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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Frog by Mary Calmes

The perfect romance story really. Though it was short it had everything anyone could wish for. It was sweet and endearing, it was heart warming, and the only dramatic struggle was actually just in the MCs' head. Weber Yates wanted to belong but he never knew he could find a home and a family with someone like Cyrus Benning. Cyrus already had it all, the only thing he didn't have, and the only thing, the only one, who truly made him happy was Weber, the guy who would rather run away than stay. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane

It's going to be silly saying this but I was scared of reading this book. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because I've read mixed reviews and maybe because I wasn't sure what it's going to turn out to be. I can tell you now - it turned out GREAT. What was my problem really? I already know I love Amy's writing and though I had a few misgivings about her books before, that's BOUND to happen since this is the 51st (!) book I've read by her. Starting I was still a bit worried and even though my misgivings stayed for the remainder of the book, I'm still saying this - it was AWESOME. I enjoyed both the romance and the thriller side of the story, in my mind it was beautifully balanced and though we are mostly left with a HFN it's very important to add that this book doesn't resolve ALL issues since it's the first in what I guess will be new Romantic Suspense series of the best couple to solve crimes - PI Jackson Rivers and Defense attorney Ellery Cramer. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS #9) [Sebastian & Hudson] by Charlie Cochet

What can I say, I simply LOVE this series. Seb and Hudson's story was beautiful but it was mostly heart breaking. We've known about these two for a while now, and getting to hear Hudson's side of things made me feel so sorry for both of them. 7 years being apart yet never truly being able to put their feelings aside. That's what it means to be marked. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On The Ropes Series Box Set (On the Ropes #1-3) by Aly Martinez

I know.. I just posted my last review of the third book in the series.. but since I bought the three of them in this book-set, I decided to make a sort of round-up of my thoughts. 

I'll start by saying I LOVED this series and I seriously have to look up more books by Aly. The first and third books were AMAZING. Filled with New Adult angst at its best. I was hooked and I couldn't and didn't want to put them down. All three siblings are connected through their love of boxing and the free program offered by the new boxing gym "On the Ropes" changed their lives forever. Every book deals with a serious issue one of the brothers were going through and since they have 5-6 years apart, we get to see all of them grow up and mature, make families, continued on with their lives, take care of one another and make each other happy they best they knew how.  

Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) [Quarry Page & Liv James] by Aly Martinez

It's my third day of being sick and 3 is the charm, I was home all day but unlike the previous days I felt well enough to swallow this whole book. Quarry and Liv's story was beautiful, sensitive and the best rap for this awesome trilogy. I couldn't have asked for more. Quarry and Liv deserved each other but I guess a few years needed to pass by in order for them to find each other and be in the right place where they could at last act upon the love they shared for 13 years. If you haven't read any book in the series I think you should stop right here.. go back to the beginning, read my review of Till in "Fighting Silence" because I will be referring to spoilers to the previous books.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes #2) [Flint Page & Ash Mabie] by Aly Martinez

I admit that after the previous one, I had crazy expectation for this one, not only that, I really liked Flint and how different he seemed from both Till and Quarry (more of a silent, self controlled brainiac). But in this one, I found a bitter, angry and mostly high-handed man I00 disliked. Sadly, Ash wasn't a favorite either since she was too childish to my liking. So somehow I struggled through the book, and though I did find myself hoping they find their way to each other while both maturing and realizing who they are and what they want, it still felt lacking, mostly because my connection to both MC felt fragile. It was there one minute and then there was an eyeroll when I was annoyed with their behaviour. I wanted this book to be so much more and I wanted to see Flint's progression in a much better way but somehow it was shadowed and rushed through. I guess with Flint's "It's no big deal" attitude I can see why it did make sense to skip it. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1) [Till & Eliza] by Aly Martinez

WOW, this was angsty as hell but was worth every second of it! This book was SO engaging, I was hooked from the start. Eliza Reynolds and Till Page have known each other since they were 13. Almost ten years later nothing and everything has changed. What they feel for one another was never the question, it was will they take the leap into romantic relationship instead of settling for "just friends". They mean the world to one another and yet risking Eliza's friendship is something Till is too scared to do. Besides his brothers (Flint and Quarry), Eliza is the most important person in his life and actually, she is important almost just as much to his younger brothers. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Gathering Storm (Porthkennack #2) [Ward & Nick] by Joanna Chambers

I'm not sure what to make of this book. It wasn't what I was expecting and though I liked a lot of things about it, I'm not sure I truly liked both MC. Up until the middle I found myself struggling to keep going. While the setting of the story, the way Joanna portrayed the town of Porthkennack and Ward's growing interest in science through his journal were beautifully written, I felt the relationship buildup was left somehow "unattended". I wanted to see more of Ward and Nick TOGETHER to see how they connect and not through Ward's explanations of scientific discoveries. 

Sir Edward Fitzwilliam comes to the town of Porthenneck to pursue his interest in communicating with ghosts. Though it sounds like a mystical interest it's actually a scientific one. Ward is a respectable scientist or rather he was before he started this specific interest of his. It started after he lost his twin brother and ever since he's been obsessed. But as a good scientist he was looking for a way to contact George, his dead brother, as George was able to contact him (when he informed Ward of his death before anyone could have gotten wind of it). A natural area in Porthkennack has the ability to reconstruct the way he connected with George so naturally he bought the place and made it not only a home but a place to conduct his experiments. So now all he needs are subjects to test and see if others can connect with the dead as he was able in the same conditions. Yet no one in the town want to participate in his experiments.. Not after a truly unfortunate event Ward had actually nothing to do with.. The only unwilling subject he is able to get is Nicholas Hearn - who is not only half Gypsy but he also just recently lost his mother who was considered a "medium" by the people of the village. Nick isn't doing this of his truly own free will.. but once he and Ward start talking he realizes he enjoys their time together even if he won't admit it..

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Bohemian and the Businessman (The Story Sisters #1) [Priscilla & Shane] by Katy Regnery

I gotta say each book I read by Katy makes me love her even more. I LOVED the previous sub-series "The Rousseaus" each book was a JOY to read with the last one being my favorite, this one was the same and yet better - something new and yet familiar and loved. Can't get enough of the Blueberry Lane series and Katy, mostly Katy.

The timeline of this one takes place 2 years before the "current time". It's the same timeline as "Crazy About Cameron" (from the Winslow Brothers) in which Margaret Story (Priscilla's sister) finds her HEA with Cameron Winslow. But if you haven't read it, or if you haven't read ANY of the books in the bigger "Blueberry Lane" series it doesn't matter because besides getting a little bit more about the Story sisters, and one scene that was "replayed" from a different angle nothing here is a spoiler. It's something really nice about the series, you can start wherever you want to and it doesn't really matter, though if you start in one sub-series I do think it makes more sense to start with the first one that introduces the siblings. Also it's a good way to avoid minor spoilers. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dark Soul, Volume III by Aleksandr Voinov

What can I say about the final installment.. It was as good as the previous ones were which means - AMAZING and impossible to put aside and in a way bittersweet because decisions had to be made.  
It brought Stefano into a very difficult situation with the authorities, and one particular vicious man - Sebastiano Beccaria who is actually Franco and Silvio's older brother. He might be on the different side of the law but he is a killer in his own way and getting his view totally showed that. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dark Soul, Volume II by Aleksandr Voinov

I don't even know where to start. As with the first one, this part was impossible to put down, even more so now that I know both Silvio and Stefano. There is something about the pace of this story, or how it keeps you on edge, not only on what would happen between these two men, but also the Russian mafia and the way they decide to deal with them. 

Dark Soul, Volume I by Aleksandr Voinov

This is NOT a light read before bed, and I'm saying that because I had nightmares about the mob last night... Glad that I don't actually remember anything but the strange and mostly frightening vibe.. I knew this book (in three parts) was dark and not only because of the name, I also saw there isn't a clear tag to the genre which fits Aleksandr. He doesn't do ordinary, or "mainstream". I don't think I would have read and enjoyed this book if it wasn't written by him. I was uncomfortable and unsure about this the whole time I was reading it, yet I couldn't put it down. It was mesmerizing in an almost intimate and kinky way. Not sure how to explain it really.

This first two chapters in this one is told from Stefano Marino's POV. He is a young mob boss trying to establish himself. He is happily married and being a part of the mob he doesn't really know what to do with his sudden extreme reaction to Silvio “the Barracuda” Spadaro, a young enforcer of one of the "big bosses" who retired a few years back (though he is still in the game at times which is how Stefano meets Silvio). 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Locker Room by Amy Lane

Beautiful beautiful story. One of the best I've read by Amy, though THE best is saved to "Sidecar" which frankly reminds me somehow of this one though only tiny ideas and nothing of the plot itself. One of the things in common is this book spans 15 years making Xander and Chris sort of epic (in Sidecar it's even more - 25 (!) years). If something was NEVER an issue in this book is their love for each other and how much they'll do to have each other in their lives. Another thing in common is Chris basically saves Xander from a life of hunger and abuse (similar in a way to Joe saving Casey's life though the circumstances are TOTALLY different as well as the plot line and setting). 

Xander Karcek and Chris Edwards meet at 15 for the first time on the basketball court which is THE thing that brings them together. Chris was merely waiting for his mother to bring take-out for the family, while Xander was playing in the court because he has no where safe to go and playing means he could ignore how hungry he is. When Chris asks his mother to bring Xander home to eat dinner with them he has NO idea the impact it would have on ALL of their lives.  


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer #1) by Karen Chance

This book is impossible to read. After 24% I realized that very little actually happened and I'm totally and absolutely LOST with all the details of the past and present BESIDES the actual plot. I was bored out of my mind when I wasn't confused or lost. The little that DID interest me just didn't move along. There was WAY too much information about the world and mainly about Cassie's past and yet when something happened it was full of action and gory. Not that I mind about that, my issue was the action was SO confusing I had to re-read most of it and still not know who the author was referring to. I wanted this book (and series) to be awesome but sadly I'm letting this one go right here. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Queen's Witch (Cassandra Palmer 0.6) [Gillian & Kit] by Karen Chance

This short novella is a sequel to "The Gauntlet", a few days after Gillian and Kit goes their own ways they meet again and Kit explains to Gillian what he needs her for and the importance in that. 

The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer 0.5) [Gillian & Kit] by Karen Chance

I enjoyed this short interlude into Cassandra Palmer's world though neither of the MCs in this one is in fact Cassandra. This short novella is told from the alternative POVs of Gillian Urswick - a witch, captured by the black circle who wish to eliminate the witches in general and Chris "Kit" Marlowe who is a vampire tasked with finding someone to help him uncover a certain plot against the queen. Gillian will certainly do but first he has to make her see she can trust him and then they have to find a way to escape which very quickly becomes almost impossible. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate and Ian #1) by Tracey Garvis-Graves

I'm sorry, this book isn't working for me.. I tried giving it the best shot I can, but 69% in, I lost the appeal. The little things that annoyed me throughout the book became too much for me to continue and I really do think I've read enough to have a good opinion on what I feel about it. 

There is a lot of unique concepts about this book. Both MC, at least in the beginning felt very different from what I'm used to reading. Ian sounded like the "anti-hero" someone we'll need time to see as capable of being a true "romantic interest", and Kate had everything she could wish for as a lawyer yet she put that all aside to work at a shelter for people with limited funds. That's really not a usual setting for a novel. Though them meeting when she found he was the anonymous donor DOES sound romance novel material and quite swoon worthy. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Creature Feature - Landslide + Frank & Cael ficlet by Mary Calmes

This Anthology contains two short novellas, I just read "Landslide" (the second one) by Mary Calmes 
[I might get back to "Diagnosis: Wolf" by Poppy Dennison one day ]

This was literally a WHOLE story condensed into a novella. It had everything from romance to mystery with a murder to be solved, a family drama with an added bonus of life, occupation and friends in a very well designed Paranormal world. WOW. The only reason I'm not giving this superb novella 5 full stars is it was a little bit too crowded with details, some I'm not even sure why we got, though every last detail DID help make this book very real feeling (can't say genuine with all the vampires, werewolves, shifers and demons walking around..).

Monday, April 3, 2017

Once Upon a Rose (La Vie en Roses #1) [Matt & Layla] by Laura Florand

I don't like this book. Usually I give a better chance to books I feel aren't going where I want them to, but with this one I just can't and it even annoys me more because I got this book from a 'book friend' who thought I'd love it. Not to mention the first chapter ends with a mention of a Great Dane but it all ended for me right after that epic paragraph.. (starting Chapter 2).

I LOVED the way the land was described, the way Layla is lost in a field of roses. She was lost, she was confused, she was looking for something different in her life and though I had a hard time following what's exactly her issue is, being surrounded by this beautiful view which smells of roses SURELY has to be the solution. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Sweetest Goodbye (Roadmap to Your Heart #3.5) [Billie & Dylan] by Christina Lee

For me, the name says it all. It's the sweetest goodbye from a beautiful series. I'm so happy we got Billie's story. We met him as a teenager in the 2nd installment and now, a few years later, he is grown and we revisit the small town the Montgomerys live in with little glimpses into the couples from the 2nd and 3rd installment. I LOVED Billie and even more I loved Dylan. Together they were simply endearing. I love the friends turn to lovers turf and this one was exactly that. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Faintest Spark (Roadmap to Your Heart #1.5) [Mal & Sawyer] by Christina Lee

It's not the book, it's me. I dislike "MC" (Motorcycle Club) books. So why did I delve into this one? obvious reason - it's by Christina. It's hard for me to refrain from reading her books even though I knew, right from the start it's NOT my turf. But you see, though the first installment in the series was "so-so" for me, I LOVED the 2nd and 3rd installment so I wasn't going to pass this one out. Though it chronically takes place after the first installment (and has A LOT to do with what happened there) it's actually the last novella to close this series. There's another short novella published a few months ago that is chronically last but THIS is the sort of the finale with Mal the head of the "Disciples" Motorcycle club finding his HEA. 

April 2017 Reading List

A new month a new list of books to be read. I love the fact I have so many books on my list even though I DO get frustrated I won't be able to get to all of them. EVER. hehe
Actually my love for books is the main idea behind my new tattoo. It's just an idea still but later on this month I'll get it done. Can't wait to share it! 

Books are such a big part of my life. I LOVE reading, love my kindle and forgetting myself inside a wonderful story which is probably half the reason I LOVE Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and was enamored with the new movie "Be My Guest". 

Have you seen it? I was mumbling the words to half the movie. It was just PER-Fection. 

This month I'll be saying goodbye to the "Roadmap to Your Heart" series by Christina Lee, my plan was to immerse myself in a new series yet TWO failed me.. then my revisit to Tracey Gravis-Graves with a two part story didn't go as expected.. but at least there's a new start to an already loved series "Blueberry Lane" by Katy Regnery, this time with "The Story Sisters" AND a new installment in the much loved THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet - YAY! and three short novellas by Mary Calmes (one a part of an Anthology I'm not sure I'll read as a whole) also there's a new Historical by Joanna Chambers (a part of a series written by different authors). 

I changed SO MUCH this month so there are more adds (to balance the ones I deleted) so I added a few more safe bets by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov as well as a New Adult series by Aly Martinez which has been on my list forever.

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Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
Total Books: 18 (+3 DNF)
Total Pages: 3410
Pages per day: ~113
Click for more Recap & Goals of previous months

♥ Contemporary Romance 

♥ New Adult 

 

♥ Romantic Suspense 





Friday, March 31, 2017

Gambling Men by Amy Lane

Took me a lot while to actually start reading this book. I scheduled and re-scheduled it A LOT, preferring so many other books than to give this one a (fair) shot. Thing is, a while back I've read a short novella of the MCs - Quent and Jace in "Raising the Stakes" - and I didn't like it. Granted it was VERY short and so difficult to understand the dynamics of the couple in a way a full novel can which is why I had a VERY pleasant surprise with this one. I really enjoyed it. Quent and Jace were sweet and endearing together. I liked seeing their relationship turn into a commitment, and their love changing into something so much MORE than either of them experienced and believe they could have gotten together. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane

Heartbreaking story. I was at the edge of tears most of it. I couldn't and didn't want to put this book down, I wanted Peter and Bodi to be happy, I wanted a resolve for both of them, a sort of redemption and it took long enough till we got there. Their story (including Michael's) was SO tragic. Daisy (the town Peter grew up in) might sound like a pretty flower, but as his mother told him - looks can be deceiving. Daisy is the sort of place people preach about the kindness of the church but have no real kindness in themselves. This is the town that took 3 young kids and broke them. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Strays (Urban Soul #2) [Nero & Lenny] by Garrett Leigh

~sigh~ oh how much I LOVE Garrett's books, besides making me HUNGRY with all the tasty food she keeps on mentioning I can't complain and clearly can't ask for more than I got in this beautiful touching story. There is something so genuine about her writing, the characters she creates that are simply a joy to read (even with all the difficulties she makes them endure before they can find their HEA).

I LOVED Misfits (the previous book in the series) and I guess I was surprised by it since it's a menage, and yet it wasn't at all about the sex, it was about the three of them finding a connection. Everyone has his own faults and seeing them together overcome the difficulties life (or rather Garrett) inflicted upon them was so touching and beautiful. This book was the same (though it's not a menge..). These two books can be read as stand alone ones, though Nero is mentioned in the previous one there isn't a lot about him (mostly because even though Cass is his best friend there is more he DOESN'T know about him than what he actually does..) and in this one we are introduced to Tom-Jake-Cass in a very easy going way, really liked that. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Immortal by Amy Lane

I'm confused.. This book was captivating in SUCH a strange way and then came the ending and frankly I don't even know how to react. I feel like quoting the kid from The Princess Bride "Jesus granda, what did you read me this thing for?". So yeah, I enjoyed this book though it's hard for me to say what made it so special. It was difficult to read, not because it wasn't interested - IT WAS! It just had the most strange language I'm surprised I even understood what anyone were saying! It was like a sort of Irish slang maybe? Yet as the story progressed I was more and more sure of my "footing" and actually got exactly what they were saying. It made sense, everything started to make more sense as the story came together, the ending finally explaining the strange magic of this world. I expected something totally different and was surprised that in the end it was simply a love story, one with a lot of pain and so much loss, of anger and frustration when dealing with pure evil yet unwilling to truly succumb to it for love should conquers all. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

Heart breakingly beautiful. This book kept me on the edge of tears for SO LONG. Rusty's POV was agonizing to read. I felt sorry for him, I hoped for him and Oliver with the blanket of love and security he thrown over Rusty was sort of a miracle. Rusty is a simple guy which also means he has "simple thoughts" or rather HONEST thoughts about everything and everybody, he doesn't have one mean bone in his body and he has the biggest heart, his love story, his sort of "coming of age" story was painful as it was beautiful.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) [Scythe & Chiara] by Lara Adrian

A fun enjoyable read in the series, really enjoyed it. Both Scythe and Chiara needed to find a "break", find each other, someone who sees them and accepts them despite their past, or rather they needed to let the past lay where it should and be able to move past it into each other's arms. It was a short novella, Had a bit of everything I guess, drama, action and steamy sex. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox

It's been a while, a LONG while since I've read any of Ruthie's books, and it's all her fault, since I've read everything she published and so I was waiting patiently for a new release. So I was already pumped about this book, THEN I learnt that the MC in this one is no other than Nev's bigger brother from "About Last Night" which is probably my favorite book by Ruthie (and one of the first I've read by her). Keeps getting better and better without me even starting to read hehe I LOVED Winston in this one even if he was "the villain" in Nev and Cath's book. Let's just say he had his reasons and he managed to make amends with his brother (and partner). Now 5 years later it's time for him to find HIS happiness with the colorful Allie we've met in the previous installment - May's little sister.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane

I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I knew this book would be ANGST GALORE - be prepared if this is the route you wanna go. I actually enjoy these kind of books once in awhile, and I'm saying - once in awhile - because I used to be all about the angst, and not even in a romance novel, in a drama one where there's no HEA promised. I might getting more sentimental with old age needing to be reassured that it will work out in the end ;)

This is Mackey's story, it's also Mackey and Trav's finding love together but it's also the story of the Sanders brothers who made "Outbreak Monkey" the band who started with Mackey being bored, looking for something he can do with his brothers and two of their closest friends (Grant and Stevie) in the small town of Tyson. See, the Sanders brothers were dirt poor, and their mother being a single mom to four kids from four different fathers meant they had their (bad) reputation and so they had to stick together and help themselves and their mother in order to survive. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

My god the book hangover I'm having right now. This book was INCREDIBLE! I can't believe it took me two days to read it, I thought it would take me a while week considering how LONG it is, I was actually SCARED of starting it. I'm usually reluctant to read more 350 pages and those are mostly PNR but this one was simply IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I sat HOURS Saturday reading up until 3 a.m., then woke up cranky and kept the mood the whole day until I was home again and resumed reading maybe 10 minutes after I returned home.  4 hours later - finished the book - and truly I have no words to describe how amazing this book was. It wasn't what I was expecting on SO many levels. Perfection really. I know this book - Van and Aiden - would stay with me for a while keeping me company.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) [Josh & Caleb] by Sarina Bowen

Incredible, though really, I wasn't expecting any less from Sarina :) There's a special story behind this one, but I'll get to it later on. Joshua (Josh) and Caleb grew up in a (highly religious) cult (oddly named Paradise), which isn't the only reason their lives were miserable. But they find themselves out quicker than they expected. For Caleb it was only a matter of time, not if. But while Caleb was PLANNING it, Josh just knew he'd be thrown out one day for being useless around the farm. Well, maybe not totally useless, but slower and less capable. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost

What a JOY getting the final installment in the Night Prince series. I waited for this one SO LONG, and it was SO worth the wait! Not only that, the ending brought with it an announcement I'm also pumped about (but I'll get to that later ;)). I grabbed this book Saturday afternoon, and put my kindle aside only when I finished. ~sigh~ how I missed Vlad and Leila, and also Jeaniene writing. Getting sucked into the Night Huntress World again was everything I hoped it would be. I actually liked we didn't get more of Cat and Bones, but we DID get a lot of Ian and Mencheres.

The plot continues where we left off, frankly I didn't really remember where THAT was, but Jeaniene did a good job of reminding us the main things. First the fact that Leila is connected to Mircea - a necromancer who is also Vlad's stepson and nephew. His wife at the time, betrayed Vlad with his brother Radu. Mircea's magic backfired when he tried to harm Leila resulting in the bond they now share - if he is harmed, she feels it on her skin, and vice versa. Mostly meaning if someone killed Mircea - Leila would die, which also means no matter how much Vlad wants to kill Mircea, he can't do that before he breaks the spell. 

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