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Review: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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MY REVIEW

“From Blood And Ash We Shall Rise.”

“I don’t care what you are.” “I care about who you are.”

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do no obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

Poppy’s life has never been her own. As a maiden, she lives her life mostly in solitude waiting for the day that she will ascend. Unlike most maiden’s Poppy would rather spend her days training and learning to fight, then trying to be worthy of the “gods”. If only she was allowed to think or make decisions for herself….Hawke has sworn his life to protect the maiden as her royal guard. He drives Poppy crazy and makes her question everything she ever thought she knew….

From Blood and Ash is a refreshing and exciting new story from author Jennifer Armentrout. This book blends all the themes of fantasy and paranormal romance and brings forth an unforgettable tale of romance and betrayal…

From Blood and Ash captivated me from the very first page. Author Jennifer Armerntrout created a world and characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. From the moment I was introduced to Poppy, I was desperate to learn more about her story. Her life seemed so perfect, like she was being tasked with this incredible honor. But, as you dive deeper into the story, truths will be exposed and you will see that Poppy’s life is anything but perfect. And when Hawke comes into the picture, all bets are off. Hawke is everything that is forbidden to Poppy, but no matter how much she knows she should stay away, she can’t fight the pull. Hawke and Poppy had some pretty incredible chemistry and I loved watching the two of them together. Even though nothing is what is seems, and my heart was all tangled up in knots, I still found myself waiting with baited breath to see what would happen next.

My immediate thoughts after finishing this book is “What in the world did I just read?” and “I desperately need more.” From Blood and Ash is fresh and exciting and will leave you begging for more. This story has some amazing world building and I loved all of the fantasy elements. Even if you are not a fantasy reader, I promise this as story that you can get behind and just devour. From action and danger, to romance and intrigue, to exciting twists and turns, From Blood and Ash left me on the edge of my seat and had my heart racing.

Jennifer Armentrout totally knocked it out of the park with this book and as the story comes to an end, I’m left with a ton of questions and I can not wait to have them all answered….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review Tour: Creole Kingpin (Magnolia Duet #1) by Meghan March

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New York Times bestselling author Meghan March goes back to New Orleans and the world of Lachlan Mount with a dangerous and bold new anti-hero.

The thing about ghosts is they’re supposed to stay dead.

That’s exactly what I am, but I can’t stay away from Magnolia Marie Maison for one more day, let alone another year.

We’ve already got fifteen of those between us.

As it stands, she’ll want to kill me as soon as she lays eyes on me. And knowing her, she’s completely up to the task.

But I’m a man on a mission, and I’ve got everything riding on this.

So, here I come, Magnolia. This ghost is ready for whatever you got.

After all, there’s only one way I want this to end—’til death do us part.

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MY REVIEW

“Change is coming whether you want it or not. I know you like to dance with the devil, but watch yourself, girl. He always demands his due.”

“Brace yourself, Magnolia. Another hurricane is coming.”

“Once and for all, the winds of change are at my back and guiding me home. Guiding me to the future. Guiding me to her.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been dying and I mean dying for Magnolia to have her story told. And let me tell you, Meghan March does not disappoint. Creole Kingpin was all that and a bag of chips. This book pulled out all the stops and left me begging for more. Meghan March stepped it up a notch with Creole Kingpin and weaved a story filled with romance and suspense that will have readers hanging on to each and every word….

Creole Kingpin follows the story of Magnolia & Moses. Magnolia and Moses’ story will suck you in from the very first page. Magnolia and Moses share a tumultuous past. It took Magnolia forever to move on from the state Moses left her in. He was the one that got away and broke her heart into a million pieces. It will be 15 years before these two will be reunited. Magnolia is nothing like the woman Moses left behind. Magnolia is strong, determined and 100% independent. Moses knows he has a battle ahead of him and will stop at nothing to win back the woman he loves. The road won’t be easy, but nothing worth having ever is…

Creole Kingpin is a captivating and suspenseful romance. The characters are everything and their story is utterly intriguing. There’s romance. There’s suspense. There’s a million and one questions that I am just dying to have answered. And the twists….OMG, the twists. They will really keep you on your toes. And if those twists weren’t enough for you, Meghan March leaves you with a cliffhanger ending that is sure to leave you dizzy. I mean, it’s like watching an accident in slow motion. You see it. You know it’s coming, but it still manages to shock you and knock you off of your feet.

Creole Kingpin was everything I wanted, needed and didn’t know I was looking for. Magnolia and Moses’ story will captivate, intrigue you and leave you begging for more. I loved everything about this book, from beginning to end and can not wait to get my hands on the epic conclusion to Magnolia and Moses’ story!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Release Blitz with Review: Kiss The Stars by A.L. Jackson

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A Falling Stars stand-alone romance from A.L. Jackson

“Edgy and sexy and sure to have you clinging to every hauntingly beautiful word from beginning to end. Move aside Lyrik West . . . Leif Godwin takes intense, broody, and sullen to a whole new level, and I AM HERE FOR IT.” 
– NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Molly McAdams
“I’m dead. Deceased. Put a fork in me. I’m flooded with feels and adrenaline and awe after reading this glorious book! My heart is beating so fast right now. HOLY CRAP! Steam, suspense, and FEELS, FEELS, FEELS! I can’t recommend this one highly enough!” 
-Lauren Rowe, USA TODAY & International Bestselling Author

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TITLE: KISS THE STARS

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 5TH, 2020

Synopsis

A Falling Stars STAND-ALONE NOVEL from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

A single mother.

An up-and-coming drummer with a sordid past.

Their paths never should have crossed.

But when a senseless crime rocks Mia West’s entire world, she agrees to spend the summer hiding out at her rock-star brother’s mansion in Savannah until the storm blows over.

What she never expected was the gorgeous, brooding drummer living in the guest house.

His darkness a lure.

His gaze a trap.

She knows better than to go after what will hurt her most.

Leif Godwin has two focuses in his life: his band, Carolina George, and seeking retribution for what was stolen from him.

Mia was never supposed to be a part of the equation.

Her eyes an appeal.

Her body a temptation.

Touching her is nothing but a sin.

But will loving her destroy them all . . .


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MY REVIEW

“We were swaying, swept up in this unstoppable dance that I never saw coming.”

“You are the true definition of it, Mia. Beauty. You stole my breath the first time I saw you. You are the creator of it. I won’t taint that.”

“Kissing you feels like kissing the stars.”

5 Soul Searing Stars!!

I feel like I’m always saying this when I read an A.L. Jackson book, but man, does she ever have a way with her words. The lyrical flow and power of her words just slay me.

Leif and Mia captured my heart from the moment I met the two of them. They were both beautifully broken, and undeniably drawn to one another. Like a moth to flame, there was no stopping the two of them, no matter how hard they tried. Their passion and connection was like an inferno that I never wanted to see put out. I hung to each word and moment of their story. I couldn’t get enough and wild horses couldn’t stop me from devouring this book…

Kiss the Stars brings readers back to the world of rock-n-roll and brings back a ton of familiar faces. Mia and Leif’s story will take readers for an emotional and suspenseful ride. The push and pull will leave you desperate for more. The suspense will keep you guessing and on your toes. And the romance….the romance will fill your heart, it will make you swoon, and leave you utterly breathless.

There are no words to express the thrill I get after reading an A.L. Jackson book. It is an experience unlike any other. And Kiss the Stars does not disappoint. This book was everything I wanted and needed and I can’t wait to read it all over again.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, and CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART novels. Grab her latest stand-alone, KISS THE STARS, available now!

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Review: Riven Knight (Tin Gypsy #2) by Devney Perry

Genevieve Daylee didn’t expect to be standing in front of a judge on her twenty-seventh birthday. But ever since her life became entangled with a former motorcycle gang, she’s learned not to expect anything but trouble.

Her mother, a woman she once admired and adored, is gone, leaving behind a trail of secrets and lies. She’s living in a tiny apartment above a garage owned by her brother, a man who loathes her very existence. And the father she met beside her mother’s grave is as much of a stranger as Isaiah Reynolds, the broken man with soulless eyes standing beside her in front of the judge.

Isaiah is her protector from the murderer at large in Clifton Forge. Though he’s more like a riven knight in dented armor than a prince on a white stallion. She knows next to nothing about him, other than he works as a mechanic. As of tonight, he’ll be sharing her bathroom.

And, according to the judge, Isaiah is now her husband.

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MY REVIEW

“I just poured my heart out and he’d taken it in his hands and squeezed it to bits.”

“She was important. She was special and precious. And I had the power to destroy her.”

“Silence was my armor. Because if I cut myself open, I’d never be able to sew the wounds shut.”

“Genevieve had the power to destroy me completely.”

“Isaiah looked into the mirror and saw everlasting broken pieces, but maybe my broken pieces would fit
with his. Together, maybe we’d make a whole.”

When I finished Gypsy King, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Riven Knight. I had a million and one questions about Isaiah and Genevieve and couldn’t wait to find out my answers…

Riven Knight picks up right where Gypsy King left off and took my heart for one wild, heart-breaking ride. Riven Knight follows the story of Genevieve and Isaiah. At first glance, their situation appears to be nothing more than a marriage of convenience, a lie. But there is so much more to Genevieve and Isaiah’s story than meets the eye. They did what they did keep each other safe and to hopefully put some ghosts to rest. But, what they didn’t count on was the very real danger Genevieve would be put in. They didn’t count on their walls being shattered and for feelings to stir. Will Isaiah be able to keep Genevieve safe? Will Genevieve break through Isaiah’s walls and bring him back to life? Will Genevieve ever find out who murdered her mother? Those questions and many more will be answered in Riven Knight.

Riven Knight is a well written and heart-breaking story. This book hits the ground running and never looks back. The characters are real and flawed and perfectly imperfect. Their story-line is captivating and will have you begging for more. There is romance. There is drama. There is danger and action. There are shocking twists and turns that will leave you hanging on every word. Riven Knight was everything I wanted, needed and then some. This book isn’t just a love story. It is a story of family. A story of hope. A story of forgiveness and revenge. Genevieve and Isaiah were both broken and hurt by their pasts, and I for one couldn’t help but root for these two to find their happily ever after.

There’s not much else to say about Riven Knight other than I loved it. From beginning to end, I just loved it. I had the best time getting swept up in Genevieve and Isaiah’s story and can not wait to see what Devney Perry has in store for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Shadows (Bayou Magic #1) by Kristen Proby

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans…

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.
I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.
They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.
Open myself up to Cassian.
If I do, it could spell his death.
But if I don’t, it’s mine.

MY REVIEW

“I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain.”

“This man doesn’t merely kiss and call it a day. No, he kisses like it’s his damn job. Like kissing me is the only thing in the world he can think about. As if he’s wanted to kiss me for decades.”

Shadows is a haunting and intriguing paranormal romance that will have leave you on the edge of your seat right until the very end…

Shadows is unlike anything I’ve read from author Kristen Proby before. From the moment I dove into Cash & Brielle’s story, I was hooked. I loved the New Orleans setting and all of the creepy elements the city alone adds to the story. Not only do you have the perfect setting, but when you add 3 unique sisters to the plot line, you are destined for a treat.

Now, I’m not going to go into a ton of details, because I want you to be just as surprised as I was. Shadows is a thrilling and creepy paranormal romance. You may think you know what you’re getting into when you pick this book up, but I promise you Kristen Proby has a lot surprises in store for you. The characters are complex, yet so easy to connect with. The paranormal story-line was intriguing and captivating. It was fresh and unique and kept me glued to the pages. The romance and chemistry between Brielle and Cash was intense and off the charts. Cash was the ultimate book boyfriend. He was supportive, protective and oh, so swoon worthy.

I loved everything about Shadows from beginning to end. This book is the perfect Halloween treat. It’s well written and consuming. It’s sexy and thrilling. It’s filled with mystery and suspense and things that go bump in the night. It will keep you on your toes and it will keep you guessing right until the very end.

Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic Series and I can not wait to see where this series is going to go next!!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Kiss Me Again by Emma Hart

WANTED: ROOMMATE. Must be tidy, polite, and absolutely not my brother’s hot as sin best friend.

I have no idea why I said yes.

Maybe I’d had one too many wines. Maybe I’d done it accidentally. Maybe I’d been sleep-texting.

One thing I know for sure is this: I absolutely do not want Ethan Hawkins in my apartment, up in my business, taking over my space.

Yet he’s here. Moving his stuff into my spare bedroom. Sending a wave of panty-melting, musky man-scent my way every time he walks past me.

Here’s the thing.

We don’t get along—at all. We never have, and I don’t think we’re going to start now that we’re under one roof.

There’s also that little issue where I’m kinda, sorta, totally in love with him…

Uh-oh.

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MY REVIEW

“The best kiss of my life would go down in history as being with him. This would be the benchmark for which all other kisses would be held against. That was it, then. I was already ruined for all other men. Wonderful.”

“I wanted to go over there and wrap my arms around her. I wanted to hold her against me and press her face into my chest. To reach down and cup her chin and lift her face to mine, to whisper against her lips that I was sorry. So fucking sorry for making it awkward, for making her feel this way, for even a second.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been dying to get my hands on Ava’s story. It had all of my favorite troupes packed into one hilarious story. And let me tell you, Evan and Ava do not disappoint.

Kiss Me Again follows the story of Evan and Ava. Ava was desperately in need of a roommate. She was so desperate that she said yes to allowing her arch nemesis to move in. There’s only one problem with living with the person who drives you up the wall….Ava has had the biggest crush on Evan for as long as she can remember. However, she’s never done anything about it because not only is he her brother’s best friend, but also because they fight all the time. How they thought living together would be a good idea, I’ll never know. With tension and sparks flying all over the place, Kiss Me Again is a match made in romantic comedy heaven that will give you all the feels and leave you begging for more.

Emma Hart has completely knocked it out of the park with Kiss Me Again. The characters are fun and entertaining. Their story captivates you from the very first page and leaves you hanging on every word. Evan and Ava are a hilarious match. From entertaining banter to their revenge antics, I just couldn’t get enough of these two. I mean, when they say they’re going to war, they do not mess around. But, all that fiery tension is sure to lead to some pretty intense passion. Ava and Evan kept me on my toes and left me breathless in anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see how their story would come together.

Kiss Me Again is everything I could want from an Emma Hart romantic comedy. You have crazy fun characters that are easy to relate too and leave you in stitches as you read their story. Kiss Me Again made me laugh. It made swoon. It made me fall head over heels in love. It had the perfect balance of steam, angst and humor and in the end, I just couldn’t get enough of these characters and their story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: This Is Love (This Is #3) by Natasha Madison

From the best selling series, Something So comes the spin-off series This is…

Vivienne
Never fall in love.
That was my motto, and I was sticking to it.
Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again.
He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do.
One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. 
After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost myself in his arms. When I wasn’t paying attention, my guard slipped.
 
Mark
They call me Private Mark for a reason – my whole life is a secret. For two yeats, we danced around each other until I got her right where I wanted her…under me. 
Now that I had her, I wasn’t letting her go. I thought we were on the same page. I thought we were building something great. 
Boy, was I ever wrong.
I had no idea that while I was falling in love, she was trying to convince herself we were temporary.
She thought I’d walk away.
She was wrong.
Now it’s time to convince her she wants us too and to show her that the crazy, wild thing we have…
This Is Love.
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MY REVIEW

This Is Love is absolute perfection and is a story that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with all the feels.

From the moment I dove into Vivienne and Mark’s story, I was hooked. We see Vivienne not only get her heart broken, but her soul crushed. It’s that moment that changes her life forever. Her walls are sky high and no man is ever going to break through them. All is going to plan until she meets Mark. Even though Vivienne might not want to acknowlege it, Mark is a total game changer. He makes her feel things that terrify her and as much as she knows she should stay away, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards Mark…..When it comes to his life, they don’t call him Private Mark for nothing. Mark loves what he does, but when it comes to his personal life, all bets are off; that is the one thing he likes to keep just for himself. For the past couple of years, Mark has wanted nothing more than Vivienne. The pull between the two of them is just intense. Their chemistry is off the walls. But, for whatever reason, the timing was just off. So, when fate pushes Vivienne and Mark together again, all bets are off. Mark is determined to win Vivienne over if it’s the last thing he is ever going to do…..

This Is Love is all of that and a bag of chips. This story sucks you in from the very first page and holds you captive right until the very end. The characters are real and perfectly flawed. Vivienne is wounded and afraid to let any man get close to her. Mark is everything that should send her running, but instead is everything she’s ever wanted….if only she could take the leap. And Mark!!! Mark has such patience and determination. He’s got his heart set on Vivienne and isn’t about to go down without a fight. Sure, there are moments when it looks like all hope will be lost, but in the end, Mark shows that the love he has for Vivienne is the kind that is meant to last a lifetime. Anything worth having is worth all the obsticales along the way. And I for one could not help but root for Vivienne and Mark to get their happily ever after.

This Is Love was everything I have been looking for in romance, but never knew I needed. It had amazing characters and a captivating plot. It had heartbreak and romance. It steam and frustration. It had excellent push and pull & undenialbe chemistry. Yes, there was some angst. Yes, there was some drama. But, it was the perfect balance of all the things I want in a good love story and I just couldn’t get enough. Wild horses could not stop me from devouring this book and I just never wanted it to end. I fell head over heels for This Is Love and had the best time getting lost in Mark and Vivienne’s story…..

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

 
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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
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