestie
Clint- Ivy’s boyfriend

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (23) Rage

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.

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut series: the second in a captivating new YA fantasy/romance series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard.

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan. 

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent. 

This feels like more than rage. 

It feels like war. 

Why am I waiting?

First have you seen this cover? It is beyond gorgeous! Secondly, how can you not be waiting for this one? The first one was sooooo good.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (23) Burning Bright

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 don't understand why he runs hot and cold. He acts like he's my friend and then once he's met his goal, he bails. It's weird. That's not how you're supposed to treat your friends.

Burning Bright Kindle Location 1863

Poor Bryn, and honestly poor Jaxon. All those very confusing.

Time seemed to slow down as his hand touched her cheek and then cradled the back of her head. heat thrummed between them, burning bright as the kiss grew, which was strange yet somehow right.

Burning Bright Kindle Location 3951

One thing that Bryn can say though is that Jaxon can kiss...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: The Werewolf Meets his Match

Kristen Painter 
Format e-book 
Print Length 356 pages 
Publisher Sugar Skull Books 
Published June 30, 2015 

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 and all.

Getting arrested wasn’t on werewolf Ivy Kincaid’s agenda when she arrived in Nocturne Falls, but her life rarely goes according to plan. The upside of spending the night in the local lock-up is finding a hotel room is no longer a worry...but the downside is the man she’s come to marry will get his first impression of her behind bars. Not exactly the way Ivy was hoping to meet her pack's sworn enemy...aka her fiancé. 

Sheriff (and werewolf) Hank Merrow is the alpha's heir. Everything he's ever done, from becoming an Army Ranger to serving in law enforcement, has been in preparation for the day he’ll take over. Getting married to cement a shaky truce is no different. Hank will do his duty, even if it means shackling himself to a woman he has no intention of liking, let alone loving. 

But Ivy is nothing like Hank expected. As feisty as she is beautiful, she's as determined as he is to make a go of marriage for the sake of peace between their packs. The trouble is, Ivy has secrets that could destroy everything Hank holds dear...including his newfound love for her. 

My Opinion 

**This is the second book in the series; it can be read out of order as each story is stand alone.** 

It was nice to return to Nocturne Falls, 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. 

Ivy and Hank are in rival packs with both of them children of alpha’s. As such they know that they may have an arranged marriage one day. When the Merrow pack ends up owing the Kincaid pack a favor it is called in, they must marry one of their son to Kincaid’s daughter. How does Hank meet his new fiancé? Well, in jail but it totally was worth it (trust me on this one, I would have ended up in jail too). 

Ivy’s family are a bunch as jerks. A harsher word than jerk probably needs to be said here. She needs to get out and this is her way out. You know that saying better the devil you know? Well, in this case it does not apply. Anyone has to be better than her daddy dearest. The secret she is keeping is not a bad one and in her position, I get why she is keeping it. I puffy heart adore Hank’s reaction to the secret and his quick action. 

Hank, wow what a sweet alpha male. Yeah, I said it… he is an alpha wolf and he is still sweet. Most tend to be rude or pricks but not Hank. His entire family is just pretty awesome. They rally together for the good of the family and family/pack always comes first. 

This is a sweet romance story, with a bit of paranormal in the mix. The paranormal is just a sprinkling though so if you were expecting more on that side of things you will be miss out. If you believe that there could be mated pairs out there than the quickness of their relationship will not bother you. Granted they had to marry within three days so it had to be a bit quick. 

Coming back to Nocturne Falls is like coming home. The story was quick, cute and fun. The characters sweet with a bit of spice added to it. Overall, a good read on a summer day where the sun is trapped behind rain clouds. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote He was the kind of hot that gave a woman wicked thoughts and sucked the sense out of her head. 

Other People 

Aunt Birdie- Hank’s secretary/town gossip 
Charlie- Ivy’s son 
Griff- Hank’s dad 
Belinda- Hank’s mom 
Bridget- Hank’s sister

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: Hex

Author Alyxandra Harvey 
Format e-book 
Print Length 170 pages 
Publisher self 
Published Feb. 26, 2018 

Blood magic. Zombies. Homework. You know, the usual. 

Mackenzie Shelley knows there are things that go bump in the night. 
Her Aunt Bree has taken them all over the country seeking them out; but when they finally settle in the tiny mountain town of Violet Hill, Bree disappears. 

When Parker and Sierra's father also goes missing, Sierra works blood magic to find him. She also accidentally wakes a hundred year old Hoodoo curse that will reveal family secrets...and wake the dead. 
Mac prefers to work alone, but that’s no longer an option. 
She has to defeat zombies, ghosts, and pass her midterms. Just another day in Violet Hill. 

My Opinion 

Mackenzie and her aunt have come home to Violet Hill, only Mackenize doesn’t realize that it is home. They are supernatural hunters and typically keep to themselves. Mackenize is beginning to get worried, her aunt hasn’t come home and mirrors are breaking. Parker randomly shows up, with orders to protect her from his dad (they are closet hunters) how happen to have a warded house. When they get there they find out that Sierra has performed a spell to find their dad that went terribly wrong. Now not only do they have to find their parental units, they have to fight off zombies, a few ghost- one with a few magic tricks. 

Mackenzie is a kick-butts-take-names-later kinda chick. So color her surprised that her family comes from Violet Hill. She pretty much stands up for what she believes in and is a straight shooter, which was refreshing. She is also takes things in stride, which helps with how supernatural her life is about to get. 

Parker is just trying to do the right thing. This really is a case of when a good guy gets left in charge. He is pretty solid, with a protective side. He tries to let his sister handle things but you can tell that he wants to step in, a lot. He is not sure what his dad got them into but he is confident that Mac and him will figure it out. 

This one is told by three points of view- Mackenzie, Parker and Sierra. The jumping back and forth was not as hard as it has been in the past. All three characters have distinctive voices and personalities and the story is told in real time so that helped. 

I am hoping that this is the start of a new series for Alyxandra Harvey. I loved two of her other series- The Drake Chronicles and The Lovegrove Legacy.  I really hate the cover of this book, so please try not to judge it by the cover. 

 This is a fast read, with a lot of action so your blood will be a pumping. If you like zombies, mystery and a pinch of witches than this is the book for you. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote Find the Spooky; Throw yourself at it was more our style. 

Other People 

Sierra- Parker’s sister, closet witch 
Jet- Sierra’s bestie, a seer 
Brody- Sierra’s ex, a bully 
Marcus- Brody’s brother

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (22) The Smoke Thieves

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...

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: Hooked

Author Christina Phillips
Format e-book
Print Length 185 pages
Publisher Entangled Publishing LLC
Published February 6, 2017


I like my sex dirty and disposable. I'm not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last. Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it's crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we're all alone and I can't get enough of her. I don't do forever, but she's hooked me so bad I don't ever want to let her go. Except there's no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won't live in hers...

My Opinion

***This one is very adult though so I do not recommend it for ages under 18.***

Grace just left her fiancé, who happens to work with her in her parents business. As she is making her great escape in her Mercedes, it breaks down. Across the street from Odin’s a motorcycle bar on the wrong sides of the tracks. Zach sees Grace walking in and assumes she is slumming it, only she’s not and once he figures that out, it is game over for both of them.

Grace is sweet, naïve but sweet. She needs to stand up for herself a whole lot more than what she does but hey to each their own. Zach is rough and ready to rumble. They make a cute couple but I am not sure that I am buying it. What happens when the insta-lust wears off? Like in a week or two? I guess I just needed the book to last a little longer, like a few months to see if they are both the one for each other.

If you enjoy books with a couple from different sides of the track than this is a tale for you. This one is a fast read and the pages are HOT so if you need that in your life than by all means this is the book for you. It is marketed like a MC book but honestly, there is little MC in it. Which I guess is where a lot of my disappointment comes from.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote "Can our lives be any more different from each other?"

Other People

Gage- Zach’s brother
Kat- Zach’s sister
Charity- Grace’s sister

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (22) Smoke in the Sun

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 highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn 

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Why am I waiting?

If you read Flame in the Mist, you know why I am waiting on this one. That cliffhanger was a killer. Flame in the Mist was one of my Five Star reads last year and I am hoping that this one will be another.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (22) The Werewolf Meets His Match

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!

She didn’t wonder why women stayed with men like this. She knew. Even smart women sometimes found themselves in bad situations they couldn’t see their way out of. And smart didn’t always equal brave.

The Werewolf Meets His Match page 8

Hmm... I wonder what Ivy is going to do about the douche bag?

"But I would never hurt you or your mother. And just because you can’t turn into a wolf doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. It just means you’re different. And that’s okay. You were born exactly the way you were supposed to be."

The Werewolf Meets His Match page 224

And this is the moment that Hank stole my heart!