Nov 23, 2016

#REVIEW: Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

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Genre:
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
 
Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.


*** REVIEW ***
RATING: 3/5 stars

I don't know what's up with me this year since I've rated quite a few of the newest and most expected installments of most of my favorite series with 3 stars. Blasphemy, I know!
 
Never thought that the day will come I'll rate Singh's Guild Hunter series lower than 4 stars, but that day has come people and I can not lie. Unfortunately, I'll have to agree with other readers who said that this book was more of a "filler" and while I did like it, it didn't blow my mind like the rest of the books in the series. I did crave this installment to be Bluebell's & Sparkle's story and was a bit disappointed we've got Elena & Raphael again instead, but the main reason for my rating is:
~ the slow pacing/dragging of the story at the beginning and towards the end which made me want to skip pages. IMO, the author resolved the main mystery in an antclimatic way and I've found the behaviour of some important characters considering their past unrealistic. And there was too little Bluebell/Illium, damn it!:(
 
I won't say anything else about that, because there would be spoilers. The things I loved on the other hand are our lovely and fierce consort Elena & her archangel Raphael who are still in the honeymoon phase, of course not to forget our beautiful Sparkle/ Aodhan who had an important role in this installment (yessss!) and the new creepy characters known as the Luminata (w.t.f. O.O)

No matter my rating, this series still remains one of my top urban fantasy series out there and I highly recommend it to every uf reader out there. The next book is again included in my most expected reads of 2017 list. Will I finally get my Bluebell's & Sparkle's story? It remains to be seen.*fingers crossed*

xoxo,
Purple

Nov 21, 2016

Review: FALL (Rock Solid #2) by Karina Bliss


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BOOK SUMMARY:

Keep Rage together at all costs...

Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage's nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She's supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it.
But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.

Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they're hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they're all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he's almost convinced, too.


MY RATING:

***MY REVIEW*** 
 
 Fall is the second book in the Rock Solid series, however it has different main characters than the first book. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Rise as well, simply because it really is such a great novel! Rise was about the rock god Zander, and Fall is about his PA Dimity and band’s drummer, Seth.



On the surface, Dimity and Seth couldn’t be more different. She’s the ice-queen, he’s the nice guy.
This is Dimity:
She shook her head, unable to answer him, unable to imagine anyone loving her enough to make the offer. She wasn’t the kind of woman who inspired forever. It was hard enough living with herself sometimes.
And this is Seth:
Everyone loved Seth. He could transition from playing pool with roadies to discussing economics with financiers – he even loved kids. Dimity had even seen him kiss a dog once.
But their differences are precisely the reason why the fit together so well. Dimity was an amazing protagonist, she’s complex, seemingly cold, focus-driven, ambitious, and sharp-tongued – overall a strong woman and we need more characters like Dimity in contemporary romance novels. Dimity hides her vulnerabilities behind her tough exterior and Seth is the only one who sees the fragile woman underneath. On the other hand – Seth. Oh Seth. Where do I sign up for to get a Seth of my own? He’s the nice guy, with a wild, pagan side which only occasionally gets released, he’s not intimidated by Dimity in the slightest. He teases her mercilessly, he simply gets her. 

The book has friends-to-lovers theme, plus they’re faking a relationship in order to help Seth get his ex back. Yet, the book is not all about relationships drama, which I appreciated, other topics are explored (e.g. Seth’s complicated relationship with his father) and other characters get to share the spotlight as well. For example, Zander has an important role in the novel. He’s Dimity’s boss, but he’s also so much more, he’s her mentor, her constant in life. He too was once, like Dimity is now, married to his career, and now that’s he is moving on in his life, pursuing other interests, Dimity feels lost, doesn’t know to whom to look up to anymore. She’s thrown off her game. Therefore, Dimity’s relationship with herself if also given attention, she realizes which things matter most in life. 

The reason why I love Karina Bliss’s books so much is because of her writing. It’s what distinguishes her from other authors of this genre. She structures her novels well, pays attention to the words she chooses, sentences flow perfectly together. After reading just one chapter, you can tell – this woman can write! And it’s a pure pleasure reading when someone writes this good. Her characters are relatable – even though they’re rock stars! You get the heartache, yet they don’t take themselves too seriously. You get sweet, and you get sexy. I immensely enjoyed Seth and Dimity’s story and I can’t wait to see what Karina Bliss prepares us next!

 *ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**


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xoxo,
Beatrix 

Nov 12, 2016

ARC Review: INTERBOROUGH (Five Boroughs, #4) by Santino Hassell




Summary


The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

 
 
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Review


Rating: 4.5 stars!

Well, I found another favorite series! On the Goodreads scale of "did not like it" to "it was amazing", Five Boroughs is amazing. Interesting stories and characters, lots of hotness and feels -- it's all here, and I love it. I can't wait to find out who will be the next couple to get their HEA! There are so many possibilities, and I just want these books to keep on coming.

Interborough is another book about Raymond and David. They met in the first novel, Sutphin Boulevard, and made me think they'd be cute together. Then they got their own book Sunset Park, and drove me a bit crazy with it. Correction, David drove me crazy. Raymond I loved, but David I found annoying. As a consequence Sunset Park became my least favorite book in the series. That is why I was a little nervous to start this installment, but skipping a book in my new favorite series, and not reading about Raymond finally getting his HEA, and not catching up on the other characters was simply not an option. Even if it meant having to read more about David.

Raymond Rodriguez was first introduced as a pot smoking, video games playing, unemployed, mom's little baby. In this book he couldn't have been more different. He lived with his boyfriend, worked two jobs, one of which he absolutely hated, and went to school so he could get ahead at the job he actually liked and wanted to continue doing. His days and nights were exhausting. I knew he's a fictional character, but I couldn't help but feel proud of him for all he was doing. He's such a kind and considerate man. I kind of wish he was in a relationship with someone who'd show sympathy and support during such a busy time in his life, someone who wouldn't wake him up in the middle of the night to start a fight, but he isn't. He loves David.

I think I've already made it abundantly clear David is not my favorite person in the series. It's been four books, and I haven't grown to like him, so I may be a little harsh when I talk about him. I tried to understand him; to put myself in his shoes, but they didn't fit. His insecurities and jealousy were the cause of many unnecessary fights, and it drove me nuts reading it. He was under pressure at work too, so I cut him some slack, but his paranoia went too far. In my opinion.

With all that happening to them separately, things weren't great with them when they were together, and with Raymond's packed schedule, they weren't together much. Raymond and David were out of their romantic little bubble, and with the real world came real problems and kept on coming to kick their asses. The love was there, but there was a lot of strain between them. They had to resolve quite a few issues in fifteen chapters, and it made for an interesting and emotionally draining read, something I've come to expect from this series. Santino Hassell sure knows how to create complicated characters that feel so real and put them through the wringer. You know, kind of like life does to people.

After fifteen chapters came the epilogue that was not entirely about Ray and David, but about another couple, and it made me so happy.

Now I can't wait for the next book to come out. I was lucky that by the time I started this series, I already had all four books. Now I have to be patient. Ugh... No matter, I strongly believe whenever the new book comes out, it will be great.



***ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***



Until next time, happy reading!




XOXO,
 

Nov 4, 2016

ARC Review: LOOKING FOR GROUP by Alexis Hall




People you meet online aren't real. Except that they totally are.

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.

And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit's real. Obviously.

Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.


 
 
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Review


Rating: 4 stars!



So many books, so little time -- that's what 2016 has been like for me. On the bright side, I got to read some authors that have been on my must-read list for too long, and I've been lucky in picking my reading material because the books I did read introduced me to a lot of amazing and lovable characters. Alexis Hall is one those authors, and Drew and Kit, the stars of Looking for Group, are among those characters.

As Drew says in the blurb, this book is sort of his story. About how he messed up some stuff, and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff. And it's a sweet story. A really sweet story that had me a bit worried at the beginning. Drew plays Heroes of Legend, an online game, and the story starts when he joins a new guild. There are entire transcripts of the members' conversations in the book, and descriptions of their raids, and I, well, I had almost no clue what was happening during those raids or what even they were talking about. So, yeah, I got a little worried, but as soon as Orcarella (Drew) and Solace (Kit) started chatting in the game, all my worries vanished. Their chats were so cute they always made me smile.

What came next was the messing up, figuring out, and falling in love. Drew liked Solace from the start, but there was that thing that he believed Solace was a girl. When she turned out to be a he, Drew went through a phase where he was disappointed first because until then he was only into girls, but then he realized that even though Solace was Kit, a boy, he still liked him. Luckily for him, Kit liked him too, and they decided to not only hang out together in HoL, but in real life as well, where they continued to be adorable in building their romantic relationship. Drew had a few moments when I wanted to smack him a little because he was messing up, and I felt bad for Kit. In the end, Drew figured things out, and made his apologies, and everything was adorable once again.

So, yeah, I finally read a book by Alexis Hall and I liked it.


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Until next time, happy reading!



XOXO,
 

Oct 13, 2016

ARC Review: SLAVE HUNT (The Subs Club, #5) by J.A. Rock




Summary


Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.

When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes. But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.

By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.
 
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Review


Rating: 5 stars!


The Subs Club book V!

FIVE!!!


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I wished for this all along.

I haven't written a review in a long time. It wasn't because the books I found the time to read didn't leave me with thoughts about them I would've liked to express, but because putting those thoughts into words proved to be a more difficult task than I remembered. Even if it was a book I loved reading like I did Slave Hunt. I'm rusty. I kind of just want to thank J.A. Rock for writing another story set in that universe and letting me have more precious pages with the characters who have become so dear to me, and say (in shouty caps, of course) that I LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES, but because I love it so much, I feel I should say a few more words than that, so here goes nothing.

Slave Hunt is about, well, a slave hunt that Riddle organized in the woods on D's property. Tops were hunting bottoms with paintball guns, and the captured slaves were taken to whipping posts and were played with. All in good fun. Of course, the members of the Subs Club were there for the fun games. Except Miles -- he was there hoping to win gift cards. And over the course of that two-hour hunt I got what I hoped for ever since I finished 24/7, and that's to see how Dave, Miles, Kamen, and Gould were doing, what they were dealing with, and how far they'd come after the series sort of ended. Not only that, Maya, Drix, RYAN, Kel, Greg, and D got their own chapters, which made it even better. I wasn't sure how the ten different perspectives would work, but I soon realized that was silly of me. J.A. Rock knows what she's doing. 

With some of the characters, I was happy to see a change in them, and with some, I was happy to see they're the same as I remembered them. Kamen falls in the latter category. He is a character who always cheered me up. Whenever I got to a chapter with his name, I started smiling, and didn't stop until it was over. Smiles and laughter are a given when it comes to Kamen. RYAN'S CHAPTERS ALSO MADE ME LAUGH. Kamen, Ryan, and Hemsworth -- it's always fun to read about them. Whether it involves manties, hot sauce or Kamen's ballads, fun is guaranteed.

Dave and D were interesting as per usual. I couldn't wait to read D's chapters to see what's in that man's head, and they were very D-like. This book revealed more of D's feelings, and it was so sweet. It gave me warm and fuzzy feelings reading about D expressing more of his feelings for Dave. I believe a perceptive vampyre played a role in encouraging D to be more verbal in his affection. Drix's interaction with D and the other characters were among my favorite parts of the book, especially the one with Gould. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked reading his chapters. Drix's other half, Miles, also needed some courage to express his wishes. He, however, gathered it after playing with someone else, and by the end even he had fun at the slave hunt. As did Gould, which I was incredibly glad for. His story was the most emotional one in the series, and this happier Gould was a welcome change.

It all ended with a very special ballad by Kamen, which is the only way it should have ended. Overall, Slave Hunt wrapped up the series in an even better way than I could have hoped, which only left me wanting more. So when the words Want more Subs Club? Sign up for This Rebus Does Not Work, a Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock newsletter, and receive a free collection of Subs Club short stories with your subscription. came into view, I was over the moon. J.A. Rock made my wish come true again. I've been keeping my eye on my inbox ever since.


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My reviews of the previous installments: The Subs Club | Pain Slut | Manties in a Twist 24/7


Until next time, happy reading!




XOXO,
 

Sep 22, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Bad Mommy
Release: TBD

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31415712-bad-mommy

Synopsis:

Almost every day is a very bad day when you’re thirty, your tits are starting to sag, there are lines creeping in around your eyes, and you realize that no one would like you if they actually knew who you really were. Fig Coxbury is fed up with her life: her cheating ex-husband, the excess fat around her waist, and most of all, her loneliness. 

When Fig chances upon Jolene Avery, the embodiment of everything she’s ever wanted to be, Fig befriends her out of curiosity. 

Fig soon begins to emulate all aspects of Jolene's life, because when you find someone who knows exactly who they are, you can't help but want to be just like them. 

Or in Fig's case... become them.





Aug 21, 2016

ARC Review: ADULTING 101 by Lisa Henry




Summary


The struggle is real.
 Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.

 
 
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Rating: 4 stars!

Adulting 101 -- I would've read this book for that title alone. That it's about a character who's not ready to grow up yet was another good reason to read it. I knew then I would not only read this book, but that I would also like it. And I did. I liked it a lot. It had a fun main character, adorable BFFs very into cuddling, pizza, and everything! It was like the cutest book ever!


Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen years old, not ready to grow up, and college is only a couple of months away. He has no idea what he wants to do in his life, and that has him in panic mode. All very understandable. Being an adult with the responsibilities and whatnot is so unappealing. I mean...

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He has a summer job where the most interesting thing to him is his stapler. Well, the stapler and Jai Hazenbrook. Jai Hazenbrook's ass, to be exact. It's an ass that inspires poetry, and Nick has a notebook to prove it. It also inspires Nick to ask Jai to blow him in the porta-potty. They get caught and that inspires their boss to fire them.

Nick misses his stapler from work, but Jai is in a worse position. Jai needs a job to earn enough money for traveling around the world as he's been doing for years now. Getting out of that town as soon as possible is his goal.


On the bright side, Nick and Jai start hanging out and hooking up. Nick wants to get a head start on the whole adulting thing, and Jai isn't strong enough to resist Nick's charm. Nick continues to be super cute at it, and I of course wish the book had first person narrative, and that Nick told the whole story. Oh, well, moving on...

Nick on his own is adorable. Nick and his BFF Devon are beyond that. I can't even. Sweetness overload. My favorite parts of the book are about them.



Yep, that seems about right. That's why it seems so wrong to separate them.

So aside from Jai and his perfect ass, this is not a great time for Nick, but Nick is Nick and will make one laugh even when he's not at his best.

What Nick does in the end, and where he goes, well, you should find that out for yourselves.

From what I understand this isn't the type of books Lisa Henry normally writes, but I hope she'll do it again. I would like a short story with Nick just to check how he's doing adulting.


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Until next time, happy reading!



XOXO,
 
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