Nov 1, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Shards Of Hope (Psy-Changeling, #13) by Nalini Singh



Title: Shards Of Hope (Psy-Changeling, #13)
Author: Nalini Singh
Expected Publication Date: June 2nd 2015 by Berkley Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal Romance


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Synopsis:

The "smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action"* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn't welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she's too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden's passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.



xoxo

Oct 31, 2014

Review: MASKED INNOCENCE (Innocence, #2) by Alessandra Torre






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Book summary:

The man was sinful. It wasn't just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up…

Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she's starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he's determined to strip her naked of every inhibition, she's in danger of falling too deep and too fast.

But their affair begins to feel even more dangerous when a murder leaves a trail of suspicion that points straight to the mob…and Brad. Trusting a man with a bad reputation and a past full of secrets seems like a mistake. But when she's forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could ever have imagined.





 
 My rating:  ✮✮


My review:



To continue with the emoticon theme I had in my review for Blindfolded Innocence, my feelings towards Masked Innocence are best represented with:

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Yes, fortunately, I enjoyed this installment much better than the previous one. Most of the issues I had with the characters and the story in book one were gone in this one, so I was able to read without wanting to slap, scratch or punch them, which was a relief, and a proof I was right to choose to continue with the series.

Julia was much more likeable. She's certainly come a long way from her annoying self that grated on my nerves in Blindfolded Innocence. This Julia was more like a lead female character I've come to expect in Alessandra Torre's books, and this change meant that the writing style was also to my liking, since the book is mostly written from Julia's perspective.

Brad, too, was more likeable. I have to admit, I completely warmed up to him. He seems to be a quite admirable human being. It's just that with all this, I'm having a hard time reconciling this image of Brad with the cheating, womanizing jerk from book one. The same goes with Julia. All of the information I got about them at the beginning just doesn't add up to what I've seen from them here. Anyway, that's just how I feel-- I could be terribly wrong.

The story in Masked Innocence took an unexpected turn. It all started with Julia and Brad enjoying themselves with each other, and with other other people, as a part of introducing Julia to the swinger lifestyle, and exploring what she would or wouldn't like. This part took up quite a chunk of the book, so at one point I started wondering if anything else would happen... And then it did. This part was a turn of events I never would have expected. If there were any hints to it, other than Brad being Italian, I missed them. I am still trying to wrap my mind around everything. I do hope it will all click in the last book.


 
XOXO

 

Oct 30, 2014

Prisoner by Skye Warren and Annika Martin


 

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Book summary:
"He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath."
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23303963-prisoner

4.5 - ohmygodwhatwasthis - stars

"Some people have a relationship that's sunshine and roses. Ours is darkness and vengeance."
What I initially thought Prisoner would be about?
  •        Forbidden romance, alpha male and bookworm, with just enough darkness to make things interesting.  

What happened after I read it?

 
      Prisoner is first novel in new series, Criminals and Captives, written by Skye Warren and Annika Martin. I haven't read Annika Martin novels before, but Skye Warren got under my skin with deliciously twisted Wanderlust, so I knew that Prisoner too would be a darker read. But, holy whip of Mistress Nora Sutherlin, I did not see that coming!
"They say there are two types of fear - the kind that has you running far, far away, and the kind that shakes you so deeply that you can't look away."
      Easiest way to describe Prisoner is to imagine a lovechild that would get Gypsy Brothers series and Captive in the Dark if they could mate.
Stockholm syndrome, revenge, antiheroes and heartbreaking snippets into the past.

      Writing was my favorite part - it is obvious that Skye Warren and Annika Martin are great team. This type of stories can quickly turn into the wrong direction and become too similar to fairy tales or focus entirely on erotic scenes. Although Prisoner has some less believable elements and can be described as modern, twisted and erotic fairy tale, but instead of the prince on white horse, there is a ruthless murderer - there is still something so captivating about this story, that you breathe it and live it while you're reading.  

       Antiheroes. All of those bad-ass guys that we should not like because essentially they do all the wrong things and don't fit into that perfect future our mothers want for us. The ultimate alpha males that, as feminists, we should despise. But, in the end, we still fall for them, no matter that they scare us. Grayson and other guys are them, but there is an explanation for their behavior and why are they doing everything (hat down for perfect character development).
"All I can do is go to him and put my hands on him. To speak to him in some twisted language of love that only we two speak, where we hurt each other just to soothe the wounds that follow."
      Only thing that I wish was explained or developed better is Abigail's past. I understand that she had terrible childhood, but at times I felt as if I wasn't completely able to connect parts about her childhood memories with who she is as an adult. Other than that, she was a great character and I loved how she fought for Grayson even though that was not easy most of the time.  

       Who should read this? Everyone who enjoy reading unconventional love stories. Fans of darker reads. Everyone who read Skye Warren's Wanderlust and loved it.

Happy reading,

Oct 29, 2014

ADDICTED AFTER ALL Promo Tour




It's time for another ADDICTED tour! YEEEEY!! You may or may not know that Addicted series from Krista & Becca is absolutely my favorite New Adult series and I'm so glad to be a part of this tour! Addicted After All is the last LiLo book and I think we (#FizzleForce) are all a little sad. We have only two more books left. It does help that the next book - Fuel The Fire - is about my favorite couple  - Coballoway. ;)
While we eagerly wait for AAA to come out, here's a teaser! :D


TEASER QUOTE:



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Title: Addicted After All
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #3
Pub Date: October 31st, 2014
Amazon: Purchase links not available until October 31st


SUMMARY 

Two addicts. One epic love story. 

Prepare for the worst. 

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore. 

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst. 

Her sex drive is out of control. 

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve. 

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after. 

**AUTHORS' NOTE**

Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.





AUTHOR BIOS

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com





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xoxo,
Beatrix

Waiting on Wednesday #15


Waiting on Wednesday is weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Goal is to connect bloggers and readers trough their most anticipated upcoming reads. So, here is what we on Way Too Hot Books can not wait to grab.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher






"Best friends since they could walk. In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years.
She’ll do everything she can to never forget.
He’ll do everything he can to never remember.
Too bad it’s not up to them."










Expected publication date: January 31st 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23383567-never-never
 
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Oct 28, 2014

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7) by Darynda Jones

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Genre:
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Summary on Goodreads:

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

RATING:

***MY REVIEW***


“Charley Davidson, Private Investigator, Because No One Is Better At Investigating Your Privates.” 

I had high hopes for the 7th installment in Charley Davidson series, especially after that glorious ending of the previous book and I was super-excited when I won the audio book on Hot Listens Blog

My expectations about this book:

~ More, in-depth building of the paranormal/ fantasy world and revelations about the background of the Mcs and other secondary characters and less of Charley's side PI cases.

Charley being more mature and taking life/death situations more seriously.

~ Reyes and Charley to stop keeping secrets from each other. It's really high time for that to finally happen considering the next book is the final in the series. (Even if it had been high time the moment they had decided that they are going to be together.)

 What I got:

~ Charley's side PI cases still taking a lot of space of the plot and btw. I still don't see the appeal in them, especially now when the focus of the story should be on other, more relevant things (like the apocalypse and the invading demons.) And don't let me start about the harem of Reyes' fans and "the bad guy" in the last case and its connection to Reyes. Insert gigantic *eye-roll*.

There was more world-building of the fantasy world, but was it unique and original? I'm not sure. I expected much, much more.

~ Charley being reckless and immature, maybe even more than ever considering "her condition". As I said in my previous reviews- her goofy behavior was endearing in the first four books, but now, to be honest, it is getting more and more frustrating, especially in more serious situations. I expected more character growth to be exact. Reyes Farrow definitely has hands full when it comes to her. 

~ And yes, Charley and Reyes are still keeping secrets from each other whenever the opportunity rises. Less than before, but enough to frustrate. 

“Damn it, I needed The Idiot's Guide to Grim Reaperism.” 

The story was in spite this yet again fun, emotional, action-packed and steamy. If anyone knows to write fun, hilarious situations- it's Darynda Jones, but after reading the epic, new installations of Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews, Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh I couldn't not notice how the world-building here wasn't on the same level. That's why 3 solid stars.

“I knew it!” she said, glaring at me. “You’re in league with the devil.” “Duh. I’m affianced to him. Or, well, his son. I guess that makes me ‘in league’ with him, but you can’t judge people by their in-laws. In-laws are all crazy. Everyone knows that.”

Lorelei King was a great narrator. It took some time for me to get used to (and not giggle) a woman imitating voices of male characters, but I think she did a pretty good job. On the other hand my first experience with audio book was quite hilarious, like f.e. me falling asleep and waking up 6 chapters later etc. 

The positive things about audio books, I would say, are:

~ You can do a lot of things while listening (f.e. clean, paint your nails, drive a bike/car etc.)
~ In my opinion, the listening heightens the experience- the voice of the narrator draws you slowly in the plot of the book and you feel like you're part of the story yourself (btw. which was quite scary when there were demons involved.)

All in all, audio books have their appeal, but while I'm glad I tried it, at the same time I'm not sure they are the right choice for me. I missed my kindle tremendously. It took me about 5 days to finish the book which never happens when reading and that's why I think I'll stick to books for now.

 
XOXO

Oct 27, 2014

CAPTIVATED Blog Tour





*BOOK SYNOPSIS*

Double the passion and seduction as New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart and international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz weave two provocative tales about power, bad-boy lovers and secret desires!

LETTING GO by Megan Hart 
Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn't drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission--to show her one night is only the beginning.

SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz
Four years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again, but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden.




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AUTHOR BIO:

Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
 When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).  If she couldn’t write, she would die.





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xoxo,
Beatrix

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