Sunday, 16 July 2017

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Gabriel's Inferno is on sale right now! 

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If you haven't tried the Inferno series, it is a great time for you to try it! It's definitely a great book and a story I recommend. 
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

[REVIEW] Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University, #1)
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Published: December 2014
Age: New Adult
Series: Radleigh University #1

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.


The first thing I thought after finishing this book was "That was a fast ending." - and - "I want more."

The story follows Lizzie Brandt after she is told her parents passed away in an accident. Lizzie then finds herself falling in love with her - hot - TA Connor. I liked how the story was romance based but still seemed to convey all the struggles of being a guardian to two young kids while still trying to balance everything else in her life. Although the story seemed short, it was an appropriate length. All loose-ends were finished up by the end of the story. The plot twist wasn't done as well as I would have liked. It made sense but there was little build up or foreshadow and seemed to be overshadowed by Lizzie's balancing act and her budding romance with Connor. I feel this story could have definitely been stretched into two books. Two books would provide more opportunity to develop all the story lines and not make them feel so abrupt. Again, the romance part was excellent - I felt Connor's dilemma and Lizzie's heartbreak but the other parts, her brother's feelings and the drama with Sophie and Trevor could definitely be further developed and be explained more. That being said, I respect the author's decision to contain it to one story. And there are two more stories in the Radleigh University series so there will be more Lizzie and Connor scenes!

MEH

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

[REVIEW] Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Published: February 2014
Age Group: YA
Series: Landry Park #1
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal.

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire. 

Landry Park is hailed as part Downtown Abbey and Gone With the Wind mixed with the dystopia flair of The Selection. We are introduced to the main character Madeline Landry who seems to be the heiress of heiresses. She stands to inherit the proud standing Landry House who are the professed heroes of the last great war. As all dystopia novels seem to follow, our heroine young Melanie Landry is unsatisfied with the constraints and oppressive nature of her privileged high society life and wishes to break free from the norm. This sense of rebellion, and thirst for freedom and free will leads her to the rebellion forces where she finds herself crossed between staying true to her noble lineage or abandoning all for what she believes is moral and true. Add to all this the complications of match making and boy troubles with a splash of debutante drama and war threats and you have yourself Landry Park - a novel that displays equal parts of traditional dystopia literature with scenes reminiscent of 18th century nobility woes. 

Landry Park does not disappoint with its political turmoil juxtaposed with the complicated trifles of love matching between the two protagonists, Madeline and David Dana.

Fans of the Selection should give this a try. The romance is quite heavy in this book but fans of dystopia literature may still enjoy it for the well established division between the wealthy gentry and the oppressed and poor rootless that the author has managed to create in this YA novel. 



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

[COVER REVEAL] Broken Prince by Erin Watt

SUMMARY:
These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


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This is one of my most anticipated books of the summer! I finished the first book in the series without realizing it had a cliff hanger ending and have been waiting ever since for ANY information on the sequel! Broken Prince is released on July 25. Pre-order links are above. Who else is super excited for this release!

Friday, 16 October 2015

[COVER REVEAL] Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

PUCKED Up ebook by Helena Hunting



Synopsis
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation. 

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters—who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require. 

Miller learns—eventually—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he's going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom. 


Pucked Up is available October 25, 2015!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

[EXCERPT] The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

Below is an excerpt for Sylvain Reynard's new book The Shadow, the sequel to The Raven. I loved Sylvain Reynard's Gaberiel series and will definitely be reading this one after I finish the first!



Raven watched as William efficiently disrobed, neatly folding every article of black clothing (with the exception of underwear, which he never wore), and placing it on the vanity.

She brushed imaginary lint from her dress as he stood in front of her, naked.

He was under six feet in height, his body lean and strong. Raven took a moment to appreciate the definition of his muscled chest and abdomen, and the strong cast to his thighs.  Not even a statue carved by the most talented sculptor could create a being with so much perfection.

His face put her in mind of an angel with intense, gray eyes that now looked at her expectantly.

She hid her face.  “You said you loved me.”

“I did. What’s more, I meant it.”

“Love is a peculiar thing. I’ve seen it. I’ve even cheered for it. But I never believed it was for me.”

“Why shouldn’t a beautiful, fierce young woman hope for love?”

“Because, as you put it, human beings are shallow.”

“Love is deep.” His rich voice echoed in the bathroom.

“Love is having the power to destroy another person.”

William stepped closer.  “Are you afraid of being destroyed?”

“Destroyed, consumed, betrayed.” She fidgeted with the neckline of her gown.

William placed his hand over hers, stilling it.  “Love creates; it doesn’t destroy.”

His lips found the place where her neck met her shoulder. He kissed her leisurely, tracing the path of her bared collarbone with his mouth.

His fingers brushed her zipper.  “Let me.”

He undid her dress, dropping it to the marble tiles.

Her bra followed.  She was as naked as he.

His eyes roved her body appraisingly.  His pale fingers caressed her cheek, her mouth, and her neck. His strong hands cupped her breasts, her abdomen, and her hips.

His gray eyes met hers. 

“The power you describe is the power you have here.” He touched her forehead before moving his hand to cover her heart.  “And here.  It’s the power you have over me. Power I haven’t yielded to another since I was human.”

He brought his lips to her ear. “Your fears are shared.”

With a slow kiss on her neck, he led her into the shower, standing behind her underneath a tropical rainfall showerhead.

Raven closed her eyes and lifted her face, like a flower following the sun.  The warm water soaked her hair and streamed down the generous curves of her body.

“I’ve never showered with another person.  What happens next?” William rested his hands on her shoulders.

She wiped the water from her face.

“Whatever you want. Just don’t let me fall.”

William’s gaze dropped to her right leg, which she was favoring.

“Is the pain terrible?”

“It’s worse after I’ve been lying down.  Sometimes I topple over.”

William spread his arm around her waist, drawing her back to his chest.  “Then I must be sure to catch you.”

She kissed him, reaching up to run her fingers through his wet hair as the water poured down their shoulders.

Her motions were fraught with an eagerness born of love and affection and the relief of remembering she hadn’t lost him.

He was hers.

Even now, naked, with a myriad of flaws few men overlooked, he embraced her. He embraced her imperfections.

He loved her.

His cool hands scorched her skin, splaying fingers wide over her abdomen and bringing her backside into contact with what rose between his hips.

She gave him her weight and he held firm, nipping and licking at her lips before enticing her to enter his mouth.

He entertained the intrusion for a moment or two then, with a growl, he spun her around, pressing their chests together.

Raven looked up into blazing gray eyes.

“Are you certain?”

She nodded.

“I need the words, Raven. I need to know you want this.”

“I want you.”

He took her mouth, his tongue alternately penetrating and retreating in a sensual rhythm.

She tilted her head, welcoming him, as the water continued to rain down.

Hands roamed over slick skin as their lower bodies came into alignment.  She touched his neck, his shoulders, his biceps, holding them tightly in an effort to remain upright.

William was not a tame lover.

In his arms, she sensed his control, his desire, and the war that waged between the two. But he’d never harmed her and had always focused his attention on giving pleasure before taking it. Usually more than once.

“You’re a dream,” she sighed.  “A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

His eyes burned into hers.

Without warning, he lifted her, tugging her thighs around his hips.

He lowered his mouth to her breasts, tasting and teasing before sucking droplets of water from her eager flesh.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, feeling him eager between her legs. 

He lifted her higher, hands beneath her backside, making sure he was correctly aligned.

“Breathe,” he commanded, his eyes boring in to hers.

Here was the vampyre, proud and powerful, teetering on the edge of control. He bared his teeth as if on instinct and his chest rumbled.

“Just don’t break me,” she whispered, pushing a lock of blond hair from his forehead.

William’s expression grew even more fierce.

“I won’t break you.  Whatever harm I bring to you I vow to heal.”

He swallowed her reply with his kiss.  Then with a single thrust, he entered her.

His kisses were as fierce as his movements as he pushed inside and withdrew, over and over.  His grip on her backside tightened as he lifted and moved her in concert with his own motion.

Raven clung to him, her hand trailing to his lower back so she could urge him deeper.

Not that he needed the encouragement.

Her breasts brushed against his chest, the friction teasing and arousing.

She ignored the warm spray of the water, the scent of soap and William, and the nagging discomfort in her leg and ankle.  Her focus was on feeling as he brought her swiftly to the brink of orgasm.

Before she could signal how close she was, she climaxed, her hand clutching his neck as she threw her head back.

William continued his pace until she’d finished, his mouth dropping to her breasts, drawing one of them into his mouth.

When she opened her eyes, she found him staring at her hungrily.

“I have only begun,” he rasped.  “Breathe.”

Sunday, 5 October 2014

[REVIEW] Pool of Crimson by Suzanne Sabol

This book was given to me for taking part in the blog tour. Thank you!

Pool of Crimson is NO shrinking violet. It starts out in fast paced action scenes and right off the bat hot vampires. I love fast paced books but there is much to be said about setting up the scene first. I found myself confused and unsure about which character was speaking/which character Dahlia was referring to. 

Other than that though, the main character is a strong female. There's hot vampires and the story just sucks you in. 

If you're skeptical about the book I'd suggest giving it a good read. Commit to the first half before making up your mind because you'll be surprised. The lack of details may confuse you but like the beginning the story soon takes off. 

MEH
Goodreads Link:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17445162-pool-of-crimson

Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Pool-Crimson-Blushing-Death-Novel-ebook/dp/B008KPPHW8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1409352828

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