Apr 6, 2020

Weekly Spotlight - April Releases I Can't Wait to Read




Ruthless Gods
Darkness never works alone...

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.
 




Queen of Coin and Whispers
‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold ... Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …



Just One Kiss
Everyone associates the name Ryker Winchester with money, power plays, negotiations…it's what I'm good at. In the boardroom, I get exactly what I want. In the bedroom, there's no difference.

I was wholly unprepared for Heather.

She’s a feisty single mom, challenging me in ways no woman ever has. I can’t get enough of her. The way she gives in to me is intoxicating, but I need more than hot nights and sexy dates.

When she introduces me to her daughter, I fall for that little girl hook, line and sinker. No one has ever played me for a fool like that kid can do with a single dimpled grin. I want to keep them both.

Heather’s been hurt before. She’s hanging by a thread and doesn’t trust easily, but I want more than just some fun. How can I show her that we can build something incredible together?



Written in the Sand
I always believed my happily ever after came with the words “I do.”
I’d been happy once. In love. Until one night changed everything.
Changed us.
The love of my life, or so I thought, had become my own worst nightmare.

So here I am…

Back in Moonshine Springs. A place I wouldn’t return to unless absolutely necessary. But that’s not the biggest shock. Waiting for me with open arms and a safe place to stay is my high school best friend’s brother, Beau. He’s told me I’m his, but starting over isn’t as easy as creating a new happily ever after. My past isn’t done with me and soon enough, bleeds into my present.

My name is Cassidy Mae and this is my chance to begin again...

*This book contains some scenes of domestic and graphic violence, sexual scenes, and mature themes. Please be aware these may cause triggers for the reader.*


Apr 2, 2020

Kingsbane


Kingsbane
by Claire Legrand

Book: Empirium #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: May 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.

My Review: I gave this series a second chance. The first book didn't blow me away and this book was about the same for me. 

There were many parts where I was hooked to the pages and then moments were things lost my attention. Which is too bad because, like the first book, I love the idea of this series overall. Just the execution of it could have gone better. 

You learn that Eliana is Reielle's daughter. The one who was sent away for her own safety in the start of the first book. You learn a lot more about Reielle and that helped give me new perspective on her from the first book.  Then you get to see the side of Eliana where she now holds a crown and has to figure out her next move. Save her friend? Embrace the power?Reject it? Eliana has a lot on her plate to say the least and I did like seeing her in another perspective as well.

While I think I will finish this series, I hope the last book is able to change my view on this whole series. While so far it hasn't been the greatest, it really may turn out to be amazing for others who enjoy this style of books.


My Rating 
✪✪✪

Mar 31, 2020

Serpent and Dove

Serpent & Dove
by Shelby Mahurin

Book: Serpent & Dove 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed
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For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.

Lou’s death would have ended the ancient war between the Church and witches, but Lou refuses to become a martyr. Forsaking her coven, she escapes to the gloomy city of Cesarine and hides her magic as a thief in the criminal underworld. But life in Cesarine has its own dangers. Huntsmen roam the city revered as holy men. Witches burn without trial. And the Archbishop, the Church’s austere patriarch, revels in violence.

As a huntsman, Reid Diggory lives by one verse: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

He's devoted his entire life to eradicating the occult and making his surrogate father, the Archbishop, proud. Finally given the chance to capture a witch of his own, Reid is devastated when a foul-mouthed thief thwarts him—and doubly devastated when she too disappears. Hell-bent on bringing her to justice, Reid vows she won't escape again. But when Lou tricks him into public scandal trying to avoid capture, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Marriage to a huntsman could provide real protection from the witches—if Lou can convince Reid she isn’t one herself. The secret proves difficult to keep as Lou begins practicing magic in secret within the heart of the Church, determined to prepare for her mother’s inevitable return. As time passes, however, Lou discovers yet another danger lurking: her own growing feelings for her husband. But Reid is still dangerous. He’s just as likely to tie her to the stake as defend her if he learns her true identity. With enemies closing in—and more than her own life at stake—Lou must decide who she can trust before it's too late…and she's not the only one with a secret.

My Review: DNF.

I've seen the hype everywhere for this book. I finally got to dive in, but I just couldn't see what all the hype was about. I could barely make it to 50 pages before I just gave up. The story was too slow and it just didn't have anything to grab my attention. I couldn't get myself to like any of the characters, they just lacked so much to me.

This hype just wasn't for me.




My Rating:
✪ 

Mar 30, 2020

Weekly Spotlight - Eva Gordon



Apocalyptic Moon
Dr. Dora Adler's life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead, her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she's supposedly a witch.

Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he's sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.


In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora's sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.



Lycan Gladiator
During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans live amongst the Romans.

When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.


Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.


In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.


Mar 26, 2020

The Rich Boy

The Rich Boy
by Kylie Scott

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher:
Pub Date:
Genre: Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.

But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?

Only there’s so much more to him than that.
Billionaire playboy? Check.
Troubled soul? Check.
The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.

But nobody does complicated like the one percent.

This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.

My Review:
LOVE!! This is my new favorite book by Kylie. I've once again fallen under the spell of her amazing words. 

Alice and Beck are an amazing couple that grew into something more very quickly. Alice and Beck were starting to hang out and get to know each other slowly. Then suddenly, Beck is off to a funeral and soon Alice follows. Little did she know she would have a body guard to a private jet and thrown into a world of riches. 

Even though things move quickly, there is something undeniable between them. Yes, there is ups and downs just like any couple. Though they may have a bit more just by the way things moved quickly. 

Beck a hot man from a wealthy and powerful background. Alice a hard working woman who had no idea that the new busboy will end up being the love of her life. Beck's family is a handful to say the least. They have a certain look, lifestyle, etc. Which Alice feels completely out of place in her normal clothes and you can tell she's just of place around these fancy people. I love that no matter what they throw, say or do to Alice she can not only stand up for herself, but Beck is behind her 100%. 

 When they finally have that ending you've been waiting for, you are left with nothing but wanting more and more of these two.


My Rating 
✪✪✪✪✪

Mar 23, 2020

Weekly Spotlight - Wormhole Series



Before the Wormhole
Before the wormhole even started, two girls were already marked.

A shadowy being that oddly resembled a woman started its hunt long before the stories even started.

Princess Isis was taken from her brother and sucked into a dark world where she could never have a happy ending.

Aphrodite, however, was chosen by a golden apple as the fairest of them all without knowing how that would change her entire destiny and that of her sister, Medusa. 




After the Wormhole
Kitty and her boyfriend Thomas would not be able able to enjoy "the joys of parenthood", the witch had decided.

With Eris vanished from the realms, one would think that it was time for those who defeated her to relax – but no, there were many more working for "The Darkness" than merely Eris and now there are many more willing to fight against it – including Kitty's son, the adventurous and mischievous Prince Thor, a boy that had grown up at the shadow of his parents.


Not only the Darkness is at bay though, but the masterminds of the Land Above All Clouds must work on uncovering who the marked "child of darkness" is going to be as well – and of course find a way to stop this prophecy from being fulfilled.


None of this is easy, but it gets harder when the soon-to-be Allmother and Allfather of the Land are kidnapped and put on their own dungeons though...


Mar 18, 2020

For All the Wrong Reasons

Title: For All the Wrong Reasons
Author: Rachael Brownell
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
Publication Date: March 16th, 2020
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Blurb:
The plan was simple.
Fake a relationship, date for a few weeks to make their crushes jealous, then stage a breakup.

Little did Gabby and Quinn know the cost could be their friendship.

They knew the game they were playing was dangerous, yet lived under the false illusion that their bond was strong enough to withstand anything. But as they found themselves longing to surrender to their growing feelings, each began to question what they truly wanted.

Can what started as an illusion become a beautiful reality? Or will a simple game of make-believe destroy Gabby and Quinn’s precious friendship? 



Rachael Brownell is an award-winning romance author. She resides in the midwest with her husband, son, and fur-babies. A morning person at heart, Rachael is a coffee addict who enjoys writing characters readers can connect with. She’s also known for placing those same characters in situations that will make you feel like you’re right there with them, going through the experience.

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Mar 16, 2020

Weekly Spotlight - My Favorite Winter Reads



Echoes Between Us
Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?

My Review




Havenfall
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it -- at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds -- each with their own magic -- together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie's brother. It's where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it's where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens--a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She'll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she's letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie--no one can be trusted, and no one is safe...

My Review




Mar 12, 2020

Havenfall


Havenfall
by Sara Holland

Book: Havenfall #1
Publisher: Bloosmbury
Pub Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher


A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it -- at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds -- each with their own magic -- together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie's brother. It's where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it's where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens--a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She'll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she's letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie--no one can be trusted, and no one is safe...


My Review: I'm mixed on this book. After reading Everless I fell in love with Sara's writing. When I got an ARC of this book, I was ready to dive in instantly. 

As I began reading, I couldn't tell if I would like Maddie just yet. She's on her way to Havenfall. She goes every year and this year her dad wanted her to go someplace else. Well she got on the bus to Havenfall instead and her dad wasn't all that mad really. He understood what Havenfall means to her. Its home, family, it's in her blood. 

Maddie hasn't been back long before things take a huge twist. She went from making a new friend, making out with the boy she's always liked to now being the innkeeper. While she worries about her uncle and the inn, she must also figure out who she can really trust and who is looking to gain from this mess. 

The middle of the book was meh. There were many parts I loved and many that could have been done way better. Considering the magic from her first series I was surprised how it lacked some in this book.

However, the ending of the book does redeem the story. When the truth comes out and Maddie must fight for her home, things build up and finally it's the moment you've been waiting for. Then....your hit with the largest cliff hanger ever!

I really can't wait to dive into book two!


My Rating:
✪✪✪✪

Mar 9, 2020

The Rich Boy


TheRichBoy EBOOK


“Rich Boy takes you on a literal ride! Funny. Angsty. It's a definite recommendation from me!
–Tijan, New York Times bestselling author


I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.
But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?
Only there’s so much more to him than that.
Billionaire playboy? Check.

Troubled soul? Check.
The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.

But nobody does complicated like the one percent.
This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.






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Author-Kylie-ScottAbout Kylie


Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.


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