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Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Dusk (The Dire Wolves Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue…

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.


The light beckoned. It wasn’t white; it was more a combination of every color I’d ever seen. I was ready to accept it, to move on to a place of warmth, but then I heard her cry. I heard Mary Anne’s sobs, and every moment from the past few days flew through my mind. I saw her face. I felt her skin, her lips. I heard her voice begging for me. I couldn’t leave her behind.

I tried to push through the fog, but her voice only seemed farther away. The light got brighter and brighter until I knew I couldn’t hold it off. I tried to cry out to her. To let her know I didn’t want to leave, but my voice failed.

Just as I was ready to reach the light, I was hit by a searing pain like nothing I’d ever felt before. The light faded, and it was replaced by a darkness so complete it nearly overwhelmed me.

I tried to listen for Mary Anne, but I heard nothing. The only sensation was the pain pulsating through my body. It’s as though my blood was on fire. I tried to calm my body, to fight off the pain, but the intensity was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

The pain finally began to subside, and I could hear, and almost feel, her heart beating. She had to be right next to me. I reached out, but my fingers only touched the frozen ground. I opened my eyes.

That’s when I saw her next to him. He had his hands on her. Hunter had his hands on my Mary Anne. Without a second to think, I jumped to my feet and growled.

I lost sense of everything as I prepared to lunge for Hunter, to push him away from the girl who was clearly mine. My body convulsed, and I lost all control. My vision deepened, and I leapt.

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My Review

I’m going to try my best to keep this review as spoiler free as possible!! Here it goes…..Dusk picks up right where Dire left off.  Mary Anne has gone to extreme lengths to keep Gage alive.  She has promised to be Hunter’s mate, so long as he saves Gage.  But promises are easier to be made than actually following through with and feelings are almost impossible to turn off. If there’s any hope for survival, Mary Anne will have to learn to put her past behind her and attempt to move on. She will quickly learn the sacrifices and choices one must make in the name of love……………..

Dusk was such an enjoyable sequel to Dire. This time around not only do we get Gage and Mary Anne’s pov, but we also get Hunter’s. I really liked getting to see Hunter’s point of view and why he felt so strongly about things. 

Once again, Alyssa Rose Ivy has given me an amazing paranormal romance to read. It had everything that I was looking for: action, romance, light steam, and some wonderful angst and drama. I loved how the author was able to connect this story with the Crescent Chronicles. It was so seamless. Plus, anytime, I get to spend with Levi and Allie makes me one happy camper! But, I get the feeling that we will get to see more from them in the future; I’m hopeful anyways.

Dusk was an exciting, quick and easy read for me. I was completely captivated with the story and the characters. I wouldn’t really say that this book ends with a cliffhanger, but definitely a, I can’t wait to see how this will all end! I don’t know what else to say other than I really enjoyed this book and now I’m anxiously awaiting for Dawn to come out!


*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

*Teaser Credit: Via author’s FB page*

Don’t miss DIRE, the first book in The Dire Wolves Chronicles

About DIRE:         

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn’t my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage’s fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.


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Blog Tour and Review: Scared of Forever by Jacqueline Abrahams

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Scared of Forever (Scared, #2) by Jacqueline Abrahams

Release Date: December 14, 2014



Every lie, no matter how small, has some degree of truth.

Five months after moving to New York City, Emily is engaged to Blake Carson, future doctor and the man who she believes to be the love of her life. Until she starts to realize that the foundation upon which she’s building her future is based on a series of Blake’s self-serving lies.

Blake can’t let her go. He can’t continue to deceive Emily, either. But Blake’s biggest problem is that he has to maintain the life he has become accustomed to, at any cost. And that means keeping his overbearing mother happy, and keeping Emily ignorant.

Tyler Carson left New York City two years ago, happy to leave behind all of the Carson family drama. Until he comes home and meets Emily. Falling in love with his brother’s fiancée was easy. Protecting her from his family was necessary. Leaving her was almost impossible, knowing that he was breaking her heart, and his own.

Finding solace in her friendship with Tyler, Emily is forced to face the reality that Blake is not the man she thought he was. But neither is Tyler, the friend who gave her the clarity she needed, and then left her alone to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Heartbroken and deserted, Emily has had enough of the Carson brothers.

But sometimes, love is not that which sends us soaring, but that which keeps us grounded. Can Emily ever bring herself to love another Carson completely?

Secrets, lies and lust-filled nights, all in the name of the screwed-up pursuit of happily ever after, Scared of Forever is the second novel in the Scared Series, which features characters from Scared of Beautiful, but can be read as a standalone.


His eyes search mine, looking for an answer. Some sign of hope. They bore into me intensely. My entire body lights up, a burning warmth coursing through my mid-section. I’m so scared of my actions around Tyler now, especially when I’m so uninhibited by alcohol.

I grab his hand silently and we walk down the corridor. I open the first door we see and turn the handle. It opens easily. In the dark, with only a small amount of moonlight illuminating the room from a small, high window, I see rows of crockery and cutlery on metal shelving down the center of the long room. I push the lock button on the door, sealing us both in.

Tyler eyes me cautiously. “Emily, I don’t think this is such a good idea.”

“Are you saying you don’t want to be alone with me?” I ask, taking a step forward, meeting his eyes in a silent challenge.

“No,” he says. “I’m saying I don’t trust myself alone with you.” Tyler snakes an arm around my waist. My skin burns under his touch.

“We’ve been alone before. Why is this time different?”

“You know why,” he whispers. Tyler looks as if it’s taking all of his willpower to maintain his resolve against me.

“I don’t,” I say softly. “Tell me why.”

“You’re beautiful,” he says with a smile. “But you’ve been drinking. And believe me when I say that I’m using every ounce of restraint that I have to stay away from you. How will you feel about this in the morning?”

“I may have been drinking, but you will still be Tyler in the morning. The world may end. But you’ll still be you. I’ll still be me. We’ll still have been here, alone. And I’ll still remember why I locked that door,” I say softly. “Your brain may be telling you one thing, but your body—” I stop speaking as I let my eyes wander down to the very obvious hard on in his pants.

Tyler takes a step forward and crashes his lips into mine without a second’s more hesitation. My mind finally catches up to my body, realizing that I have wanted this for so long. Our lips dissolve into each other’s. My god! His lips. This kiss. So sweetly erotic. Tyler grips me firmly around the waist and moves closer, gently pushing me against the cold wall. I don’t even register the temperature. My own body feels like it has been lit on fire. His hand reaches back to unclip my hair, and it falls freely over my shoulders.

My hands grab hungrily at his shirt, yanking it from his pants. I feel him, hard in every way imaginable, pressed against my thigh. My fingers move fluidly up his back, feeling his muscles clench under my touch. He gently turns my face and leaves a trail of soft, delicious kisses down my neck. I move to undo his belt. I want to feel him. Need to. To know, just once, what Tyler Carson feels like. The smell of him is intoxicating. As he delivers kiss after mind-blowing kiss, his hands roam freely, as if memorizing every curve of my body. His fingers leave blazing trails on my skin wherever they venture.

He leans up abruptly and cups my face in his hands. “Tell me you want this. Tell me you want me,” he whispers lowly, searching my eyes, his breath ragged.

My Review

I have to admit that I wasn’t too sure about this book in the beginning.  Scared of Forever is Blake and Emily’s story. We first meet up with Blake in Scared of Beautiful and he wasn’t my favorite character. But, the synopsis of this story drew me in, so I decided to give him a chance. 

Blake and Emily become engaged only 5 months after being together. Emily believes that she has met the perfect guy. That is until she starts discovering certain things don’t add up.  Blake has a plan.  In order to keep his lifestyle the way that it is, he must do whatever it takes to keep his mother happy. Emily is the answer to his problem. The perfect fiancee. Only he’s keeping a big secret from her……Tyler is the brother who no one talks about. The black sheep of the family. He’s been gone for 2 years and now he’s come home. The last thing he ever planned on was falling for his brother’s fiancee. He wants to protect her from his family and the lies that his brother has told her. But, what will happen when Emily learns those lies?? Lies will be discovered, hearts will be broken. Will Emily be able to put her life back together when it all shatters around her? Will love be enough??

I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t love this story in the beginning. I’m not usually a fan of love triangles and I take even bigger issue with cheaters. But, I wanted to give this story a fair chance and I’m honestly glad that I did. 

Blake, I’m sorry, but you were a HUGE jerk! I hated the way that he treated Emily. He had no respect for her. And I’m not gonna lie, I was happy to see him get what was coming to him. I didn’t find myself feeling bad for him at all.

Tyler….I loved Tyler from the moment his character was introduced. He was such a refreshing change from Blake. Someone friendly, who wanted to spend time with Emily. He was honest with her, and made her question things that didn’t quite add up. And he was loyal and told the brutal truth, even though he knew the outcome would hurt him as well.  He didn’t plan on falling for Emily, it just happened. Emily and Tyler shared an instant connection and I couldn’t help myself from rooting for them to find some happiness.

Scared of Forever was a super quick read for me. The story line was interesting, kept me wanting to know what would happen next and was told from multiple pov’s. Scared of Forever had a lot of great twists and turns and had me feeling a huge variety of emotions. I was frustrated, and annoyed, but by the end of the story, I had a huge smile on my face. I kept going back and forth with my rating on this one, but the last 1/4 of the book changed my whole opinion of the book.  Overall, I thought this was a good read and am glad that I gave it a chance. 

*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

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Scared of Forever (Scared, #2)

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  Infinite Fear – A Novella (Scared #0.5) 

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  Scared of Beautiful (Scared #1)

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 About the Author

Jacqueline Abrahams is the author alter ego for an ordinary mum to three children (two human and one canine) and wife to one husband. Born in South Africa, she now calls Sydney, Australia her home.

A collector all things books and bookish, she in an avid reader and has a tiny obsession with filling bookshelves. When she’s not preoccupied wearing her aspiring author or mummy hat, she is working her way towards completing a degree in Primary and Secondary Teaching (with an English major of course!)

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Book Review: Erased by K.Webster and Elle Christensen

Joss Parker’s life is a fairytale come true. She’s a concert pianist in New York who lives with her longtime boyfriend and is close with her fiercely protective father—until one fateful night when she is taken in the middle of the night.

In a desperate attempt to access a program that could be a threat to national security, her ability to play the piano is threatened. Her world comes crashing down when her father puts his need to protect a program over his own daughter.

At the last minute, Joss finds herself whisked away by an unlikely ally. 

She later lands in the protective custody of none other than small-town bad boy and bar owner Derek Slade. Slade is entrusted to look after Joss and see to it that she hides behind her new persona, Jill, so that bad people don’t find her ever again.

Joss has been erased. Joss is now Jill.

As Joss trades her blond locks for Jill’s mahogany ones, she also takes on the strength of her new persona. Jill is someone who doesn’t put up with crap. Jill doesn’t trust easily. Jill must protect the broken heart of Joss.

Joss and Slade battle an intense attraction, but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Behind Slade’s silver eyes are mysteries he’s unwilling to share. Slade knows better than to get involved with Joss, yet he finds it nearly impossible to push her away. 

What happens when Slade crosses the line of protector? Can he protect her when the evils of both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

My Review

An amazing debut novel by author Elle Christensen! When I heard that K. Webster and Elle Christensen were teaming up to write a novel, I was super excited. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and I was not disappointed!!

Erased follows the story of Joss and Derek. Joss’s life seems perfect, a dream come true. She has her dream job, boyfriend and protective father. Everything is perfect until one night. This one night, her entire life will change. She will find that people are not who they seem to be. Someone she’s known and trusted her entire life wants access to a program and Joss is the key to getting that program. But, her father isn’t willing to give up the information needed and at the last minute, Joss is saved by an unlikely person…..Joss finds herself in a small town with Derek Slade. Slade’s job is give Joss a new life and keep her safe. Joss no longer exists. Joss has now become Jill…..As Joss starts her life over as Jill, she’s suddenly taking charge of things. She’s stronger, feistier, and doesn’t put up with anything. She doesn’t trust anyone and will protect her heart at all costs. The last thing Joss ever planned on, was falling for her protector, Slade.  Their attraction is instant and intense. But, Slade has secrets and the lines of protector become blurred. Will they give into their attraction? What will happen when the past catches up with the both of them??

I was hooked on Erased from the very first page. The plot and  writing kept me completely captivated. I got lost in the suspense and the mystery of the story. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The characters were easy to connect with and had scorching chemistry. I couldn’t get enough of Joss and Derek. I loved the push and pull of their relationship and watching them try to fight their attraction! Derek was the perfect dirty talking bad boy. Let’s just say, the two of them together: SCORCHING!!

“I just want to stay here forever, block out the real world and fuse our bodies together, living as one, making up for those jagged pieces we are on our own”

Erased was a quick and easy read for me. It was impossible to put down. I devoured this book in about 4 hours!! It had it all for me: angst, action, romance, suspense, and lots of sexy times.  This is one of those books that once I was finished, I immediately wanted to read it over again. That’s how much I enjoyed it. Erased is the debut novel by Elle Christensen and  adding K. Webster into the mix, makes for one exciting read! Elle Christensen is definitely an author to watch out for. 

*I recieved an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Miles From Kara (Charleston Haven #2) by Melissa West

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love… 

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

Miles From Kara is the second book in the Charleston Haven series and is the companion novel to Pieces of Olivia. I first fell in love with Melissa West’s writing when I read Pieces of Olivia and couldn’t wait to read more from her.

Miles From Kara follows the story of Kara Marcus. Kara has had a very difficult past and is still having trouble coping with the decisions that she’s had to make. Her tough choices started at an early age, when she was 16, she had sex for the first time and was completely unprepared for the consequences of her actions. Then, she ended up staying with Ethan,  her high school boyfriend even though they grew apart every day….One day, Kara’s world shifts from it’s normal place and she finds herself attracted to her someone else. She is at a war with her heart over what is right and what is wrong. She has no idea what the correct course of action is, not only in love, but in her life………

I absolutely adored Miles From Kara. I was immediately pulled in from the first page. As soon as I started this book, I knew I was not going to be able to put it down….And I was right. I devoured this book in just a few short hours. The characters were real, complex and broken. Their issues were tough and complicated. Melissa West did an amazing job tackling the controversial issue that plagued Kara. My heart went out to Kara and I felt so bad for her that she had to endure the guilt that she had and how she never really dealt with the heart of her problems.

I think that Colt was the perfect match for Kara. I loved that they were friends first and then slowly developed their relationship. Colt was protective, calming, sweet and totally swoon-worthy. Even when things got tough, Colt never gave up on Kara or pushed her. Colt was also very honest, even when Kara didn’t want to listen. He was everything that Kara never realized that she needed.

Miles From Kara takes you on one incredibly journey . This book is smart, funny, sexy and tackles an issue that I haven’t read too much about in the NA genre. The writing is captivating and will have you devouring the pages. If you’ve been thinking about reading this series or it’s been hanging out on your TBR for a while, bump it up, read it now. You will not be disappointed. 


*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

*Teaser credit: Via Author’s FB Page

Blog Tour and Book Review: Inside Out (Off The Map #3) by Lia Riley

Inside Out by: Lia Riley

Series: Off the Map #3

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication: December 2nd, 2014


When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she’d find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they’ve faced, they’ve always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they’ll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?


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My Review

Inside Out picks up right where Sideswiped left off. Talia has gone to Africa and joined the Peace Corps. She is still struggling, trying to define who she is. Bran on the other-hand, has gone to Antarctica. While Bran and Talia are separated, it gives Bran the time to realize that he’s messed up and doesn’t want to live a life without Talia. Now, it’s time for him to make things right. Unfortunately while the two of them are separated, Talia contracts a very serious illness. Things weren’t going well for Bran on the boat in Antarctica either. Some quick thinking on his part, helped him save someones life and he quickly gained hero status. Bran was not at all happy with this fame. Once he gets word of Talia’s condition, he drops everything, to be by her side. As Talia gets better, there will still be many hurdles that Bran and Talia will have to handle. Talia and Bran have always been able to get through the hard stuff as long as they did it together. Will their love be strong enough to get past all the hard stuff this time around???

After reading Sideswiped, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Boy, was I not disappointed. The writing is smart and the story-line is absolutely captivating. I couldn’t get enough of this book and I am so sad that Bran and Talia’s story is over.

“You’ll never believe such beauty exists-not really-unless you have the guts to brave life, go off the map, and find your own way there”

Bran and Talia have come so far since the first book.  They’ve both finally realized that you can’t run away from your problems. That you have to face them, no matter how scary or what the outcome. And I loved how they never tried to change one another. They always accepted who they were and in the end that made them so much stronger.

“I’m a prism, refracting his light. His features spin through a kaleidoscope of emotions starting at brutal need and ending with an unexpected vulnerability”

Bran and Talia were real, flawed, and had issues. Again, I am in awe of the way the author handled the issue with Talia’s OCD and how it changed and shaped her life. Also, she did an amazing job with Bran’s issues with love and being loved and how he chose to overcome them. In the end, it was their love that proved to be stronger than either one of them ever thought possible.

Inside Out was a quick and easy read for me. The dual pov’s were a wonderful part of the story. It was great being inside both Bran and Talia’s head. I loved every second of this story. From the characters, to the drama, the angst, the romance, the sexy and swoony times: I loved it all. And thank you, thank you Lia Riley, for giving us such an amazing ending.

You know, I could sit here all day and try to tell you all the things that I loved about this story, this series. But in the end, this is one of those, that I think you really need to read and see for yourself why I love it so much…..


*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me, in exchange for an honest review*

*Quotes provided via ARC and may slightly differ from the completed copy*

*Teaser Credits: Via Author’s FB Page


About The Author

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California. 

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Book Review and Release Day Blitz: Third Position (Dirty Dancing #3) by Melody Grace

He taught me a dance beyond passion. He showed me the pleasure my body was made to create.
Now I have to choose.
Raphael or my future? 
My passion or my one true love? 
There’s no hiding from the truth any longer.
Everything changes tonight.

*The third and final part of the sexy, seductive romance serial*


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My Review

Third Position picks up right where Second Position left off. Everything seemed to be going so well in Annalise’s life until her mother shows up in Rome. Now Annalise’s mom is keeping track of her every move. She doesn’t care at all what Annalise wants, she just wants her to be the best, no matter what the cost.

“Ballet isn’t just a hobby to me, it’s in my blood. I want to be great, I want to make her proud, but that yearning is at war with my desire for Raphael. He’s shown me a joy that comes from freedom, from dancing for the love of it, not to meet the perfection of someone else’s standards. But mom would never understand. To her, ballet is the only thing that matters, and everyone else is a distraction, it makes you weak”

But, is Annalise willing to give up what she has with Raphael, all to please her mother? Dancing used to be her dream, but will it be her future? And Raphael….where does he fit in all of this? Will he pursue his own dancing dreams? Will he let Annalise give up everything just to be with him??

“Time doesn’t exist; these four walls of the room mean nothing. All that matters is the two of us, dancing together as one. One heartbeat, one will, one soul. It’s perfection, a dream, to share my passion like this-to make it something greater with him than I ever felt dancing alone”

I really enjoyed Raphael and Annalise’s story. I loved watching Annalise’s character grow and discover who she was and what was most important to her.  I loved the passion that Raphael and Annalise shared, not only for dance, but for one another. The road to their HEA was not easy and there were a lot of obstacles along the way. But, in the end, it was worth it. 

Third Position is the conclusion to the dirty dancing series. I fell so in love with this story from the first page page and am sad that it’s over. The writing was captivating, and the story-line was filled with passion. This story had angst, romance, heartbreak, and self discovery. My only complaint, is that it’s over……..


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A man dances the same way he fucks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.

And dancers? We do it best of all.

The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal. To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.

She will be mine.






About The Author

Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.

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Book Review: Unexpectedly Yours by Melody Grace

Sophie Young has been dreaming about the perfect Christmas in New York ever since she was a kid. But when her boyfriend bails on their romantic trip for two, she finds herself stranded in the city on Christmas Eve, with only a holiday-hating smooth-talking, utterly sexy stranger for company…

Rock-star Austin Kelly is fed up with Christmas – he’s more interested in who’s going to be cozying up under the mistletoe. But when his little black book comes up empty, he finds himself on a whirlwind tour of the city with the most unlikely partner in festive fun…

The snow is falling, but things are definitely heating up inside. And by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve, there will be plenty to celebrate with old friends and familiar faces back in Beachwood Bay.

A heart-warming, sexy new stand-alone holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!

My Review

Let me just say, I have I missed the Beachwood Bay Series. It was so, so good to be back there again. Unexpectedly Yours was the perfect novella to get me into the Christmas spirit. Unexpectedly Yours was a quick and easy read that gave me everything that I have come to expect and love from Melody Grace.

I fell in love with the story and the characters from the first page. I couldn’t read fast enough. If you’re a Beachwood Bay fan like I am, then you understand why I was so greedy to keep reading. This series always gives me the perfect blend of romance and angst. And Melody Grace never disappoints. My only complaint was that I didn’t want the story to end. I know this review is short, but this book speaks for itself. I loved it! Bottom Line: Christmas + Beachwood Bay = Super Happy Reader 🙂


*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review – Love Me to Death (Underveil) by Marissa Clarke

Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster.

Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

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Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans.

With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

When I say that from the very first chapter you’ll have your eyes glued to this book you better believe it! We’re dumped straight into the action, no introductions, on softly softly about it… And it really works! Elena has been living a normal life up till this point, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time means that low blood sugar is the least of her worries from here on in. This is also where we’re introduced to Nikolai with a jolting start. To Elena, he is the angel of death… except she doesn’t die. For centuries Nik has been following orders without question. He is an enforcer. It’s all he knows, he does what needs to be done without question or hesitation. But soon he begins to realize that sometimes life is not so black and white, there are shades of grey everywhere and sometimes you don’t even see your destiny coming until it’s already happened…

The chemistry between Elena and Nik is one of the main parts of this book that got me hooked so quickly AND kept me hooked. It was electric and pretty much all over the show. They were fighting themselves, each other and other people and events over their feelings. Literally it was a whirlpool of love/hate and in this instance it really worked. Nik is supposed to HATE what he thinks she is. It’s the natural order of things… And Elena of course is terrified and pissed off and unsure of who to trust or what to do. None of this makes falling for the other easy. Slowly but surely we got to see nearly every angle of both these characters. I really loved that in this book there was no other possibility for either of them. They were it. It just came down to whether they could get themselves together enough to see the other person clearly.

And this, she realized, was why she was so attracted to him. He was a good man who longed to do what was right, and something in her had recognized that from the moment of their dubious first meeting.

Which brings me to the storyline, it was good! Entertaining for sure. There were parts there where I couldn’t put it down. Where I had to know what was going to happen next. The world and creatures were absolutely spellbinding. I absolutely LOVED Stefan, the Time Folder. He was definitely one of a kind. I loved that he was so mysterious, yet so calm and collected at the same time. Nothing ruffled his feathers easily. He also provided some comic relief to bring relief to the sometimes super heavy interactions between Elena and Nik. I am hoping against hope that we will see a lot more of Stefan in the next book and also, a lot more of his story. There are so many unanswered questions when it comes to him…. And I need to know what’s going on!

Aunt Uza or Uzana as she is really known as, is another fav of mine. This character was just hilarious. I loved her! Her mannerisms and terms of endearment… ‘hotty tottie’ she was just honestly freaking awesome. She also had one of the creepiest lot of creatures in the whole book. If you have never really given cats a second thought then be prepared to be totally and completely creeped out.

I was very quickly engrossed in this story. I couldn’t put it down and stayed up way too late to finish it, I loved the world building and characters within it. This is a really great fast paced beginning to a well set up series. I can’t wait to see where this story is heading and what is to come for Elena and Nik.

Love Me to Death (Underveil)

By Marissa Clarke

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