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Book Review – Chosen Fool (Forever Evermore #5) by Scarlett Dawn

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Blurb:

The second saga in the bestselling, Forever Evermore series continues with Chosen Fool, where deception runs deep and Caro’s transitioning life turns even more deadly…

Caroline Jules has received news of a lifetime. She’s going to be Queen to ‘her’ people. Instead of running, as any sane criminal would, she faces the mêlée with all the wits and savvy that her difficult life has honed. With her best friend, Sin, at her side, Caro pushes past the animosity her power inevitably brings, and prepares to rewrite her future.

Until the night Sin leaves, and she is alone.

Now, Caro must face the Royal world and all its intrigues and intricacies by herself. People aren’t always as they appear—and danger lurks behind even the most pleasant face. When a threat not even the Elders can handle puts her new tribe in danger, Caro takes matters into her own hands. Armed with the power of the mysterious spirit Elementals, Caro’s determined to eliminate the evil ransacking the Mysticals. All she needs is time.

But time waits for no fool…and time isn’t as straightforward as it seems.

 

Ok. WOW. I don’t even know where to start with this review. As soon as I start thinking about this story my mind is going in a million different directions until it feels like it’s going to implode on itself. This book was SO MANY THINGS. So many GOOD things. It was an absolutely brilliant follow-up to the 4th book, Chosen Thief, and I am in love with these new prodigies. Dare I say it…..I think I love them even more than their predecessors.

At the end of Chosen Thief we were left with a lot of questions and not many answers (yet). It was a strong start to the new series about Caro and the gang and like any series worth its weight it had me marking days on my calendar until Chosen Fools release. Chosen Fool did not disappoint. It launched us straight into the action and within the first few chapters I thought my heart was going to explode as we got some angsty insight into a couple of the well loved characters. It was the answers I had both been hoping for and dreading and god help me, all I want now is MORE MORE MORE.

The new prodigies adventures and antics easily keep the reader hanging on every word and one of the things I love best about this series is the fact that Scarlett Dawn has managed to write about a new group of characters, living in the same world and holding the same positions within that world, but has managed to make the story completely unique. It would have been easy to fall back into the same predictable pattern as the story before it but instead she’s brought a fresh and exciting new fable to the table.

The ending of this latest installment absolutely blew my mind and I’m fully aware that my whole review is full of mostly fan-girling and little of the story! But it’s purposeful! (Kind of. I didn’t mean for the fan-girling to escalate to this level but c’est la vie.) You need to read this freakin’ series (if you’re not already) and get to know these freakin’ characters ASAP then message me so we can lose ours minds together because THAT ENDING. Curse you, Scarlett Dawn. Curse you. I’m begging you, please don’t make us wait a whole year for the next book in the series!

 

*ARC very gratefully received in exchange for review. Our reviews are always honest. 

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Find the entire series: http://www.scarlettdawn.net/forever-evermore/

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Author Bio:
New York Times bestselling author and award-winner, Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, the Mark new adult science fiction saga, and the Lion Security contemporary series.

She lives in the Midwest, adores her music loud, and demands her fries covered in melted cheese.

Website: http://www.scarlettdawn.net

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Review: More Than Enough by Jay McLean

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There’s no emotion greater than fear.
No ache greater than grief.
No sound greater than silence.
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I’m grateful he showed up on my doorstep,
pissed off and angry at the world.
If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.
And I don’t just mean here on this journey with him.
I mean here, in this world.
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I wonder what events in all our lives—hers included—are The Turning Points? The points where we all determine that the fear of our pasts and the uncertainty of our futures are greater than our need for happiness.
Here.
Now.
While time and everything around us stands unmoving… who’s to say we can’t have it all?
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We wanted it all.
We wanted it with each other.
We thrived on the chaos we created.
And ignored the Mayhem that ensued.
Because falling in love was easy.
But sometimes, love isn’t enough

More Than Enough was my most anticipated release of the year. I waited with bated breath to see if I would score an ARC and honestly I nearly expired with excitement when it showed up on my kindle. I read this book in a couple of days and loved it! It was a swoony romance with heavy emotional baggage and a beautiful starring couple. I loved spending time back in the More World!

This review is going to be hard to word without giving away spoilers. I can’t tell you who the girl is and to say much of anything about her would give away spoilers. I will say this – I loved how the author was authentic and real about the relationship between the characters. The way the characters’ romantic story lines played out was both inspiring and surprising – like a breath of fresh air in an often clichéd book world.

Dylan is known as the “silent” More Man. He’s never had much to say throughout the More novels. We know his relationship with Heidi has been drama-filled throughout the previous four novels, but beyond that we don’t know much about him. He gives off a strong and silent vibe. I loved getting into Dylans head and finding out more about him. Cam will ALWAYS be my number one but Dylan is a close second now.

More Than Enough was heavy with emotion from start to finish. So heavy, that at times I felt almost suffocated under the weight of it – which is a sign of how gorgeous Jay McLeans writing is. It was both heartbreaking and uplifting all at once and the story ended on a perfect note.

More Than Enough is the conclusion to the More series. It finished on a brilliant note and the characters stories all wrapped up nicely. Obviously I’m devo’d that we’re saying goodbye to this world and these characters but to be honest the More World has a hold of me and I don’t think I’ll ever truly let it go.

“It’s a good life. A damn good life.”

*ARC provided by author in exchange for review. 

Blurb Reveal!! More Than Enough by Jay McLean

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MORE THAN ENOUGH – by Jay McLean


Series: More Than Series #5


Blurb Reveal Date: November 2, 2015


Release Date:  November
16, 2015

 

BLURB REVEAL



MORE THAN ENOUGH – by Jay McLean



Series: More Than Series #5



Blurb Reveal Date: November 2, 2015



Release Date:  November
16, 2015



BLURB

There’s no emotion
greater than fear.



No ache greater
than grief.



No sound greater
than silence.



***



I’m grateful he
showed up on my doorstep,
pissed off and angry at the world.



If he hadn’t, I
wouldn’t be here.



And I don’t just
mean here on this journey with him.



I mean here, in
this world.



*



I wonder what
events in all our lives—hers included—are The Turning Points? The points where
we all determine that the fear of our pasts and the uncertainty of our futures
are greater than our need for happiness.



Here.



Now.



While time and
everything around us stands unmoving… who’s to say we can’t have it all?



***



We wanted it all.



We wanted it with
each other.



We thrived on the
chaos we created.



And ignored the
Mayhem that ensued.



Because falling in
love was easy.



But sometimes, love
isn’t enough.
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AUTHOR BIO
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all,
procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found
running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.

She writes what she loves to read, which are
books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her
feel.

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic)
Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at
Trident Media Group.




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Book Review – Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan

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No two Mia Sheridan books are ever the same. Each book of hers is a new and refreshing experience. Her stories are a vibrant mix of her beautiful writing, lovable characters and some of THE most gorgeous settings I’ve ever read about. In Grayson’s Vow we follow the story of an imperfect pair of strangers who come together in a marriage of convenience, but who end up falling into a deep and long lasting love. I was absolutely hooked from the very first chapter.

Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they’ll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.

Mia Sheridan is well known for her intensely deep, and often dark and desperate romances, but Grayson’s Vow didn’t seem to carry a lot of that heaviness that her other stories have. It had a lighter. almost summery feel to it that left me feeling very satisfied throughout that book. Don’t get me wrong, it still had some pretty serious undertones, but not the stark, bleak, desperation I’ve felt (and loved) from the last 2 or 3 books of hers. This is what I mean by each of her books being so different – I love that she changed things up and gave us, the readers, something different but equally as beautiful.

The story is told in dual POV so you get to fully experience and appreciate both sides of the story. Their personality traits seemed to balance each other out perfectly – I enjoyed Kira’s playful and mischievous side equally as much as I swooned over Grayson’s damaged hero vibe he had going on – yin and yang.

Grayson’s Vow was blast from start to finish with elements of everything that make up a great romance – fantastic writing, broody hero, sassy-pants heroine, gorgeous supporting characters, all wrapped up in a beautiful setting. This is another winner by Mia Sheridan!

*ARC received in exchange for review – thank you!

Cover Reveal – Kick, Push by Jay McLean

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COVER REVEAL
KICK, PUSH – by Jay McLean
Series: The Road #2
Cover reveal date: July 14, 2015
Release Date: August 4, 2015
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There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind
surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak
when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try
again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.
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AUTHOR BIO
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those
things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV
show. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile,
make her hurt, and make her feel. For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or
television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.
AUTHOR LINKS Facebook |
Fan Group | Web | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter |
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Book Review – Never Let You Go: A Modern Fairytale by Katy Regnery

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I am a sucker for a book based on a fairy-tale. I can’t even say how many times I have read a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella. Something I had never read though, was a modern story based on Hansel and Gretel, so when this one landed in my inbox it was met with high excitement.

In this modern retelling of “Hansel and Gretel,” 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match where her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage and a cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people – once profoundly broken – who discover that love is the onlything that can make them whole again.

This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: children are not sexually abused in this book.)

The story is told in the present day with flashbacks to the past. Admittedly I found the flashbacks a little confusing at first because they weren’t in chronological order. Once you get your head around this though, the flashbacks provide vital backstory for each of the characters and we come to discover how they have ended up where they are and the sequence of events that lead to the most pivotal moments in their lives.

No beating around the bush – the first half of this book is about as haunting and creepy as you would imagine a Hansel and Gretel retelling to be. The author manages to successfully create a vivid world that has you simultaneously wanting to read more more more, and wanting to hide under your duvet. It’s dark and disturbing but also incredibly captivating. Each character has both strengths and flaws that play a large part in this story. Sometimes the lines between their strengths and weaknesses are blurred to the point where you can’t tell if they are the nicest people in the world or the biggest idiots that ever existed.

The second half of the story is very ‘relationship based’ but both main characters go through a huge amount of personal growth as well, which really keeps the momentum of the story going. Never Let You Go is low on angst but still high in drama and has plenty going on to keep the reader interested.

The resolution of this story was a little different from the norm. Don’t worry romance lovers – it still has an awesome HEA, but there was one part in particular that really surprised me. I was very happy with how it ended though and felt it was completely in line with the characters’ personality.

I can’t wait to read more from Katy Regnery! I’m especially excited about the retelling of The Little Mermaid. Ariel is my ride or die. Bring it on!

**ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for a review. Thank you so much!

Book Review – Where One Goes by B. N. Toler

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I get this feeling of insane excitement every time I pick up a contemporary romance that has a slightly different recipe. I read SO many contemporary romance books that it’s easy to get bored and burned out. I had read two sentences of the blurb for Where One Goes when I decided that this one was a must-read. The heroine sees GHOSTS! Exciting, right?!

What happens when the very thing ruining your life ends up saving it?

I was never one to believe in spirits—until six years ago, when a bone-chilling accident changed my life…forever.

My name is Charlotte, but most people call me Char…and I have a special gift.

I talk to the dead.

Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m only able to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to crossover. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I’ve relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls.

But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I’ve begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I’ve realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and most importantly… no hope, I’ve decided there is only one option—to end it all.

But fate is a funny thing. One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room.

Sweet and gentle.

He is my savior.

And he’s dead.

We’ve made an agreement. He’ll help me find a place to stay and a new job if I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover.

Ike’s unfinished matter involves his twin brother, George. George has been falling apart since Ike’s death and Ike has not been able to compel himself to crossover in peace until he knows George will be okay.

When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love with the charming folks of Bath County, and…Ike and George McDermott.

Now, as both brothers own equal parts of my heart, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving George, I must let go of Ike.

But how does one let go of half of their heart?

I’ll be honest here, the first chapter is a little scary. The B. N. Tolers talent as a writer really shines through in the first couple of chapter and the realness of the situation can be felt through every word of every page. The high emotion and intense scene setting combine to make an absolutely gripping start to this story. I couldn’t put it down.

Charlotte was a feisty heroine and her journey was a Helter Skelter of emotions. You can easily find laughter and tears within a couple of pages throughout this story. As for the two heroes, they were complete opposites in a perfect way. Ike is sweet, kind and genuinely good, while George is dark, broody and emotional. Although you know from the start that Charlotte can only ever end up with one, it doesn’t stop you from falling in love with both of them, which makes for a very bitter-sweet ending.

I absolutely devoured Where One Goes in a day, and felt completely satisfied by the resolution of each story arc. I adored all of the characters, including all of the amazing supporting characters who each had their own special moments. It is an emotional read but one that leaves a feeling of satisfaction rather than a feeling of being drained dry. It’s a story well worth checking out!