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The TBR (To Be Read) Tag – Tagged by our very own Amy!!!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

K- Uh…I don’t. I have three TBRs. One on my phone, one on my Kindle (books I have already purchased) and our Goodreads one. I like to think of it as ‘controlled chaos’.

C- Simple answer is I don’t! Actually I have more than one TBR pile so really I have no chance of keeping track of anything. We of course have a OUaBB Goodreads one, which is my main go-to. But I also have a Kindle one and I even have a TBR pile in the notes on my phone! Ahem…

Is your TBR mostly E-book or print?

K- It’s nearly 100% e-book! So easy. 

C- E-Book all the way!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

K- I’m a mood reader so I can’t really plan ahead. Often i’ll end up going for a completely random book that’s not even on my TBR. 

C- Well… It’s kind of like organized chaos. Usually I just pick one on a ‘whim’ or a ‘feeling’ depending on what genre I’m in the mood for. Otherwise I’ll pick one due to peer pressure…. Or I just bypass my TBR completely and buy something completely random!

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

K- Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) by Richelle Mead. I have picked this up a couple of times but I just can’t seem to get past the first chapter. 

C- Burned (Fever Series #7) by Karen Marie Moning. I loved the first 5 books in this series. The sixth was iffy for me and this seventh book has had it’s publication date pushed back a few times… So it’s been on my TBR for a very long time and I’m not completely sure that I’ll actually read it

A book that you’ve recently added to your TBR?

K- After (The After Series, #1) by Anna Todd. I have heard great things about this book so I’m considering it even though I usually avoid romance series. 

C- Truth or Beard (The Winston Brothers series #1) by Penny Reid. I love all things Penny Reid and have just finished reading a short story which is actually the beginning of this book… It’s not out till next year but already I can’t wait!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

K- I don’t really have any?!  A lot of them have great covers but there’s nothing on there that I picked just because of the cover. The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons has a beautiful cover but the story also sounds amazing.

 

C- Hmmm…. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This cover captured me from the first time I saw it in a book store!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on really reading?

K- The entire Outlander series. I LOVE the TV show but because of my love for the tv show and the length of the books I will probably (definitely) never read the books. Also, we cheated and read ahead to find out what happens so I don’t have the burning need to ‘know’ what’s coming up.  

C- I’m the same here… The Outlander series. I loved the idea of reading this series and a while back we were considering buddy reading the first book, but I think for me, this is going to be a TV only format.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

K- The Road by Jay McLean. More Than Forever was my favourite book this year so I’m excited for anything Jay McLean writes. 

C- Too many!!! But we are big Nicole Peeler fans and her new book Jinn & Juice is out next year. Beyond excited for this one!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

K- The Bronze Horseman. Why have I STILL not read this book?! I’m just not ready for the emotional commitment I think. 

C- Ahem.. The Bronze Horseman. Everyone keeps telling me to read this book and I want to read it…

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

K- The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Everyone loves that series. 

C- The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Kristal keeps telling me I need to read this. It IS going to happen!

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

K- The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons (Ooh this book gets two mentions!). Amy read it and loved it so I can’t wait to read this. It’s next up on my list actually! Excited. 

C- In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark. I love a good historical read and I’m intrigued by this series which focuses on colonial 19th century New Zealand.

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

K- Only 176 🙂 We’re doing really well! 

C- We aren’t outrageous at all with only 176!

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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Blog Tour & Book Reviews for the Love In The City series by Steph Nuss

Both books received in return for an honest review

Wanted by You (Book 1 Love in the City series)

The prologue for this story had me completely captured from the start. I could tell that this wasn’t going to be any standard NA romance.  The difference being, that Carter & Ellyson’s love story turns out to be years in the making. The basis of a great relationship is an amazing friendship and these two characters definitely have that in spades. From the first time they saw each other at college it was obvious that there was only going to be one way that this story was going to end. I LOVED that I wasn’t left hanging for too long, family responsibilities and life had gradually eased the two of them apart but once we were deposited into the current day it didn’t take too long for Carter and Elly to reacquaint themselves with each other…

And from here it was it was clear. There was no more game playing. There was no more pretending to ‘just’ be friends. If anything was meant to be than this was it. The author had a perfect balance of chemistry building without sending me completely over the edge with impatience, something that’s not always achieved. But don’t for a second think that it’s all going to be smooth sailing for this gorgeous couple just because we were in the thick of a romance from early on. There is always drama in these types of books, this book is no different. But this drama you won’t expect, we aren’t talking run-of-the-mill every day romance issues. I felt the twists and turns in this book really helped create a beautiful story of more than just lust and romance, it created a story of a deeper love, of real life and real feelings.

What of course made sure that this story tugged at my heart were the characters. Carter and Ellyson were as good as I could’ve hoped for. We’re not talking about a naive, good girl and a womanizing alpha male. We’re talking about two humans, flaws and all. Carter ticked all of my boxes for book boyfriend material. Sweet, but not a pushover. Manly in all the best ways and worst ways without being an asshole. Elly also was a firm fave. This girl had brains! She was fun and genuine. She was probably more the realist of the two, but one of them had to be and with her background story it made sense. She didn’t have me eye-rolling with ridiculous meltdowns, or insecurities. She, just like Carter, was realistic and it made me a team Carter & Elly cheerleader all the way.

This read was totally and completely enjoyable. I couldn’t put the book down and read it in an afternoon. The heat, the storyline, the characters…. They all created a story that is more than ‘just’ a romance. If you are wanting to curl up and escape, then this is most definitely your book, set aside some chocolate and a comfy chair and be prepared to fall in love.


Fantasized By You (Book 2 Love in the City series)

What I’m loving about this series is that we aren’t trying to drag out a story and create drama for just one couple. I see far too many of those types of series around and both my fellow blogger Kristal and I aren’t particularly fans, but this way of approaching a romance series is one I can totally get on-board with! Each one of these books focuses on a separate couple and their love story, while keeping all of the characters involved throughout. So book 1 we had Carter and Elly and in this book, we have Maverick and Harper. If you’ve read book 1 then you’ll know Maverick as Elly’s faux brother / oldest friend and Harper as Carter’s sister and I am SO happy that they have ended up with their own love story!!!

Harper and Maverick have a mutual connection, a mutual tragedy that still affects both of them today and in turn their relationship with each other. Yes we get romance, we get two people who so definitely should be together. But we also get to tackle some very real storylines, again my heart was all over the place and I LOVED it.

We were introduced to these characters in the first book and I loved delving deeper into their stories and personalities. What really struck me is that each one of these characters vividly has their own ‘voice’ you never feel like you’re reading about the same person with a different name. While so far Carter and Elly are still my favourites I still loved the way that both Maverick and Harper were written. Actually, Maverick isn’t too far behind Carter on my book boyfriend list. I can see why Elly has been friends with him for so long, he’s almost the perfect guy!

Once again in this series we are reminded that this author tackles romance in a certain way. It’s unique and I love that I’m still as excited about this series as I was when I was reading the first book, I will definitely continue reading these books and can’t wait to see where each character ends up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… If you’re a romance lover you really need to give these books a go!



Book One – Wanted By

You 

Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the

moment he laid eyes on her,

but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his

attention.

He wanted her.

Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because

love can destroy you,

but then she met Carter

Jennings.

She wanted him.

Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship,

neither confessed their desires.

Losing touch after college, a chance meeting

reconnects them.

They want each other.

But love in the city is never quite that

easy.



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Book Two –   Fantasized By

You

Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away

from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.

She’s given up on her

fantasy.

Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick

Jones isn’t thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the

brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.

He’s ready to turn his fantasy into

reality.

But when their fantasies collide, love in the

city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.



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The Cast of

the Love in the City series: http://stephnuss.com/loveinthecity/love-in-the-city-the-cast/


Book Three – Pleasured By

You 

Expected Release Date: January 20th,

2015

The Love in the City series continues with Bayler and

Fletcher’s story.




Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) (Currently Free)


Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2)

Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides

with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing.

When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her

time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her

characters of course.


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Book Review – Double Dare by Penny Reid (Short story within the Shiver anthology)

REVIEW ONLY FOR DOUBLE DARE By PENNY REID

COPY RECEIVED FROM AUTHOR IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

I already had this anthology on my wish list when I was lucky enough to receive Double Dare to read and review from the ridiculously talented Penny Reid. Squuueeee! AND it’s a Winston brothers story! Double squueeeeeee!!! If you’ve read Beauty and the Mustache then you know who the Winston brothers are, if not then you should read up! I’m loving that Penny Reid is working on bringing us more of these 6 brothers. The first of these books Truth and Beard is out 2015 and focuses on the characters from this short story…. Duane and Jessica…

Jessica has grown up with a crush on Beau, one of the Winston twins and even now, as a grown woman she just cannot control her reaction to him. Which pretty much consists of going mute and getting close to suffering a heart attack! So when he wanders into the local Halloween party while she is dressed as sexy Gandalf (yep, sexy Gandalf!) You just know something is going to go down… Jess ends up in quite the compromising position… feeling hot flustered and then stunned when she realizes all is not what it seems.

I wanted to look away, but I physically couldn’t. He so rarely looked at me, I felt like I was falling, my surroundings fading away – everything except him and his blue, blue, blue eyes.

The chemistry in this story between Jess and Duane is electric. Honestly be prepared to self-combust. The things that man can do in such a short space of time in such a less than ideal place… it’s criminal! I’m starting to think that I’m going to have serious issues with having favourites out of the men Penny Reid writes. I’m turning into such a creeper book boyfriend hog! I’ve now added Duane to the list, and that’s after only reading this little teaser. I’m ruined!

A major reason why I’m such a fan of Penny Reid is her ability to be able to write from both POVs well. She captures the essence of each character and then focuses on the smallest details to really electrify the story between the two. I swear she is getting better and better at this. This short story was perfectly balanced with the majority from Jessica’s POV and then the ending from Duane’s… which almost killed me. Getting into his head was exactly what this story needed to push it up out of this world. I loved this story, and I’m seriously, SERIOUSLY going to have life issues waiting to see what happens next with Duane and Jess…

I was always running after her, but this time I wasn’t going to let her get away.

I’m now off to read the rest of the short stories in this anthology. I’ve popped the link on here so when you have a second please go and check it out. A great way to get a taste of a little bit of everything from a bunch of very talented authors while supporting a great cause!

SHIVER: 13 Sexy Tales of Humor and Horror

By Liv Morris, Belle Aurora, R.S. Grey, Daisy Prescott, Jodie Beau, Z.B. Heller, Penny Reid, Ruth Clampett, N.M. Silber, Ashley Pullo, L.H. Cosway, C.C. Wood, Jennie Marts

The sassy ladies of sexy Romantic Comedy serve up some spooky and spicy Halloween fun

Bewitched by Daisy Prescott

A crush. A love spell. What could go wrong?

Better The Devil You Know by Belle Aurora 

When you know, you know.

Mystery, Mazto Balls, and Moxie by Z.B. Heller

A mystery weekend gets steamy and stuffed… with food.

Spandex is for Superheros by Ruth Clampett

Beware of the terror of your Halloween costume not fitting.

A Halloween Hook-up by Jennie Marts

A sexy physic and a private eye solve a ghostly murder.

Macabre Magic by L.H. Cosway

Halloween, a bet, one spooky magic trick.

Candy, Dentures, and Way Too Much Spandex by R.S. Grey

He stole my heart in between gyrating geriatrics.

Peckers by Liv Morris

A hot cop with handcuffs and a dimpled smile can be frighteningly sexy.

One Little Bite by C.C. Wood

Even the big, bad wolf can fall in love.

Double Dare by Penny Reid

Never play truth or dare with identical twins.

Red Rum by Ashley Pullo

Trick o’ treat, a girl to meet, blood sangria wicked sweet.

Lights Out by Jodie Beau

A single mom, a single dad, a common enemy. Will their feelings come to light on Halloween?

Nightmare in Night Court by N.M. Silber 
When lusty lawyers meet creepy criminals.

100% of the proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital!

 photo credit: Anne Bennett via photopin cc

Book Review – The Harlequin Doll by S. K. Munt

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We just finished our very first blog buddy read since Amy joined us. We were looking for something we could all read together and The Harlequin Doll sounded like it had a bit of everything we all love – mystery, hot men, romance and…a circus. Everyone loves a circus romance, right?! 

They’ll do anything to love her…

Elle Carey has never felt like she has ever truly belonged to anything; not her family, her body, her career as a journalist following in Editor-In-Chief father’s footsteps- none of it. By day she goes through the motions, reporting at her father’s side, playing nice with her over-achieving sister and pretending to be ashamed of her family’s heritage as her father is, but for Elle, it’s all a lie- she exists only to fly and has gone great lengths to keep her passion for the silks and trapeze a secret.

But when The Harlequin Bros spectacular comes to town, Elle gets the opportunity of a lifetime- one interview, one audition- one chance to live. She knows instantly that both of the beautiful Romani brothers, Archer and Jarrah Harlequin have the potential to steal her breath, but what she doesn’t know is that one is destined to do exactly that, and that the other will stop at nothing to make sure that the curse comes to pass as quickly as possible, yet again.

Elle expects to return to the paper afterwards with a few fond memories and maybe even an exclusive into the dark underbelly of the circus, but her destiny is not to see her name as a byline, but in the obituaries.

It is brother against brother, light against dark, demon against demon, temptation against love in this passionate and beautifully cruel story about the corruption of innocence and the illusions we weave to hide our true selves from one another

Kristal – Alright! Where do we start with this one….there was so much going on! The story starts off in the past where we learn about how it all began. We got to meet Archer and Jarrah and get some insight into who they were before certain ‘events’ happened. I gotta say, I loved these flashbacks and getting to know these character from the beginning. I also really enjoyed how it was done in a minimal way that didn’t overtake the story or make it feel drawn out, but it still gave us vital insight into who these characters are.

Charm – I agree with you Kristal, I loved the flashbacks. Not only did they provide the background that we needed on both the story and the characters but they were actually really interesting, integral snapshots of a past time in this world. I felt like there was a careful balance struck, which is not always a sure thing, we got enough insight without feeling like we were wading through the past every second chapter. This story was definitely not weighed down by its layout at all, the moments I had during the book of realizing that the puzzle pieces were slotting into place were due to the perfectly timed interspacing of past and present… I have to say though, while I loved those flashbacks, I was absolutely enthralled with the current day. Like, could not put it down enthralled.

Amy-This is one of the stories that you have to pay attention to and I mean that in the best way possible. There is so much going on. You will not want to skip a single word. This was my first book by this author and I was blown away. She created such an interesting world and I couldn’t help but want to know more. I think we’re all in agreement with the flashbacks. Sometimes for me, it can go either way. I either love them or don’t. But in this story, it worked so well. The flashbacks really gave me great insight to how things were in the past and how the characters ended up being the way that they were.

Kristal – I agree – you definitely need to pay attention to this story! There are so many twists and turns. I loved this world! It was very different to any other paranormal/fantasy type book I have read and it’s so refreshing when authors put a new twist on the paranormal world. And while there were plenty of WTF moments for me I didn’t feel at all like the story was losing me. I think a lot of my love for this world can be credited to the female characters in this story. I freakin loved them all but my faves were Elle, Ananya (especially Ananya) and Amelia; such strong and sassy characters!

Charm – I do agree, the world building was ridiculously intriguing. There was nothing formulaic or ‘been here done that’ about this story, which seems to be unfortunately a common let-down in paranormal. Now, character wise. I was ALL kinds of obsessed with these circus folk. I have a lot to say about this, so lets start with the females… Amelia, Ananya and Elle were fantastic strong female characters. I was especially loving Amelia, she is just such a complexity when you look at what she is and who she is vs. where she came from and who she came from. She was hard and sweet and really at the end of the day, everything that she needed to be when she needed to be it. These characters can often be overlooked in favour for more outrageous types but I really feel like she held her own here…

Amy- This was such a unique paranormal story, with so many fascinating characters. You had everything from Succubus’ to fae creatures to vampires to demons. I loved the variety.  One of my favorite parts about this book had to be all the twists and turns. For sure, there was never a dull moment. Just when you thought you had things worked out, you were proved wrong. I love nothing better than to be reading a book that has me on the edge of my seat, guessing what’s going to happen. And,  I have to agree that the ladies in this story stole the show. They were such strong leading characters and that’s not something you see a lot of. As far as favorite male character goes, I’m still sticking with Jarrah. He’s got that whole good/bad thing working for him and I can’t wait for Book 2 to come out, so I can know what his real motives are 😉

Kristal – Aaaah the male characters. This is a tough one for me because I’m not particularly sure I like either of them right now. Jarrah is definitely buttering my buns a little more than Archer though. For some reason I’m having a lot of difficulty connecting with Archer. He’s coming across as a little weak and feeble to me (maybe it’s because he uses so many exclamation marks in his speech?).  But it’s still early days so I’m keeping an open mind! I have my theories on how this will play out so I’m looking forward to finding out if I’m on the money or not.

Charm – Yes! The menfolk! I have to agree with you Kristal. I’m much more Jarrah than Archer… I can’t decide if this is smart or foolish of me. Jarrah seems much stronger as a character. I definitely don’t always agree with what he does or his motives but he’s true to himself and has a certain presence on the page… Where as Archer, he seems a little wishy washy. I think I understand what the author was going for with his character, but either it’s just not clicking quite right and what should make me love him is actually turning me off him OR this is actually exactly how it should be played and we are going to turn around further down the track in this series and think ‘Aha! I get it now’ I am personally really hoping for the latter as I would love nothing more than to be in Archers corner… but time will tell.

Amy-  The guys….I kinda have a love/hate relationship with them.  Archer was  so hard for me to connect with. He is a demon, the barro, the leader. And yet, I don’t feel that he really had a backbone. A leader is supposed to be strong, dominate, and be able to take charge and I just didn’t get that from him. Jarrah was more what I expected the leader to be, but his motives are questionable. Were his actions really to save his people or was it more selfish reasons- to get what he always wanted. I know I’ve stated this before but, it’s a  very interesting dynamic and I can’t wait to see if the guys prove me wrong in the next book!

Kristal – I know that three of us have talked about this, and we usually over-look these types of things in our reviews because we know that writers work their ASSES off and the stories are their babies, but there were quite a few grammatical errors in this book. At times it pulled us out of the story because we were having to re-read sentences. It not enough to be off-putting AT ALL, it’s just something to be aware of. 

I’m going to wrap up my part of this review by saying that I thought this was a fresh and intriguing world and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in this series. S. K. Munt FTW!

Charm –  Ok, time to wrap up. I LOVED this book. It was intriguing and scene stealing and  I was completely enthralled from the start. However, I am in agreement with Kristal, although perhaps for me it was mostly the enthusiastic use of exclamation marks that was a little iffy. It really is amazing how such a small thing can alter the tone of a characters thoughts or speech so much. 

At the end of the day though I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who will listen to my rambling. This is my first foray into the work of S. K. Munt and it absolutely won’t be my last, I can’t wait to find out what is coming next for these weird and wonderful circus performers!

Amy- I want to say a big Thank You to Charm and Kristal! This was our first buddy read since I joined OUaBB and It was such an exciting one! This was my first book by S.K. Munt and I’m excited to read more from her. Yes, there were some grammar issues, but I was able to overlook them. This story was so captivating and took me into a paranormal world that I have never experienced before. I think we are all in agreement that we can’t wait for Book 2 to come out!

 

Book Review – Snow the Vampire Slayer by Rebekah R. Ganiere

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Snow the Vampire Slayer

by Rebekah R.

Ganiere

Farielle #2

Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis:

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire

Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt

for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a

Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile,

awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s

forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink

from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs

ache to drain her.

That’s why when Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the

woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within

her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must

enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as

King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

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About the Author

Rebekah R. Ganiere

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red

the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May. The second book

Snow the Vampire Slayer will be releasing in September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The

Society will be released Nov. 17th 2014 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press.

Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local

Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her

moderating on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English

Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and two tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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REVIEW

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Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile, awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs ache to drain her.

When Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

Yes, this is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but absolutely not as you know it! I love reading re-imagined versions of fairy tales. And the idea behind this one, Vampires, Weres and Slayers, is a great one. This is actually book two in the Fairelle series. I haven’t read book one and this was still a great read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel lost at any point, also I felt as far as the story went I could leave it there if I wished. But, I can’t leave it there at all! I’m definitely intending on going back and reading the first book now.

Snow is pretty badass for a ‘proper lady’ Yes she definitely has her fair share of naivety about the world but she adapts pretty darn quickly and surprised me more than a few times with her quick thinking bravery. I’m guessing though, when you’re in a houseful of brothers who are slayers, you pick up a tip or two along the way! Her brothers are typical brothers in the way they can’t tidy up after themselves and they give Snow hell, but really that’s where the ‘typical’ ends. They are Vampire Slayers. That is who they are and what they do. Being a Slayer is so much a part of them that there is no way they see vampires in any other light. Slayers kill vampires otherwise the vampires will kill the Slayers.

This of course becomes quite the predicament when Snow bumps into a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be a mysterious vampire stranger. Sage is a Vampire Prince with a price on his head. He needs to focus on taking back his kingdom but he finds himself completely infatuated with Snow instead. Sage is probably one of the most restrained, well mannered vampires I have ever come across. So, it’s from here, from their first meeting in the forest, we watch Sage and Snow battle each other, the Slayers, the Vampires and seemingly the whole world whilst they begin a romance unlike any other.

By the time I was getting towards the end of the book I had literally NO idea how anything was going to get resolved. It all seemed completely hopeless. Of course there is a resolution and at first I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it… But I can honestly say by the end of the book I really do believe that there was no other way the story could’ve gone. In this instance, the ending worked perfectly for the characters and their journey. So yes, we get our HEA, with the added bonus of knowing that there is plenty more to come in this world. Plenty more adventures to be had and plenty more stories to be told.

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Book Review – Wings of Hope (The Veil Series Prequel) by Pippa DaCosta

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“I am his muse. But not for long…”

When Mammon, the Prince of Greed, ‘acquires’ a half-blood slave known as ‘Muse’ for three nights, and bespells her with tales of a world where people live like kings and queens among towers of steel and glass, the seed of hope takes root in Muse’s soul. But hope, for a half-human half-demon creature like her, is a dangerous thing. Especially when that tentative hope springs from the honeyed words of a Prince of Hell. What is Mammon’s price for freedom?

Meanwhile Da’mean, her ruthless owner, would rather see her dead, than free. She belongs to him. She is his muse. And no beast will take her from him.

The world of the elemental demons is harsh and violent. Muse’s kin are merciless, blood-hungry beasts, but little do they know, Muse has something far more dangerous coiled inside her, desperate for a taste of freedom.

Her humanity.
 

A small seemingly insignificant half-blood demon, a cruel and sadistic demon owner, a powerful Prince of Hell with an ulterior motive and a description of the netherworld so rich in detail, clear enough that you can see it in your mind, yet foreign enough that you can’t quite grasp the realities of surviving in such a place… It’s safe to say I was excited to sink my teeth into this novella. I’ve been loving this series and have mentioned on occasion how much I was dying to discover more about Muse’s past. Well luckily for me Pippa DaCosta has taken the time to write this beautifully descriptive piece and in doing so, has well and truly done justice to Muse’s story.

This story is set in the netherworld, this place is full of demons of all shapes, sizes and brutalities, this is a place where blood, pain and death are the norm and if you intend to venture out alone you better know how to protect yourself. Chaos and violence rule, domination is king and there is no room for emotions, wants or dreams. The Muse we meet here in not the human half of Muse that we are accustomed to… No, here we have been taken back to where Muse lived and thought like a demon. Muse can’t understand her seemingly weak and pathetic ‘pink’ human half, she cannot fathom the thoughts and strange feelings she has when she is in her skin, all that makes sense to Muse the demon, is that she is worthless and that someone will always own her to use her.

Here we also get to see more of her owner Da’mean and the atrocities he committed against her, but even more so, we get to see Ahkeel (Akil) through her eyes as they first meet. As we know, he turns out to be a pretty integral part of Muse’s future, but to see him here at the start, to see him as the Prince of Greed, in his world, in his castle, seemingly in his element but hankering for something else, really helps to not only flesh out his Mammon self a bit more, but also sets the tone of their relationship

Now that I’ve delved into Muse’s past I can’t wait to get back into her current day self. Every single encounter in the netherworld has made Muse who she is today and armed with a more in-depth understanding of her and her world, owed to the fact that we were viewing everything through her demons eyes, I feel so much has ‘clicked’ into place. This darker toned novella is the perfect accompaniment to this series and in my opinion, it is a must read.

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Cover Reveal – The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

The Hooker and the Hermit

by L.H. Cosway,

Penny Reid

Publication Date: February 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis

THE HERMIT

Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and

clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the

Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual

reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

THE HOOKER

Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the

media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and

reckless bad boy.

Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly

under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the

Socialmedialite…

THE PLAN

When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never

expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to

her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.

What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the

hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is

a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

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About L.H. Cosway

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman

Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to

write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark

cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They

tell the best stories.

About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t

like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex

happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the

land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most

writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small

people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By

night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By

the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head

and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Seeing is Believing (An Izzy Chronicles Novella) by Michelle Graves

The life of a Seer isn’t for the faint of heart. I should know. Mine has been one of upheaval for the past few years, what with the downfall of the lab, the recent exile from the Council, and a future that is suddenly becoming painfully clear.

With Izzy missing, and the darkness still looming, I know what must be done. I have to go to the Order, find a way to bring Izzy back, and get to the bottom of what is really happening with this darkness business.

I’m just not sure how to do that when Ian is haunted by his past, Revenants are out to make me one of their own, and the dreaming keeps trying to reject me.

This Novella is number 3.5 in the Chronicles of Izzy. It carries on from where the last book left off, bridging the gap in the story as we get ready to go into the final book. This short story is actually from Molly’s POV rather than Izzy. Which I really enjoyed for a few reasons. For a start there is no way this particular part of the story couldn’t have been told with only Izzy at the helm, for obvious reasons. Secondly I’ve been DYING to find out more about Molly and Ian and this was definitely the best way to delve in a bit deeper and give a bit more flesh to these two pretty awesome characters, they definitely deserve it. Not only do we get to see the overall situation with fresh eyes but we really get to spend some time on both of these characters, which at this stage I felt we really needed to do.

I loved that while Molly and Ian kept their hilarious chemistry afloat, we also got to see a deeper, more serious side to both of them. There is definitely a lot more to Ian than he portrays with his crazy fun façade. As for Molly, she’s Izzy’s BFF so I always knew she was badass in all the right ways and this story proves it! She really comes into her own here and going into the last book in this series, I for one, am relieved that Izzy has such awesome friends to back her up. Honestly this last instalment cannot come soon enough, if anything this novella has made me even more impatient…

See How She Falls (The Chronicles of Izzy #3) by Michelle Graves

Darkness is on the rise.

The prophecy has been called forth.

The Seer must fall.

Izzy knew she wasn’t safe, the lingering runes told her that much. What they didn’t tell her was how to lead the Council, stop the darkness, and keep everyone she loved safe.

With irreparable changes brought on by Aberto’s intervention, a relative she never knew existed, and a whole slew of horrifying visions assaulting her, will she be strong enough? Or will the darkness prevail taking her and everyone she loves down with it.

I loved the first book, LOVED the second and now I have no words left to describe how much I FREAKING LOVED THIS THIRD BOOK!!! Even though by the end I was almost beside myself, as in, I was literally a blubbering mess. If there is one thing I can recommend before you read this instalment, it is do NOT under any circumstances read any reviews with spoilers in! No matter how many times you see readers freaking out over what happens in this book. Do not read the spoilers. This is one of those books, where something is going to happen that is going to make you question absolutely everything that has happened so far in the books… But this isn’t a bad thing, it hurts, but it’s necessary. Even though it will feel like your heart has been ripped out and turned into confetti, you’ll slowly pick up the pieces and try to glue them back together and decide that actually, you’ll keep reading… once the shock has worn off.

Izzy’s world is quickly getting more and more out of control. If you thought she was having issues in the last book, that was nothing compared to what she must face in this book! Honestly, she is one tough cookie. I would’ve curled up and played dead long ago, but she keeps right on fighting her way through each obstacle, no matter how hopeless at times it seems, which is typical of her personality… And I have to say, I love that three books into this series, Izzy is still her same feisty, snarky, inappropriate, stubborn self. I love that she hasn’t morphed into some completely different version of herself, she’s definitely developed and grown, but even when she really doesn’t seem herself at all, she still has that Izzy spark. Which for me was really important since her character was a big reason why I became obsessed with this series. Love her!!!

Never fear, we also get a very strong dose of both Kennan and Aberto in this book. Swoon. What’s better than one potential book boyfriend in a story? TWO potential book boyfriends! Although considering Izzy is busy having runes carved into her, trying to keep the council in check and trying both not to die AND save the world from the darkness, swoon-worthy man moments are probably near the bottom of her list. But at least both Aberto and Kennan are heavily involved in the plotline and although we don’t get a heavy dose of romance (like I said, no time!) we do get the chance you see into the past and really get to begin to understand a lot more about their lives and about the history of Seers, Guardians and Old Ones. It really is fascinating stuff and very well thought out. Every detail is meticulous and everything was so perfectly layered that it was totally seamless flipping between the current day and visions of the past, something which is not always achieved as well as was done here.

By the time I finished this book (and calmed myself down) I decided that 1. I would forgive Michelle Graves for breaking my heart 2. I LOVED the direction the story was taking and 3. I did not know how I was going to be patient enough to wait for the fourth book! I usually am pretty strict about not wishing time away, but I am seriously tempted to start wishing for November to hurry up! I just know it’s going to be an amazing conclusion to one of the best series I’ve read in a long time!

Read my review for book 1: See How She Runs HERE

Read my review for book 2: See How She Fights HERE

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